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March 2013

And let the one who is thirsty come;
let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.
~ Revelation 22:17b~

Dear Friends in Christ,
We praise God from Whom all blessings flow. We always enjoy God’s wonderful gift of seasons. Spring is welcome as we transition from the cold into warmer, longer days. God’s creation seems to burst forth in all of its splendor during this time. The schools in Haiti took a 2 week break to enjoy this beautiful time of year. In Nava, the Carpenter Shop and Dorcas House continue in full swing. They are serving a few extra children since most of them have time off from school this month.
Kenny is in Haiti building for the Mercy International project at Merciville. OSM hosted a young man from Florida who joined Kenny for a week. Derek Miller, a senior at the University of Florida, assisted with the building projects during his spring break. Derek began constructing the rafters for the buildings which were under construction while he was there. This month they are building a church, a dorm for visitors, a few school buildings, and several homes. With so many projects taking place at the same time, Kenny stays busy gathering supplies and making sure the bosses (project managers) are doing what they are supposed to do. We will have pictures and a full report in our next newsletter.
Lussade’s wife, Madam Lussade had a long awaited surgery this month. We are happy to report that she is doing well. Please keep her in your prayers as she recuperates.
A precious Sister in Christ shared the way in which God has been ministering to her heart over the last several months using the same verses we included in last month’s newsletter, Luke 12:32-33. God prompted her and her Sunday school class to help with a water project for a village in Haiti. They are excited to see how God will use their efforts.
Years ago, Ken felt drawn to help the people in Anse Rouge. Now, many years later completely unprompted by us, Kenny has been deeply touched and troubled by their water situation as well. It seems that God is stirring the hearts of several of us to consider this ministry opportunity. We are looking at several options for ways OSM might help. Kenny plans to go back to that area this month and talk further with Pastor Jean Baptist. Please pray with us about God’s direction for aiding the people in Anse Rouge with their need for clean, available water.
"I read the OSM February newsletter with a broken heart, the needs in Nava are so great. The stories of the suffering of so many families are severe, only Christ can bring hope and healing and peace to Mexico. To remind me to pray without ceasing, I taped part of your newsletter in my laundry room. Deborah’s smile of hope really convicted me. Please tell Deborah and Rosie that another mother with little children is praying for them as they take care of their families every day."
"Please tell Kenny that we are so encouraged to hear how the Lord is working through him! We will keep praying for his projects and travel safety."
Thank you so much for the encouragement you have given our family! We love hearing from you and are so grateful for the many responses we received this month. We are humbled and blessed that the Lord would choose to use us, the broken vessels that we are, to minister and encourage others. We do not feel worthy, but in our weakness, He is strong. May Christ bless and encourage each of you and your families as we minister in Haiti and Mexico together.
Blessings in Christ,
The Kennedy Family