• Please continue to pray for a young man named Ruben whom we met in Mezcalillo earlier this year. Ruben is paralyzed from the neck down and struggles with a skin ulcer on his backside and urinary tract infections from the catheter. He has a wheelchair now so he is able to be sat up and taken outside periodically. He also has a family member with a car who takes him to Gracias periodically for medical treatments and just to get outside. He needs physical therapy but there are other situations that make it very difficult for him to receive the therapy. Please pray for him and his family.
• Please pray for the construction of the new church in Mezcalillo. Because of the logistics, location, the rains, and the planting seasons the construction has progressed more slowly than we would like. Update: the walls and roof are done. The floor is going in now and soon there will be doors and windows!
• Please pray for our safe travels for the rest of September as we travel in the mountains to do two more medical clinics, and for another possible trip to Tegucigalpa, and for our trip to the U.S. at the end of the month.
• Please pray for us as we are finalizing reports on the ministry that took place this year to share with our partners and supporting churches in the U.S. this fall.
• Please pray for the Lord to provide us with affordable cars and housing while we are in the U.S. this fall.
• Please continue to pray for the family of Gloria Marina. She and her family live in Mezcalillo and they were the first family of Christ followers we found there in January 2016. They continue to face some very difficult personal situations right now. See below for a praise regarding the resistance they had been getting from the religious leaders.
• Please continue to pray for Arcamón. We’ve been doing outreach here since January 2016 and the work continues to be very difficult. People’s hearts are hard and they don’t want to hear about Jesus. We are encouraged because there was a time long ago when La Campa was like that too. See below for a praise regarding this situation.
• Arcamón continued-please pray for the families of Oliverio and Oscar. We first met Oliverio in January 2016 on the day he had a bad construction accident. We took him home from the medical clinic and have visited with him and his family several times since then. We met Oscar in September last year, and the rest of his family on a recent visit. They too are very friendly, open to more visits, and seemingly open to hearing the Word. Please pray that these are some of the families who will help us establish the evangelical church in Arcamón one day.
• Please pray for our dear friends Eusebio and Olympia Perez and their newest family member who was born on April 29th. With this newest addition they now have 5 children ranging in age from 22 years to now 4 months. Eusebio Jr. was born a few weeks early and has had some health challenges but he is eating and growing like crazy and overall doing very well now, but please keep them in your prayers. Update-please continue to pray for them and little Eusebio Junior, also known as Chebito. He had another sickness with a very high fever that was a little scary a few weeks ago but once again he is doing well, eating and growing like crazy.
• Please continue to pray for San Cristobal; the work has been restarted and we are beginning 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 a pastor we’ve started working with named Pastor Claudio, his family, and his church. In partnership with a church in the Atlanta area we are helping them with the construction of a church in their community called La Jagua. We are also doing evangelism with them in four communities and many people have been receptive to the message of hope and salvation available through Jesus Christ.
• Please pray for us to finish the ministry events that we have scheduled for September, house projects that are underway, and that we make the correct plans for work to continue while we are visiting in the U.S. this fall.
• 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 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 the reliability of our truck.
• Please pray for a missionary family serving in Honduras that is going through some very challenging times in their ministry. God is in control and they know that. They are making some hard choices and there are some potential personal safety issues involved. There is nothing new to add but they continue to need our prayers.
• Please pray specifically for a big new project we are currently working on that will be a huge benefit to many communities in this area. We are in the very beginning stages but we will be able to share more very soon. Please pray for the paperwork to get submitted and approved by the Honduran government before the end of the year, and for funding.
• Please pray for the upcoming national elections at the end of November. Here like in most places, politics tends to bring more division than unity, but praise God, there is nothing on the horizon to indicate that this will not be a peaceful campaign and election.
• 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), Pastor Claudio (La Jagua) and Pastor Arnoldo (Coalaca), Pastor Franklin (Tela), and Pastor Fredy Vega (La Paz).
• 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.
We have lots of praises this month to share with you!
• Praise God for all of the great teams who have come to serve with us this year. The amount of lives that have been touched and all of the great ministry that has been done are too much to write about here.
• Praise God for the three new churches under construction right now in Mezcalillo, La Jagua, and Mataras de Caiquin. Praise God that all of these projects are at or very near completion.
• Praise God for a safe trip to retrieve our shipment in July. There was some water damage but fortunately it was not a lot. We are so thankful to have received the shipment and it has been such a blessing to distribute clothes, coats, and other items to families here in Honduras.
• Praise God for not having any serious problems with the truck since our last update. We’ve had to spend some money on maintenance but most of it was routine stuff like brakes, tires, etc.
• Praise God for the recent reliability of the electricity and water systems! Praise God that this has continued!! We’ve not experienced significant outages in La Campa for quite some time now.
• In March while our team from KY was here one of the ministry activities we did together was to show a movie about the life of Jesus in several communities. The day we were scheduled to show this movie in Mezcalillo, at the home of Gloria Marina, we learned that she had received a letter from the local religious leader telling her not to show this movie. Praise God for her courage to stand firm and allow the movie to be shown. There were about 70 people from the community who came to see the movie that night so many seeds were planted. Praise God for her courage to also host a medical clinic in her home that same week, and for the courage of her three sons to work alongside of us to build the evangelical church in Mezcalillo. We left the previous praise in place but want to share a new praise. We visited Gloria Marina recently and learned about a meeting that the community religious leaders had in which she was the topic of conversation. Someone was saying all kinds of bad things about her at this meeting. After a while the others in the meeting told this person that Gloria is a good and honest person, and that if the person continued giving her a hard time they were all going to start going to the new church that is being built in Mezcalillo.
• Even though the work is difficult in Arcamón we have reasons to praise God. First, we praise Him for the fact that it is difficult. The difficulties prove to us that we are doing what we are supposed to be doing there. Second, we praise him for the good relationships we have with a few families, including Oliverio, in Arcamón. Third, we praise Him for the good relations we have with the director and teachers of the school in Arcamón. We have an open door to bring our teams into the school to teach the kids as often as possible. And there is a new praise. On a recent visit we met another family who is very interested in hearing the Word of God and for there to be an evangelical church in that community!!
• Praise God for the continuing increase in our language skills. We both still have so much to learn, but at the same time more and more people are complimenting us on our advances.
• Praise God for the donations we have received for several different construction projects. We are not a construction ministry per se but construction does have its place and we are grateful for three for sure, and maybe four, new churches and two new Sunday school classrooms and small kitchens at two of our existing churches that will go up this year. Update-the Sunday school classroom projects in Mataras and Cruz Alta have been pushed back into 2018 but we are still most grateful for the donations and that we know the work will be done in God’s timing!
• 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 Jorge and his 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.
On my birthday my oldest son, Mike, gave me this card. The Lord asked me to send it on to you, so here it is:
“La luz de los justos brilla alegremente.”
Eres una mujer que sustenta,
la sabirera de mi camino,
una fuente incondicional de fortaleza
con un espiritu lleno de fe y alegria.
“Your light never dims.
The light of the righteous rejoices…Prov.13:9
You are a nurturer
The wise teacher who lights my path,
An unconditional source of strength
whose spirit shines with faith and joy.”
This is how I feel about the two of you and I believe that is why God told me to forward this. You are indeed nurturers, teachers, unconditional sources of strength, through whom the light of the Holy Spirit shines, creating and promoting faith and joy.
Love and prayers,
I couldn’t agree more with Ed and Janeece. It brings me such joy and builds up my faith to see all that God is accomplishing through you. And to know that you are growing exponentially in Him with each passing day. I am lifting up your prayer requests to the “only wise God” who will answer according to His timetable and purpose. The whole earth is in His hands! Can’t wait to see you soon.
Love in Jesus – Andi and Lynwood