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Rafiki Foundation  |  Training Africans to Transform Africa for Christ

Karen and Richard Farrand

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Karen and Richard Farrand

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Karen and Richard Farrand currently serve in the Rafiki Village Zambia as co-deans of the Rafiki Institute of Classical Education (RICE), a three-year teacher-training college. Before entering the field with the Rafiki Foundation in 2018, the couple spent six years in Nigeria as Bible Study Fellowship leaders. After Richard retired from the pastorate, the couple attended a conference where they met Karen Elliot, Rafiki's Executive Director, and Rosemary Jensen, Rafiki’s founder. The women encouraged the Farrands to consider returning to Africa to serve with Rafiki. The Lord graciously confirmed their call, and the Farrands entered the field in 2018.

The couple was married in 1968. Before entering the field, Karen owned a Christian bookstore and Richard worked for consumer goods companies before becoming a pastor. Karen received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in Christian counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. Richard earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) before receiving a Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. Since living on the field, the Farrands say they have learned to rely on the Lord more and know that He is their only answer.

To those considering going overseas, the couple encourages praying and seeking God’s will. The Farrands are thankful for the Rafiki Foundation and the rewarding work they get to be a part of as they grow in the grace and knowledge of their Savior.

MONDAY: Pray that God will open doors of ministry. “Pray for us, that God may open a door for our message” (Colossians 4:3).
TUESDAY: Pray that God’s Word will spread. “Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1).
WEDNESDAY: Pray for protection. “Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer” (2 Thessalonians 3:2).
THURSDAY: Pray for effective ministry with the RICE teacher’s college. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
FRIDAY: Pray for refreshment. “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
SATURDAY: Pray for good teamwork among the Zambian team. “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).
SUNDAY: Pray for God to provide and watch over family left back in the States. “But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children” (Psalm 103:17).

Karen and Richard Farrand