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God’s Garage Sale for His Glory

   Posted by: Ron & Stephanie Kenaston    in Our Mission

Well, I must say today I finally feel like I am on the upswing of things. I can catch up now that life has slowed down a little. Two weeks ago we had our Women’s Retreat. If I was just a participant I may have been refreshed, but because I was on the committee I needed to recoup. But then again, I probably would have been up half the night either way! Normally, after we are done with retreat we can rest, but the garage sale our Encouragement and Accountability Group was throwing came just a week later; last weekend. I I had come down with a cold after retreat and that tried to slow me down, but I think I did really well anyway. Ron and I priced our stuff like mad and I know that there were more people than I could name who donated tons of stuff. Our EA group leaders, John and Sarah Cooper, were the founding planners of this event. They donated their garage and yard, hours and days of their lives, and coordinated it all. Sarah was also the head of our retreat committee. So we were all being sustained by the strength of God.
What could have been a real bummer sale (the weather was ummm rainy, windy, and just plain bad) turned out to be a testimony to God’s blessing for our mission. The one and a half days of the sale added $1,444 to our Outgoing Mission Fund. I have never heard of such a thing before. It was amazing.  We had so many people come and donate their time to work it too.  The Chapmans and the Howards, who are on our EA team, were always there or close at hand.  It was a gift on so many levels.  It encouraged us, it obviously helped us financial, and it gave us something productive to do.  We are looking for more things like this to continue that momentum.  If you have any ideas, we would love to hear them.

Now that we are past these events we look forward to a family garage sale that will be happening the 19th of June at Ron’s Mom’s house.  We have taken what was left of our stuff from the sale and will be including the rest of our stuff in storage and anything else that we can from our house. 

Also, I am thinking of putting together a cookbook or some type of book to earn money because I have a spiral binding machine and the coils.  Do you guys have any ideas on what I could do?  I want to sell them for our mission. 

Well, with that I will close.  Off to home school the kids, do my college class, and Spanish.  Praying that soon we will see Peru and do what God has putting into our hearts to do.  We still have a ways to go.  We are getting about 1/4 of what we need monthly and have gotten about 15% of our outgoing so far.  We are praying that God prompts the hearts of those he has richly blessed to give generously.  Please join us in this prayer.

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Uncharted Territory

   Posted by: Ron & Stephanie Kenaston    in Our Mission

The part of this journey we are on involves steps in faith where we have not ventured before.  Going to people we do not know.  Sharing our passion for God’s call.  And asking people to support us.  I do not believe there is any fail safe way to do this, other than follow God’s guidance and know that if we are taking the steps, and we let Him, he will guide the way.  We have had good visits, and we have had ones where we felt like intruders.  We have gone on visits to churchs 3 days now.  Ron is taking one day a week off to be able to devote to missions preparation.  I am terribly impatient in this process.  And I need to surrender that to God.  I remember thinking last summer that a year seemed like forever when they told us that it would take that long to do this part of the process.  Now I feel like the months are slipping away and we are not able to keep up.  This forces us to deal with a lot of emotions.  We know God’s call.  But we do not have the calendar of His time line and ours is often drawn up with impatience.  We would like to petition you to pray for us during this process.  Prayer for patience for me.  Prayer for God’s will to be fulfilled.  Pray for the finances to come in His perfect time.  Maybe there is something we still need to learn before we go.  God, thankfully, knows it.

We are doing well in our homeschooling.  I cannot believe we are down to just 14 weeks of this school year.  It has really been smooth and enjoyable.  We have all learned many new things.  I am already collecting curriculum and books for next year.  Thinking ahead saves money because I can get many things used and save hundreds of dollars.  The blessing with the curriculum that I use, Sonlight, is that it fills in the gaps in what I know.  I have been so impressed because, really, it is teaching me too.  We get excited as a family as we learn new things.  The kids will say something and I am just so impressed with what they are getting out of this. 

I am on my 4th theology class.  It is a New Testament Survey Class.  I do not quite know why they call it that, at least the survey part, but I like it.  It goes over the logistics of the New Testament and I find that very interesting.  I am a logistics person.  I like to know how things tick and run and why.  I have also started a disciple journal that I found at the Goodwill.  I find the neatest things there when I least expect it.  It is a small three ring binder and it approaches your spiritual life like  you didn’t have one before.  It has tabbed sections for prayer, goals, biblestudy, worship, and discipleship.  I love it!  It calls to minds things that may escape me and it enhances my devotion time by posing the questions that I may forget to ask.  it also makes me think about things that I had never thought of before, like what does a scripture touch me, am I remembering to praise God in my prayer time, what is God saying to me in the silent moments when I am done.  All Good stuff.

Ron just finished up his first and is half way through his second (it is longer).  He has spent 2+ years doing school and working.  I am often blown away at how he can even function with all of that.  He has late nights and long days and just keeps going.  I am very proud of him for that.  He has been leading our small home group with the material from one of his classes.  It is part of his assignment.  I am really challenged by it.  I think our small group has never had such meaningful and targeted discussions before.  It is almost exausting to be touched by God so much.  Ron is a really good teacher and the Lord is teaching us both much through this.  I love it that I am not a part of the teaching.  I get to see Ron in action and I really like how he teaches.  He has such a big heart and cares for people so much and it shows in his teaching and his ability to have so much patience.

We are starting a marriage Sunday school class and are enjoying it very much.  We realize that after 20 years of marriage that you never stop needing encouragement in your life relationship.  Sometimes you can get that from each other, sometimes it helps to get it from good examples and wise couples who have traveled on the same path.  Preparing for the mission field puts all kinds of stress on a marriage and relationship and anything we can do to strengthen it will only be serving God better!

Blessings and have a great day!


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Mission Newsletter for February/March

   Posted by: Ron & Stephanie Kenaston    in Our Mission

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