April 2018 Prayer Requests and Praises

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Please pray for the spiritual health of all of the churches we are serving with here in Honduras. Please pray for the spiritual health of the pastors, their families, and the congregations. There have been some things happen recently reminding us that we need to be on the alert because the enemy is always looking to divide and destroy.
  • Along the line of the first prayer request please pray for wisdom for us as we review what we have been doing, assess the success, and determine if there are changes that need to be made to improve. We believe the Lord is leading us to narrow our focus to a few communities so that we can spend more time in those communities and churches to help bring about real transformation. We’ve gotten spread pretty thin and it seems that we only get to spend very short amounts of time in lots of places and we’re not sure that is what is needed going forward. It seems that perhaps fewer healthier churches are better than a whole bunch of churches just barely hanging on, and there are a couple of churches here that are hanging on more than thriving right now.
  • 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. Update-we are going to visit him this month to check on him and to assess the type of physical therapy he needs and the likely outcome of consistent therapy with two therapists coming from GA.
  • 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 continue making plans for our teams coming this year. June is completely booked and about half of July is booked. It looks like we will have a couple of teams in September as well this year. And we already have a team scheduled for 2019!!
  • 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. Please pray for us that we will be able to spend more time there this year.
  • 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 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 we trust 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. Update-we have our plans and God has His plans, and His plans are always better even though sometimes He surprises us. Because of a new situation we find ourselves needing to finish the house within the next couple of weeks. It has been a strain from the financial side and having to manage another project right now but the Lord is providing the resources and we are close to the finish line.
  • 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 the renewal of our residency papers that is underway. We did not know in the beginning that we could have applied for 5 years of residency so this has been much more complicated than it had to be. So, we are applying for our final two years of temporary residency now. The next step once these two years pass is to apply for permanent residency. Once we become permanent residents we will not have to go through so many renewal processes.
  • 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 us, Dr. Maria, and the entire board of Fundación SADEFAH as we really start getting things underway now that our papers have been approved. Please pray for God’s favor to continue to go before us in all of the registration, licensing, permitting, etc. that is and will be taking place. Please pray for us to continue to make connections to help us find medical equipment, construction funds, medicines, vitamins, etc. This is a whole new world for us so we have a new steep learning curve ahead of us. And while it is new and different we believe that it is complementary to our mission to share the love of Christ by our words and deeds, to strengthen and encourage the existing churches, and to continue to start new churches where none exist.
  • 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.

PRAISES

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

  • Praise God for the approval by the government of our papers legally establishing Fundación SADEFAH, for how far God has brought us in 1 year, and for the addition of Dr. Maria Betancourth as our Executive Director. She is a blessing not only to this project but to us personally.
  • Although ministry in Mezcalillo was taking place before now we are so happy to announce that the church building was dedicated on March 11th and regular weekly church services are being held for the first time ever!!
  • On April 29th little Chebito, the newest, and surprise addition to the Perez family, will celebrate his 1 year birthday! He was really small when he was born and he had a series of pretty scary health emergencies during his first few months of life but you wouldn’t know it now, praise God!!
  • Praise God for the team from KY who served with us in March and for all of the teams scheduled to come and serve with us this year. We can’t touch as many lives here by ourselves as we can with teams so we are grateful to God for all of our teams.
  • 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.
  • Praise God for the ability to make some major repairs and improvements to our home that is making life a little less stressful.
  • 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.
  • 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. Update-the Sunday school classroom\kitchen project in Cruz Alta is underway, the walls are up and the roof and floor will be completed in April. This project will serve both the church and the future medical clinic. There is a meeting planned for April 13th to kickoff the Sunday school classroom\kitchen project in Mataras.
  • 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.

One Comment on “April 2018 Prayer Requests and Praises

  1. I’m reminded of a quote: “The greater your God, the smaller your devil!” The praises you have shared are an example of how great our God is; the prayer requests, especially as they reflect the burden God has placed on both of you for this ministry, is also an example of how great He is. “Eye has not seen and ear has not heard” all the works of your heart, mind and hands that He has prepared for you! Keep going…Jesus is coming soon and you will hear “well done, good and faithful servants”. Much love – Andi and Lynwood

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