Cinco de Mayo! Or least almost. And the Kentucky Derby. I don’t know about you all but Amy and I love watching the Kentucky Derby on TV and picking our horse to win the race. It feels like we are invested in the race when we are cheering on a horse with a funny name. I can’t imagine what the horse and jockey feel like with all those people yelling, screaming, surrounding and encouraging them to run the race, finish!
Our walk with Christ is a lot like that. Honestly, Amy and I feel like a race horse right now as we move toward relocating to Belize. We feel like we are running 100-miles per hour. We may feel overworked, overly busy, and tired at times, but we are encouraged. We are encouraged by you all, our friends, family, prayer warriors. You are the ones yelling, screaming, surrounding, and encouraging us!
As Amy and I feel discouraged or anxious or tired, we are reminded of Hebrews 12:1-2
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith
We know that not only do we have our witnesses in the sky but also you all as encouragement on the ground, saying continue, march forward. Thank you! Your encouragement is such a blessing!
What we will do (installment 2 of 3)? Answer: Leading our Family
From observations that Amy and I have made and follow-up conversations we have had with local pastors, Belizeans in the villages, and other Praying Pelican Missions employees, one of the biggest needs in Belize is Christian male leadership. Men are absent from the church, the home, and the family. As you can imagine this permeates through Belize and has many lasting consequences such as gang violence, teenage pregnancy, emotional brokenness, etc.
Amy and I desire to understand this concept and help provide encouragement through living our lives as examples. I desire to model a husband loving his wife like Christ loves the church. Amy desires to honor me as her husband. We both desire to raise our children in the way of the Lord. Our family is far from perfect and we don’t have it all together, but we strongly desire to live and lead our family in the way of the Lord. It’s important to note we won’t do this in a vacuum. We plan to have anyone over to visit, eat, share who wants to come over. We plan to be in the local community, playing basketball, visiting with neighbors, and learning where / why / how they are hurting. Through our family leadership and being part of the community, we are begging God to open up doors and conversations to start to heal, help, restore the family unit of Belize and men to the local church.
• Belize: Gang violence is still prominent, especially in and around the Belize City area. Continue to pray for quelled violence and for the community leaders working to restore “normalcy” to the area.
• Financial support raising: PRAISE GOD! We are at 45% funded for $2500/month goal! We are targeting to be at 50% funded by the end of the weekend. We do have a LONG way to go to our overall June 15th goal!
We have contacted MANY of you by email, phone, and letter asking you to prayerfully consider supporting us financially. We ask to please respond one way or the other. If you are considering partnering with us financially, please contact me (Joshua.firstname.lastname@example.org) or 919.306.7667. Amy or I would love to share with you how you can partner with us in ministry. We are targeting being fully-funded by June 15th.
• Amy Medical: Amy is getting a wisdom tooth removed tomorrow (Friday). She plans to do this without anesthesia. BEAST!!! Pray for her please!
Seriously, we love you all very much and look forward to Jesus to see where He is leading us. This is impossible without your prayers and support. Praise God for each of you! If we can pray for you in any way, please let us know!
Madeline LOVES her swimming pool.
Joseph really wants to get those toys but can’t figure out how to get them.