September 2016 Prayers and Praises

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Please pray that we will be able to finish all that we need to finish in La Campa in preparation for our annual fall visit (we leave La Campa on the 28th and arrive in Atlanta on the 29th)
  • Please pray for us to be able to focus and organize all of the meetings, conferences, and two other large projects that we need to complete while in the U.S. this fall.
  • Please pray for the Lord to provide us with an inexpensive vehicle to use for the Chicago leg of our trip (see praise below for how He provided a vehicle for the first part of the trip).
  • Please continue to pray for three un-reached communities named Mezcalillo, Arcamón, and Mataras de Caiquin (different from the Mataras de La Campa where there is already a thriving church). God is opening doors in all three of these communities but there still remains much work to do. We are going to visit Arcamón and Mataras de Caiquin on September 21st with Pastor Jorge, please pray for people to be receptive to the gospel.
  • 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.
  • Please add San Cristobal to the list of communities to pray for; the work has been restarted and we are already starting to see some fruit. Please pray for the church to grow, that the Holy Spirit will move mightily, and that more people will choose to follow Jesus.
  • Please pray for Jean to fulfill her responsibilities as executor properly and efficiently. We are in the home stretch; our goal is to finish everything during our annual fall visit.
  • Please pray for wisdom in deciding what to do with her mom’s things. There will be an estate sale but we still have quite a bit of sorting to finish the first week of October. Pray for lots of good memories and comfort during this work.
  • 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.
  • We will be working with a tutor from a language school here in Honduras in January and February. Please continue to pray for us as we continue to learn the language. We both have made much progress this year but it will take formal studying and practice combined with “OJT” to get us to the next level.
  • 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 continue to 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 specifically for two projects we are very interested in starting in La Campa. They involve medical and education-more details coming soon.
  • 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!

  • Praise God for a very successful medical clinic in San Cristobal last weekend (9/17). Lots of seeds were planted and goodwill generated.
  • Praise God for the completion of projects at our home in La Campa this month to correct leaks, runoff, and erosion problems. While the roof is not perfectly leak free it is much better now.
  • Praise God for our first harvest of corn from our property. We picked the first corn today (9/20) and there is plenty more for two families we are very close to here in La Campa to share while we are gone-The Perez family, and Prudencia and her four kids.
  • Praise God for how miraculously He worked out the sale of Jean’s mom’s house. There was only one counteroffer to arrive at a very good price so the house was under contract in about 2 weeks. Besides the price being good they did not want to close until November 4th which was a blessing for us. That gives us enough time to finish all that needs to be done and we did not have to alter our travel plans in order to do so.
  • Praise God for a ministry in Jonesboro, GA that offers cars to missionaries on furlough-yesterday we learned that our application was approved so we have a vehicle for the entire time we are in the southeast U.S.
  • Praise God for our generous friends through whom He provides places for us to stay when we come and visit. We already have a place to stay in KY for that part of the trip and we have several friends who have invited us to stay with them for the GA part of our trip (which is the longest part).
  • 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.
  • Praise God for the doors that have been opened with the 30 cases of dehydrated nutritionally reinforced food that we have given out this year.
  • 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 Progresso.
  • 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 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

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