Friday, October 4, 2019


Summer trip to the Philippines

Classic snippet:  Had bible study Monday morning, then we were invited to see a school. When we arrived at the school they had gathered all of the students for a spontaneous assembly. And guess who the guest speakers are? Michelle and I. I not only was unprepared but under dressed for the role. Oh well...It's more fun in the Philippines.




 🎥 Silly movie about our trip this summer to the Philippines. 🎦







Wednesday, December 26, 2018

May the peace of the Prince of Peace reside in your heart during this season.  Look up, set your gaze on Him.  Pause, enjoy, and recognize all the good things.  May His presence be the best present, and fill you overflowing this Christmas season and always.


With Love and Merry Christmas!
Mark, Patti and Bekah


Maria is Patti's 
Best Friend from
Nursing School
This is her perspective...



A VISITOR'S PERSPECTIVE 
by Maria Hurty

“This is what love does…”  The refrain ran through my head over and over on my recent visit to the fishing village of Pandan. I’ve had the privilege of being there twice previously and this third trip was a joy!  Over the last ten years, I’ve witnessed much change and improvement in the village. They have running water!  Of course, the villagers still prefer the suspect well water which must be pumped and carried home but in time they’ll adjust to the safe and clean water being piped right into their homes!  

How beautiful to see the work of Zoe International continuing under the close watch of Mark and Patti and the competent care of the locals. In the Kenney’s absence, many have stepped up and the ministry continues!  Practical needs are being met, villagers are helped to find medical care and Bible studies are conducted consistently. Children are fed a nutritious after school snack at the clean, safe, joyful and loving playground provided and staffed by Zoe. Widows and orphans are provided for day after day and promising young adults are being sent to college. This is what love does…

The local church is getting a new roof, a widowed father’s children are being provided for as he goes off seeking work, the ladies attending Bible study all have new reading glasses in order to effectively study their Bible’s and the seven month old baby is no longer suffering from the simple untreated ring worm infection that had taken over his body causing him to lose his hair. This is what love does…

On my first visit to the Philippines, I met a young girl with rotted front teeth, an impressive lice infestation and a shattered, wounded heart. When she asked me to adopt her, my world was forever changed. It was not legally possible to adopt her and bring her home to my own family but over the years, five of my family have all travelled to meet her. She continues to be near to our hearts. She is now a college educated, licensed professional woman, providing a world for her own daughter which is love filled and safer than the one she grew up in. This my friends, is what love does!to be the full payment for our sins. 

This is Nora on the left, Maria's youngest daughter that went with us, 
And this is Annamae and her daughter Alexa.
Then Maria on the right.


Jesus repeats the words in Isaiah thus fulfilling them…
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, 
Because he has anointed me
To proclaim good news to the poor. 
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives 
And recovering of sight to the blind, 
To set at liberty those who are oppressed,
To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:18-19 

And then John says…
“In this is love, not that we have loved God 
but that he loved us and sent his Son 
to be the full payment for our sins.  
Beloved, if God so loved us, 
we also ought to love one another.”  
1 John 4:10-11

And so, as I settle back into my comfy American life of relative ease, I ask myself: “What does love look like in my own neighborhood?” Will I love the one hopelessly addicted to drugs, the annoying, neighbor kid, the co-worker who’s fallen out of love with her husband or the affluent couple who are lulled into a false sense of security, thinking they don’t need a savior?  

God’s love has done the work that only He can do in my own heart.  May I be able to look into my “village,” home and community and say:  “This is what only God’s love does…!”  May the Spirit of the Lord be upon me and upon you, anointing us to proclaim God’s good news to the poor, captive, blind and oppressed ones all around us.  


Monday, November 6, 2017

Celebrating One Year of Healing

Philippines




Patti was recently able to make a trip back to the Philippines.  She was greeted by Annamae, our oldest and first adopted daughter, with news that she passed her SW board exams!!! Now she is a licensed social worker.  We are so proud of her.  Patti’s heart was also warmed by how well the younger girls that we took in, Naneth, Tonette and Jonesa (whom are siblings), are doing in their new foster family.  They are well adjusted, secure, loved and doing great socially, academically, and spiritually.  They are very active in church and the two oldest are second highest in their classes.  This is a miracle because when we took them in they were illiterate. 


While in the Philippines Patti led three bible studies most days and was a part of baptizing three disciples.  Bible studies have continued in our absence, but they have become their own which is really a good and God thing.  Student sponsorship is doing well and each student is being responsible and growing.  The Subangan activity area continues with regular beach clean up.  This provides a safe place for the village children to play and hear bible stories.  It is our privilege to continue to be involved in the work in the Philippines even while we reside in the US.


United States

This summer we have had the opportunity to host missionaries passing through Oregon. First we got to see dear friends that date back to our early walk with the Lord.  They minister in Turkey.  We had a special time with them.  Then we hosted a Columbian missionary kid that was with us when we were in Trinidad.  He is now headed to China as a missionary.  We also hosted a previous DTS student from Trinidad that is headed back to South Africa for the third time.  Next we had the privilege to host and debrief our friend’s grown child that just returned from doing missions in 11 nations in one year!  He is already back out in the field.  Finally, the founders of Nehemiah House in the Philippines passed through on their furlough.  It has been fun to see the work the Lord is doing through these special people and to experience it in this season of His Grace.

Mark is healing up from his multiple injuries/surgeries and is continuing his therapy regime.  He is feeling much better, though he still has some limitat-ions and pain.  It is officially one year since our return to the US and his surgeries.  He continues to be creative and working on projects, helping neighbors, and volunteering.  He has made our place hospitable for hosting people.  He is already volunteering this school year with the drama department in Bekah’s high school.  He continues to have occasional speaking engagements.  We feel like this season is for giving Bekah stability in her high school years.

As soon as Patti returned from the Philippines she got to drive nearly 4,000 miles to Fresno, LA, San Diego, Tucson, El Paso, Phoenix, Palm Desert, Clovis, Red Bluff and back home again.  It is a long story.  But…by God’s grace many divine appointments happened along the way.  Sometimes what we see as an obstacle, having to drive to Texas to register our car and have it inspected, God uses as opportunities for blessing His people and furthering His Kingdom.  Thank you for loving us and praying for us through this season.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.       ~Rom 8:28

Whats UP??? (March 2017)


  Mexico  


Recently our family was able to join dear friends on their Spring Break Mission Trip to Mexico.  They do it jointly with a local school. 64 people in all went and built 4 houses in 4 days. We were able to help build a house for a family who tragically lost their house to a giant sink hole, along with 60 other families.

  Philippines  

Even though we are here our hearts are also in the Philippines. We are in contact and in touch almost daily with the great things that God is doing with these precious people. They finished with the fire rebuild and after the setback of the flood, things are up and running again at Subangan. Bible studies continue on.  We still have sponsored students who are doing great in school. We have one that has recently graduated with her degree in Social Work.  Thank you for your prayers and support for these students and the work there.


  United States  


Where we are is the mission field. The need for surgeries and rest has only created a new area to love and live. We are keeping our hearts open to what is around us.  This has led us to speak at many churches and meetings, to visit at people’s houses, and to join outreaches like Mexico. Good things are happening and we are so blessed to have you in our lives. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Winter Here and There

A lot has happened since our arrival in Oregon.  With the 3 surgeries, 5 incisions, 2 spinal injections behind us we have settled where Bekah has been attending school. We are daily focusing on rehab and recovery in order to get better in this season. We are reflecting and gathering old memories and working on documenting our life and story of following Jesus.  We have been traveling most weekends to connect with friends and family. Have had fun with a few rounds of snow since styling here.


 

In the Philippines all of the houses that were destroyed and damaged by fire have been rebuilt or repaired!!! 


The unfortunate thing is Agape house (ministry house) has been damaged. A flash flood swelled the river higher than it has been the entire time we have been there from monsoon rains that happened on Jan 16th, 2017. It was sunny in the morning and then unexpectedly in the afternoon the downpour started and continued. By night fall it washed away the sand under the house and now it is completely tilted into the river. The good news is it didn’t wash out to sea.
So there is a lot of good materials there. So we can rebuild on higher ground and start over again. So our greatest need is finances to hire workers. Right now there are volunteers doing it but it would be greatly appreciated if we could pay them. We don’t have finances for that right now. Could you help us out? Can mail a check to 
Zoe International Ministries
1026 Pruitt Place
Tyler, TX 75703
or you can use PayPal through our website...
http://zoetotheworld.com/connected.html
Thank you!!!

Workers
volunteering


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Day 14

Waking up with the final stretch in mind was great, having pain shoot through my body was not.  It was mixed feelings as we said good-bye to our friends. As in every place that we have stayed,  once again we did not want to leave our friends.  The good news is that we were only 3 hours away and closer to our family and one more day away from Bekah's play that she is in.  The drive was a little slower than we planned but we arrived in time for hugs and a home cooked meal. To be hugging family that in some ways felt like we had seen them last week, and in some ways has felt like five years. We enjoyed the evening like a bottle of Gatorade after a marathon.  We made it.



Thursday, October 27, 2016

Day 13


A leisurely relaxed morning was much needed as we awoke to a drizzly morning.  We were then blessed with another gourmet meal as we started the day.  Patti stayed at the house and worked on office work to keep everything running as she always faithfully does.  I got to enjoy seeing both of my friends at their work and see how they impact the world for Jesus.  He serves the community with his business with audio & visual equipment.  And she serves at a ranch the serves the community by loving on kids by using animals, crafts, and the beautiful outdoors.  It was great to watch and amazing to see the impact they have made all over the world in such a short time.  It was difficult to just watch, because everything in me wanted to help.  They did not need any help though, and my wrists and hands are still not able to do what I want them to because of the recent surgeries. I still wanted to help though as I watched them and God do amazing work.  The evening was epic as we played Mini House Golf and recorded a fun song on his music equipment.  And yes, Patti beat all of us like a dirty rug.