Thank you for your kind words in regards to praying for us last week. It’s so awesome, comforting and encouraging to know that we can share what’s going on with our lives and know that we know that we know that there is an army praying for us! Praise God! Without further.
Before we get into the Prayer Requests. I posted a blog earlier in an attempt to answer every short-term mission participants’ question: Am I making a difference? Take a moment to read my take on that here.
- Basketball – Honestly I have no idea what’s going on with the basketball team in Hattieville. I don’t know if it’s been because of the rain or because of only one light working at the court but no one has been playing basketball. I continue to go out every Tuesday and Thursday. Pray this week that there are at least 6 people out there to have a game! – KEEP PRAYING.
- Community – Kimbell was over here two or three days this week, including braiding Madeline’s hair all day yesterday! It was awesome for Amy to spend some time with her. When we dropped Kimbell off at home two times this week, her husband came outside and talked to us some! Community is still hard but God is faithful – KEEP PRAYING.
- Church – First Wednesday night youth group was marginal at best. We had the small children and the pastors from the church in the group, which wasn’t great. At the end of the group, I asked the youth to write down 3 questions that they may have about the Bible or life and I was alarmed how elementary their questions were. Many of them, who the church asssumes are strong Christians, don’t understand foundations. Pray for me as we dive into what it means to be a Christian, the life of Christ, and how to read the Bible. It’s going to be a slow going. – KEEP PRAYING!
- Marriage Rest – The schedule for work is working holding true. This week I am around all week to help get Madeline and Jojo to and from school. Continue to lift up our marriage. Specifically pray that when we are here at night that we can be present, away from distractions and focused on each other! – KEEP PRAYING!
- Bob Vila I am not – For the past couple of weeks, I have been working on ministry ideas for 2015, specifically trying to secure a design and estimates for bunk beds, a simple playground, and a rain water collection system (guttering included).
- Update: The bunk bed design and estimate are secured and I am happy with those. The playground estimate is close behind. Rain water collection is far behind those. I am also working with one of our staff on two different chicken coop designs and with Amy on a smart garden design for families. KEEP PRAYING
- New Staff – I was worried about the Lord providing new staff early last week. We were projecting growth and how many Belizeans we may need last year and I had small faith. The Lord then provided 4 people for me to meet, and some of those we may try out as staff next year! – ANSWERED!
- Pupusas – One of our favorite foods is pupusas, a delicious combination of beans, cheese, sometimes chorizo, wrapped into a corn tortilla like stuffed in the dough and then made on a camal (spelling?). We had a staff come over and teach Amy how to make them on Friday and we ate them Friday and Saturday. And Amy’s that she made on Saturday were AWESOME!!
- School starting – School starts today (08-Sep-2014) for Madeline and Jojo. Pray for a smooth adjustment. Pray for new friends. Pray that neither one of them pees their pants (literally) and that they are protected from any ridicule because of race. Pray that the drive to and from the city is smooth for me and Amy. We will have to do that each day!
- Down South Y’all – I am heading to the southern two districts in Belize, Stann Creek and Toledo. I have had multiple leaders tell me that Toledo is the forgotten district. A focus of mission activity was there when it was “untouched bush” but after a boom of evangelism and church planting in the 1970s most help has pulled out. The people there are jaded and forgotten. Burton, Paula, and I are heading down next week to identify potential new partners and strengthen and encourage our current partners. Pray for open eyes to see God’s work, pray that the Spirit gives us the right words to encourage our pastors and pray for divine appointments.
- Spiritual Warfare – We are under attack. Last week, I was disillusioned with work, Jojo was screaming and hitting, Elijah wasn’t sleeping and Amy was frustrated with her life. Pray for protection for our family from the enemy and his schemes.
- Financial Support – We are still looking for 3 families to partner with us financially for $25/month.
- If you are interested in supporting us financially, please connect directly with Josh or Amy via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We anticipate great things as we go to the Lord in prayer together for these requests. If there are requests and praises you want to share in your life, please let us know. We would love to go to the Lord together for you all as well! This I know. As I was listening to music this morning, these lyrics came to my mind:
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no powr’s, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
We celebrate the Lord’s work in Belize together. Not because of anything that I am doing, our family is doing, or the organization is doing but we celebrate and boast in Jesus Christ. The power of his death and resurrection is overcoming the evils of the world in Belize. Praise be to God!