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Jody Kennedy International
Is the Same, Only Different
One of the joys of teaching English
is to see our friends express a sense of humor in English. Our dear
friend and ministry partner Josué found the title expression funny. So
funny, in fact, that he used it every chance he got. It came to
be a game with him and our team. Someone would say, "Josue,
what's new?" He would answer with a big smile,
"Everything is the same, only different." Then all
Oddly enough, this strange and
oxymoronic expression was true of 2011. While most of our ministry
experience was much like past years, there were many new and different
episodes in 2011.
We praise the Lord and give Christ
all the glory for all He has allowed us to accomplish in 2011. In that
year alone, almost 1,000 adults said "yes" to Christ during
our Practically Speaking English events in Nicaragua and Russia.
We look back on 2011 in our 2011
Review that can be found by clicking
Please take a moment and read it. As you read, take the
opportunity to praise to our Lord and Savior for all He did last year.
Our 2012 Outlook
We are challenging ourselves, and you, to reach more people with
the gospel in 2012 than in any previous year.
We have already completed our first evangelism event in
2012. Almost 70 said "yes" to Christ. By any
measure, God has given us a great start in the new year. So,
once again, we have a full calendar with 10 or more events planned in
Nicaragua and elsewhere.
Each year we are able to reach about 2000 adults and
2000 children with the gospel. In the time the Lord allows us to
continue our work, we hope to reach that many and more this year.
This year a new
partner will join us. He is perhaps the most expert church planter
that we know. We have worked with him for years in Eastern Europe and
Russia. We will see what more God allows us to do in Nicaragua by
planting new churches.
This year we are
adding paid staff to our work in Nicaragua. As we identify Nicaraguan
Christians who are called to full-time service, we want to be able to
pay them a monthly stipend to assist us in expanding our work there.
This year we hope
to add "micro-events" in support of our partner churches.
These will be evangelistic outreaches to the communities. For
example: pastor training, family and marriage seminars, discipleship
seminars and evangelism training. If you are interested in
teaching or facilitating one these "micro-events', please
2012 Financial Needs
- a new video projector
- rent on the Nica house
- Nicaragua staff
- pastor assistance
- discipleship material
- church planting
- fuel ($6/gallon) in Nicaragua
- volunteer scholarships
- portable keyboard
Our 2012 Schedule Is Now
Don't put it off - schedule now!
Due to rising airfares, we need commitments much sooner than in years
past. To facilitate this requirement, we have reduced the
deposit amount and made the sign up deadline earlier. See the
event schedule (click here)
for the specific dates.
We need doctors, nurses, PA's, pharmacists and other medical
professionals to staff our medical teams. Please help us get
the word out. Contact us right away.
Living and Driving in Nicaragua
"He who hesitates gets nowhere."
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have
purchased a used car to use in Nicaragua. While driving can be quite
an adventure, the car has already allowed us to get around more
freely and meet our contacts where they are.
We have rented a house that gives us a Nicaragua
headquarters. It affords us a place to store and organize our mission
materials, a place to house small teams and a place to rest and
recover between the team evangelism events. It also will allow us to
minister more personally to our pastor friends and their communities.
We have already scheduled our first
"micro-event" with one of our partner churches. We
are gathering materials and trainers for pastor training, family and
marriage seminars, discipleship seminars and evangelism training.
Operation Christmas Child
WOW, that's a lot of shoe boxes!
Trisha and I had the great privilege and pleasure of
serving with the processing center in Charlotte for a few weeks in
November and December. It was great to reconnect with friends
and be part of something that literally reaches millions with the
gospel of Christ.
In December, several of our Fort Worth friends joined us
in Charlotte for a few days of hard work, processing shoe boxes for
overseas shipment. They were a great team and lots of fun to
We hope some of you will join us in December for a few
days of impacting the world for Christ through Samaritan's Purse
Operation Christmas Child.
Check Out Video Library
our video channels for a library of our videos from past
missions. The easiest way is to click on the camera above or
Nicaragua Experience by Gina D.
Check out our website dedicated to
our English teaching and Evangelism ministry.
learn how to introduce your church or group to
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Jody Kennedy International
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, and partners. Contributions are tax deductible
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