Preparing to Return to Kenya

Nathan and Carrie Radford serve the Lord in Kitale, Kenya. Their main ministries include indigenous church planting, a prison ministry, and a hospital ministry for mothers with premature babies.

April 1, 2017

Dear praying friends,

We are now in the month of April, and time is passing so quickly. It is a very beautiful day in WV today, nearly 80 degrees. This has been a very good furlough for us but as we begin to prepare to return to Kenya we have many prayer requests to share with you. God is in control of the future and we know we can trust Him. What a mighty God we serve.

It has been a great year of schooling for our two daughters, McKenna and Camille. As I have mentioned previously, one of their big challenges on the mission field is socialization. There are very few children their age for them to have as friends.

God knows all about this we depend on Him and His grace, trusting in His perfect will. Please pray for our daughters as they are finishing up the school year in WV and also for their return to Kenya in June, Lord willing. There will be transitions for them when we return to Kenya, but we believe they will adjust quickly as they know Kenya as their home. We know God will provide the grace and strength for them in their adjustments.

Please also pray for my wife and me and our adjustment back to Kenya. It is always difficult emotionally to leave our home and family in the States and return to Kenya. However, we have recently learned that there are some new families in Kitale and we are excited to meet them and hope to build new friendships. Missions has many challenges and we need one another. We need to pray for each other, encourage each other and be there for one another. Adult missionaries have struggles as well, and how important these friendships are to day to day life on the mission field. Of course, we need to depend on God first and foremost, as He is always there for us and will never leave us or forsake us. Proverbs 18:24 says “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Praise His name.

Please pray for us and the many things that are needed in the days ahead, such as packing for a long period of time in a foreign country, all the last-minute details that are needed, etc. I really appreciate my wife as she works very hard to make sure we have all we need before departing for another term. This is a huge job and stress for her, yet she is so faithful to do it well each furlough. I hope and pray I never overlook her sacrifices that she makes and all she does for our family. She serves behind the scenes, but I know the Lord will reward her for her faithfulness, servant spirit, good attitude, etc. I am a very blessed person. When I think of her, I think of Proverbs 31:10, which says “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” Please pray for her and the many sacrifices she makes daily on the mission field, and also as she raises our daughters overseas.

Thanks so much to each of you for your prayers, sacrificial giving, and encouragement. All of you are such a blessing to us. I will keep you updated. God bless you.

Nathan and Carrie Radford

Nathan and Carrie Radford
Furlough Address:
56 Lobo Lane
Culloden, WV 25510

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
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Scheduling Stateside Visits with Churches to Share about God’s Work in Kenya

Nathan and Carrie Radford serve the Lord in Kitale, Kenya. Their main ministries include indigenous church planting, a prison ministry, and a hospital ministry for mothers with premature babies.

November 1, 2016

Dear praying friends,

We hope this update finds each of you doing well. It is hard to believe that it is the end of 2016 and 2017 is quickly approaching. Time really does go by so fast. I will be writing more about that soon. We wish each of you a great upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. May we truly be thankful and grateful throughout the year and remember the many blessings that the Lord provides for us. I am reminded of Psalm 100:4, which says ” Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His Name.” May this truly be our desire.

Speaking of how quickly time passes, I (Nathan) celebrated a big birthday just a few days ago. My 40th birthday. I was with family members recently and one of them said something like “I cannot believe you are 40.” I really cannot either. It seems just like yesterday that we were going to Kenya, started our family, etc. When I look back on it and really think about it, it is shocking how quickly time goes. Time is a gift from God, and how I need to use it wisely. Psalm 90:12 says “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

Our daughters have been in school full time this year at the Christian school that I (Nathan) attended in West Virginia. This has been a much-needed time for them, as they are learning time management, responsibility in their assignments, and developing relationships with other kids their age. One of the major challenges of missions for children is making and developing relationships while on the field.

Please pray with us that God will send other missionary families to Kitale with children, so that they can make these much-needed relationships. Socialization is very important and we are trusting God with this need for our children.

I (Nathan) am in the process of scheduling meetings to share what God is doing in Kenya, so if you would be interested, you can email me at naterad@yahoo.com. God deserves all the praise and glory for all things, and may we rely on the Lord each day for all that we need. What a great God we serve. Psalm 96:4 says “For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: He is to be feared above all gods.” May each of you have a wonderful upcoming holiday season.

Blessings,
Nathan and Carrie Radford
Furlough Address:
56 Lobo Lane
Culloden, WV 25510

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online.


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Trying Times, Strengthened Faith

Nathan and Carrie Radford serve the Lord in Kitale, Kenya. Their main ministries include indigenous church planting, a prison ministry, and a hospital ministry for mothers with premature babies.

September 30, 2016

Dear praying friends,

Another month has come and gone, and we are nearing the end of 2016. It is hard to believe that another year has passed by so quickly. I am reminded of how short life really is and how we need to be involved in serving the Lord while there is still time. Now is the time to invest in eternity. I hope and pray that we will be focused on the spiritual things that will last forever. Colossians 3:2 says “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” May this be the sincere desire of our lives.

Some of you do not receive the prayer letter by email, so if others have already heard of the unrest in Kitale recently, please bear with me. I want to briefly explain what has been going on so people will be informed and know how to pray not only for us, but all those living, working, and serving in Kitale. Earlier this year, over about an 8 week period, there were repeated break in attempts at our compound. The thieves tried to enter several different ways, from breaking the wood fence on the back, to cutting the hedges around our compound, shining a light late at night around our gate, shaking our gate, etc. We praise the Lord that they never gained access inside the compound, but they tried repeatedly. This was going on in different parts of Kitale, but we felt that we were being targeted specifically.

I (Nathan) tried to get to the bottom of what was going on, as this is very unusual for Kitale and nothing like this has ever happened over such an extended time period since we have lived there. We talked to a neighbor who knows the culture, and he said he believed the thieves were after something specifically on our compound. What? We don’t really know. There is nothing of high value on the compound that belongs to us, just our normal living items. When we moved into our compound, there were several holes that were covered up. One theory is that the thieves believe something of value was buried on the compound by a previous tenant. This would make sense. In fact, the first time the thieves came, they were asking to collect their items from the tenant who lived there several years prior. I contacted this tenant myself and he said he left nothing of value on the compound and knows nothing of what is going on. So, it is all very mysterious.

After I (Nathan) left to come home just a few weeks ago, there was another attempt where they were trying to cut the barb wire on the back fence, but our day guard managed to catch two of them. They were turned over to the police and will be disciplined, so we hope this will be a deterrent to the others. Please pray for everyone in Kitale now, as this is abnormal and we need to pray that all these thugs will be caught soon and justice will be swift. God is in complete control and we trust Him. I definitely feel that spiritual warfare is a major challenge while on the mission field, and satan will do anything to try to discourage us, derail us, or oppose us. I take comfort in a verse such as John 16:33, which says “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” These were definitely trying times, and trials, but the Lord has used it to strengthen our faith in Him. We have since received a good report from our day guard that nothing has happened in the past few weeks, so we are praying that this will be over soon and go back to normal. God is in control, at all times, in all circumstances.

Please pray for our family, as we are going through many adjustments. One good adjustment is that our daughters are going to Calvary Baptist Academy in Hurricane, WV. This will be good for them, teaching them time management, getting their homework done in a timely manner, and having friends to relate to while we are here. It will also be good for them to get used to having teachers in a regular school setting, along with all the activities that go along with being in school. I am sure mommy misses having them right now, as she enjoys homeschooling in Kenya, but we both agree this is a good thing for them to have now while we are on furlough. Socialization for missionary children is very important, and is one of the major challenges of missions. This time of socialization will teach them many things, and will be a good experience for them. Please pray for them now, and as they continue along through the school year.

I (Nathan) am in the process of scheduling churches for furlough. We plan to be here through at least April of next year, so if you are interested in scheduling a meeting, you can reach me at: naterad@yahoo.com.

Please pray for each of us while we are in America for our furlough. It is great to be in our home culture, where we are used to how things are, speak the same language, etc. However, we miss our compound in Kitale, our animals, and our friends there. God is so good to help us during each time of transition, and He is so faithful. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 says “But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.” Thanks so much to each of you for your interest in missions and your encouragement. We appreciate you all so much.

Serving in Kitale,
Nathan and Carrie Radford
Furlough Address:
56 Lobo Lane
Culloden, WV 25510

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online.


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Missionary Update: Jud & Raquel Hatcher Stateside from Brazil [May 2016]

Jud and Raquel Hatcher serve the Lord in Manaus, Brazil. They are part of the "SeedFactory" church planting initiative, which is a movement to plant churches in all 26 Brazilian capitals. Since 2006, 43 churches have been started in 5 states.

Jud and Raquel Hatcher serve the Lord in Manaus, Brazil. They are part of the “SeedFactory” church planting initiative, which is a movement to plant churches in all 26 Brazilian capitals. Since 2006, 43 churches have been started in 5 states.

May 12, 2016

Dear friends,

We are so thankful to the Lord for you. Here is a snapshot of what has happened and our plans for the near future. Read and pray.

SPRING CONFERENCE
A few days ago Melissa (4 yrs. old) asked, “When will I get to see my friend from the church? He is funny. I want to play with him and hug him.” She was referring to Chaden (Dan & Traci Price’s son, Jim & Mary Miller’s grandson) at Thompson Road Baptist Church during the BFM conference. I was encouraged to see how quickly the two of them hit it off so well. They played, ran and laughed together. An enjoyable experience like this makes the conference even more special. Traci “Miller” Price is a long time family and college friend who travelled to Lexington from Tennessee for the BFM Conference in April. I am so glad the conference generated a meaningful friend for our little Melissa and that our families are connected because of Jesus. The conference was themed “Every disciple… A disciple-maker” and the speakers were a great encouragement to us all. I enjoyed speaking on a subject that is close to my heart, “Disciple-Makers”. I am so grateful to our friends at Thompson Road for the love demonstrated to us all during our time together. 

FAMILY
We have a huge blessing to share. Sarah, Laura, Benjamin and Melissa have progressed well in their English language, reading & comprehension skills. When we first arrived in the States in July 2015, they spoke some English, but didn’t know how to read and write. Almost a year later, they are now fluently speaking, thinking and writing in English. The school year will be over on June 9th and they look forward to swimming, camping and hiking during the Summer (until our return to Brazil). In the meantime, we are having fun with the family, which includes Melissa having decided to cut her own hair after finding the scissors. Fun times. Raquel has the privilege of receiving Vanessa Martiny this week. Vanessa and Raquel were in the same doctoral program several years ago. She was also our neighbor for many years in Virginia Beach.

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE
The school year at Liberty University is officially over. During this time I was able to influence several hundred students within the undergraduate Pastoral Leadership Program at Liberty. I enjoyed meeting and befriending several world-renowned professors and pastors, locally and from around the country. Thanks to the Lord for the many lasting memories and connections made during this time. In addition to serving as adjunct faculty, I had the privilege of coordinating the LU Pastoral Advisory Board with 51 pastors. I also joined the Pastoral Leadership capstone course panel in oral finals for graduating seniors – an ordination simulation. It has been a blessing to serve under the leadership of my dear friend, Dr. Dave Adams. I was honored to be the recipient of the Liberty University’s “Church Leadership & Church Ministries Service Award” for my time and service invested at the School of Divinity.  Following graduation next week, we will hit the road to be with the churches we’ve yet to visit.

VISION FOR CHURCH PLANTING
We are excited about returning to Brazil. Our plan is to move from Manaus to São Paulo as soon as we arrive. The vision in São Paulo City is to church plant using the subway system as our framework. There are 65 terminals and we plan to start churches within vicinity of each terminal entrance/exit. We need your prayers and support as we prepare the teams for each location. A lot of training and equipping is planned. Our vision is to recruit, train, place and network local church pastors for each church plant.

PRAYER REQUESTS

  1. Kids’ school – When we arrive, Brazilian schools will be in the second semester and we will need to find a school to enroll our four kids.
  2. Automotive – The sale of our car in the US and purchase of a new one in Brazil.
  3. Moving – Once we arrive in Brazil we will have to move our belongings from Manaus to São Paulo, a total distance of 2,507 miles by road and river.
  4. Housing – Upon arrival in São Paulo city we will be looking for a home to live. We are searching for a safe, yet strategic place to call home.
  5. Finances – Any moving endeavor is always expensive. Pray for the Lord’s provision.

Grateful always,
Jud Hatcher

Furlough Address:
216 Mill View Ln
Lynchburg, VA 24502
(859) 608-4742
judsonhatcher@gmail.com
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