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Waters of Life Baptist church on the mountain and the Lighthouse Baptist church in the valley Mothers Day services. Amen. Had great preaching by our national pastors in several other churches and outreaches as well. Cost...one tire. Weee amen...Pastor Carlos and his family did a great job with a special pre mothers (day) evening service and activities. Preaching, games, food and memories for moms of his church.Had one of our pastors tell me they have had 5 new families attending faithfully since the Easter outreach in their church and mission. Amen. One family wants to get married and baptized. Another church is also working with 2 couples about marriage and baptisms. Keep our preacher in Cuba in prayer. Have not heard from him yet. We expected that, but still a little unnerving for us and his family. Not expecting him for another 3 or more weeks. Finished drilling the well in the mountain but still working out issues. Praying to have it all up and water running this week.Julie is doing well in medical college. She spent Easter week at home with us and will be with us a few days next week between class breaks. Julie works with the cancer center for children in all her spare time. Counceling, translating, bible studies, cleaning ect and she will begin regular hospital classes next Friday. She is working hard but it has been more costly than expected. Amen and thank you for every remembrance.Drilling begins, but not according to plan...it is Honduras. Changed location. The town wants to help and is willing to build a tank and distribution lines to poss 200 homes. But we needed a site with a possibility of a lot more water. A neighbor to the mountain church offered a better site. And dontated it to the our mission. So clear ground, and move equipment first thing this morning and set up again. Then go to get a tank of water to drill with. Arrive at the closest hand dug well and we must clean and fill all the ladies pilas and containers before empting her well to fill our tank... return start and find a lift cable bad. weee10 minutes into drilling today we hit water 2x... great on one, bad on the second. Nice little bit of water blew out of hole... then the drill rig broke a fan clutch and fan ruined the radiator, dumping its water... in a remote mountain in Honduras... we just told our drilling friend and missionary who was rushing home to the northern side of the country to fix the roof that blew off his house yesterday... nothing is ever easy... wee
Just spent whirlwind 10 days back in the USA. Have not been in the states for over a decade. One of our supporting churches called and it happened to be timed perfect. A canceled event here, right people to help here, ect, ect. They even twisted my arm a bit wanting me and Lisa to come on short notice. Even buying 1st class tickets... that was a first for me. It worked out great, the late purchase 1st class tickets were only $100 more.... which is less than the cost of one overloaded or extra luggage. We were allowed eight 70lbs bags between the 2 of us. Old school flying. And we needed it, bringing all that was donated to the children here. Another church met us at the airport with a caddy and a gas card allowing us to travel.We stretched it to 10 days and were able to see 4 churches and visit with 2 pastors and a school chapel service while crossing back and forth the Mississippi River, and maybe a new supporting church. Our home church pastor drove 7 hours just to spend a 2hr breakfast with us. As I sat outside with a friend without a coat in 30s temps my body began to shake. Oh what's that? Wow a cold chill, haven't had one of those in a long time, almost forgot what they were. So sat freezing a little longer just to remember the experience. :) All was great, emotional and needed fellowship good food and shared memories. The churches received us and treated us wonderfully. I found I was struggling some in English which made preaching much harder than I expected. Wobbly on the bike so to speak. We returned home to find all was well too. To a cleaned room and even a fixed a/c. The kids did a really good job holding down the fort and keeping it all going... but were glad to put the keys in my hands. Thank you for every remembrance, care and prayer.
Update Eric... The prayers of many ministering saints have moved a mountain. The healing of Eric has been nothing short of a miracle.His mind and memory have returned, his bones are almost healed. His eyesight not affected, and though still on crutches he is in school now and doing well. A few weeks ago we were not sure he would make it. Then no one was sure he would ever recover mentally. Now we nearly have our Eric back. Amen and thank you for every utterance to our LORD Jesus Christ, they have been answered.Cuba project... The first 3000 bibles arrived Monday. Tuesday our preacher from Nicaragua arrived so we could get them across the border. In Nic they will be taken to a plane that will fly them to Cuba. We sent 3000 Bibles, 4000 J/R, 50,000 tracts, a bible institute course for 6 students, 110 children's shoebox/giftbags, our old faithful bouncehouse, and our preacher. All should be in Cuba next week.Our preacher will stay in Cuba 3-4 month with a former teacher who is asking to be discipled along with his family. He will distribute bibles to Cuban soldiers, street preach and attempt to plant a church. A tall order. When he returns we hope to have 12,000 more bibles here to fly in. Enough for every soldier when he returns.The Bible institute freshman classes began this month in St. Teresa. Former graduates are now teaching the institute classes. They are also pastoring in churches and teaching full time credited bible classes and English classes in public schools here.Church and building projects... The first baptist church plant in Nicaragua now has a roof and electric.The Honduran church near the border has the foundation in and blocks to build the walls.The lighthouse shop/class building has walls up and a roof. Still need floor, gates and electric.Lisa and I will be visiting the USA for a few days for a supporting church's missions conference. Got my arm twisted just right. It is my first time back in a decade. Jenny and Alberto will hold the fort while we are away. Hard to get away for various reason. One example, Thursday we had a surprise gov. inspection of the Children's Lighthouse. Eight Lawyers, drs, inspectors ect. Wee, never fun. But if we were not here it could go bad quickly. We are trying to make the most of it and see a few supporters as we can. Need prayer and provision to make it happen.
We have much to share and praise. But before I do I want to put up some new info and pics that have asked for
And ministry brochure...
Friday morning during school classes one of our young preachers showed up to try and fix his motorcycle that has been stored in our bodega due to lack of funds. Lenin went down to help get it out. After an hour Eric was sent to our bodega to fetch Lenin back to class. Lenin and the preacher were across the street at a repair shop. There were 6 tractor trailers illegally parked on the highway blocking access and view in front of the Lighthouse property. (We have a standing rule our kids are not allowed off property without permission.) Eric went looking for Lenin. When he stuck his head out around the semi to check traffic a pickup truck hit him in the head. Three vehicles wide on a 2 lane road. He lay lifeless in the road. Lenin, preacher and driver picked his lifeless body up and took off to the hospital. By the time we figure it out and get to correct hospital 30+ min had passed. The driver told them he was poor and didn't have much. I saw first hand the difference in care. When I arrived I began to question what and why, and finally called the hospital owner. When they realized whose kid he was things changed. This saddens me, but also shows why pure socialized care is not as effective... we went from taking one or two 1970s era xrays at a cost of $25... to an mri scan. We went from cleaning and stitching a few surface wounds on hands and feet to checking for blood and swelling in the brain and fractures in the scull. He has broken eye sockets, nose, and jaw and missing teeth. Was still unresponsive, they were preparing us for bad news and we rushed him by ambulance to the capital for dr specialists.The following morning a full mri scan also showed damage to his hand and foot, but all facial fractures have bones aligned and not in need of reconstruction surgery. Just bed rest and wait for the body to do its thing. Sunday he was moved out of intensive care for recuperation after he was able to eat a few bites of soft food. He has a cast on his leg and arm still can't speak due to swelling in mouth, jaw, face ect. He screams in pain when moved but this too is a blessing. The LORD's mighty hand through the prayers of His saints. Many were praying.........and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. JamesThe LORD heard our ministering saints. After a full body ct scan they found a broken arm and foot, but now they are saying no surgery is needed for his face, and confirmed no bleeding in the brain. Just cast him and rest... Eric woke Saturday in a lot of pain, but not a single broken bone out of place. He is missing some teeth and will need dental work... a far cry from Friday seeing a lifeless boy in the highway. I have seen many die from lesser injuries.In our time here in Honduras I have seen first hand many times the power of God working through the prayers of His ministering saint... thank you Lord.His healing will be long, and still needs much. And in reality not out of danger at all...it is only a couple of days after major head trauma. Much can still go wrong, but thankful for what has gone right. Please keep praying and following the Spirit's leading
Irons in the fire... but need fuel for the fire.Many things are already happening this year. Sunday we had our kids ministering in 3 churches. Jenny actually taught children in 3 different church ministry locations this week. Lisa made up a craft coloring book for small gift bags with tracts, candy, crayons and a token gift. In her resourcefulness was able to make enough to give something to the kids in 7 of our churches. Alberto, Jenny and Japheth and all the gifts bags headed up the hour plus ride up the rough mountain road on a motorcycle( 3 people and supplies) to teach and distribute the coloring books gifts. And make it back to the Lighthouse to teach again. Julie is heading off for the University Tuesday of this week. She will leave a big hole to fill in many ways. She has shown herself faithful and the LORD is rewarding. To explain Julie's heart. See what she opts to do to help the day before leaving for college. She knows we have an inspection from the gov the day after she leaves. Of her own will she just came in my office and got the cleaning supplies to clean all 10 toilets in our children's home. Then asks if she can go to help the city church in their VBS in the afternoon after the house is cleaned.... yeah a big hole to fill. She has been like one of David's mighty men to the family and ministry for a long time.Last week she sat in the sun all week selling our great dane puppies. Why does a missionary sell great dane puppies? For money to send a national preacher to Cuba to witness to 2 Generals, street preach and prepare the way to distribute bibles to every Cuban soldier. Wanting to send 15,000 bibles and tracts, plant a church and maybe military ministry. 3000 bibles are beginning their move from the USA this week. Our Nicaraguan preacher now has the funds in hand to make the first trip.Was talking to a well drilling ministry here and they are willing to drill maybe 3 wells for us in churches. The 1st one in April. Amen.Still need more materials for the church construction on the border and deliver what we have... dont have enough vehicles running to be everywhere so has to wait till vbs is over... the old kia broke the rack n pinion and someone stole the battery. $1000 just in those 2 parts. Our preachers saw 4 trust the Lord in churches this Sunday. School is starting up soon and our bible institute students will be teaching again in public schools. And our Lighthouse school will begins soon as well. It has been 5 years on our current papers so now time to renew all our ministry and personal papers here. Always a great expense in time and money. Need prayer and provision on many fronts. Thank you for every remembrance.
Highlights...I was talking to our preachers who want to go to Cuba. An amazing turn of events. We have 3000 bibles coming our way to send to Cuba. We need 12,000 more. But...We now have a promise of central america to Cuba transportation.... free. I am not at liberty to share publicly all the details right now but the "who" is helping and "how" would be impossible just a few years ago.... need prayer it all works and prayers for funds to send our preacher there... amenLighthouse randoms...Lenin working late under headlights on a motocarga 3 wheeled motorcycle we use for ministry. We have many who have a motorcycle lic and can use this but not drive a car. It hauls up to 12 people on a 200cc motorcycle. Though loaned it out Sunday to rescue one of our preachers broken motorcycles and they were hit by a tractor trailer. No one hurt but repairs were needed... Lenin has it under control. He is learning a lot.I have always tried to teach our kids here to honor their fathers. To do it for the Lord not nec for the caliber of man they were. So one of our older kids when asked what she wanted for her birthday present?.... she wanted to make a grave marker for her father... guess where I am?Electric went out at the Lighthouse one morning and was a bit too warm without a/c or fans so took the kids to the river and let them cool off and expend energy...lunch at river.Oh fun... was time to take puppys to vet for vacs. Ie 12 great dane puppys we are trying to sell before Christmas... take them to town, find a parking spot near vet, pull out the big dog cage and bottom falls out. 12 puppies running in the very busy main street and kids, me and vet chasing them all and stopping traffic.. and trying to hold them in a broken cage.... not a single horn blaring but lots of people laughing at us... weee, welcome to Honduras...Preaching....We often allow a share time before preaching. An open floor time where anyone one can share testimony, scriptures, song or a short message. Yesterday I opted to use this time for an illustration. Our bible student/preachers had brought young men visitors. I called them all to the front and sat them down and told them I wanted to see who could read the rich man and Lazarus parable in Luke 16 for all the church to hear. But first I gave them a drop of ghost chili pepper extract. You know the stuff police pepper spray is made from. 10x hotter than the hottest habaero chilli peppers. Of course I drank a large bottle of water in front of them spilling a little after offering each a drink, but instead drinking it myself and telling them to reread that verse and saying "see, I cant give you any". As tears ran, snot ran, and sweat ran from red suffering faces, each man began to run out side to the water hose for relief... except our young preacher... he managed through tears, sweat and a red face, to stand up and finish the verses and even turn it into a great short sermon plea. But then said excuse me and he too ran for the hose outside. I continued the message and plea until the men were able to to compose themselves and return. All enjoyed a memorable lesson and will never read Luke 16 the same again. So how are visitors welcomed in your church? Welcome to Honduras.... :)Ministry work...First load of blocks delivered to the church on the Nic. border this morning. Foundation almost complete. Four more loads to go for block... then 4-5 trips to the river to load sand and gravel then the church "kit" will be ready to assemble. Minus roof, doors ect...
Been a long month. Lisa is stateside visiting one of our kids. Ermita's son Jorge is still fighting to be alive. Ermita's family has mortgaged their home and sold their car doing what they can for him. The hospital wants to send him home but needed a machine to breath. The also installed a chip that stimulates nerves and with a brainwave machine were able to move an arm showing there are still nerves connected to the brain.Mariana fell and broke her collar bone and needed to be pinned, and this week After a great day Saturday(see below) got kids safely home in bed and sleeping. 60 seconds after the kids left the dorms this morning our little Isai comes in my room. "Papi, I have axdent". He ran by where the guys had been fixing a roof and cut his leg on the sheetmetal. Yikes. Tape him together, call a Honduran surgeon friend. He says bring him by in 4 hours... uh ok. A few moments later get a text to bring him now, sorry didn't understand your need... so we rush to his house/office and he does his skill like a master. Not a single tear with this poor little guy. Likely very little scaring because of the stitching mastery inside and out. Then off to church. Thank you Lord... and remember we still need a tire... :) ministry run on faith in the LORD.Sat. promised drive with family. Morning drive up the mountain on the paved road to the more northern border crossing to find a humble waterfall (20meters) and the beginning of Rio Coco. It is the frontier river that runs from us in the South near the Pacific but empties hundreds of miles north into the Atlantic as a great river basin like the Amazon. Little over an hour and 2800 feet climb only to turn off the road through a farmers field and an hour straight down the mountain on a rocky, steep, narrow, curvy, cliff hanging, paint scraping, loaded with all the kids and lunch, straddling a single desolate cow path crossing several private farms.... without a spare(blew tire on way up mountain). So I am in the middle of the tropics, with all the kids and babies, 2 hours from the nearest civilization, in a former border war zone, with no spare, sitting at the headwaters of the second largest amazonian river basin in the world, cooking hotdogs on a hotplate in the kia for the kids playing in the water... simply beautiful with plantlife blooming and butterflies everywhere... and I have internet? And faith... welcome to Honduras... You know you are strange and off the beaten path when the border police you asked directions from come looking for you after a few hours to make sure you are ok... only problem was had to use matches instead of kia to cook for a house of 20... the hot plate was not up to task. Beautiful there on the mountain divide of Honduras. One side of the mt goes to the pacific the other atlantic and we straddled it. Kids had a great time... cost? Half a tank of fuel, flat tire lunch and made priceless memories... one side of river Nicaragua the other Honduras... kids fed the policemen as a thank you..
Have a heavy hearted prayer request. Ermita, one of our long time church members in the city needs urgent prayers on several fronts. Her husband was diagnosed with cancer and they were to go for their first chemo in the Capital today. Last night her son Jorge was carjacked by one of the worst gangs in Tegu and shot. He is in critical care in the hospital and are not sure if he will make it. She is in great need of prayer by those who know her faithfulness...
We had a good week considering. This Sunday there were 9 baptisms at the Lighthouse. Our playplace/classroom/ssroom has a ballpit/kiddypool/baptismal. Multi purposed. It is the only clean water available right now rivers are still dry. Two churches used it to baptize this Sunday and more to follow. The kids wanted to serve the churches a meal since they would be without food most of the day when they come down the mountain to visit. That presented a problem due to the bank canceling my debit card on wend. They issued new secure card with chips... and left me hanging with access to funds. Kids were determined, they used the rice we had and killed the fatted lamb. Great meal. Another blessing were able to help one of our mt churches purchase a motorcycle. They were walking 10miles and 3000ft of elevation daily teaching bible classes in public schools... my heart was blessed and sad by this. So we did what we could and the Lord worked it out. Need several more to be truthful. A mt church also finished the roof install on their new classroom and will be ready for medical/evang outreach in a month or so. Amen...thank you for your prayers they keep us airborn even when we are out of gas. Amen
Weee... A week ago I opted to have new belts put on the old kia. I was at the dealer servicing and repairs on new kia and bought them because quality is hard to find. I had Alberto drop the old kia off at a mech to put them on. They had a difficult time for some reason. Picked up truck and did not drive it 20 miles before the radiator fell out hit the fan and ruined radiator, belts, fan, fan clutch, pulley, cut wiring ect. While fixing also found motor mount bad and frame cracked. In all near 700 dollars in repairs... some people have a midas touch... well my touch does just the opposite.Oh well such is life .. need old kia in good running order when medical team gets here in a few weeks to be able to move crew about. Need 2 vehicles for 30+ people plus lots of gear... early in month so had funds... but its going to hurt by the time team arrives in 3 weeks.Offered help, gear and advice get heavy rocks out of a hole Alberto was digging for a septic cistern. They had several big rocks weighing 1000lbs or more. They knew about heating them with old tires on fire then rapid cooling to break them into smaller rocks. But still needed to lift 500lb pieces out of a 12 foot hole. We set kia up as a crane and used the chain hoist to lift out several thousand pounds of rocks. Dirty job working after burned tires... my job sit, watch, advise and make sure no one dies...or ruins my truck. All turned out well. They dig 50 to 70 feet down like this for water wells here.A medical eyeglass team will arrive in a few weeks. We are also excited about the 10th anniversary of LaCruz Baptist church this month. Several churches will be at the Lighthouse to celebrate and baptize, preach and fellowship. Amen!After 10 years the missionary providence of God still amazes me. The raven keeps coming into the wilderness. As we came to the end of last month money always runs out long before the month does. Was days without a bank deposit food running very low at the Children's Lighthouse and heading into a long USA weekend, so not much hope of anything till the 1st week of the month and bank is below min balance. Lisa is also still in USA looking to return soon. The same night a ministering saint bought her a return ticket... this morning another ministering saint bought food for the Lighthouse...The Holy Spirit answered prayers almost as they were prayed. Amen...Waiting on the Lord goes against our sinful nature... but gives clarity from whence it comes and to whom the glory is due. Amen
We had a wonderful week harvesting the Lord's field in June. Faith Baptist in Mo has been one of our biggest supporters since we began ministering in Honduras. They have a new pastor and wanted to come see us again. They chose to come with Truth for Today missions and make it a medical outreach as well. The Lord blessed in many ways. I got to know the pastor personally, they saw the ministry needs and fulfilled some of them. We celebrated the 10th anniversary of the La Cruz Baptist church (Faith helped lay the foundation years ago). Doors may have opened for 2 more church plants and full time bible teaching in another public school. Hundreds were helped by Drs, medicine and glasses, and 319 souls harvested for Christ.The last day of the medical mission was on the border of Nicaragua. The church plant there got military permission and came across to the outreach to meet everyone in Honduras. Amen.
Our school year ended and is almost ready to start up again. Lisa and Julie are getting next school year ready while closing this one. Been raining hard as of late. This Sunday taking church folks home in the city during a storm the kia took an unexpected muddy dive in a 3 foot deep flooded area of the paved road. It has a 5ft working snorkel kit and a quick switch to 4wd kept us going. But now it needs a deep cleaning and lubricant change in the transfer case, trans, differentials ect. Wee. Managed to weld the frame on the old kia back together for the 18th time and put tires on it. This will allow Alberto and Jenny to visit churches for me and do some construction oversight. Hoping to break ground and do a foundation for a church building near the border. They will also help this month for our national "Children's day". Currently rebuilding some of our old vbs equipment to do activities. Alberto was asked by one of our pastors to do a lesson in a house outreach. He did fine. They also dedicated their new baby to the Lord promising to raise him for Christ. Amen. We tend to hold tight to the sweet moments in ministry because if not the heartaches can be overwhelming. In ministry one must guard their heart, not let it harden, nor break and fail. Found out two things this week about kids that used to be with us. One had left in rebellion years ago and called begging for help to fix the mess they had made of their life. The second even more tragic. A young boy who was removed against our recommendation and placed with family, is now one of the half crazed young men here wondering the streets sniffing glue and paint. Children's ministry is often like being a lifeguard on a busy shark infested beach, who is required to work with both hands tied behind their back, and tape on their mouth...heartbreaking. (btw the photo is not the same young man. I just took the photo earlier the same day I heard the news). Our support is always a surprise every month. By the time the 3rd and 4th week of the month come around money is tight. Yet God always provides, 10 years of providing. I received a surprise email from an old school friend who used to babysit me 40 years ago. We have had very little contact and nothing for 39yrs till they had a school reunion. The Lord laid on her heart a love offering. The second was an out of work Honduran business man. He texted me and said he had something for me... humbling. Those 2 allowed us to buy food and finish the month once again... The LORD proves through those close enough to Him to hear His desires.... after a decade of this, I am in as much awe of God monthly as one seeing the grand canyon for the first time. Thank you to each one of our ministering saints for listening to the heart of God.
Already a busy week. Honduras celebrates a national children's day and most schools and churches do something special that day. It is a single day for most but when you are wanted in more than a dozen locations...it takes a week or more to deal with over 1500 children. Jenny and Alberto have taken on much of this duty this week. The old kia had to be pushed out of the mud at one church, on another mountain it overheated and lost brakes coming down the mountain... but have already ministered to hundreds of kids 1-12 grade and week is not over yet. Our institute grades are sacrificing much to minister in 6 public schools. They have made themselves a wonderful ministry.They give the schools the needed help they want and the schools in turn let them teach full time bible classes to all grades, to all students. They have seen many come to Christ and the church is growing a lot. Amen! Julie officially graduates high school Friday and has a gov issued graduation. They asked Lisa to "cater" it. Cake ect. The same day she graduates at 10 am she reports to the university the same afternoon last day to turn in her graduation papers... talk about just under the wire. Amen!
Keeping busy. Julie is our first complete HS graduate. She got her national diploma this past week. Three different tv news crews were there and out her class of 36 she was the first graduate of the first class of this program with the government. She received the same diploma as all other public and private schools here. The same day she had to rush and get all her certification to the university so she can start her medical school training in Jan. Her desire is to be a medical missionary.Amen. Lisa was asked to "cater" (iè will you do it and pay for it, hard to say no when it is for Julie) the event and her wedding quality cake made the evening news and as the backdrop for many photos. Julie needs transportation in Tegu. She will be close the university but it is too dangerous to walk at certain times. And the bus requires over an hour and a swap (ie more costly and timely than a motorcycle) I have been looking for just the right thing and finally found it. A Yamaha Crypton new. Super high mileage, low maint, a girls motorcycle and had a price cheaper than the cheap chinese motorcycles... too good to pass up. So we bought it. Not sure what to do at the end of the month but it was very needed.The 10th of this month was Honduras' national children's day. A big celebration time here. This year we were to be in 13 different (locations schools and churches)ministering to well over 1600 children. All heard the gospel. To give a scale each candy cannon shot launches 10lbs of candy 100 feet in the air... and the fuel getting to the locations is more than candy...weee. look on the kids faces when it rains candy...priceless... price for the look on the pastor's face when a few boys climbed up on the church roof to get a few stray candies... was cheap...free even..Another little thing happening in our part of the world. Haitians have arrived. A large group caught a ship to Brazil and have been working their way to the USA by land. Hundreds are now in Our church neighborhood. And Hondurans are willing to help... for a fee. Seems a place to rest your head out of the rain at night is $10 and a bank transaction from USA to Haitians cost $20. They are traveling as families and some have been coming to our city church. Beautiful families.I was talking to our Nicaraguan preacher and his desire to visit Cuba. We have been pondering the idea of sending him for a while. He would take as much as he could and street preach where Americans cannot in a way few now days are willing. No hotel or restaurants, just knock doors and street preach till a new convert gives you rest and food, like he does here. He hopes to plant a new church in his month stay. His military training was in Cuba as a contra. His teacher and old friend is now a Cuban general. We would like to also bring in enough bibles for the active military in Cuba which is about 15,000. The general is willing to help with customs to bring in bibles. While at Julie's graduation I got promises of 15,000 J/R and another group commited 3000 whole Bibles. We have enough tracts at the moment. We are praying the Lord makes a way to send the preacher in Jan or Feb for the first wave, preaching and planting. Also firm up the decades old friendship and commitment from the general for sending Bibles.
Winding down our month long Children's day. Alberto took Julie and Lenin to our mountain church for the event. Jenny and baby were not up for the ride. As it turns out that was a good thing because I sent them 4 hours early by mistake... without enough money for drinks or food... my bad. But they were troopers and found a way. Julie and Alberto sang, Alberto preached, Lenin set up and ran equipment, Julie kept order. Worked out well. Near 200 kids arrived. More than 2000 kids have had candy rain down and were under preaching this month. Amen. The greatest blessing for me has been our Lighthouse family, ie our kids, did most of it solo. Amen. Went to our city church for pulpit fill. Was a good service. Then pick up a few folks on way back for church at Lighthouse right afterwards. Busy day but a good day. Good service at the Lighthouse as well. The institute grads have been reaching out to some hardened gang members. For a few months they have invited them to sleep in their home and church and they stay with them and "talk". They also take the half dozen out on outings away from other influences to "talk" and influence their thoughts. To show them there is another way. Are you secure enough in Christ to invite latino gang members over for a sleep over with your family to win souls? Minor led one of the most hardened to the Lord about 2 months ago. And he has been in every service since. They had 2 other members with them one night and Minor was witnessing, but thought he had pushed as hard as he dared and backed off. To his surprise his new convert stepped in and preached hard at his old gang friends... and led not one but both to the Lord. Minor was open jawed in silence. Keep in mind these are latino gang members. Some of the most murderous, thieving, drug influenced souls you can meet. But the LORD is greater and died for them too. Amen. Minor was asking me if I had any extra 25 dollar mattresses so they could invite more of them. They need 6 to 8 so they can sleep in the church building at night... anyone want to buy a bed or two for a gang outreach ministry? What is the price of a soul?
We had three of our churches at the Lighthouse property last week for baptisms. Ten adults baptized in believers baptism. One was from the gang outreach the New Jerusalem Baptist church is doing. They have led several members to the Lord by befriending them and showing them another way. Inviting them for sleepovers at the pastors home and outings for times of teaching. How invested are you in soul winning? Short video of the young people doing much of the outreaching...As always the cost for the day was the water pump burned up at the Lighthouse. The week following was spent pulling the pump and finding new parts. The boys did a wonderful job without extra issues or complaint for the hard work. Was expensive, but the Lord provided and it was a blessing. It worked one day before we had some disgruntled thief cut the waterline to the tank with a machete... easy fix but a headache none the less.Also had the monkey escape. We don't chase them anymore just wait till they get hungry and return to eat.... but went out in the morning to find the monkey had played with a big box of matches on the roof of the kia... my first thought? Which little boy taught them that?God gives little glimpses into how maybe he sees us, often in how we see our kids or grand kids, others in our care ect. On the way to church for baptism Sunday with a load of folks from the city I drive by a house near ours. The ice cream push cart man ringing his bell is in front by the road. There is a butt naked little boy arms and head divin deep upside down in the cart selecting a treat. I laugh at the Norman Rockwell moment along with all the passengers... then realize its one of ours and we are already late for church.... and have a confused moment on how I should feel as contrary feelings and thoughts all meet at the crossroads of my mind... wee. Catching monkeys is easy... ministry on the other hand needs divine intervention...
We had a wonderful week harvesting the Lord's field in June. Faith Baptist in Mo has been one of our biggest supporters since we began ministering in Honduras. They have a new pastor and wanted to come see us again. They chose to come with Truth for Today missions and make it a medical outreach as well. The Lord blessed in many ways. I got to know the pastor personally, they saw the ministry needs and fulfilled some of them. We celebrated the 10th anniversary of the La Cruz Baptist church (Faith helped lay the foundation years ago). Doors may have opened for 2 more church plants and full time bible teaching in another public school. Hundreds were helped by Drs, medicine and glasses, and 319 souls harvested for Christ.The last day of the medical mission was on the border of Nicaragua. The church plant there got military permission and came across to the outreach to meet everyone in Honduras. Amen.
Jenny married part 2 ..stopping to pick the flowersLots to share. First the well is up and running thanks to ministering saints and a lot of hard work from Jr. The Lighthouse has running drinkable water and is supplying the neighborhood again. Jr managed to fix it all much cheaper than we were told and feared it might cost. Still lots of money we didnt have, but not the mountain of cash we feared it would take. Prayers worked again and the Lord supplied all. Amen!Jenny's wedding was simply beautiful in so many ways. The Lord's hand was seen in humility everywhere. From Jenny picking flowers from the side of the highway a few hours before the wedding. Add to it as we entered town she saw a stranger's house with perfect colored flowers. We stopped to ask if we could pay to pick some. The man answering the gate looks at Jenny and says "you are the american's daughter, the one marring Alberto"..."uhh yes," "take all the flowers you want and have a good wedding" Bring light to PROV 31:22-23 amen. The wedding came together because there were so many showing their love to Alberto and Jenny. A pastor and good friend brought his family just to perform the wedding, they have been praying for Jenny weekly for 10 years. He preach a perfect wedding sermon and service.The night before Jenny came into my room crying, she lost her engagement ring(again). She had taken it off to wash clothes and feared it went down the underground drain. She had looked and looked to no avail. I said do you want it found? Yes papi. Lets look for it. As she started to leave I said not that way and instead we bowed to pray and ask the Lord. When finished I asked one of the other kids to go looked for it and where. But before they could start another child ran in with the ring. Jenny looks at me and smiles and says thank you Lord and thank you papi... amen. They wanted to go with Jr and Lourdes to Nicaragua to do an outreach for their honeymoon. I was able to work it out so not only could they serve the Lord on their honeymoon but Jr andLourdes could celebrate their aniversary as well and spend a couple of days on the beach there before returning. Several families bought fireworks to set off after the wedding and 1st of Jan. I bought a firecracker along the road with 1lb of powder...it was really really loud. Why does one buy a firecracker with one lbs of powder or a wedding... I was left alone for a while. Lisa is in the states the Girls (Lourdes, Jenny, Julie) were in the store getting food for the Lighthouse... and I was left alone in the parking lot. The bible says it is not good the man should be alone :) So I wandered off and saw a man selling fireworks along the road. I asked do you have loud ones? He runs to the back and brings out a homemade Honduran 16 inch long 4 inch round made from newspaper firecracker... and says it is real loud and real cheap... i looked around and saw no one saying no. Then he says the main sales pitch "es muy peligroso". uhh. SOLD! What's a lone guy to do?.... so the wedding festivities began with a bang and several guest dropped their wedding cake... and the whole neighborhood came out to watch the rest....jr finished the mods for the other missionary's kia and the arrived as he was bolting in the rack... amenWonderful day... thank you to all the ministering saints of our Lord. You have made a remarable year possible and stored up much treasure in heaven
Ending the year with a bang. It has been a blessed year over all. Many trials, many storms passed but the "Son" always comes out and shines in the end... December was a hard month in many ways, yet blessing fell more abundantly than burdens. Ministering saints allowed Lisa to visit her father after a heart attack and care for her elderly parents.Two weddings for 2 girls who have been part of our ministry since the beginning. Jr modified another missionary's Kia for more extreem use and also went to Nic with our evangelist and preached. The church building in Nic is going up. They want us to return and help weld the roof. The classroom construction in St Teresa has begun. The well at the Lighthouse was repaired for much less than we were told and feared it would cost. But only after much labor from Jr and the boys building rigging making tools ect. They were finally able to extract it and do the needed repairs and the well was not as damaged as we thought... Another miracle. A supporting church sent their pastor, Pastor Kiefer and his wife and daughter to help with the wedding of Jenny. With their help it turned out wonderful in every way. They blessed in many ways even afterward. It was a needful visit.
Amen post. Just finished a hard week of medical evangelism with the Wallers and Truth for Today medical missions. They bring a group from the USA and we augment it with folks from our Local churches, giving medical care, glasses, dentistry and of course the gospel... each person receives personal attention. Hundreds of people in four locations received care and a personal gospel witness. Of those 165 made a profession in Jesus Christ. It is a hard week expensive week, 4am mornings and often midnight nights but it is well worth the harvest... That leaves a lot of follow up by our local churches. We are planning a larger scale outreach in June if the Lord allows. The airlines lost the luggage with meds and glasses for the group. It arrive finally for the last day. But the Lord provided ways to keep moving forward and many were saved. Wonderful week to store up heavenly treasure....wonderful week with old friends and new. Melinda needed "security" while in Honduras. Marc and I provided what we could and put her in our shadow... but she preferred to see the sun shining... :)
Been a blessed month over all. Had a box from a church in NY arrive the first week with much needed clothes and near everything fit someone. It also had a nice hd mixer for Lisa and the much needed high output special alternator for the new Kia. It has had a workout since installing it because we have had little electric at the Lighthouse, 3 or 4 days a week without power. So the kia with an inverter fills in running lights and fan.Have had several trust the Lord so far this month in several churches and two special adults baptized at the Lighthouse. Of course after baptisms are over no reason to waste the water. Kids hop in and fill it with balls and cool off... amen.Had another delivery from the states as well when the Christmas bags arrived along with some food for the Lighthouse. Another Amen!Been fighting zika mosquito here because some in our ministry are expecting. Bought needed insecticides and sprayers to keep them at bay. Had a few emergencies as well. Boys jumping on a bed and splat on floor busting out front teeth. Late night Dr run but no emergency rooms would take him, all lacking doctors. So called the dentist in one of our churches ran by her house at 9pm to pick her up and take her to her office... surgery finished near midnight. The second was done by remote control. Alba called in a panic. Mikey had a neighbor kid jump on a board and mess up his hand. Called a friendly er dr and he was able to pin him back together. Amen. Karen also had her pins in her legs removed and is learning to walk again. She is up and around with just a cane now. Still a ways to go though. Always in need of prayer because we are buffeted on all sides daily. So today for down time, I opted to take all of us to the beach. All 22 with a few extended family... was going to take both kias but the old one blew the clutch en-route and was left behind at a mechanic shop. After a wonderful day on the way back hit a traffic jam of hundreds of cowboys showing off with dancing horses. Sit in traffic with the kids and watched the show. Last week Lenin wanted a project so he replaced the screens in the kitchen door and repainted it. Amen. Thank you for every rememberance and prayer.For those wondering about beach weather this week for Choluteca Honduras?Sat 100 sunny, Sun 100 sunny, Mon 102 sunny, Tue 100 sunny, Wend 100 sunny, Thur 100 sunny, Fri 101 sunny, Sat 101sunny, Sun 100 sunny, Mon 100 sunny,
The church in St Teresa is making progress on their classroom. They have been teaching full time bible classes in the public schools. Several schools begging them to come to their's as well because they see results. The classroom space is to bring kids after school and allow more in depth teaching. A ministering saint gave them seed money to start, they grew it so they could build bigger. They are near the roof level now.One of the bible institute students(Wilman's sister) asked Jenny and Julie to help with their wedding in two weeks. After she weds she too will start teaching bible classes in the public schools... amen.The San Geranimo church is planning to baptize more folks at the Lighthouse property. Had another drunk almost hit our entry bridge but hit the big rock instead and took off...It is holy week here now. Everything is closed, packed or parties and drunks,... not a good time to go or do anything unless you like crowds, few supplies and drunks(it is holy week). But the Lord supplies. A wealthy neighbor invited us to use his empty house, complete with private pool and all.. free. The kids had a blast... me? I worked a mean hammock in the shade sipping a real sugar coke out a glass bottle. It is the same place the Honduran president stayed at a few months ago... returned to the house and had a gospel movie night with kids... all was great till bedtime and got really sick. Downed meds and vineger and feel a bit better this morning...not sure what hit me. I finally was able to get Julie new glasses. They fell off her face in the dark highway when the Drs were here in Jan. She was helping others and lost her glasses in the process. She is one of our biggest helpers in the ministry here. Hard to see her go so long without seeing, all the while never missing a beat in her work...thankful the Lord allowed another pair. Always in need of prayer...Btw 105 today climbing to 107 by Sunday... no wind chill, not a cloud anywhere... weee.Tidbit-an Easter thought... I often see people stating God's love is unconditional. Sounds good, warm and fuzzy if you are soft toward modern romanticism. But it is not a bible truth, it is not reality and excuses the need for salvation. In truth all love is conditional in some way. Some say "I love my child unconditionally"... that statement alone proves itself void... because if a child is not yours in some way you will not love them the same, ie condition... The love of God has the biggest condition possible, the cross, and hell is the proof. It is not that God hasn't loved you, nor is there a depth to which He has not gone to love you, if you yet breath God is expressing His mercy, grace and love toward you. He created the entire universe because He loved us. He became incarnate and died to pay for our sin and rebellion against Him because He loved us. But let me ask this. Are the souls in hell in a loving relationship, does He not call them wicked and cut them off? The door of the ark did close. In essence to say the love of God is unconditional is to deny the truths and need of salvation. It is a subtle excusing of sin. By definition true unconditional love would remove the need for a cross by loving everyone without condition and sin is ok. (Satan has been on this attack since the day of his fall). The love of God is very conditional on the cross. If one says the love of God is profound, deep, beyond our capacity to grasp fully, unfathomable, cost beyond human measure, these are true. That the Creator would die for the created might seem like unconditional love from the redeemed's vantage point... but the fact that He had to is the greatest condition of all.... the Bible is filled with "If and then" statements... conditions. The tree was placed in the garden on purpose... as a condition a pretext to the cross. The truth is all creation was designed around the cross. The cross was not a "fix" to a problem or error. It was the very purpose of creation to declare the glory of God and demonstrate His love toward man. The cross was the plan and purpose from the beginning. God's mercy and grace on the cross is humbling on every level to me... The Gospel message of the cross is the declaration of God's unfathomable love... that God would die for man is the very purpose of man's existence. By Him and for Him....John, 14:23 - Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

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