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The McCoys in July

July  2020

Praises

  • Monthly support is steady
  • God using us in many ways while “stuck” in U.S.
  • Loaner truck

Prayer Requests

  • Jon’s salvation
  • Leave for Costa Rica soon

 

Psalms 46:1-3
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
 

We count on our God in these difficult and uncertain times. God is not caught off guard and He has not left His throne. He will see us through these times. Stay faithful. We could write a book on the blessings God has poured out on us in these months of waiting. We continue to have housing. We are on our second loaner car. We have learned to make do with what we have- two suitcases each, ha-ha! We have both lost all of our deputation weight and a few inches, so all of our old clothes are fitting again. We are feeling good and have our energy back and even look healthier.

The border in Costa Rica is still closed to non-residents and foreigners. As of August 1st it will begin to open but only to countries that have a handle on the Covid-19. As of this writing the U.S. is not on the list. Hopefully soon we will have a solid date. Our church in Costa Rica has not met since the end of March and no firm date on when church will be allowed. So I guess if we are to be stuck somewhere our hometown is probably the best place. We were able to get a tool room built inside the vocational school building. Our Jeep was finally cleared, registered, and delivered on June 13th and is in our driveway in Costa Rica!

Although stuck in Florida we’ve had a lot of ministry opportunities. We helped at our home church, Gulf Coast Baptist Church, with VBS and were the featured missionaries this year. The next week we helped a sister church with their VBS and we both taught teens all week. Several young people made decisions to trust Christ as Savior, Amen!

We’ve had several meetings, including teaching Sunday school, updating supporting churches and one presentation. We thank God for these opportunities to serve Him and share His ministry and gospel.

Thank you each and every one for your faithful giving, prayers, cards, e-mails and encouragement. We are truly grateful.

In Christ,
Kevin and Sonya McCoy

The Mortensons’ June Prayer Letter

June 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

Wow, another month has come and gone. Thank you so much for faithfully praying for our family.

God continues to provide grace for these unusual times. In response to the pandemic the government here is still issuing strong measures to limit the spread. We are starting to hear talk of a stepped approach for reopening the country. But there has been nothing official yet so our plans are to continue with our online ministries, but we are hopeful to have our first in person service soon. There will be many adjustments, but we trust the Lord will supply the wisdom and grace needed in the days ahead.

The first week of May our family began recording a Saturday morning children’s class for the church Facebook page. This has been both fun and challenging. We miss the interaction with the kids, but are thankful to be able to interact virtually and help them receive Bible teaching that is on their level. Had it not been for the pandemic I am sure that we would not be even attempting this. Even speaking English, recording yourself is not an easy task. Add the challenge of speaking in a second language and we have had some very funny bloopers, and occasionally some “Spanglish” slips in. Please pray that as we continue the Lord would use our efforts to help these children grow in their faith.

Daily life is feeling a little less crazy, and it seems strange to say this, but we are getting more experienced at living with all of these new regulations. When the quarantine started everything was so new and every week it seemed things changed making it more challenging to even get simple things like groceries. God has continually supplied grace and we praise Him for His provision and blessing. God has continued to also supply financially above our normal support enabling us to continue meeting physical needs within the church family. Thank you again for your faithful prayers for our family.

PRAYER REQUEST

  • For God to give us understanding of the Spanish language and that He would help us to be clear as we minister in Spanish.
  • For the Lord’s provision for many of our church family who are being affected economically by the quarantine.
  • For the Lord to continue to guide us in creative ways to present the gospel.
  • For wisdom as we begin in person services again.

From Honduras,
Nate and Cori, with Mykenzie, Grant, Blake and Savanna.

The McCoys in June

June 2020

Praises

  • Jeep out of Customs
  • Monthly support is steady
  • Raised additional funds for school construction
  • God using us in many ways while “stuck” in U.S.
  • Loaner Truck

Prayer Requests

  • Jon’s salvation
  • Leave for Costa Rica soon

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

So where is the good in pandemic, looting and riots, being stuck in the United States? For those who know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior there is plenty of good. Fear and uncertainty in these times have softened the hearts of many and have trusted Christ. People are helping people again, neighbors getting to know neighbors. Everywhere you look there is a physical need that can be used as an opportunity to share the gospel for the even greater spiritual need, to be saved.

Our target date to leave for Costa Rica was March 26th. With the border closing to non-residents we have been stuck in Florida. We have been allowed to stay in the same temporary home and have a truck on loan from a brother in Christ. We have enough shoes and clothes to get by. We keep a close watch on the health ministry in Costa Rica. The border closure keeps getting extended and now June 30th is the date. Many new cases of COVID 19 there this week so no telling if that date will stand or get extended again. In the mean time we have plenty to keep us busy. We keep working on our Spanish. We’ve been able to visit a few of our supporting churches in parking lot services and give updates and preach. There have been many times to help some local churches with projects and even got to help our Pastor a few days. On Memorial Day our family got to cook for a small group of veterans and share the gospel with a couple of them.

Jon turned 7 on May 13th. He was so excited to have church friends over for nerf war, fishing, food and fellowship. Please continue to pray for his salvation. All the beauty shops in Florida were closed but my mom came by the house and cut the girls’ hair.

Our jeep has made it out of customs, passed inspection, and is in the registration process. None of this being stuck in the states has been easy but God is faithful and has provided above and beyond and has used many if not all of you to meet the needs we have plus many surprises. We are grateful for your continued prayers and financial support. We will not get to Costa Rica or have ministry there without your partnership.

In Christ,
Kevin and Sonya McCoy

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