Dear praying friends, November 5, 2009
Another month has come and passed, and we are now near the end of the year 2009. Time goes so quickly, and we thank the Lord for His faithfulness to us in the work here in Kenya. Psalm 116:12 says “What shall I render unto the LORD for all His benefits toward me?”
May we truly be mindful of all the blessings of the Lord we have, and in thanksgiving, use our lives to serve Him faithfully. This update will share current ministry progress as well as prayer requests.
This past month, we had a team visit us from Pennsylvania. What a blessing they were to us, as they got involved in many different areas of ministry here. They assisted in painting the building at the Annex prison, and also assisted in the ministry in the village of Rafiki in many ways. We had such a great time with them, and wanted to personally thank them for all the did for us, both to visit, and encourage. Their work for the Lord here will certainly not be forgotten, as they were such a blessing. We also appreciated their spirit for missions work across the world, and their desire to see it first-hand. Thanks again so much for all you did for us while you were here in Kenya.
In the work in Rafiki, I have recently finished the course “Firm Foundations – from Creation to Christ.” We learned so much together and I believe it was a great foundational course for those who are attending. I am attaching a photo of me teaching this course. Please pray for me, as I am attempting to teach each week in Swahili, the language of Kenya. It is a challenge, but it has been pushing me to learn more of the language so I can effectively communicate with the people. The language is challenging and has no similarities to English, so I would appreciate your prayers for this.
I now have the plan and goal of continuing to teach sound doctrine to the people and to begin a preaching point. It is my goal also to establish a church in this village, and I am continuing to teach the doctrines of the faith so they will be established firmly in what they believe. Solid doctrinal teaching is much needed here, and I would appreciate your prayers for this. 1 Peter 5:2 says “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind.” Please pray for me in this time at the ministry of Rafiki, and also that the Lord would send those who look to Him for their provision, and trust in Him only. This is one of my goals, to develop those who depend on the Lord only for their needs, and look to Him Alone.
The prison ministry is also doing well. The “Firm Foundations” course is now also being used there, and the men seem to be gaining much from it. What a privilege it is to have the opportunity to teach from the Word of God. May we be mindful of the need for missions around the world. Mark 16:15 says “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” May we be challenged by this and always remember the need to “reach the unreached” all around the world.
Carrie and McKenna are doing well. McKenna is growing and developing quickly, and we are so proud of her. What a blessing it is to have a child, and our goal is to train her in the ways of the Lord. We appreciate your prayers for us as we raise her, that we would be the parents we need to be. God bless you all and thanks again so much for your prayers and encouragement. It means so much to us.
Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford
Kenya, East Africa