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November 2006
Dear Friends in Christ,
We hope each of you had a wonderful month and a blessed Thanksgiving!
The Lord allowed us to cross the border into Mexico with little trouble, which is always an answer to prayer. On this trip we were carrying cabinets for Jose & Angelica’s newly remodeled home. As you read last month, we were able to remodel one of our older houses for them. When we arrived in Nava, Jose, Angelica and family had moved in, it was a joy to see them settled in. We got right to work painting the unfinished cabinets with a clear varnish. Although the weather was a little damp, we were able to finish and install the cabinets, along with a range hood and sink. With the help of a neighbor Juan Carlos, Kenny repaired a new but damaged range for Angelica’s kitchen. Funds were also donated for a heater which we purchased and installed. Trenches were dug to bury pipes for the LP gas line and the drainpipe for the new sink. It was fun to see the kitchen come together. Toward the end of our stay, we took Angelica to 'Premier' (which is Nava’s version of a tiny Wal-Mart) to purchase some items for her new kitchen. She timidly picked out new plates, glasses, silverware, pots, pans and various other items she needed. Jose and Angelica were very grateful for all that was done in their home.
Another project that took place while we were in Mexico was distributing Bibles and blankets. We were excited to act as the ambassadors for an ambitious and energetic group of children from North Hills United Methodist Church, of San Antonio, Texas. This past summer, during their Vacation Bible School, these children were thinking of others in need. They made over 50 blankets with “Jesus Loves Me” on them in English and Spanish. Each blanket was neatly packaged with a Spanish Bible. We began at the Juan 3:16 Church then migrated to the Vida Nueva Church passing them out to families with children. Even though we work there each month, we continue to be amazed at the extreme poverty in which many families live. It is humbling and heart-breaking to see the conditions that some of our brothers and sisters in Christ endure every day. We are very grateful for the kind expression of love from the North Hills Methodist Vacation Bible School to the children in Nava!!
With the projects finished in Mexico, we returned home and had two days to prepare for a wonderful trip to Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Lord provided for our family to attend the Faith and Freedom Tour which Vision Forum Ministries hosts. It was encouraging for us to have the opportunity to hear so much information on our Christian heritage, beginning with the Pilgrims and Puritans in the 1600's. What a blessing to spend Thanksgiving Day with about 150 brothers and sisters in Christ who were also thanking the Lord for His goodness to them and their families throughout 2006. God has certainly been good to our family this year!
Please pray with us for safety for John, who should return to the states from Afghanistan in December. Also, James will be having surgery on his knee on Dec. 11 th, then he will have some time at home to recuperate. We look forward to having both of them here for a visit.
This month was somewhat challenging for us emotionally as it is the month of Shelby’s birthday. Please continue to pray for the healing of this sometimes unbearable loss. Only Christ can fill a hole as big as the one Shelby left in our hearts.
We thank the Lord for each of you in our lives. It is an honor and privilege to represent you in Mexico and Haiti. We pray that we do the job in a way that is pleasing to our Father and a reflection of Christ who lives within us.
Because of Christ,
The Kennedy Family