Hello, ministry partners! Greetings to all of you!
April was a more routine month in ministry activities than March was. English classes continued as scheduled. I’m sure the students will be quite ready for their two-month break from May 19-July 19.
The college student volunteer whom I mentioned a few weeks ago has started preparing the bilingual vocabulary lists that I need for each lesson. When he finishes that task, I have more files that he can help me with. He will also observe my adult class on Saturdays when he can make it (he has a university class on Saturdays this term). I hope that eventually he will teach some classes, but I’ll leave that decision and timing up to God. I’m just grateful to have some extra hands for the prep work and another English speaker to talk with my students. Please pray for Marco as he seeks to serve God and his own people in this way.
I spent quite a bit of time communicating via email with a stateside coordinator for The World Race. You might recall that the lady we visited in the hospital last month was here as part of The World Race. During that visit, I gave Rebekah one of my contact cards. As a result of that, I was contacted by one of her teammates and was able to put her in contact with several missionaries in Honduras for a project she was working on.
Subsequently, I received an email from a World Race coordinator in the U.S., asking if we would be interested in hosting a team of six or seven World Racers in August. Moises and I have been talking about this and are working on a plan for the team. The coordinator tried to get the schedule changed so the team could come in July and participate in One Nation One Day, but that wasn’t possible. So, August will be the month. Please pray that we are able to provide a mutually beneficial experience that will be the basis for a long-term relationship.
Around the middle of the month, Moises took two friends from the U.S., three women from the Compassion project, and me to visit two homes of Compassion kids. Moises had asked me to take pictures of the homes because they have been proposed as the construction projects for the June and July mission teams. So, I brought my camera and took several pictues at each house. After we looked at the second house, a lady asked us to come to her house. It also is in need of some repairs, so I took some pictures. If the women can prove they own the property, a budget will be developed for the projects. Hopefully, there will be sufficient funds to do all three houses.
The highlight of the month was the opportunity to celebrate the birthdays of Moises and his eldest son, Moises Eliezer. Moises was pretty sure the church would do something for his birthday, because they always do, but he never expected the surprise they came up with. The day after his and Eliezer’s birthdays, he was called to come to the church building in the evening to deal with an “emergency.” When he arrived, he was met with an auditorium full of church members waiting to celebrate with skits, singing, prayers, food, and of course, piñatas! Everyone had a good time. I asked Moises if he suspected anything, and he said he had no idea. He really thought there was some kind of a problem that he needed to deal with. Good job, church!
On another note, some of my emails during the past couple of months did not get through to everyone on my mailing list. In particular, AOL seems to be blocking everything I send to AOL addresses. So, I have created a mailing list on MailChimp that I think will solve the problem for my prayer partners. If you have not signed up and would like to be one of my prayer partners, please sign up on this page: http://eepurl.com/wVcB5.
The plans for my spring trip to the U.S. are pretty well set. I will be speaking to two, possibly three, groups in San Antonio and one in Florida. I am very much looking forward to these opportunities to talk to current and future supporters about my work here and life as a missionary. Please pray that God will use these opportunities for His purposes!
I do not anticipate being back in the U.S. again until May 2014, although I am hoping to get enough United miles to get a one-way ticket before next May. My June car rental will give me enough miles on American for a one-way ticket.
I want to thank you all very much for your faithful support and prayers over the past many months. My heart is filled with gratitude for your help in making this ministry possible. E. M. Bounds said the key to all missionary success is prayer. I believe that wholeheartedly. Please keep praying!
With love from Honduras,
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. -Psalm 18:1
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