Mission Update: Sheridan & Anita Stanton

Sheridan & Anita

July 8, 2008

Dear friends,

Greetings to all of you in the precious name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! It seems that I have felt HIS presence this past month closer to me than perhaps ever before in my life. It is hard watching someone you love so dearly suffer so much with the awful side effects of chemotherapy treatment for cancer. It leaves Anita so weak and sick for about two weeks of the three weeks between treatments. She has only about one week of feeling somewhat strong enough to leave the house. But through all of this her faith in the Lord has remained strong and her passion to return to the Lord’s work in Peru has not weakened. Her love and concern for others has not diminished either; she still finds time to call other cancer patients she has meet to encourage them. Her next and last chemo treatment will be the 15th of July. After about four to six weeks of recuperation the doctors have a mastectomy planned and then possibly six weeks of radiation treatments to follow the operation. We don’t have dates yet for the operation so we will keep everyone posted when we have that information. Thank you all so much for your prayers, cards, e-mails, phone calls and love gifts. It is an awesome experience knowing that you are loved by so many people; every day at least one card comes in the mail with expressions of concern and encouragement. Truly we serve a great and loving God!

We would also like to thank each one that responded to last month’s letter concerning help for my travel expenses. The need was more than met and the surplus will be used to help some of our national missionaries in Peru and also to cover some extra medical expenses that our insurance will not cover. Thanks again for each of you that helped us with this need. The travel expenses are for my upcoming three week trip back to Peru. I will leave one week after Anita has her last chemo treatment and be back before her surgery. When we left Peru in January for a six month furlough, we had planned to return the 9th of July. We made financial arrangements for our utility bills and national workers up until the end of June. So I need to go back and make new arrangements and also to get two new building projects started. Enough funds have been received to help the Grace Baptist church in Huánuco start their new building and also the Jordan Baptist church in Lima is now ready to begin construction on their new meeting house. God has been so good to help us be able to help these works. The work in Peru is growing and maturing for which we are thankful.

Speaking of new works; we still have the need of helping the Faith Baptist mission in Oxapampa with the need to purchase property. The total cost of the property is still $10,000.00. To date I have received $1500.00 designated for this project. Would anyone like to take this on as a mission project? Pastor Carlos Gonzales is the faithful national missionary that started this work and keeps it going. He lost his wife, Maria, last year to stomach cancer, but he and his grown children continue on in the work. Oxapampa is in an area of Peru where we have never had a work before. It is the middle city of three small cities located in a large semi-tropical valley. Just recently the government built a decent highway allowing travel to Oxapampa possible. The small city has no airport or waterways; travel is only by land.
In HIM and for HIS glory,

Sheridan and Anita Stanton
sestantonperu [at] hotmail.com (Sheridan)
arstantonperu [at] hotmail.com (Anita)

Celebrating 25 Years of Serving the Lord in Peru!

Announcements (July 6-13)

Weekly Announcements

Monday, July 7
Happy 24th Anniversary to our pastor and his wife!

Happy 24th Anniversary!
Happy 24th Anniversary!

Tuesday, July 8
Men’s Morning Meditations
canceled (for the next 2 weeks).
Happy Birthday to Joe!

Wednesday, July 9
7:00 p.m.- Evening Service. Evangelism series continues.
-Kids Class (Daniel 1:1-20~God helps us make right choices.)

Thursday, July 10
Happy 4th Birthday
to Jenna Marie!

Happy Birthday, Jenna!
Happy Birthday, Jenna!

Friday, July 11
Happy 2nd Birthday to Landon!

Happy Birthday, Landon!
Happy Birthday, Landon!

Saturday, July 12
Happy Birthday to Saprina!

Sunday, July 13
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School (Jeremiah 18:1-22:30; 2 Chronicles 36:1-7)
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Peter 3)
2:00 p.m.- Thomas Hood Veteran’s Center (See Bro. Wayne)
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus)
*Devotion: hmmm…let me guess…nobody!
*Ushers: Paul & Roger (alternates: Daniel & Steve G.)

Saturday, July 19
Church Picnic at Macedonia Christian Park
Games @ 5:00 p.m.
Dinner @ 6:00 p.m.
Let Brooke know what you’re bringing today!

Our picnic brings out the best in us!
Our picnic brings out the best in us!

Missionary of the Month
The Wacasers

Memory Check!!!!
How far along are you in Psalm 119?!

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Remember to send a letter, card, or note of encouragement to Bro. John this week!
600 Old Frankfort Circle
Lexington, KY 40510

John, Hannah, Sarah, Pastor Steve
John, Hannah, Sarah, Pastor Steve

Mission Update: A&O Home

Dear friends,

Hope all is well with you. We are doing well. Things around here are calm. I have not written lately because there has not been any changes in the situation here. The judge still has not started hearing any one yet. So as we wait to see the out come of all this we stay busy with other things.

Here at the home there are 34 people. There are some adults and the kids that have turned 18 that are here with us. There are 5 that I have become their legal guardian. Some of the older ones that are still here are the ones that are in college. They help here and we pay for the college. There are 6 in college right now. Since the place is so big it takes several people to keep it up.

The church is using the part of the building where the school was. We have done several events in the church and have many plans for different ways to evangelize the kids in the neighborhood. There are new house going up all around us. It has been interesting to see how the area around us is really growing.

The leaders that work with our young teens have been making new plans to reach out to their school friends. This last Saturday they a special supper. It was really cute. Pray for the group because it is a much needy age to work with.

Youth Meal
Youth Meal

We want to thank those of you who have been faithful in your prayers and support. Knowing that we have friends praying for us is a great inspiration. So many of you have written or called us and given encouragement. What a blessing. May God richly bless each of you.

As we wait to see what God has in store for us we will keep on serving Him in as many ways as we can. The command is to preach the Gospel to all, and that is what we are going to do. Some times we don’t understand God’s plans but that is not up to us any way. We must learn to trust in HIM fully and know that His plans will not be changed. We can be used by HIM or GOD will use some one else.

We are excited that our daughter KathyLee and her Husband Dan will be coming to work with us here. They are already working on their support. The Lord willing they should be here before the end of the year.

Here is our email. Write us any time. odali_kathy [at] hotmail.com

Odali and Kathy

Serving a delicious looking meal to the neighborhood kids!
Serving a delicious looking meal to the neighborhood kids!

Mission Update: The Radfords (July)

Nathan & Carrie Radford
July 2, 2008
Dear praying friends,

Another month has come and passed so quickly, and there are many items to update each of you about. I and my wife both thank the Lord for His many blessings that He gives to us each day, and for health and strength to serve Him, whether here in the States or overseas in the ministry in Kenya. Psalm 116:12 states “What shall I render unto the LORD for all His benefits toward me?” Truly the Lord has been good to us, and truly blessed our country. May we never forget all the blessings He gives to us each day.

This past month was a very busy one for me. I traveled for most of the month visiting churches and individuals in many states. Although it was difficult to be away from my wife and daughter, the Lord was so good to give me the health and strength that I needed for the month. McKenna is doing well and developing well also. She seems to be very healthy, and we are so grateful for this. She is growing very rapidly, and really is a well-behaved baby. Please continue to pray for McKenna and her development, that she would continue to progress well.

We are currently in the process of making new DVDs of our ministry. All of the ones that we had made previously have been taken, and we should have new ones available soon. If you would desire a DVD of our ministry in Kitale, in both the prison and hospital ministries, please email or write us, and we would be happy to send you one free of charge. We believe that seeing the ministry is as important as hearing of it, so this would be no problem to send one to you.

At present, we have heard of no problems in the hospital or prison ministries in Kitale. We thank the Lord for this, and we hope that the Kenyans we have left in charge of the ministries would continue to be faithful to the Lord. Proverbs 20:6 states “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” Faithful has been defined closely to loyalty, which implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray. We hope and pray that each national would remain loyal to the Lord and His work, and that they would personally inherit rewards for remaining faithful to the work of the Lord. Romans 14:12 says “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” May each of us take this very seriously and remain steadfast in our commitment to serve Him.

In conclusion, in regards to our support needs, we still need around 150 dollars a month, as some previous support has ceased. We are praying and trusting the Lord for this need, and we believe by faith that the need will be met in His time. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” A well-known quotation on faith is “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” May we each be willing to “take the first step” with whatever God calls us to do, and trust Him to bring everything together in His plan and purpose for our lives. May God bless each of you, as you continue to serve Him in the States, as we serve overseas in Kenya.

Until next month,
Nathan and Carrie Radford
naterad [at] yahoo.com

Isaiah 58 Recap (July 1)

This is a highly technological multimedia post about the July 1 Isaiah 58 Picnic/Yard-Free.   A lot came, many heard the Gospel, all were physically fed.

This first video is a recap of Monday’s flier handout and a preview of the picnic. (And for the record, it was 5 loaves and 2 fish…my mind drew blank!)

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “is 58 2“, posted with vodpod

This is a slideshow of the actual picnic.

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more about “Isaiah 58 (July 1)“, posted with vodpod

This last video is a recap of Tuesday’s picnic and yard-free.

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more about “isaiah 58 last video“, posted with vodpod

Thanks to those who came to help serve and share the Gospel.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Prayer Requests (July 2)

Prayer Requests from Wednesday, July 2

  • John- pray the Lord will straighten him out
  • Leslie- sinus infection; upcoming mammogram
  • Brenda & Carl- traveling this weekend
  • Mary (Brenda’s sister)- still in hospital
  • Larry (Brenda’s coworker)- divorce
  • Joe & Winkie & Family (Cheryl)- traveling to Europe
  • Nannie (Cheryl)- ulcer
  • Jason- still has cough
  • Danielle (Nikki’s sister)- traveling this week
  • Steve & Rachel & Family- traveling this weekend
  • Elaina (Jenna)- little girl whose mom just died of cancer
  • Sherry- back problems
  • M.O.M.- The Wacasers
  • Pray every day for the Lord to send someone your way who needs to hear the Gospel!

Weekly Announcements (June 29-July 5)

Weekly Announcements

Monday, June 30
Isaiah 58 Flyer Handout
(5:30 p.m.) Come meet our neighbors and tell them not only about our ministry, but how the Lord has worked in our lives!
Christian Counseling Class (6:30 p.m.) Sis. Helen continues teaching counseling from a Biblical perspective. The topic this week is effective parenting.
Happy Birthday to Mrs. Goodpaster!

Tuesday, July 1
Men’s Morning Meditations
(6:30-8:30 a.m.) All men are invited for a devotion and coffee at your pastor’s home. Come at your convenience! [Sidenote: Wayne, I will be making the chocolate chip coffee cake this week!]
Isaiah 58 Picnic & Yard-Free (6:30 p.m.) Get to know our neighbors by giving them food and stuff. We need servers, sorters, cooks, cleaners, and [most importantly] talkers!

Wednesday, July 2
7:00 p.m.- Evening Service. Evangelism series continues.
-Kids Class (2 Chronicles 34:1-33~God speaks to us through the Bible) [This is one of my absolute favorite stories!]

Thursday, July 3
Happy Birthday
to Bro. Paul!

Friday, July 4
Happy Independence Day!
Take time to thank the Lord for those who have died to make us free temporarily. Take time to thank the Lord for the One Who died to make us free eternally.
Listen to the best 4th of July song here and be refreshed by the excellent lyrics, some of which I didn’t know existed!
Happy Birthday to Travis! The whole nation honors this kids birthday…he gets fireworks every year! How cool is that?!

Sunday, July 5
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School (Jeremiah 16:1-17:27; 2 Kings 25:22-30)
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Peter 3)
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus)
*Devotion: Harry (next week: hmmm…let me guess…nobody!)
*Ushers: Harry & Jason (alternates: Paul & Roger)
Honduras Love Offering
Saturday, July 19
Church Picnic at Macedonia Christian Park
Let Brooke know what you’re bringing!

Missionary of the Month
John and Alta Hatcher

Memory Check!!!!
How far along are you in Psalm 119?!

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1 Peter 3:8-10

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit…”

What an excellent reminder the Sunday morning message was for all of us. It is so important for us to be of one mind, lining up with God’s Word, in order for Him to accomplish great things through us for His Kingdom. The message once again not only stepped on my toes, but squished them, reminding me of how important it is to be in God’s Word daily. I spent 4 whole days last month at the conference being reminded of that. Granted, my quiet times have become more regular, but I can always do more. Philippians 2:5~We have the mind of Christ when His Word becomes part of us. This part tied in excellent with the passage from Sunday School (and the New Attitude Conference). [Read Jeremiah 15:16; Listen to Josh Harris’ message on responses to God’s Word; Read Spurgeon’s sermon on this verse].
Oh, and should we even mention the tongue thing. How often is my speech uplifting? Ouch! Not enough…I can tell you that much!

So then, last night…I really appreciated Bro. Roger’s heart-to-heart. It was encouraging to hear how the Lord has used his church family in his life. It was also another reminder of how much we have to be thankful for. Personally, Bro. Roger and his family have been a blessing to me. They are all so genuine, which I am thankful for. Their sweet dispositions display God’s glory and I can see Him at work in all of their lives.

Finally, I want to let each one of you know that you have been a blessing in my life. It would take me forever to list how and why, but the Lord has used each of you in a very special way. I am so grateful that He strategically scattered me at New Life!

For the Glory of God

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