New Newsletter about Grace Covenant Ministry Happenings!
Greetings from Kenya!
We wanted to give everyone an update about the Koinonia AIM Leadership meetings that ended a short time ago. First, thank you SO much for praying and lifting up this vital time for the 150 AIM leaders. It was wonderful and powerful time together. I heard so many positive reports and feedback after this gathering. How rare and unique is it that so many leaders from around the globe can gather and hear from each other and the Lord. I’m very encouraged and sense new invigorating changes happening inside AIM and amongst our African ministry partnership. Praise the Father with us that His servants were encouraged, challenged, and left the gathering with renewed passion and purpose for their ministry and leadership roles.
Last week Rod received notification from the International Coaching Federation (ICF), that they have recognized and awarded him the next level as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). This is something he has been working towards since 2014, so it feels like a significant milestone. Praise the Father with us, as we watch how the Lord will further use these skills and abilities He has given, to ennoble His people around the globe.
Next week on Wednesday (Feb.28th), Rod will undergo a double hernia operation here at the Kijabe hospital located just 5 minutes from our home. This is not an emergency operation but one that is required. Rod will stay at the hospital overnight and then return home to rest on Thursday. According to Google , the recovery time is 3 weeks for a single hernia operation. We are not quite sure what that means for a double hernia operation. Regardless, we would appreciate your prayers for the medical surgeon, the operation process here in Kenya, and for a swift recovery afterwards.
Thanks for standing with us in Praise & Prayer!
Rod & Lori Kraybill
Death Brings About New Life…
In early November 2017 a dear friend and prospective future elder of the Wahgi church died unexpectedly. We wondered why God would take him now as the church desperately needs leadership other than us missionaries, but we knew deep inside that God must have a better plan in store. Our friend Siwi’s death and funeral provided an opportunity for others who have not heard the simple, un-perverted gospel to have a taste of what they were missing. As a result, a number of people expressed an interest in hearing the Creation-to-Death, Burial, and Resurrection (Phase 1) teaching. The Lord challenged two men to rise up to the occasion to join with our other two Bible teachers in teaching these lessons. We are excited to share that as a result of this latest outreach at least eight people have been born anew into the family of Christ.
I am reminded of John 12:24 where Jesus, looking ahead to his own death, said, “…unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” Such was the case with Siwi. May Siwi’s life, and death, be a challenge to us all. You can read the amazing account of Siwi’s home-going at https://blogs.ethnos360.org/levi-robyn-lenz/2017/11/23/his-journey-home/.
Please continue to pray for the church to grow to maturity in Christ. We are excited to see new Bible teachers being trained up. We’re praying that some of them may one day be church leaders.
As many of you may have seen on our Facebook page, Lenz’s View, we had a translation check in October 2017, in which the books of Luke and 1 Corinthians checked by our translation consultant. Overall the check went very well and there were only a few minor changes needing to be made before it was printable. After checking those two books, that makes 59% of the New Testament which has gone through the entire checking process and is ready for print. Another 30% of the New Testament has been drafted and our co-worker Dan and I are gradually working through the various stages of the checking process. The final remaining book of the New Testament to be drafted into the language is the book of John (11% of the NT). 131 verses of John have previously been completed by our co-workers in the initial stages of Bible lesson preparation. This week I have made a start on the remaining 748 verses.
We are excited to see the major progress which has been made on the translation project thus far. Please continue to pray that the Lord will enable our team to see this project to completion. Pray that he’ll provide faithful helpers to help us finish the checking process. Pray that he’ll raise up strong readers to be able to read the Word that is being put into their language.
Where did that come from…
In December, after three weeks of daily fevers, Krystiana was diagnosed with “Fever of Unknown Origin”. As the name states, nobody could determine what was causing her fevers; however, blood tests indicated some kind of bacterial infection. Our poor girl turned into a pin cushion as the doctors were trying to monitor certain things in her blood, some of which were at alarming levels. After three rounds of antibiotics her fevers stopped and her blood levels have returned back to the “normal” range for the most part. She has been fever free since January 2 and blood tests last week showed that the one area of most concern has continued its downward trend toward “normal”. At this point she will get a break from the “pokies” until April when we’ll have her checked again. Please pray that she will remain fever-free.
Thank you very much for your prayers, encouragement, and support. We are very glad to have you as a part of the team.
Levi & Robyn Lenz
Serving the North Wahgi people
of Papua New Guinea
Facebook: Lenz’s View
We wanted to ask for prayer for the upcoming AIM leadership meetings happening this week. There are 150 AIM leaders and African partners coming together for 6 days in Nairobi, Kenya. These leaders have come from around the world for this gathering. Here are just some of the locations represented: Canada, USA, Brazil, England, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, France, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, plus those who are severing in 23 wonderfully different countries on the continent of Africa. So many nationalities, cultures, and personalities coming together for 6 days of worship, fellowship, partnership, and leadership training!
Here is the logo that we will be using for the AIM Leadership conference.
Rod & Lori
2017 Highlights: 212 Babies Saved!
- Reached 44% of all women in the market for an abortion (up from 25% in 2016)
- Pioneered research to develop better ways to reach and serve the abortion-determined woman
- Increased Walk for Life participation and performance by 6%, raising $242,000 for the mission
- Piloted an innovative radio-based educational initiative called “Real Abortion News” played on WHAM, WYSL, and Station of the Cross (realabortionnews.com)
- Trained and optimized five more pregnancy centers from across the country to help them more effectively reach and serve women at-risk for abortion
- Stabilized future mission operations through the purchase and relocation to a new office
- Witnessed the seventh straight year of abortion decline in Monroe County for a 49% reduction since 2010
Annville Institute/Grace Covenant Ministries
PO Box 340
Annville, Kentucky 40402
January 24, 2018
Dear Prayer Warriors:
As we enter 2018 we are reminded of our many partners who have blessed us and make our efforts possible. Your prayer support is especially treasured.
We have just concluded our first youth basketball session and next month our second session will start. In the fall of 2017 we had our first baseball/softball youth leagues and had over 60 participants. Last year we also started the Samson Project where we help local youths with strengthening and improving their agility. During this time, we reminded the participants of the story of Samson and that his greatest strength came when he was closest to God. We are planning to continue these two programs in 2018. We are now in the grant writing stage of seeking funds to add an educational drug fighting component to our program.
The completion of the gym addition project is very close. I realize that I have been writing that the finish line was close for quite some time. But now we are preparing for the final inspections. This has taken longer than I expected, which is making the completion more satisfying. With this phase completed, we plan to start this spring with the conversion of the old bathrooms under the stage into a physical fitness center. The Lincoln Hall rehabilitation project continues as well. It is our prayer that the campus will continue to be a place where God’s presence can be felt to the many who come thru the campus gates. Thanks again for your partnership with us.
Jacob “Jake” L. Moss
Thank you for your prayers and financial support!
Today marks the day of a brand new semester here at
Ethnos 360 Bible Institute
We got to have my (Kim’s) parents here during Christmas break! We are so thankful for the awesome memories we made with them!
Dave started taking another class at seminary. He so enjoys his class and how he gets to use what he is learning and apply it straight to his daily teaching here at Bible School!I
Clark is loving his martial arts class and just graduated to the next belt level!I He is doing so great in school too!! Reece is working hard at his job so that he will save enough to attend Bible School here this Fall.
Thank you so very much for praying for our family in this brand new semester! God has some great plans for these students and for us as well!
Dave, Kim, Reece & Clark Field
Ethnos360 Bible Institute
915 N. Hartwell Ave.
Rev. James Harden President/CEO, Compass Care
Who has more influence over humanity’s prospects than a parent? Consider the maternal profession: who can hope to equal a mother’s power over posterity? No teacher, coach, counselor, friend, politician or program could ever compare to mom by any measure. Certainly no child denies his mother’s monumental station in his life. And her significance extends beyond that. Her influence draws into the present grand echoes of ancient tradition, emblazoning them indelibly upon the far reaches of the future. Her career is linked with the sovereign hand of God, partnering to carry providence into the world one life at a time. Continue reading “Compass Care – December 2017”