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Mission Update: The Radfords in Kenya

Dear praying friends,

Another month has come and passed, and we thank the Lord for His blessings and care for us. What a great God we serve, and what a blessing it is to be involved in His work. Although we can face various trials and tests through our lives, what a blessing to know that our Lord is there with us each step of the way, wherever He has called us to serve Him. Joshua 1:9 states “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” This update will share current prayer requests, as well as a very important time in the life of our family.

Lord willing, my wife will give birth to our second child later this month. She is due February 12th, and the time is quickly approaching, so we would appreciate your prayers so much for her, the baby, and the upcoming delivery, that all would go well. We got it confirmed recently that we will be having a daughter, and we are so thrilled with this. We plan to name her Camille Sophia Radford, and we are so looking forward to having her as a part of our family soon, Lord willing. What a blessing children are, and we thank the Lord for the great medical care that Carrie has received thus far and for the health of our baby. Psalm 127:3 states “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” We plan to send pictures of Camille soon, so you can see her. Please continue to pray that all would go well in the upcoming days.

Please also continue to pray for the ministries in our absence. Please pray for the ministry in Rafiki, the prison ministry, and also the hospital ministry, as we are away from the ministries at this time. Although it is hard to be away from Kenya and the ministries there, it is also a good time for us to be able to report on the ministries, as well as spend time with friends and family. Please pray for us as we travel, that we would be safe, and also for the vehicle to be dependable as we travel. We appreciate your prayers so much, as prayer is such a vital part of the ministry. Adrian Rogers said “Prayer is the greatest Christian privilege.” What a privilege indeed it is to be able to talk to the Lord, and to trust Him as we pray.

May God bless each of you for your prayers, support, love, and encouragement. It means more to us than you will ever know. We will keep you updated.

In Him,
Nathan and Carrie Radford
naterad [at] yahoo.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

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 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

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

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