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Jody Kennedy International
Everything Is the Same, Only Different

February 1, 2012

  

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 would laugh. 

 

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 here.  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 contact us. 

 

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 Available
Don't put it off - schedule now! 
 

NOTE:  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 Processing Center
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 work with. 

 

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 

Check out our video channels for a library of our videos from past missions.  The easiest way is to click on the camera above or click here

 

 

 

Featured Video

   

   

Nicaragua Experience by Gina D.

Nicaragua Experience by Gina D.

    

 

Nica traveloguePhotos from completed 2011 and 2012 missions are available. 
Click here for Nicaragua.
Click here for Russia. 

 

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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.

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