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Take the Pledge

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Take the Pledge

In my HMA post, I tried my best to explain what our purpose for being back in the States was. I’m happy to report that I’ve accomplished on more of those goals! The boys started swim lessons on March 24, and they’re loving it!

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Another one of the goals was to build our support team. A support team is made up of people who want to invest in our lives and our ministry at Tenwek Hospital. The most common ways to support any missionary include but are not limited to the following:

1.) Praying regularly for the missionaries and the ministry they do

2.) Maintaining communication with the missionaries no matter where they might be

3.) Helping the missionaries reach their goals

4.) Donating regularly to their ministry

While we enjoyed an awesome support team during our first term in Kenya, we are finding that we need even more support now. We need people who will lift us up in prayer every day. We need people who will call us, send us messages, and check in with us. We need accountability with our goals. And we need financial partners.

This post will focus mainly on how to become one of our financial partners, because we have found that people who invest in our lives financially often do the other 3 things without much effort. They want to see how we’re using their money! Whether you can give $5 each month or $5,000 each year makes no difference. Every penny counts. God delights in the sacrificial gift!

Since the beginning of the new year, we have traveled to many churches and shared our ministry with thousands of people. We are happy to report that our support team is growing each month as we meet with these people and churches. We have seen God move many hearts to join our ministry at Tenwek, and we give God all the glory! Since we can’t meet with each one of you or visit each of your churches, I thought I’d explain what joining our support team means. We call it pledging your support.

Pledging is a commitment a supporter makes to give a certain amount of money to our ministry on a regular basis. It could be $25 each month, $5000 each year, or $500 each quarter. Your pledge can be any amount given in just about any interval you want. It can be $96.35 each week if that’s what God lays on your heart to give! Many of you are already doing this, and we are so thankful! Thank you for being obedient to the call God has laid on your hearts to be a part of our ministry!!

If you are interested in becoming a financial partner, please let us know! Here are the easiest ways to join our team:

1.) Go to www.wgm.org/kelley and fill out the form for a recurring donation.

2.) Request a prayer card from us, fill out the detachable post card, and mail it back to World Gospel Mission.

You can start your donations today, or you can indicate when you would like to begin your contributions. Since our goal is to be back in Kenya by January 2017, you could pledge today to begin your regular support at the beginning of the New Year. Regardless of when you can begin your financial support, the pledge is important! We can not return to Kenya until 100% of our monthly support is pledged.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Either leave a comment or send us an e-mail.

Praises and Prayer Requests:

  1. Praise God for His abundant blessings! Please pray that we continue to trust in HIS perfect provision and timing.
  2. Praise God for a healthy pregnancy thus far! I am 31 weeks and feeling good (better than I expected). Please pray that Baby Boy #5 would be healthy and full-term.IMG_1633
  3. Praise God for all the new people and churches we have met the past few months. It has been a blessing to see the diversity of the Church and the many ways God works in the churches.
  4. Pray for all the traveling we have ahead of us. Pray that our van will remain reliable. Pray that the boys will maintain their adventurous attitudes. Pray that Aaron and I have the stamina to drive all those miles.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:1-6

 

 

 

 

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The Purge, Part…I lost count!

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So today was our last big selling opportunity, and it was a success. Praise God that the rain held off until we were home and unloaded!

My parents came to the rescue again. My mom stayed home with the kiddos, and my dad spent most of the day with me. We loaded up my dad’s pickup and my van to fill up 2 spaces at the flea market. When we packed up what we didn’t sell around 1pm, I was able to put all my van seats back up. I did fill the trunk space with things for Goodwill. (Better chance of getting it to Goodwill if it stays in the van, right?) The truck had more empty boxes than full ones, so I think today was worth of the stress, sweat and effort. Plus, I filled up the bed of Dad’s truck with stuff for him to take to the dump or deliver to family in Mifflintown!

You may be wondering what my house looks like after all this purging…Well, it doesn’t look too different. Most of our furniture will be sold to close friends and family members right before we leave. (They’re gracious enough to let us use it until we move.) The rest we’ll store until God tells us where our next home will be. The basement looks empty…Now, the staging begins!

Prayer Requests:

1.) Health! The stomach bug refuses to leave!! We’ll be missing church for a full month at this point. I guess that’s the downfall of having so many kids…it takes FOREVER for a virus to pass through the entire family.

2.) Our house. We need wisdom to know what to do with our house. Sell? Rent? Timing? How to stage it?

3.) Support. Please pray that God will raise up enough prayer and financial support for us.

4.) Comfort. May the God of all Comfort comfort us like only He can. The boys are getting nervous. I can tell by their clinginess, their unwillingness to be alone, their mood swings. And, of course, Aaron and I are feeling the pressure of the ticking clock. So much to do, so little time to do it. Are we really moving…to Kenya???

5.) Levi. It’s been 2 weeks since we moved him into the toddler bed, and his sleep hasn’t been the same. He’s out of the bed at least a dozen times every night. He wakes up super early every morning. It’s exhausting for him and me. Please pray that he’ll rest well in the big boy bed, and that Aaron and I will have wisdom to know how to help him feel comfortable in his new bed.

Thank you, prayer warriors!!

Christmas Letter Time??

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Is it Christmas card time already?

No. It’s support card mailing time…finally! We’ve had this letter written and the cards in our possession for months, but we’re just now getting our act together. If you haven’t received one, it means we think you already got one OR we don’t have your current address. Let us know if you want a letter and/or support card and we’ll get it right out to you…Well, we’ll at least put it on our very long (and ever-growing-longer) to-do list, and we will mail it to you eventually. 🙂

Bucket List: Visit WV

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One more thing checked off our bucket list! We visited Lewisburg, WV. If you haven’t heard of this small town, let me explain why it was so important to us…
As many of you know, Aaron and I are high school sweethearts. We’ve been a couple since I was 15. He’s two years older than me, so we spent some time apart throughout those dating years. We was in college two years before I followed him to Mansfield University. And then, the hardest part was that I was student teaching in northern PA while Aaron attended West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) in Lewisburg, WV, which is in southern WV. We were an 8-hour drive apart for about 10 months. All the while, we were engaged, and I was planning our wedding!
Needless to say, we got married and I moved to Lewisburg with him. Lewisburg is where we first lived as a married couple, where I got my first real (teaching) job, where we eventually had our first child. Not to mention, it’s one of the cutest little towns in the States!
During our short time there, we met so many wonderful people who greatly impacted our lives. Ever since we moved away, we’ve been longing to go back. Last week we finally had our chance. WVSOM celebrated their 40th anniversary with a long weekend of activities. We not long enjoyed our time at Aaron’s ‘preschool,’ as Jacob calls it, but we also visited our church and one of my work friends.

Here is a picture of the boys at a playground:

They loved meeting our friends and exploring the town. Noah was quite proud that he had been to many of these places and had met many of the people before, “when he was a baby.” Aaron and I were proud to show off our beautiful family and share what God has in store for us.

Prayer Requests:

1.) I’m scheduled to start homeschooling on Thursday, Sept 6. Noah will be in 1st grade; Jacob will begin a kindergarten curriculum. Please pray for us as we begin a new routine.

2.) Pray for wisdom and strength as we prepare for our last purge of the summer. It’s getting increasingly difficult to decide what to keep, what to sell, and when to do what. (We’ll be setting up shop at the Macungie Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept 8 if you’re interested in buying our ‘good’ stuff.)

3.) Pray that our prayer and financial support will increase as we begin to visit churches and send out prayer letters.

4.) Pray for God’s timing in the selling of our big items: the house, the van and the car.

Thanks!