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With only 3 days left of our {40 Days of Prayer & Fasting}, God has answered one of the MAJOR requests on our prayer list.

Our house is SOLD and CLOSED just a few hours ago.

We suffered a big financial loss in the end but gained so much while it was our home. This house was our hiding place after Dustin’s death, a place where tears were shed and God’s direction was sought, where children and grandchildren laughed and made memories, where friends gathered, where bible studies happened, where Life Groups grew and shared, and where Penny’s photography business started and flourished.

It is a bittersweet moment.

Keeping the house cared for while we’ve been across the world has not been easy but as with all things, we did not do it alone. There are SO many who have blessed us with repairs, yard work, managing the property, etc.

Our thanks to our Realtor, who hung in there with us for what seemed like forever and gifted us in many ways. HUGE thanks to our friends, who have been our underpaid (ok, not paid) property managers; taken care of the house, directed roof repairs, and made sure yard work and repairs were done … all with giving and cheerful hearts that never ask for anything. To our renters who went “beyond” to lovingly care for it in our absence, and to those who’ve gone to our house to clean, to fall trees, to work on Aerobic systems and pack up stuff for storage,  just because they loved us … WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL!!

THANK YOU ALL for your many prayers and constant encouragement. We now feel free to move forward in whatever direction God should choose to move us in.

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  • Leslie Adamson - June 1, 2011 - 12:24 am

    Can’t wait to see your adventures. Best of luck to you! All things are good that include our Lord!ReplyCancel

  • Van Ro Sang - February 23, 2014 - 6:00 pm

    Dear brother, this is Van Ro from Myanmar. I would like to follow your facebook. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Penny - February 24, 2014 - 9:07 am

      Hello Brother ~ You are welcome to LIKE our page. If you’ll click on the link above, it will take you to our Facebook page. God Bless!ReplyCancel

When we made the decision to leave our home and work in Texas to join the work in Singapore, we knew there would be financial challenges, as well as, lots of details to work out … and there were. We had to sell most of our belongings, our vehicles, and most importantly our special-to-our-heart house. Unfortunately, we hit some roadblocks along the way. God had plans for our vehicles to be a blessing to others rather than to sell them and we were blessed by that, too. But .. because of situations beyond our control, our home did not sell before our leaving, either. We are so thankful that our son, Jared, was able to stay there and care for the house until he pursued a new job in Lubbock last March. When he left, we were blessed to have friends who leased the house with the intention of staying until at least the Spring of 2014. It seemed a good plan to let the house ‘rest’ until the market improved and the timing of the lease end would line up with our next furlough, so we could deal with re-listing it on our next trip home.

House As we are often reminded … God’s ways aren’t always our ways … and sometimes understanding what He is doing and for what purpose, isn’t easy. And so, with an unexpected job relocation, our renters will be moving in a few weeks and we’ve been seeking guidance of how best to line up with His plan. With much prayer and our limited wisdom, we are from across the world, in the process of readying and re-listing the house for sale. We really feel a need to sell the house instead of renting it, if at all possible. Either way, it’s not an easy task to accomplish from so far away.

It all seems so insignificant when compared to all the important issues that many are facing but we are feeling a little stressed and distracted by the burden of this. If you would, would you just ask the Lord’s favor on us? Would you ask the Lord to show His power … to bring a quick sale — at a great price?

Thank you for blessing us with your many prayers on our behalf. We know they will make a difference.

  • TXS - February 20, 2013 - 3:35 am

    We are privileged to pray in agreement with you for the rapid and profitable sale of your home, as well as for your mission work in Singapore.ReplyCancel

    • Penny - February 20, 2013 - 4:34 am

      Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

 

As we try to get our ‘today’ life caught up and recorded, we’ve have been looking back over the last few “Kendalls: On Mission” years and remembering the joys and the heartaches along the way. Traveling down memory lane has been a great reminder of the blessings and triumphs that He brought us on our journey. We are so thankful for those of you who joined us ‘real time’ and would be honored for any of you to take a little stroll with us while we reminisce …  Kendalls: On Mission ~ The Yester-Years.

The end of 2012 brought us back to the States for our first furlough since arriving in Singapore. We arrived safely on U.S. soil on November 4 after a non-eventful but very long 25-hr trip. Our hop across the world took us from Singapore to Seoul to Dallas … and finally to the beautiful faces of some of our children and grandchildren in Lubbock, Texas. For those of you who asked for details of our travels … here is an account of our crazy but wonderful trip home. For those of you who could do without them, feel free to leap to the end.

[November 4] ~ We hit the ground running from the moment we arrived. We got there just in time for Penny to join our daughter, Lacey, on her bridal shoot. Though her momma/photographer was not in charge, she was graciously allowed to grab a few lovely shots from the sidelines.

The next few days brought a little rest to conquer jet-lag, some special time with our son, Jared (and his sweet girlfriend), our daughter, Lacey, and son-in-law to be, Aaron, lots of snuggle time with the grand-girls, a beautiful bridal shower … and attendance at the Sunset International Bible Institute “50th Anniversary” Celebration. We were blessed to see a few old friends and to be encouraged by many of the men we hold dear as mentors and fellow workers in the Kingdom.

[November 12] ~ We left Lubbock in our little rental car to begin our some 4000 mile trek of reporting and visiting. Our first stop was Granbury and the Dallas/ Ft Worth area, where we enjoyed a great time with precious friends, saw various doctors and the dentist, took care of all kinds of ‘business’, were blessed by a lovely fellowship in our honor, met with the mission’s committees of our supporting congregations at Legacy Church of Christ and Keller Church of Christ … and spent a lovely Lord’s day with our sponsoring congregation at Saturn Road Church of Christ.

[November 19] ~ Off to Bryant, Arkansas, a town where we ministered several years ago. We spent a couple of days with special friends and several of our old church friends/supporters dropped by for a visit. We enjoyed lovely fellowship, constant encouragement, much laughter and lots of yummy home cooking! While there, Penny was honored to do a 1-yr birthday photo shoot for precious Jacob Dustin (who was named in honor of our late son, Dustin).  We sure missed seeing some of our special people there but it was a wonderful visit. Can’t wait to do it again!

[November 21] ~ Headed east via Memphis, stopped at Cracker Barrel to lunch with an old friend and then onto Dickson, Tennessee, where our youngest daughter, Kayli was waiting to meet us. We spent the Thanksgiving holidays with her and our oldest daughter, Courtney, hubby Adrian and 3 precious, rambunctious grand-boys. We stuffed in lots of hugs, giggles, photo taking, vision sharing, antique-shop hopping … and of course, the eating of more-than-we-needed traditional holiday food. Our time there wasn’t long enough!

[November 26] ~ Traveled south to Alabama for a visit with great friends and fellow workers in the Kingdom and to share our Singapore story with our supporters at the Summerdale Church of Christ.

[November 29] ~ Off (with a chest cold coming on) to Louisiana to spend a few days with our daughter, Amber, hubby Joel, and the last 4 grand-babies that we had not yet wrapped our arms around. We stopped in New Orleans to have lunch with Penny’s mom, little sister, and nephew … and to visit with her dad at the nursing home before going onto Sulphur. We stuffed in oodles of hugs and giggles there too, a lunch with a special friend, a mother/daughter play day, a birthday ice cream party for Penny, an attempt at a boy’s hunting day, some good Cajun food, and lots of late night talks. Wish there had been more time!

[December 4] ~ Piled 4 adults, 4 grandchildren and gobs of essential wedding paraphernalia into two vehicles and began our 12-hr journey back to Lubbock for THE BIG DAY. We met up there with the rest of the Kendall Klan and let’s just say … craziness ensued. The next few days were spent in the rush and excitement of wedding preparations (with many of us trying to push through the illness that was running rampant through all the families).

[December 8] ~ When the WEDDING day arrived, the bride was lovelier than ever, the weather was perfect, the decorations were simply beautiful, the ceremony (performed by her daddy) was touching and sweet, and the reception was festive and full of joy. God poured grace on all of our weary bodies and when it was over, our daughter had a new husband, we had a new family-in-love … and we were blessed.

[The Rest of the Story] ~ The day after the wedding, bronchitis and the flu officially won the battle. What happened for several days after that is a bit of a blur. There are vague memories of being wrapped in blankets, clutching boxes of tissue, sipping chicken soup, taking lots and lots of pills … and whining, a lot of whining!  Strep throat and two different strains of the flu systematically claimed almost all of the family that had been together. We would later come to refer to this time as the‘seriously, the worst we’ve ever felt’ period. We’re all just glad we lived through it!

Photo Credit: Amanda Grace Photography

Unfortunately, our plans to do more travel after the wedding had to be cancelled because of our illness and we stayed at our daughter’s house in Lubbock for the duration of our time in the States. Our time there, though much of it spent feeling icky, was such a gift. We had a wonderful, quiet Christmas with those we love and made our traditional holiday goodies together. We were blessed with more family time and grand-girl time than we thought we’d have. We enjoyed being together and getting to know the Bell family; the new extension of our crazy bunch (though it could be that they are as crazy as we are). We laughed and played (and played practical jokes on each other), gave lots of hugs and spoke words of encouragement, shared memories and made new ones. God has a way of blessing even the most inconvenient of circumstances.

We once read that “HOME IS WHERE YOUR PEOPLE ARE” and that couldn’t be more true for us. We’ve been to and lived in many places and in each one, have left people that are dear to our hearts. These last two months, we’ve been blessed to have gone home to the States and are so thankful for the time we had with our dear ones there; our family and so many of you. For those of you that we missed on our travels (or not-travels), we are surely sorry. We pray that God will make a way to see you soon.

In the meantime, we are thankful to have come home to Singapore and to be with our dear ones here. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for us all!