Dear praying friends, November 3, 2008
Another month has come and passed so quickly, and we thank the Lord so much for His faithfulness to us here in Kenya. Please continue to pray for us, that the Lord would give us the grace, strength, and direction we need for each day in the ministry.
We are now in the process of many cultural adjustments, but we are taking one day at a time and doing our best to adjust to living in Kenya, as it is much different from America. Cultural change is one of the hardest aspects of being a missionary, and we would appreciate your prayers. We know the Lord will help us in this area. Psalm 121:1-2 says “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.” Please pray for us, in the ministry here in Kenya, and also for our cultural adjustments. Please also continue to pray for the health of McKenna, as she is only around 6 months old and still will need additional immunizations, etc. We will keep you updated on the ministries here each month.
As Thanksgiving is approaching, I recently had an experience that truly made me thankful and to dwell on the blessings of the Lord. Psalm 103:2 says “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” This past month, I was able to visit Kibera, a world famous slum area in Nairobi. Many famous people have visited the slum, including former President Carter and Bill Gates. A visit to this area would make anyone more grateful for what the Lord has given and provided. Here is some general information about this area.
Kibera is considered one of the biggest slums in the world. (around 1 million people) I have been told it is the second largest slum on the continent of Africa. 10% of people are shack owners and many of these people own many other shacks and sub-let them. The average size of shack in this area is 12ft x 12ft built with mud walls, screened with concrete, a corrugated tin roof, dirt or concrete floor. The cost for rent is about Ksh 700 per Month. (around 10 US dollars) These shacks often house up to 8 or more, with many sleeping on the floor. Only about 20% of Kibera has electricity. There are over 50,000 orphans in Kibera.
I have attached a photo that I took of Kibera this past month. I left Kibera with a greater awareness of God’s goodness to me and His provision. Psalm 68:19a says ” Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loadeth us with benefits…” May we ever be mindful of how much the Lord has blessed us, and how much we have to be thankful for. As we enter this month of the holiday of Thanksgiving, may we truly remember to thank the Lord for all He has done for us.
Please pray for us, as the elections in the United States are tomorrow. We know the Lord is in control of all things, and we trust Him to keep us safe. Please pray for the other missionaries and their safety as well, as the outcome is very near. God bless you all and have a great upcoming holiday with your families.
Nathan and Carrie Radford
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