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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
naterad [at] yahoo.com

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 in Kenya

Dear praying friends,              January 6, 2009

We hope this update finds you each doing well and busy in service for our Lord. It is hard to believe that 2008 has come and gone. May we truly make the best use of the time that God gives us, and be good stewards of the ministry opportunities that God provides. This update will share current ministry opportunities as well as prayer requests.

This past month, we did a lot of praying in regards to the ministries in Kenya. We truly believe that God will lead and guide His people when they seek His direction. Psalm 48:14 says “For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death.”

We thank the Lord that we now have another ministry opportunity in Kitale Main Prison. There is a section of the prison called Annex prison, which currently has around 90 prisoners, but has a capacity for 150. I have previously desired to have a ministry in this section of the prison, but have been waiting on the Lord to show me if this is an avenue to pursue. Psalm 62:5 states “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.” There is currently an opportunity to extend the ministry to this area of the prison where I have previously had no ministry. Please pray for me this month, as this ministry begins. I will be sure to update you often on the progress and needs of this ministry.  Also, I have recently opened an extension of the prison ministry to those prisoners who were in the
training but were released before finishing. Many of the prisoners have asked me to consider an outside prison ministry for those who have been released, and we have now been doing this ministry for a few weeks.  Those who have been attending are faithful in the churches and have a real desire to continue to learn and serve the Lord. Also, the pastor of the church where this ministry is held is very supportive and feels that many of these men have potential for further ministry opportunities as the Lord leads them.

Attached is a photo of myself and a former prisoner whose name I cannot mention for confidentiality reasons. He assisted me in the ministry since 2002 and was recently released. Please pray for each of the prisoners, for the Annex prison opportunity, and the outside prison ministry. Please also pray for them to be encouraged and continue to grow in the Lord.

nathan-radford-prison-ministry

Finally, the Lord has opened more opportunities for me to be involved in the churches here in Kitale. I have been able to go on church visitation, attend pastoral leadership meetings, and also attend the Bible Institute within the church. I am very thankful for these opportunities within the churches and am asking the Lord for even further opportunities. In closing, please be in prayer for our family and our health. Malaria and other diseases are concerns, but we know the Lord will protect us and keep us safe. God bless you and thank you so much for your interest in the
ministries in Kitale, Kenya.

In Kenya,
Nathan, Carrie, and McKenna Radford  

Contact Information
P.O. Box 4150
Kitale, Kenya              
East Africa 30200             
email: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

Dear praying friends, August 5, 2008

Another month has come and passed so quickly, and we thank the Lord for all the benefits He gives to us each day. May we never forget the blessings and provisions of the Lord and all His goodness to us. This update will share current news, as well as prayer requests.

This past month was the BFM Conference in Ironton, Ohio. What a blessing it was to see old friends and other missionaries who have given their lives for the Lord on the mission field. The missionaries that represented their fields of service certainly take Matthew 10:39 seriously, which says “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Jim Elliott, the famous missionary to Ecuador who gave his life for the cause of Christ, said “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Certainly the missionaries that attended the conference have literally given their lives for service, and I believe they will have great rewards for their efforts. What a privilege it was to fellowship with the missionaries and the others who attended.

Many have been asking about McKenna, our daughter. She is now 3 months old and progressing very well. She is becoming much more interactive, and we thank the Lord for the privilege of caring for her and raising her. We have attached a photo of McKenna to this update so you can see her development. Please pray for her, and also that we would be the parents God wishes us to be.

Please pray for us and the time we have spent raising support for the ministry in Kenya. Support raising has definitely become more difficult since last furlough, and we thank the Lord for each one who gives sacrificially so that the works in Kenya can continue. We are still trusting the Lord to provide the remainder of our support, which presently is around 100-125$ per month. We continue to pray and trust the Lord for these needs. In Psalms 37:25, the Bible says “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24 states “Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.” These verses are such a comfort to us that the Lord will provide for His servants and meet their needs, whether here in the States or overseas. May each of us step out in faith and trust the Lord to provide.

In conclusion, we have several prayer requests. A famous quote I read recently that really challenged me was “Is prayer your steering wheel, or your spare tire?” Is prayer something that we rely on frequently for guidance and direction in our lives, or is it something we only go to in case of an emergency? May we come often before the Lord with our needs and burdens, and rely on the Lord to help us. Psalm 55:22 says “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

Please pray for the ministries in Kitale, that they would continue well in our absence. Please also pray that the Lord would be brought glory through whatever we do, whether in the States on furlough or in service on the mission field. Please pray also for McKenna and her development. Please pray that we would be parents who would fear the Lord and raise our children to live to serve Him. Finally, please pray that the Lord would meet the rest of our support needs, in His time. God bless you all and we look forward to any emails or letters from you.
Until next month,

Nathan and Carrie Radford
315 College St.
Youngsville, PA 16371
Email: naterad [at] yahoo.com

Missionary Update: The Andersons

Dear Special Friends,

We have to change our E-mail address again. Our internet server is so slow, and is unreliable, plus we have to pay for each call made. Since our server is in Eldoret, the nearest city to us, but it is still an hour and 15 minutes away, our calls to access are always long distance. This is becoming very costly. Just last month, a cell phone company here in Kitale began to start a program whereby we can access by cell phone, and it is cheaper, and more reliable. So, we will not be using Africa Online anymore. Send any correspondence to:

mpandersonkenya [at] yahoo.com

Blessings,

Mike and Pam

Mission Update: The Tates

They have not posted this on their website or sent it as an e-mail, so unfortunately I can’t share the pictures with you.  :o(

An Update from Roger, Julie, Emily, Amy, & Josiah Tate: Missionaries to Kenya!

July 2008: Major Milestones
In this newsletter I want to list some of the major milestones we have passed in the last couple of weeks.  They may not seem very “major” to you as you read through them but they sure are major to us.
Major Milestone #1 – We finished language school!
Major Milestone #2 – We made it to Kitale.
This includes the bus ride to Dar es Salaam, flight to Nairobi, a week in Nairobi & bus ride to Kitale.  Doesn’t sound too major but when you throw three kids, 10 pieces of luggage, and hundreds of other details it took to get us here, it’s major.
Major Milestone #3 – Celebration with the Kenyans.
Mike and Pam had a “sherehe” (celebration) welcoming us to Kenya.  The people from all three churches were there and they gave us a very hearty welcome.
Major Milestone #4 – Amy turned 8.
We had a wonderful day celebrating Amy’s 8th birthday.  We wish old friends could have shared it with us but at least we were able to share it with some new friends (and you should have seen the faces of some of the Kenyan kids while they were eating cake and ice cream).
Major Milestone #5 – I’ve learned to drive in Kenya.
If you’ve ever been to Africa this speaks for itself why this is a major milestone.  I’ve even driven Julie into town, went to a few shops, bought somethings and made it home without hitting anything or anyone.
Major Milestone #6 – We have moved out on our own.
This is probably the “majorist” of the major milestones.  We may have been in Africa for five months now but up until four days ago we’ve been taken care of by someone else.  For four months at language school we didn’t worry about lodging or food.  For three weeks with the Andersons we were also taken good care of and didn’t have to worry about anything.  Now, we’ve moved to a house and we are trying to live in Africa independently.  That means learning how to shop, cook, run a household and basically learn to do everything on our own.  We don’t know what we’re doing yet, we don’t know how anything works and we have hundreds of questions, but we’re trying to make a go at it.  It’s difficult but we knew this time would come.  Please pray for God’s strength and grace in our lives.

Address (for now):
P.O. Box 4150
Kitale, Kenya 30200

Email:
rojuta [at] gmail.com (Roger and Julie)
fpg1.emily [at] gmail.com (Emily)

Website:
http://www.TatesInAfrica.com