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September 2015
Dear Friends in Christ,
The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior.
He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

~Zephaniah 3:17~
When you receive this newsletter, some of our family members will be back in Haiti while Debbi and I are in Puerto Rico. We are blessed and excited that our daughter, Holly, her husband, Micah, and our 2 granddaughters, Heidi and Hallie, are joining Kenny to minister in Haiti. They have been planning this trip with him for months.
This month has been busy finding, purchasing, and bringing home the Haiti vehicle. It is a 2007 Ford, F-450 monster truck and will be capable of hauling materials, tools and a generator as well as team members out to job sites. We purchased the truck without an engine or transmission, which was what we wanted. Now it will be custom built to meet our needs.
You may wonder why we would purchase a truck without an engine or transmission. All U.S. vehicles today, trucks included, are operated and run with sophisticated computers, which, if they fail, cannot be diagnosed or repaired in Haiti. So this truck will be built with an engine and transmission that do not require computers to operate at all. Built this way, we will be able to do repairs ourselves and even use Haitian mechanics, if needed.
Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors, they succeed (Prov. 15:22) With that in mind, we have been blessed to have Ken Echols (a Ford trainer and troubleshooter), Paul Braymer (a diesel mechanic, familiar with this type truck) and founding board member Richard Schutz. He has been a long time, avid, do-it-yourselfer and knowledgeable rebuilder instrumental in tracking down the parts we need. We are very grateful to these 3 men who have been very helpful in facilitating this project!
Returning to Haiti this month, Kenny is very happy his desire for better transportation is happening. He gets excited when he realizes he has a truck being prepared for future teams and projects. God is so good. He provides for our needs through so many of you who support us through your prayers, gifts, advice, and offers of assistance.
While we have been working on the truck project, Debbi and her Mom, Mema, have been busy also. She flew out from Florida to help Debbi read through Shelby’s journals. looking for inspirational pieces to use for the Bible Bee. It has been very emotional for Debbi and me to read these precious journals, but we knew it was time to begin this process. Mema read all 41 journals, plus a few other writings by Shelby. She would mark certain sections to be used, Debbi would then type that section into the computer and send it to Holly to also read and edit. We are trying to be careful not to share personal things, but writings that will show Shelby’s heart and love for Christ and her zeal and excitement in serving Him. We all cried and laughed as we read. This has been like reading a devotional through her journals. Though this has been hard to do, we are so blessed to have these wonderful writings. We thank the Lord that He continues to use Shelby’s life and her words to encourage others in their faith and walk with Jesus Christ!
We are always so blessed and humbled by the love of Jesus Christ over our lives. He is our reason for living, our hope and strength each day. We are grateful for your love, which allows us to minister at home, in Haiti and Mexico.
Because of Christ,
The Kennedy Family