Thank you all for your continual prayers! We need them. Let us know too how we can pray for you!
Praise the Lord:
For the privilege that God gives us to be able to help others, through our supporters, organizations, and ministries.
For God’s protection during an outbreak of the H1N1 swine flu that has recently killed 12 people in Honduras.
For our family and supporters that provide us their support and help.
Pray to the Lord:
For Adria’s health to improve. She is currently in the States for a Dr. visit. Please pray for some answers to come of this as she continues to experience extreme exhaustion, fatigue, insomnia, weakness, and nausea.
For spiritual growth of the kids, youth, women, and men that we work with.
For wisdom in making decisions that honor God in our ministry and family.
Sorry this update is a bit late! I (Adria) have been battling some health issues, but I am beginning to feel on the mend now. Please read on to see what has filled our past month!
Praise the Lord:
For the health of Elizabeth May. We are thankful to have a baby so healthy and full of life!
For our prayer and financial supporters that encourage us!
For the growth of the ministry that God is allowing us to experience in Awana, the discipleships, agricultural support to different ministries, the worship ministry at church, and the support to coffee growers.
Pray to the Lord:
For Adria’s health to improve, as she has been dealing with some extreme exhaustion, fatigue, and weakness.
For the spiritual growth of those that God is allowing us to disciple.
For wisdom in all our ministry decisions.
Thank you all for your continual support and prayers that keep us going and growing here in Honduras!
It has been awhile since our last update and since then we have become parents! It’s been quite an eye & mind-opening life change. God blessed us with a healthy baby girl and we appreciate your prayers for our continued transition as a family. Read on to see a bit more of what’s kept us busy these past couple months!
For Carlos Alvarado’s salvation! Continue to pray for his new life with Christ!
For the preparation that God is doing in our lives to become better servants!
For a healthy baby girl!
Pray to God:
For the spiritual growth of the 6 individuals Job is discipling.
As more individual discipleship opportunities come along, we are feeling led to become better stewards of our time and resources and make those a larger part of our ministry. Pray for God’s direction as we make decisions in these next few months on which ministries we may need to let go so that we can focus on what God is calling us to do here, to make disciples.
For our continued transition into parenthood, that we would grow and become the parents God calls us to be.
January brought us both joys and challenges. Please read on to see how God is at work through it ALL!
An Update on the Political Situation
The President-elect (after illegally being reelected) officially took up office on January 27th. Many protests, both peaceful and violent, were carried out the entire week leading up to Inauguration Day. As of now, the unrest has, for the most part, settled down. However, more scandals of corruption have come to light as more than 100 members of congress are being investigated for appropriating public funds that were originally destined for social projects of non-profit organizations.
For the testimony from God’s healing of Miguelito!
For the individual discipleships that Job is developing with 6 young men! Four of these are already Christians. The other two do not profess any faith and are struggling with drug and alcohol addictions.
For the opportunity to continue ministering in Honduras!
Pray to God:
For a natural labor without complications and for a healthy baby.
For spiritual, moral, and economic support for the challenges that we face in each ministry this year.
For more financial support to cover Job’s studies in the Bible seminary. In February, Job will begin studying at the Bible seminary to become better prepared to lead discipleship groups and give teachings. The cost is about $300 per month. Please pray about supporting this essential training for effective ministry!
Two months have flown by now and 2017 has come to a close! November and December have been a tremendous blessing for us…
For allowing us to finish a year full of activities, His protection, daily sustenance, goals met, and lessons learned!
For our family, friends and brothers in Christ; our prayer, moral, and economic supporters who have blessed us greatly this past year. May God be the One who compensates your support for us!
For the opportunity to visit our family, friends and siblings in Christ in the USA and for His care during the journey, even during this political crisis. We have seen God’s hand through all of this.
Pray to God:
For it is God who will allow us to serve Him in this new year, 2018. May He support us in the ministries entrusted to us and may He open the hearts of the people around us.
For the birth of our first child. May God allow us to have a healthy, natural birth. May He take care of Adria and our daughter.
For the political, social, and economic situation here in Honduras. May God protect us and may we be His light and example in this crisis regarding the position we as Christians should have concerning it.
Thank you for encouraging us to continue serving through your emails, prayers, and giving. We’ve had quite a diverse range of work going on this month! LOTS to pray about!
Great news! The remaining $125/month has been pledged! THANK YOU to all those who have pledged monthly support and faithfully give each month! We believe that your willingness to support our ministry is just one way God works through His people. Know that we appreciate your part very much!!
What we didn’t know is… we are still in need of monthly support. This past month we’ve been searching for a house to rent that will accommodate our growing family. Unfortunately, we did not plan our housing budget well, and after over a month of rental house searching, the house we’ve finally decided to rent costs $175 over what we had originally budgeted for housing. This is causing a HUGE drawback to the funds we have available for ministry work! Please be praying about this with us and consider if God wants you to support this ministry. We are praying for 7 supporters that could each provide $25/month. We long to serve long-term here in Honduras, and we believe God may be calling you to be a part of that! For giving information please visit our support page: https://godmakesitgrow.wordpress.com/support/
Praise God we learned this month that the chest pain that Job has been experiencing the past couple years is not pericarditis! He had been seeing a cardiologist who, after much testing, diagnosed the pain as acute pericarditis. After learning from a couple friends at church that doctor is not recommended, we visited a different cardiologist to get a second opinion. This doctor, also after much testing, said Job’s heart is perfectly healthy and that the pain is more than likely just muscle pains in the chest. Please pray for Job’s full recovery!
Praise God for providing a house to rent! Pray for protection and wisdom in how we should increase the security of the house. We will probably need to install an alarm and find a large guard dog.
Praise God for providing the well repair training that we believe will allow Job to serve even more in the water project ministries! Pray for his time at the training in Texas next week, Nov 7-11.
Please pray for the seeds we’re planting at Puran. Pray for the planting, watering, and especially for the harvesting.
Continue to pray for a healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy.
Pray with us for a youth pastor for our local youth group. The current youth pastor, who has served there for around 15 years, is leaving to serve as lead pastor at another church, beginning in January.
Thank you for interceding on behalf of this ministry! We appreciate how you care and have been a part of our lives and the lives of those we meet. Please read on to see what’s been keeping us busy this past month.
One of our long-time supporting churches is struggling financially and is not able to support us for the time being. However, with our growing ministry and growing family, our budget continues to grow! We are currently short of our budget by $125 per month. We are praying for 5 more individuals or families that would be able to supply $25/month to help provide for monthly expenses.
Praise God for a wonderful, Word-filled weekend at the Awana Camp! If you’ve been praying for our shortage of Awana leaders, thank you! The problem was solved as several teens from youth group have stepped up to lead the small groups of the younger kids.
Praise God for the healing of Job’s hand!
Praise God for His written Word! Thank Him for giving us this light for our paths!
Please pray for Job’s conversations at Puran as he confronts the prosperity gospel with God’s Word.
Continue to pray for a healthy pregnancy. After Adria had a battle with food poisoning we both suffered a nasty head cold this month.
Pray for the contacts Job has made over the past few months for Chocolate de Veras. Pray that these would help the business to flourish in providing jobs and income for the Colbath’s children’s home.
Pray for Job’s work in Kingdom Growers, the business as ministry organization that helps market the coffee of small and medium coffee growers. Currently, Job is serving as head of the auditing body for the organization, which reviews all of the accounting, technical and ministerial activities. After doing some internal auditing, they have found several different aspects that need to be improved for an upright and transparent operation of the business as a ministry. We ask your prayers for Job, that as the leader of the auditing body, he can set an example and together they can make the necessary recommendations for the business to avoid fines and surcharges due to administration errors.