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November 2008
Dear Friends in Christ,
We were happy to have our son John here for a visit this month. He came home from Kuwait to spend Thanksgiving with the family. We were blessed to have him join us in Mexico and work with Dad, Kenny, and Micah on several projects including Julio's home, Jesus' home, the Carpenter Shop, and a job at the Ranch of Faith.
The boys spent some time in the Carpenter Shop this trip with Tancho and his class. We purchased a cabinet for Julio's bathroom and gave it to him to paint as a project with his students. It was encouraging each day to see Tancho and the boys working on different wood projects. They are now using the tools and machines with much more confidence and appear to be gaining some skills.
Thanks to your love and gifts we were blessed with the funds to finish some of the projects for Julio's home this month. Sara, Micah, and Gita trimmed, caulked, and painted the ceiling. We also had windows, frames and glass installed. Julio, Adrianna, and their girls were so excited to have, for the first time in their lives, an indoor bathroom complete with plumbing, electricity, and even a mirror over the sink! The excitement they showed was all of the thanks anyone could want, however they expressed their gratitude over and over.
We began adding an indoor bathroom and a small kitchen on the back of Jesus' home. We were happy to finally begin this much needed addition for his family. To see all the work Jesus' parents have to go through to care for him and his siblings is amazing. The idea of an indoor bathroom and kitchen is very exciting. Oscar, a local cement worker, was hired to build the walls for the addition. The windows were being installed when we left to come home. Jesus seemed to be in an especially cheerful mood this trip. We heard him call to his mom which is the first sounds we have heard him make, and he was more alert than usual. We saw him playfully interact with his Dad as well. We enjoyed getting to see this side of him. He is such a sweet and special boy to us.
Dad, John, and Kenny went to the Ranch of Faith and built a latrine near where Pastor Santos and Sister Fini's home will be built. The latrine is needed for workers and occasionally the Juan 3:16 Church when having bonfires and cookouts at the ranch. With the increase in activity there a latrine is going to be very useful.
Each month it is a blessing to take Sister Paulina to the grocery store to restock for the feeding ministry. She is so grateful to the Lord for His provision through you for the needy children in the colonia. We learned that she was in need of glasses which we were happy to help her purchase. She was grateful to begin wearing the glasses much sooner than she had planned.
We hope each of you enjoyed a special Thanksgiving this year. We have so much to be thankful for this year. Some of the things on the top of our lists are our Heavenly Father and the love He's shown us by bringing each of you into our lives. We have seen His love to us through many of you and are grateful for that. May you be blessed by Him in the months to come.
Blessings in Christ,
The Kennedy Family
~Praise and Prayer Requests~
We are so thankful to the Lord for His love to us this year. He has always been faithful to provide for us our needs.
Praise the Lord for many opportunities to share His love with other people.
We praise the Lord for allowing us to begin working on Jesus' house. Pray with us that He would continue to bless that endeavor.
Two cases of hardback Spanish Bibles were donated to O.S.M. this month. We have already begun distributing them and are looking forward to continuing. Thank you Father!
We are grateful the Carpenter House Ministry is doing well. The provision of a teacher has been a huge blessing.
The schools in Haiti are doing well. Some of you may have heard the awful news about a school building collapsing in Petionville and killing over 90 children. This school is close to one of the schools O.S.M. sponsors. Lussade, our administrator in Haiti, knows many of the families who lost children in this terrible accident. Please pray for him and the families of these children as they suffer this tremendous loss.
Micah is looking forward to going to Haiti in January to check on the O.S.M. schools and possibly do some medical work. We would love for him to be able to give 200 school children their own copy of the Bible. Many of these families don't own a Bible. Many of the parents can't even read and they have their children read to them. What a bless-ing for them to share the Bible with their parents. The cost to purchase a Creole Bible is $8.54 each or $205 for a case of 24.
"You also joining in helping us through your prayers, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed upon us through the prayers of many."
2 Corinthians 1:11