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July 2004
Dear Friends in Christ,
“...And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessing.” Ezekiel 34:26b
We feel this has definitely been a season of blessing for our family! We ended last month with a visit from friends of ours from Nava, Mexico, Noberto, his wife Loly and their family.
Noberto and his family own and run the “Del Norte” hardware store in Nava where our ministry purchases many supplies. Their family has always been a great help to us through the store, being we seem to keep a running tab every time we are there. We were excited to be able to host them during their visit here and return some of their kindness! Noberto and his sons love to fish. Since the Lord has blessed our family by allowing us to live on a friend’s beautiful ranch, this offered the perfect place for catch and release fishing.
Loly and her daughter-in-law Marcela spent an afternoon touring the German town of Fredericksburg with our daughters Shelby, Sara and Gita Joy. They seemed to really enjoy their time there.
We were very grateful for the opportunity to get to know them better and to help provide a relaxing vacation for their family. We hope the Lord used this time to draw them closer to Him.
Dana Sweet has been teaching young men from the San Antonio/Boerne area plumbing and irrigation. Our sons, John, Kenny, James and Micah joined in to help and learn. Dana is a very gifted teacher and really has a heart for working with young men. This was a great learning experience for our sons as well as many other friends.
Dana’s plan is to eventually begin discipling young men in Mexico through hands on projects and teaching practical skills.
A Testimony from Joanna Sweet
Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony;…”
This month I made my public confession of faith by identifying myself with Jesus Christ through water baptism by my father. My family, church body, and friends witnessed this incredible experience. I want to declare His marvelous work of grace and forgiveness in my life because of the work of God through Christ’s death on the cross for me. My voice echoes the declaration of Psalm 145:3-4. “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.”
Daniella Toll, my cousin from Texas, helped me and my family during the hectic week of moving to Nava. WHEW! She is a worker bee and I hope her work ethic is contagious to me!! Thank you, dear cousin. And now… Mexico is my home.
Our family was very involved in helping Dana and Liz move this month. Dana submitted paperwork to have all his belongings cleared to go over the border as one large load. In the time it took to get the paperwork through though, we had everything across and in their home. Our old 15-passenger van proved herself faithful again in aiding with the move. We were able to pack lots of boxes and even furniture to take through the border. Dana drove his truck with items in the back and we took several loaded vehicles through at a time, praying for green lights.
One of the trips across, Dana was stopped in his truck and told he couldn’t take a mattress over due to the fact that it was used. Not easily discouraged, he made a u-turn coming back into the US, and tried the second Eagle Pass crossing, where he got a green light and was on his way.
The move went as smoothly as possible with the obstacles we had to deal with. Sometimes the border guards would stop us and wait to see if we would pay them a bribe. When we didn’t, they would let us go.
Please keep Dana and Liz in your prayers as they are still unpacking boxes and organizing their home. They plan to start school in August as well as get accustomed to life in Nava, Mexico. The Sweets are still praying for $1,000.00 monthly for their support to be complete.
Once again our plans have changed, and the trip to Haiti has been bumped up. Kenny and Shelby will be going down September 1st through 9th.
The school children were let out for their summer break about two weeks ago. Kenny and Shelby will be there when they come back on the 6th of September to help deliver the food and take pictures. They are both thrilled to be returning, and looking forward to seeing the children again.
"He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be answered." Proverbs 21:13
Former Mayor, Carlos Osuna, and his wife Sandra recently opened a nursery. It was a dream of Sandra’s for many years. Her heart was to help single mothers who needed to work and support their families. They finished the project in January except for the ceiling. When the Mexico summer hit though, it was unbearable inside the large building. One of their nurses fainted because of the heat. Carlos and Sandra presented the problem to us, in hopes that we might be able to help. Carlos and Sandra have been a huge part in helping our ministry get lumber across the border, and introducing us to families in desperate need of homes. We were glad for the opportunity to help them in return. Through our supporters we were able to provide over $3,000 for this project and the task is complete! This has definitely made it more comfortable for the nurses and children.
We are looking forward to returning to Mexico the week of August 9th for our annual Purity Seminar. Each of the teachers are preparing their notes and are excited to present what the Lord has laid on their hearts. Each moment of every day is scheduled with activities, hands on projects and teaching. For the staff it is an intense week, but incredibly rewarding. We believe the Lord is even now preparing the hearts of the teachers and students. Please be in prayer with us that the Lord would provide the financial needs for this seminar.
Thank you for your prayers and support!! May the Lord richly bless your month!
Because of Christ,
The Kennedy Family