So much has happened in La Campa this summer. Here are some of the highlights and ways you can join us in prayers and praises.
New Followers of Christ
During one short-term mission trip this summer 41 more Lenca people became followers of Jesus as a result of the door to door evangelism and prayer walking that was done. Please pray for these new followers, and for Pastor Jose Maria to follow-up with them and help them grow in their new relationship with Jesus.
Construction on our missions home, which with a little furniture rearranging will also be used as a small group training center, has progressed very well during the summer. Finishing the walls is a two-step process and both processes have been complete so the walls are ready for a coat of primer. All of the wire has been pulled and the plumbing is completely roughed in. The concrete slab for the floors is in the process of being poured right now and the ceramic tile and grout is on site. Pastor Jorge is the pastor of a church in Caiquin as well as a woodworker-some of you reading this have met him before because we did medical clinics at his church in 2013. He is building all of the doors and windows for us right now. In the first picture below you see Eddie and Antonio (left, standing), these are the men who have done most of the wall finishing, please pray for them. Antonio is a strong believer who attends Pastor Emilio’s church with his family. Eddie’s family attends but he does not, at least not yet.
The next big milestones will be cabinets and counter tops, then setting all of the sinks, tub and toilets so we can connect water to the house. At the same time this is happening we will also get electricity connected. Our goal is to do all of this between Thanksgiving and Christmas. About this same time we’ll pour the driveway and hang the fans and light fixtures. All of that said it looks like it will be ready for us to move into as early as January 2015.
Over the summer the Lord blessed us with enough donations to go ahead and purchase our first pick up truck. It is exactly what we have prayed for; 4 wheel drive, diesel, double cab, manual 5 speed and slightly used. The people we bought it from put a new set of tires, a new battery, and a new timing belt on the truck for us right before we picked it up. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your generosity that made it possible for us to get this truck!!
In June Jean, Cathy, Karen, Kim, and Cesia were blessed to lead women’s ministry for four days in two different churches in the area. Typically there has been not a lot of women’s specific ministry available. Usually the ministry activities of the local churches are focused on the entire church or the children. Women are heavily involved in the children’s ministry but they rarely have time to gather as women to study the Bible. The Lord has opened up doors for us, more specifically for Jean, to help the women grow as followers of Christ. The women there are very eager to study the Bible together so Jean is very excited about this opportunity for ministry once we get there.
If you’ve read the By Faith post then you know what our biggest prayer request is right now.
We have family health issues that we are dealing with, particularly with Jean’s mom, so please pray for her and us as we work through all of the things that have to be worked through with an elderly parent with declining health.
We also have a lot to do as the transition time gets nearer and nearer. We don’t have a firm move date yet, meaning we haven’t bought the one-way ticket, but we are expecting to go sometime in January or February 2015. Many more decisions still have to be made, sorting through our “stuff” and deciding what to do with it, finishing the house and getting the “stuff” we’ll need for it are just some of the concerns we are facing.
Please pray for our residency paperwork to be completed. We turned everything in to the government the first week in July. Based on what our attorney has told us we are at the point that we should be hearing something, or getting our residency cards. So far neither has happened. We will have to pay the attorney his fees upon delivery of the residency cards so please pray for the Lord to provide the money we’ll need for this.
Please pray for healing for a pulled muscle in Greg’s back. As of this posting, the healing has progressed nicely but there is still a little ways to go before he will be back to 100%.
Please pray for more opportunities and partnerships with local churches. There are three new churches we are sharing with right now that we really hope will put teams together to come work with us next year, please pray for these churches.
We are praying about and considering different small business opportunities in La Campa to help us generate some of our ministry support. Please pray for wisdom for us to choose wisely, then for the Lord to bless our efforts.
We are most thankful to all of you who are praying for us. I know we all have busy schedules but I can’t tell you how encouraging it is just to get a quick phone call, email or text message that lets us know you are thinking about us and our ministry. It is the prayers of the believers that causes this ministry, or any other ministry for that matter, to bear fruit. Let’s continue to be diligent in our prayers for one another and watch what the Lord accomplishes through all of us.
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.