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Rob Kinnard is preparing to go to Lebanon for his yearly mission to serve the people there and to teach them more about the gospel of Jesus Christ.
A bon voyage is planned for 6 p.m., July 2, at BOTT Radio Station, 111 E. North Main in Richmond. The public is invited.
The program includes Dan Snell, director of public operations for BOTT Radio, who will give a very short commissioning message. Chris Wier, vice-president of International Sports Evangelists, will welcome supporters. Kinnard, president of ISE, will also welcome those who come to see him off.
“I’m leaving Richmond by myself this year. Most of our team have just returned from other missions or are preparing for other events this year,” said Kinnard.
Kinnard will miss two individuals that have traditionally stood alongside him on this mission. Chris and Cherith Wier have just recently returned from South Africa where they served as part of Christian Fellowship Ministries.
“Larry Nowicki, also an ISE team member, has been on a permanent mission in Lebanon since May,” Kinnard said. “He’ll take a furlough in December and return in January. It takes courage and faith to do this.”
Other ISE team members, John and Becky Wier, have a wedding to plan and Joe Nichols is now a fulltime pastor in Hale, Mo.
Kinnard may travel a portion of the distance solo, but he’ll join up with others that are serving with Living Faith Ministries for this trip.
“I’ll be a featured guest this time. My goal is to hand off the leadership of the Children’s Ministry and Sports Evangelism to the volunteers in Lebanon,” said Kinnard. “We’ve been equipping them for the past 10 years and it’s exciting to see they’re prepared to go to the next level of ministry. They’ll be taking care of it fulltime now.”
As for what’s on the horizon as far as he feels his mission involves, Kinnard said, “I’m looking at all options. I have an idea about some other projects with Living Faith Ministries, and I’ve been praying about going to Egypt to begin the same ministry we began 10 years ago in Lebanon.”
After the brief messages from the speakers, there will be prayer time for Rob. He’ll be serving as the Director of Children’s Ministry and Sports Ministry.
It was just two years ago that Kinnard and the ISE team found themselves unable to leave Lebanon during a particularly violent period of unrest in the country. A prayer vigil was held at First Baptist Church in Richmond that drew many to ask for the Lord’s hand in bringing the team home safely.
“During my trip to Lebanon, I’d like to ask that we pray for the doors to be opened to teach the gospel there, for the safety of my family, the people in Lebanon and me, and for the Lord’s hand to grant miracles there to win people for Him,” said Kinnard.
Refreshments will be served when prayer time concludes.
Photo: “Yo Baby Yo” in any language means fun.
Rob Kinnard and Cherith Wier, left, line up Armenian children for basketball handling games at a Summer Children’s Camp during the International Sports Evangelists ninth trip to Lebanon July 2008. (Submitted photo)