January 2018 Prayers and Praises

PRAYER REQUESTS
• Please continue to pray for a young man named Ruben whom we met in Mezcalillo last year. Ruben is paralyzed from the neck down. We’ve not been able to see him in quite some time now so we don’t know how he is doing but we assume he is still struggling with several physical issues related to his spinal cord injury.

• Please pray for the ministry of the new church in Mezcalillo, and pray that the new believers there will live out their responsibility to share the gospel with their neighbors.

• Please pray for us as we begin making plans, gathering supplies, and calculating budgets for our teams coming in 2018. This year our first team is not scheduled to arrive until mid February and then our largest group of the year arrives from Kentucky on March 7th.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 2016 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 29, 2017. Their youngest, Eusebio Jr., was born a few weeks early and has had some health challenges but he is eating and growing like crazy; he is now at a normal weight for his age and overall doing very well. Please pray for their daughter Sandra as she begins her first year of college classes on January 20th.

• 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 continue to pray for Pastor Claudio, his family, and his church. In partnership with a church in the Atlanta area we helped 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 Pastor Emilio, his family, and the congregation of Torre Fuerte here in La Campa. Things are going very well and we are making plans for a great year of ministry with them and our short term mission teams. Please pray for peace, protection, wisdom, and spiritual growth in 2018.

• Please pray for us as we begin to finish the guest house on our property that was started some time ago. We have begun the work and are trusting that God, as He has always done, will provide what we need to complete the house so that it can be used for ministry. Our goal is to have this house ready by the end of 2018.

• Please pray for the formation of the 2018 mission teams, that they continue to develop and grow to the size that the Lord wants them to be.

• 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 continue to pray for the legal papers for our foundation to be finalized and approved by the government. At the end of last year there was a misunderstanding about some revisions that needed to be made, timing, and then there were problems with coordinating schedules and difficulties related to the post election protests. Bottom line is that our papers are being revised and resubmitted for re-approval. Please pray that this process goes well and quickly, and that we can get our new foundation legally chartered in Honduras asap.

• Please pray for the nation of Honduras and the ongoing political instability. As many of you know there were some pretty serious protests in December. There are more planned protests scheduled to begin Saturday January 20th and continue until inauguration day, January 27th. Please pray that the protests will be peaceful, that the will of the people will be heard and respected, and for there to be no more property damage, injuries, and loss of life as was experienced on an isolated bases in December. We are as prepared as we can be with supplies so that we can stay at home for an extended period time if need be. More importantly we know that God is in control and He is the best provider and protector we could have!!

• 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.

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

• Praise God for all of the opportunities we had to share about what He has done in Honduras in 2017. Praise God for new opportunities and new relationships that He brought to us while we were in the states.

• Praise God for all of the great teams who came to serve with us last year and the ones who are coming to serve with us in 2018.

• Praise God for the three new churches that were built last year in Mezcalillo, La Jagua, and Mataras de Caiquin. The believers in these communities have a place to worship and the truth of the Gospel is being proclaimed!

• Praise God for the new believers in Mezcalillo. Pray for their spiritual growth and service to the Kingdom beginning in Mezcalillo.

• Praise God for the timing and quick replacement of the clutch during our trip to San Pedro Sula last weekend. God continues to amaze us at how He uses the relationships that He has helped us to build over the years at critical times.

• Praise God for our family who provided a great place for us to stay during our visits to Chicago and for our special friends who provided such a great place for us to stay during nearly all of our time in Georgia. And praise God for all of our other friends in GA who offered up their homes too! We are blessed beyond measure by all of you, even if we can’t stay with all of you 🙂 We could not visit the states for as long as we did without faithful family and friends to provide us with very affordable housing, thank you, thank, you, y muchisima gracias!!

• Praise God for the recent reliability of the electricity and water systems! Praise God that this has continued through today!! We’ve not experienced significant outages in La Campa for quite some time now.

• 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, Pastor Walterio and his family in Tegucigalpa, Pastor Fredy and his family in Comayagua, 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.

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