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?
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"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
* 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!
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Kenny & Diane
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.