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June 2007
Dear Friends in Christ,
This past month we were able to do some much needed repair work on our home in Nava. The house is an older adobe style so with age and weather there comes a need for upkeep and repairs.
We arrived in Nava and immediately got to work. The goal was to chip off all of the old stucco on the outside walls and replace it. After a day of carefully chipping into the walls with hammers and picks to remove the 1 1/2 inch thick layer of old stucco we realized this was going to be a bigger project than we had considered. Kenny and Micah hired a few men to help, along with some young boys from the colonia. The young boys, Kenny, and Micah worked on chipping away at the walls removing the old stucco and the men followed applying a new layer. By the end of our stay we had 3 walls completed and ready to be painted.
As we analyzed the job, we were able to see the similarity of the work we did on our walls with the work Christ does on our hearts. He has so many layers of dust and dirt to work through just to get to our hearts. He has to carefully remove the sin that we have brought into our lives and then slowly put back a new wall about our minds and hearts. His love for us runs so deep that He will work in the filthiest of conditions to clean up our hearts and only because of His perfect life can we feel totally clean. He is working on different areas cleaning in the hearts of His children, yet if we have received Him as our Savior, we can be sure that He is with us at work daily, to repair and restore. This is such a comforting thought for each of His children.
While most of our time was consumed with the stucco job, we enjoyed our visits with Pastor Santos and Fini. They shared that there is always a lot of work to be done through the Juan 3:16 Church. They were happy to report that they have had more families taking on the role of leadership within the church. This has taken a huge responsibility off of their shoulders.
Paulina, a sister in the church whom we have known for several years, has begun a small feeding program from her home for needy children in the colonial. The children come from unstable homes, usually with no father. Paulina gives these children one meal a day Monday through Friday each week. She averages 20-25 children daily and told us that the cost is approximately $100 a month. We enjoyed visiting with her and purchasing some food to aid her in this ministry. What a small financial investment to make a difference in the life of a child! We are hoping to get behind the church and Paulina in ministering to these children physically as well as spiritually. If you would like to give a financial gift to help with this project please specify that it is for the Juan 3:16 Feeding Program.

Another project that we have been working on is an agriculture program on O.S.M.'s property just outside of Nava. Kenny hopes to clear and fence areas for animals and gardens to help families with work and food. The garden that he and some of the boys from the colonia planted earlier this spring has received some hail damage, but they are getting squash, radishes and a few other vegetables from it now. Kenny hopes to soon work with some men and boys from the colonia out on the ranch and to reach them spiritually as he does so.

The sewing projects are going well as the ladies are turning out the skirts and dresses. We have run into a small problem at the border, please pray with us that we can resolve this hopefully through the help of a broker in Eagle Pass.
This month seemed to fly by, we are grateful for the work that the Lord provides for us. It is a blessing to see the faithfulness of God in our lives. We pray that each of you can know that Christ is working in your lives to rebuild and reconstruct you into His image. Thank you for your prayers and support toward the work we do in Mexico and Haiti. To God be all glory!!
Because of Christ,
The Kennedy Family