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February 2015
 
 
Dear Friends in Christ,
For God is not unjust so as to forget your work
and the love which you have shown toward His name,
in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.

~ Hebrews 6:10 ~
Last month we mentioned that we would be gone the beginning of February. Debbi and I had a wonderful time visiting the Shelby Kennedy Foundation (SKF) headquarters in Wilmington, OH. Many families opened their homes and hearts to us while we visited. We are so grateful for all of their love and hospitality. It was a blessing to see such a nice facility with a warm and friendly staff and volunteers kindly greeting us. They showed us around and shared their individual responsibilities during our tour. Beautiful passages from Scripture were written in each of the offices, which added to the atmosphere of peace and order throughout the building.
The staff are all committed Christians who are working hard to have excellent Bible studies (Sword Studies) for families who want to participate in the Bible Bee. Each year there are different studies and verses to memorize for the 3 age levels. Many people are involved in preparing Bible study material for the young people who want to participate in the contest. Now, with a game show added, the work is greatly increased. Questions and answers must be scripturally correct to ensure each contestant’s written and spoken answers are judged fairly. It is an amazing and very detailed ministry. It is such a wonderful way to encourage young people to focus on Jesus Christ and His Word. For this, we give all the glory and praise to our Lord for His guidance and wisdom.
The team from Texas, which went to Haiti in January, had many different ministries occurring simultaneously. Kenny said it was a well-planned week for the group. They stayed in the village where Pastor Etienne, Lussade and Kenny hosted and assisted them. They built beds for some of the families in the village. A team of women taught beautiful sewing by hand to some of the women and even a few men from the village and surrounding areas. The team members took the embroidered fabrics with them to turn into items to sell. The money made from each piece will go back to the person who embroidered the fabric in Haiti. While the adults were sewing, the team provided child care, which was another ministry opportunity. They had Bible schools each day and even a ballet class. What a blessing for the Merci Village to have this excited team there.
Testimony of Ashley McMahan who joined the Haiti team in January
“Wow. Just wow. That is an easy way to summarize my trip to Haiti. In all honesty, this was one of the hardest trips I had ever been on, actually it was one of the hardest times in my life. It was totally God that I was actually on that trip because of timing and passports but He made it happen. I didn’t have a lot of time to get excited - since I found out I was leaving 2 weeks before I left. But, I did feel like this trip was going to be different than ever before. As much as I would love to go into detail about all the incredible things that God did, I have a limited amount of space so, I will only tell you about some highlights. God has a funny way of making testimonies! For me, it was to humble me by having to tell everyone how scared I was of bugs. Long story short, I could not handle all the big, weird bugs that were there and by the third day, I hadn’t slept, I had a breakdown and I was about to tell my parents to get me a flight home. I just could not handle the bugs, no matter what I did to get away from them. But by the end of the trip, I couldn’t stop crying on the plane because I didn’t want to leave Haiti. It was amazing to see God change my heart so drastically while bringing me to my knees and helping me through it all! Now, I would go back in a heartbeat if I had the chance. I love Haiti and can’t wait to go back. :-)”
This month we are looking forward to our trip to Nava to have time with Pastor Santos, Toncho and Lety and our friends from the John 3:16 Church. Please keep this trip in your prayers. Also, another prayer request. Roads in Haiti are very hard on vehicles, and it is expensive to maintain them. Kenny needs a different vehicle for some of his travels there. He and a friend can do mechanical work to our 2000 Ford Excursion to make it a more usable vehicle for Haitian roads. In order to do the repairs and upgrades and have it shipped to PAP, we believe he needs about $15,000. Please pray with us about this ministry need and whether the Lord would have you help in some way.
We thank the Lord for His provision and the many ways in which He provides for our ministry. Your loving prayers and financial support continue to humble us. We are grateful for your many expressions of love for Haiti, Mexico and our family!
Blessings in Christ,
The Kennedy Family