CMI has recently celebrated 20 years of ministry in Kenya! Praise God!
CMI was founded in 1996 to facilitate the ministries of Randy, Becky, Nichole and Joel Coates among the people of East Africa. In 1997 we left careers in accounting and teaching in Atlanta, Georgia to move to Kenya and immediately took up the task of church planting. Together with our African brothers and sisters, we have planted 90+ churches throughout the country.
In Kenya, we partner with Kenyans. Our mandate is to work alongside (not above) our African brothers and sisters to facilitate the work of reaching the unreached throughout East Africa. In 1997 Dr. Francis Kamau (a close friend of the Coates family since studying together at Fuller Seminary) and Randy registered an independent Church organization in Kenya. The resulting churches are known as Cornerstone Faith Assembly Churches (not affiliated with Assemblies of God). Cornerstone is not legally connected to any other ministry organization in Kenya, the US or elsewhere including CMI, yet the vast majority of CMIs ministry occurs under the umbrella of Cornerstone.
Randy and Becky are enjoying this new season in their marriage. Their children have moved to different parts of the world, finding spouses, getting education and serving the Lord. Becky is able to join Randy on most of his missions to Turkana if she is not busy ministering at the local church. Serving the Lord together in ministry is the ultimate blessing for them.