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September 2007
Dear Friends in Christ,
We have been blessed and encouraged in Christ this month. We are so very grateful for the work the Lord gives us in Haiti and Mexico. Both mission fields are so special to our hearts and He allows us to minister with some really wonderful Christians.
Here at home we have been preparing an O.S.M. storage unit to be moved. We have repaired, primed, and painted a 40' container, which we use to store donated items that need to be sent to Mexico. It is ready to be loaded onto a semi and hauled to its new home the middle of this week.
While Ken and the boys were working on the container, the girls had the opportunity to spend some time in Nava again. Sara was busy working with the ladies in the 'Dorcas House' who have a lot of sewing projects going for the fall and winter season. Debbi checked on the children of the 'John 3:16 Feeding Program' which is still going very well. The children are so sweet and happy when we go to visit them at Paulina's home. They love having their pictures taken and the attention we give them. Paulina always expresses her deep appreciation for your gifts to make the program possible. While there we were once again able to purchase food to last another month, praise the Lord!!
Kenny had the privilege of spending time with our friends the Morgan's in Louisiana last month as we reported in the August newsletter. He pulled our 16' enclosed trailer and picked up more desks, chairs, and tables from Calvary Baptist Church in Slidell, LA. Pastor Santos met the boys at the border this month and they were able to get the load across and delivered. Pastor Santos is always blessed to receive these items for the churches and school. He and the brothers and sisters of his congregation in Nava send their love and appreciation to Pastor Starnes and the Christian brothers and sisters in Slidell.
Since Kenny's last visit to the dairy in Rio Bravo, one of O.S.M.'s cows had a bull calf, so Kenny took a little time to go out and visit the dairy. Our cows stay at Pastor Santos' dairy which is located over a second border into Mexico. When we get the Ranch of Faith fenced, we hope to move the cows there where they will be closer to our friends in Nava. There are many projects that need to be completed prior to bringing animals out to the Ranch of Faith. Please pray with us that with the Lord's help and provision the ranch would soon begin taking shape. It is Kenny's vision to one day live on the ranch and minister full time in Nava. He really enjoys working with the young men and their fathers as often as he can. His goal is to encourage the fathers to invest time in their sons and their families and most importantly in their relationship with Jesus. The ranch gives him lots of opportunities to work with the men and speak into their lives.
John is out of the military and home. He will be here for a few weeks while he is deciding what his next step will be. Please keep him in your prayers that the Lord would direct his plans from here.
We can definitely feel fall in the air here in San Antonio. It's a beautiful time of the year. Yet knowing cold weather is soon to come, we would ask you to once again prayerfully consider purchasing a heater for a family in Nava. Just as the heat is intense in the summer, the cold is very intense in the winter as well, especially when you live on a dirt floor. You could compare it with camping in a tent in the winter, but it's a 24/7 situation for many families. It's especially difficult for us to see the children living in these conditions. A heater can mean so much for a needy family. The cost for a heater and full propane tank is $300.
We praise the Lord for His care and generous provision for our family. We are grateful to each of you for your prayers, love, and encouragement in Christ in so many different ways. Many of you occasionally write us kind notes and they always bless us tremendously, thank you. We pray God's blessings over you and your families.
Because of Christ,
The Kennedy Family