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June 2015
 
 
Dear Friends in Christ,
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever.

~ Romans 11:36 ~
We praise the Lord for His love and goodness in our lives each day! Soon after the last newsletter went out, Pastor Etienne came to Port-au-Prince, picked up Kenny and took him to Cayes. They went to look at a church pastored by a friend of Pastor Etienne. The church is located near Bon Fin in a small town called Twa (three) Mangoes. They've asked Pastor Etienne and Kenny to help them put a new roof on their building. They plan to go back in July to assist with the project. Our friend from Florida, Mike Reed, will be joining them. Mike went to Dèyè Mòn with us in April and helped with the installation of wiring and lights in the church and guest house.
Pastor Etienne took Kenny back to the Merci Village where they made preparations for John and a team to arrive. They had several projects to take care of at the village, then began setting up for the group. Teams always bring a great deal of excitement and energy with them. This team was no disappointment. They came with a lot of projects from Bible schools and sewing ministries to interviewing every family in the village. They talked with the children about school and enjoyed getting to know each person as well as they could. Kenny stayed busy interpreting for the Americans as they gathered information from the families. While some of the team did interviews and ministered in the village, others went out to Dèyè Mòn and Pestel. John, Pastor Etienne, Lussade and Kenny stayed very busy each day keeping things going with the team taking care of needs in the village.
When the team left, the orphanage which is located close to the Mercy Village was in great need of some time and attention. Kenny had assisted with the construction of the buildings at this orphanage a few years ago, and now they were in desperate need of some repairs and maintenance. The wiring from their well to the cistern had been stolen and the plumbing had been vandalized, which involved about 600’ of each. Kenny and some helpers from the village were able to dig new trenches, replace the wiring and repair the plumbing. He was also able to get the pump running again, installed panel boxes and got a broken down truck and generator running. The truck and generator have not been running for years. Kenny said he felt the Lord blessed them with a miracle by allowing the work to go quickly and smoothly. There are still some maintenance jobs he will be working on as time permits.
As the newsletter is being printed, a group from our church, Hillside Fellowship, is in Port-au-Prince. Kenny will be meeting them and helping build bunk beds for an orphanage they support. In July, Pastor Etienne and Kenny will go back to Twa Mangoes delivering materials and getting things set up to put a new roof on the church. We will share more about this project next month. Please keep Kenny and the men who will be helping in your prayers.
We have worked in Haiti since the mid 1990’s and consistently our most frustrating challenge has been a reliable vehicle. We now have about $3,500 in the Haiti vehicle fund. We are praying about our decision regarding the choice of a reliable vehicle. We could purchase a used vehicle in the U.S. and refurbish it to be shipped down, or purchase a new/used one in Haiti. Our years of experience have shown us the Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the most popular vehicles among mission organizations. They are also the most expensive and cost approximately $35,000 used, if you can find one. A new one costs approximately $55,000. We would love to talk to you, or someone you know, if you would be interested in learning more about OSM and this need.
We were blessed with an increased number of encouraging notes last month. We pray that the ministry we do in Haiti and Mexico helps point people to Jesus Christ. If it doesn’t, we have failed. We do what we do so that His Name will be exalted. May each of us remember daily that we are “the face of Jesus” to others. We are representing Him as we meet people, friends and even our own family members. Are we willing to take a minute to share the love and joy that Jesus Christ gives us freely? We are grateful that you do take time to pray for us and share of your time and money so we can go!
Love In Christ,
The Kennedy Family