Ministry Updates

MAY and JUNE

Greetings from Honduras!  Thank you for your prayers for the ministry here at MEDA!

During the month of May, we were busy preparing for June and July.  During the month of June, we had four groups visiting the campus here at MEDA.  Each group has been a special blessing to us. The groups worked on several projects including setting up a master-key system for our dorms, renovating our office, and finishing up a project to put desks in all the dorm rooms.

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This year we started asking the seminary students to give their testimonies to the visiting groups.  This is one way our visitors get to know what our seminary is all about–the training of native pastors and leaders.  We hope this will help our visitors to know how to pray for our students. Who knows, maybe the Lord will lay it on the hearts of some of our visitors to consider the mission field.

Thanks for praying for me that I will have the strength and wisdom to lead the groups. It has been good to have my Honduran driver’s license.  I don’t have to carry US documentation to be in and to drive in the country.IMG_20190617_153416

Please pray that I will be a godly example to the people in the groups that visit and also to my Honduran friends.  Thank you again for your prayers and for helping me with the costs of my ministry here. If you would like to make a donation, please send it to Grace Bible Church of Tampa.

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April—RESIDENCY APPROVAL!

April showers have begun! Up until just his month, it had not rained here in Honduras

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This was taken from a drone overlooking the property to the northeast of where MEDA is located. 

since December. We were in a significant drought, but now everything is green. Even though we were in a physical drought, the blessings from God continued and still continue to rain down. One of the biggest blessings happened just a few days ago!  The Honduran government finally approved my five-year residency! The Lord has been so good at making this process relatively easy. The next step is for me to pay the last few bills for the lawyer and for the residence card itself. Once I have the residence card, I can get my driver’s license. The excitement and joy for me are when I tell my Honduran friends that I got my residency, they light up and call me “Chelle” which means white Honduran.

 

During the last week of April when the seminary was in session, Dr. Evis Carballosa had a conference. The conference was a real blessing to the seminary students. Right now, we are a month away from the busiest time of the year—that is when groups arrive. I am working on the final details for each group. A group will be arriving each week of the summer with a little overlap. Please pray that each person in the various groups will grow spiritually, will gain a love for missions, and will be an asset in helping with various projects here a MEDA.

March Madness

March has been a busy but good month—truly a “March Madness!”  We had our first visiting group of the year! I was nervous as it was the first group I was in charge of, and it was their first time coming to MEDA. For me, first impressions are important, and I want to properly represent MEDA.  I thank you for all of your prayers and support as God continues to prepare me and teach me to always trust in Him.

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My mom always had a sign with the Fruits of the Spirit up in our home, so here is to my mother that taught me so well.

During the three nights that the group was here, I had a different seminary student who lives on campus give his testimony. The one that was the most interesting and captivating to me was the testimony from the student from Ecuador. He started by describing the atmosphere of his home and how he grew up in a home that was totally dysfunctional. His family was never able to eat together as a family because his parents would always end up fighting. His family was Catholic and strongly opposed to the Gospel, so much so, that when missionaries came to proclaim the Gospel in the small town where he lived, his father and uncles would beat-up the missionaries. It wasn’t until his uncle, who was the instigator of these attacks, had his eyes and heart opened by the Holy Spirit that things changed. The change in his Uncle’s life was incredible. He was disowned by his family for becoming a Christian; however, it was the completely different lifestyle that his uncle was now living that made the family start to ask questions. Before there was no real understanding of what true love and peace is, yet his uncle seemed to have it, and the family became interested in this new-found love and peace. A short while later, the rest of the family listened to the Gospel presented by the missionaries whom they had previously beaten-up. The entire family understood that only true love and peace come from Christ and trusting in His death on the cross for remission of sin. Continue reading “March Madness”

February 2019

February was a busy and exciting month.  The month started off with all the seminary students arriving to start this year’s set of classes. This was interesting because two of the seminary students are living with me.  Kike is a second-year student from Columbia, and Adriano is a first-year student from Ecuador. I had the privilege of meeting Kike last year. This is Adriano’s first year; he had a hard first week, but has settled in very well. It is nice to be sharing a house with these two other guys. With both of them being in seminary, our dinner table conversation often turns into theological discussions.

My work here is picking up, and it is switching from planning and communicating with groups to hosting and managing them while they are here. Our first group is coming in one week, so I am busy getting ready for them. At the same time, I am working hard with MEDA as we are in the final stages of our new internship program.

This month I started serving in children’s church at my church. It has been great working with the kids and teaching them Bible verses. I am looking forward to using this opportunity to get more involved in my local church here in Honduras.

Thank you for all your prayers and support!

Ministry Updates:

Residency – all is going well. Last week I had to go to immigration to get a time extension to stay in Honduras for more than 90 days. As long as my residency is in processing, I can extend my time here until I either am given or denied residency. The lawyer still says I will be given residency in late March or April. Please pray that this process continues to go smoothly. I have really been blessed not to have had any issues thus far.

Prayer Request – Please pray for me as I lead and manage groups and interns this summer.

Support Update – I am thankful for your financial support and above all to have your prayer support.

Please pray that I will raise the $500 a month needed for support.

The New Year 2019

The New Year in Honduras–2019!

This year has started off to be a great one, and it looks like it is going to also be a busy one. Christmas and the New Year’s holiday were definitely different as I spent them away from my family, but it is true that when one is in the company of other believers, it is comforting. Here in Honduras, Christmas starts on the 24th about 7:00 p.m. and ends around 2:00 a.m. Families open their homes for the night, and people migrate from house to house drinking coffee and eating the traditional Christmas food, tamales. On Christmas Eve, the Cuban couple (I mentioned them in my last post) and I started by attending our church Christmas program at 6:00 p.m. From there we visited three other homes and did not make it back home until 2:30 a.m. For my first Christmas away from family, it was bittersweet. Bitter because I was not with family, but sweet because I can see the Lord growing and molding me by guiding me in the direction He wants me to go. On New Year’s Eve, the Cuban family and I went to a family’s home for dinner and then at midnight, we shot off fireworks. That night we also ended up going to another home where all the youth of the church met to play games and fellowship until 3:00 in the morning.

Since then, I have been working on the new group and intern program for MEDA which will soon be implemented. I believe this year we will have over ten groups signed up for the summer, and there are more groups that still have interest in coming. This year there will be between fifteen and twenty new students who will attend the seminary. Two of the students are from other countries and will be staying with me for the duration of their studies. I am looking forward to having company in my home and living with people who just speak Spanish. The more I can get away from using English the better and better my Spanish gets. I am so thankful for how much I have learned and continue to learn.

This week a man from the church lost his battle with cancer. He was the father of one of my friends here. It was encouraging to see how even though the family grieved over their loss, they kept the focus on Christ. At the graveside service after everyone had paid their respects, there came a harmony of soft voices singing “In Christ alone my hope is found…”

Please pray for…

The family whose father went home to be with the Lord.

My residency – Update, everything is going well with my residency, and so far there have not been any issues. The lawyer said that my documents are in processing, and I should be issued my residency card in March or April!

Financial support – the Lord will supply the funds necessary for my support.

That I will continue to be a servant of the Lord and display Christ in the way that I live.

The First Month

My first month in Honduras has already been very exciting! On the first day of December, SEPE (MEDA’s seminary program) had this year’s graduation and sent out another class of pastors prepared to take the gospel further throughout Central America. The week after the graduation, one of the graduates named Noah got married, and I had the privilege of being one of the groomsmen. It was an amazing service that was completely Christ centered. While all of the groomsmen were waiting for the wedding to start, Noah broke the silence by telling us how good God has been to him. He explained how he had to just trust the Lord in moving from El Salvador to Honduras at the age of 19 to take classes at MEDA and now trusting the Lord in the big step of marriage. Getting to know Noah over the years and to see how the Lord has been preparing him to be a pastor has been amazing, and it is encouraging to know that these are the kinds of men that are graduating from SEPE each year.

I am settling nicely into my new home, but finding that I am learning the struggles (or blessings) of moving out on my own and not having all the utensils, kitchenware, and accommodations I had while living with my parents. The Lord is good and I am able to find all that I need here with little trouble. During the next few weeks I will be watching the facilities as the two other missionary families are spending Christmas and New Years with family in the States. Thankfully, I will not be alone. There is a wonderful Cuban couple that recently moved here so that the husband Leo can attend SEPE. It has been a blessing spending time with them learning what the Lord is doing in Cuba, and it has been good practice for my Spanish as they do not know any English.

Please pray for…

  • The transition of moving.
  • Residency.
  • Support.
  • That I continue to live a life that displays Christ.

The Next 24 hours

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Within 24 hours I will be boarding a plan headed for Honduras. The Journey of moving to Honduras has been great so for and it is only because of God and the people He has surrounded me with. This past month has been so encouraging talking with people who are praying for me, it is such a blessing. Right now I have this feeling of excitement and nervousness thought out my body, yet I am comforted to know that God is in control. Thank you all again for your prayers and support!!!

Update on support –  By God’s grace I have received 75% of both my moving and living cost!

Prayer – Please continue to pray for during the transition. The residency process is already starting to have issues, pray that I can receive residency quickly.