Greetings from Above. Literally, I am writing this on my flight back from Atlanta to Greensboro. I am so excited to see my family and a little saddened to be leaving Belize this time! Although I know that in 40 days that the Edmonds family is wheels up to Belize! Thank you so much for your prayers; without them we would not be in the position to leave in 40 days!
Last week in Belize!
Since I last wrote an update, I just finished up leading a team in Sarteneja Belize. It’s a small fishing village about 5 hours north of the airport…and about 3 of those hours are down the worst, most bumpy, pot-hole filled road you can imagine. Despite the travel difficulties, the week was a blast. We AVERAGED 150 kids / day at VBS! At the youth service night, there were over 50 youth in attendance. And Sunday School in the morning had over 70 children there! What a blessing it was at every opportunity to proclaim Christ’s love for the children and youth.
Highlight of the week: I had two highlights….well three if you count finally figuring out how to video chat with Amy and the kids! (praise God)
- Pastor Mario Mora’s testimony: This man of God was literally running from the Lord’s call to be a pastor. He refused! He wanted to do something else. He was a Christian but running from the Lord…almost like Jonah running from his call to go to Nineveh. Well just like Jonah (and I am not making this up), Pastor was out on the sea with his family and his boat capsized in a bad storm. He had to float without a life vest holding onto to his 2 year old grandson for 24 hours before he was rescued. As he was telling us this story and tearing up, he said that the only thing keeping him alive, the only thing giving him strength was Jesus Christ. When he was hungry, he sang. When he was thirsty, he prayed. When he was tired, he praised! What faith! Obviously, he came out of that situation and surrendered his everything to the Lord, which included being a pastor! I was so encouraged by his calm, peace and reliance on the Lord in that circumstance. I pray that as things are trying in our next few months that we have that type of reliance on the Lord!
- Salvation! – As the team was sharing the last night in Belize, the highlights started to pour in of child after child, youth after youth, adult after adult accepting Christ. The team was worried earlier in the week about a language barrier with the village speaking primarily Spanish but the Lord’s message was heard and approximately 10 people responded to Christ’s love for them by surrendering their lives to Christ! Praise God.
Belize Logistics Update
- Flights – We fly out September 3rd. Praise God for a date but pray for smooth flights especially with the kids. Also, if you want to see us, schedule it through Amy before September 3rd!
- Shipping of Goods – I met with a Customs Broker in Belize. This meeting was interesting to say the least. I literally sat on his veranda as this OLD OLD man told me stories about Belize in the 1950s and 1970s! EEEK. I was hoping for an office visit or something, but this is Belize. The Lord is in control. Pray that our stuff reaches Belize shortly after we do (<1 week). While we wait on our stuff, we are sleeping on air mattresses and that DOES NOT MAKE AMY HAPPY!
- Odd and Ends – We have someone working on a work permit for me, utilities for the house, and getting our car situation sorted. The details are coming together and coming together quickly. Pray for these details to be finalized.
On the home front:
I have been gone but from what I can tell….
- Madeline is being Madeline which is a ball of love and emotion. She is by far the sweetest and biggest daddy’s girl on the planet and I love it! She is starting to express a love and knowledge of the Lord saying “help me to always do what is right, like Noah”
- Joseph is babbling A LOT, eating with his hands, and crawling and pulling up! Can’t wait to hold this guy!
- Amy is holding down all things home related. I am seriously amazed at this woman. She is inspiring with the amount of drive and execution she has. She loved visiting with old friends this past weekend (thanks to Andy and Andra for Hillary’s party) and LOVES her small group and church in Winston (thank you Revo family!)
- Yard sale – we are having a yard sale at my parent’s house this weekend. Amy and my folks have been working hard at it! Should be a blast….hopefully financially rewarding too!!
Praise / Prayer Requests:
- We had 10 people accept Christ in Sarteneja. Pray for continued perseverance of faith as the team has left.
- Pray for the two teams that I led, that the trip was not the pinnacle of the walk with Jesus but rather that their lives would be renewed and transformed.
- Pray for protection over these teams from the enemy as he works to make them busy and forget how the Lord moved in Belize!
- Pray for the yard sale this weekend. Pray that we raise $1000 towards support!
- Pray specifically that the work permit, utilities and automobile things would be sorted before we fly out on September 3rd.
- We are going to the beach in about a week with my parents, Christian, and Grandma and Grandpa. Pray for a restful time of fun and fellowship. Pray that it is refreshing, especially for my parents.
- For those that don’t know. Amy and I are not paid by Praying Pelican Missions. We are required to fundraise our salary to do ministry. We have been fundraising since January of this year and we are at 100% supported for the first year. Thank you to all of our supporters.
- We ARE CURRENTLY LIVING OFF SUPPORT so if you haven’t started to give, now is the time to start please!
- Also, we are fundraising for next year already. If you haven’t financially supported us yet and would like to, it is never too late. Message me for details! Also, see the attached document on specifics of how to give.
Thank you friends and family for all that you do. We love you all so much. Your encouragement nourishes us and your prayers are cherished. If we can support, love on, pray for you all in anyway, please let us know. We thank God every time we think of you!
Because they haven’t heard,