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August 2011

Launching the Wright Way A story of our beginnings On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. So what does this have to do with our ministry? Well, it's the way that it all came together that we relate to. Their goal was an airplane all along. Through a series of breakdowns and breakthroughs, success was achieved.

July 1st-9th Traveled to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for Kenny's mom. Cancer has returned.

Our goal is to get to Albania by Easter 2011 and to do so we need to spend the next several months gathering support, both prayer and financial. Though we have been free from jobs since June, it's a been a bit of a tough start. We got started, but were unable to follow-up with several things because of relocating and getting settled in Trilla with Heather's parents. But the primary focus of our last month and a half, has been Kenny's mom. She has some major health concerns that require all of the family's assistance. Please keep her, and all of our family in your prayers. Though the mission is not off the ground, we are heading in the "Wright" direction. We are keeping what has gone well in talking with people and refining the not-so-good. We are learning and growing. We have been blessed already by some really great partners who are praying and giving sacrificially. One couple has decided to forgo smart phones to free up budget space and another a lunch after church once a month. Is the work worthy of it? Absolutely! It's the workers (us) that struggle with the worthy part. We know we’re not, but the Spirit in us is.

Snapshot from our presentation to First Christian Church of Kewanee.

July 10th-15th Kenny was the main speaker at Covenant Presbytery (Cumberland Presbyterian Church) senior high camp. The theme for the week was "Radical" based on the the book by David Platt.


Plowing Ahead Looking forward and looking back Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” - Luke 9:62 This seems to be a straight forward call to look ahead and not behind. The context of the verse is that of Jesus almost intentionally talking three men out of following him. These are not parables but real people who desired to follow Jesus but had other concerns or things to deal with first. The conclusion is the statement from Jesus above explaining the nature of following him and serving in the kingdom of God.

August 1st - 7th Roamed around Kewanee, IL sharing the call with potential partners. On Sunday, August 7th we presented to our home church during the Sunday School hour.

For us, this is especially difficult right now. Kenny's mom was fighting cancer but has since decided to stop fighting and aim for comfort and quality as the cancer is not responding to treatment. She is in hospice care and not feeling pain but essentially requires twenty-four hour care. She is in Peoria and we have been involved in caring for her as well as desiring to spend as much time as possible with her before she passes. As if we didn't know intellectually that we need to depend on the wisdom of God, we are getting a glimpse of what it truly means now. We are intent on serving the kingdom of God and as part of that we are asking the question how does caring for Kenny's mom fit in with the demand of this important service? We are aiming for Easter and we feel there is plenty of time to do that even with this delay. However, we dare not be guilty of "looking back". It is a delicate balance especially as some of Kenny's family could (and rightly) be offended deeply if we were to look fully ahead at the cost of time and sharing the work of caring for his mom.

Check our prayer calendar on the website for daily requests.

So far we have sided on caring instead of focusing entirely on our support raising efforts. A lot of things (this newsletter) are products of the time we have while caring for Kenny's mom. We are in prayer about what God would have us do and where we should spend our time. Feedback on this would be greatly appreciated and we always solicit advice from others, because

"Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed." - Proverbs 15:22 So if you have any insight on this, we'd love to hear it, meanwhile please pray for Kenny's mom as she is dealing in some deep waters facing her and also Kenny's sister and aunt who are also spending themselves in her care. It is a tough job!

A Recap for Prayer: 

Kenny’s mom and her care/ comfort.

Our support raising efforts in light of family obligations.

Wisdom and guidance in spending our time.

We first thank God through whom every good thing comes. It is by the many people praying and giving that this is possible. We want to be constantly thanking and honoring God along with those whom we are blessed to be connected to by this mission.

Contact Us | Phone: 309-716-4416 | haggards@raisealbania.org


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