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October 7, 2011

Missionary Update: The Radfords

 

Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford

Dear praying friends,

 

Another month has come and gone, and we are now at the end of the year 2011. We are now back in Kenya, and specifically, in Kitale. We appreciate so much each one who prayed for our safety as we traveled back to Kenya. We had a long trip back to Kenya, and our daughters did very well with the traveling, given the distance, time changes, etc. It was hard to say goodbye to friends and family that we love, and please know that each of you are so special to us and we love to hear from you. Life on the mission field has many challenges, and your prayers, encouragement, and friendships mean so much to us. We would ask for your continued prayers, as we are adjusting back to Kenya and life here.

 

We would ask for your continued prayers for us in many ways this upcoming term. We would ask you to please pray for our health, as it is a daily struggle to stay healthy. Also, for safety traveling, for good friendships with others, and for the Lord to lead and guide us. We want to be where He wants us to be. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 32:8, which says “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” What a tremendous verse of encouragement this is from the Word of God. We would covet your prayers in the above areas.

 

Also, please pray for our visitors who will be coming in the next few days from the States. Please pray for safety as they travel, for good ministry opportunities as they are here, and that we would be a blessing to them, as well as the people of Kenya. We are so looking forward to their arrival and would ask you to pray for our time as we serve the Lord together in Kitale.

 

Please also pray for the ministries that the Lord has for us here in Kitale. Please pray for my wife, as she plans to continue serving in the district hospital, for the annex prison ministry, and for church planting this term with my friend and partner, Mr. Roger Tate. We are excited to see what the Lord will do, and are excited to be part of His work here in Kenya. There is so much work to be done for the Lord, and we must pray that the Lord would send laborers into His harvest field. Matthew 9:36-38 states “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” What challenging verses these are, and a reminder for us to be involved in the harvest, whether through praying, giving, or going.

 

We will be sure to keep you updated. Thanks so much to each one of you for your prayers, interest, support, and encouragement. You all mean so much to us, and we thank God for you. Please note our new mailing address.

Until next month,
Nathan and Carrie Radford

 

 

April 12, 2011

BFM Spring Conference (Tuesday Night)

The second night of the 51st Annual BFM Spring Conference was such an encouragement (at least to your church secretary). We were blessed by two more sermons about “Pressing Forward for the Glory of God.” There’s absolutely no way I can do them justice here, but I will share with you a few notes I scribbled down.

Bro. Roger Tate, missionary to Kitale, Kenya, East Africa
Pressing Forward for the Glory of God (John 6)

Pressing forward involves struggle and resistance. Take an apple press for example. The apple is pressed to produce juice. It goes through a transformation. It’s painful and can be messy, but look at the result.

What are we willing to go through as God’s people for the prize? “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14) What is the prize? Jesus Himself!

Why do people come to Christ? Is it because He is the prize…or for other reasons?

1)Why did the first century Jews of this passage follow Christ? (John 6:1-14) Because of what they thought they could get physically from Him.
vs. 15, 26, 33-34: They wanted to make Jesus King so He could provide miraculously for their physical needs. They were getting their bellies filled and wanted to be continually fed with His physical bread.
HE IS THE BREAD OF LIFE. (vs. 35) He multiplied the loaves so they would see that.

2)Why do Kenyans come to Christ?
Unfortunately, many of them follow Christ because of what they think they will get from the missionary…not because Jesus is their prize. {At this point Bro. Tate shared his vision for their ministry…a vision that involves simplicity in the Gospel, deep relationships, and house churches.}

3)Why do Americans come to Christ?
A lot of them come to Him to have their psychological needs met…all for selfish reasons.

4)Why did you come to Christ?
Are you valuing and prizing Him as highly as you should be? (vs. 66-68)
Peter gets it right in vs. 68!
>Lord…He has to be Lord, not just the One who fills your pockets or bellies!
>Where else are we gonna go? You have the words of eternal life.

Strive to show others that Christ is the Bread of Life rather than trying to fill their physical bellies with bread.

{At this point in the service, we enjoyed the most lovely special by Julie Tate, Emily, Amy, & Josiah, singing “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us.” Video hopefully coming soon!}

Bro. Paul Kirkman, Pastor Emeritus fromFairborn, Ohio
Pressing Forward for the Glory of God (James 4:13-15)

{Sidenote: I wish I would’ve recorded some of Bro. Kirkman’s jokes. He has the quickest wit of just about anyone I’ve ever met. And that’s saying a lot. At almost 90 years old, I was amazed at his stamina and his sharp mind!}

If you’re gonna press forward, before you go forward, you better get a good start. So, if you knew you were going to die this year, what would you do? Here’s what Bro. Kirkman said he would do.

1)Know that you have a real and vital relationship with Christ.
How do you know? Romans 8:1. If you’re a believer you’re in a happy condition (no condemnation) and a happy position (in Christ Jesus).
Ephesians 2:8-10; Ephesians 1:5-6; Romans 8:38-39- No separation!
Ephesians 1:6-7- You are accepted in the Beloved!!!! (No “accept Jesus as your personal Savior. He’s the one that accepts us. You receive Him. He accepts you!)

2)Right relationship and fellowship with other believers in your congregation and in the Baptist faith
LOVE one another. Love is an action, not a feeling. For God so loved that He gave. It’s not optional! It’s commanded. Is it optional to murder? Is it optional to commit adultery? In the same way, it’s not optional to love your neighbor. They will know we are Christians by our love. (Matthew 5:23-24; Matthew 18) Make things right with fellow believers.

3)Right relationship with those who believe differently from us

4)Live your life to count for God each day. (Philippians 1:20) My body is mine by a relationship and God’s by ownership.

5)Finish your course! (2 Timothy 1:6; 1 Timothy 2:5)
Hebrews 12:1-2- The race that is set before us is a predestined, personal, unique race. As you run, look to Jesus!
Long to hear those words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

And we do it all for the glory of God!

The brighter the light shines at the source, the brighter the light shines out.

1 Corinthians 10:31- Whatever you do, do it to make God look good!

February 8, 2011

Mission Update: The Radfords in Kenya

Dear praying friends,

Another month has come and passed, and we thank the Lord for His blessings and care for us. What a great God we serve, and what a blessing it is to be involved in His work. Although we can face various trials and tests through our lives, what a blessing to know that our Lord is there with us each step of the way, wherever He has called us to serve Him. Joshua 1:9 states “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” This update will share current prayer requests, as well as a very important time in the life of our family.

Lord willing, my wife will give birth to our second child later this month. She is due February 12th, and the time is quickly approaching, so we would appreciate your prayers so much for her, the baby, and the upcoming delivery, that all would go well. We got it confirmed recently that we will be having a daughter, and we are so thrilled with this. We plan to name her Camille Sophia Radford, and we are so looking forward to having her as a part of our family soon, Lord willing. What a blessing children are, and we thank the Lord for the great medical care that Carrie has received thus far and for the health of our baby. Psalm 127:3 states “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” We plan to send pictures of Camille soon, so you can see her. Please continue to pray that all would go well in the upcoming days.

Please also continue to pray for the ministries in our absence. Please pray for the ministry in Rafiki, the prison ministry, and also the hospital ministry, as we are away from the ministries at this time. Although it is hard to be away from Kenya and the ministries there, it is also a good time for us to be able to report on the ministries, as well as spend time with friends and family. Please pray for us as we travel, that we would be safe, and also for the vehicle to be dependable as we travel. We appreciate your prayers so much, as prayer is such a vital part of the ministry. Adrian Rogers said “Prayer is the greatest Christian privilege.” What a privilege indeed it is to be able to talk to the Lord, and to trust Him as we pray.

May God bless each of you for your prayers, support, love, and encouragement. It means more to us than you will ever know. We will keep you updated.

In Him,
Nathan and Carrie Radford
naterad [at] yahoo.com

November 11, 2010

Missions Update: The Radfords in Kenya

Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford

Dear praying friends,

Another month has come and passed so quickly, and we are now near the end of the year 2010. It seems that time goes so quickly, and Lord willing, soon we will be in the year 2011. May we ever be mindful of the opportunities that the Lord gives us to serve Him and to be mindful of the time we have to give our lives in service to Him. This prayer letter will give a current ministry update, a family update, as well as share prayer requests.
It is great to be back in our home country of the United States of America. Although we miss the people of Kenya and the ministries there, we are also happy to be home and get to spend valuable time with friends and family, as well as those who pray for us and sacrificially give to support us. Each of you are such an important part of the ministry in Kenya and we thank the Lord for you. We could not do it without your help. The Lord has provided a place for us to stay in West Virginia beginning in January, as well as a vehicle and the majority of the furnishings. We wish to thank each of you for your assistance, as it has really helped us in the transition back to our home country and getting settled in for our furlough. May God bless each of you who have assisted us in any way with our furlough needs. Thank you for being so mindful of the needs of missionaries. Philippians 4:19 says “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” What a precious promise from the Word of God this is, that we can trust Him to provide for our needs.
Please continue to pray for the ministries in Kenya in our absence. The ministry in Rafiki is continuing presently through a Kenyan that was trained in the Bible Institute and who had gone repeatedly to Rafiki to minister there, so we ask you to pray for him and the people there. They are continuing independently of me in any way, and I am sure this is a test of faith for them, so we ask you to pray for them, that they would be indigenous and stand on their own in my absence. This is a challenge, as the country is dependent, but prayer would be much appreciated for this ministry as I am now in the States for an extended period of time.
Also, please continue to pray for the other ministries, both the annex prison and the hospital ministry, in our absence. We wish to thank anyone who has come personally to see these ministries firsthand, sent supplies to be given to the ministries, prayed for or financially supported the works. May God bless each of you so much. We will keep you updated.
Please also continue to pray for Carrie and the pregnancy, as she is due the second week of February 2011. So far,
all is progressing well, for which we thank the Lord. What a blessing children are and we ask you to pray that this new one would also continue to develop well in the womb.  1 Samuel 1:27 states “For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:” We thank each of you for continuing to remember the new little one in prayer as well as for Carrie and her health during the pregnancy.
Please also pray for us and our health as we have both individuals and churches to visit while are home. Please also pray for the vehicle, that it would do well traveling and not have any major maintenance issues. Please also pray for me as I begin to contact churches and pastors, that the Lord would lead and guide us in these endeavors. I plan to send a dvd of our ministry out soon, so please also pray that these will all arrive well without any problems where they are designated to go.
In closing, during this Thanksgiving season, may we ever be mindful to be thankful of the many blessings that God has given us.
There are so many things to be thankful for, such as family, health, the Lord’s provisions, and opportunities that He gives us to serve Him. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” We wish each of you a great Thanksgiving holiday as well as Christmas holiday next month. May God bless each of you.
Serving in Kenya,
Nathan & Carrie Radford
April 10, 2010

Mission Update: The Radfords in Kenya

Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford

Dear praying friends,                                                                              April 6, 2010
 
Another month has come and passed so quickly, and we thank the Lord for His blessings to us. We would appreciate your continued prayers for us here, both within the ministries, and also for our safety and health. We appreciate so much each person who prays for us, as this is much needed. We also wish to thank everyone who sacrificially supports this ministry with finances. You are a great blessing to us. This update will share current ministry progress as well as prayer requests.
 
We would appreciate your continued prayers for the ministry in Rafiki. I have been teaching and preaching the Word of God, and would desire prayer for this work. The Word of God has power and we trust it will bring the desired effects and changes in people’s lives when they hear and receive it. Hebrews 4:12 states “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” I have been teaching on many aspects of the church, and one major prayer request I have is that the Lord would provide faithful followers who look to Him and trust Him for their needs. D.L. Moody once said “Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.” We would appreciate your continued prayers for this ministry.
 
The Annex prison is continuing to go well. We are now over half finished with the course “Firm Foundations – from Creation to Christ.” The men seem to be really getting much from the teaching and growing spiritually. We want to thank each one of you who prays for, supports, and assists the ministry there. It would not be possible without your assistance and we thank the Lord for you.
 
Carrie and McKenna are both doing well. They both have birthdays this month, Carrie’s on the 15th and McKenna on the 26th. Lord willing, McKenna will be two years old, which doesn’t seem possible. What a joy it has been to have her in our family, and we would appreciate your continued prayers for each of us as we serve here in Kenya .
 
Please continue to pray for us and the many challenges here. We desire to be faithful to the work here, and faithful to the calling. 1 Corinthians 4:2 states “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” May we each be faithful to the work that God calls us to do, wherever that may be. God bless each of you.
 
Until next month,
Nathan, Carrie & McKenna Radford
Kitale, Kenya, East Africa

March 13, 2010

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
naterad [at] yahoo.com

December 8, 2009

Missionary Update: The Radfords in Kenya

December 8, 2009
Dear praying friends,

We hope this update finds each of you doing well. It is hard to believe that we are at the end of the year 2009 and getting ready for another year ahead. Time goes so quickly, and may we ever be mindful of using our time wisely in service for the Lord. We hope each of you had a great Thanksgiving holiday with your families and we wish each of you a great Christmas time with friends and family. This update will share current ministry progress as well as prayer requests.

Before giving a ministry report, we wish to update you of a situation that happened at our home in Kitale recently. Unfortunately, this past month, a significant amount of money was taken from our compound. The money was locked up securely in a small room. When I went to do a count of the money recently, I was surprised to discover a major discrepancy in the amount that I had left previously. This disturbed both my wife and I, and we called all who we thought were involved into a meeting to discuss the incident. Unfortunately, all who we thought were involved denied any involvement. We filed a report at the police station, but this is as far as it went. It is very hard to get to the truth here, so please pray that those who are responsible for this would come forward, confess, repent, and seek reconciliation. Please pray for us, that the truth would come out, as it is a very difficult situation for us at this time.

In ministry news, we thank the Lord for the ministry in Rafiki. I am continuing in a short discipleship course which covers many of the fundamentals of the faith. I feel that this is very needed here, and is still a major part of the foundational teaching for this ministry. In the near future, I plan to teach the people on the church, and cover the major aspects of church ministry. Lord willing, a preaching point will be established. Please pray for the people who attend, for every step in this ministry, and for me, as I teach and preach to the people.

Nathan Radford at the teaching ministry in Rafiki

Nathan Radford at the teaching ministry in Rafiki

The annex prison is continuing well, for which I thank the Lord. We are continuing well in the course “Firm Foundations – from Creation to Christ.” The men seem to be getting much from the teaching and growing spiritually. Please pray for each of these men, especially this time of year, when it is very difficult to be separated from friends and family.

The family is also doing well. McKenna continues to grow and develop quickly. She is now beginning to talk and express herself, and become very interactive. These years are the formative years of her childhood, and very important for her development. I thank the Lord for my wife and her love and care as a mother. Please pray for us both, that we would continue to mold and shape our daughter’s life to truly follow the Lord.

We hope each of you have a great Christmas and a happy New Year. Lord willing, at our next update, it will be 2010. May we dedicate this year to service to our Lord. God bless you all and we will keep you updated.

In Kenya,
Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford

November 5, 2009

Missionary Update: The Radfords in Kenya

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Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford

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.

Swahili Lesson

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

October 2, 2009

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

July 7, 2009

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
naterad [at] yahoo.com

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