Wednesday, February 13, 2013
KUNKEL PRAYER GRAM; 2/13/2013 Dear friends, family, and praying partners, It is hard to believe that on this day 23 years ago, the Kunkel family, Tim, Iracema, Julia, (11), John Glenn, (almost 3), and Steven, (almost 1), were all in Richmond Virginia, where we were appointed as career missionaries of the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board, (now called the International Mission Board). Soon after that we moved to the South American country of Uruguay, where we served for 15 + years. The picture above, right, is of Julia and John Glenn in about April, of 1990, days before we departed for the Mission Field! In 2005 we transferred from Uruguay, to Paraguay, where we have now served almost 8 years. God has been SO FAITHFUL! He has sustained us, by using His people of our supporting Southern Baptist Churches with faithful prayer and giving through the Cooperative Program, ( CP), and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, ( LMCO). How my heart is filled with gratitude as I write these lines! Let me describe the scene going on right now in our kitchen and living room: Iracema had a “crazy” idea a couple of days ago. She has been hearing a lot that people here in the capital really like Valentine’s day. So she thought, why not make baskets, and fill them with heart-shaped baked goodies, and give them to our neighbor ladies? She envisioned talking about the heart; giving your heart to someone who really matters, (Jesus). So she is faithfully baking away, and she is using a Paraguayan young lady who is very open to the Gospel, Melanie, to help her in the cake decoration. In each basket will also be placed a Gospel witness, our contact information, and an invitation to attend a Bible study. Tomorrow with 3 of her disciples she will be visiting house-to-house 10-15 of our neighbors where she will be giving these baskets.
PLEASE SEE ABOVE PICTURE;
All of these folks are unchurched. Note that we could not do this and 100’s of the other things we do if we had not been sent and sustained all these years by all of you! This is a cooperative effort. We go, you all send, give and pray! Thanks for sustaining us, and thousands more of our missionary colleagues in this way, all these years. Prayer requests: For Tim, as he faithfully casts a vision of lostness weekly in Paraguayan Baptist Convention Churches, and trains people for the Harvest! Also for him, as he attempts to find what are the areas of greatest lostness in Paraguay, and connect USA and Paraguayan churches to the task of reached these unreached areas. For Iracema, and she continues to lead Bible Studies, disciples women, and trains them in Evangelism. For Steven, as he returns next week from his first one full year in Japan, as a volunteer missionary, and returns home to rest, and report back to the sending churches, most of which are Japanese, here in Paraguay, and as he outfits to go back for his second year, on April 3rd, 2013. He lives and works in Shirojeri, Nagano Province. If you would like to connect with him, his email is email@example.com For John Glenn as he lives and works in the Los Angeles Area, for a non-profit, and produces music. For Julia, as she also lives in the LA area, and works as an associate principal of a school that specializes in services to children with autism. For Tim’s father who is now 85, and who lost his life-long spouse (Jacqueline) 3 years ago. For Tim’s sisters and niece who care for him. The picture on the left is from June of 2011. Steven is on the right, and John Glenn is one the left. In Jesus’ love,
Your partners in HIS HARVEST: The Kunkels
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 (New King James’ Version).
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Dear Friends and family,
Words cannot adequately describe the emotion we felt as Pr Jonathan, and Steven left yesterday to go to Japan, as a missionary, for a minimum, of 6 months, and up to 1 year on this his first official mission. The flight was 40 hours. At the airport was a large group of people that sent them off, with tears of joy. We prayed for them, in Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and Japanese. As you know he is going to Japan, in direct response to a missions’ call he felt seven years ago. He has been diligent to learn as much Japanese as he can, and can communicate quite well already in this difficult language. He can read its three alphabets, one of which is made up of 3200 Chinese pictograph symbols. Thanks for sowing into this effort with your giving and prayer. We are eternally grateful!
Can you believe that this child here pictured in 2000 on the cover of COMMISSION MAGAZINE, as a “LESSON IN MIRACLES”, is going to Japan as a missionary, with a 1 year religious worker’s visa?
And to think that you all had a part in all of this!
OFF THEY GO!! Asuncion Paraguay, 2/28/2012
Commissioning service # 3, CAMPO GRANDE Church, Asunción…
Thanks again! , Pr Timothy, Iracema and
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Oct. 12, 2011
Dear friends and prayer supporters,
Greetings from Hot, Muggy, Rainy, HUMID!! Paraguay! J
It is beautiful here as the spring time is upon us, and the ORCHIDS!! are in full bloom.
We have been back in Paraguay now for about 3.5 months. We are moved into a different residence, and are happy with it. We have already seen 3 of our neighbors come to Christ, and have begun the process of discipling them. Their names are: R@@@@, G@@@@, his common-law-wife, (yes we have told them they need to get married), :-) and our next door neighbor V@@@. Please pray for them. They are BABY CHRISTIANS, and have many needs…
We have moved across the country to the capital city. It has about 1.6 million people in it, including its sister or satellite cities. It is a HUGE PLACE OF LOSTNESS. There is so much to do that oft-times it OVERWHELMS us. We have moved about 6.5 hours away from where we used to live on the other side of the country, where Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, converge. That area is called the tri frontier area. Life there is VERY DIFFERENT than here.
The church we started there, called LA ROCA, THE ROCK, BAP CH, is flourishing under the new pastor we helped develop, and mentor. He was ordained under our ministry. He is doing a good job as a young pastor. Please do pray for him. His name is David…
We are working as mobilizers of Baptist work here. This means that we are trying to ascertain where the pockets of lostness remain in the country, and direct missionary efforts their way. Please pray for us as we get more and more settled into this new position. Every Sunday we try to be in 1-2 new churches, and preach many of these times. We have seen about 45 professions of faith in Christ in services we have preached in since we have arrived. To God be all the glory!
Special thanks for all the generosity and love you all have shown to us over the years, in supporting us in so many ways…
Steven is with us here, and is steadily whittling away at his ONLINE BA degree. He is also working hard on Japanese, and is working as a helper in the Japanese church here. He is also studying piano at a local conservatory. As many of you know he spent two weeks in Japan, in June, and had a great and blessed time. He was invited back for a 3-6 month internship, in a local church plant in Shiojiri, Nagano Province. He will work as a musician, interpreter, and an English teacher for children. They will provide him room, and board. We have to see how we will provide for his passage from Paraguay, to Japan and back, but we know that the Lord will provide… If you would like to help him with this, please write and let us know… firstname.lastname@example.org
John Glenn has now graduated with his MA in Public Administration, and is working at a local non profit in San Bernardino, Ca. He is also producing music, and has a band called The New Division, that is steadily becoming more and more famous. He writes a lot of songs, and was even featured the other day in a blog, on the LA TIMES entertainment site… We are proud of him.
Julia continues to live and work in Norfolk, and is an EXCELLET teacher of special Ed kids. This is her passion, and she works hard at it. She also does a lot of consulting work to help families that have kids diagnosed with this challenging condition.
My Dad: (Glenn); He is doing well, and just celebrated a few days ago, his 84th birthday! He finally retired from the university he taught in for about 50 years and is enjoying some “down time”. J We are very proud of the Christian heritage that our parents gave us; Three of the four of them are now in His presence. Life on this planet is short. The dictum, made by missionary CT STUDD many years ago “Only one life will soon be past, only what is done for Christ will last”!, is so true!
-For new Christians, Vicci, Rodolfo, Graciela, Lourdes, and about 45 others that we do not know the names of, that have come to faith in Christ under our evangelistic preaching the past 3 months. Please pray for the pastors and other Christian workers as they do the essential follow up. The first three on the list live 50 feet or less from us, and we are discipling them personally…
-For four little girls that ALL made professions of faith, last Sunday in a little town called Ypacarai. Their names are: Noelia, Maria de los Angeles, Gaudelupe, and Lourdes. They are between the ages of 8-11 years old.
- For Steven’s trip to Japan, and for the needed things to fall into place to make this dream a reality. For the Chinese and Philippine pastors that have made this opening come to be, under the Lord's direction.
-For discernment and clarity as we do this new job, and try to understand how to help point Paraguayan pastors to the areas of lostness in their countries that need to be addressed.
-For us to have a PASSION for the lost that are ALL AROUND US. For us to have a Divine FERVOR that only He can give!
In closing please allow us to THANK ALL of you who through your generosity and faithful giving to the Cooperative Program, (CP), and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) make possible our being able to put feet to our call and stay here in Paraguay.
In about 4 months we will have spent 22 years here, in both Uruguay, and now Paraguay. If it had not been for people like you all who love the Lord and MISSIONS, this would not have been possible.
From your fellow servants in HIS HARVEST, in His love and grace,
EF. 6: 18-20
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Dear friends, Family, and Praying partners,
Greetings to you all, in the PRECIOUS name of Jesus! We are on furlough, and are in Southern California. We arrived on the 3rd of July, and have encountered a whirlwind of activity ever since! In the 4.5 months we have been here, w have shared about 100 times, in churches, Sunday Schools, at women’s meetings, with Children, at On Mission Celebrations, etc, etc. We have been, in Va. 3x, in Alabama, in Mo., in Ia., and in many parts of the great state of California. We have also been to a 2.5 day training event put on by security experts, called contingency training. This is to help us be better prepared to minister in a world that is ever more dark, sinister and dangerous.
SINCE OUR LAST PRAYER GRAM: WE finished up 4 years in E. PARAGUAY, and celebrated the planting, of the LA ROCA church. It is now being pastured by David Barudi. He is someone that I discipled and mentored for about 18 months, prior to this change. He was ordained a few days prior to our leaving Ciudad del Este. He has about 95 or so people in and attending the church, and he is doing a fine job in leading them.
OUR TIME IN THE USA, JULY 3rd, - NOV 25TH, 2010. We have spent a lot of time, in visiting churches, in several states. We have shared in large and small churches, and in conventional, and associational events. We have shared in women’s meetings, and were even at the annual meeting of the CAL. SO. BAP. CONVENTION. We have shared up to 3x on a given Sunday. We have seen God move mightily, and have even seen professions of faith in our services. We are coming into an INTENSE time of speaking, now that we are into the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering season, time. Please pray for us as we attempt, with the Lord’s aid, to put a clear mission’s challenge before God’s choice people.
OUR TIME WITH OUR CHILDREN; We were able to visit on two occasions with Julia, and Jason, in VA. We also spent a week touring with them, the E SEABOARD, and especially enjoyed the time we could spend at a friend’s cottage along the beach in Maine. How blessed a time that was. We also were in VA last week, and celebrated an early TG with them. They are working hard; she as a special ed. teacher, and he as a mortgage banker. We are proud of them, and their accomplishments…
John Glenn, our middle son, moved in with us, on Nov. 1st, and will be with us for the next 7 months. He will graduate with his Master in Public Administration, (MPA), on Dec 17th. We are proud of him. He has worked hard. To have 3 college degrees at his early age is a real accomplishment. (He turned 23 in June). If you want to send him a letter of encouragement, or a grad card, his address is: John Glenn Kunkel, 7431 Magnolia AVE, Apt. # 205, Riverside, CA, 92504
Steven is doing well, and loves SO. CAL. He and JG have visited many of the local sights, and have even gone to Hollywood. Follow him on Facebook, if you want to see some of the places he has gone. He updates a lot of things onto his account there. On FB look him up via his email address; email@example.com He is now playing the keyboard at Immanuel Baptist Church in their Spanish speaking worship service. He is doing well, has a lot of friends, and has taken a class at the local community college on rebuilding hot rods. He has made a great friend, in adopted “Uncle Karl”, and has taken this class with him.
He will take several other college classes in the spring, both from a local community college, and the U WISCONSEN. He is planning to return to Paraguay with us, on July 3rd, of 2011 when our furlough ends.
MY DAD: Many of you will remember that last Christmas, in a span of 12 days both Iracema and I lost our mothers. This was a HARD time for us. Thanks for upholding us in your prayers. We have gotten through the year well. As the one year anniversary of their passing draws near, please pray for us as we still grieve but sorrow NOT as those who have no hope. My dad is doing quite well. He still goes a few hours per day to his office at a Chrsitian University, and walks and goes to the gym, almost daily. He has many friends and familial support, in my two sisters and one of my nieces. For this we are most thankful. I have been with him 2x so far, this furlough, for extended times, and will see a lot more of him, in the next 7 months. Please pray for him, especially over the holidays, and on the 1 year anniversary of my mom’s passing, Jan 2nd, 2011.
THE NEXT 7 MONTHS: We will continue to speak, and share about missions. We will also continue to study Guarani, the indigenous language spoken by many Paraguayans, as their heart language. I will also try and learn as much about the demographics, both physical, and even spiritual, of this country we call our home. In July of 2011 we will not be returning to the E part of Paraguay where we lived the past 4 years. Instead of that we will be moving to the capital city, Asuncion, and will be moving into a new job. We have been asked to work as mobilizers in Paraguay, and have accepted this post. As such, we will work with Baptists, and with other evangelical Christians, to try and help them reach their own country for Christ. Please pray for us as we make this significant change. Please also pray for our spiritual children, and grandchildren, in the USA Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay, that we have seen come to the Lord in over 26 years of ministry.
- For our children. For John Glenn, as he finishes his MPA, and looks for work, and considers the next steps in his life and career.
-For Julia, and Jason, as they live and work in VA.
-For Steven as he stays with us, and prepares to return to Paraguay, with us in 7 months. For Steven’s ministry in music at the Hispanic congregation, and for an up coming mission trip he will make with a group of believers from IMMANUEL BAP CH, in early December to Mexico. Pray for safe travels, and a blessed time there.
-For us as we speak and share.
-For mobilization for missions in Paraguay, and around the world.
-For my dad, and all our family, in the passing of our mothers.
-For Pastor Raul Martinez of Uruguay who also recently lost his mother. For his entire family, especially his father Don Faustino Martinez.
-For Pastor Moreno and Emilia, pastors of several of the churches we helped establish in Uruguay, during the years of 1990-2005.
-For the LA ROCA Church, in Paraguay, and its pastor David, his wife Natalia, and their son Victor. Also for the young leaders we helped to develop and disciple. That they might continue to be faithful…
OUR SINCERE THANKS; as Thanksgiving has arrived, and Christmas draws near, how THANKFUL WE ARE. We have been in ministry now for 26 years. We have been with the International Mission Board of the So. Bap. Convention, almost 21! God has been SO GOOD, kind and GRACIOUS to us. Without you all, lovingly supporting us in prayer, giving through the Cooperative program, and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, none of this would have been possible. We want to say a sincere THANK YOU to you all…
We love and appreciate you all!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!
TIM, IRACEMA, AND THE KIDS,
Thursday, June 3, 2010
“Últimos consejos a la Amada Iglesia, LA ROCA”
6/6/2010 Pr. John Timothy Kunkel
Se encuentran en:
-Deut. 6: 4-5 Amen a Dios con TODO EL CORAZON… Deut. 6:12; No olviden de donde El nos sacó. La conversión significa CAMBIO.
-Deut. 6: 20. Transmite, y testifique lo grande que el Señor ha hecho a la nueva generación.
-Deut. 5:31 Capte la visión, Pastor David, y transmítela al pueblo. Tu tenés que ser, por la iglesia que pastoreas, el arquitecto del Ethos Apostólico! (Vea Edwin McManus), Pr. De la Iglesia MOSAIC de Los Ángeles, CALIFORNIA, USA.
-I Cor. 11:1. Siguen pastores y lideres mientras ellos siguen a Cristo. NUNCA siguen ciegamente ni un pastor; ni al Pr Timothy, ni al pastor David, ni a ni uno. Vele por sus vidas, y apoyen a ellos; ayúdenles a ellos a ser hombres I Tim, 3, y Tito 1.
- 11 Tim. 2:2, Pase la visión a las generaciones venideras. (Vean Pablo y su deseo, de transmitir la misma visión, y forma de vida, a por lo menos 4 generaciones que le iban a seguir.) Pablo, muchos testigos, hombres fieles, y otros.
-Mat. 28;18-20 No olviden que es la misión de la Iglesia. Hacer discípulos Panta ta Ethne; a todos los 12,000 grupos étnicos del planeta, 2,000 de los cuales que aun no saben NADA de Jesucristo! Hechos 1:8. Poder expansivo, explosivo. Lucas 19:10 Busquen los perdidos.
-Reino de Dios es como una semilla de mostaza; comienza chico. Sean UDS, buena semilla. Algún día será grande esta Iglesia y escondrijo de las “aves del cielo”. Nótense que hay aves de todo tipo! Sean pacientes los unos con los otros! J Vean, Mat. 13;31. Pregunta, que clase de ave mejor te caracterizaría?? Un cuervo, buitre, un golondrina? Otra?? J
-I Tim. 3: Sean todos cristianos con las características descriptas aquí. Seamos CREYENTES RADICALES. Cambiados y agentes del cambio. No olviden de tus votos que han hecho con el Señor.
-Ef. 5:8 ANDAD como hijos de Luz… Que sus vidas sean radicalmente diferentes de las vidas de los que no tienen a Cristo. Los no creyentes te están mirando! Antes UDS eran tinieblas! Ahora son LUZ en el Señor !!
-I Cor. 15:58 Ser firmes (no fuleros) y constantes (no inconstantes). Abundando en la obra del Señor. No será en vano! De esto estoy segurísimo!
-I Juan 2:15 No améis al mundo. (Agape cosmos). Codicias; deseos de la carne, de los ojos, y orgullo! HUID de las pasiones juveniles!! (I Tim. 6;11, y 11 Tim, 2;22). Ombovú camisá lomo! Que no haya ni el olor de escándalo alrededor de UDS, tus flias, y la amada iglesia! Judas 1:23. Pórtense varonilmente!, y esforzaos! 1Cor. 16:13
-I Ped. 2;11 Ser ciudadanos del cielo. Peregrinos. Heb. 11;13.
- Mat. 6;21 Hagense tesoros en el cielo. Mande el $ a “casa”! Ser generosos con la obra del Señor. Vean el libro de Randy Alcorn, The Treasure Principle. “El Principio del Tesoro.”
- I Tim. 4:12 Ser un ejemplo en todo; palabra, conducta, amor, espíritu, fe y pureza.
-Ef. 6;18; Orar por mi!! Por nuestra flia, Por el Pastor David, por su flia, por la iglesia, Oren sin cesar. Ser personas de oración. Los diez minutitos por día, típica del evangélico, de hoy en día, NO ES SUFICIENTE!
-11 Tim. 3:1 No sea una iglesia con comezón de oír. Car = , Mucha adoración/alabanza, poca predicación, mucho movimiento, pocos resultados; mucha palabrería de prosperidad, y poco de la cruz; del sufrimiento, (Mat. 16;24).
-Juan 15; Permanecer, permanecer, permanecer!! Sin ser ligado a la Vid, NADA PODES HACER!!
-Apoc. 3: Ser caliente, no tibio, con el Señor. La frieza espiritual causa ASCO a Dios!
-Ser pacientes con los demás hermanos. Hay gente DIFICIL acá! Uno de ellos soy yo!! “Ruego a Evodia y Síntique que sean de un mismo sentir en el Señor”. (Fil. 4:2) Busca la paz con todos…Solícitos en guardar la unidad del Espíritu en el vínculo de paz. (Ef. 4:3)
- Gen. 26:25 Ser personas con un altar de material, “vivir” en carpas de piel, y hacer unos pozos, por favor!! Sean como los fundadores de la fe: Vean Abraham, Isaac, y Jacó.
-Divierten se!!! La vida Cristiana es UNA ADVENTURA!! Vean la palabra GOZO, en Filipenses. Nótense que pablo en esta Epístola usa las palabras gozo o regocijarse 16 veces, en 104 versículos!
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