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July 2017 Prayers and Praises

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Please continue to pray for us and our Frontline Missions family and specifically for the Winter family. It has been four months since Alan Winter went home to be with the Lord so there have been a lot of changes and adjustments along with the grieving. We are grateful that as followers of Christ we do not grieve as the world grieves though. We know where Alan is and we will see him again!
  • Please pray for the next three teams coming down to serve. On July 2nd we have a small group from Atlanta coming down to serve with us in and around La Campa, they will be here from the 2nd-7th. On the 8th our friend and Frontline Missions co-missionary Luis Chavarria will be leading a team from First Baptist Atlanta who will be hosting Life Principles Conferences in two different parts of Honduras. We’ll join the team and spend the week with them serving and assisting in whatever way we can. Then on July 26th Dributts is coming for another visit to share the gospel and provide sanitary, reusable diapers to moms for their babies. They will be here until the 30th of July.
  • 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. The walls are all but done so the roof will go on very soon.
  • Please pray for our safe travels over the next week as we pick up and return the next team to the airport and pick up our shipment from the U.S. while this team is here. The shipment is 4 hours away and we only get one appointment to pick it up so we don’t have a lot of options.
  • Specifically pray for us on July 6th as we drive 4 hours, load our stuff into a truck, drive it to La Campa and unload it at our house. Please pray for no delays, no mechanical troubles, and no physical troubles as we load and unload. Also pray for us and our Team on July 7th. We have to drive the team to the airport very early so they can make their midday flight. Pray again for no delays or mechanical troubles along the way.
  • 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 family of Oliverio. We first met him 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. They are a very friendly family and we always enjoy our time with them. Pray that they are the family 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 3 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.
  • 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 have strength to finish July well as we host our last three scheduled teams for this year. It has been a very busy year and we are most grateful for all of the teams who have sacrificially given of themselves to come here.
  • 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.
  • This month there are only praises regarding our truck, see below! We are still considering the question regarding a second truck for teams and whether that is a want or a need right now. We are trusting the Lord to provide the finances if it is a need or to keep our current truck on the road and reliable if it is a want. Our truck currently has a little over 100,000 miles on it.
  • 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.
  • 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 in partnership with Pastor Emilio\Torre Fuerte. They involve medical and education-details will be shared as they develop.
  • 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).
  • 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 all of the great teams who have come to serve with us already 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 for all of the teams that have come to serve and are coming to serve in July.
  • Praise God because our shipment did finally arrive earlier in June! We are hopeful that there has not been any, or at least much damage, and that we can successfully get it to our home on July 6th.
  • Praise God for not having any serious problems with the truck since March. We’ve had to do some routine maintenance but there have been no serious problems.
  • This summer we had our first intern and it was a very productive time for her and us. We learned from the experience and should the Lord send us more interns we’ll do even better.
  • Praise God for the recent reliability of the electricity and water systems! 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

A Dry and Dusty Land

In previous posts, I’ve shared about our adventures in the mud here in the mountains of Honduras. Driving 5,000 foot mountain roads that are nothing but hills, valleys, and curves, in the mud, is not the most fun thing I get to do in Honduras. Mudding is much more fun when the worst thing that can happen is getting your truck stuck. On these roads getting the truck stuck is actually the best of the possible bad outcomes.

People often ask us if we have four seasons as most of the U.S. experiences to lesser or greater degrees. In the western mountains of Honduras we only have two seasons, rainy season, also known as mud season, and dry season, also known as dust season. Dry season is summer and rainy season is winter. There is no fall and not much of a spring. Rainy season lasts from May through November and dust season lasts from December until April, more or less.

March and April are the peak of dry season\summer and also the hottest time of the year. During this time the leaves dry out and fall off  the trees. For about three or four days there is a slight appearance of fall colors before all of the leaves fall off and the mountains turn brown and barren. There is a short period of time between the two seasons that is sort of like spring. During this time the rains start increasing causing everything to green up but the temperature decreases continually until the next summer arrives.

This summer has been exceptionally dry, and very recently, exceptionally hot. The rains stopped last November, and except for one evening in February, and two days or so of unusual cold, fog and drizzle in March there has been no rainfall. We had a scare with a fairly large forest fire only about 10 miles away from our home in March and there have been a few other smaller forest fires more recently.

Both seasons have their blessings and challenges. When it comes to driving dust season is much easier and safer. Although I drove into a curve too fast one time and discovered just how slippery three to four inch thick dust can be. Fortunately no damage resulted to the truck during this learning experience. Nor are we limited in the places we can get to safely during dust season. On the other hand, it is quite ugly here during dust season. Except for the pine trees everything else is pretty much brown. A team member who visited us last August and then again recently commented that he had never been to another place in the world (he is a missions pastor who travels extensively) where there is such a pronounced difference between the two seasons as here.

Finally, after such a long, hot, and dry time clouds started building before lunch one day in early April. Then for a couple of hours that early afternoon we finally received some much needed rain. It was such a glorious rainfall! It wasn’t terribly heavy but it was steady. It was accompanied by a couple of loud claps of thunder. The smell of the rain, the cool breeze, and the break in the temperature for the rest of the day was so refreshing to our bodies.

As I was reflecting on that I thought about the dry times in our spiritual lives. Sometimes the dry times are of my own doing. Sometimes I am not a good steward of my time. Sometimes I choose to do other activities instead. Sometimes I develop a bad attitude about someone or something and allow that to have control of my thought life. When that happens I can’t hear the voice of God. Sometimes I allow busyness to interfere with my quiet time in prayer and Bible reading. All of these are my own doing and are causes of dry spiritual times.

It is good to be busy doing “good things” in ministry, serving others, etc. But, God also desires me to spend time in fellowship with Him. He created me, and you, first and foremost for this purpose. The only way we build and maintain relationships with people is to spend time with them. The same applies to building and maintaining a relationship with our heavenly Father-it takes time.

In all of this I am not implying that we should not do good works. The Bible teaches that God created good works for us to do and our good works are the primary way we practically live out our faith. James wrote that without good works our faith is dead. He challenged those who claimed to have faith but never did good works by arguing that faith is proven by our good works.

Sometimes the dry times in our spiritual lives are ordained by God himself. If we live long enough we will have all manner of hardships in this life. Sometimes we can feel God’s presence so strongly during times of suffering. At other times in our suffering it seems that He is far away. But God promised us in His word that He will never leave us or forsake us. He is always near to us. The story of Job is long and not exactly easy reading, but all of these experiences are wonderfully shown to us in Job’s life.

Sometimes there are long periods of time when we don’t hear God’s voice. During these times it is as if we are crossing a desert, or going along the road in Honduras in March, but God is still with us. God uses these times to test and grow our faith. Remember, biblical faith is defined as having hope in things that are unseen. Whatever it is that we can see and touch requires no faith because it is right there in front of us. It takes no faith for me to believe that Jean and I will be able to make it from San Pedro Sula to La Campa safely when our truck is running properly. But believing that this will happen when the transmission goes out on a remote road on a Sunday afternoon when nothing is open takes faith.

Our spiritual life requires great faith. We can’t see God right now. We can’t speak to Him face to face right now. And yet He exists. He reveals himself to us in nature, through the kindness and good works of others, and more importantly through the Bible. But not only does He reveal himself to us in these ways but He has actually sent His spirit, the Holy Spirit, to live within the hearts of those who have called upon and believed in Jesus Christ. And with the Holy Spirit living within us God has fulfilled His promise that He would never leave us or forsake us.

But even with the Holy Spirit we will still experience spiritually dry times so what do we do? I usually have to slow down, discipline my mind, and be still to break the spiritual drought. I have to then open my Bible and spend time reading God’s word. The Bible is not just another book. It is what God wants to say to us face to face but can’t because we chose sin, and thus rejected Him. Once that happened, since He is holy and just and can’t condone sin, He could no longer walk with us as He did with Adam and Eve in the very beginning. So He wrote us a letter. And He sent His son Jesus to pay the price of our sin. And then He sent the Holy Spirit to be with all who believe in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and call upon His name.

To sum it up, I have to practice the presence of God. I have to position myself so that He can speak to me, so that I can sense His presence, so that the Holy Spirit can speak to me. The God of the universe, who created me, and you, will not force me to spend time with Him. I owe all that I have and all that I am to Him, and yet, He will not force me to be in relationship to Him. It is the purpose for which He created me, and you, but He leaves the choice to spend time with Him to us.

Just as the rain after weeks and weeks and weeks of dry and dusty conditions refreshes the body, the presence of God refreshes the soul. If you’ve gotten too busy, slow down and be still, get into His presence and your soul will be refreshed. If you’re spending time in His presence but not hearing His voice persist in being in His presence. He has a plan for your good even in His silence. When He breaks the silence the spiritual rain that will fall will be so much more refreshing than the drought breaking storms that come to refresh the earth.

April 2017 Prayers and Praises

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Please pray for Frontline Missions family and specifically for the Winter family. Earlier this month Alan Winter, our friend, boss, and co-founder of Frontline Missions with his wife Heidi, went home to be with Lord after suffering a stroke on the way to Colombia and complications from surgeries related to that stroke. It has been and will continue to be a challenging time for all of us to adjust to his absence. We rejoice in that we know without a doubt where he is, and that all of us who are Christ followers have the promise of seeing him again when we are called home to be in the presence of the Lord. Although Jean and I don’t know the specifics we are very happy to report that the organization and mission will continue, that we will all do our best to carry on the rich legacy of love and service that Alan left here for us.

  • Please pray for our next two teams coming down. One team arrives on March 31st and the other team arrives on April 2nd. It has been a little challenging making arrangements for two teams to be here at the same time but God has been making the way. Also, please pray that everything goes smoothly for us and both teams as we will be serving in many different locations and doing a variety of activities.

  • Please pray for a young man named Ruben whom we met in Mezcalillo last week. Ruben was shot last October and is paralyzed from the shoulders down. The doctors said that with some physical therapy he has a chance to regain some mobility but at this point we really don’t know what that means exactly. He also has a pretty bad skin ulcer on his backside from being in bed all of the time. His sister and other family members are doing the best they can to take care of him but it is hard with very limited resources. Please pray for them too. Ruben has not been outside of his room since the end of October 2016. We are searching for an affordable wheelchair so that he can sit up and get outside onto his porch for some sunlight and fresh air. We are also trying to figure out if we can help him with some physical therapy. Please pray for God’s favor to go ahead of Ruben and us as we explore how to get him the equipment and treatment that he needs.

  • Please pray for our shipment of goods from the U.S. to arrive soon and in good condition. We knew it would not be a speedy process but we would like to get not only our stuff, but also all of the materials that have been donated for us to distribute here. Also please pray for the goods to arrive at a time that we can go pick them up. The logistics will be a little challenging anyway but even more so if we are hosting a team at the same time. Praise God that we can always trust him with timing.

  • Please 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 are facing some very difficult personal situations right now, and the religious leaders in Mezcalillo are putting a lot of pressure on her to not associate with the evangelicals or do anything to help the new church get started. See below for a praise regarding this situation.

  • 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 family of Oliverio. We first met him 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. They are a very friendly family and we always enjoy our time with them. Pray that they are the family who will help us establish the evangelical church in Arcamón one day.

  • Please pray for two more communities we’ve learned of with no evangelical church or outreach taking place, Nuevo Cedros (we visited briefly last year), and Poso Verde. Since Nuevo Cedros is very close to evangelical churches in two other communities it does not seem likely that we will pursue starting a church there but we still need to learn more and pray more about Poso Verde.

  • 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 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 pray for wisdom and finances regarding our truck. The repair bills are mounting rapidly and the amount of lost time spent in Santa Rosa waiting for repairs are taking their toll on us. Not to mention the value and necessity of simply having a reliable vehicle for ourselves and our teams. God has been so good to protect us and work out the timing on the breakdowns so that teams have not been affected (except once last year) but we really need to know how to proceed. Should we keep fixing this one or get rid of it? Should we keep it to use in the mountains and for hauling construction materials and buy another one for teams and non mountain road driving? Do we really have the money to buy another truck in the first place? Is another truck a want or a need right now??

  • 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 in partnership with Pastor Emilio\Torre Fuerte. They involve medical and education-details will be shared as they develop.

  • 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 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.

PRAISES

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

  • Praise God for the successful installation of two water purification systems-one in La Campa and the other in Mataras. The churches in these communities are working to get the word out that there is now a very, very affordable source of pure, healthy water available to them.

  • Praise God for all of the great teams who have come to serve with us already 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 two new churches under construction right now in Mezcalillo and Mataras de Caiquin.

  • Praise God for all of the teams that have committed to coming to serve in Honduras later this year, more details to follow.

  • Praise God for a peaceful celebration at the annual festival in La Campa last February. There was a lot of people, extra noise, traffic, and garbage in the streets, but all in all it was very peaceful compared to previous years.

  • Praise God for a great and refreshing time at the HFMM conference in Siguatepeque in February. This is a great organization and we are thankful to be members of this group.

  • Earlier this month 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

 

From L to R, Pastor Mark Payton, me, and Pastor Jorge, on the construction site of the new church in Mataras de Caiquin.

Brandon and Annmarie playing with the kids during the medical clinic in Arcamón.

Pastor Rick Lucas with a new little friend in Coalaca. Amazing how kids always know how to find the grandpa when they have an “owie”.

Jean and Lucy presenting our Honduran cooks with their signed aprons. These three women learned how to cook American food and did an amazing job taking care of the KY team for 3 weeks.

 

Starting Off Randomly

January marks the beginning of a new year. In the waning days of the old year many of us reflected on the year that passed and began thinking ahead to the soon arriving New Year. While there is nothing more magical about January 1st than December 31st it certainly has symbolic meaning. It is a time to begin doing things differently. It is a time to execute plans. It is time to get serious. Well not for me, at least not as far as this article is concerned.

My primary spiritual gift is encouragement so the Coffee Talk articles lean towards the serious side because I really like to help, and well, encourage others. While I don’t make official New Year’s resolutions there are serious matters that need to be planned for and there are things I have identified that must be done differently this year. But before all of that I just felt like writing about some things that have happened to us recently. Some serious, some not so serious, but either way hopefully this article will be encouraging to you.

Last year was our first full calendar year of living in Honduras. We moved there in May of 2015 but came back to the U.S. in mid October and stayed through Thanksgiving. So we actually only lived in Honduras for about 5 months of 2015. We experienced our first Christmas and New Year’s away from our natural families but with our new La Campa families. Then shortly after Christmas things got busy with mission teams and continuing to learn about life in Honduras.

One thing that is occasionally a source of humor but more often a source of fear in Honduras is driving. In the cities there is pavement, traffic lights and signs, and sometimes even lines on the road that you can see. I remember one day last year driving into downtown San Pedro Sula and, for the first time, actually being able to see all of the traffic lights because the lenses and bulbs finally got replaced. I don’t know what the useful life is for those things but they had been used many, many years beyond the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Vehicle lights are usually treated the same way. It is rare to encounter a vehicle with a full complement of properly functioning lights. This is one of the reasons we rarely drive anywhere at night, and never drive at night on the main roads. But often even when the lights do work, specifically the headlights, there appears to be some kind of conservation effort at hand.

We were driving up the mountain to our house early one evening. It wasn’t completely dark yet but it was dark enough that you would have had your headlights on even if they hadn’t already turned on automatically (not a common feature in Honduras). There was a motorcycle behind us and there was a large truck coming towards us that was actually on its own side of the road. Of the three vehicles ours was the only one with headlights on.

The motorcycle driver decided that we were not traveling fast enough for him so he swung out to pass. In the near dark. With no headlight. He may not have had one or the batteries in the flashlight that he rigged up to replace the headlight may have burned out, I can’t say for sure. But when he swung out to pass the truck driver was somehow (probably because our headlights were on) able to see him so he flashed his lights to warn the motorcycle driver that he was there. At least the truck had working headlights. The pass was narrowly made as they usually are and we all continued on our way. Why didn’t the truck driver just leave his headlights on you might be asking? We’ve asked the same question and it seems that most Honduran drivers consider headlights important for seeing and less important for being seen.

2016 was a year full of firsts, with plenty of highs, but plenty of challenges and some lows too. It was our first full year with full responsibility for all of the short term mission teams who came to serve with us. By January 1 last year we had a nearly full schedule of teams for the year, with most of them concentrated in June and July. Why we thought scheduling 7 straight weeks of short term mission teams in June and July was a good idea I’ll never know.

I guess the Lord knew this wasn’t a good idea so a couple of those teams cancelled their summer trips. Then at the end of April my mother in law had the first of a series of strokes that brought her into the presence of the Lord on June 27th. Jean was blessed to spend much of that time helping her mom while I stayed in Honduras to keep things moving forward there.

One of the highs was that we had planned a long weekend at the beach at the end of July after the last mission team for the year went home. Even though we underestimated how tough seven straight mission teams would have been, we at least were smart enough to know we would need some time to recover afterwards.

In February, while with one of our mission teams, we discovered a great little beach hotel that is very nice and very affordable compared to the resorts on the popular island Roatán where all of the cruise ships stop. The team leaders, who are dear friends of ours, asked us if they could come down and join us for that long beach weekend. What a blessing it was to spend that time with them. We played games, we read, we talked about important things that had happened, and we talked about silly things too.

Our fall trip to the states is an important part of our ministry because this is the time when some of our churches host missions conferences and everybody is starting to make plans for ministry in the upcoming year. Because of the passing of Jean’s mom there were extra things for us to do last year so we planned a longer stay last year that included all of October, November, and part of December. While this was an enjoyable trip for us it was not a vacation. There are many, many, meetings, presentations, conferences, etc. and we log thousands of vehicle miles during this annual visit.

Last fall was really a neat time for us to be in the U.S. We got to be here to see the election of a new president and to see the Cubs win their first World Series championship in 108 years. For me especially, that was just another proof that God cares about us and delights in the details of our lives. The Cubs winning the World Series has no eternal value that I can identify, but it provided a bit of happiness for Cubs fans like me who have endured a lifetime of disappointment. I would be remiss to not tip my hat to Cleveland fans because they have likewise suffered for a long time. God doesn’t care less for the Cleveland fans so I believe their year will come soon.

We looked forward to our long visit to the U.S. last year and then, just like that, it was over, almost. We had a complication with our flight and ended up having to stay for a long weekend before we could get on another flight, but God had a purpose for that unexpected delay. We had run really hard during that trip last year. We knew we would have to do that but we were hoping to also have a little quiet time to recharge our batteries.

However, we were not intentional about making plans to set aside time specifically for that. And the result, unsurprisingly, was that there was very little time to recharge. After we got over the surprise change in our plans and the economic impact of that change, we decided that perhaps this was God’s way of making us stop so we decided to do just that. We stopped for those four days and recharged. This turned out to be one of our personal highs in a year that was full of ministry highs.

We are excited about the ministry plans that have been made for 2017. But one other thing that is exciting, and that we are being intentional about this year, is planning for times of rest so that we can recharge our batteries periodically. We learned that it doesn’t have to be a lot of time, just the long unplanned weekend of rest we had at the end of last year did wonders for us. So if as you enter 2017 you feel like you are burning out and that your light isn’t shining very brightly please make time to rest and recharge. The time will be made for you eventually, one way or the other.

 

January 2017 Prayers and Praises

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Please pray that we will be able to finish all of the details for our three teams arriving in January and our one team arriving early in February. These teams are the reasons we planned to return in mid December to have enough time to make the final arrangements. However, the Lord has been faithful to help us accomplish what needs to be accomplished in a much shorter time.
  • Please pray for successful medical clinics January 16,17, & 18, that not only will we be able to help people here with medical needs but that they will become followers of Christ as a result of the ministry that takes place at these clinics.
  • Please pray for our second team who is coming to visit family coffee producers in the Cruz Alta area, and maybe other areas. Please pray that this is an encouraging time for the team and for the families they visit.
  • 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.
  • Please pray extra hard for Arcamón. The work there is very difficult and the resistance to our efforts is increasing. We are not surprised by this but it is a matter of more intense prayer.
  • Please pray for two more communities we’ve recently learned of with no evangelical church or outreach taking place, Nuevo Cedros (we visited briefly last year), and Poso Verde.
  • 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 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.
  • Because of the delays in our return to La Campa and two extra visits that we weren’t planning for in January and February we will not be able to work with the Spanish language tutor in January. Please pray that we will have time in February to get this started because it will take practice and formal study to get us to the next level(s). In the meantime please pray for the “OJT” to keep us moving forward as it has done thus far.
  • Please pray for an enjoyable and refreshing time at a conference for missionaries in Siguatepeque in February. This will be right after our first wave of teams so the timing is perfect.
  • Please pray for safety and protection for all of La Campa during the annual festival that is held here during the last week or so of February. It is very crowded here, with thousands of people from other parts of Honduras and Central America. Unfortunately there is also a lot of noise, partying, drinking, fighting, etc. It is not an enjoyable time to be here, and not as safe as it is the rest of the year.
  • 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 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.

PRAISES

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

  • Praise God for a very successful trip to the U.S. at the end of 2016! We had many, many meetings with pastors and missions leaders, the plans for ministry in 2017 are very exciting. We are praising God for a surprise opportunity to install 2 water purification projects as a result of one of those meetings.
  • Praise God for the surprise collections of goods that He blessed us with while we were in the U.S. One group got busy collecting coats, sweaters, and jackets that will be given to the children in one school in Coalaca. Another group collecting a whole bunch of personal care items that we can use at some general wellness clinics we want to host later this year.
  • Praise God for the time we got to spend with friends and family while in the U.S.
  • Praise God for the unexpected extra days in the U.S. because of travel challenges. While we really wanted to get back to Honduras at our originally scheduled day (Dec 15th) the Lord knew we needed some down time and a little extra time with family, especially with Jean’s sister and brother in law, at Christmas this year.
  • Praise God for all of the teams that have committed to coming to serve in Honduras this year, more details to follow.
  • Praise God for the ability to affordably ship some of our remaining things in the U.S. to Honduras. We were able to organize and transport the things that we can ship to a warehouse in MS using this program while in the states. As a result we were able to move the remaining things into a storage unit a little less than half the size of the one we had saving us quite a bit of money per month. Little by little we are getting close to our goal of having no possessions in the U.S. except for important records.
  • Praise God for our friends in La Campa who worked very hard maintaining our home and property for us while we were gone. It is such a blessing to know that we have friends whom we can trust completely in these things. Because of them we do not have to be concerned at all with our things in La Campa while we are gone.
  • Praise God for enabling us to finish all of the business of Jean’s mom’s estate. The sale of the house closed on November 4th with no delays or surprises and the estate sale was a huge success. More importantly, we are praising God for His presence during this work. It was difficult, but it was also a time of good memories as well as we worked together with Jean’s sister and brother in law.
  • Praise God for the ministry in Jonesboro, GA that provided us with very affordable cars to use during our visit to the U.S. The folks at Macedonian Call Foundation were so helpful and flexible we can’t praise and thank them enough.
  • Praise God for our most generous friends who allowed us to stay in their homes and took such good care of us while we were in the U.S. While a nearly three month trip is expensive it was much less expensive because of our friends who allowed us the use of their homes.
  • Praise God for the increase in our language skills in the short time we’ve been back. And praise Him because we were both very pleasantly surprised that we had not lost much, if any really, of the language we had learned after being away from Spanish speakers\speaking for so long.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

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

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