We recently sent out a newsletter, and many people mentioned that they enjoyed reading this one, so I thought I'd share it here, as well:
Recently, our daughter Rachel and her husband Brandy received a phone call, in the middle of the night, with the news that Brandy’s father had been hospitalized and wasn't expected to live much longer. They rushed to his side, and for the rest of the night, Brandy and his brother took turns holding their father in a sitting position on his bed, because sitting upright allowed him to breathe, and the beds at the small local hospital weren't adjustable.
The family was able to arrange for their father to be transported by plane to a better equipped hospital, in the capital city of Tegucigalpa, the next morning - but sadly, Brandy’s father did not survive the trip.
During those precious last hours together, Brandy was able to share the gospel with his father at a time when his father was ready to listen - and because of this Brandy has the hope of seeing his father again in heaven!
Brandy was the right person, in the right place, at the right time.
As missionaries, we work to share the good news of the redemption which is available to us all through Christ, with the people of western Honduras . . . but we can only be in one place at a time. By assisting the indigenous Honduran pastors, missionaries and evangelists in their work, we've had the honor of being part of spreading the good news to hundreds of villages in the remotest parts of the mountains in all directions around Gracias Lempira.
With your assistance, we’re helping the right people be in these villages, at the right times:
- when a pastor is able to plant a church in a village that previously had no church, because he received the gift of a horse or motorcycle
- when a pastor is able to share the message more effectively because he has attended the pastor training school
- when a parent brings their malnourished child to one of our pastor-run feeding centers
- when Bibles, Bible study materials, and Sunday School curriculum are available to these communities locally, at prices they can afford
- when children in remote locations and living in poverty get the opportunity to receive an education at a Christian school
- when a pastor is encouraged in his work through receiving a Gifts for Gracias package
Much interest has been expressed in our bridge construction projects recently, because they are physically large and impressive. We build those bridges because people need them to have access to places they need to go, and people they need to see. The work we do supporting pastors is an even more important type of bridge building. We help the indigenous pastors to reach people in need of God, in remote mountain villages, so that those people can see and experience Christ’s love, shared through his followers: the pastors (unsung heroes in this story), our family (working to get the resources to the pastors as needed), and YOU (supporting us through your prayers and gifts).
Thanks so much for being a part of this ministry. We hope you have a joyful Christmas!