November is the month for “a hope and a future” for Missions of Hope students! Please remember in prayer the 800+ students of Missions of Hope as they complete the Kenyan National Exams this month.
Missions of Hope (MoHI)
It is so moving to know that through the work of the Holy Spirit in MoHI’s ministries, over 13,000 kids have received life-giving hope in the Word of God, life-altering academic education, and life-saving medical care in some of the most desperate circumstances imaginable.
Would you like to be a part of this life-changing work? What if changing the world is simpler than you think? Child sponsorship is the key to empowering children to change their world, and then change THE WORLD! When a child is blessed with your sponsorship, she receives two meals a day, medical care, an excellent Christian education, uniforms, school supplies and textbooks, plus many other benefits. She also gains an understanding of the love of God and the Bible, discovers how much she is valued, and develops a vision for a brighter future beyond her present circumstances.
Perhaps it would be a wonderful gift for your family to sponsor a child for this Thanksgiving or Christmas. Or, if you don’t feel comfortable with a monthly commitment, perhaps you, and maybe the folks you work with, would like to give a special gift to the unsponsored children’s fund. This is an excellent way to share the love of God with the children who have not yet been sponsored, to start and stay in school.
Renda’s Health Update and Prayer Request
In July, Renda’s abdominal discomfort ended when two excellent Kenyan doctors removed a large ovarian cyst and performed a complete hysterectomy. The pathology report revealed uterine cancer, so we flew back to the US in September for thorough testing, diagnosis, and treatment. God has led us to a great oncologist here in southwest Florida. Renda’s treatment plan is 25 radiation treatments, ending the day before Thanksgiving, and 15 weeks of chemotherapy starting on November 29th. That schedule keeps us here in Florida through the month of March. Then, God willing, we will be heading back to Kenya.
Ren’s doing really well, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Her side effects thus far have been minimal, but we’re staying close to home here just to be safe. We miss our family, friends, church, and ministry teammates in Maryland and Kenya very much. Since we are here in the U.S. we would love to visit folks, but for now our mission focus is right here.
Ren enjoying the “Sonshine” care package sent from a loving bible study group!
I think if we pay close attention to the way we pray, we can catch a glimpse of the condition of our relationship with God. It’s easy to slip into a position of only asking God for a bit of heaven when we pray. Asking for healing, comfort, safety, provision…and scripture says it’s ok to do that. All those blessings really do come from Him. I just think we need to be careful not to stop there. Our relationship with the Father isn’t just asking Him to point out the comfiest chair in the Kingdom, is it? We are supposed to be advancing His Kingdom. That’s an action word. In Matthew 16 Jesus tells us of His church that “the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” That tells me that the church is supposed to be in motion, moving forward, taking ground in a measurable way. So, in keeping with that thought, we are going to ask you to pray for healing, of course, but more importantly, for Renda and I to continue to share Him with those around us as His work continues in us and through us. God is never surprised with where we are or with the circumstances we’re struggling with. We are still His. The mission is still His. And He still invites us all into that mission with Him, regardless of our circumstances. We are trusting that God is holding us in His mighty hand.
Thanks so much for keeping us in your prayers. We know the prayers of the faithful, and the visits from friends and family are holding us up right now. Please continue to pray for us to be obedient to God right where we are and to trust in His plan for our lives. This temporary interruption in our Kenya plans isn’t an interruption to His plans. We are making new friends in our neighborhood and our local church and with each medical office visit! It is a great place for us to share the love of Jesus and the ministry of MoHI as we focus on getting back to health.
Your brother and sister in Christ,
Den and Ren