Greetings from beautiful, warm Minneola, Florida! We’re thankful to God for the opportunity to live at AIM’s retirement center for this year. We’re slowly getting used to being in the States and are thankful for your prayers as we continue to make this transition. He is good and faithful! Thank you for your prayers as we’ve been church searching. We have decided to start attending a small evangelical church here called, “The Grove.” We hope to grow and bear fruit as we attend and serve in this church.
In September we made a 2 ½ week trip up north through Atlanta and then to Lancaster, PA and finally Marion, NY. We were grateful to be able to visit AIM’s headquarters near Atlanta. This office supports us and all the US AIM missionaries in many ways. We were blessed to spend time with Rod’s family in Pennsylvania, and our supporting church there. The highlight of our time was to be a part of Rod’s Grandma’s 100th birthday. Grandma Keener has been a big prayer warrior for us and so many others. It was a joy to help celebrate the 100 years God has given her. We then went up to NY to visit our supporting church near Rochester. We were able to share what God is doing in Africa as AIM seeks to reach the unreached. We also shared how we’ve been able to help in this process by being dorm parents for missionary kids and equipping missionary leaders to fulfill their ministry roles through training, life coaching and leadership development. We’re looking forward to visiting another supporting church in OH in November. We’re so thankful for our partnering churches and supporters who give to us in many ways!
We have counted it a joy to be able to spend the last 3 months with our oldest daughter, Alanna, as she looks for a job. Although, she hasn’t found a job yet, we know that God will provide something for her. Please join with us in praying for Alanna during this waiting time as she continues to fill out applications. Pray against discouragement for her and that she would continue to trust in God to meet all of her needs. Autumn and Anissa continue to enjoy their time in Thailand and Costa Rica. Autumn has been learning Thai and helping with different outreaches to kids in the slums and helping university students learn English. Anissa has been growing in her faith through her time in Costa Rica. She loves learning Spanish and is enjoying her many Bible classes. She’s looking forward to their mission trip in November to work with kids in Panama. Please continue to pray for Autumn and Anissa as they keep on being stretched through their time overseas.
We have been getting emails this week from a family who works on one of the Islands where we used to serve. Their island has seen a lot of political unrest over the years and is currently experiencing significant turmoil and gunfire on the streets. Their family and the local people have all been housebound this week as they wait for the fighting to end. Please pray for Tom and Megan, along with their kids and the two other team members. Pray that they would be a light for those around them during this difficult time.
Thanks for your prayers,
Rod and Lori
Rod with his Grandma Keener who celebrated 100 years of life!