Archive for December, 2008

K2K: Kenny To Kenya

Dear Friends!

I know most of you that read this blog will already know about my trip, but I’m writing this to let you all know of my plans to go to Kenya on a church-based missions trip for 3 months!  I leave for the trip in approximately 44 days and I am getting so stoked.  Time is moving quickly and I’m tying up loose ends all over the place to make sure I’m able to go.

I’m posting this to let you know about my desire to share the love of God with people in Kenya, and also to ask for your support.  I hope that you can either pray for me or contribute financially to the K2K Trip Fund.  The following text is from a support letter I sent to several people via snail mail a few weeks ago.  If you didn’t get it, it’s probably because I don’t have your address (sorry!)   If you would like to  contribute online to the trip fund, there are instructions at the bottom of this post!  Thanks you so much for your prayers and support!  I hope to be an extension of God’s love to others in Kenya as many of you have been in my life.

Hello! I hope this letter finds you well. I want to share with you some of what God’s been doing in my life lately. Since moving to California 15 months ago, God has been using me as a Student Pastor in Poway and as part of a small church plant in downtown San Diego. The most recent call I have felt is toward missions. I was excited when I found out about an opportunity to join Adventures In Missions to Kenya. I applied and have now been accepted. I plan to leave January 22, 2009 and be in Kenya for three months!

For the last several months, I have felt a pull to “get my hands dirty” in the Great Commission; to reach out to the poor and marginalized as Jesus did. I have always desired to go on a missions trip and share the gospel with people who are aching for God’s love. My prayer is that reaching out to the poorest of the poor while half-way across the world will give me further ministry experience and ignite the already burning passion in my heart to reach out to people here in the states. During this trip, I will be discipled and trained in various areas of ministry and missions. I will also have the opportunity to minister to people who need to hear of salvation through Jesus. I’ll spend half of the journey in Kibera, one of the largest slum areas in Africa, serving in a one-room primary school, and reaching out to the community via several ministries like drama, sports ministry, door-to-door evangelism and open-air meetings. The other half of the trip I’ll be engaged in the daily activities of a town outside of Nairobi, building relationships with those in the community and sharing the hope we have in Jesus.

I am so excited about this opportunity, and I’m trusting God to meet my needs for the trip. Ultimately, my prayer is that He will do that through you. I would be honored if you could partner financially and prayerfully with me in this ministry. I am assembling a prayer team committed to praying for me before, during, and after this journey. Also, I must raise $4,990 for the trip that goes directly to AIM. This will cover all my expenses while on the field; airfare, food, housing, ministry opportunities, etc.

I have enclosed a response card and pre-addressed envelope, which invites you to share in this ministry. Please make checks payable to Adventures In Missions. Including the enclosed card will provide AIM with all necessary information. In turn, they will send you a receipt. They request that you send all donations by January 5th, 2009.

Adventures In Missions is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. Donors will receive receipts for their gifts with the understanding that the disbursement of those gifts lies completely at the discretion of Adventures In Missions and that the gifts are non-refundable and non-transferable, per IRS regulations. Gifts may be tax deductible; please consult a tax advisor.

I look forward to how God will use me and what He will teach me through this

experience. I hope not only to be a blessing to those I serve, but also to you. My desire is to go as your representative of Jesus Christ. I hope you will prayerfully consider being part of my ministry. Thank you so much!

In Christ,

Kenny Liles

Online Contribution Instructions:

1. Go to

2. Click on the red “Mission Trip Participant” link

3. Choose “Real Life” on the Program tab

4. In the Participant field type “Kenneth Liles”

5. Make your donation either by Visa/Mastercard or bankdraft.

Thank you guys so much for your support and prayer over the next few months.  God bless you!


regret maintenance

The other day I was listening to one of my favorite songs of the last year, How He Loves sung by Kim Walker, and a particular part of the lyrics grabbed my heart.

“So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss and my heart turns violently inside of my chest:
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way He loves us.

It just struck me that regrets actually do require maintenance. All my life, people in pop culture have shouted a similar chant: “Live without regrets,” or ,” I don’t have any regrets in my life, I wouldn’t change a thing.” But I really think that is the sound of someone in denial or steeped in arrogance, or maybe someone who’s not sure of the definition of regret. It is impossible to be a human being and not have some sort of regret, some sort of remorse over a decision you made, some sort of backward-looking wish that you would have taken the blue pill instead of the red pill (sorry, I just finished watching the Matrix Trilogy). Whether you picked the wrong toothpaste, or married the wrong person, we all have regrets.

But, as I said, the thing I realized is that regrets take maintenance. Regrets are something that only exist because we hold on to them It is like a reverse hope, a desire set against the flow of time. The ticking clock serves well to remind us that regrets are not worth the seconds they consume. And yet I have often found myself coming back to mourn over spilt milk. A regret has only as much power we give it; and when we let it grow, the weight can become unbearable.

In Psalm 51 David penned his heart’s plea for forgiveness. There’s this part where he says “I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” David had messed up. He committed adultery with another man’s wife, and then practically had her husband killed (in battle). . then he got called out on it all by Nathan the prophet. While he’s writing, he’s fessing up, and he says it’s like his own past sins are all that he could see. Ever been there? I have.

But even as David wrote this, he knew of the forgiveness that can be found in God. Like in Psalm 32:5 where he says “Then I acknowleged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”– and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

The truth is that regrets take maintenance, but God wants to take our regrets! God forgives sin, but he also will take away our guilt. And this song puts it so beautifully that when we really get a vision of how much God LOVES us, then we’ll realize that our regrets aren’t worth picking up and carrying anymore.
John 3:17 says, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

May you constantly be reminded of his love for you, and may you be willing to let go of regrets long enough to hold on to his embrace.

some quotes

“The very fact that we debate over the existence of absolutes shows we believe in them.  For everyone believes their point of view to be absolutely correct, or at least correct enough to argue about.”- me

“We are wired so that others help create us, help make us who we are, and when we are fed deception, we make bad decisions.” -Donald Miller

“I’m afraid we live in a world where it’s constantly nighttime somewhere, and it makes you feel dark inside sometimes.  But we also live in the world where it’s constantly daytime somewhere.  And it’s constantly the best day of someone’s life: all the time.”  -Benjamin del Sheve

“Romeo, Romeo, I gotta let you know.  Juliet’s the death of you, but what a way to go.  . .
Better thus: with a kiss to die; than thus: with no kiss to say that you had ever lived.” – BDS