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!)

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more about “is 58 2“, posted with vodpod

This is a slideshow of the actual picnic.

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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?!
ESV KJV NKJV

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SUMMING UP SUNDAY
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!

Prayer Requests (June 25)

Prayer Requests (from Wednesday, June 25)

  • Kevin & Saprina- house situation after flood
  • John W. (Leslie)- chest pain
  • Kenny P. (Leslie)- Bell’s Palsy; ear infections
  • Carl- not feeling well
  • John- pray God would draw him back with cords of love
  • Kim (Brenda’s daughter)- heart; houses
  • Dorcie- on Markey Cancer Center list
  • Cheryl and Danny’s family after the death of his paternal grandmother (Funeral Friday)
  • Shane H. (Steve G.)- irregular heartbeat; infection after surgery
  • Barbara- unspoken
  • Denise- cousin from Okinawa with 2 kids traveling in for wedding!
  • Laura- depression
  • Susan (Laura)- witness; salvation
  • Daniel- pray that others will learn a lesson from his experience with carrot cake
  • Harry- diabetes test continuing
  • Kristin- traveling to Michigan this weekend
  • James (Kristin)- shoulder; pneumonia
  • Ella (Wayne)- drugs; continue to turn life back to the Lord
  • Stephanie
  • Mike N. (Lou)- divorce (especially pray for his daughter)
  • Stella- doing well/Lou traveling July 10!
  • Pray about the extra space!
  • Saturday Morning: “Lexington Pride” Parade- pray that God would intervene in this situation
  • John & Alta H.
  • Anita S. & Sheridan

Another Great Update from Sis. Stanton!

Dear Friends and Family,We returned from TN yesterday afternoon after having a wonderful weekend with family. The anniversary celebration was beautiful. Sheridan’s younger sister, Nancy, had done a great job decorating and preparing for it. She was blessed to have many friends help her also. The evening was a nice tribute and honor to his parents for 60 years of marriage.

On Sunday, after church, we all met at a nearby community center and celebrated Mrs. Stanton’s 80th birthday. It was a relaxed picnic style lunch with good fellowship. After finishing there, the family went back to the Stanton’s house and just “hung out”. Our nephew and his wife from FL were BRAVE to make the drive with an 3 year old and a set of 6 month twins. All are girls, and we had not seen Sarah, the oldest since she was a baby, and of course it was the first time to meet the twins. We had such a fun time with them all.

Our niece Emily lives close by and it was good to have time with her, (when she could tear herself away from the new boyfriend!!! 🙂 🙂 No, we did have quality time with her too. Her sister, Bethany was also there with her husband and 5 year old son Brison. Brison entertained us as any 5 year old will! Bethany just found out today that the baby she is expecting in November is a boy.

It was great to see Sheridan’s older brother, Ralph, his wife Sheila, their daughter Holly, son-in-law Gene and grandson Bradley. We had not seen them in a long time. Bradley is proving to be a great guitarist and shared with us. Also with them was their son Jon, his wife Michaela and their precious little boy Ty. It was a real treat to see all this family.

Sheridan’s older sister Linda, and her husband Tony were there Friday and Saturday with us, but had to leave to return to FL for doctor appointments scheduled for Tuesday. The time we did have was great.

Leah, John and Jack were able to drive to Lexington and then make the rest of the trip with us. Jack kept us laughing and did great for a 17 month old in the car. Of course, it was good to spend the time with them also. I must brag a bit as a Mom. Saturday night Leah sang a solo for her Grandparents and did a FANTASTIC job. She has a beautiful voice and I had not heard her sing in a long time. It was a good thing that I heard her rehearsing Saturday morning because I got my cry out then! She really touched a lot of hearts with her song. Once again, “good job, Leah!”

I had my fifth chemo today. Only ONE to go!!!!!! As usual, I am doing okay now. The worse of the effects usually set in about the third day after treatment. So, you can pray, but pray harder starting Thursday! 🙂 We are hoping that the diverticulitis was what took my appetite the entire time after the fourth chemo. I am still on the antibiotics until this coming Sunday, but the side effects of them are much improved. The pain has subsided so we know they are working.

I am praying that the depression will not be as bad this time around. These drugs are powerful, working on every part of the body from the brain to the toes. I will take all the advise of the oncology dietian this time and do my best to keep the protein and calcium levels up so not as to provoke more fatigue. At least, I am aware that all these effects are the drugs and praise the Lord, the treatments will soon be over and the drugs can begin to be cleared from my entire body. All reports are encouraging.

I will have a genetic study done on Monday, June 30. We are praying for that in the sense that it will not show need to do the hormone therapy which requires infusions once a week for a year. I REALLY would like to think I was going home after the first of the year. I still know and firmly believe God is in control of the entire situation and my body, and He will let me go home when He deems is time. Until then, I have to learn to be content with you guys!!! 🙂

Well, I probably won’t be back on the computer for a few days, just wanted to let you know that all is as well as possible. I have my wonderful, faithful “nurse” at my side who is always looking out for me. How blessed I am!

Thank you for praying for him also. I know it is hard on him but he never complains, just keeps looking for ways to cheer me us and make life easier. Thanks too for all your prayers, cards, emails and other gestures of love to us both.

We are truly blessed with wonderful friends and family.

Love,
Anita

For the Glory of God

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