Archive for August, 2008

August 29, 2008

NLBC: Prayer Requests (from August 27)

Sorry this is delayed, but I’m sure these people can still use prayer!  :o)

  • Mrs. Goodpaster- bronchitis
  • Barbara- Praising the Lord for conforming her and working in her life through everything!
  • Tom- invited lady at work to church; older lady at Amazon left and offered him her job!
  • Janna- cancer-surviving customer at Sherwin-Williams depressed
  • Daniel- job interviews
  • Sherry- pray she will be a help to her friend Sherry at work whose cancer is back all over
  • Kim- Madison was taken away by her mom; pray for Madison’s safety and encourage Kim!
  • Kim (Brenda)- surgery Friday at Doctor’s office; still not sold anything; pray her boss is more understanding
  • Logan (Brenda)- strep throat
  • Walker (Brenda)- sprained shoulder
  • Thelma B. (Carl’s mom)- had 2 biopsies done (1 head, 1 face)
  • Larry’s Dad ((Brenda’s co-worker)- heart attack on Saturday night, 2 stints Tuesday, 2 stints later
  • Dan H. (Carl’s brother-in-law)- feeding tube inserted Monday, went to Cardinal Hill Tuesday
  • Mary P. (Brenda’s sister)- went home from hospital Monday night, giver herself blood thinner shots from home
  • Ann A. (close friend of Becky R.)- diagnosed with cancer
  • Sammie- not feeling well; is hot; urgent treatment center
  • Nick and Brooke- pray the Lord will continue to guide them and be glorified in their lives
August 25, 2008

Weekly Announcements (August 24-31)

Monday, August 25
6:30 p.m.- Christian Counseling Class with Helen
Happy Birthday to Caleb!

Tuesday, August 26
Men’s Morning Meditations- Come by your pastor’s home between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. this Tuesday for devotions and coffee (…who knows…there might be a surprise muffin or something now that I’m not in band camp 13 hours a day!).

Wednesday, August 27
7:00 p.m.– We will continue our series on evangelism and the kids will be learning about Nehemiah rebuilding the wall.
Happy Anniversary to Brenda & Carl!

Thursday, August 28
Happy Birthday to Dorcie and Kim!

Friday, August 29
Happy Anniversary to Kim & Anthony!

Sunday, August 31
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School (Jeremiah 50:1-52:34)
Devotion: nobody
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship (1 Peter 5)
Ushers: Harry & Jason (alternates: Paul & Roger)
2:00 p.m.– Nursing Home Ministry at Thomson-Hood Veteran’s Center in Wilmore (see Bro. Wayne)
6:00 p.m.– Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 20:14)

Missionary of the Month:
Mike & Pam Anderson
E-mail them a note of encouragement at mpandersonkenya [at] yahoo.com

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Praise the Lord I survived all three weeks of band camp!  Yay!  I only have one more year of band camp left…that’s a crazy feeling after doing it for 8 years!  :o)  I start school on Wednesday.  This is my lightest class load so far.  I went to the doctor this morning and everything is still fine there!  I meet with the diabetes nurse tomorrow at 1:00, so that should be interesting!

Enough about my life…I really enjoyed yesterday’s services.  I thought Steve Ludwig did an excellent job both presenting his ministry and bringing a convicting message.  It was really nice to meet him, Misty, Bryson, and Branson!  Learn more about Rock of Ages Prison Ministries at their website (but don’t be frightened by the 3-D man as I was!  haha!).

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Some Interesting Links for You this Week:

  • An article about how brutal the Olympics have been for Chinese Christians.
  • Meet John Piper’s new grandson, Morrow.  This is a beautiful story of God’s grace manifested in the life of his son and daughter-in-law, Molly and Abraham.  Their second child, daughter Felicity, was stillborn last year.  [Also interesting is how they name their kids…check this out!]
  • A great quote.
  • In honor of Caleb’s birthday, read a neat post by Daniel that reminds us to keep our focus!
August 22, 2008

Welcome, Baby Erick!

Here are some new pictures of Lou and Stella’s new baby boy, Erick!  Isn’t he a cutie!

August 17, 2008

34 Reasons I Love My Dad

Happy Birthday, Dad! I would be disobeying the 5th commandment if I hadn’t shared just a few reasons why I love you! :o)

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August 17, 2008

Weekly Announcements (August 17-24)

Monday, August 18
Pray for Sis. Anita Stanton, missionary to Peru, as she has surgery today.
Happy Birthday to Pastor Steve!

Tuesday, August 19
Men’s Morning Meditations- Come by your pastor’s home between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. this Tuesday for devotions and coffee.

Wednesday, August 20
7:00 p.m.– We will continue our series on evangelism and Sis. Becky will be teaching the kids about Nehemiah (“God Restores Us”).
Happy Anniversary to Wayne and Sherry!

Sunday, August 24
7:20 a.m.– Bro. Kevoy will be returning to Jamaica. We thank God for strategically placing him in Kentucky the past two summers to encourage those of us at New Life. (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13)
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School (Jeremiah 32:6-23)
Devotion: nobody
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship (1 Peter 5)
Ushers: Tom & Roger (alternates: Harry & Jason)
6:00 p.m.– Steven Ludwig of Rock of Ages Prison Ministries


Missionary of the Month:
Mike & Pam Anderson
E-mail them a note of encouragement at mpandersonkenya [at] yahoo.com

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Another Blogless Week
So by God’s grace, I survived the past two weeks of LCA’s band camp and I know His grace will sustain me through UK’s this week.  It will be hard to switch from being staff to being the student again.  Unfortunately I have to miss church on Wednesday evening for practice…I go from 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. every day.

Yay band...

Yay band...

Be sure to check out the posts preceding this one with an update from the Tates as well as pictures from Donnie’s baptism.  We’re so glad he’s a part of our church family!  What a testimony God has given him!

I just wanted to remind each of you how blessed I am to have you all in my life.  I love the way God has placed us together to edify one another and glorify Him!

August 17, 2008

Mission Update: The Tates

Roger, Julie, Emily, Amy, & Josiah

Roger, Julie, Emily, Amy, & Josiah

Rain, Cold & Lack of Electricity
We are currently in the rainy and cold season. That’s right, the cold season. I know we are only 100 miles north of the equator, but it’s chilly here at 6,000 feet of altitude. Also, it rains everyday through the months of July and August so the roads are a mess and the electricity goes out just about every day for at least a little while. That being said, the rain, cold and lack of electricity isn’t going to stop us. Our goal is still to bring joy in Christ to the Kenyan people.

Right now, however, there is still so much to try and get set up. I’ve been working hard to get a reliable internet connection and I think I have the most reliable setup I’m going to get for at least a little while. At least it keeps us connected to the rest of the world. Julie’s also working hard to get a homeschool schedule set up for the kids. She wants to start homeschooling the kids August 4th. Right now her biggest challenge in this arena is figuring out how to homeschool three of them without any materials or curriculum. You see, she’s having to do this because our container with all of our homeschool material that we spent months collecting while still in the States is currently stuck in Mombasa (coastal city in Kenya). First, it got delayed because the Port Authority was moving towards using a computerized system and things were not going well. Then it was delayed further because of a railway strike. And right now it is being delayed again because of a strike in the office of the Port Authority. Julie’s doing a great job with alternative options, though. The arrival of our container is probably our number one prayer request right now. Please keep this matter before the Lord.

Involvement in ministry is coming along slowly because of all the other things that we’ve needed to do to get set up.  We’ve been in Kenya for almost two months and have moved four times already.  Even though stability is nonexistent right now, we’ve been getting to know church members, I’ve been meeting with the Pastors and even made my first house visit (that was an experience).  In the month of August, I’ll start teaching in the Bible institute and working more with the Pastors, as well as trying to get a week-long Bible club for kids set up with Amos, the young Kenyan man who works with the youth here.  So, the month of August should prove to be exciting and challenging.  Please also pray for our ministry opportunities and that we would reach many, many Kenyans with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Blessings,
Roger

Updated Contact Information:
Address: P.O. Box 761
Kitale, Kenya 30200

E-mail:
Rojuta [at] gmail.com

Website:
http://www.TatesInAfrica.com

August 17, 2008

Donnie’s Baptism Pictures

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August 10, 2008

Weekly Announcements

Weekly Announcements (August 10-17)

Monday, August 11
6:30 p.m.- Christian Counseling Class with Sis. Helen

Tuesday, August 12
6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.- Men’s Morning Meditations at Pastor Steve’s home. Come at your convenience for a devotion and coffee!

Wednesday, August 13
7:00 p.m.- Pastor Steve will be sharing about his trip to Jamaica, complete with pictures!

Friday, August 15
Meet Haddie, Nick’s new little sister at their home. (Time coming soon!)

Saturday, August 16
6:00 p.m.- Nursing Home Ministry in Nicholasville (see Bro. Nick for details).

Sunday, August 17
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School (Jeremiah 29:1-31:40)
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Peter 5)
2:00 p.m.- Baptism at Thompson Road Baptist Church (Donnie and Kim will be baptized!)
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 20)
*Devotion: Roger
*Ushers: Daniel & Steve G. (alternates: Tom & Roger)

Missionary of the Month
The Andersons

Memory Check!!!!
How far along are you in Psalm 119?! Cheryl’s done! :o)
ESV KJV NKJV

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I will be teaching woodwinds at LCA’s band camp every day again this week. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., with the exception of Wednesdays and Fridays 9-5. So, posts on here will probably be few and far between while I’m frying in the sun listening to Dr. Beat for up to 4 hours at a time!
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Some links this past week that interested me that might interest you, too!

  • First off, if you didn’t see the opening ceremonies for the Olympics, you have to check that out here. (I couldn’t find any really good video…NBC removed it all!)
  • Read how China is providing ESV-Chinese Bibles at the Olympics.
  • A 40-day prayer plan designed specifically for the Olympics.
  • Catch Steven Curtis Chapman and his family on Larry King Live…an excellent interview.
  • This post goes right along with Sunday evening’s sermon on the 4th commandment.

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Prayer Request from Saprina
I am asking that each and everyone of you say a prayer for my cousin Amy, her new baby and her husband. Alex was born Thursday and he was taken to UK Hospital Friday. The doctors think he may have a hole in his heart.

August 9, 2008

Mission Update: The Stantons

August 7, 2008

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Peru once again by the mercies of our Lord! I’ve been in Peru for two weeks now taking care of Mission business and getting our bills paid up. Anita was not able to make this short trip with me because she needed to recuperate a few weeks after her last chemo therapy treatment. I am returning to the States on the 12th of August in order to be there for her operation on the 18th of August. After her operation they will let her recover for about a month and then begin radiation therapy five days a week for six weeks. God continues to be very gracious to her during this “cancer experience.” We thank each of you for your constant prayers and support. We believe the worst part (chemo therapy) is behind us, but she still has a long way to go, so please continue to remember her in your prayers. You can still reach us at the numbers listed above.

It has been a real blessing to be back in Peru after six months in the States. I have been able to help two churches get their new building programs started. Jordan Baptist in Lima will soon be tearing down the old structure they’ve been in for the past twelve years. They outgrew the building years ago and have been putting up extension tents in the street for a few years now. At last they have enough to get the new building started which will quadruple their seating capacity. Praise the Lord with us for this. Also the Grace Baptist Church here in Huánuco has received sufficient funds from the Statesville Bible Institute to build their new meeting house on the property we purchased for them last year. Some pictures are attached.

I also had the joy of purchasing the new motorcycle for Peruvian missionary Miguel Gargate this past week. Motorcycles are cheaper in the mountain town of Huánuco than in the jungle town of Tingo Maria where he lives. He came to Huánuco, we purchased the motorcycle and then he headed back home on the new bike with his brother-in-law as a passenger. The trip normally takes about three hours but it took him six! It rained hard and the fog was thick. But praise the Lord they arrived home safely! This motorcycle will help Miguel enormously in his mission travels. He has three major works he attends too and also a few occasional preaching points in the jungle. Thanks to our dear “anonymous” friend who donated the money for this motorcycle.

Pastors, a few weeks after Anita’s operation I hope to begin rescheduling appointments to come and share with your church the Lord’s work here in Peru. Anita will not be able to travel with me on the long trips but she hopes to be able to accompany me on some of the shorter trips. Please feel free to contact me and I will be contacting those of you with whom I had to cancel earlier in the year. Looking forward to seeing all of you. May our heavenly Father continue to bless you all for your prayers and support!

In Him and by His grace,

Sheridan and Anita Stanton

August 9, 2008

Mission Update: The Radfords

Dear praying friends, August 5, 2008

Another month has come and passed so quickly, and we thank the Lord for all the benefits He gives to us each day. May we never forget the blessings and provisions of the Lord and all His goodness to us. This update will share current news, as well as prayer requests.

This past month was the BFM Conference in Ironton, Ohio. What a blessing it was to see old friends and other missionaries who have given their lives for the Lord on the mission field. The missionaries that represented their fields of service certainly take Matthew 10:39 seriously, which says “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Jim Elliott, the famous missionary to Ecuador who gave his life for the cause of Christ, said “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Certainly the missionaries that attended the conference have literally given their lives for service, and I believe they will have great rewards for their efforts. What a privilege it was to fellowship with the missionaries and the others who attended.

Many have been asking about McKenna, our daughter. She is now 3 months old and progressing very well. She is becoming much more interactive, and we thank the Lord for the privilege of caring for her and raising her. We have attached a photo of McKenna to this update so you can see her development. Please pray for her, and also that we would be the parents God wishes us to be.

Please pray for us and the time we have spent raising support for the ministry in Kenya. Support raising has definitely become more difficult since last furlough, and we thank the Lord for each one who gives sacrificially so that the works in Kenya can continue. We are still trusting the Lord to provide the remainder of our support, which presently is around 100-125$ per month. We continue to pray and trust the Lord for these needs. In Psalms 37:25, the Bible says “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24 states “Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.” These verses are such a comfort to us that the Lord will provide for His servants and meet their needs, whether here in the States or overseas. May each of us step out in faith and trust the Lord to provide.

In conclusion, we have several prayer requests. A famous quote I read recently that really challenged me was “Is prayer your steering wheel, or your spare tire?” Is prayer something that we rely on frequently for guidance and direction in our lives, or is it something we only go to in case of an emergency? May we come often before the Lord with our needs and burdens, and rely on the Lord to help us. Psalm 55:22 says “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

Please pray for the ministries in Kitale, that they would continue well in our absence. Please also pray that the Lord would be brought glory through whatever we do, whether in the States on furlough or in service on the mission field. Please pray also for McKenna and her development. Please pray that we would be parents who would fear the Lord and raise our children to live to serve Him. Finally, please pray that the Lord would meet the rest of our support needs, in His time. God bless you all and we look forward to any emails or letters from you.
Until next month,

Nathan and Carrie Radford
315 College St.
Youngsville, PA 16371
Email: naterad [at] yahoo.com

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