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Missionary Update: The Radfords in Kenya

Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford

March 2, 2010

Dear praying friends,

Another month has come and passed so quickly, and we thank the Lord for His care for us, for His protection, and also for His many blessings He has given us. Psalm 116:12 says “What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me?” We thank the Lord for His many blessings, and also thank the Lord for each of you, who pray for us, encourage us, and support us in the work here in Kenya. This update will share current ministry progress as well as share prayer requests.

The work in the village of Rafiki is continuing well, and we thank the Lord for this. I am now teaching on the church, and also preaching the Word of God. I thank the Lord for those who have been coming to learn and study the Bible. Beginning the work has not been easy, and has had many challenges, but I thank the Lord for His faithfulness and help. Please continue to pray for this work as it continues to develop, and also for the people, that God would use His Word to change their lives. In the Lord’s plan and timing, I desire to have a church in Rafiki, so please pray for this work there. Please also pray for me as I go out in the community to visit, and also share the Word of God with the people. I have truly seen the importance of prayer, relying and trusting the Lord to do His work. Corrie Ten Boom once said “Don’t wait until you are ready to pray. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” What a challenge this is to each of us, to regularly pray, wherever the Lord has us to serve Him.  Nathan Radford at the teaching ministry in Rafiki

The Annex prison ministry is also continuing well. I thank the Lord for the chaplains there and for the cooperation they have had in the work. We are now half-way through the course “Firm Foundations” and the men seem to be really learning and growing spiritually. We have learned much together, and the men seem to be getting a solid foundation of teaching from the Word of God. We also have the chairs now built and put in the building, and we thank those who donated for this need. The men are very grateful to each of you who pray for them, as many feel forgotten. May God bless each of you for your prayers and assistance with this ministry.

In family news, Carrie and McKenna are continuing well. Carrie continues to go to the district hospital to provide the mothers and babies with supplies that are much needed here. So many have been helped through donations to this ministry, and we thank each of you for your sacrificial giving. McKenna is now almost two years old and really growing and developing. What a blessing it is to be a parent, but also what responsibility is involved in raising her. Please pray for both Carrie and I, that we would be the parents that God would have us to be.

In closing, I will end with a verse that has challenged me personally and I hope will challenge you also, wherever the Lord has you in service to Him. It is Psalm 37:5, which says “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.”

Until next month,
Nathan, Carrie & McKenna Radford
Kitale, Kenya, East Africa
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Missionary Update: The Radfords

Dear praying friends,                                                                                            October 2, 2009

Another month has come and passed so quickly, and we are now almost at the end of the year 2009.  May we be reminded often of the shortness of our lives here, and the need to use our time and opportunities to serve the Lord while we have the opportunity. Matthew 6:19-20 says “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.”  May we truly be mindful of the work of the Lord and where we are seeking our treasures.   A quote that has always challenged me says “Only one life will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” This update will share current ministry progress, as well as prayer requests.

The ministry at Rafiki is progressing well, and I am now reaching the conclusion of our study entitled “Firm Foundations – Creation to Christ.” Recently we have been studying about the work of Jesus Christ on the cross for us, and the payment He made for our sins. Also, we will soon be studying about the resurrection of Christ and the many applications that these teachings have for our lives. It has been a challenge to lead this course, but I also have learned much from it. Please pray for me as I teach, that I would have a servant’s heart, and study the Word of God diligently so that the people will be able to make many applications to their lives. 2 Timothy 2:15 says “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Please pray for this ministry and those that are coming. Please also pray that the Lord would provide faithful students of the Word who truly desire to grow and reach spiritual maturity. Please also pray for the national pastors who go with me faithfully to assist in this ministry. I desire their input and advice so much, as they understand the culture very well and are able to make valuable insights. What a blessing they have been to me. I will keep you informed on each step of the progress of this ministry.

The prison ministry is also going well. The men of the Annex prison have been faithful to study the Word of God and many are making necessary changes in their lives in order to follow the Lord. I thank the Lord for the opportunity to serve in the Annex and am also thankful for the help of the chaplains who have assisted in many ways. Some prisoners also who have been released have been coming faithfully to the churches and growing much spiritually, so I thank the Lord for this as well. I will keep you updated on this work.

Carrie and McKenna are continuing to do well. Carrie has been very busy taking care of McKenna and the many responsibilities of being a mother. What a wonderful, faithful wife the Lord has provided for me, one who is faithful to pray for me, encourage me, and be willing to face the many challenges of missionary life. This month, Lord willing, we will celebrate five years of marriage. Proverbs 18:22 states “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” Carrie also continues to stay busy in the hospital ministry, and we thank each one who prays for or financially assists her in this work. Many mothers and babies have been assisted through your generosity in many ways. May God bless you so much.

This month, Lord willing, we will have a team from Pennsylvania coming to visit Kitale and see the ministries. Please
pray for them, for their travel, their health, and their opportunities to serve the people while they are with us. I will give a more specific update next month, after their visit. What a blessing it is to have both friends and family visit us here in Kenya. You are a blessing to us, and an encouragement.

In closing, please pray for our health, our safety, and also for us as we face differing cultural issues . We appreciate so
much your prayers for us, and it truly is an encouragement. May we be people who are found faithful in the work of the
Lord, praying and trusting the Lord for the results in whatever ministry He calls us to, whether overseas or in the States.

I will leave you with the challenging words of D.L. Moody, who said, “Work as if everything depended on you and pray
as if everything depended on God.” May God bless each of you.

In Kenya,
Nathan and Carrie Radford
Kitale, Kenya
East Africa

Missionary Update: The Radfords

Dear praying friends,                                       July 6, 2009

Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford
Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford

Another month has come and passed quickly, and we thank the Lord for the opportunities that He has given us to serve Him here in Kenya. We appreciate so much each person who prays for us and communicates with us. The mission field is very challenging, and we thank you so much for your prayers for us. This update will share current ministry progress as well as prayer requests.

Thanks so much to each who donated to the building at the Annex prison. Soon, the men will have their own place to study the Word of God. Hebrews 13:3 says “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” Thanks again so much for remembering the Annex prison.

Carrie and McKenna are doing well. We thank the Lord for McKenna and the progress we have seen with her. What an opportunity and blessing it is to be a parent. We ask that you would pray for us, that we would be the parents that God would have us to be. Please pray that we would be faithful to teach her the Word, as this is a big responsibility. 2 Timothy 3:15 says “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. ”

The ministry in the village of Rafiki is also going well, and we thank the Lord for this. Many of them have a real desire to know the Scriptures and are asking very good questions. I believe they are seeing the profit of the Scriptures in their life.  2 Timothy 3:16 states “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” Please pray that those in Rafiki would continue to study the Word and see the many benefits it has in their life.

We are now past half of the course “Firm Foundations-From Creation to Christ.” We have learned much together, and recently have been studying the Ten Commandments, the plagues of Egypt, and many other important topics. Lord willing, at the end of the course, a preaching point will be established. Please continue to pray for this work, and the spiritual progress of those that come. Please also pray for the visiting in the Rafiki area, and announcing about the ministry, that others would come and attend faithfully.

In closing, in regards to us personally, please pray that we would be strong in the Lord, as there are many challenges. Those that immediately challenge us are homesickness and forms of culture shock, as well as language challenges. Please pray that the Lord would help us in each of these areas, as they are real challenges to missionary living. God bless each of you. We will keep you updated.

In Kenya,
Nathan and Carrie Radford
P.O. Box 4150
Kitale, Kenya 30200
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Missionary Update: The Radfords

Dear praying friends,                                    June 6, 2009

Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford
Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford

Another month has come and passed so quickly, and it is hard to believe we are already half way into the year 2009. Time passes so quickly, and may we be the best stewards of the time the Lord has given us to serve Him. Ephesians 5:16 states “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” May we truly redeem, or make the best use of, the time and opportunities that we are given each day to serve. This update will share current ministry reports as well as prayer requests.

We thank the Lord for those who have given to the Annex building project at the prison. We hope to begin to start contracting the project soon, as the Lord leads and guides. Please pray for this project, and also for the builders, that they would be committed to the task and finish quickly, realizing it is the Lord’s work. We will be sure to give you an update on this in the future.

Concerning our family, Carrie has been staying busy taking care of McKenna and also busy with the hospital ministry. She has been able to go and teach the mothers, provide the mothers and babies with much needed supplies, and also give out Bibles and tracts. There are also abandoned babies who are brought in who we try to assist. Psalm 82:3 says “Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.” We thank each one who gives to this ministry, for we could not do it without your help. Because of your prayers and generosity, many needy people are being assisted. May God bless you for your heart for His work overseas.

Please also continue to pray for the ministry in the village of Rafiki, which is about a 10 minute drive out of Kitale town. As I said previously in a prayer letter, there are many villages in the surrounding areas of Kitale that are yet to be reached.  It is my goal to have a preaching point in this area, but the people need to be taught the foundations first. Many in this village have a need to have a foundational understanding of the Word of God. I am presently in a course entitled “Firm Foundations – from Creation to Christ.” I have been teaching the people beginning with Creation in the Garden of Eden, and showing them from the Bible the effects/consequences of sin even in our day today. We have seen how we are all sinners and have an inherent sin nature. Later in the course, Lord willing, we will learn much about our Lord and also study concerning the need we each have for a Savior.

Please pray for me as I teach, and also that the Lord would bring those who love Him and have a desire to sincerely follow Him. Please also pray that the Word of God would work in the hearts of the people and that they would make any changes necessary to follow the Lord. I have attached a recent photo of this ministry so you can remember us in your prayers.
Village_Ministry
In closing, we do covet your prayers, as there are many challenges and obstacles to ministry on the mission field. However, we know that when people pray for us and we pray faithfully, nothing is too difficult for the Lord. A friend of D.L. Moody once said “I wish to testify that he was a far greater pray-er than he was preacher. Time and time again, he was confronted by obstacles that seemed insurmountable, but he always knew the way to overcome all difficulties. He knew the way to bring to pass anything that needed to be brought to pass. He knew and believed in the deepest depths of his soul that nothing was too hard for the Lord, and that prayer could do anything that God could do.” May we also be convinced and believe that nothing is to difficult for the Lord, and realize that the Lord desires us to come to Him in prayer with anything we face in our lives.

May God bless each of you as you serve Him in the States. We will keep you updated on the work here. God bless you.

In Kenya,
Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford
P.O. Box 4150
Kitale, Kenya
East Africa 30200

Missionary Update: The Radfords in Kenya

Dear praying friends,

We hope this month finds you all doing well in service for our Lord. The time has really passed quickly this year and we want to make the best use of the opportunity that the Lord gives us here to serve Him. This update will share current ministry updates as well as prayer requests.

I have greatly enjoyed my involvement with the pastors of the churches here in Kitale. The time I have been with them has shown me many of the struggles that they face here, even within their own culture. It has been a good learning experience and I have benefited from it greatly. I also have greatly enjoyed the Bible Institute that is held monthly. Roger Tate, myself and the pastors have all been gleaning much from the Word of God. I thank the Lord for these times when we can really inspect the Word of God and its application to the ministry in Kenya. Proverbs 23:12 states “Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.” Please pray for us all here, that the Lord would continue to instruct and teach us in His Word, in relation to the churches here in Kitale.

Attached is a recent photo of me during church visitation. I have been going out weekly with the pastor of Bethel Baptist Church. It has been so good to get to know the members better, pray for them, and share prayer requests. You can see some of the poverty from the building behind us. The building is made of mud walls as well as other materials. Kenya is considered third world and there is a great difference among other more developed countries. Psalm 103:2 says “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” I have been challenged with this verse, and need to remind myself often of the benefits of the Lord.

Nathan Radford on visitation.
Nathan Radford on visitation.

In closing, there is a current ministry need. The Annex prison is expanding and receiving many more prisoners from other areas of Kenya. This will limit space for wards, etc. for the prisoners. There is a need of a building where we can have our ministry. I have discussed it with the chaplain who is in charge of this section of the prison, and he has been very cooperative, for which I am thankful. The uses would mainly be for the teaching and also a service for the inmates, Lord willing. There could also be further uses in the future as the Lord leads. We will need around $3,000 for this project. We are hoping to have the project completed as soon as the Lord provides the money.

This would be a great blessing to the prisoners and you would certainly have a part in the ministry in Kitale Annex prison. If the Lord would burden you to be a part of this project, please either email me or send a donation to the address listed below and write on the check “Annex Building Project.” This way it would get to the correct designation. Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” By faith we believe the Lord will provide for this, and many prisoners will be benefited from this building. We truly appreciate your love and concern for us. We ask you to pray that the Lord would keep us healthy and safe as we serve Him here in Kitale. God bless each of you.

In Kenya,
Nathan and Carrie Radford
P.O. Box 4150                     
Kitale, Kenya
East Africa 30200
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Missionary Update: The Radfords

Dear praying friends,
We hope this update finds you all doing well in service for our Lord in the United States. We cannot believe that we are already in the year 2009, but we desire to use our time wisely for the Lord and be good stewards of the resources He has given us for His work here in Kenya. Our lives are short in comparison with eternity and may we each make the best use of the opportunities that the Lord gives us to serve Him. James 4:14 states “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” This update will share current ministries as well as prayer requests.

The prison ministry at Annex prison is going well. As I said in an earlier prayer letter, the Annex is a totally new section of the prison where I not had a long term ministry. I thank the Lord for the chaplains at the Annex who have welcomed me and done a very good job facilitating all the needs to be done for the ministry to grow and progress. Also, the prisoners have been coming faithfully and many of them seem to having substantial growth spiritually, so we thank the Lord for that. I can truly see a desire in their lives for the Word of God, which is very encouraging. 1 Peter 2:2 says “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” Please continue to pray for each of the prisoners, even the ones who are coming to the outside prison ministry, that the Lord would continue to work in their hearts and lives and that they would produce much spiritual fruit. We will inform you of any further needs in this ministry in the future, Lord willing.

I have also been learning much through the church ministries here in Kitale, which I thank the Lord for. I went to the Bible Institute at Bethel Baptist Church of Kitale last week and had a great time with missionary Roger Tate and the various pastors of the churches. We studied so much together, this past week focusing on the practice of the church. Together we looked at and discussed how the church is to relate to the world, the practice of church body life(fellowship/edification/worship), family ministry within the church, meeting the various needs of church members, giving and stewardship, etc. I have greatly enjoyed this time of meeting together and studying the Word of God. Proverbs 4:13 states “Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.” I have also enjoyed going on church visitation and getting to know the people better. Please pray for the churches in Kitale, for their spiritual growth, and that we would
be a blessing to the people of Kitale, Kenya.

Our family continues to do well. McKenna is growing rapidly and developing quickly. She is to begin crawling soon, which is a developmental milestone. She did get malaria a few weeks ago, but we thank the Lord that we had the best medicine available and that she made a quick recovery. Malaria is common in Kenya, and can be serious if untreated, but we are so grateful that good medicine is available here in Kitale. Our health in Kenya is a prayer request, and we thank each of you so much for praying for us. To those who pray for us, we thank the Lord for you and ask you to continue to pray for us and the challenges we face on the mission field. In closing, we also wanted to thank Carrie’s younger sister Jenna for coming to visit us here in Kenya last month. We greatly enjoyed her company and showing her the ministries here in Kitale. We also wish to extend an invitation to others who would like to come and personally see what the Lord is doing in a different part of the world. May God bless each of you.

Nathan, Carrie, & McKenna Radford
Kitale, Kenya, East Africa
naterad [at] yahoo.com

Missionary Update: The Radfords

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.

In Kenya,

Nathan and Carrie Radford
naterad [at] yahoo.com
kibera-slum

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

Mission Update: The Tates

Roger, Julie, Emily, Amy, & Josiah
Roger, Julie, Emily, Amy, & Josiah

Rain, Cold & Lack of Electricity
We are currently in the rainy and cold season. That’s right, the cold season. I know we are only 100 miles north of the equator, but it’s chilly here at 6,000 feet of altitude. Also, it rains everyday through the months of July and August so the roads are a mess and the electricity goes out just about every day for at least a little while. That being said, the rain, cold and lack of electricity isn’t going to stop us. Our goal is still to bring joy in Christ to the Kenyan people.

Right now, however, there is still so much to try and get set up. I’ve been working hard to get a reliable internet connection and I think I have the most reliable setup I’m going to get for at least a little while. At least it keeps us connected to the rest of the world. Julie’s also working hard to get a homeschool schedule set up for the kids. She wants to start homeschooling the kids August 4th. Right now her biggest challenge in this arena is figuring out how to homeschool three of them without any materials or curriculum. You see, she’s having to do this because our container with all of our homeschool material that we spent months collecting while still in the States is currently stuck in Mombasa (coastal city in Kenya). First, it got delayed because the Port Authority was moving towards using a computerized system and things were not going well. Then it was delayed further because of a railway strike. And right now it is being delayed again because of a strike in the office of the Port Authority. Julie’s doing a great job with alternative options, though. The arrival of our container is probably our number one prayer request right now. Please keep this matter before the Lord.

Involvement in ministry is coming along slowly because of all the other things that we’ve needed to do to get set up.  We’ve been in Kenya for almost two months and have moved four times already.  Even though stability is nonexistent right now, we’ve been getting to know church members, I’ve been meeting with the Pastors and even made my first house visit (that was an experience).  In the month of August, I’ll start teaching in the Bible institute and working more with the Pastors, as well as trying to get a week-long Bible club for kids set up with Amos, the young Kenyan man who works with the youth here.  So, the month of August should prove to be exciting and challenging.  Please also pray for our ministry opportunities and that we would reach many, many Kenyans with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Blessings,
Roger

Updated Contact Information:
Address: P.O. Box 761
Kitale, Kenya 30200

E-mail:
Rojuta [at] gmail.com

Website:
http://www.TatesInAfrica.com

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