The Kennedys

The Kennedys
Stephen, Angel, Caoimhe &Taylor

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

There are times in our lives as Christians we go through trials and tribulations that we may not understand at the present time. But, there will come a time when God will reveal his mighty hand at work. We had a one of those times in our personal lives.
On October 20th, 2008, after returning home from a meeting with Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, OK. We decided to take a short nap to help with the “jet lag” after flying into Atlanta. After the short nap, Angel and I started unpacking while Taylor and Coaimhe went outside to play with the neighbor kid. Within a short time Taylor come into the house crying and complaining of his left side was in a large amount of pain. He then explained that he and the neighbor were jumping from the bed of a parked pick-up in front of the house. The last jump Taylor didn’t make it all the way and caught his foot on the inside bed and fell straight down onto the street curb. With that, I thought at the most he had broken his rib on the left side. After much persuasion from Angel, we decided to take him to the local urgent care facility. The doctor quickly realized it wasn’t a minor broken or bruised rib but something much more serious. His paperwork was filed and faxed to the nearby hospital and we were strongly instructed to make our way to the emergency room.
Soon after we arrived at Henry Medical Center’s emergency room, the nurses made preparations for a CT scan. It didn’t take long for the CT scan and within 10 minutes the results were in and the doctor was in the room. The results from the doctor wasn’t good and the hospital had already called for an emergency Medi-flight helicopter to take Taylor to Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, GA for emergency survey to remove his left kidney that had been fractured in two pieces.
After much prayer and a very long prayer chain stretching from nation to nation all around this big world, the doctors noticed an unusual blood clog had formed between the two fractured pieces and the surgery was put off until further notice.
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Children’s Hospital of Atlanta decided it would be best for us to stay in the hospital for at least a week for observation. During that week we stayed in constant prayer and communication with the team of doctors. A few more CT scan were performed and with every scan, the doctors were in unbelief, the kidney was improving. With all the improvements and a week long observation we were released to go home (with strict instructions of course). The doctors wanted to see his progress next year and with much pessimism informed us the kidney will be removed due to puberty. The doctors didn’t see much of a chance for full recovery when his hormones and blood pressure starts to increase as he is going puberty.
As the year was moving along we have made major changes in our lives. During the past year we have flown to the mission field and labored for two weeks, moved from our house into a conversion van to start our deputation full time. We have traveled from the east coast to the west coast and have been in nearly 250 churches presenting our desire to be in Ireland as missionaries. During the last year we were always in prayer and mindful of Taylor’s condition, but we knew we were in the center of God’s perfect will for our lives and fully trusted Him with everything.
On January 30th, 2010 another CT scan was done and the results were much different now! Are you ready?………The scan showed the same left kidney was now a fully functioning kidney and has restored itself to a full operational organ. 

A secondary opinion was made by using an ultrasound and again the ultrasound showed a good amount of blood flow throughout the kidney.
The reason for writing this letter was only to give the glory to a Trice Holy God that still has His hands in all affairs of man. God only wants the best for His children but at the same time God wants us to grow in His grace and His perfect will. One must be saying now, “But I love God and I’m in His perfect will for my life and all I have been seeing is trials and tribulations”. Psalms 46:10 says: “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Never forget that there is a God in Heaven that so loves the world that He gave His all so that we (weak and inferior) would spend eternity with Him in His majesty. It’s a promise and truth when the Lord tell his children that He will never leave thee nor forsake thee.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

God's Amazing Power!

As probably most knows that Taylor had an accident a year and half ago and split the left kidney in two!
He has done very well afterwards! The doctors told that it would not regenerate nor have a lot of blood flow in it! Eventually we would have to remove it! The kidney was being held together my a small blood clot!
Since have been on the road and doing more, he has complained of his back hurting and soreness! So when we were in El Reno, Ok. visiting family for the holiday, he was not feeling good and hurting so Steve took him to the hospital but they could look at him because of insurance being out of state!
We did the best for him and just watched him for a few days! We decided that would make him an appointment when we returned to Georgia!
We our next stop was Arizona! Steve has an aunt, cousin, and other family in Arizona! Steve wasn't sure whether to stop or not! It has been many years and it didn't know what it would be like! We stopped and he started talking to his cousin, Ronnie, and come find out that he is a CT, X ray, and Ultrasound tech!
Ronnie told to bring Taylor to the hospital where he works and he would scan Taylor for us!
(ready to shout yet, wait it gets better!)
The kidney is slowly growing back together and you can hardly see where the split is! There is a slight dent in the kidneybut there is blood flow! The kidney is about the same size as the other kidney and looking good!
We are so excited, he won't need it removed and every day the kidney is healing in a positive direction!
I am so glad we stopped to see family!!!!! Not only did we get Taylor scanned and not cost us a thing but we meet family that just loved us and took very good care of us for a week!
God is so good!

Another Blessing

Since we have been on the road full-time, we have seen many many blessings only God can bring. Today we received a blessing with a free oil change and Transmission tune-up with the great people at Transmission Dr. Plus in Bakersfield, CA. Go to my "Sponsor Link" to their website. Thank you to the fellows at Transmission Dr. Plus.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Greetings to all,

Thank you all for your prayers and support in our behalf. The deputation trial has brought much support and abundant love and care. In the last two months we have crossed seven states. Within those seven states we have had to opportunity to share the gospel with many people. The last two months we have been in twenty-four churches and I have preached the gospel in most of those. As a result of the meetings and door to door soul winning we have seen five souls come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
Every month we are seeing an increase in our monthly support. We give the Lord the glory for all He has provided. The children are adjusting well by maintaining all their home schooling studies while being on the road.
I must brag about a great group of God fearing Christians in Oalthe, CO. The church is made up of four families and no pastor. The church believes the only way for God to bless them and for them to grow is to support and love missionaries from all over the world. We were their first missionaries to come and now by their sacrifice these four families are supporting us for a monthly support. It’s these kind of people and churches that make America strong. The reason why we live in the greatest country of all the world is because of churches like this whom love God and God’s saints. They are small but God is much bigger than all our problems. He can reach down farther then we can reach and He can lift us up farther then we can lift ourselves. Thank you Lord for being such a great God!
Please continue in prayer and fasting as we continue in the battle for the cause of Christ. A wise old lady once told me, “people don’t walk close enough to the God these days to know your needs, you need to tell them your needs”. With that we do have needs while on the road. We are in need a of a box trailer, no longer than a 6X12 foot box. At this time we are traveling in a 1993 Chevy Conversion Van with all of our luggage and things tied down to the top and back door of the van. With the trailer we could eliminate a lot of clutter and space for easy travel. Also we are need of much prayer for safety while on the road. We have seen a large number of fatalities on the Highways and Byways in the last month. We thank the Lord for his Angels protecting us!

Once again, please do not forget us in your prayers and support. Our hearts desire is to be in Ireland laboring for our Wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ.

Serving in Christ’s name ,
Stephen, Angel, Taylor, and Caoimhe Kennedy