The Kennedy Family
The Kennedy’s are the missionaries we as a local church support in Benin. They are serving with Trans World Radio in the country of Benin. Garth was responsible for the construction of the transmitter site. When asked about challenges that a missionary in Benin faces, Garth said “We can get basic building supplies – sand, stone and cement – but things are put together in a different way here.” Garth spoke of bricks hand-made on site and scaffolding (2,000 poles) as well as concrete forms that were made from the ample supply of teak wood. When the Kennedy’s first arrived, the site consisted of nothing but open African bush veld (grass and trees). They began by building a small access road for delivery trucks. Some of the local people came and told them where to find water on site – and a well was dug. The AM transmitter went on the air 1 February 2008 with broadcasts in the morning and evening for Benin and the surrounding countries in 17 languages. Many of these countries contain unreached people that are currently receiving the Gospel.
Garth is currently responsible for financial reporting and for the maintenance of the transmitter site which includes the two diesel generators.
Church services in Parakou are generally held in two languages: French and Yoruba or French and Fon. Garth and Fiona chose a church where French is used for the songs and sermon with a translation into Fon.