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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

Mission Update: The Andersons

June 3, 2008
 
Dear Praying Friends,
 
Greetings from Kitale, Kenya! We arrived in Kitale on May 5th , and it is so good to be back home. We miss our family very much, and our friends in the U.S., but this is where God has called us, and where our hearts are.
 
We arrived here in Kitale to find that we had no working phone line, as the line has been stolen for its metal. Our washing machine was broken, our internet connection didn’t work, even when we did finally get the phone lines working, our water heater was broken, and our car was having problems. After about two weeks, we finally were able to get things working so that we could function. This is life in a third world country. 
 
Our son-in-law, Graig, arrived here before we did with his team of five from the University of Michigan. We came a couple of days later, and were able to help Graig to get into ministry with his team. They were able to visit with the members of our newest church out in the country. They also did a de-worming clinic in a neighborhood not too far from our Imani Baptist Church, and worked with our pastors. They even had the opportunity of ministering in a camp for displaced people who had lost everything in the tribal clashes earlier this year. There were two camps in Kitale for displaced persons. One camp had 2,000 people living in it, and the other one outside of town had 20,000. Now, the government is trying to return these people to their homelands, so the numbers in the camps have greatly reduced.
 
The power sharing of the new government that formed after the disputed elections seems to be working so far. We have a president and prime minister running the country together and sharing power. However, prices have really increased, and our people are having a hard time even feeding their families. Gasoline is over $7.00 per gallon, and the food prices have doubled, and some have tripled. Wages have not gone up, so it is harder and harder for families to survive. Unemployment is increasing at an alarming rate, as tourism and other industries that function because of people coming from overseas, have dwindled. Times are harder than we have ever seen since we have been in Kenya. However, the hard times help our people to focus on our Lord and His faithfulness to care for His people in times of testing, instead of trusting in temporary things.
 
 I have had several meetings with our pastors.  One of the pastors had a good idea for ministry. He was interested in seeing if our churches could make a difference in people who are suffering from the later stages of Aids. Pam had training in dealing with people who have AIDS in late 2006, so he asked her if she would teach about AIDS to our church members. She began teaching last week in each of our three churches.  She is teaching our members, and others who may be interested, all about the symptoms of AIDS, and how that they can go into homes, and be a witness by helping to care for these unfortunate people. The response has been very good, and we are excited to see our people want to know more, and want to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those suffering from this terrible disease.
 
I am excited about restarting our Bible Institute with our church leaders, later this month. More are interested in being trained to do the work of our Lord, so I am preparing to start after Roger gets settled, and can help.
 
We are excited about Roger and Julie Tate and their family arriving to work with us here on June 9th. Lord willing, Pam and I will go into Nairobi to pick them up, and then spend a few days there showing them around. Our plans are to return to Kitale on June 13th, and to help them to get settled into their new lives here. WE are planning a big party for them, and plan to bring the churches together to meet them, and see an evangelistic video in Swahili. We would covet your prayers for us and them, that together, we can accomplish great things for our Lord.
 
May our Lord richly bless each of you for your prayers for us on this side of God’s world. We are a team together, and whatever is accomplished is because of your prayers and financial support. You are a vital part of the ministry here, and we would love to hear from you. Thanks again so much for bringing our names before God’s throne. We appreciate you and your labors for our Lord there.
 
Your servants in Kenya,
 
Mike and Pam
mpanderson [at] africaonline.co.ke

P.S. Please note our E-mail address from Africa Online. We are having problems accessing our Yahoo account.

Mission Update: Nathan and Carrie Radford

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Dear praying friends,

Another month has come and passed so quickly, and there are many important items to update each of you
on.  My wife and I praise the Lord for good health, ministry opportunities here in the States, and the
arrival of a new addition to our family. This update will focus on these areas.

So many have asked about my wife’s pregnancy and the health of our daughter. McKenna Eileen Radford was born at Cabell Huntington Hospital (WV) on April 26th at 6:42 am. She was 21 inches long and weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces. We are thrilled that she was born healthy and that there are no problems with her
development. She is now almost six weeks old, which does not seem possible. Although becoming a parent is a lot of new responsibility for us, it is also a joy and blessing to be able to invest in the life of our
child and teach her in the ways of the Lord.  Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Our goal as parents is to train our daughter in the way of
the Lord and for her life to bring honor and glory to God.

In regards to prayer requests, please pray for our health, as furlough has many challenges. Please pray
that the Lord would provide the strength and grace necessary to finish well in reporting to individuals
and churches. In regards to our support needs, we still need around 175 dollars a month to reach full
support, and we are praying and trusting the Lord for this need.

A statement from a prominent believer I recently read really spoke to me. It said “I have been driven many
times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go.” May each of us stay in prayer before the Lord, to strengthen our walk with Him, and build our relationship with Him.
Matthew 21:22 states “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
Hebrews 4:16 also says “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help in time of need.” By faith, we believe that the Lord will provide the rest of this
need, and we continue to wait and trust Him. If you would be interested in supporting the ministry in
Kenya, please contact us at the information below. 

To date, we have received no reports of problems in the ministries in Kitale, so we praise the Lord for
this. Both the prison and hospital ministries seem to be progressing smoothly in our absence. Please pray
for the nationals that are presently leading the ministries. We have also received positive reports
from others who have visited the country recently that peace has come to Kenya. Many of you know of the
unrest that was in the country following the elections, but we have heard that this has calmed, so
we praise the Lord for this also. Psalm 91:2 says “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in Him will I trust.” We praise the Lord for protecting the missionaries that were in Kenya during
this difficult time, and that peace has returned to the country.

We will be sure to keep you updated regularly. Thanks so much to each one who calls, writes a note of
encouragement, prays for us, or supports the ministry financially. Each of you are so important to the
ministry in Kenya, and we thank God for you.

Until next month,
Nathan and Carrie Radford
naterad [at] yahoo.com

Announcing McKenna Eileen Radford!

Dear Ones,
 
God had richly blessed us again with the birth on Saturday, April 26, 2008, of McKenna Eileen Radford. McKenna was born at 6:42 AM, and weighed 8 pounds and 7 ounces, and is 21 inches long. Nathan and Carrie are so excited, as are we, at this new life.

We have a new program on our computer, so haven’t figured out yet how to put pictures on. So, this announcement will have to do. Thanks so much for your prayers for them and for us, as we were asking God for McKenna to be born before we left for Kenya. We really wanted to see her before we departed for Kenya this Thursday, May first. God is so good, and we thank Him for His many blessings, especially with healthy children and grandchildren. May our Lord bless you for your faithfulness to us, and to His work in Kenya.
 
We appreciate you,
 
Mike and Pam

Image courtesy of Classic Celebrations.

Nathan & Carrie Radford March Update

April 8, 2008

The Radfords on their Wedding Day

Dear Praying Friends,

Another month has come and passed so quickly, and we hope that this update finds each of you doing well and busier than ever in service to our Lord. This update will share current prayer requests, as well as ministry updates.

We are very busy now in churches reporting about the ministries in Kitale. We also are doing our best to visit and keep up with any individuals who are interested in our ministries. Even though it is very tiring, we  now that our labour for the Lord is not in vain, even in a time of reporting during our furlough.  One of my favorite verses is 1 Corinthians 15:58, which states, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” What an encouragement this verse is to us, as we know that nothing we do for the Lord is in vain, including the time in the States to raise the needed funds for our ministry.

We do have a DVD of our ministry available, so if you would like a copy, please email us in response to this update and we will be sure to send one to you free of charge. We wish to thank each person and church for
their interest in the work in Kenya. We are thankful for the funds that we have received recently, but are still in need of around 200 dollars per month, as some previous support has ceased. We are trusting the Lord for these needed funds, and are waiting on the Lord’s timing. Psalms 31:15a states “My times are in thy hand…” May we ever be faithful to wait on the Lord, and trust Him to provide in His plan and time. 

Please pray for my wife, as she is now very near to her delivery date. We are hoping and praying that all goes well this month, and that our child would be born without any problems and with good health. We are very excited, but also we desire to be faithful to the Lord in raising our child. We have an exciting opportunity ahead of us, and please pray for us and our new parental responsibilities. 1 Samuel 1:27 says “For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him.” We are certainly
praying for our daughter, even while she is still in the womb, and so thankful that the Lord has blessed us
with a new addition to the family this month, Lord willing.

Please pray for our ministries while we are away. Both the prison and hospital ministries seem to be doing well and having no problems, so we are thankful for this. Please pray for the nationals that are overseeing  the ministries in our absence, that they would remain faithful to the Lord and desire to serve Him.

That is all the current news from Kenya. Please continue to pray for us, and we thank the Lord for each one who calls, sends a card, or writes a word of encouragement. Philippians 1:3 says “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,” and we certainly thank the Lord for your prayers, support, and interest in our ministry. We could not do this work without your help. May God bless you richly in 2008. 

In Kenya,
Nathan & Carrie Radford
naterad [at] yahoo.com

For Ministry Donations:
Pastor George Sledd
BFM Treasurer
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280

Nathan & Carrie at the prison in Kitale for Christmas 2006.

*The prayer requests in green were highlighted by Sarah.  Please don’t use them as an excuse to skim the letter!  They’re just to highlight the things to pray for!  :o)  Thanks! 

The Tate Family’s Website

Our newest missionaries, the Tate family, have a website now! 
I strongly encourage you to go and visit their little corner of cyberspace.  Be prepared to shed tears of joy for the sacrifice they have made for the glory of God.  It’s very touching. 
You will find a lot of news, letters, pictures, and more…
Keep them in your prayers!  4/5 of them have already been bit by the malaria bug (pray that little Amy doesn’t get it!). 

www.TatesInAfrica.com
Be sure to click on “Visit Our Virtual Space” in the upper right corner. 

The Tate Family