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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).