08 June 2009

Kenya and Romania

Dear Friends, Family, and Ministry Partners,

Our offices at NEXT are bustling as the excitement of campaign season has set in! Kyle and I have full couple of weeks in front of us and we wanted to ask for your prayers. We know we could not do one minute of ministry or travel without your prayers on our behalf. So we ask you to please, diligently go before us and behind us with your prayers to our Lord. We are so grateful for such an incredible group of believers that we know we can lean on – THANK YOU!

We want you to be as informed as absolutely possible, with specifics for both the Kenya campaign (Carrie) and the Romania campaign (Kyle). Listed below are specifics to be praying for both campaigns.

Travel Dates:
(both Kenya and Romania are 8 hours ahead of CST)

Kenya-
Going: Depart DFW 4:50 p.m. Thursday, June 11th, Arrive Nairobi 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 13th
Coming Home: Depart Nairobi 11:45 p.m., June 19th, Arrive DFW 7:26 p.m. Saturday June 20th

Romania-
Going: Depart DFW 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, June 16th, Arrive Timisoara 2:25 p.m.
Coming Home: Depart Timisoara 1:55p.m. June 23rd, Arrive DFW 10:20 p.m. June 23rd


Specifics:
  • Pray for safe travel. This includes (but not limited to!) no lost baggage, no flight delays or cancelations, safety in the airports, no turbulence, smooth landings, good weather, and no travel sickness! All of this is SO SO SO important and can really make a difference in our campaigns getting off on the right foot.
  • Pray for the hearts of the people both in Kenya and Romania. Pray that the Lord would soften their hearts and make them ready to hear the good news. Pray in expectation with us that the Lord would truly invade their hearts and rescue them from the darkness of this world. PRAY PRAY PRAY that they would be receptive to hear the hope that we are going to share. Pray for true repentance and salvation that can only come from the Lord
  • Pray for the new churches that are being planted in Romania and Kenya - four in Kenya and one in Romania. Pray that through the mother churches, we would be able to effectively work to evangelize and share the good news of a brand new church in these areas. (Remember that most of these people walk EVERYWHERE and it will be such good news to have a church in their neighborhood for them to walk to!)
  • Pray for the students and their leaders coming from the following churches and cities: Eastwood Baptist Church (Bowling Green, KY), Pontiac Bible Church (Pontiac, IL), Houston, TX, First Baptist Euless (Euless, TX). Pray that the Lord would truly do a work in their lives from the inside out as they devote over a week of their Summer Vacation to study how to be a better leader, and with a boldness that can only come from the Lord, walk door-to-door to proclaim the gospel and the great news of a new church! Pray against nerves or jitters when it comes to sharing their faith. Pray that the Lord would give them the words to say and discernment for how to relate to these people of completely different cultures. Pray that the Lord would do a new work in their hearts to encourage them and inspire them to come back to their local mission fields, changed and on-mission for the Lord.
  • Pray for the entire NEXT Staff. In addition to these two campaigns we have 2 other campaigns that overlap (another Kenya trip and an Ecuador Trip). Pray for supernatural energy to lead these trips. Pray for wisdom, discernment, and clear teaching. Pray for all the families at home – PRAY against the enemies attacks on our families!!!!!!
  • Pray for Laura Kate who will be in Lubbock with Grammy and Papa. Pray against, teething, diaper rash, fussiness, tummy aches, and other random ailments... Pray for fun, joy, peace, good naps, lots of hugs and kisses and spoiling!
  • Most of all pray for FUN, safe campaigns (Did I mention FUN?!)!!!!

Thank you so much for all that you do for us. It is an honor and a privilege to represent your families on the mission field! We COULD NOT, WOULD NOT, be able to do this without you and the many many ways that you support our family and ministry of NEXT Worldwide. THANK YOU!

Kyle and Carrie

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