Attached and copied below is our latest ministry update. Thank you for all your prayers for Appalachian missions. Blessings, Kathie and Dewey Dewey and Kathie Aiken National Mission Service Corps Missionaries- NAMB Appalachian Regional Ministry
"March 1, 2017
Dear friends and family,
Today is a bundle-up-in-a-jacket day here in NC but tomorrow may be an open-all- the- windows day. So goes the unpredictable weather of late winter. I am just glad our God knows what is best for all of us. We pray all of you are well today.
It is hard to believe that February is gone. Oh my! We were blessed to have time last month to spend with Directors of Missions in twelve Appalachian associations in NC and SC. Each of these visits was a delight as we learned more about the needs of their churches. We also shared with them how their churches can go to other areas of Appalachia to minister. We took information about volunteer requests, Christmas backpacks, applications for food funds as well as encouragement bags for the director’s wives. We visited two new ministry centers which we really enjoyed.
Also last month we spoke in a partnering church in Lake Wylie, SC as well as attended our regional rally for NC Baptist Men. Two Saturdays we led training for associational leaders of Appalachian Christmas Outreach. The ideas and stories that our leaders shared about the 2016 events were fantastic! The plans are already in place for this year’s Christmas backpack outreach. We are now receiving the backpack applications from Appalachian ministries and will begin the partnering process soon. Pray that NC’s goal of 10,000 and our national goal of 65,000 backpacks will be reached. So many lives have been changed forever through the caring and sharing of God’s people…. we are so grateful.
Here in our Dunn’s Rock community we continue to nurture relationships and meet new neighbors. At our church, Todd Alewine shares the truth of God’s Word each Sunday in such an understandable way. Our people love it! We praise God for him and Sheila. We are praying for more willing workers to help us with the youth and children on Sunday afternoons. We need backup for when we must be away at other churches. Dewey helped lead a chili cook- off at the Dunn’s Rock Community Center Saturday night. There was good attendance at this event where neighbors spent a lot of time in conversation and enjoying a meal together. As president of the Community Center Board of Directors, he loves developing those relationships and encouraging others. This is his gift for sure!
We are making plans for several weeks of mission trips this year as well as leading breakouts at two large conferences in March. It pays to begin early to pray and develop plans as God leads. The planning, scheduling, conference leading is how God gifted me. We are grateful that God uses both of us in different ways to get the job done.
There will be more speaking in churches and associations as well as some travel to WV and possibly PA this month. We love the flexibility of spending time in different areas of Appalachia during different months. Each state is so special.
Thank you for all your prayers for us and all that goes on throughout Appalachia. We cherish your faithful support. Know that we pray for you as well.
We love you all,
Kathie and Dewey"