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Missionary Update: The Stantons in Peru

August 10, 2011

Dear friends and family,

In my last letter I reported spending some time with my ailing father, Ralph Stanton.  On the 21st of June, Anita and I kissed dad goodbye and headed back to Peru.  Two days later on Thursday morning, 23rd of June, Dad went home to glory; four weeks shy of his eighty-fourth birthday.  Anita and I were at the Lima, Peru airport waiting for our flight back to Huánuco when we received the call about his death.  After receiving the news about dad we immediately made plans to return to the States for his funeral.  I spoke for the family at the memorial service and it truly was a “celebration of life”; a good long life of love, laughter and singing for the Lord.  Dad will be missed by all that knew him.  We thank those that were present at the memorial service, those that sent flowers and cards and those that sent financial gifts to help defer our traveling expenses.  We spent a few weeks with Mom to help her get adjusted to this new phase of her life; a life without Dad.  Predictably she has “good days and bad days”; please pray for her as the Lord brings her to mind

We arrived back home to Huánuco on the 15th of July, and immediately occupied ourselves once again in the Lord’s work here; a work in which we are privileged to participate.  The Calvary Baptist Mission is doing very well; attendance remains high (four were added to the church while we were gone), and a healthy spirit of cooperation continues to prevail as we are in the “waiting” period of construction; waiting for the plans and permits to be approved.  I have built numerous church buildings in Peru over the past twenty-eight years but I have never been more enthusiastic about a building project than this one.  Innovative design allowing for easy, future expansion, combined with cost effective construction and a lot of donated but organized labor are just a few of the reasons why I am excited about this project.  Pictures will be forthcoming as we move forward in the first phase of this undertaking.  Prayers for safety, good progress, and prudent use of resources will be appreciated.

The Monday night bible class for pastors was postponed while Anita and I were in the States.  I will be starting it back up in a few weeks.  In addition to this, many of the dear folks from our five churches here in Huánuco have been asking me to start a basic bible class for the lay people of our churches.   Hopefully this will be a reality before too long.  I would really appreciate your prayers that I will be a good steward of the time God has given me.  With, construction, sermon preparation, Bible classes to prepare, writing a doctoral thesis, counseling, and traveling, the time just seems to disappear before each day is done.  It seems the older I am the more work there is to do!  Please pray! Thanks.

I conducted a Seminar on Administration of a Baptist Church the 27th thru the 30th of July for the Faith Baptist Church in the coastal town of Huaral, north of Lima.  Alberto Ramirez is the young pastor of this church that we helped start several years ago while living in Lima.  The church is growing and busy in their own construction project; new and larger Sunday school rooms. Even while teaching a seminar we had one young man give his life to Christ, a lady asking for baptism (after an understanding of the importance of the Lord’s church), and several repenting of their neglect of their responsibilities to the church.  It was a good meeting and hopefully the teaching will bear abundant fruit in the future of this faithful young congregation.

All of the fourteen, Peruvian national missionaries that Anita and I support have sent good reports for the month.  Collectively about eighteen souls were saved during the past month as a result of these ministries.  Donations given to “new work” or “as needed” funds go to help these fourteen missionary families and the works God has given them to do.  Thank you for enabling us to support them.

As usual, my monthly report is getting too long so let me close it by saying once again how thankful Anita and I are for you love, prayers and support.  We pray God might shower HIS richest blessings on each of you.  Until next month.

In HIM by HIS grace,
Sheridan and Anita Stanton

Mission Update: The Stantons in Peru

March 15, 2010

Dear Friends,
February just flew by without braking!  It seems like it was just a few weeks ago I was writing January’s report.  Sorry to be late getting this out.  Anita and I are fine and super busy in the Lord’s work here in Huánuco, Peru.  Most of February was spent getting ready for another Institute class I taught last week (I will write about that in March’s news letter).

The Calvary Baptist Mission that I am pastoring has shown some growth both numerically and spiritually this past month; for this we praise the Lord.  I do have an urgent prayer request for this mission work.  Our contract runs out the first of April on the building we have been renting and the owner wants to almost double the rent.  We must move and at this point it seems better to buy a piece of property and build rather than continue to rent somewhere else.  This work has grown sufficiently the past three years and I do not doubt it will continue on until the Lord’s soon coming.  We need your help!  Most suitable lots are running around $20,000.00 (twenty thousand US dollars).  I know the United States is in a deep economic recession at this time but our Lord is never in a recession.  As I have said before this is the time for God’s people to shine and show this lost and dying world that our trust is in our heavenly Father, the All-powerful, Creator of the universe.  Please pray about this and give as the Lord leads.  Until next month.

In HIM by HIS grace,
Sheridan and Anita Stanton

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