“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven….
A time to be born, and a time to die;” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,2).
This past February, Carolee’s mother, Lynne Munson, passed on to be with the Lord after suffering with cancer for the last couple of years. She was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and is now with Him never to suffer those pains again! Carolee had felt a very strong pressing from the Lord to fly to the United States in January to help Lynne, who was living alone, and now we are so thankful that Carolee got to be with her mom in the last few weeks of her life and at the time of her passing. What a glorious and sure hope we have, all that believe and put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. I’m afraid that most people don’t take death or their relationship with God seriously, so it is all of our jobs to get the gospel to as many as we can before it’s too late.
I like to play tennis for exercise, and last week I was able to witness to a new partner the other day after he beat me! Please pray for Israel, a very nice man who listened to me tell him a bit about the book of Revelation, and what was going to happen in the great tribulation. He actually said it scared him and wanted to know why God would do those things to us. I asked him to read the book of Revelation in order get him in the Bible, and I plan on talking to him again soon.
In eleven years on the field, I have never taken a full year furlough, just twice I have been to the US for a few months for our daughters’ weddings and Rebekah’s graduation, but at the direction of the Lord, we will be taking a five month furlough from April to last week of August. We will be in New York in April, in Pennsylvania in May, and Ohio in June–after that, I´m not sure of our schedule. If you would like me to come and give an update or preach I would be glad to do so. Obviously, I cannot get to all of our supporters as they are spread all over the U.S., as much as I would love to see all of you. If you would like to have me come, please contact me through email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to be able to come.
Sincerely the Schwaderer family
According to David Hilt, former missionary to Papua, New Guinea:
Updated: More than 300 injured and 30 dead in the aftermath of Papua New Guinea’s 7.5 earthquake that hit in the wee hours of Sunday morning. All our personnel are safe though there is a lot of devastation. Continued prayers appreciated.
A friend & co-worker…
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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