It is with great excitement and joy for what the Lord has done that we can report to you that we are SO close to being able to deploy to Honduras and begin serving the Lord there. We have raised all of our monthly support and lack just $8,500 in one time deployment needs!!
That may seem like a lot to you but to us it seems so close. We just need 9 people who would give us a one-time gift of $1,000 or just 17 people who would give a one-time gift of $500 or 34 people who would give a one-time gift of $250 or a one-time gift of whatever the Lord leads you to give!
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June 27-July 5 - Gretta and I went to Roatan again to do more ministry and spend time with the people there. The Lord blessed us with a wonderful trip and we saw Him work in many ways during our time there. We attended the associational conference in Coxen Hole. I was blessed to have the opportunity to preach 3 times during the conference. During one of the messages, a man came forward and received Christ as his Savior and we saw numerous people come forward to repent and ask for prayers. It was beautiful to see the Lord at work during this conference.
Each night, during the evening worship service, we taught a children's class for those ages 3-12 years old. First Baptist Church of Los Fresnos had donated their 2016 leftover CaveQuest VBS materials for us to use with the children in Roatan. We used the Bible stories from this material and did oral Bible storying and used flannel-graphs to help tell the stories. Then we did the crafts that went along with each Bible story and did LOTS of songs and games with the children also. We had such fun with these children each night and love being able to share the gospel with them in new and exciting ways. If your church has leftover children's ministry materials of any kind (VBS, old Sunday school materials, special events, etc.) that we could use on the field, we would love to take them off your hands! You can email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to donate to our children's ministry in Roatan.
After spending a week in Coxen Hole, we came back to Oak Ridge (the village we will live in on the island) and got to spend several days there. The Lord has blessed us with an amazing house there in the village and that is absolutely perfect for our family. We got to stay in this home and it will be such a blessing to our family while we serve in Roatan. We got to visit with lots of people in Oak Ridge and we got to spend some time with some of the youth there too. One night we invited the youth to come to our house for a time of fellowship. We watched a movie together, ate snacks, and then taught them how to play the game of Spoons. We had such a great time with these youth and look forward to many more times of fellowship together soon!
July 23-27, we went to Underwood, Indiana to attend missionary orientation with Reaching & Teaching. This was a very valuable and informative week for us as we were able to meet all the staff of Reaching & Teaching in person and meet fellow missionaries. We were in class all day every day but learned so much that will be useful on the field. We enjoyed class sessions such as “The Missionary Call”, “History of Catholicism in Latin America”, “Biblical Peacemaking”, “Health Care on the Field”, “Culture Shock”, “Ministry in Oral Cultures”, and much more. To learn more about the discipleship/training material we will be using on the field, you can visit www.heartsheadsandhands.com.
THANK YOU....for your prayers, encouragement, & support!