August 2016 Prayers and Praises

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Please continue to pray for two un-reached communities named Mezcalillo and Arcamón. God is opening doors in both communities (see Praises below) but there still remains much work to do.
  • Please pray for two more communities we’ve recently learned of with no evangelical church or outreach taking place, Nuevo Cedros (we’ve visited briefly earlier this year), and Poso Verde.
  • Jean’s mom went home to be with the Lord on June 27th. While we miss her we rejoice because we know where she is, Who she is with, and that we will see her again because of what Jesus did on the cross.
  • Please pray for Jean to fulfill her responsibilities as executor properly and efficiently. She is leaving for the states on August 2nd to spend time meeting with attorneys, real estate agents banks, etc. and to start working with her sister on going through and cleaning out the house.
  • Please pray for a fast sale of the house and that it sells for a good price. Please pray for wisdom in deciding what to do with her mom’s things. It will be a difficult time, but there will also be good memories too. Pray for lots of good memories and comfort during the sad times.
  • Please pray for wisdom as we share, and for people to be receptive to the message of love, forgiveness, and salvation available through Jesus Christ.
  • Please pray against a spirit of fear that controls a lot of people we meet. Many people hear the truth and know they need to make a change but they are afraid for lots of different reasons. The reasons aren’t that important, just that they find courage and strength to not be scared or intimidated by others.
  • Please continue to pray for us as we consider language school options. We both have made much progress this year but it is time for us to accelerate our learning and proficiency.
  • 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 us to have wisdom and discernment to know what projects and ministries the Lord wants us to participate in and which ones we should leave alone. There are so many opportunities that it can be overwhelming trying to know how to choose. This is still an important request since we have more projects than we have resources for at the moment.
  • Please pray as the Spirit leads for the following pastors, their families, and the churches represented: Pastor Wilmer (San Pedro Sula), Pastor Emilio (La Campa), Pastor Jose Maria (Santa Teresa), Pastor Arturo (Gracias), Pastor Samuel (Mataras), Pastor Roberto (Gracias), Pastor Modesto (Gracias), Pastor Marco Tulio (Cruz Alta), Pastor Amilcar (Monqueta), Pastor Rosita (Gilguarapez), Pastor Jorge (Caiquin) and Pastor Marco Antonio (Olominas), Pastor Walterio Cruz (Tegucigalpa), and two new pastors we’ve recently started working with-Pastor Lorenzo Mateo (La Meande) and Pastor Arnoldo (Coalaca).
  • Finances (see praise below). Please pray for our financial support to continue coming in strongly and consistently.
  • Please pray for our personal prayer lives to grow stronger and stronger. We can run around and do a lot of things, but without prayer we will not bear lasting spiritual fruit.
  • Please pray that we don’t neglect to maintain our relationships in the midst of doing ministry, the most important one being with our Lord, then with each other, then with our friends and family, while we continue to establish ourselves and our ministry in Honduras.
  • Please pray for our faith to stay strong, and grow even stronger, for continued protection from spiritual attack, and for strength when the attacks do come.
  • Please pray for us to be bold and courageous, to not miss any opportunities to glorify God, and to draw people closer to Jesus.
  • Please pray for the Lord to open doors for us to speak in new churches during our fall visit to the states. We would love to have as many opportunities as possible to share what He is doing in Honduras and invite others to join Him and us in the work.

PRAISEs

We have lots of praises this month to share with you!

  • Mezcalillo Update: The road dried out enough earlier in July during a brief break in the rains that we could go and visit Gloria Marina and three of her sons. This is the family that will be the foundation of the new congregation in Mezcalillo. We are praising God that we got to visit them again, please pray for them and the continued ministry in this community.
  • Arcamón Update: The work continues, there are a couple more families of believers that have been discovered there and slowly we are moving towards an evangelical church in this community.
  • Praise God for over 50 new believers as a result of the ministry and medical clinics in Cruz Alta and Nueva Esperanza in July.
  • Praise God for the successful mission teams who came and served with us in Honduras this summer. There were two teams from FBA and one team from KFBC. As is usually the case, there were challenges faced by each of these teams but our God is greater than the challenges, He revealed himself and provided for each of these teams in the exact ways that were needed.
  • Praise God for progress being made on bathrooms in Mataras, a Sunday school classroom and kitchen in Cruz Alta, and continuing progress towards completion of the church and bathrooms in Coalaca, and the completion of the concrete floor in Olo Minas.
  • Praise God for the rains that we continue to have here in our part of Honduras. While it makes the travel difficult, and sometimes impossible, everybody’s corn (including ours) looks great so people will have more to eat this year.
  • We will be handing out the last of the 30 cases of food we received earlier this year by the end of August. This food has been a blessing to those who can’t plant and work in the fields, and it has also opened doors for the gospel to be shared.
  • We continue to receive encouragement from so many of our friends, praise God for the encouragement from our brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • Praise God for His continued faithfulness to provide for our needs through our friends and partner churches that faithfully and generously support our ministry.
  • Praise God for the great friends He has brought into our lives in La Campa, San Pedro Sula, and El Progreso. We are especially thankful for Pastor Emilio and his family, the Perez family, Pastor Wilmer and his family, and Tony, Juanita, and Rommel-our Hotel Plaza Victoria family in El Progreso.
  • Praise God for all of our prayer supporters because we can’t do what we do effectively without the prayer support of all of you.
  • Praise God for the financial blessings that two of our supporting churches sent us to help with the airfare to the states for Jean’s mom’s funeral. Through the generosity of so many God continues to prove himself to be more than faithful in matters of provision.
  • Praise God for all of the little things we learn almost daily about life in La Campa and Honduras. It is so much easier to be effective when you know the rules J
  • Garden Update: While we have harvested some food from our first garden it would be inaccurate to claim that it was a complete success. We know that we will learn the growing seasons here and the right kind of products and methods to use to increase our production. Another complication is that we are trying to grow some things that are not native to this area so that will take a little trial and error to figure out. But we are still praising God for the yellow summer squash and okra that we did harvest J

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