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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