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Missionary Update: The Radfords

 

Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford

Dear praying friends,

 

Another month has come and gone, and we are now at the end of the year 2011. We are now back in Kenya, and specifically, in Kitale. We appreciate so much each one who prayed for our safety as we traveled back to Kenya. We had a long trip back to Kenya, and our daughters did very well with the traveling, given the distance, time changes, etc. It was hard to say goodbye to friends and family that we love, and please know that each of you are so special to us and we love to hear from you. Life on the mission field has many challenges, and your prayers, encouragement, and friendships mean so much to us. We would ask for your continued prayers, as we are adjusting back to Kenya and life here.

 

We would ask for your continued prayers for us in many ways this upcoming term. We would ask you to please pray for our health, as it is a daily struggle to stay healthy. Also, for safety traveling, for good friendships with others, and for the Lord to lead and guide us. We want to be where He wants us to be. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 32:8, which says “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” What a tremendous verse of encouragement this is from the Word of God. We would covet your prayers in the above areas.

 

Also, please pray for our visitors who will be coming in the next few days from the States. Please pray for safety as they travel, for good ministry opportunities as they are here, and that we would be a blessing to them, as well as the people of Kenya. We are so looking forward to their arrival and would ask you to pray for our time as we serve the Lord together in Kitale.

 

Please also pray for the ministries that the Lord has for us here in Kitale. Please pray for my wife, as she plans to continue serving in the district hospital, for the annex prison ministry, and for church planting this term with my friend and partner, Mr. Roger Tate. We are excited to see what the Lord will do, and are excited to be part of His work here in Kenya. There is so much work to be done for the Lord, and we must pray that the Lord would send laborers into His harvest field. Matthew 9:36-38 states “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” What challenging verses these are, and a reminder for us to be involved in the harvest, whether through praying, giving, or going.

 

We will be sure to keep you updated. Thanks so much to each one of you for your prayers, interest, support, and encouragement. You all mean so much to us, and we thank God for you. Please note our new mailing address.

Until next month,
Nathan and Carrie Radford

 

 

Missionary Update: The Radfords in Kenya

Radfords_Kenya
Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford

Dear praying friends,                                                                                 November 5, 2009

Another month has come and passed, and we are now near the end of the year 2009. Time goes so quickly, and we thank the Lord for His faithfulness to us in the work here in Kenya. Psalm 116:12 says “What shall I render unto the LORD for all His benefits toward me?”
May we truly be mindful of all the blessings of the Lord we have, and in thanksgiving, use our lives to serve Him faithfully. This update will share current ministry progress as well as prayer requests.

This past month, we had a team visit us from Pennsylvania. What a blessing they were to us, as they got involved in many different areas of ministry here. They assisted in painting the building at the Annex prison, and also assisted in the ministry in the village of Rafiki in many ways. We had such a great time with them, and wanted to personally thank them for all the did for us, both to visit, and encourage. Their work for the Lord here will certainly not be forgotten, as they were such a blessing. We also appreciated their spirit for missions work across the world, and their desire to see it first-hand. Thanks again so much for all you did for us while you were here in Kenya.

In the work in Rafiki, I have recently finished the course “Firm Foundations – from Creation to Christ.” We learned so much together and I believe it was a great foundational course for those who are attending. I am attaching a photo of me teaching this course. Please pray for me, as I am attempting to teach each week in Swahili, the language of Kenya. It is a challenge, but it has been pushing me to learn more of the language so I can effectively communicate with the people. The language is challenging and has no similarities to English, so I would appreciate your prayers for this.

Swahili Lesson

I now have the plan and goal of continuing to teach sound doctrine to the people and to begin a preaching point. It is my goal also to establish a church in this village, and I am continuing to teach the doctrines of the faith so they will be established firmly in what they believe. Solid doctrinal teaching is much needed here, and I would appreciate your prayers for this. 1 Peter 5:2 says “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy  lucre, but of a ready mind.”  Please pray for me in this time at the ministry of Rafiki, and also that the Lord would send those who look to Him for their provision, and trust in Him only. This is one of my goals, to develop those who depend on the Lord only for their needs, and look to Him Alone.
The prison ministry is also doing well. The “Firm Foundations” course is now also being used there, and the men seem to be gaining much from it. What a privilege it is to have the opportunity to teach from the Word of God. May we be mindful of the need for missions around the world. Mark 16:15 says “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” May we be challenged by this and always remember the need to “reach the unreached” all around the world.

Carrie and McKenna are doing well. McKenna is growing and developing quickly, and we are so proud of her. What a blessing it is to have a child, and our goal is to train her in the ways of the Lord. We appreciate your prayers for us as we raise her, that we would be the parents we need to be. God bless you all and thanks again so much for your prayers and encouragement. It means so much to us.

Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford
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

Missionary Update: The Radfords

Dear praying friends,                                    June 6, 2009

Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford
Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford

Another month has come and passed so quickly, and it is hard to believe we are already half way into the year 2009. Time passes so quickly, and may we be the best stewards of the time the Lord has given us to serve Him. Ephesians 5:16 states “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” May we truly redeem, or make the best use of, the time and opportunities that we are given each day to serve. This update will share current ministry reports as well as prayer requests.

We thank the Lord for those who have given to the Annex building project at the prison. We hope to begin to start contracting the project soon, as the Lord leads and guides. Please pray for this project, and also for the builders, that they would be committed to the task and finish quickly, realizing it is the Lord’s work. We will be sure to give you an update on this in the future.

Concerning our family, Carrie has been staying busy taking care of McKenna and also busy with the hospital ministry. She has been able to go and teach the mothers, provide the mothers and babies with much needed supplies, and also give out Bibles and tracts. There are also abandoned babies who are brought in who we try to assist. Psalm 82:3 says “Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.” We thank each one who gives to this ministry, for we could not do it without your help. Because of your prayers and generosity, many needy people are being assisted. May God bless you for your heart for His work overseas.

Please also continue to pray for the ministry in the village of Rafiki, which is about a 10 minute drive out of Kitale town. As I said previously in a prayer letter, there are many villages in the surrounding areas of Kitale that are yet to be reached.  It is my goal to have a preaching point in this area, but the people need to be taught the foundations first. Many in this village have a need to have a foundational understanding of the Word of God. I am presently in a course entitled “Firm Foundations – from Creation to Christ.” I have been teaching the people beginning with Creation in the Garden of Eden, and showing them from the Bible the effects/consequences of sin even in our day today. We have seen how we are all sinners and have an inherent sin nature. Later in the course, Lord willing, we will learn much about our Lord and also study concerning the need we each have for a Savior.

Please pray for me as I teach, and also that the Lord would bring those who love Him and have a desire to sincerely follow Him. Please also pray that the Word of God would work in the hearts of the people and that they would make any changes necessary to follow the Lord. I have attached a recent photo of this ministry so you can remember us in your prayers.
Village_Ministry
In closing, we do covet your prayers, as there are many challenges and obstacles to ministry on the mission field. However, we know that when people pray for us and we pray faithfully, nothing is too difficult for the Lord. A friend of D.L. Moody once said “I wish to testify that he was a far greater pray-er than he was preacher. Time and time again, he was confronted by obstacles that seemed insurmountable, but he always knew the way to overcome all difficulties. He knew the way to bring to pass anything that needed to be brought to pass. He knew and believed in the deepest depths of his soul that nothing was too hard for the Lord, and that prayer could do anything that God could do.” May we also be convinced and believe that nothing is to difficult for the Lord, and realize that the Lord desires us to come to Him in prayer with anything we face in our lives.

May God bless each of you as you serve Him in the States. We will keep you updated on the work here. God bless you.

In Kenya,
Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford
P.O. Box 4150
Kitale, Kenya
East Africa 30200

Mission Update: The Radfords

Dear praying friends,

Another month has come and passed, and we thank the Lord for His many blessings to us. God has been so good to us, and we need to remember Him each day for the blessings He brings. This update will share current prayer requests as well as plans for our return to Kenya, Lord willing.

Philippians 1:3-4 states “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy…” As Paul thanked the brethren in his day, we thank each of you and are so thankful to each of you who either prays for, supports, or visits the ministries in Kenya. We truly could not do our work without your help.

Lord willing, we plan to return to Kenya September 25th. We still need around $75-100 a month and are praying and trusting the Lord for these needs.  Please pray for us, that we would be faithful, and also adjust well to the many changes culturally that are before us. Taking a four month old baby is a daunting task, so we ask for your prayers, that McKenna would adjust well and that we would have wisdom in helping her through the process.

I would like to finish the prayer letter with an abbreviated story as an encouragement to all missionaries. Matthew 19:29 states “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”

An old missionary couple had been working in Africa for years and was returning to New York to retire.  They had no pension; their health was broken; they were defeated, discouraged, and afraid. They discovered they were booked on the same ship as President Teddy Roosevelt, who was returning from one of his big-game hunting expeditions.

No one paid any attention to them. They watched the fanfare that accompanied the President’s entourage, with passengers trying to catch a glimpse of the great man. The old missionary said to his wife, “Something is wrong. Why should we have given our lives in faithful service for God in Africa all these many years and have no one care a thing about us?” No one noticed the missionary couple. They slipped off the ship and found a cheap flat on the East Side, hoping the next day to see what they could do to make a living in the city. That night the man’s spirit broke.  He said to his wife, “I can’t take this; God is not treating us fairly.” His wife replied, Why don’t you go in the bedroom and tell that to the Lord?”

A short time later he came out from the bedroom, but now his face was completely different. “The Lord
settled it with me,” he said. “I told Him how bitter I was that the President should receive this tremendous
homecoming, when no one met us as we returned home. And when I finished, it seemed as though the Lord put His hand on my shoulder and simply said, ‘But you’re not home yet!”

May we as servants of God, whether here or overseas, take heart with this story. May we continue to faithfully serve Him, realizing we “are not home yet” and He will reward His servants in due time. God bless you and we will keep you updated on the ministry in Kenya.

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

Mission Update: The Radfords

Dear praying friends, August 5, 2008

Another month has come and passed so quickly, and we thank the Lord for all the benefits He gives to us each day. May we never forget the blessings and provisions of the Lord and all His goodness to us. This update will share current news, as well as prayer requests.

This past month was the BFM Conference in Ironton, Ohio. What a blessing it was to see old friends and other missionaries who have given their lives for the Lord on the mission field. The missionaries that represented their fields of service certainly take Matthew 10:39 seriously, which says “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Jim Elliott, the famous missionary to Ecuador who gave his life for the cause of Christ, said “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Certainly the missionaries that attended the conference have literally given their lives for service, and I believe they will have great rewards for their efforts. What a privilege it was to fellowship with the missionaries and the others who attended.

Many have been asking about McKenna, our daughter. She is now 3 months old and progressing very well. She is becoming much more interactive, and we thank the Lord for the privilege of caring for her and raising her. We have attached a photo of McKenna to this update so you can see her development. Please pray for her, and also that we would be the parents God wishes us to be.

Please pray for us and the time we have spent raising support for the ministry in Kenya. Support raising has definitely become more difficult since last furlough, and we thank the Lord for each one who gives sacrificially so that the works in Kenya can continue. We are still trusting the Lord to provide the remainder of our support, which presently is around 100-125$ per month. We continue to pray and trust the Lord for these needs. In Psalms 37:25, the Bible says “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24 states “Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.” These verses are such a comfort to us that the Lord will provide for His servants and meet their needs, whether here in the States or overseas. May each of us step out in faith and trust the Lord to provide.

In conclusion, we have several prayer requests. A famous quote I read recently that really challenged me was “Is prayer your steering wheel, or your spare tire?” Is prayer something that we rely on frequently for guidance and direction in our lives, or is it something we only go to in case of an emergency? May we come often before the Lord with our needs and burdens, and rely on the Lord to help us. Psalm 55:22 says “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

Please pray for the ministries in Kitale, that they would continue well in our absence. Please also pray that the Lord would be brought glory through whatever we do, whether in the States on furlough or in service on the mission field. Please pray also for McKenna and her development. Please pray that we would be parents who would fear the Lord and raise our children to live to serve Him. Finally, please pray that the Lord would meet the rest of our support needs, in His time. God bless you all and we look forward to any emails or letters from you.
Until next month,

Nathan and Carrie Radford
315 College St.
Youngsville, PA 16371
Email: naterad [at] yahoo.com

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

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

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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!