It has been a really busy few months here. I am pleased with the way things are going with our residency. We don’t have our residency yet, but we have reached a point in the system that allows us not to have to leave the country until we actually get the card. We still have to pay $20 per person each month until we get the card. That is basically the same cost we were paying for the 3-month extension.
San Antonio continues to be challenging. A 14 year-old girl that we have been working with had her baby. It’s a boy. I struggle with how to minister to her. Her family is glad because she will get a little help from the government. Please pray for us as we try to demonstrate God’s love without creating dependency.
Trapiche seems to be going well. We are still being allowed to meet in the school. We have a Wednesday Bible Club and A Sunday service now. The service is for adults and children. We teach basic Bible doctrine and have seen fruit in the lives of a few of the people. We continue to seek God’s favor with the community who are so gracious to allow us to use the school building. We have seen some resistance from the Catholic Church. They have come in and asked to also use the school building. They have given the children booklets about praying to Mary and other saints for their needs. Some of the children have started wearing the rosary beads at the request of the Nuns. Please continue to pray that God’s truth goes forth amidst the false teachings. Also, pray that we would remain faithful to the Word of God.
The discipleship/ study in Jinotepe is what gives me the most encouragement. The men have been studying The Hidden Life of Prayer, It is encouraging to see their growth. We have some good study times and are preparing to do some evangelistic outreach in remote areas of Nicaragua. We are planning a river trip on the Boca de Satipo River. It is about 5 hours in car and a few hours up the river in a boat. We will stay on the river a couple of nights. We have yet to determine a date for the trip. Last month, we went scouting the area. We are hoping to take the projector and generator. We will show a film to attract a crowd and then give a gospel presentation. This will be like advanced town square evangelism. I am hoping to buy a small portable Honda generator that won’t be terribly cumbersome on the trip. We are also hoping to get more gospel literature shipped down here to hand out on these outreaches.
Please pray for us in our endeavors to see the lost come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We have all faith and confidence that God will provide all we need for this work.
Our Lord has been so faithful in providing finances and help, as we reach out to demonstrate His love to those who are walking in darkness.
We have had several teams who have come down and used their time and resources to spread God’s love with the people of Nicaragua. There have been people who have organized golf tournaments, gospel singings, thrift stores, yard sales, and concession stands to raise money for our work. We are humbled by the amount of support that we have received from individuals who want to be a part of what God is doing here. There are several businesses that support our efforts as well as churches that send monthly donations. Several times someone has made an anonymous donation directly into our hometown bank account. In January, we will have been here 5 years. Our God has been faithful.
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Soli Deo Gloria
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“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” 1Cor. 2:9