April 2017 - From Kenny & Diane


Dear Friends,


Happy Easter! I trust your lenten season was a rich time of fellowship and sabbath in the Lord.


Christ, the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! 

Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia! 

Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! 

Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth reply, Alleluia! 

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia! 

Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! 

Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia! 

Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia! 

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! 

Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia! 

Once He died, our souls to save, Alleluia! 

Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia! 

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! 

Following our exalted Head, Alleluia! 

Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia! 

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia! 

Hail, the Lord of earth and heav’n, Alleluia! 

Praise to Thee by both be giv’n, Alleluia! 

Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia! 

Hail, the Resurrection Thou, Alleluia! 




Kenny & Diane



From Kenny & Diane - March 2017 Update


Dear Friends,


It is already March and I wasn't expecting to find myself still in the position of seeking the next ministry opportunity for Diane and I. We covet your prayers and networking help if you can.


For this month Kenny is working part time for SAM serving in several areas where there is a need and Diane continues in her role.


We are so blessed that our family is well and we look forward to having a grandson this coming July.


I am reading a book called "Stuck," by Terry Walling. It's all about transitions in life and during those transiions making sure you don't miss the lessons God is trying to teach you and submitting to the ways He is shaping you. I recomend the book. 


Again we covet your prayers,


Kenny & Diane



A Note from Kenny & Diane - January 2017


Dear Partners in Ministry,

Thank You for your faithful prayers and financial support. Please allow us to share our hearts with you.


After much prayer and counsel, Diane and I have resigned from South America Mission. 


Our ongoing conviction is that God has called us into full-time ministry, we beilieve He is directing us into a new ministry context.  Our desire is to walk by faith, much like Abraham, and move into new frontiers of ministry. We love the local church and missions; please pray that His future direction for us is clear.


Although we’re resigning as members of SAM, we’re sticking around in the Fort Mill area at least untli we find another ministry. Diane will continue to serve as Donor Relations manager in SAM’s US office in Fort Mill. We’re excited about this and grateful. 


We could use your help. If you are aware of ministry opportunities in your area please let us know.


Grace & Peace!


Kenny & Diane


Krestan's Ministry News - January 2017


January 4, 2017
Dear Krestan Ministry Partners,

The mercies of our unchanging God are new every morning. Those truths are especially important
in times of change. As we begin a new year, I’m writing to let you know of important upcoming
changes in the ministry of Kenny and Diane Krestan.

Kenny and Diane have determined that the Lord is leading them to a new season of ministry. After
nearly thirty years serving with South America Mission, that is a big change for the Krestans. It’s
also a major change for South America Mission.

With such a long trajectory of life with SAM, the Krestans will stay connected even after the end of
their transition. I’ll tell you more about that, but for now I want to acknowledge and give thanks to
them and to you. Kenny and Diane have served in innumerable ways in Bolivia and in our US
leadership. They have been part of massive change within the organization, contributing greatly to
our community’s health and fruitfulness. You, too, have been part of that. Your prayers and
giving have led to thousands hearing the Good News that Jesus loves them. Thank you.

The Krestans do not know all their future holds. Just as they left in faith for Bolivia many years ago,
they are also stepping into this new season with faith. In the coming months, Kenny will continue
to minister to our community in the area of spiritual formation in a part-time capacity. This will be
an important transition for Kenny and for SAM. Diane will continue, long-term Lord willing, as
part of our office staff in the vital ministry of donor relations.

The Krestans’ ministry account at SAM will remain open during this transition. Continued giving
will enable SAM to support them in this transition as well as continue to be blessed by their
ministry to us. While I do feel loss at this impending change, I’m grateful for the orderly transition
and confident that God has plans for new fruitfulness for this beloved couple.

Thank you once more for your love and kindness, gifts and prayers over these many years.
With you in faith and hope,

W. Kirk Ogden Jr. CEO


Krestan's Ministry News - October 2016


Dear Partners in Ministry,

Thank You for your faithful prayers and financial support. 

We are back from our ministry trip to Colombia and we are excited to report that God is doing so many wonderful things in and through the ministries of South America Mission and our missionaries.

We began our visit in Villavicencio, Colombia. This is in the Eastern part of the country and is considered the gateway to the "Mar Verde" - Green Ocean. This refers to the vast jungle that extends from Villavicencio to the Brazil boarder. After this we spent a week with all our missionaries gathered outside of Bogota in a small town called Tenjo. We held a conference that was full of worship, teaching, sharing, and fellowship. Kenny taught twice during the week.

The next area we visited was located on the Northern Caribbean Coast. We visited churches and participated in the University Ministry at Magdelena University in Santa

Marta, Colombia. Later we spent a day with the Mejia and Haylett family that form a church planting team in Riohacha. (see pic)


The last few days we returned to Bogota and visited the Fundacion Comunidad Viva (video link) ministries within this city of almost 10 million people. 

God is working mightily in the lives of many in Colombia. "House churches" is a growing movement

that is transforming lives powered by the Holy Spirit.

Please continue to pray for us as we continue to seek God's direction and wisdom on our future ministry and on which field we may serve.


We are so grateful to you for your faithfulness in supporting and praying for our ministry. If you don't already support us would you consider praying and asking God how you may be a part of sending us back to South America? Our need is an additional $2,900 a month. Thank You!


Click Here to Give On-line:  Kenny & Diane's Ministry Support
or Send a check to: South America Mission 1021 Maxwell Mill Rd., Ste. B, Fort Mill, SC. 29708


Kenny & Diane


September 2016


Hola,                                                                                                      Sept. 28, 2016

When I think of Colombia one of the first things that comes to my mind is Café, I just can’t help it, it’s so good.

Good coffee is just one of the many positives about Colombia. Another is that in the past 20 years    evangelical groups have grown to approximately 10 percent  across the country, Jesus is building His Church!

Diane and I are excited to be able to visit SAM’s ministries in Colombia October 7th-21st. . We will attend and also teach during their annual field conference. This will take place in the city of Bogota, within the Andean Mountains.  After this we will head to the North Coast and visit our  ministries in Santa Marta and Riohacha. 

Our biggest role will be to encourage our missionaries and help equip them for more effective ministry.

Please pray for us to be good listeners in order to coach them well. Also, pray for our travels. We are glad for a recent peace agreement ending a 52 year conflict between the Government and the FARC Rebels, pray for open doors to declare the gospel!



Dear Ministry Partners,                                                  


Thank You! Your prayers and gifts made our trip to Bolivia possible and fruitful and we are so grateful.

Here is a God story: Roberto is a chofer for a micro/bus line that comes from a rural town into the city and then back again, it is a 4 hour round trip and he does this 2 times a day. You are able to hop on any of the busses for a short time if you want, even if you just need to go a half mile. When I hopped on, the bus was empty, a very rare occasion in a city of 2 million people. So, I had his attention, shared the gospel, and before I knew it he was sharing his heart and personal story. Roberto married a Seventh Day Adventist even though he himself is Catholic. He said that "evangelicals" came into his town and he visited their church as well.   Roberto found himself confused from the teachings, should he follow the Saturday Sabbath, should he pray to the "Santos" and Virgin Mary, or listen to the evangelicals about praying to God and having faith. He noticed the evangelicals didn't party and dance etc. but the Catholics could and they also were permitted to drink alcohol. He has seen the  effects though of abuse of this freedom. He then told me that he       believes all these “roads” eventually lead to heaven. So, I asked him if he were to die tonight where would he go, heaven or hell? He said, “I try to be good, so probably somewhere in between.” I had to get off the bus soon after that but before I did I told him I would pray for him, can I ask you to join with me as well? I stand firm on God’s promises from His word; "God's word never returns void.” Is. 55:11

We had so many opportunities to share Jesus and serve. We also saw many ministries that Diane and I could be a part of. Please pray with us going forward for wisdom. We also need a big portion of our support yet, we are only at 60%. Would you consider  pledging $20, $50, or $100 a month?


Muchas Gracias!


Click here to donate: /http://southamericamission.org/about/our-team/kenny-diane-krestan/



April 2016


"You (God) make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy;  at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11


As we near the end of April we want to update you all on our status. We are currently at about 62% of the needed monthly support with a goal to have 80% by June. We have already traveled to Michigan twice and parts of South Carolina. We have also traveled to the Chicago area April 10th through the 17th. Please let us know if we can come and share in your church or small group, we would love to spend time with you in person and catch up on how God is working in your lives 


If you are considering your role in partnering with us, there are advantages in giving now. One is South America Mission will not assess administrative fees through April 30th of 2016 on all donations towards our support. If you begin to give now, or increase your giving, it will help us build a stronger financial base as we eagerly launch this year of support raising.
Would you allow us to be vulnerable with you? This is quite the change for us, it was much easier when we were in our early 20's to go to the field. Today there seems to be bigger obstacles like children and leaving our grandchildren, being older, and also adjusting over again to another culture, etc... we need prayer to shore up our faith and trust in the Lord. Being older seems to make it harder to uproot and relocate, especially to another country.
Here is a very brief outline of what this year and next could look like. SAM works in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia & Peru.


* Focus on raising full support, need an additional $3,500 a month. (our support has dropped in the last 8 years we have been here in the US)
* Visit one of our fields in the fall for 1 month, Diane probably 2 weeks.  In my role as strategy director for spiritual formation our desire is to visit all our missionaries on the field and in their context of ministry. This will help me better shepherd them going forward. We will need to raise travel and living expenses for those visits,  $3,500 would cover travel, food, lodging, etc.. for us both.
* Coach training - I will also continue training our missionaries in the area of "Ministry Coaching (http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com/) " (click for details).  I received certification for this 2 years ago and have done one seminar in Peru to date.
* Spiritual Formation Training - We were given a gift to use towards training in this important area of ministry. I hope to attend some seminars and retreats to grow myself in this area.


* Visit the other 3 countries. Similar costs for each visit. Similar ministry on each field.
* Choose one of the fields for a more permanent ministry base. We may join a church planting team, leadership development team, or other.
* Move to that field in the fall of 2017.


We are so grateful to you for your faithfulness in supporting and praying for our ministry. Thank You!

Click Here to Donate: (http://southamericamission.org/about/our-team/kenny-diane-krestan/)


Kenny & Diane


March 2016 Update


We thank you for your ongoing support and prayer.


These next two months we will be traveling throughout the state of Michigan and Illinois. We are visiting a couple of our supporting churches to give them an update of our ministry.


Some have inquired as to what our new role as Strategy Director for Spiritual Formation entails as we go forward. Let us help you understand a little clearer so that you can be more knowledgeable in your prayers.  It can best be described by sharing our passion and highlighting a verse in the bible. Our passion is: …to assist our missionaries to be learning and growing in their relationship with Christ…so that they live spiritually vibrant lives as effective ambassadors of Christ in the countries to which He has called them. Here’s what Peter says in his second epistle.

 2 Peter 1:3, 5-7 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.


January 2016 News Letter


Dear friends,
We are so thankful for your faithfulness in prayer and giving financially to support our ministry over many years. We have some exciting news to share with you. Diane and I are pursuing a new ministry direction with SAM, and we will need your support even more for this next era of ministry. 
Beginning in January, Diane and I will take on a new leadership role for one of our core areas of missional emphasis: spiritual formation. The role is pastoral in nature and relational in action. Our focus will be SAM’s missionary corps and our ministry partners in South America. 
These past eight years in SAM’s US office have been so rewarding and we have grown immensely as we have mobilized new missionaries to service, nurtured our team to be life-long learners and yearners for Christ, and helped steward God’s financial gifts through SAM’s donor relations department. We believe God has been preparing us for this new phase of ministry, showing us where our true passions lie. SAM’s vision statement is captured by this phrase: Redeemed Lives, Beautiful Churches, Transformed Communities. This is what we long to see as we continue to labor in South America. It’s the Redeemed Lives part that our spiritual formation role will help shape and influence. 
For us, in many ways this is a return to front-lines ministry. We’ll need to be present with our missionary team in their contexts of ministry. We will live and work in South America for varying lengths of time throughout the coming years.  This new role with SAM will require us to raise more support. Now, more than 28 years into ministry with SAM, we need to fortify our support team, asking many of you to give more and some of you to begin giving again.
Will you pray and ask God for direction as you consider ways you can support us in this work? Your giving now,  at the end of the year, or commitments you make to support us will help launch us well for 2016. We look forward to seeing many of you soon. We are eager to share with you more. Thank you for your partnership in ministry with South America Mission.
Click Here to Donate:  Kenny & Diane's Ministry Support

Panama Sept. 21-26, 2015

The Panama Conference was WONDERFUL! Thank you for your support and prayers. I recently read a letter from one of our missionaries who described it perfectly. Here’s what he wrote:
“As we arrived, slowly trickling in from various pockets of the world, there was an overwhelming sigh of relief. We made it. SAM’s celebration of a century was about to begin and we were finally there! Our missionaries gathered with SAM
leadership, our board of directors, various family members and supporters, along with many ministry partners to celebrate the glories, triumphs, trials, and history of South America Mission over the past 100 years. The setting could not have been
more picturesque as we worshipped within walking distance from a breathtaking shoreline at the cusp of the Pacific Ocean. For 100 years South America Mission has grown by God’s grace to captivate hearts for the gospel and bring people
together in His name. Every day was a cause for celebration and praise to the great God who has sustained our mission and ministries this past century.”
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