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November 2005
 
 
Dear Friends in Christ,
"It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night." Psalm 92: 1&2
We were grateful to have a quick response to the request for heaters in our last newsletter. Funds were donated for six heaters to be purchased and delivered to families in need. Kenny and Sara went down to Mexico and with Pastor Santos' help, purchased and installed two of the heaters. The families, both having young children, were of course very grateful for the heat supply. Most of the families in Nava have either a dirt or cement floor which gets very cold in the winter. As many cannot afford heaters, it is difficult to keep their homes warm through the winter months.
There are still many families in need of heating. The cost of each heater with a small propane tank is $300. If you would like to help with this project, please let us know.
Sara and Kenny also delivered more Spanish school books to Paco for the kindergarten. The kindergarten is the first Christian school in Nava, so we are excited about helping with this project. Paco is teaching a dozen niños Bible lessons and practical skills daily. Please keep the school, Paco and Pastor Santos in your prayers in this first school year.
Some time back O.S.M. was donated a 1993 Chevrolet van. We were able to deliver that to Mexico this month, as well. The van will be used for the church and as Pastor Santos sees need. A means of transportation is always a great blessing. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. John Brymer, for your generous donation!
Just before Thanksgiving a few of us traveled to Louisiana to deliver some supplies. Along with the funds donated to O.S.M. for this project, the majority of the funds for the supplies purchased were donated through Vision Forum Ministries (www.visionforum.com) for relief work.
Our first stop was the Calvary Baptist Church, in Slidell, LA. Before the hurricane the church had a school for 300 children; they're not sure yet how many students will be returning. The church has been using its facilities to help lodge and feed people in need from the disaster as well as teams coming in to help with the relief work. We were able to help them by supplying a commercial stove and ice maker. We plan to return the beginning of December with a steam table and double door commercial refrigerator which have already been purchased for the church.
From Slidell we traveled on to a Christian camp in Waveland, MS. where we delivered another commercial stove, a sink, and a few stainless steel tables. The camp in Waveland is working on setting up lodging to facilitate teams coming in from churches across the country.
Many churches across America have teams willing to help but the lodging being so scarce has caused some difficulty.
We are grateful for how God has used the Sweet Family the past 18 months to be a blessing to O.S.M. as well as to the body of Christ in Nava, Mexico. The Sweets believe God is leading them to establish a new ministry, and therefore as of November 30, they will not be working on any new projects affiliated with O.S.M. However, O.S.M. will continue to receive financial support for the Sweets and insure that they receive it until January 1, 2006. Beginning next year, those wishing to support the Sweet's new ministry may contact them for how they are going to receive their financial support. If you are planning on supporting the Sweet's new ministry, then informing them of your intentions would be an honor and blessing to them. We anticipate O.S.M.'s December newsletter will have the Sweet's new protocol for receiving funds with an address.
As we close this chapter in O.S.M.'s partnership with Dana, Liz, and their children, we continue to praise God for their friendship and look forward to seeing God's continued guidance for both the Sweets and O.S.M.
"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things." Philippians 4:8
The Sweet's final project with O.S.M. was to take a group of 7 fathers and 16 sons from the San Antonio, Texas area to do small projects on the John 3:16 Church School. The team cleaned piles of rocks off the school grounds, painted the exterior of the school as well as several classrooms, and installed the post to connect the new electric meter. At the beginning and end of each day, the group was challenged to work on developing Godly relationships and to show the love of Christ through their daily attitudes. We would like to thank this fine group of young men and their Dads for their labor of love as they blessed the school, the church and this community.
~Sweet Field Report~
We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to Ken and Debbi Kennedy, their family, and Only a Servant Ministries for the love, support, and influence they have had in our lives and the community here in Nava. Our being here in Mexico is a direct result of their encouragement to us, and for that we are very grateful.
As we continue to minister in Mexico, it is our desire to encourage and strengthen the Kennedy family and the ongoing ministry of O.S.M. in every way possible. Although we will be terminating our official position with this ministry, we will seek to provide support for the work they are doing here.
Only a Servant Ministries has generously offered to continue facilitating the flow of your donations to us until we finalize the details of our transition. Thank you so much for your continued financial support. Please stay informed of the ongoing details by visiting our website at www.wideministries.net or contacting us via telephone or e-mail address shown below. Again, we thank the Kennedy family and pray that God will enrich and bless their lives as they serve Him.
2320 Del Rio Hwy PMB 107, Eagle Pass, TX 78852, 619-664-4386,
E-mail: dlsweet@prodigy.net
In His Service, The Sweet Family
We were grateful to have our son John home from the Army for Thanksgiving. John has been working and training in Fort Bragg, NC for the past year. His unit will be shipped out to Afghanistan the thirteenth of December for at least a year to a year and a half. Please keep John in your prayers as it can still be very dangerous for an American soldier in Afghanistan.
Debora's Mom was also able to come and join us for Thanksgiving. Micah and Holly were here as well, and brought the joy of our lives, our granddaughter, Heidi Summer. Heidi is growing up fast and always has everyone's attention as soon as she comes in the front door. She seemed to really enjoy her first Thanksgiving.
This was a month of firsts for us. It was our first Thanksgiving without Shelby. Being our favorite holiday, she was always the key person in heading up our family traditions. Also, her 24th birthday was Nov. 6. This was another hard day. We had several close family friends over who celebrated with us this special day in her honor. We miss her deeply every day.
We covet your prayers this month as we will be hosting a team into Mexico. The group will be made up of young men from our sister churches in the hill country area. The primary purpose for the trip will be evangelizing. We will also be doing some other small projects including installing heaters, distributing food and some construction. We will update you on how the trip goes in our December newsletter.
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. We covet your prayers on behalf of our family in these upcoming months with the many decisions that will need to be made. We are grateful to the Lord for our many prayer warriors who are continually interceding for O.S.M. and our family. It is through your prayers, love, and support that we are able to continue in service for our Savior.
Because of Christ,
The Kennedy Family