January 30, 2017

 

Several weeks ago Hector came to me and told me about a mission trip that was being planned for January.  Pastor Oswaldo is the pastor of Community Faith Church located right across the street from Casa de Luz.

 

He was planning to visit a remote area called La Esperanza; which is some distance from Siguatepeque.  His intent was to share the gospel with the people there.

 

Hector asked if he could go on this mission.  We have been encouraging the court boys, and the people we visit in the Colonia, to visit Community Faith Church.  We believe Pastor Oswaldo correctly teaches the Word of Truth, therefore, C4C sponsored Hector’s trip.

 

When Hector returned from his mission trip we sat down and Hector gave me a summary of his experiences.

 

He showed me several pictures he had taken.  The first thing I noted is that all the people on the mission trip were bundled up.  Pastor Oswaldo had gloves and a beanie.  He told me “Mr. Ron, it was like 15!” (59°F)  For those of us who have adapted to an average of 85° with 85% humidity find anything below 75° pretty chilly.

 

Other than wearing more clothes, the people they visited were very much like the people in the Colonia.  All friendly and glad to have visitors.

 

C4C had donated some school supplies for them to share with the people they visited.  We also gave them a bunch of clothes.  It’s always good to share something that you have when you visit people; particularly when its items they have difficulty obtaining.

 

As Hector shared the various experiences he had sharing the gospel with those he met, one particular visit stood out to me.

 

The team had spent over three hours trekking down into this valley to visit a family.  When they shared the gospel the people told them they had never heard of the Bible or Jesus. 

 

This reminds me of Romans 10:14 “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?”

 

The time is short; we need to use our time wisely.  Share the gospel.

 

Sponsorship

Hi everyone, Luis is the boy in the front in the light blue he is 16yrs old. He missed school last year because he had no Money to go. He asked us too late last year for us to be able to help. So this year he is signed up and ready to start school. We are asking if you would like to join us in helping send him to school. The bus and school fees are $45ish dollars a month.  He will be going to public school in coxen hole. If you are interested please PayPal us a donation and tag it “school for Luis”. 

​And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;  

– Philippians 1:9

25/1/2017

There are so many tales I could tell about The Journey of 2.  How five years ago, come February 25th, Jamie and I started another adventure in our life together.
We could tell tales of how we’ve struggled together through trials and tribulations; or how we’ve missed so many of the people we left in the States.
We could tell tales of strained relationships with other brothers and sisters in Christ; or failed projects that we’ve had to let go off.
We could tell tales of financial difficulties; or enlighten you on what it’s like to lay in a pool of your own sweat late at night when the electric has gone out; again.
Praise God that none of the above holds any weight compared to the blessings God has so generously, graciously, mercifully and so wonderfully laid upon us.
Over the last five years we have been literally saved from ourselves.  Saved from dwelling in hardships, failures and lost focus.
Jamie and I can truly testify how God has, not only sustained us, but has revealed to us the joy of our salvation.
How can we describe what it is like when God gives us glimpses of how the work He does through us changes not just the lives of those we serve but our lives as well.
We tell you the truth, serving others; particularly those who have what the world calls very little, has such amazing results.  Results that we get to witness, first hand!
Let us share one recent event.  One day this past week Jamie was busy preparing school curriculum.  I was working with Hector, Carlos and Moses out in front of the school.  During a break one of the guys asked a biblical question, and it turned into a discussion.  We went back and forth giving our opinions, asking more questions and giving more opinions.
Then Hector did something we should all do every time.  He went inside the school and came out with a bible and said “Let’s see what God says”.
Many years ago, when I first became a supervisor, I learned that my job was not so much to tell people what to do, but rather it was to provide the resources for those who reported to me, so they could do their jobs.  I got the work done through them but I was responsible for the results.
It wasn’t my job to do their job, but, in reality, my job was to serve them so they could increase their knowledge and skills.  The results benefited all of us.
We take no credit for what God is doing in so many of our lives here.  We serve so that others may find Christ.  God provides the resources for us to do what He has directed us to do.
If you want to experience true God sent blessings, find someone to serve.  All you need to do is be willing.  God provides the recourses for us to gain knowledge and skill, and He takes the responsibility for the results.  Serving gives us front-row seats!

Prayer

​Evening Scripture Thought:

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 

– Colossians 3:17

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