December 2019 Update

Dear friends and family,

We keep asking ourselves, “2019… Where did you go?!”

2019 has flown away but each day we saw God’s provision through your support and prayers. God has done some amazing things this year and He has strengthened us in difficult times. This update is in part a recap of various ministries we’ve been privileged to serve with this past year.

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Pic: Youth Group Ministry. December is coffee-picking season in Honduras. This month Job took the youth group on a short trip to the community of Las Germanias to distribute sweaters, jackets, and coats to coffee pickers. Coffee is grown in the mountains and this time of year it’s quite chilly to be picking coffee in short sleeves! The youth group shared the gospel with over 120 people as they gave out the sweaters. Praise the Lord, 2 people repented of their sins during their time there! The teens in the youth group, like most here, don’t live luxurious lives, but they were still impacted by the lives of the coffee pickers. Kids from 4 to 18 years old, in the chill of the morning, leave house without eating a breakfast and walk 1 hour to a coffee field, all to earn the equivalent of 5 dollars per day. Some of the kids, with their freezing fingers, put on the sweaters immediately with smiles of relief on their faces! To see the compassion of our youth was also a joy. We were reminded of Proverbs 19:17, “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed.”
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Pic: Water Projects. This year we had the privilege of joining forces with different ministries that use water projects to nourish both bodies and minds as they help provide clean drinking water while telling people about the Living Water! We combined efforts with Water Ambassadors Canada, The Bucket Ministry, and Serve Hope International. Together with God’s blessing we evangelized in many communities as we provided access to clean drinking water to over 10,000 people!
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Pic: Aiding Other Ministries. This year we also continued to help other ministries with their farming projects. We served alongside Hope Farm, Mission On the Move, and Blossom Creek. We’ve been helping these ministries with establishing and maintaining their farms, training farm helpers, and giving technical support in agriculture and silviculture. We are so fortunate to see how God has prospered each tree and every plant that they are cultivating. We pray God uses these farms for His glory!
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Pic: Evangelizing to Farmers. This year our work in evangelizing to farmers continued to grow! We are reminded of Cicero’s statement: “For of all gainful professions, nothing is better, nothing more pleasing, nothing more delightful, nothing better becomes a well-bred man than agriculture.” There’s something special about working the land, but each day this liberty becomes more difficult. Farmers around the world are found fatigued by debts and poor harvests. God has given us the privilege of supporting different farming communities. We have helped in various ways including transporting fertilizers and helping them gain access to better markets. In this process, God has put other organizations in our path, including A Leap of Faith, 99 Farmers, and Sustainable Harvest International. Together, this year we helped 4 different communities and we look forward to what plans God has for this next year!
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Pic: Children’s Ministries. 2019 was also a great year for evangelizing and discipling kids! A new generation is coming and our role is to teach them about the Lord. As we served with AWANA and The Samaritan’s Purse, God touched hearts and many kids gave their lives to Christ! Our hope is that through discipling these kids they can learn from our example how to be the leaders God is calling them to be. It fills us with joy to see how each gift, each message from God’s word, and every second with these kids is used by the Holy Spirit to accomplish God’s will, as His word does not return void!
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Pic: 2019 Family Photo. However, 2019 was not just a year full of victories. We also suffered attacks from the enemy through discouragement, anxiety, illness, financial problems, violence during national protests, constant vehicle repairs, injustices done to fellow believers, the list could go on. But these are just types of things that all Christians will suffer until Jesus returns. Psalm 34:19 says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” We cannot finish without giving testimony to the second half of that verse as well. God has freed us from many afflictions. The larger our burdens seem, even larger is His support. The larger our doubts, even larger is His guidance. The larger the storm, even larger is His peace! Many of you have told us this same testimony from your own lives. But, of course, in all our humanness… sometimes one doesn’t truly know it until one experiences it for himself!
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Pic: 2020! Now, our goal for 2020 is to continue serving God with all that we are and with all that He has given us! Each day we thank God for you all and your sacrificial giving for the work here in Honduras. We pray that God blesses your lives, families, ministries, studies, and the work that you are doing wherever God has placed you. May God richly bless you for your prayers that strengthen us, for your messages that encourage us, and for your support that sustains us!

Praise God:

  • For the 90 people that accepted Christ through these ministries this past year!
  • For the different ministries that God has used to open doors for sharing the gospel!
  • For the generosity of our supporters! We now have $10,650 to drill the well in El Junco! We are hoping this is more than what we will need to drill the well, so we’re planning to use any money that is left over to buy water filters. Mike is hoping to drill the well in January so stay tuned!

Pray to God:

  • That we would continue to learn how to better help Honduran farmers as they struggle with drought, disease, pests, soil infertility, poor economy, greedy middlemen, and a host of other challenges that make farming in Honduras a seemingly impossible livelihood.
  • For this new year, that God would help us to continue maturing in our faith. That we would be faithful to God’s call on our lives each day. That God would speak through us and touch hearts as we reach out to the lost.
  • For the drilling of the well in El Junco. That we can successfully reach the aquifer and that there would be abundant water for this community that has suffered with very little water for so many years! That these people would see the goodness and justice of God through this project.

Also, just a reminder that you can follow Job’s social media pages for more frequent updates. You can find him on facebook: Job David Gámez Abelar and on Instagram: @tpjgamez.

As always, THANK YOU for praying with and for us. Your part is GREATLY appreciated!

Much love,

Job, Adria, & Elizabeth