March 2019 Update

Dear friends and family,

The month of March went by in a blur! We continue to pray for you all and it was a great blessing to visit some of you during our short visit to Kansas.

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Pic: Elizabeth’s 1st Birthday On February 13th Elizabeth turned ONE! After she recovered from tonsillitis we finally celebrated on March 3rd, complete with a piñata and a fancy cake.
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Pic: Visit to the USA. March also brought Elizabeth’s first plane ride as we flew to the States for a couple weeks to visit family in Kansas! We are so thankful we were able to visit some of you during our short time there.
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Pic: Community Development in “El Arrayan.” Our friend, Fred Jackson, continues his community development work in El Arrayan with the organization he began, “A Leap of Faith.” He visited March 24-31 to make a survey of the families living there, their needs, and the abilities that each family has to contribute to the growth of the community. Job and Fred together gave oral hygiene classes to the families at their local school.
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Pic: Water filters for El Arrayan. Without a doubt, you cannot work towards healthy community development if there is no access to potable water. To reach that goal, we have joined efforts with Serve Hope, the organization of our friend Mark Fittz. Now, with water purification filters, 15 families are enjoying access to clean drinking water! Fred is planning to return in July and is hoping to provide enough filters so that every family in the community has clean water to drink. Please keep praying for this ongoing work!
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Pic: Elsy and family. We are asking for prayer for Elsy. She is a single mother in El Arrayan. She is currently battling with a deep depression after her husband left her. She is an example of someone who overcomes difficult problems, as just this past year at 30 years old and with 3 children, she finished high school. During one of their visits to her house, Fred and Job saw that she was crying and they prayed for her. The next day, she confessed that she had been planning to abandon her kids because she had nothing to give them to eat, but God had used their visit to encourage her to continue working towards a better future together with her 3 kids. Please remember to pray for Elsy and her kids: Walter (6), Abdias (8), and Nehemiah (11).
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Pic: Dry well in El Junco. Last month we began to dig a well in El Junco, another community without access to clean drinking water. With pickaxes, shovels, digging bars, and buckets we have dug down 30 feet by hand. Unfortunately, we have not found water. Also, during this process a person was injured after a stone fell on them from above while they were digging. We continue to pray for God’s mercy and clean water for this community. We are talking with a couple different ministries here to see the possibilities of providing access to drinking water to the more than 40 families who live there. Please keep praying for the people of El Junco!

Praise God for:

  • Our visit to the States to see family and friends in Kansas! It was a great blessing!
  • Our fellow missionary friends that join us to have a greater impact in communities throughout Honduras!
  • The hearts that have been encouraged and strengthened through the work that God has allowed us to accomplish here!

Pray to God for:

  • A strategy to provide access to clean drinking water for the community of El Junco.
  • The upcoming trip of WAC (Water Ambassadors Canada). A brigade is coming April 6-13 to repair wells. That God provides for successful well repair and that the people of the communities come with hearts ready to hear the gospel.
  • That the seeds we are sowing and watering begin to grow in the hearts of the people.

Thank you for praying with and for us. Your part is GREATLY appreciated!

Much love,

Job, Adria, & Elizabeth

February 2019 Update

Dear friends and family,

We are praying you all are well, despite those record-breaking wind chills up north! This past month we have had quite the variety of work on our plate. We are energized to see God opening doors this year!

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Pic: Water Ambassadors Canada work. The first week of February we started working with WAC to restore broken wells that were drilled by the Japanese in the 90’s and have been broken now for over a decade. That week over 1,200 people gained access to water! The locals were blessed with not only access to water, but also the gospel. After pumping the first gush of water, Job prays with them to thank God and gives the gospel message. At least 6 people accepted Jesus during their time together. Praise God for them!
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Pic: Sustainable Harvest International. Sharing the gospel with farmers. This month Job has been investing his time visiting communities with SHI and getting to know the people. He also helped teach them how to vaccinate chickens to prevent avian pox. For the locals, a way to safeguard their only source of eggs and meat is nothing short of a miracle. We tell them it’s only our love for God that brings us to do this.
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Pic: Oansa. We are so excited to see what God has in store as we begin another year of discipling kids in Awana! There are about 150 kids and 10 parents that are coming every Saturday. Volunteers from our local church are the leaders. Our goal during bible time is learning to grow to be like Jesus.
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Pic: Digging a well for El Junco. While Job was visiting communities with SHI, he came across the community of “El Junco” with Jonathan, an SHI technician. Currently, this community does not have access to any source of water. The kids are sent out to hike a couple kilometers to bring back water by the gallon from a local, scum-filled pond. (see picture below) Job, with help from WAC and the locals, is digging a well and planning to install a pump to give this community access to potable water. During his time there he is sharing the gospel with the locals, and especially with Jonathan. Unfortunately, Jonathan has seen bad testimonies from the church and now he doesn’t want to hear anything about Jesus. We are praying for open hearts in the village and for Jonathan!
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Pic: The current water source at El Junco, a scum-filled pond.
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Pic: A dream come true! While visiting communities with SHI Job has begun to identify a network of organic farmers with whom we want to start a cooperative. A co-op would offer much needed stability for these families as well as provide cash for bus fares, medicines, school supplies, and farm tools. Here, Doña María received her payment for the harvest of 120 bananas. We paid 50% more than the average middleman and still made a 10% profit. We’ve all heard the saying: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” We believe this, but we want to go a little further. We want to teach people how to SELL their fish!

Praise God for:

  • The beginning of Awana, as God is entrusting us to reach the souls of 150 kids and their families!
  • A productive week with WAC while the founder of the organization was visiting. They were able to fix wells in 3 communities and reap a harvest of 6 new believers!
  • The restoration of health in our family. All three of us suffered a nasty cold this month. The flu, coughing, and fevers were overwhelming at times. Elizabeth suffered from an infection in her throat and I learned how to give a baby medicine! Glad that’s over!

Pray to God for:

  • Hearts sensitive to listen to God’s voice, in both the personnel of SHI as well as the locals in the communities.
  • Our trip to Kansas in March. We are planning a quick, 2-week trip to visit Adria’s family. We are looking forward to introducing Elizabeth to more aunts, uncles, cousins, great-grandparents, and the rest of the family!
  • Ripe hearts in the community “El Arrayan.” Our friend, Fred Jackson, is planning a visit the last week of March to begin this year’s sustainable projects for this community, as well as to share the gospel with them. He is planning to install a home water filter in each family’s house, a total of 70! He wants each one to tangibly feel God’s love for them.

Thank you for praying with and for us. Your part is GREATLY appreciated!

Much love,

Job, Adria, & Elizabeth

January 2019 Update

Dear friends and family,

Well, 2019 has begun and we give thanks to God for continuing to bless our ministry in Honduras! Many challenges may come for all and we pray to God that He sustains us and allows us to do His will.

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Pic: Search for wells. This year we are expecting 5 groups to visit for well repair work with Water Ambassadors Canada. We thank God for the 30 wells we have found in various communities through the central and southern regions of Honduras. We are working with each community so that the impact of the well repair is not just a material help, but also brings about spiritual change for the people.
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Pic: Helping other missionaries with their farm projects. One of our petitions to God is to have a farm, but until now God has not yet blessed us with one. However, He has allowed us to provide support to other missionaries with farm projects. This month we worked with David Guevara, giving some technical help as he begins restoring his coffee farm and building a classroom building where his ministry can train pastors.
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Pic: Helping the Colbath family. The Colbath’s farm has been where we have invested the majority of our time and efforts. We thank God for 14 new sheep, which are helping to keep the grass down, fertilize the mahogany trees, and are providing meat for the 8 foster kids in their care.
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Pic: OANSA: Because children are important to God. Yet another year God has provided for AWANA! This is the ministry of our local church where we are involved in evangelizing and discipling kids and their parents. This year we are expecting around 150 kids! We ask for your prayers that God touches the hearts of the kids, along with their parents, to accept Jesus as their Savior.
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Pic: Sharing the gospel with Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) Sustainable Harvest International is an NGO (non-governmental organization) with the mission of transforming the lives of agriculturists. Unfortunately, the policies of SHI prevent that the life change of the people be integral. It is prohibited to speak of religion in this organization. However, Job has become involved with the aim of evangelizing the agricultural members of SHI and all of the technical personnel within the organization. Job serves with them 1 week each month, visiting farmers and spending time with various personnel of SHI. We ask you to pray that God could use Job’s conversations for the salvation of the farmers as well as the organization’s personnel.

Praise God for:

  • Your place in our network of supporters! Daily, we give thanks to God for all of you that are praying for us and sharing your blessings with us!
  • The service opportunities that God has recently been opening to us for reaching out to more farmers and providing help to other missionaries!
  • Adria’s health continues to improve! Ever since I started taking a vitamin supplement for the thyroid I am no longer dealing with insomnia and I’m sleeping well again! I so appreciate your prayers! Thank you!! Please pray that my metabolism would also return to normal.

Pray to God for:

  • This week the founder of Water Ambassadors Canada, along with a few other staff, is visiting to help establish this year’s plan of action for repairing wells in Honduras.
  • The beginning of Awana, that God provides sufficient leaders that are available to disciple kids and even the parents that come.
  • The health of our friend, Mitch Cooper. Even though he is now out of danger, the recovery is slow. We pray that God will give him patience. If you would like to help with his medical expenses, please follow this link: Help Mitch Cooper

Thank you for praying with and for us. Your part is GREATLY appreciated!

Much love,

Job, Adria, & Elizabeth

December 2018 Update

Dear friends and family,

We want to give thanks to God for 365 days full of mercy! We thank Him for giving us family, friends, supporters, and churches that share His calling these past few years that we have been serving in Honduras!

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We invite you to journey through the updates of 2018, where you will find that God touched the hearts of over 50 people to accept Christ!
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We not only shared purified water in dry summer months, but also the Living Water in communities from Central to Southern Honduras.
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Also, in 2018 God provided for almost 20 communities to gain access to potable water through wells that had been broken down for over 15 years!
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Nearly 250 kids were discipled through the ministry of AWANA, where a total of 34 kids accepted Christ as well as 1 father, who Job continues to disciple in his walk with Jesus!
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In Puran, more than 40 families were taught how to grow home gardens for better health and life. Some of these families were able to reach enough production to establish a side business selling their vegetables, and increasing their monthly income by about 30%!

In a nutshell, in 2018 God blessed us with His mercy, with a beautiful daughter, health, and with you all who are reading this update. THANK YOU for encouraging us, THANK YOU for praying, and THANK YOU for giving all your support that allows us to continue the ministry that God has given us here!

Our prayer for you is that God fills you with mercies and blesses your lives, families, jobs, studies, and ministries.

Praise God for:

  • Job’s improved health! The bacterial infection is nearly gone and he is feeling so much better!
  • Locating 28 wells! Job has been on quite the adventure this past month hunting for broken wells. So far, WAC has planned 4 well repair trips for 2019!
  • Opportunity to serve with Sustainable Harvest International (SHI). We have been praying for opportunities to serve with organizations that will help us connect with farmers to open doors for sharing the gospel. Job has met with SHI and they have invited him to serve as a volunteer! More info on this work to come!

Pray to God for:

  • Mitch Cooper, a fellow missionary friend of ours. On January 3rd, Mitch was in a motorcycle accident. He suffered 7 broken ribs on his left side and still has fluid around his lung. The doctor at the Evangelical Hospital here in town saved his life and he has received at least 9 blood transfusions at this time. Please pray for his full recovery!
  • Fruitful ministry work in 2019!
  • Hondurans with eyes to see, ears to hear, minds to understand, and hearts softened to accept their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Thank you for praying with and for us. Your part is GREATLY appreciated!

Much love,

Job, Adria, & Elizabeth

November 2018 Update

Dear friends and family,

The month of November has passed and we feel blessed to be able to share our news with our family and friends that support us spiritually, morally, and financially!

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Pic: AWANA. We’ve wrapped up this year’s AWANA program in our local church. We give thanks to God because on the last Saturday 8 kids accepted Christ as their personal Savior!
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Pic: AWANA. Throughout the year, 30 leaders supported the ministry in discipling the kids and parents that came each Saturday. Around 250 kids were instructed in the Scriptures and a total of 34 kids accepted Christ!
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Pic: WAC Work. Also this month, God allowed us to work with a team from Water Ambassadors Canada to bring water access to 4 communities, where about 2,000 people now have access to water!
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Pic: WAC Work. The WAC team also gave classes on hygiene and shared the gospel. During that time, 14 people accepted Christ in these communities! We give thanks to God for each new profession of faith.
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Pic: Colbath farm. Also, we continue to develop the farm in the Colbath family children’s home. We give thanks to God for this family that allows us to be involved in their ministry using forestry. We have started the last stage now of establishing the tree nursery to cover the property with hardwood trees. They are also learning how to take care of the pasture for the sheep and cows.
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Pic: House Construction for Juana Maria with Serve Hope. Juana Maria is a single mother with 2 boys. Both of her boys were born with muscular atrophy disease, an illness that prevents them from walking. We feel honored to be able to serve God alongside Serve Hope, as it is a ministry founded by one of the missionaries whose example is one we would like to follow.
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Pic: Car trouble. We also want to thank God for His protection. While Job was driving with a group to help build Juana Maria’s house, our vehicle suffered a failure in the cylinder heads. The radiator hose was too old and it failed, so our car spent some time in the shop. However, we can see the hand of God in this because the mechanic said it could have been much worse! It was a blessing to know that God is taking care of us.

Praise God for:

  • The protection He provides us in the communities and with the groups we are working with.
  • The opportunities that God provides us to serve him and to serve others in order to show His love through our actions.
  • Our supporters (spiritual, moral, and financial) that keep updated on the ministry and pray with and for us.

Pray to God for:

  • For Carlos, whom Job is discipling, as he is facing a family crisis. That his faith in Christ would allow him to come through victorious.
  • For Job’s health. During his time in one of the communities, he ate something that gave him a bacterial infection. He has gone to a couple of different doctors now. Please pray that this would soon be cured.
  • More financial support to cover our personal and ministry expenses.

Thank you for praying with and for us. Your part is GREATLY appreciated!

Much love,

Job & Adria

October 2018 Update

Another month has passed and we feel blessed to continue serving God! It is wonderful to see how God sustains our lives and to dimension how blessed we really are.

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Pic: Hiking with some of the disciple group. God has entrusted me (Job) with supporting different people in their spiritual walk. At the beginning of this month, 3 youth and I hiked to the highest point in Honduras, reaching over 9,000 feet above sea level. It was an adventurous experience and God gave me the opportunity to strengthen my relationship with these youth. We had conversations about our spiritual lives, about their future marital lives, and the challenges that we as men face, and about interpersonal relationships. It brings me great joy to see how God uses these moments to grow my discipleship group.
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Pic: Fred Jackson’s Leap of Faith Mission Work Fred Jackson came this month to continue the community development project in El Arrayan. This month he worked towards strengthening his relationship with the people. There are 70 families that form El Arrayan and it was a blessing to be able to share the Gospel, give hygienic talks, as well as share a small bag of food with each of the 70 families that are struggling economically. We also met with the leaders of the community to begin working together in future projects that will focus on employment, food security, and overall a better quality of life.
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Pic: Sale of pupusas to support Missionaries to Spain from our local church. In order to motivate the congregation to give to missions, the missions committee made an activity to raise funds to support the mission of the Great Commission. We sold pupusas (which are thick corn tortillas stuffed with either cheese, refried beans, or pork) and raised the church’s awareness of supporting the Lord’s work.
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Pic: Supporting other ministries to increase productivity of their properties and become more self-sustainable. God has given us the joy of using our gifts in agriculture and forestry to do missions work. Month after month we offer our time to various ministries that need technical advice or training for their workers. It fills us with satisfaction to be able to share our time with the workers and to teach them how to build nurseries, prune trees, take care of a farm and livestock. We feel useful to God to be able to do this work.
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Pic: Caravan of Honduran Migrants. You probably already know about the caravan of Honduran migrants headed for the US. This caravan has been walking for over 2 weeks now. According to many, they are fleeing poverty, violence, and organized crime. It fills us with pain to see children and even babies in this migratory process. From our perspective, we can testify that in Honduras lives extreme violence and poverty. For these people that migrate, they don’t have anything to lose by making this trek. In the same way, it pains us to know that there are about 7,000 Hondurans that abandoned their homeland and there would have been more but our borders are closed by the government and prevent the passage for other caravans that were recently formed. Also, we know that the opinions are divided respecting this caravan. On our part, we pray to God for the protection and sustenance of those that don’t have food, clothing, or shelter, whether they are migrants or not. Now more than ever we see the impact that God allows us to have on people. We give thanks to God that none of the families that we support with gardening or coffee farming decided to unite with the caravan. Therefore, our commitment is to pray for our neighbor, whether or not they are a part of this caravan. Also, to continue to generate a socioeconomic impact on the lives of those in which God allows us to serve.

Praise God for:

  • The provision of funds for Job’s residency process! This past month supporters helped us cover those expenses, a HUGE burden lifted off our shoulders!
  • Providing for us a roof over our heads, food to sustain us, health to keep working, and a purpose to live!
  • Our friends and ministry supporters that help us spiritually and economically! We desire that God blesses your studies, careers, businesses, and lives!
  • The opportunities that God gives us to disciple and evangelize!

Pray to God for:

  • Another monthly supporter. We just signed a contract for another year to rent the house where we are living and our rent has increased $25/month. If you would like to cover this expense please email us and we will send you the donation instructions.
  • A WAC team that will be serving here from Nov. 3-10. May God watch over them and help them as they bring access to potable water to several communities.
  • The AWANA kids and leaders as we wrap up this year. May the kids make commitments to continue living for Christ.
  • The caravan of migrants. That God be the one guarding these families and that He be the judge of the intentions to migrate of each person.

Thank you for praying with and for us. Your part is GREATLY appreciated!

Much love,

Job & Adria

September 2018 Update

Dear friends and family,

Here we are ending another month that feels like it just began! I’m sure you all are feeling the same way as kids go back to school and another season begins. Writing our updates always reminds us where the time went!

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Pic: AWANA Camp Conéctate. Job continues to use the opportunity that God has given to serve in the AWANA ministry in our local church. The theme of the camp this year was Conéctate (connect yourself). The focus of the camp was for the kids who recently accepted Christ to truly understand what it means to follow Christ. Over 120 kids made a commitment to dedicate themselves to Jesus and to be Christians that honor the name of their Savior. Job served in various roles, leading devotions and game time. It was very rewarding to see God’s provision for this year’s AWANA program and the camp.
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Pic: WAC Well Repair. Job continues serving with Water Ambassadors Canada. He has been visiting communities that are needy, both spiritually and physically. With WAC we want to have an integral impact in the communities without water access. For the future short-term mission trips, we are hoping that 2 kindergartens can receive water as well as 3 other communities. We need your prayers to help us locate the wells that need to be repaired.
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Pic: Volunteering for Hope Coffee. Hope Coffee is experiencing some big changes as the coffee shop here in Siguatepeque changes to Serve Hope! Mark Fittz, the founder and a good friend of ours, recently visited to share how those changes will affect the ministry here in Honduras. Also, I (Job) was invited to give a talk on water to the high school program that is supported through Hope Coffee. I emphasized the importance water has in our lives and how to take care of this essential resource. Then I finished each meeting planting the seed of the gospel. At the end of one of the talks, a teenager approached me to talk. He started the conversation by stating he’s an atheist and that I should not use the lectures in the schools to present the gospel. This began a long conversation about God. Finally, we had to bring the conversation to a close as the next group’s class was to begin. I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to talk with this young man. I feel that God has trained me and continues to train me to share the gospel with atheists. I can’t explain it but every year I meet more atheists and I thank God that they take the initiative to come to me to talk. With regard to the young atheist of this school, my desire is to continue talking with him and to sow the seed of the word of God in his heart.
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Pic: Serve Hope training. Job was also invited to a training led by Serve Hope on how to bear fruit in the ministries that God has entrusted us with. 50 pastors and ministry leaders were encouraged to unite together and share the gospel in a tangible way. We are asking God for guidance to minister together with these men and women with a passion for lost souls.
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Pic: Puran Memories. We thank God for the call to serve that He has given us. We are also thankful for the community of Puran that opened their doors to develop a ministry of home gardens. Around 50 families have been taught how to cultivate vegetables to improve their health as well as generate income. Likewise, God permitted us to plant His word in the hearts of the people. The entire community was reached through the testimony of showing love to our neighbors.
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Pic: Puran Memories. Considering that we have served in Puran nearly 2 years and after much prayer and conversation with some of our spiritual leaders, we believe that it is time to reach out to other groups where we have not yet shared the gospel. We give thanks to God for the home gardens ministry, where we saw testimonies of how God provided for dozens of people to improve both their health and their incomes. We know that God will give the growth to the dozens of seeds that were planted in each of the hearts of our friends in Puran.
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Pic: Elizabeth is growing up fast! As you all well know, I (Adria) have had quite a hard time adjusting as a new mom. Taking care of a baby in a foreign country is difficult, but my struggle with anxiety really complicated life! Thankfully I reached out for help and the anxiety is now under control. But I’ve been trying to figure out how I could do normal life and still help with the ministry. Now I’m beginning to believe that being a stay-at-home mom is just the best way to keep things running smoothly. Elizabeth takes 2 naps a day and she’s old enough now that she won’t nap just anywhere. So my days pretty much revolve around her eating and sleeping schedule. I’m curious to hear from other moms how much importance you placed on your baby’s naps. Can you think back to when you had a 7 (almost 8) month old? Did you stay home so that your baby could get their naps in?

Praise the Lord:

  • For the home gardens ministry that has been very rewarding for both the lives of our gardening friends at Puran and for us too!
  • For the AWANA Camp Conéctate where the kids were challenged to live for Christ!
  • For the health God has given us that allows us to serve him constantly!

Pray to the Lord:

  • To locate which communities are still without access to potable water where we can reach out to both their physical and spiritual needs.
  • For the financial provision we need as we begin to apply for Job’s U.S. residency. This is the first step in the process to U.S. citizenship, which will allow for future travel when his tourist visa expires.
  • For wisdom as we seek out new groups where we can share the gospel to the lost and hurting world.

Thank you for praying!

Love,

Job, Adria and Elizabeth