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It's a Twister! It's a Twister!
July 2, 2010

That iconic classic movie "The Wizard of Oz" yielded more than its fair share of memorable quotes.  See if you can remember who said these and why*.

"Unusual weather we're having, ain't it?"
"A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others."
"I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more."
"I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too! "
"I don't know... But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking... don't they?"
"...there's no place like home! "
"It's a twister.  It's a twister."

Trisha recently used that last quote to describe the many challenges, opportunities, and constant changes that we face as we continue in full-time ministry.  Often, life's events and situations swirl around us, kicking up dirt and debris that make it difficult to know what direction to take or where to put our feet for the next step.

Yet, God is our shelter in the storm.  He hides us in the cleft of His hand, protecting us from destruction.  We might get scratched.  We might lose some possessions and maybe some relationships.  Nonetheless we are protected and kept toward the work that He has in store for us.

God is also the lighthouse, drawing us into safe harbor where we can get about His business and deepen our relationship with Him.

No "twisters" are surprising to God.  No matter how violent or unexpected in human terms, He raises His mighty hand and says, "Peace, be still.


*To check your answers at IMDB.COM (click here).

Hebron Baptist Church - Managua

Pray throughout next week, July 3-11, as our team (representing five U.S. churches) presents the gospel of Christ through our Practically Speaking English programs.  We expect 200+ children up to 12 years, 100-150 teens from 13-15 and 200+ youth and adults 16 years and up.

We will bring a full report later in July.

Send an email to or text us at 817-944-2288 and let us know you are praying.

University in Managua Hosts Practically Speaking English

While in Managua during June, Trisha and I were invited to meet with the officials at one of the top private universities of Managua.  Through our network of local pastors, the owner of this private university learned about our program and asked that we consider bringing our intensive, conversational English course to his campus.

We met with university officials and were immediately asked to bring the course on July 12 to 16.  Not surprisingly, we said "Yes".  Trisha and I and two of our dear partners, Bob and Gail Meade will remain in Managua after the event at Hebron Baptist Church next week and bring our course to the top 200+ university students on their campus.

All I asked of the university officials was that we be permitted complete freedom to preach the gospel and share our faith in Jesus with every student.  There response was "Absolutely, our students need to hear about Christ."

Leaving the meeting, we immediately began to pray and discuss how we could accomplish the follow-up for each and every student.  Two nights later as I prepared to preach at Libertad Baptist Church, Pastor Denis asked me if he could take charge of the follow-up.  He will take our student information, divide it into regions of the city and surrounding area and hand carry it to other churches who will follow-up on each student.  God gave us the answer quickly and also provided the means.

Pray that all goes well at this university and that it opens other doors to reach the young adults of the city. 

Send an email to or text us at 817-944-2288 and let us know you are praying.

Used with permission -
Reverend Fun

About Jody Kennedy International

Jody Kennedy International* is the ministry of Jody and Trisha Kennedy who have given themselves to serving Christ through full-time Christian service.  In partnership with churches in the U.S., Eastern Europe, and Latin America, the ministry motivates and mobilizes Christians to get out of their comfort zones to take the gospel of Christ across the street and around the world.

We are supported  by the generous gifts of our friends, team members, readers and partners.  Contributions are tax deductible and are used to support the ministries of Jody Kennedy International.

*Jody Kennedy International/LOVEM International is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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