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Helping students understand King University’s mission of transforming culture in Christ
is one of the Rev. Dr. Fred Foy Strang's favorite things about his service at King
University. Later this year, Fred Foy and Cecily Strang, along with two King alumni,
Chase (’08) and Audrey (Moore) Arndt (’11), will join together in enacting this vision
as they answer the call and embark on a 3 1/2 year missionary deployment in an underserved
area of East Africa.
Fred Foy and Cecily have worked as missionaries to the Maasai for the past 30 years.
“Ever since our return from missionary service as young adults with young children,
Cecily and I have been open to and explored ways and means to return to Africa in
a full time capacity,” commented Fred Foy. “This opportunity with Chase and Audrey
really began to develop about year prior as we committed to prayer and seeking God's
hand of direction.” In November of 2013, The Antioch Partners (TAP) accepted the Strangs
and Arndts as missionaries. Their mission will take them on a journey to serve the
indigenous Maasai near the borders of Kenya and Tanzania.
God's call on the Strang's lives to serve in cross-cultural ministry has been evident
since childhood. As youth, Fred Foy served Hispanic migrant farm workers while Cecily
grew up as the daughter of Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) national missionaries to
Appalachia in both Kentucky and West Virginia.
In 1982, Fred Foy first began his service with the Maasai people in East Africa. Not
long after, Cecily and Fred Foy met at the New Wilmington Missionary Conference, were
married in 1984, and, after a time of academic preparations, moved to Kenya with their
new, growing family to live and work with the Maasai in the Great Rift Valley. The
Strangs served in partnership with the PCUSA and the Presbyterian Church of East Africa.
At the conclusion of this time of mission service, the Strangs returned to the United
States, serving church congregations and the university in American culture. They
began their service at King University in 2005 – Fred Foy as chaplain, professor of Missions, Philosophy, and Religion,
and dean of the Peeke School of Christian Mission; and Cecily as a lecturer for King’s School of Nursing.
Throughout these varied posts, the mission to serve the underserved among the Maasai
has been vitally connected. The Strangs have returned to East Africa every year--with
mission teams, with their two boys, Jesse and Jacob, and in solo ventures.
“The deep relationships cultivated over the past 30 years are astounding and humbling,”
said Fred Foy. “It is a joy for us to be able to return to full-time missionary service
with The Antioch Partners, a mission sending partner of the Presbyterian Frontier
Fellowship and Outreach Foundation. Also, it is a special joy to be serving with a
dynamic young couple, Chase and Audrey Arndt.” The Arndts have been in partnerships
with the Strangs in study, service, and mission for a number of years and this TAP
team effort is an exciting new venture.”
Chase and Audrey also have been led by God’s hand to service in Africa. Audrey went
on her first mission trip to Africa in 2008. During her time at King, Audrey connected
with Fred Foy, learning of his mission work in Africa. “It was clear immediately
this connection was no accident. It felt like the Lord had led me to this place.
I knew I would indeed go back to Africa.” Upon graduation from King in 2011, she and
two of her classmates journeyed to Africa to serve for several months in the City
of Hope, and later, at an orphanage called Forever Angels. After Audrey’s return to
the states, she and Chase married in 2012.
During an interview in 2012, Audrey commented on Chase’s and her future plans. “We
definitely plan to go back to Africa, or maybe somewhere else, depending on where
God leads, to do additional mission work.”
Fred Foy, an ordained Presbyterian minister with a Ph.D. in African Christianity,
will be working with indigenous Christian leadership training and the development
of the Oldoinyo Kiti Research, Study, and Training Center on the Kenya-Tanzania border.
The Oldoinyo Kiti center is being spearheaded by local Maasai community leaders and
the Maasai Special Projects Fund, Inc. (www.mspfonline.com). Cecily, an RN, will be working with Maasai people and others in community health
with special focus on malaria care and health education.
Originally from Eufaula, Ala., Fred Foy received his Bachelor of Arts from Furman
University, Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministry
from Reformed Theological Seminary, and his Master of Science and PhD from the University
of Edinburgh. Cecily received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University
of Tennessee (UT) and her Master of Science in Nursing from King. Cecily worked for
a number of years as a Registered Nurse in labor and delivery. She will complete her
PhD in Nursing Research at UT this year prior to leaving for the mission field.
Chase Arndt will be working as the site superintendent for Oldoinyo Kiti. He will
also assist Fred Foy with the leadership courses that will be taught. Chase graduated
from King in 2008 with his bachelor’s in Health Science and Chemistry with a minor
youth ministry. He then went on to receive his master’s in Intercultural Studies from
Columbia International University.
While in Africa, Audrey will work with the schools and assist faculty in ways to best
deal with mental health issues among the youth and children in the schools. She received
her Bachelor of Arts from King in 2011 in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in
Elementary Education. She is currently completing her master’s degree in Counseling
and Human Development at Radford University.
“The King University connection that Cecily and I share with Chase and Audrey is just
wonderful and fits so well with King’s mission and vision of transforming culture
for Christ,” commented Fred Foy. “We are excited to return to King’s campus on April
23rd for the final chapel of the spring semester. The service will serve as a missionary
commissioning ceremony with the laying on of hands for the four of us. Members of
the Presbytery, Antioch Partners, and the Maasai Special Projects will be part of
the service. It will certainly be a special time.
“There is such an enormous need that it is just so compelling to go and help equip
the people there to have some type of sustainable change in their life, added Fred
Foy. “I will continue in an adjunct role with the Peeke School of Christian Mission.
While in Africa, we will host mission service trips with King. We will have many different
avenues in which people will be able to help including a medical component. We are
also trying to put together some modular training components in which students could
spend an extended period of study in Africa for credit at King. We are looking at
these projects as something that could continue over the long-term.”
The Strangs and Arndts are embarking on a missionary deputation sabbatical during
the spring semester to secure prayer and financial support for this mission endeavor.
They have requested our prayer and support in this venture of faith! Please commit
to lifting them and the people with whom they work in your prayers. Also, financial
support is needed for their outgoing expenses, project expenses, personal living expenses,
and the capital expense of construction of the Oldoinyo Kiti Research, Study, and
Training Center. If you would like to donate and follow their journey, visit The Antioch
Partners at www.theantiochpartners.org/strang/). For additional information on the Maasai Special Projects Fund, Inc., visit www.mspfonline.com.
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