"We are privileged to have served with the Office of International Mission for ten years, walking alongside God’s people here, alongside our fellow coworkers in the Kingdom, and alongside the congregations and members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. In these ten years of work and life in East Africa, we have experienced great challenges and great joys. We have walked with lay helpers becoming evangelists, going off to seminary, returning to serve as pastors, and becoming leaders in their church. We have rejoiced as churches experience amazing growth through the Holy Spirit. Our family has grown, our missionary team has grown, our responsibilities have grown, and the Lord has carried us day by day. In our 11th year of service in East Africa, we praise the Lord for His generous provision, for His work through our hands, for His kindness in showing us glimpses of what He is doing among His people." - Rev. Shauen Trump-
Rev. Shauen and Krista Trump serve with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. As the LCMS area director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Shauen works with other LCMS personnel serving in these regions of Africa and builds relationships with the leaders of partner churches. He also implements strategies, projects, programs and grants for roughly half the African continent, from Ethiopia to South Africa. Some of the largest and smallest Lutheran churches in the world are in this area, along with literally thousands of languages and cultures. Krista works part-time as the Africa region project coordinator, an unofficial logistics coordinator for various events, a hostess and an enduring and gracious wife and mother.
Sharing the Word of God with the congregation in Ngilai, Kenya
Rev. Trump speaks during the ordination of pastors in Shinyanga, Tanzania
Greeting a congregation member in Malawi
Visiting the seminary in Uganda with Bishop Bameka, Rev. Kaija and Rev. Clausing
Making introductions in Mbulu, Tanzania
Visiting with a church elder/evangelist in Endagaw, Tanzania
Shauen was born in northern California and grew up in the Seattle area. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Seattle Pacific University and received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Shauen enjoys spending time with his wife, playing monster truck show with his children and buying books that he never has time to read.
Krista spent her early childhood in Liberia where her family served with Lutheran Bible Translators. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Christian outreach from Concordia University, St. Paul, St. Paul, Minn., and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Louis University. Krista previously served through the LCMS in Slovakia from 2003 to 2005. She enjoys baking, buying new kitchen toys, spending time on the coast of Kenya and buying books that she never has time to read. Shauen and Krista have four wonderful boys — Josiah, Elijah, Isaiah and Jeremiah — who join them on the mission field.
Pray for the Trumps as they serve throughout this substantial area of Africa. Pray they are used to encourage and build up the church in this part of the world. Ask that they be strengthened and given wisdom and discernment to navigate the relationships they have formed and the cultures in which they live and serve. Let’s give thanks that the Trump family is serving in this part of the world.