First off, THANK YOU to all those who have been praying for Job and I as God directs our steps these next several months! I have a lot of news to share this month as we make plans for our wedding and future ministry together! Let me begin though with what we’ve been up to lately…
Prospective Plans and Prudent Proverbs!
Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
Yes! Many are the plans we have in our hearts! Since our engagement, Job and I have been discussing lots of ministry plans, ideas, strategies… call it what you will, but one thing we pray: May the Lord’s purpose prevail!
The doors have neither opened nor closed for an opportunity to study tropical agriculture. But as we’ve been praying for God’s direction we both sense the need to keep the spiritual needs of those we serve as top priority of our ministry. Physical needs are still a priority, just not #1. Job feels God is calling him to study in seminary to better prepare for our work. So now we are praying for an open door to know if/where God would bless his desire to grow in Bible training for our future ministry. Currently he is looking into SETECA, a well-known seminary in Guatemala.
Also this month, Job and I have been writing up our ministry vision, mission, values, goals, etc. As I mentioned before, we have a lot of ideas to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of “the least of these” in Honduras. We’ve been needing to get them all on paper so we can present our ministry proposal while we are visiting you all in the States… which is coming up quick!
Proverbs 15:22 says, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
As sure as we are confident and hopeful, concerning our ministry vision, we are also very aware of our need for counsel and advice. To embrace the wisdom and experience of other missionaries, we will be visiting with several different missionary families/ministries during the months of February and March. February 17th we will travel to Siguatepeque to attend the annual missionary retreat and general assembly meeting of the HFMM (the Honduran Fellowship of Missionaries and Ministries). Just a note for those who don’t know, this is the organization that has helped me (and most other missionaries in Honduras) establish residency and avoid making trips outside the country to renew visas. After this retreat we will stay in Siguatepeque throughout March, as it is within reasonable driving distance of the different missionaries we will be visiting. I will be staying with Katharine Marrow, a missionary friend whom I roomed with last year. Then, sometime in April, I will be heading to the States to finish up wedding arrangements!
Also, please note that beginning March 1st, during this time of transition, my ministry funds will need to be processed through a different organization. I will be working on those details during February and will send out an email when that’s ready.
Wow! Well, that is all I can think of to share for now. I know this is a lot to think and pray about, and we greatly appreciate your prayers concerning these decisions and plans. I treasure the emails you send me, reminding me of your prayerful support and intercession on my behalf. We could easily be overwhelmed with all the changes and transitions coming up; and I won’t lie, there have been some stressful days this past month. But Job and I are committed to serving the Lord and are trusting in Him every day for His guidance in each plan we make. Proverbs 16:3 says it perfectly, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Yes! We pray that He be the One to establish our plans!
Proverbs 16:9 says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Please pray that the Lord would make clear each step He has for us.
Please continue to pray for God’s work in the hearts of all those involved in the La Muralla water system project. There has been some discord among different individuals involved but it seems the issue has been resolved. Pray for God’s light to shine through Larry and Dilmer as they work together with the 7 families involved.
Pray for Bayron and Walter, as they begin classes this year. Pray that they would continue to keep what they are learning here in the discipleship group on their minds while they are surrounded by their peers. Pray for courage, that they would be a firm, yet loving voice for the Truth.
Pray for God’s will as Job’s parents are in the process to apply for a visa to attend the wedding. We are really hoping for them to be there, but also understand that attaining a visa is very difficult. Pray that we all have peace with whichever way it turns out.
The answered prayer of a request for a little sibling for the 3 Smoak girls! Allison is due in late July! Pray for health and strength for Allison (and baby) during her pregnancy.
For all the ways God shows us and teaches us about who He is: Love!
My quick recovery from a head cold this past week!