It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been in Honduras for close to a month now. There remains much to do to get ourselves established here, and of course, there is no shortage of prayer needs. But more importantly, there is so much to be thankful for. So please rejoice in what the Lord has been doing for us and pray for us too.
-It was a little stressful finishing up the final details to be ready to leave the states but our move to Honduras on May 30th went very smoothly. We got to the airport in the morning and all of our bags were within the weight limits (we didn’t have a scale at home), and they all made it to Honduras safely.
-We are very thankful for the mission team we traveled with who covered the cost and carried several extra bags for us. This allowed us to bring quite a bit more of our things than we thought we’d get to bring. Praise God for making the way!
-Our yard sale in May was very successful. We sold most of everything we put out and that generated quite a bit of money to help us begin furnishing our new home in Honduras.
-On June 5th we received our residency papers from the government. This has been an ongoing prayer request but, as always, the Lord answers in His perfect timing.
-We are making time almost every morning to spend between 2-4 hours studying Spanish and we are already starting to see a difference.
-We have heard from so many of our friends during these first few weeks and have been really encouraged by them. Praise God for the encouragement from our brothers and sisters in Christ.
-For the continued faithfulness of our God to provide for our needs through our friends and partner churches who faithfully and generously support our ministry.
-For our home and small group training center in La Campa that is nearly complete. God has blessed us with a beautiful spot to live and serve in the mountains of southwest Honduras. We have electricity and all of the cabinets, sinks and counter tops are complete. Water will be connected very soon so we expect to begin cleaning and moving in during the first week of July.
-God is helping us to make more and more connections in Honduras. We met a new translator, who quickly became a new friend. Without her help there is no way we could have gotten all of the business done in June that needed to be done. We are looking forward to spending a few more days with her in early July to take care of some more things that we need to get done.
-While we did receive our residency papers the government only gave us one year of residency instead of the three that we applied for originally. Please pray for our attorney who is going to begin the process of obtaining the other two years for us next month.
-Please continue to pray for the Lord to open up our “older’ minds to learning Spanish. We are getting to spend much more time studying and speaking to people using the Spanish we know now that we are in Honduras and it is helping.
-Please pray for the continued encouragement from our friends and family in the states. It is amazing what a blessing it is to receive even a short note from loved ones.
-Please pray for our “new” families and friends that the Lord has already blessed us with in Honduras.
-Please pray as the Spirit leads for the following pastors and their families in Honduras: Pastor Wilmer (San Pedro Sula), Pastor Emilio (La Campa), Pastor Jose Maria (Santa Teresa), Pastor Arturo (Gracias), Pastor Samuel (Mataras), and Pastor Marco Tulio (Cruz Alta).
-Please pray specifically for Pastor Jose Maria and his wife Marta, they had a motorcycle accident last week and are in San Pedro Sula getting medical attention. We spoke to Marta and she is pretty banged up but we don’t know exactly how serious the injuries were.
-Please pray for rain. This is a very serious request. It rained heavily and consistently a couple of weeks ago so most families planted their corn and beans. Ever since then it has been completely dry. If we don’t get rain soon crops are going to die and there are a lot of people who will be struggling to eat in the weeks and months ahead.
-Finances (see praise below). While our financial support is coming in very strongly we haven’t quite hit our monthly budget. Please pray for us to receive more if we need more or to recognize that we have what we need.
-Please pray that we don’t neglect to maintain our relationships, the most important one being with our Lord, then with each other, then with our friends and family, while we transition into our new life and new ministry in Honduras.
-Please pray that we will be strong in the Lord and that He will be honored and glorified through us as we transition into our new lives and ministry in Honduras.
-Please pray for our new friend Lourdes (see praise above). She is seeking the Lord for direction about her next ministry opportunity in Honduras. Please join us in prayer as we seek to determine if it is the Lord’s will for her and us to work together planting new churches in Lenca communities.