Friday, November 18, 2016

A New Family On Our Team


MEET THE VILLANUEVAS
Rick, Raul, Alma, Chris, Jocsan

When John was asked to be team leader two years ago our team was already a large team.  AND WE KEEP GROWING!  What we are most excited to see the LORD do is add to our team national partners.  The Villanuevas will be joining us in La Ceiba at the first of the year.  Raul will serve in the Bible Institute and Alma will serve as director of PDE, the single mom's home.

Read their own words about what the LORD is doing:

About us: The Villanueva’s
When God calls a family to serve Him, the family can’t go against His will. Our family was called by God to serve Him and His church and we have obediently been doing so for many years now. We are a family of five: Raul is a retired photographer, now a pastor and professor; Alma has a heart for children and women, and she’s a teacher; oldest son Rick studies Business & Math at Bob Jones University in South Carolina; Chris studies International Business & Finances at Unitec in San Pedro Sula; and Jocsan is a senior in high school and currently takes some seminary classes at SEBCAH in Siguatepeque.
What’s exciting about moving to Ceiba?

God opened the doors for us to be part of this team before we even knew about it. We have talked with the brothers at “Mission to the World” and believe that we share the same vision for God’s ministry. We believe that the bible institute to train pastors and leaders is crucial for the churches, “Puerta de la Esperanza” touched our hearts as a family, just like the rest of the projects “Mission to the World” has in Honduras. We believe these projects have a great future and we are excited about growing these ministries for the glory of Christ.

What we need from you!
  • PRAYER: prayer as we grow and adjust to unifying nationals and gringos on our team. prayer for the Villanuevas as they transition to La Ceiba and into the leadership positions of the Bible Institute and PDE
  • Financial Donations: both end of the year tax-deductible giving as well as ongoing monthly pledges are needed to help the Villanueva family. The greatest need right now is to PDE. PLEASE prayerfully consider a donation today.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

October Travels

I have Septembers newsletter half written. I sat down just now to finish it, but can't get on my computer because of the mouse...no batteries in the house.  So from the ipad, I'll type out a quick blogpost.

October is a busy month for us.  Two separate trips to the States and trips to the capital of Teguc will keep our family apart every week except for one. And, actually...i am not even sure we have a weekend together this month 😜

The girls have been given the incredible blessing from supporting churches and from dear friends to attend TWO college preview weekends this month; and Josiah gets to visit a college! It's surreal that we are on the brink of this stage of parenting. I laugh as I have two high school seniors and a kindergartner.  LOTS of graduation stuff going on this year. Then we get to do it all over again as Siah boy becomes a senior next year!

We also have some medical issues going on.  Our team has been hit hard lately. Personally for us we found out that I (kathy) have three herniated disks in my neck.  I have been in a bit of pain for several months, with other symptoms, that led to an MRI. I am in physical therapy as well as on meds right now and praying that will be that. We covet your prayers for physical healing for our entire team.

until i can get the newsletter out......😳😃....have a great day and please know that we are praying for you! We love and are so grateful for the team (you all, us, our team here on the ground) that God has put together to expand HIS kingdom here in Honduras. This is HIS ministry and we all get to be apart of it! How blessed we are to be chosen by Him!



Thursday, September 8, 2016

Summer and Anonymous

SUMMER NEWSLETTER

Finally sent out a newsletter on our summer teams....and forgot to post it here. Imagine that!

Now that summer is over and kids are in school, let's see if I can remember to blog. Probably not, who am I kidding. But I'll try.

One thing that I didn't include in our newsletter was the ongoing anonymous emails that keep arriving. For three years they have come every 6 month; november and may.  Without fail, Abigail received and email the end of May. Unfortunately they kept coming.  In total she received four and I received one. I am finding it hard to pray for my enemies. But pray I will.  I pray for the soul of the person.  If this person is a Christian, I pray that God will have mercy.  I say IF because the emails are grotesquely pornographic. We are doing all we can to find who this person is. But they are quite clever.  We change emails, they discover them. In fact, I would venture to think that the person doing this horrible deed is reading this post.

Dear Mr or Ms Anonymous,
We love you. We forgive you. We pray for the LORD to have mercy upon your soul.  We pray that you would be able to bend your knee and ask forgiveness....not from us...for it is not against us that you sin...but against the LORD of lords and the KING of kings; God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.  Please repent before you are turned over to satan for the destruction of your flesh.  We do not want to see that happen to you, but to see you restored to fellowship with the Heavenly Father. 

Would you all continue to pray for our enemy with us. That he/she would be brought into submission by the LORD. Pray for our girls as they are the most targeted. Pray that the words they have seen would not have lasting scars on their emotions. Pray for us as parents that we would know how to use this situation to best teach our girls and point them to Christ in all things.

By the grace of God alone we press on to run this race that He has called us to.  We look not at what surrounds us, but turn our eyes to the ONE who stands at the finish line. To HIM be all glory and honor and praise forever and ever!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

June

Nice title, hey? I told you I struggle with titles...

I tried to get a newsletter out in June, but it didn't happen. I'll combine June and July and hopefully get it sent out before August ;)

But a few things from June:
1: we celebrated 19 years of marriage
2: Elias gave his life to the LORD
3: Josiah turned 15
4: John turned 48
5:Abigail left for the USA and Belgium
6:Hosted Rich Wolf, for a few days
7: Evan turned 13
8: We hosted two great teams
9: Celebrated other Team La Ceiba birthdays and anniversaries
10: Both sent off and received interns

Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we battle in the heavenlies. The anonymous emailer has sent his/her third email to Abi in the last 6 weeks. That as well as some other darts flying towards our team is leaving a few of us drained mentally. Your prayers are what helps us to press on! It is only in the strength of the LORD that we continue. For when we are weak, He is strong. Blessed be the Name of the LORD!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I Struggle...

...with Titles. Seriously I have sat here for several minutes trying to decided how to title this blog! Also I love to use "....", but I have been informed by the younger generation that using "..." gives the connotation of being mad. I assure you, in my writings, it is not the case. I use them as a pause when I just can't seem to finish the sentence. Mainly because my brain needs the pause! haha!

"What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my LORD, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage that I may gain Christ." Phil 3:8

I have been meditating on this verse for days. It took on a deeper meaning for me after Sunday when we listened to a Tim Keller sermon on John the Baptist. John thought of himself as the lowest of the low...really he didn't even think of himself because his mind and thoughts were so full of Christ.  I want to desire nothing more than to see Christ lifted high and glorified in all things. I waste time on facebook and instagram and blogs; seeing and reading what others are doing. I write and post what I am doing. Why? For the recognition? Which then leads me to meditate on Proverbs where it talks about not boasting about yourself. Or Matthew, not letting the right hand know what the left hand is doing. Or Corinthians in not commending ourselves, but letting the LORD.  But even then...I don't desire to keep quiet about myself with the intent that I will receive recognition from the LORD, or a reward in Heaven. Ok...maybe sometimes that it is my motivation. But I WANT to be like John, so lost of myself that my ONLY thoughts are of my LORD, of His amazing grace and love and compassion and mercy and justice and ALL THAT HE IS! That HE is my motivation for what I say and do.  He is who I strive to point others to...in my home, in Honduras and on social media. I fail, I know I do. So I praise HIM that HIS mercies are new every morning. That every day is a chance to point others to Christ.

Elias asked Jesus to be LORD of his life. He still struggles with disobedience and stubbornness. But his sweet questions of how the Holy Spirit helps us. His tender prayers that the LORD would forgive him and make his heart clean. This crazy amazing being that the LORD has given to us, a responsibility to point to Christ, is being used by the LORD to point myself to Christ. I see in him glimpses of myself, my stubbornness and disobedience...my need for the cross. So I run...trying to throw off all that hinders...I run to the ONE who holds me steadfast in His loving arms.




Monday, April 4, 2016

It was brought to our attention.....

....that many of you wanted more info on why the school closed.  We recently sent out March's newsletter with a detailed note about the school closing.

We do appreciate everyone that put prayer, sweat, love and money into not only the building itself, but also into the students.  We wholeheartedly believe that your work was not in vain. Only the LORD knows the full impact of the labors.

We hope in Him; knowing that He who began His good work WILL complete it. It might not be our plan - the way we thought it would look and function.  But if there is one thing we have learned (sometimes the hard way), HIS WAY IS ALWAYS THE BEST!

Thank you for your continued prayers as we seek the LORD for future direction.

Link To March Newsletter

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Votes Needed

We have been in desperate need of a new prayer card for well over a year now.  From John's new job description to growing kids....our current one is a little outdated. Thanks to Emily March Payne we have a few to choose from! So help us out! Vote your favorite :)


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I have also thought about asking MTW if we can make a collage photo of these pics for our prayer card???