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The McCoys in December

December 2020

Praises

  • Assisted operation Renewed Hope in relief efforts
  • Safety in travel
  • Relationship with other missionaries
  • Got internet/school/Spanish lessons

Prayer Requests

  • Jon’s salvation
  • Adolfo’s, Alonso’s, Laura’s salvations
  • Tourist Visa/COVID insurance until residency approved

1Thessalonians 5:18
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

We have so much to be thankful for. We have been in Costa Rica now almost 6 weeks. We are mostly unpacked and settled in our house. We are finding our way around and learning where to get what. Fellow missionaries, Pastor and Mrs. Dove have been a huge help and blessing to us in more ways then we can describe.

A brief word from Sonya: After 2 years of not having our own place it has been nice to finally settle. We were able to buy needed furniture and appliances. We are slowly getting into somewhat of a routine. The kids are so happy to have their own rooms and to see their stuff again. Bethany loves to play her keyboard and Jon spends most of his day outside and muddy. We have been able to get the kitchen fairly stocked. We had some trouble with the washing machine at first but got it worked out. It is nice to hang out the laundry to dry most days. The kids and I help clean the church every week and help set up for breakfast and coffee.

Some highlights of this month. Bethany turned 13 on Nov.1st. We sang special music for the 1st time. We finally got our Internet hooked up so no more 3G. Kevin gets to do an online devotional every Thursday. We visited another missionary who grew up here and spent the day talking ministry and fellowshipping. We picked up the motorcycle we bought last year after selling our car. We had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with 2 other missionary couples.

We got a lot of bad weather from Hurricane Eta. We saw over 100 inches of rain in 4 days. Some areas here almost completely washed away. We were able to visit 2 areas and assist Operation Renewed Hope in meeting needs with relief supplies and church repairs.

We have not seen anyone saved yet. We do have 3 individuals we are witnessing to and loving on. Please pray for Adolfo, Alonso, and Laura.

Many have asked how our support is in the Covid days. This month we were at 67%. It has fluctuated at times but this is the 2nd lowest in over 2 years. God always makes up the difference somehow and we are not shaken.

Thank you all for your prayers, texts, e-mails, and phone calls. We want to be where God is working and play some small part in it.

In Christ,
Kevin, Sonya, Bethany, and Jon McCoy

Email: Mccoysincostarica@yahoo.com
Kevin: 850 777-0097
Sonya: 850 698-1694

December for the Mortensons

December 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

Hello from Honduras, and may we be among the first to wish you a Merry Christmas. It is crazy to think about all that has happened in this most unusual year. Thank you all for faithfully praying for our family and ministry. As many of you know, November began with a lot of excitement because we were just beginning to have in person services again. The spirit within the church family has been wonderful, and so very encouraging as we continue forward.

But the biggest news is that we were hit with 2 major hurricanes about two weeks apart. I sent out the special update mid-month before we realized that we were going to be hit by the second storm. Both brought mass flooding of the 2 main rivers that pass through the valley here. The lingering week of rain has slowed the receding water. Thankfully we have had several days of sunshine (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), and the waters are receding. Again we thank the Lord for his protection through these storms. There are thousands of people who lived in some of the worst flooded areas who have literally lost everything. Hopefully this next week we will be able to get into the homes of some church members to begin helping them clean out everything that was lost. Many of you have already given to help meet some of the financial needs of those most affected and we want to say a huge thank you. From the funds that have already come in we are looking to also help another church that was completely flooded in a neighboring city. Basically, the entire congregation had their homes flooded, so the needs are great. Being a third world country the rebuilding process has many additional challenges and will be long for the many who have lost homes, livelihoods, and all that they could not carry.

There have been some unusual blessings that have come from this emergency situation; one has been seeing the heart of our church family. We have been receiving donations of food and clothing that we have then been able to take to multiple emergency shelters throughout the city. We have also had some great opportunities to present the Gospel along with the donations. In the days and weeks ahead we pray that Christ will be exalted in all that we do and that many would place their eternal security in Him as Savior.

Thank you again for your prayers.

From Honduras,
Nate and Cori with Mykenzie, Grant, Blake and Sav

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • For the Lord to help us continue to grow in our Spanish speaking abilities, and be able to better minister for the Lord.
  • For the Lord to give wisdom as we navigate the changes to have in-person services.
  • For continued spiritual growth in our church family.
  • For continued tenderness to the Gospel, and that people would turn to Christ.
  • For the recovery process in the aftermath of the hurricanes.

McCoy Family’s Latest News

November 2020

Praises

  • Arrival in Costa Rica
  • Safety in travel -Belongings/Jeep all good
  • Ministry Opportunities/Share Gospel

Prayer Requests

  • Jon’s salvation
  • Settle and unpack
  • Buy furniture and appliances
  • Acclimate
  • Support go back up

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.

We did not plan to get stuck in Florida for the past seven months. God had other plans and they were not just better than ours but the best for us. We would have missed a lot of opportunities to minister to our community and family and would have been mostly locked down and confined to our home other than essentials like groceries and doctor visits if we were in Costa Rica.

October looked like this for us: Helped as many neighbors, individuals, family members, churches, and ministries as possible with tree removal and roof tarping after hurricane Sally; got word we can enter Costa Rica finally on Oct 15th so we buy our fourth set of airline tickets just to play it safe; traveled to South Carolina, Indiana, Michigan, and back to Florida just in time for our last missions conference; spent a few days packing and moving out of our temporary house; had our second last Sunday and fellowship send off at our sending church; spent a couple of evenings with local family and friends then, on Oct 22nd, up at 3:30 am to be at the airport for our long awaited flight to Costa Rica – a family of four with nineteen pieces of luggage, four carry-ons, four backpacks, negative COVID tests, COVID travel insurance, and we were really leaving.

We arrived in Costa Rica at 12:30 pm and had a bit of trouble with immigration and the health ministry for a couple of hours. Everything worked out and we loaded all our luggage, and us, in a shuttle van and headed HOME! We are where God called us to be at last. We have been unpacking and getting settled. Our Spanish improves a little more every day. The weather is a lot like Florida in early summer. The terrain is a lot like the Carolinas or even Tennessee. The electricity and water comes and goes with no warning and the internet is pretty slow. As far as we can tell all of our belongings are here and our Jeep is in good shape. We have already begun to serve in the church and do odd jobs here and there. Kevin had the opportunity to do an online devotion. We can only have one in person church service a week, the rest online. The country was in lock down since March and just now easing up. The people here are afraid and mostly stay home and keep to themselves. We have only been here 10 days and are very excited and looking forward to what God has for us in the days ahead.

We would love to hear from you. Kevin has a global cell phone plan so no crazy charges for calls. The best way to reach us is on Facebook messenger or WhatsApp. Email or texts work too and are welcomed. Many thanks to you all. You got us here with prayers and finances and we need both to stay here. We are The McCoys in Costa Rica!

In Christ,
Kevin, Sonya, Bethany and Jon McCoy
 
Email: Mccoysincostarica@yahoo.com
Kevin: 850 777-0097
Sonya: 850 698-1694

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