Obedience, Children’s Day Prep, and the Battle Within

Dear C4C Supporters,

We have had another interesting month of our serving in the Great Commission in Roatan.

The Court Boy’s Bible Study (CBBS) is continuing to bring boys back to hear and learn more about salvation through Jesus Christ. Much of what we teach is new to these boys. Most have only heard salvation through Jesus Christ through works. It doesn’t matter how well-meaning the teaching is, if it is not in the bible it’s not Christ.

Please pray for these boys. As I make eye contact with the boys during the study I can see that they are listening; they are trying to come to terms with the battle within them. We constantly talk about how each has to choose and that, once they have truly chosen, no one can tell them they are not saved because only God knows a person’s heart.

When our volunteer, Stephanie, was here, one of the things she did was she taught the Casa de Luz students some new songs. Our songs help the kids learn English but some of them only teach English. As you know, English and Soccer are just the vehicles we are using to teach Christ.

That is what is neat about the new songs, they are in English but they are about Christ and Christ-like behavior.  Thank you Stephanie.

This week we started planning for Children’s Day. It’s a very popular holiday in Honduras. It’s a fun day for all. This year we are celebrating it on September. A team from Magnolia Baptist Church of Anaheim, Ca. will be here that week and will be helping us with the event.

Praise God, the installation and connection of the school’s new cistern is almost complete. We received the funds from this project as a gift from the Honduran Fellowship of Missionaries and Ministries; which Jamie and I belong to. It is through our membership with them that we obtained our missionary residency status.

The court boys did the hard labor of digging the hole for the cistern. Our friend, Robert, helped us with connecting the rain gutter drain to the cistern. I was able to connect the pvc piping from the cistern to the tank on tower. Robert is going to help me install the pump and wire it to our breaker box. We hope to complete this in the few days.

We had some guests (The Trawicks) come to Casa de Luz yesterday (Thursday). They put on a puppet show that explained 1 Samuel 15:22  “ Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice” (the learned the shortened version) , It was obvious the kids were listening intently and there was a lot of excitement as they got into the performance. Praise God for continually providing new ways for the kids to learn Christ-like behavior.

God is still calling. Are you willing? Will you serve with us through joining a mission team, praying, financially supporting the ministry and/or missionaries?  Will you stand in the gap?

Always, In Him, Ron and Jamie

These Last 5 Years!

Recently Jamie and I were reminiscing about our time thus far serving the Lord here in Roatan.  All the people we have met.  All the people we have developed relationships with.  All the people who have come on short term missions to serve along side of us and all the other missionaries that we have collaborated with in the Great Commission.

As all who serve the Lord, we have had many trials and tribulations.  Way more so we have the blessings of being here to experience not only what the Lord is doing through us but through those who serve with us and those that we are here to serve.  AND WE HAVE ONLY JUST BEGUN!

When we are asked the inevitable questions concerning how many salvations, baptisms, re-dedications and life changing experiences there have been, our answer is “Come see”.  If you have, come see again.  If you can’t come and see for yourself, ask those who have what they have seen.  We don’t keep ‘numbers’ of what God is doing, we witness it.

Those of us who serve here full-time and those who come on short term missions are just one part of the Body of Christ.

We cannot serve as God intends without those of the Body that pray for us, or those that provide the financial support for the material items, or the support of the missionaries.

Has all this made a difference?  Has the Kingdom of believers increased?  Are people being discipled in how to live Christ-like lives?  Come See.  Come see again, or ask someone who’s been.
God is calling.  Are you willing?  Will you serve with us through joining a mission team, praying, financially supporting the ministry and/or missionaries?  Will you stand in the gap?

Always, In Him, Ron and Jamie
Viviendo el Sueno.

The long wonderful winter we have so enjoyed here on the island is pretty much over.  It was definitely the nicest winter we’ve experienced in the five years we have live here.  As of today we are still using a blanket when we sleep at night.

Normally from about mid-March until about mid-October it is too hot to sleep with even a sheet over you.  When the power goes out and the fans stop, you literally just sweat.

So thank you God for such a comfortable winter here in Roatan.  We will make it through another summer, God willing. And we will enjoy the heat for we always have our joy.  And we know that in just seven months it will be winter again.

A cute picture of our new students

Our middle class has the majority of our new students so I took a cute picture of them today. 23 in one class!! new school year pics 2 new school year pics

Well today was the first full day of school. Yesterday we registered all the kids and gave them their school supplies and today we had class.  It was a really nice day. It is sweet to see the look on the new kids faces when they aren’t sure what to do (English and Spanglish only in class). They either ask a friend or follow along.  We have a few “regular” kids that haven’t showed up yet but we will see if they come next week.  It was also nice today to see tons of boys on the court. New faces and “old” faces.  The weather was nice today to play on the court (no rain).  One of our friends, Esteban, has been building relationships with some of the court kids and taking a truckload of them to play on the grass field in Coxen Hole.  It is quite a treat when they get to go.  Our verse for the next two weeks is: Esten siempre alegres, oren sin cesar . 1 Thess 5:15-16 Rejoice always, pray continually. Have a good weekend.

Cast your burden on the Lord , and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalms 55:22 ESV

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; – Philippians 1:9

January 25, 2017

There are so many tales I could tell about our adventure being Missionaries here.  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!

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the Glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you Good News that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.”  Luke 2:8-11

Investing in Lives Matters

Good Afternoon All – One of our special “boys” left on the ferry a few days ago to head to San Pedro Sula for his interview with Princess Cruises. This has been three years in the making. First he needed to finish school, so he went to a program that would be equivalent to a GED, then learn English!!, then test for all his cruise ship certificates then wait until he was 21. Well he completed all of that and tested/interviewed here and passed with flying colors. Two days ago he had his last interview and passed!!! PRAISE GOD!  Next he will go to immigration and get his paperwork. He turns 21 in January. We have shared the Lord with him in word and action for 4.5 yrs. God’s word never returns void…He came over a few days ago to chat and get his final stuff from us and as we were talking about the last years and how proud we are of him he was mentioning helping others etc. so I told him that when the time comes for him he needs to realize it and help someone else and acknowledge it is all from the LORD and PRAISE HIM for the ability. Keep him in your prayers. Thanks for reading