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New Year

14 Dec 2016

Dear Praying Friends,

What a year! The world changed in 2016. Your family no doubt changed. There are always discouragements – but also many victories (John 16:33).

A few areas where Sherry and I have been blessed in 2016:

  1. Family. Two new great-grandsons were born into our family! That makes five great-grandchildren, and ten grandchildren – truly “time flies when you’re having fun.”
  2. Health. Sherry’s health has improved greatly! Thanks so much for your prayers. She is feeling very energetic, and is becoming much more influential in the ministry again.
  3. New Missionaries. (1) Our grand-daughter, Elisabeth, has been approved as a missionary to Uganda. We are so proud of her! (2) A new single lady missionary has joined our team to oversee the orphan ministries. Please pray for Aleks Stogsdill as she moves to Kenya next month.

Some specific areas of much needed prayer:

  1. School. Our Christian school’s continuing financial struggles.
  2. Election. 2017 is an election year in Kenya. There has been terrible violence before and after previous elections. Tribalism is a growing threat to Kenya’s stability.
  3. Traffic. It might seem like a weird request, but almost every long-term Kenya missionary we know has been involved in a serious road accident. The situation is getting worse. As I wrote this letter, news broke over a tragic crash which claimed 43 lives!

May God bless you and yours with a very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year!

In His amazing grace,

Jerry & Sherry Daniels

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November Update

29 Nov 2013

After several months of recovery from surgeries during which our activity level was slower than usual, Sherry and I got back into action! We participated a great Mission Conference in Orlando. What a WONDERFUL conference it was! Truly unbelievable how the people gave us the royal treatment! After months of feeling rather useless it was a huge encouragement!

But the night before the conference climax on Sunday Sherry slipped in the hotel bathroom and broke 2 ribs! (Didn’t know they were broken until the next Wednesday). I don’t know how she got through Sunday services and then a lunch meeting with another pastor on the way home. She’s a tough one! That Monday through Wednesday were intense days! We spent almost the whole night in the Emergency Room Monday night because Sherry’s pain was so bad, and she could hardly breathe. We finally got a definitive x-ray and diagnosis on Wednesday. The doctor showed us the broken ribs, gave her strong pain meds, and warned her to keep trying to breathe deeply to avoid pneumonia. But he assured us that she was stable, even though she felt otherwise!

Then on Thursday I LEFT her! Well… I left her with her brother and his wife and I took off for some previously booked ministry obligations. My heart was torn! But there wasn’t anything I could do for her except show sympathy and speak encouraging words — which her dear brother and his wife did so well (THANKS Ray & Sharyn!)

Two weeks of pretty intense visits to churches, meeting with pastors and committees, etc. were very successful! I thank God for His grace and strength!

Now I’m finally back with Sherry and am happy to report that she is doing significantly better. The doctor said that it would take 12 weeks to completely recover (gulp! That’s 3 months!), and that she would not really notice a lot of improvement for 8 weeks. Well the Lord has been merciful, and after 3 weeks she has noticed significant pain reduction! She still has pain just above the back surgery site of 2 years ago — and we have scheduled a followup appointment to get that checked out again. Otherwise, she is doing much better.

We had hoped to leave for Kenya already. But this injury has delayed us a few more weeks. Please pray for Sherry’s full recovery. I’m not sure if it’s theologically correct, but I do feel that God can answer prayers retroactively! 🙂

May God bless you for your concern!

In His amazing grace,
“The Daniels in the Lion’s Den” – Kenya

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Ministry Update

09 Oct 2013

Thanks so much for your prayers for our medical furlough time. Jerry’s new knees are doing very well. It’s great to be able to climb stairs again! Sherry’s back and hip pains are much better after cortisone injections.

We are so grateful for our faithful supporters who have continued praying and giving during this trying time.

Meanwhile, over in Kenya: There are many national trials, as our country tries to cope with increasing terrorism and thuggery. Please keep Kenya in your prayers. Ministry-wise: God continues to bless! One of our youth camps recently saw 30 youth saved and baptized, just to mention one example.

Also, under Andrew Lettsome’s tireless efforts, the newest center in the North is progressing forward. A water project and a new building for ministry at Laisamis will be valuable assets in winning the hearts of the community. Your prayers for the Lettsomes are much appreciated. Also, the African family who are working with this ministry on the ground, Peter and Rose Katonga, need much prayer and encouragement. The Katongas have moved to that area by faith. We admire them greatly.

With much gratitude,
Jerry and Sherry Daniels

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To all of our praying friends

10 Jul 2013

Thanks so much for your prayers for my knee replacement surgery. After 3 months of recovery I’m happy to be getting around almost normally. It has been slower than I would have hoped, but thank God that there were have been no major complications! Also, Sherry will not need a cornea transplant at this time. She still has a couple of other health issues which we are working through, and would appreciate continued prayer for her.

Meanwhile, over in Kenya, God is blessing! An inspiring report from the remote Northern area of Kenya, where Peter and Rose Katonga are serving: Every Sunday about 100 adults and over 200 children gather under a tree for services in Natala Village near Laisamis. Ethic animosity is an ongoing problem in this area. Recently, a young ‘warrior’ was killed by another ‘warrior’ from a neighboring clan. Pastor Katonga was called to perform the funeral. Just as they finished the burial an armed raiding party decesended upon the scene. Pastor Katonga related the terrifying story in detail, but bottom line: God delivered them from harm! He quoted Psalm 23:4, which was literally fulfilled in his life that day. We have deep admiration for our courageous brethern, like Peter and Rose, who have been willing to leave their familiar homes and follow God’s calling into the wilderness with the Gospel message of reconciliation!

Similarly, Andrew & Abby Lettsome, our young missionary partners in the Mt. Kenya ministry, have left the comforts and safety of America focusing heavily on unreached area of Northern Kenya. They continue to show the wisdom and commitment of seasoned veterans! It’s hard to believe that they’ve only been on the field for two years! Right now they need a rugged 4WD vehicle for their ministry. The cost of even second-hand 4WDs in Kenya is staggering. We would be grateful for your prayers for this need.

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Jerry & Sherry Daniels

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