This morning I received a call from David Taza (our national pastor of New Life Baptist Church) in Cieneguilla, Peru. The church is celebrating its 12th year anniversary and called to greet our family, and allow us to greet them. What a great blessing and encouragement this was!
Some think furlough for a missionary is a vacation, but they have no idea or understand the heart of a missionary. Over 20 years ago when we began as missionaries to Peru, we never knew that God would bless us with such wonderful friends, family, and ministry. We’re especially grateful for this pastor and his family who have faithfully served by our side since we started the church and is one of our dearest friends in Peru. God has really used him to make a difference throughout Peru. It’s through this church and his leadership that we host our Annual Pastors & Leaders Conference, Youth Camp, missions teams (hundreds of visitors every year), and several other outreaches (including bus routes reaching those without a local church, discipleship training, weekly Bible studies, and a Christian School among others).
If you have visited us in Peru over these last 12 years then you have experienced first hand what a great church and ministry this is. God has truly blessed!!!
We rejoice in celebrating anniversaries such as this along with all its faithful members, and we are reminded of the great honor it is to serve as missionaries and have folks support us financially and prayerfully…so we can start churches and ministries like this. Thank you to all those that have helped us along the way! To God be the Glory!!!
Mike & Chelene Kennedy