Dear Ministry Partners,
The highlight of the month of November was the International Conference on Missions in Columbus, OH. I attended the pre-conference that was exclusively for missionaries, as well as the general conference. The conference theme was “Vertical.” What does that mean? If we strengthen our vertical relationship (with God), it will overflow into our horizontal relationships (our ministries). The conference came at a great time for me, as I really needed to refocus. I still have much to think and pray about as a result of the many workshops I attended. I am very grateful for God’s provision in making my attendance possible!
After the conference ended, my hostess took me to Parkersburg, WV where I was well-taken-care-of by several Women of Purpose (WOP) team members. I had dinner with several of them the first night, lunch with Terri the next day, and dinner with Kay that night.All the meals I had in Parkersburg were excellent. I had steak twice and grilled salmon once. At the first dinner, I met Veronica, whose incredible story I shared on Facebook. If you missed it on Facebook, you can read it here.
Terri also took me to Wal-Mart and the Family Christian Store. Kay took me to Books-a-Million. I greatly enjoyed my day and a half in Parkersburg.
Those women really know how to take care of missionaries, something I first discovered at the retreat they conducted in Honduras in November of 2012. So far, that’s the only one I’ve been able to attend, but it is an annual event for women missionaries in Honduras. They had somewhere around 115 or 120 missionaries attend this year.
My hostess in Reynoldsburg/Columbus was Jo Ann, whom I met for the first time when she picked me up at the airport in Columbus. However, we had been Facebook friends since 2012, when she sponsored me to attend the WOP retreat in Honduras. Jo Ann, her husband Mike, and their dog Sami were great hosts.
The night before my return to Honduras, I gave a presentation at the Reynoldsburg Church of Christ, where Mike and Jo Ann attend. I enjoyed doing the presentation and it went well, until we ran into one technical issue with the presentation software. That was resolved and I continued. There were several questions afterwards, and the people seemed to be genuinely interested.
I was very blessed by all the people God put in my path during those two weeks (and the months leading up to them) in the States. I have discovered over the years that I really do have family everywhere I go. I thank God for each brother and sister He arranges to cross my path!
The rest of the month was occupied with more English classes. We are approaching the Christmas break, and the teens are out of school until the second week or so of February. This is their equivalent of the summer break in the U.S. We will have about 13 days off from English classes and then we’ll start the first trimester of 2015!
Brother Moises is currently in the process of interviewing and selecting new students. I have many lessons to prepare for next year, but I am looking forward to the new year and working with both my current students and my new students.
- Great conference
- Successful presentation
- New friends and contacts made at the conference
- For God to bring the students to my classes whom He wants in my classes.
- That my current students will continue their good work and keep pressing on to the end of the term.
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Thank you so much for your continuing prayers!
I hope each of you has a wonderful, joyful, and peaceful Christmas season as we all celebrate the birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ!
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