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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

 

 

Missions Update: The Radfords in Kenya

Nathan, Carrie and McKenna Radford

Dear praying friends,

Another month has come and passed so quickly, and we are now near the end of the year 2010. It seems that time goes so quickly, and Lord willing, soon we will be in the year 2011. May we ever be mindful of the opportunities that the Lord gives us to serve Him and to be mindful of the time we have to give our lives in service to Him. This prayer letter will give a current ministry update, a family update, as well as share prayer requests.
It is great to be back in our home country of the United States of America. Although we miss the people of Kenya and the ministries there, we are also happy to be home and get to spend valuable time with friends and family, as well as those who pray for us and sacrificially give to support us. Each of you are such an important part of the ministry in Kenya and we thank the Lord for you. We could not do it without your help. The Lord has provided a place for us to stay in West Virginia beginning in January, as well as a vehicle and the majority of the furnishings. We wish to thank each of you for your assistance, as it has really helped us in the transition back to our home country and getting settled in for our furlough. May God bless each of you who have assisted us in any way with our furlough needs. Thank you for being so mindful of the needs of missionaries. Philippians 4:19 says “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” What a precious promise from the Word of God this is, that we can trust Him to provide for our needs.
Please continue to pray for the ministries in Kenya in our absence. The ministry in Rafiki is continuing presently through a Kenyan that was trained in the Bible Institute and who had gone repeatedly to Rafiki to minister there, so we ask you to pray for him and the people there. They are continuing independently of me in any way, and I am sure this is a test of faith for them, so we ask you to pray for them, that they would be indigenous and stand on their own in my absence. This is a challenge, as the country is dependent, but prayer would be much appreciated for this ministry as I am now in the States for an extended period of time.
Also, please continue to pray for the other ministries, both the annex prison and the hospital ministry, in our absence. We wish to thank anyone who has come personally to see these ministries firsthand, sent supplies to be given to the ministries, prayed for or financially supported the works. May God bless each of you so much. We will keep you updated.
Please also continue to pray for Carrie and the pregnancy, as she is due the second week of February 2011. So far,
all is progressing well, for which we thank the Lord. What a blessing children are and we ask you to pray that this new one would also continue to develop well in the womb.  1 Samuel 1:27 states “For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:” We thank each of you for continuing to remember the new little one in prayer as well as for Carrie and her health during the pregnancy.
Please also pray for us and our health as we have both individuals and churches to visit while are home. Please also pray for the vehicle, that it would do well traveling and not have any major maintenance issues. Please also pray for me as I begin to contact churches and pastors, that the Lord would lead and guide us in these endeavors. I plan to send a dvd of our ministry out soon, so please also pray that these will all arrive well without any problems where they are designated to go.
In closing, during this Thanksgiving season, may we ever be mindful to be thankful of the many blessings that God has given us.
There are so many things to be thankful for, such as family, health, the Lord’s provisions, and opportunities that He gives us to serve Him. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” We wish each of you a great Thanksgiving holiday as well as Christmas holiday next month. May God bless each of you.
Serving in Kenya,
Nathan & Carrie Radford

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 in Kenya

December 8, 2009
Dear praying friends,

We hope this update finds each of you doing well. It is hard to believe that we are at the end of the year 2009 and getting ready for another year ahead. Time goes so quickly, and may we ever be mindful of using our time wisely in service for the Lord. We hope each of you had a great Thanksgiving holiday with your families and we wish each of you a great Christmas time with friends and family. This update will share current ministry progress as well as prayer requests.

Before giving a ministry report, we wish to update you of a situation that happened at our home in Kitale recently. Unfortunately, this past month, a significant amount of money was taken from our compound. The money was locked up securely in a small room. When I went to do a count of the money recently, I was surprised to discover a major discrepancy in the amount that I had left previously. This disturbed both my wife and I, and we called all who we thought were involved into a meeting to discuss the incident. Unfortunately, all who we thought were involved denied any involvement. We filed a report at the police station, but this is as far as it went. It is very hard to get to the truth here, so please pray that those who are responsible for this would come forward, confess, repent, and seek reconciliation. Please pray for us, that the truth would come out, as it is a very difficult situation for us at this time.

In ministry news, we thank the Lord for the ministry in Rafiki. I am continuing in a short discipleship course which covers many of the fundamentals of the faith. I feel that this is very needed here, and is still a major part of the foundational teaching for this ministry. In the near future, I plan to teach the people on the church, and cover the major aspects of church ministry. Lord willing, a preaching point will be established. Please pray for the people who attend, for every step in this ministry, and for me, as I teach and preach to the people.

Nathan Radford at the teaching ministry in Rafiki
Nathan Radford at the teaching ministry in Rafiki

The annex prison is continuing well, for which I thank the Lord. We are continuing well in the course “Firm Foundations – from Creation to Christ.” The men seem to be getting much from the teaching and growing spiritually. Please pray for each of these men, especially this time of year, when it is very difficult to be separated from friends and family.

The family is also doing well. McKenna continues to grow and develop quickly. She is now beginning to talk and express herself, and become very interactive. These years are the formative years of her childhood, and very important for her development. I thank the Lord for my wife and her love and care as a mother. Please pray for us both, that we would continue to mold and shape our daughter’s life to truly follow the Lord.

We hope each of you have a great Christmas and a happy New Year. Lord willing, at our next update, it will be 2010. May we dedicate this year to service to our Lord. God bless you all and we will keep you updated.

In Kenya,
Nathan, Carrie and McKenna 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

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

Missionary Update: The Radfords

Dear praying friends,
We hope this update finds you all doing well in service for our Lord in the United States. We cannot believe that we are already in the year 2009, but we desire to use our time wisely for the Lord and be good stewards of the resources He has given us for His work here in Kenya. Our lives are short in comparison with eternity and may we each make the best use of the opportunities that the Lord gives us to serve Him. James 4:14 states “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” This update will share current ministries as well as prayer requests.

The prison ministry at Annex prison is going well. As I said in an earlier prayer letter, the Annex is a totally new section of the prison where I not had a long term ministry. I thank the Lord for the chaplains at the Annex who have welcomed me and done a very good job facilitating all the needs to be done for the ministry to grow and progress. Also, the prisoners have been coming faithfully and many of them seem to having substantial growth spiritually, so we thank the Lord for that. I can truly see a desire in their lives for the Word of God, which is very encouraging. 1 Peter 2:2 says “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” Please continue to pray for each of the prisoners, even the ones who are coming to the outside prison ministry, that the Lord would continue to work in their hearts and lives and that they would produce much spiritual fruit. We will inform you of any further needs in this ministry in the future, Lord willing.

I have also been learning much through the church ministries here in Kitale, which I thank the Lord for. I went to the Bible Institute at Bethel Baptist Church of Kitale last week and had a great time with missionary Roger Tate and the various pastors of the churches. We studied so much together, this past week focusing on the practice of the church. Together we looked at and discussed how the church is to relate to the world, the practice of church body life(fellowship/edification/worship), family ministry within the church, meeting the various needs of church members, giving and stewardship, etc. I have greatly enjoyed this time of meeting together and studying the Word of God. Proverbs 4:13 states “Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.” I have also enjoyed going on church visitation and getting to know the people better. Please pray for the churches in Kitale, for their spiritual growth, and that we would
be a blessing to the people of Kitale, Kenya.

Our family continues to do well. McKenna is growing rapidly and developing quickly. She is to begin crawling soon, which is a developmental milestone. She did get malaria a few weeks ago, but we thank the Lord that we had the best medicine available and that she made a quick recovery. Malaria is common in Kenya, and can be serious if untreated, but we are so grateful that good medicine is available here in Kitale. Our health in Kenya is a prayer request, and we thank each of you so much for praying for us. To those who pray for us, we thank the Lord for you and ask you to continue to pray for us and the challenges we face on the mission field. In closing, we also wanted to thank Carrie’s younger sister Jenna for coming to visit us here in Kenya last month. We greatly enjoyed her company and showing her the ministries here in Kitale. We also wish to extend an invitation to others who would like to come and personally see what the Lord is doing in a different part of the world. May God bless each of you.

Nathan, Carrie, & McKenna Radford
Kitale, Kenya, East Africa
naterad [at] yahoo.com