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.
In 1 Thessalonians 1, Paul writes to the church of the Thessalonians: “We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers…”
Well, we want YOU to know, we give thanks to God for you all, constantly mentioning you in our prayers. We thank God for your willingness to be a part of this ministry and that’s why we say “thank you” with our emails and updates each month, to remind you of our thankfulness.
As you read about this past month, may you see how God is speaking through your encouragement, working through your prayers, and using your financial gifts to glorify Him!
THANK YOU to our 3 new monthly supporters! 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 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 the crops being harvested at Puran! Continue to pray for the spiritual harvest there!
Praise God for all of Karen’s safe travels and her encouraging visit here!
Praise God that so many youth gathered together at the JASS concert and were encouraged to use their lives to serve their Savior!
Please pray for healing of Job’s hand. A couple weeks ago, early on a Sunday morning while he was cutting grass for the cows, he cut his hand with the machete and took quite a chunk of skin off. Thankfully it was not deep enough to hit a vein. Also, thankfully it hasn’t gotten infected and is slowly healing. Pray for complete healing and regeneration.
Continue to pray for the healthy growth of our baby. We’re hoping to find out the gender next month!
Pray for a healthy establishment of the hardwood trees at the Colbath farm. With good establishment and maintenance, these trees will provide an abundance of funds for the children’s home, especially for the kids who have special needs.
THANK YOU for blessing our lives through your encouragement and prayers! Please take time to check out this past month’s review, in pictures . . .
We are currently short of our budget by $200 per 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 praying for 8 individuals or families that would be able to supply $25/month to help provide for monthly expenses.
John Colbath continues to improve after his spine surgery! He hasn’t yet begun physical therapy, but if his improvement continues it is very likely he will be returning to the university this coming semester!
If you remember from March, a retired missionary couple asked Job for help in selling their house here in Honduras, so they can purchase a house in the U.S. Praise God with us, it finally sold this month!
Several hearts were touched through the work done by the team from Houston and testimonies were shared of those who accepted their Savior and others who re-committed their lives to Him!
Please keep our little one’s growth in your prayers. Also, pray for God’s guidance as we choose a doctor for prenatal care and delivery.
One of our good friends from Oklahoma, Karen Salmon, will be visiting us August 3-11. Please keep her travels and visit here in your prayers.
Continue to pray for our conversations at Puran, that God would use us to proclaim His truth, especially concerning assurance of salvation.
We are excited to share with you what God has been doing here! Thanks for taking time to read our updates and pray!
For each opportunity we have to speak His truth as we visit more and more families each week at Puran and the surrounding communities!
For the different ways that God has prepared us and the opportunities we have to serve alongside the Colbath family!
Answer to prayer as Adria is back to normal after experiencing 3 allergic reactions during these past couple months!
This month we had quite a scare as the Colbath’s oldest son, John, had an accident while using a slackline, and severely broke his neck. It happened on June 25th, a week ago Sunday. After seeing the x-rays here, they were encouraged to make the trip ASAP to the States and have the surgery done there. After some help getting a proper neck brace, he miraculously made the trip with Mark to Austin, TX (2 flights) that Tuesday and his spinal cord was not damaged!! Mark drove him immediately to a hospital and the following day he had surgery, including 2 fusions in his cervical spine. He will begin physical therapy in a week. Please pray for complete healing, no more damage, and total restoration of his strength and mobility. John will be in his 3rd year of college and is studying to become a doctor.
Keep Felix (Jeffrey’s dad) in your prayers. He acquired a bacterial infection while at work that required surgery to remove. Pray for his full recovery and a better job where he won’t be exposed to this bacteria.
Pray for my travels to/from Tegucigalpa this month for the last session in the FAO class.
We are so thankful for each one of you and your involvement in this ministry! Let us all lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves don’t break in and steal! (Matthew 6:20)