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January 2020 —— for the Mortensons

January 2020

Prayer Requests

  1. For God to give us understanding of the Spanish language and that He would help us to be clear as we minister in Spanish.
  2. For the Lord to continue to grow the unity of our team and church family.
  3. Praise the Lord for the 250 people that were presented the gospel through the Living Nativity.

 

Friends and Family,

Happy New Year from Honduras! We still cannot believe that 2019 has come and gone. It is amazing how fast time flies, yet we are excited about the opportunities 2020 will bring.

December was a busy month for us, and full of the Lord’s blessings as we focused on celebrating Jesus’ birth. Thank you to all who prayed for our Living Nativity on December 13th and 14th. It was exciting to present the gospel in drama as a church family. Both nights were well attended and a little over 250 people combined came through to watch the drama. This year we were able to present 8 different scenes from the life of Christ. Our prayer is that the seeds that were planted will produce fruit in the year to come.

Throughout the month we also enjoyed great fellowship with our missionary friends and friends from church. We feel so blessed to be serving the Lord here in Honduras, and to have such wonderful friends with whom to celebrate special days.

As we jump into January, Cori and the kids are back at homeschool and we are all enjoying the more normal routine. Cori and I are continuing weekly discipleship and the Saturday morning Bible Club. We are also teaching the Wednesday night 6-9 year old class of our Soldados del Senor program. This program has an emphasis in scripture memorization for the kids. Both of us are excited for the opportunity to continue growing our Spanish speaking abilities through teaching the class, but I think Blake is the most excited to have us in class with him. Please continue to pray that through all of the opportunities to practice we will continue to steadily improve our Spanish and minister more effectively.

Thank you again for your faithful partnership with us in prayer and financial support.

In Christ,

Nate and Cori,
with Mykenzie, Grant, Blake, and Savanna

The McCoys’ Jan. 2020 Letter

January 2020

Praises

– Successful Church Meetings
– Support Commitments
– Safety in Travels

 
Prayer Requests

– Jon’s salvation
– Witness opportunities/share Gospel
– Raise remainder of support additional $300 monthly
– Raise $8000.00 in additional moving expenses

 
Jeremiah 33:3
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
 

I guess to sum up 2019 for the McCoys would be the year of unknowns. We know God has called us to full time long-term missions in Costa Rica. Starting out this year that is all we knew. The rest was a blank sheet of paper. Little by little, day-by-day God filled in the blanks as He saw fit and in His timing. To date every single need has been met and every single prayer has been answered to the point we are in complete awe. As I’ve said many times before, to God be the glory, for the great things He has done!
 
At times we have felt like being McCoys should be an Olympic sport. We have been trained and preparing for this time since 2004 and it is a reality. Our monthly support is at 95% and we are confident the rest is already in the mail, just not in the bank.
 
We have scheduled our shipper to send our 40ft. container on Feb. 6th. All our household items, our tools for the vocational school, and our Jeep will be headed to Costa Rica and will take approx. 6 weeks. We plan to stay in the Pensacola area and our last service at GCBC, our sending church, will be March 1st. Then we will get in the missionary mobile and make one last loop to see grandparents, grandkids and in-laws before flying out the 3rd or 4thweek of March. That will put us on the mission field in less than 2 years form surrender to working! That’s a God only thing right there!
 
We have had moneys set aside for our move totaling approx. $23k. Now, talking to our shipper, some of the original costs have gone up a bit: $2100 more to ship the Jeep, $285 more for the container itself. Plus the house we just rented in Costa Rica needs appliances and we will need to replace the furniture we sold here – living room, dining room, and master bedroom. In all we estimate a total of approx. $8 K, unless we can find some of that on classifieds. Once again God said if we would seek His kingdom first He would take care of the rest. We also need to sell our 2006 GMC Envoy Denali aka the missionary mobile.
 
We did enjoy Christmas at home with family and friends. Our oldest son Matt was married on the 28th in Santee, SC. It was a great ceremony and we are so thankful for God’s leading him to this Godly wife and her family.
 
Thank you each and every one for your prayers and encouragement and financial support. You are truly partners in this effort.
 
In Christ,
Kevin and Sonya McCoy

The McCoys’ December Letter

December 2019

Praises

– Successful Church Meetings
– Support Commitments
– Safety in Travels
– Contract on rental in C.R.

Prayer Requests

– Jon’s salvation
– Witness opportunities/share Gospel
– Meetings to present ministry
– Raise remainder of support additional $900 monthly

 

Philippians 4:15-20

15) Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. 16) For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. 17) Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. 18) But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God. 19) But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20) Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

We are so thankful that for the last 16 months churches and individuals alike have partnered with us financially as we transition to full time missions in Costa Rica. Our monthly needed support continues to increase. We had commitments from 6 more churches this month. Praise the Lord! That brings us to 82% and we only need another $900 per month. Our prayer is that God will provide at least that amount by Dec 31st, in the next 25 days. He is able!

We were in 11 churches this month and presented the ministry 3 times. We also attended a tent meeting for a couple of days and a camp meeting for one night. Bethany and Kevin sang at both. We were able to be a part of the Milton Veterans Day parade with Emerald Coast Jeepers. May God continue to bless our veterans and keep them safe while they serve this great nation. In our travels we were able to squeeze in a 2-day get away. Our first experience with Airbnb, Inc. (an online marketplace for arranging or offering lodging, primarily homestays, or tourism experiences), a little wooden cabin in a rural area with no Wi-Fi. We also celebrated Bethany’s 12th birthday with family and friends. We were able to spend Thanksgiving with our growing family, as our son will be getting married Dec. 28th.

Housing in Atenas Costa Rica is pretty thin at best. We’ve spent countless hours looking on our own and got lots of help from a realtor in the church. Finally one came up for rent about 2 weeks ago. We were able to put a deposit down to secure it and sign a lease that will start Jan 1st. The house is a modest 3 bedroom, 2 baths on a decent size property with lots of fruit trees. It’s only 1.42 miles from the church/school property.

Our prayer is to be done with deputation and raising monthly support by Dec 31st. We want to pack and thin down belongings again in January. Then send our shipping container with our Jeep and belongings down at the end of February. Please continue to pray with us on these events and dates.

Thank you all for the prayers and encouragement and financial support!

In Christ,
Kevin and Sonya McCoy

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