Mission Update: The Radfords

Dear praying friends,

Another month has come and passed, and we thank the Lord for His many blessings to us. God has been so good to us, and we need to remember Him each day for the blessings He brings. This update will share current prayer requests as well as plans for our return to Kenya, Lord willing.

Philippians 1:3-4 states “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy…” As Paul thanked the brethren in his day, we thank each of you and are so thankful to each of you who either prays for, supports, or visits the ministries in Kenya. We truly could not do our work without your help.

Lord willing, we plan to return to Kenya September 25th. We still need around $75-100 a month and are praying and trusting the Lord for these needs.  Please pray for us, that we would be faithful, and also adjust well to the many changes culturally that are before us. Taking a four month old baby is a daunting task, so we ask for your prayers, that McKenna would adjust well and that we would have wisdom in helping her through the process.

I would like to finish the prayer letter with an abbreviated story as an encouragement to all missionaries. Matthew 19:29 states “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”

An old missionary couple had been working in Africa for years and was returning to New York to retire.  They had no pension; their health was broken; they were defeated, discouraged, and afraid. They discovered they were booked on the same ship as President Teddy Roosevelt, who was returning from one of his big-game hunting expeditions.

No one paid any attention to them. They watched the fanfare that accompanied the President’s entourage, with passengers trying to catch a glimpse of the great man. The old missionary said to his wife, “Something is wrong. Why should we have given our lives in faithful service for God in Africa all these many years and have no one care a thing about us?” No one noticed the missionary couple. They slipped off the ship and found a cheap flat on the East Side, hoping the next day to see what they could do to make a living in the city. That night the man’s spirit broke.  He said to his wife, “I can’t take this; God is not treating us fairly.” His wife replied, Why don’t you go in the bedroom and tell that to the Lord?”

A short time later he came out from the bedroom, but now his face was completely different. “The Lord
settled it with me,” he said. “I told Him how bitter I was that the President should receive this tremendous
homecoming, when no one met us as we returned home. And when I finished, it seemed as though the Lord put His hand on my shoulder and simply said, ‘But you’re not home yet!”

May we as servants of God, whether here or overseas, take heart with this story. May we continue to faithfully serve Him, realizing we “are not home yet” and He will reward His servants in due time. God bless you and we will keep you updated on the ministry in Kenya.

In Him,
Nathan, Carrie, and McKenna
naterad [at] yahoo.com

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