10/25/2017 Managing a growing ministry

It is such a joy to see children and adults responding to the invitation to worship the Lord and study the Bible.  We’re seeing souls repenting and trusting Christ through the preaching and the street witnessing.  Our needs are great to respond to this growth.   We’re busting at the seams.  Consequently, we spend a lot of time in prayer for the Lord’s help.  I am encouraged by Acts 2:41-47 and Acts 6 as to how the Holy Spirit works to add to the number and then increases the workers.   We’re praying for the provision of God for needs.

Children’s Ministry

 

08/28/2017 Serious About Sin. “If thy right hand offend thee…” Matt.5:30

Friends, one of the signs that someone is truly receiving or responding to Jesus is when they repent and start changing their life.  Question for you.  Is it your opinion that Jesus was just using a figure of speech in Matthew 5:30?  Do you think that surely Jesus (the one who gave His life on the cross for the sins of the world) would not really mean that anyone should cut off a hand or gouge out an eye?  Friends, the answer is yes! YES!  Hell is as real as God has declaredl.  Therefore you would be wise to believe Jesus,  and repent.  The man in this photo is taking steps of repentance.  Here is a man that is repenting.  He lives in a very gang infested area, but through him I have gained permission from the gangs to minister in his neighborhood.  We can’t wait to see what God is going to do in these people’s hearts.

08/21/2017 Ministry in the mountains.

After several months of planning and a few weeks of rain delays, we were finally able to drive into the mountains with a team to minister to a large group of families living above San Juan Pueblo.  One of the locals traveled through the region days in advance to invite the people to come down and meet us at a building that serves as a community center.  My friend’s church receives packages for kids from Samaritans Purse.  We planned to preach the gospel first and give out the gifts last.  Jesus is by far the most important gift.  God forbid that we should not preach Jesus.

After a hard drive we arrived at our destination to find a large crowd.   We greeted the friends and got started.  I preached the gospel and my friends followed with ministy to the children.  They did one of the best childrens ministry events I have ever witnessed.  Of the 45 children, 12 expressed a desire to trust Christ as saviour.  The Samaritans Purse gifts were very appropriate and practical for these kids.  Good job guys!

Some weeks went by and messengers are coming and asking us to come back for the preaching ministry.  Please pray with us for the funds to come in to continue this outreach.  It is our hope to have a regular ministry to this community and the many others like it that we are discovering.  We know this  will eventually take an all terrain vehicle, so we are praying for the funds for such.  May Christ continue to be exalted.  If you would like to help and become a partner with us, you can contact us through the Contact Us page.  The fields are white unto harvest, but we need your help.  Get Involved

Rough Terrain.
Preaching the Gospel of Jesus.
Children praising Jesus
Touching hearts. Changing lives.
Kids with gifts before opening them.

06/27/2017 Save me a seat!

We had our biggest turnout this past Sunday evening.   What’s surprising is that it was actually raining.  Unfortunately we did not have enough chairs.  That did not seem to be a problem, but it will be if we keep coming up short.  We’re praying for the Lord’s help to buy more chairs.

Receiving a Bible.

We are so excited that we have an opportunity to go to the mountains to share the gospel with the unreached people there.  We are partnering with a church in a nearby town, San Juan Pueblo, to accomplish this outreach.  There will be five adults and two teenagers going.   We will have six river crossings in our journey to reach these people.  We are currently praying that the rains will hold off so the rivers will be low.

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06/07/2017 The Lord hath made room for us. (Gen.26:22)

IMG_2669We have covered a lot  of territory in search of a location to concentrate our efforts to start worship services.  We’ve witnessed many potential locations and encountered some road-blocks after testing them out.  In Genesis 26, Isaac had been re-digging wells dug by his father Abraham that had been closed up by the Philistines.  The men of the area contended with Isaac about the ownership of those wells.  Isaac just moved on until he found a spot where there was no strife.  In Genesis 26:22, he called the well, Rehoboth, which means, “now the Lord hath made room for us.”  The Lord has now given us a place of peace and has blessed us for using the outdoor space of our home to conduct meetings to teach and preach the Bible  to adults and to children.  The people are coming and really enjoying the ministry of the Word.  We are praising God for this.

In addition, the plans are now firming up for a trip to minister to about 100 children from families that live up in the nearby mountains.  We are praying for the funds to do this as we are moving forward by faith and making the plans.  Would you like to partner with us?  Donations of any amount would be such an encouragement to us.  To donate, just select the Get Involved tab, or go to the Donate page. Blessings! Get Involved

 

05/22/2017 Romans Witnessing Tracts: Your Part – Luke 8:11

Epistol to the Romans gospel tracts RV1960 Spanish
Epistle to the Romans gospel tracts RV1960 Spanish

We attended language school in Costa Rica for 12 weeks and just returned to Honduras a few days ago.  We made the decision to drive because we planned to pick up several thousand copies of the Book of Romans gospel tracts on our way back through Nicaragua.  It was by faith and at great expense [more than what we raised] that we made this journey.  Friends, these tracts have a very nice cover and a very powerfully illustrated gospel presentation in the first few pages.  We are so excited at how God will use these to reach souls and rescue them from the devil’s hell.  We’re praying for God’s help.

The Bible verse in Luke 8:11 tells us that the Word of God is as a seed to sower.  Now that we have obtained these and other gospel tracts, we are praying for financial partners to help us distribute them.  Please pray about helping us acomplish this work.  Get Involved

 

05/22/2017 Traffic Stop Witnessing – 2 Corinthians 9:6

Traffic Stop Witnessing Costa Rica
Traffic Stop Witnessing
Costa Rica

As we were making our drive from Liberia, Costa Rica, to the border of Nicaragua, we came to some road construction.  They alternated the traffic and we took the opportunity to give out some gospel tracts and witness.  The verse about going out to the highways and byways comes to mind.  You can never fail when giving out the gospel.  This event lasted about 25 minutes

Sharing Jesus while leaving Costa Rica and going into Nicaragua
Sharing Jesus while leaving Costa Rica and going into Nicaragua

and then we were driving again.  As a full time missionary we depend on financial partners to fulfill the great commission of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The  verse 2 Corinthians 2:9 tells us that if we sow abundantly we will reap abundantly.  That’s our heart, our soul, and our mission. Get Involved

04/23/2017 Enduring Through Difficulties (2 Tim. 2:3)

Instituto Lenguaje Española
Instituto Lenguaje Española

The verse says, “Thou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (2 Tim.2:3)  As Christians, we are made new creations by the Lord Jesus and we must separate from the old life as the Spirit of Christ directs.  It’s comparable to a real life soldier and how he joins and serves.  As a missionary we face many challenges in our line of duty.  In all circumstances we trust the Lord to get us through so God can get the Glory.

Volcano Turialba WebCam Tonight
Volcano Turialba WebCam Tonight

We’re starting our 9th week in Costa Rica studying Spanish to be fully equiped for our mission field.  We have faced a few trials this past week.  We have had the axle caps stolen from our truck.  The volcano that is spewing ash has caused Kristy to develop a kind of bronchitis.  We got help from an American doctor that serves the students at the Language Institute.  He prescribed Kristy an inhaler and two other medications.  The recovery will take about three weeks, but she is a trooper and still studying and attending classes.  We’re still praying daily for the funds to keep us here for another five weeks.  For now, we’re walking by faith in the spirit of 2 Timothy 2:3.

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04/14/2017 Fools make a mock at sin. (Prov.14:9)

One of the many problems with the Catholic beliefs is the view of unrenounced, or unconfessed sin after a person dies.  The Catholic teachings, the catechisms of the Catholic Church, teach that purgatory is the final purification for the christian and the Church plays a role in making a proclamation over the dead person to help them through their fiery journey.  That leaves the door wide open for the person who follows this teaching to allow sin in their life.  It also assumes that the Church has power to change the eternal destiny of someone’s soul after they die.   Friends, the Bible gives us a diferent message that you must choose to believe, or suffer for rejecting.  Only faith in Jesus alone and repentance of sin before you die will secure your place in heaven.   “There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1Tim.2:5)  No place here for the Catholic belief that the Church has any power.  “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Heb.9:27)  There is no opportunity here for a change of decision after you die.  Jesus warned the religious that if they did not believe in Him they would die in their sins (Jn.8:24).  Jesus said in Luke 24:47 that repentance would be preached in His name.  God help the deceived to hear the Lord calling them to repent and believe only in Jesus and not to put their trust in man.

02/09/2017 Waiting on the Lord

Look familiar?
Look familiar?

In war – I have always understood that a victory is dependent on a good supply line.  If you don’t have fuel for transportation, ammunition, and provisions for soldiers, you can’t expect to win.  My weaponry, according to 2 Cor. 10:4, is spiritual and mighty.  It cannot fail or run out, because it is from God.  Even though my transportation is running out of fuel and sometimes I have to wait for funds to come to refuel, my ability to wage the spiritual warfare is not limited.  Let’s put “waiting” into perspective as taught in the book of Psalms.  First, we find that waiting is not just a periodic condition but rather a moment by moment attitude as seen by Psalm 25:5, “..on thee [God] do I wait all the day.”  This kind of “waiting” is what I am doing while I am actively working.   There is no sitting around to this “waiting”.   It is similar to a paradox.  See also Psalm 37:7.  Second, we see “waiting” on God that takes the form of a launched attack against the enemies of God and his children.  Psalm 33:20, 27:14, 37:7,9,34, and 40:1-4 are examples of this type.   The Word of God is the sword that we thrust out by preaching and evangelism.   Stand with us in this war to save souls.  Get Involved

Rod & Kristy Rudine: Missionaries to Honduras