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He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15
Kidder Family (Mike, Cindy, Nick, Whitney, Shaniqua, Jerryane and Jerome) (Not pictured: Leann and Ashley).
We began our journey in Belize near the remote village of Gales Point in 2012. Our purpose was to support the local pastor ministering to the village. During our stay God opened both our hearts and eyes to our long term mission. God introduced four children into our lives in such a way that we could not just walk away. In 2014 we became foster parents to Whitney, Shaniqua, Jerryane, and Jerome. It is now 2018. God has provided us with a home here in Belize that is large enough for many more children (up to 10 total without being cramped). We have opened our home up through Human Services to be a safe haven, a shelter, a family for children in need. Sharing the love of Christ to those who have been forsaken. From emergency, short term and possibly long term foster care; these children are our ministry.
Hello! We are Kevin, Imelda, Milla, Alexandra and Ariana McDaniel.
We strive, first and foremost, to be servants of Jesus Christ!
In 2016 we obeyed the Lord's call to fulfill the great commission in Central Mexico.
With the support of our sending church Jesus Community Church in Stevensville, Montana, and a handful of other praying believers, we came down here not knowing fully what God had planned for us, just that we believed in our hearts that He wanted us to come!
We were originally invited to serve at an orphanage in Tepic, Nayarit called Casa de Niños (House of Children).
We served there for the first 6 months or so, then started to feel that God wanted us to begin moving in another direction. There is a God-fearing couple that has been working to build a ministry/business that would be a financial help to Casa de Niños, and also be a place for missionaries, pastors, etc to relax and rejuvenate.
The ministry is called Fishin' Mission Adventures. It is a sport bass fishing business located about 50 miles from Tepic on Aguamilpa reservoir.
It is very remote and "off-grid" (although we do have solar power and internet), and surrounded by very rugged mountainous terrain. These mountains are populated by an indigenous people group called the Huichol. They speak their own language which pre-dates the arrival of the Spanish! Many of them speak Spanish as a second language, but the further one travels into the mountains, the less Spanish is spoken. Over the last year, Fishin' Mission Adventures has begun to reach out and get to know some of our Huichol neighbors, and we have discovered that there is a village about 20 minutes by boat, followed by a 30 minute hike, where there is a decent sized Christian community! We have been able to help them out a bit by providing many of them with paying work doing construction and other projects on the ministry property. This has helped immensely in our quest to build relationships!
The Huichol are largely un-reached with the gospel, and are steeped in ancient native religion including much witchcraft, animal and nature worship, and it is often mixed up with a twisted form of Catholicism. As a result, there is a palpable spiritual oppression, and resistance to the gospel. Ephesians 6:12 comes to mind often!
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places". KJV
In the interest of being a more effective witness, I feel the Lord is leading me to begin learning the Huichol language. It is not easy! But God, through the prayers of our faithful prayer warriors, has provided a tutor for me who is a native pastor, and is very excited in my interest!
We still serve part time at the orphanage, but our main focus at this time is up at the lake.
We live in a very poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Tepic, and are involved in a local church. We enjoy visiting with our neighbors and seeking out opportunities to actively pursue them for the gospel! It has been interesting to see how people's perceptions change over time as they get to know us! (many Mexicans assume that all Americans are rich, racist snobs)
Thank you for taking the time to read this and get to know us a little bit! We encourage you to seek out opportunities to share the gospel where ever God has you!
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