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.
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.
We 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
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
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
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
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.
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 my wife to develop a kind of bronchitis. We got help from an American doctor that serves the students at the Language Institute. He prescribed for my wife 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.
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.
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
There is nothing more exciting than going to people that are off the beaten path for the sake of the gospel. It’s interesting to see how people live in places like the mountains. Folks figure out how to get by. As I take in all the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells there is an overwhelming desire to share experiences such as these with others. I am realistic in saying that a few pictures, or a video, simply will not be sufficient to explain to anyone just what it is like out there. I can hardly wait for a shipment of Bibles to come in from the BEAMS Bible Ministry so we carry them to these people. Would you like to know how you can help?
As we drew near to the end of 2016 we reached out to the children at a local children’s home. We presented the gospel by using the Abeka Flasha Cards. These really hold the little kid’s attention, as well as present the salvation message effectively. After presenting the gospel, almost all wanted to receive Jesus.
As the new year is getting started we are looking forward to what the Lord has in store and believing Him for great things. We are praying about an opportunity to use an old church building to have our meetings. We try to look at things through the vision that God gives. Ephesians 5:15-17 puts our thoughts and actions in perspective saying, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
We are going out to San Juan Pueblo and going through the different neighborhoods doing house-to-house evangelism. We pull up to the end of the street, park, grab a few copies of the Gospel of John, along with our Bible, and head out. The people here are for the most part friendly. We are carrying and sharing the Words of Life. Jesus said, “Freely ye have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8) As I talk to these folks, I asked them if they would like to have a church in their neighborhood. Everyone so far has said yes. I pray that the Lord will help make this desire a reality. San Juan Pueblo is such a great opportunity. May the Lord supply the need to see a building for a church constructed. As far as ministry opportunities, this town is like a dream to me. Your help can make a huge difference. Get Involved