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Missionary Update: The Stantons in Peru (December 2011)

Dear friends and family,
Anita and I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving and we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! We spent Thanksgiving day driving over the Andes Mountains returning home to Huánuco from the capital city of Lima. We are always thankful to get home safely. While in Lima, I preached four nights during the 21st anniversary celebration for the Jordan Baptist Church in Piñonate, Lima. All services were well attended and many decisions made to follow the Lord. It does not seem like twenty-one years has gone by since we started this work with our dear brother, pastor Jorge Dianderas. God has certainly been good to us and this work over the years.
It is considered a great honor here in Peru when someone names his or her newborn baby after you. The picture is of me
with the first child named after me here in Peru many years ago. The young man on the right is named Sheridan Danilo Vasquez, and his father on the left is Epifanio, a policeman. Danilo finished his schooling and now works as a restaurant chef. He and his family have been faithful members at Jordan Baptist since its inception. I have about four “namesakes” in this country; Danilo was the first. Anita has one little girl named after her and Danilo’s little sister is named after our daughter, Leah.
While in Lima, we also had our medical check-ups (lab work, doctor visits, etc.) and everything looks good for the both of us. Besides the fact that we are getting older, that Anita has had cancer, and I have had mini strokes – we are in good health! We thank all of you for your love and prayers for us and the Lord’s work here in Peru. To have you as our friends and supporters is truly a blessing.
Those all night bus trips over the Andes Mountains seem to get harder and longer the older I get. Even so, last week I returned to Lima for two days in order to participate in the ordination service of Pastor Severino Bruno. This servant of God has been working in Lima with our good friends, Missionaries Rodney and Rebecca Spears. They started the New Testament Baptist Mission several years ago and have now organized the mission into an Independent Baptist church, with Brother Severino as the pastor. I was asked to preach the charge to Severino at his ordination. It was a good time and great blessing to have been a part.
This past Sunday a young woman here in Huánuco wanted to talk with Anita and me after church service. A few years ago, she made a profession of faith in Christ Jesus as her Lord and Savior but is now convinced that she did not know what she was doing before and is now genuinely trusting in Christ. In the course of counseling with her about this decision, we discovered a cousin had raped her when she was only seven years old. Shocking I know, but this is very common in this part of the world. Probably half or more of the women in our churches have similar stories. In the Bible, the Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans these words: “…But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound”- Romans 5:20. This young woman has learned to forgive and love her Savior deeply by God’s grace. So many of the dear Saints of God we work with here in Peru, are truly trophies of God’s amazing grace! Anita and I thank you all for listening to God’s guidance in your lives concerning your support for the work here. By your prayers and support, we are able to continue on the work that HE has called us to do here in Peru. It is God’s work in which we are all privileged to be able to participate.
Thanks again and may God continue to bless you all as you remain faithful to HIM.
In HIM by HIS grace,
Sheridan and Anita Stanton

Missionary Update: The Stantons in Peru

November 2, 2011

Dear friends and family,

We had two young women place their trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior over the past two months at the Calvary Baptist Mission-Church here in the Andes Mountains of Huánuco, Peru.  Looking over my records it appears the median age for someone trusting Christ at this work has been between eighteen and twenty-five years of age.  This mission work has an excellent group of young folks that are hungry to learn more of God’s Word.

Recently I began a Discipleship class on Saturday afternoon at their request.  Four young men and four young women attend and eagerly participate as I teach them how to disciple others in the truths of God’s Word.  When I told them they would receive a Certificate in Discipleship from the Baptist Institute of Biblical Studies they got excited; until I told them their final test would be – they had to disciple me!  A few of the girls looked petrified but they all rose to the challenge and are working hard.  Please pray for this enthusiastic group of young Christians that they will continue to devote themselves to their studies.  They are the future of this work.

Anita and I have always been involved in planting new churches during our twenty-nine years here in Peru.  Over the years, we have seen numerous churches in the States as well as some here in Peru flourish for a time, only to split, die or cripple themselves in legalism.  I attribute this to pastors assuming that their congregations are sound in doctrine because they have taught sound doctrine from the pulpit.  A fatal assumption for sure!  I read somewhere years ago that only fifteen percent of the people are actually tuned in and listening at any one moment during the preaching service.  Folks can be looking right at you and be thinking about lunch, football, the naughty child behind them, their aching feet or any number of other distractions.  There is a tendency for the human mind to drift in and out while being taught, whether at school or at church.  Nothing can properly replace the true learning experience of personal instruction where dialogue and questioning are part of the process.  Testing, whether formal or informal, is necessary to insure that knowledge of Biblical truth has been retained.  Interactive Sunday School classes, small study groups, or other special teaching venues are crucial for a church to insure its preservation and future growth.  In Acts 20:20 the Apostle Paul said he not only taught publicly but also from house to house; he kept back nothing that would have been profitable for their spiritual growth.  Teaching and working with small groups of believers week after week may not be as flashy or as fun as big Bible conferences or weekend retreats, but it will insure the lasting and solid spiritual growth of a church.

Enough sermonizing!   Anita has begun a cooking class after church service on Sunday afternoons.  She uses this venue to teach them about personal hygiene and the importance of washing the fruits and vegetables and using only treated or boiled water.  Most of these poor saints always seem to be sick and no very little about these matters.  The bonus is they also have learned how to make cornbread!  You southerners will be glad to know that now, in this part of Peru; cornbread is becoming commonplace on the table!  Next week she is going to teach them how to make homemade strawberry jam to go with the cornbread.  She is a marvel and loved by all, especially me!

In HIM by HIS grace,
Sheridan and Anita Stanton

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Missionary Update: Stantons in Peru (April 2011)

Dear friends and family,

Today, April 10, is Presidential Election Day in Peru and there are no church services anywhere in Peru during the morning hours.  Elections are always on Sundays and one of their election laws prohibits any type of public meetings during voting hours, so we have church services in the evening after the polls are closed. The voting process requires that they dip the tip of their index finger into a bottle of permanent purple dye; this avoids allowing people to vote more than once (very practical) and for a week or so after the election everyone walks around with a purple finger!   Another election law is that all Peruvians of voting age must vote or pay a heavy fine.  As a result of this law the Peruvian people take their politics seriously.  Peru has numerous political parties ranging from the far left to the far right and all sorts of ideologies in between.  This also creates a lot of travel for these dear folks because they have to vote wherever they were last registered.  Since registering to vote in a new town is a bureaucratic process and takes money, the majority of the people just travel back to wherever they came from in order to vote.  The bus lines always take advantage of this and raise the price of bus tickets; so is life during election time, heavy traffic on the roads and purple fingers!  Anita and I have lived in this country for twenty-eight years and it has always been this way; life is interesting on the mission field!

Each month I ask you to continue to pray for our son, Capt. Joshua Stanton USAF.  He proudly serves our country as an Air Force pilot overseas.  He has a wife and two small, precious, little girls waiting for him back home.  We also ask you to continue to remember my father, Ralph Stanton, in your prayers; he is battling with prostate cancer, and is back in the hospital again in Dickson, Tennessee with a kidney infection.  He is also having test done for Alzheimer and dementia while being treated for the kidney infection. This ordeal has been understandably hard on my mother, she needs our prayers also.  Mom and Dad have been married for sixty-three years now, truly an example and inspiration to all of us.  Anita and I will be traveling back to the States for four weeks from the middle of May to the middle of June.  We plan to see our grand-kids (one we’ve never seen and she will soon be a year old!) but we plan to spend most of the time with my mom and dad.  Thank you so much for your prayers.

Do you all remember the young lady, twenty-three years old, Dany Luz Presentacion?  Many of you helped her financially back in the fall of last year when she was going through Chemo Therapy for ovarian cancer.  She also had open heart surgery when she was sixteen years old.  Well, she is doing great now; finished her college degree in elementary education and recently got a job teaching in a private school here in Huánuco.  Danitza is one of many young folks that are like sons and daughters to Anita and me.  She came by the house the other day to visit and show us how much her hair has grown back; so I had to take a picture and show you this radiant trophy of God’s mercy and grace!  We thank all of you again that had a part in helping us to help this fine and faithful young Christian woman.

Sufficient funds have come in to help the Cayumba Grande Baptist Mission with the purchase of their property in Tingo Maria.  Thanks to those of you that had a part in this project.

We still need more funds to help with construction for the Calvary Baptist Mission I pastor here in Huánuco.  Anita and I hope to have something built and secure by the time we leave for the States the middle of May.  This work has grown numerically and matured spiritually during this past year and it is time for us to move to a larger location.  The property has some old, adobe mud structures that will be torn down so we can build to suite or needs.  We know our heavenly Father will provide the funds; maybe He will use you to help with this project.

Another matter of prayer is the need to increase giving to the General Fund of Baptist Faith Mission.  BFM has financially aided Anita and me since 1983.  We work under the authority of our home church, Jordan Missionary Baptist Church, of Sanford, Florida, but Jordan Baptist is not large enough to support us full time, and thus, BFM helps our home church with the funds to keep us on the field in Peru.  The Mission provides excellent medical insurance, monthly stipends for housing, transportation cost and other expenditures necessary to live in a foreign country.  The directors of BFM have calculated that if each household and church that supports the General Fund of BFM could increase their giving by $10.00 more per month, the financial needs would be met.  Pray about it and give as the Lord leads you.  If you would like more details of the financial workings and situation of BFM you can go the webpage: www.baptistfaithmissions.org or the BFM blog at: www.faith-works.blogspot.com

Thanks again for all the prayers and support.  We look forward to seeing everyone next year (2012) when we come to the States for furlough.  Until next month.

In HIM by HIS grace,
Sheridan and Anita Stanton

 

Missionary Update: The Stantons in Peru

March 9, 2011

Dear friends and family,

We’ve had a lot of rain in the mountains recently, but today, the sun is shining in Huánuco!   Anita has been fighting a case of the flu that has given her a terrible cough, but she seems to be on the mend, for which we are thankful.  We love and appreciate all of you and thank you for your continual prayers and support of our part in the Lord’s work here in Peru.

Please continue to pray for our son, Capt. Joshua Stanton USAF, as he proudly serves our country as an Air Force pilot in Afghanistan.  He has a wife and two small, precious, little girls waiting for him back home.  We also ask you to remember my father, Ralph Stanton, in your prayers; he is battling with prostate cancer and not doing very well.

I baptized five young people into the fellowship of the Calvary Baptist Mission-Church a few weeks ago.  They ranged from twelve to twenty.  Two of them were a young couple just recently married.  Our attendance at this mission continues to grow and we literally filled our rented place to capacity twice during February.  The folks are getting anxious about moving to the new property we hope to buy in the next few weeks.  We have been trying to buy this piece of ground for months, but the owner has had to comply with numerous legal requirements in order to get the property legally up to date.  It looks like we will be able to make the purchase around the last week of March.  After we obtain the property we have an urgent need to build.  The folks here are poor, but I have seen them give sacrificially many times.   We could really use some help toward this project; it’s the Lord’s work and HE will provide, but maybe HE will lead some of you to be HIS means of provision.  We are also hoping that we could have a few churches send some mission teams down late this summer or early fall and help us with some of the construction.

My Monday night pastor’s class continues to be a blessing.  These men study the Word during the week and bring me some very challenging questions each Monday night.  Their questions keep me on my knees in prayer and compel me to dig ever deeper into God’s Word for the answers.  It is a privilege and honor to work with them.

Roosevelt Hermitaño, one of our national missionaries needs help with funds to buy the property for the Cayumba Grande Baptist Mission near Tingo Maria.  The owner wants to sell the place so they either have to buy or vacate by the end of April.  They have already raised over half of the cost but still need $1500.00 in order to have enough.  Please pray and give as the Lord leads.

In HIM by HIS grace,
Sheridan and Anita Stanton
sestantonperu [at] hotmail.com

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

Mission Update: The Stantons in Peru

April 8, 2010
Dear Friends,
          March was another hectic month for Anita and me.  First I drove to Pucallpa (a town in the central jungle where we lived for seven years), in order to hold a week-end meeting with the Jordan Baptist church of Pucallpa.  This was the first church we started in Peru twenty-two years ago.  I enjoyed the time with Pastor Daniel Gonzales and his dear wife, Bertha.  It was good to see old, familiar faces once again.  Even though I enjoyed seeing the folks there, to be honest, it was very hard to preach while there; it seemed to me that there was a “heavy” spirit hanging over the meeting.  We had several decisions for Christ in spite of the difficulty.  It was a blessing to be able to drive over the newly paved road for most of the trip.  The last time I drove to Pucallpa the road was so bad, the dash-board of my van shook loose and rested on our laps!  There are still some bad sections but I made the trip in about eight hours when it used to take fourteen.

Thirty-five pastors attended a workshop Bro. Sheridan led about using computers in the ministry.

          After returning to Huánuco on Sunday the 7th, I began another Institute class on Tuesday morning the 9th.  We only had 35 pastors show up for the class but we had a great time.  Instead of daily lectures I made the class more of an interactive work-shop dealing with “Computers and the Ministry”.  We spent the week teaching and practicing putting together MS PowerPoint hymn presentations; complete with accompaniment sound tracks.  They each got to return to their homes with over one hundred hymn presentations along with a lot more material.  It was a great week and Anita did all the cooking as usual.  I still think many of them come just for her cooking instead of my teaching!!

          In my last letter I mentioned the need of funds for purchasing some property for our newest mission work, the Calvary Mission Church of Huánuco.  We have rented a temporary place for three months, just down the street from where we were.  This gives us a little more time to locate the property the Lord has waiting for us.  We just haven’t found it yet!!  The need is still great to raise the funds for purchasing the property when the Lord reveals it to us.  Please pray with us about this and give as the Lord leads.  Thank you.

The Stantons and some of the people from their mission work have taken clothes, food and water several times to those affected by a landslide in a nearby town.

          On the April 1st a huge landslide came down upon the small town of Cancejos (about one hour from Huánuco).  Seven people were killed and still some others have not been found yet.  The road (Central Highway) was blocked and traffic backed up for about five miles on both sides.  I was trying to get to Tingo Maria for a special meeting but after sitting for three hours on the road I realized I would never make it on time, so I turned around and went back home.  Friday the 2nd I was able to make it to Tingo Maria and drive through the devastation in Cancejos.  The village has about ten displaced families living in tents set up by the Civil Defense.  Please remember these folks in your prayers as they struggle with their losses.

A massive landslide struck the nearby town of Ambo. Twenty-seven people were killed and 40 remain missing.

 While I was in Tingo Maria for the meeting at the Bethel Baptist Church, another massive landslide struck the town of Ambo (twenty minutes away on the other side of Huánuco).  Twenty-seven are known dead and close to forty are still missing.  Entire two-story homes were completely buried beneath the rock and mud.  One of the biggest tragedies in the Ambo landslide was a Christian Missionary Alliance church that was having a prayer meeting when the mudslide came upon them and buried them all alive.  The numbers vary from fifteen to twenty present in the meeting.  Anita and I, along with the folks from our mission work, have taken clothes, food and water on two occasions thus far to the temporary tent cities set up by the Civil Defense.  Ambo has about one hundred tents set up for the displaced families.  In a few more days we plan on taking personal sanitary items (soap, tooth brushes and paste, etc.) and underwear.  I am also hoping to get several boxes of bibles to distribute among those that have lost everything.  In a few more months we will try and help some of the families build a new home.  Please be in prayer for these poor people that disease will not start and spread.  The doctors are worried that any day now an epidemic might break out. 

Until next month. 

In HIM by HIS grace,
Sheridan and Anita Stanton

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

Missionary Update: The Stantons in Peru

Dear Friends,

stantonsToday is Anita’s birthday and what a joy it has been to see her receive so many phone calls and cards! God has richly blessed me with thirty-five years of marriage to her and the opportunity of sharing as many birthdays. Thank you for all that helped to make her day so special.

Since the last mission group left in August things have slowed down some for us here in Huánuco. I have had to cancel a few of my speaking and teaching engagements due to the economic downturn; but the upside is that I have had more time to devote to lesson and sermon preparation. I am hoping to have another Institute class around the first of the year for all of our pastors around the country. My Monday night Bible class for our local pastors has been on pause for the summer but will resume again in two weeks (after Anita and I return from a speaking engagement the end of October).

Anita continues to stay busy writing the Sunday School materials for all ages of our Sunday Schools here in Peru. She spends many hours daily in this. On Wednesday nights she teaches a ladies class at Calvary Baptist. She must be a much better teacher than me because she has about twice as many ladies come to her class as I have men come to mine!

We enjoyed seeing Brother Jason Minix and Pastor George Sledd the first of September. Jason returned to Peru for a few days in order to pack-up his things. He has felt led of the Lord to be a missionary with Mountain Missions out of the South Irvine Baptist Church of Irvine, Kentucky. He will be missed here by many, many of the dear Saints of God that he has impacted by his ministry here in Peru. We wish for him and Andrea God’s richest blessings upon their family and ministry.

I had to make a small cut this past month in the monthly offering that Anita and I give to fourteen of our national workers. It is the first time I have ever had to do that in twenty-six years on the mission field. But we know that the Lord is still on His throne and knows what he is doing. The economic crisis has affected so many families and churches in States and the effects of that show up on the mission field as well. But the Lord’s work goes on! We just need to look for more cost-effective methods of getting the gospel out.

Speaking of the national workers, I have heard from about eight of them so far and they all give a good report. In total about fifteen souls were saved this past month between the eight. Our only female worker, Silvia Rojas, is working as a medical missionary at the Diospi Suyana Missionary Hospital in Southern Peru. She is in charge of the laboratory and spends the weekends conducting Bible Clubs for children. She grew up here in Huánuco and I had the joy of pastoring her and her family for several years. She is getting married on the 24th of October and I will be performing the ceremony. She is marrying another young Christian man that works at the hospital. Please pray for Silvia and Benjamin as they start this new life together.

Thanks to each and every one of you that continue to give month after month for the Lord’s work here in Peru. Anita and I thank the Lord for you in our prayers. Until next month.

In HIM by HIS grace,
Sheridan and Anita Stanton
sestantonperu [at] hotmail.com

Dear Friends,

Today is Anita’s birthday and what a joy it has been to see her receive so many phone calls and cards! God has richly blessed me with thirty-five years of marriage to her and the opportunity of sharing as many birthdays. Thank you for all that helped to make her day so special.

Since the last mission group left in August things have slowed down some for us here in Huánuco. I have had to cancel a few of my speaking and teaching engagements due to the economic downturn; but the upside is that I have had more time to devote to lesson and sermon preparation. I am hoping to have another Institute class around the first of the year for all of our pastors around the country. My Monday night Bible class for our local pastors has been on pause for the summer but will resume again in two weeks (after Anita and I return from a speaking engagement the end of October).

Anita continues to stay busy writing the Sunday School materials for all ages of our Sunday Schools here in Peru. She spends many hours daily in this. On Wednesday nights she teaches a ladies class at Calvary Baptist. She must be a much better teacher than me because she has about twice as many ladies come to her class as I have men come to mine!

We enjoyed seeing Brother Jason Minix and Pastor George Sledd the first of September. Jason returned to Peru for a few days in order to pack-up his things. He has felt lead of the Lord to be a missionary with Mountain Missions out of the South Irvine Baptist Church of Irvine, Kentucky. He will be missed here by many, many of the dear Saints of God that he has impacted by his ministry here in Peru. We wish for him and Andrea God’s richest blessings upon their family and ministry.

I had to make a small cut this past month in the monthly offering that Anita and I give to fourteen of our national workers. It is the first time I have ever had to do that in twenty-six years on the mission field. But we know that the Lord is still on His throne and knows what he is doing. The economic crisis has affected so many families and churches in States and the effects of that show up on the mission field as well. But the Lord’s work goes on! We just need to look for more cost-effective methods of getting the gospel out.

Speaking of the national workers, I have heard from about eight of them so far and they all give a good report. In total about fifteen souls were saved this past month between the eight. Our only female worker, Silvia Rojas, is working as a medical missionary at the Diospi Suyana Missionary Hospital in Southern Peru. She is in charge of the laboratory and spends the weekends conducting Bible Clubs for children. She grew up here in Huánuco and I had the joy of pastoring her and her family for several years. She is getting married on the 24th of October and I will be performing the ceremony. She is marrying another young Christian man that works at the hospital. Please pray for Silvia and Benjamin as they start this new life together.

Thanks to each and every one of you that continue to give month after month for the Lord’s work here in Peru. Anita and I thank the Lord for you in our prayers. Until next month.

In HIM by HIS grace,

Sheridan and Anita Stanton

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