Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we write this newsletter, we know that it will find you amidst a holiday season that is in full swing with Thanksgiving past and surely making plans for Christmas. We have tried to do these things as well to keep our family moral up as this was our first holiday season away from our loved ones. We hope our note finds each one of you well.
There are many blessings in the work we do here, such as seeing the smiles on the faces of the little children when they see that the “gringo” is coming to town, or when you see people taking notes on a message that God has provided assuring that teaching is surely taking place. However, this work also comes with many challenges, not the least of which is just keeping our equipment running. We fix our homemade hydro-generator nearly every other time we use it. It is usually good for about eight December 2016 to ten hours of actual use. We have also found that our only vehicle in the project has been a real challenge, which is no surprise as the enemy knows that I do not enjoy auto mechanics. We seek your prayers for our transportation situation, as it appears that our truck is rebelling after ten years of service. Remembering that ten years of running down these roads is equivalent to 30 or more years on the roads to which you are accustomed. Each mile we travel takes the toll of three or four back home. Since our arrival, we have been stranded twice with this vehicle, once in Puerto Cabezas for ten days with steering problems, and once on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere for 24 hours. As of now, we have had to change the “cremallera” (I think that is called the “rack” in English), both front wheel bearings, driver’s side window, brakes, and have reattached many parts with super glue for lack of something better.
Dayana has lost total faith in the truck, and I cannot blame her, it has put us in some difficult, dangerous and awkward situations. It is not recommended that you even drive here at night, much less camp out on the road at the mercy of any passerby. It is also tough to get the parts and even harder to get help in repairing it. We are missing our towing service, well worth the $6 for six months. Even if this truck were running correctly, it simply is not going to be enough when our third family arrives. So, again we ask that you please lift this up in prayer. We need to see the Lord work in this matter.
Aside from these challenges, we have seen a real growth in relationships early on and are starting to feel a bit more comfortable in our community. Of course, we covet your prayers in this matter as well, because all that we do here is in vain if we do not reach the people with the love of Christ.
May the Lord God bless and keep you all,
Donation Match Available As some of you may already know, an unnamed donor made contact with a friend of ours in Florida and offered a one-time match of up to $2,000 after hearing that we had stepped out in faith. What you probably do not know is that he has now extended his offer to a $1,000 match for the next 13 months. We pray that you will accept his challenge, step out in faith and support God’s work here. Your generous gift of faith can be worth twice as much!
Thank you for your support.
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