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April Update From The Mortensons

April 2021

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you for your faithful prayers and financial support for our family.  We are grateful for each one of you, and for your part in what the Lord is doing here.  Last month I asked prayer for our upcoming missions conference.  Thank you for your prayers for this specifically.  We had a great conference and were blessed to have two missionary families from Central America as special guests.  These families (one from El Salvador going to Nicaragua, and the other from Honduras going to Haiti) were a great blessing and help in our focus of reaching the ends of the world.  It is very exciting to see how God is working to call people from one mission field to another.  Really it is no different for us as Americans in the States.  America is a mission field and yet God’s desire is that all would hear the gospel and that all would have a part in taking the gospel to the world.  As we analyze our missions giving as a church it is our prayer to be able to help these two families (and others that God will call) reach those that still have not heard.

This has been a busy year so far and we are thankful that the Lord has given grace as we continue navigating COVID measures from the government.  Our Sunday attendance has been growing/becoming more consistent and we thank the Lord for that.  In April we look forward to what God will do for his glory.

Thank you again for your faithful prayers.

 

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 continued spiritual growth in our church family.
  • For continued tenderness to the Gospel, and that people would turn to Christ.
  • For the continuing recovery process in the aftermath of the hurricanes.

From Honduras,

Nate and Cori with Mykenzie, Grant, Blake and Savanna

The McCoys’ April Prayer Letter

April 2021

Praises

  • Jon got Saved!!!!
  • Our support close to 100%
  • New ministry opportunities

Prayer Requests

  • Find another house quick
  • Pack and move again
  • Obtain remainder of certifications
  • More souls to be saved

Colossians 3:23-24

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

We should work heartily – with all our hearts, entirely, 100%. How many times do we give men our all for the paycheck or for a pat on the back? We should do a good job and have a good testimony, but not give God only halfhearted efforts. Give God His due, our all, our best.

We have seen eight people saved in the last couple of months in the church we serve in – Iglesias Bautista Victoria de Atenas. God is working here and we thank Him for the increase in his harvest and the small part we get to play. On March 23rd our baby boy, Jon, called on the Lord for salvation. All souls are equal we understand, but what a blessing for our family. Reaching people with the gospel means in our home, too. Glory to God!

We had to leave Costa Rica on March 2nd due to our tourist visas expiring. Land borders were still closed so the only way to leave was by air, a quick eight day trip to Florida and back. While in Florida we were in four of our supporting churches giving updates. We also had some fellowship with three families that partner with us. We saw most of our family and went to the zoo with our grandkids. Kevin took a needed Red Cross refresher class. Bethany and Jon both enjoyed seeing their friends and family but both said they were ready to go home. In Florida there’s no exotic birds and iguanas in your yard, and no mountains and no Costa Ricans and not much Spanish. Our residency paperwork is in process

and our attorney says we won’t have to leave anymore by air. The land borders open April 5th so we can now drive across to Nicaragua or Panama, get our passports stamped and come back for another 90 days. All a part of it, HAHA.

We’ve had several ministry opportunities that were real treats for us. We visited the Lighthouse Children’s Home in Tres Rios, about an hour and a half away. Terry and Sally Sanders along with Patricia Neff, have been here many years taking in children, training them up in the Lord, and sending them out as profitable servants. We got to play with the children, cook for them and then give them a devotion after supper. At our house the power has gone out a lot the last few weeks. Bamboo has been falling on the power line in strong winds. Kevin saw an elderly neighbor cutting it down with a machete – this older guy with one withered hand and a forest of 60 ft. tall bamboo. We made a new friend and had another witness opportunity.

This month we purchased the HBI curriculum for the training center and got the instructor certifications to teach all 14 of the subjects. Adding to that, Kevin is currently working on the remaining Red Cross instructor certifications and obtaining permission from another group to add a military combat equivalent emergency lifesaving procedure as well. We believe these additions will be invaluable to those going into the rural areas where you may be the only one with medical training there.

We have come to a crossroad here already. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and so are the stops and the detours. Some doors have not opened as we had planned. With much prayer and seeking wise counsel we believe God is leading us to move the training center to another larger town about 12 miles and 50 minutes away. God has recently opened some doors there for us that would greatly benefit this generation of church planters/missionaries with the training we can provide. We are already looking for a house to rent and plan to move as soon as possible. This is not an easy situation for us, as we have just gotten settled, and we need all the prayers and support we can get. We will continue to move forward and do what we came here to do and it looks like even more, but just in another town.

Thank you all for the prayers, encouragement, e-mails and messages, and for your commitment and faithfulness to us.

In Christ,
Kevin & Sonya McCoy, Bethany & Jon

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

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

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