The Kanyike Family
Brain was raised and educated in Kampala, Uganda, where he grew in a Catholic house. He worked at various businesses without success or happiness, which caused him to struggle with alcohol abuse. After he lost his job, his world started to collapse all around him. When he hit rock bottom, there was nowhere to turn but God. As he was seeking after God with all his might, a friend invited Brain to Calvary Kampala. This event changed his life. He began to volunteer at the church and was hired on as staff soon after. Part of his job was teaching the Bible every day at the lunch hour.
Brain married to his lovely wife Jill in spring of 2006. They meet while serving at Calvary Kampala. Jill is from Ohio. She lived in Uganda for over seven years before she meet Brain. She worked at the refugee camp in Kiryandongo, Uganda, where her nursing training was used greatly. She would share the Word of God with everyone she could. God has given her many gifts, such as hospitality, compassion, helps, and teaching.
Today, they both serve at Calvary Kampala. Brain is the associate pastor and Jill runs the women’s ministry. Brain and Jill run the FRM Guest House in Kampala, which is where many missionaries come and stay for a few days before heading to other locations in Africa. They have three children, Luke, Laylee, and Liana.
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“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” –Matthew 28:19-20
The Eastham Family
John is originally from Sacramento, California. Although his family attended church, he did not make a commitment to follow Christ until he was in college. Lily was born in Taiwan and grew up in Orange County, California. She was raised in a Christian home and came to Christ when she was eleven years old. John and Lily met while in pharmacy school. Later, God placed Uganda on their hearts. In 2012 they moved to Uganda. In their nine years in the field, John re-opened the Bible college, ran it , and eventually turned it over to national leadership. He also opened Christ’s Crucible Primary School. In between these large projects, John coordinated the translation of Christian books into three African languages – Luganda, Kiswahili, and French. Lily homeschooled their three children, Joseph, Benjamin, and Gabby. all of whom are honor students. In 2021, the family returned to the U.S. John now works in FRM’s office. He is valuable asset because he understands both the mission field and how FRM operates. He continues to oversee translation of a Bible commentary into French.
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“To open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” –Acts 26:18