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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

Mortensons’ November Letter

November 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

Greetings from Honduras once again.  Thank you so much for your faithful prayers for our family.  We arrived back in Honduras on October 16th without new complications.  With the security measures that Honduras has in place to combat COVID-19, we all had to present negative test results at each of our flights as well as fill out several new forms for screening at the boarder/immigration.  We also were blessed that God gave us grace in the eyes of the customs agent who initially wanted to charge us import fees because of having several non-clothing items in our luggage.

It has been so good to get back into routines here.  Cori and the kids are back to a normal homeschool schedule and Cori and I are continuing discipleship classes with the young people we are discipling.

We also want to praise the Lord for His blessing as we were able to start back to in-person services again on Sundays.  We are looking forward to having all of our services back to normal but praise the Lord for what He is enabling us to do little by little.  With chairs spaced out to make us about 50% (pre-pandemic) capacity we are already full and the communion with the family of God has been wonderful.

I think that everyone has loved praising the Lord together in song, and it has been wonderful to see the evidence of spiritual growth in several people’s lives.  For example, the last 3 Sundays we have had candidates for baptism.  All of them made decisions to trust Christ pre-pandemic, and wanted to make that decision public as they have grown in the Lord.  Also, 2 weeks ago, we had a man trust Christ as his Savior.  He had visited the church sporadically in the years prior, and had been watching our on-line services.  While many normal church activities are still on pause, God remains faithful and at work in hearts.  What a privilege to serve our sovereign Savior.

Thank you again for your faithful prayers, may the Lord continue to bless you all as we serve Him together.

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

 

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.

The Fredericks: October 2020

October 2020

Dear praying partners,

Current Situation: Several months have passed, and we are no closer to returning to Thailand than when we arrived. We are patiently (sort of) waiting on the Lord to re-open our country so we can quickly return. Although impatient, the Lord is still in control. Events like this make us keenly aware of His sovereignty and the necessity for us simply to wait on the Lord. We are so thankful for Sumter Baptist Temple, allowing us to stay in their missions home rent-free. This generous assistance has been a tremendous blessing as it removes financial pressures and gives us a bit of normalcy. Although we have recently visited most of our supporting churches, we can report if you desire. My stateside number is 864-561-5217. Mike can also provide an extended pulpit supply if needed.

Ministry in Thailand – Dtom, who has been watching the church since May, has done a great job. He was supposed to start apprenticing at the beginning of 2021, but the Lord has allowed him to begin earlier under “real world” conditions. The church family has responded well to his leadership, and it is a blessing to report that attendance is up, and the faithful are still faithful. It is a shame that he has yet to receive his Bible diploma and participate in our Bible School’s graduation ceremony. Ceremonies are important in Thai culture, so we are still planning a grand ceremony upon our return.

Bible Institute – The Bible Institute continues via online instruction by myself and a fellow missionary in Thailand. We are thankful for technology, which allows us to continue instructing the students. While technology can be a blessing, slow internet and intermittent outages have hampered our classes somewhat. There are currently four students actively pursuing a degree while several others are in the “look and see” stage. Several of the students are from a sister church in a neighboring province. It is great to be able to work together for a common purpose.

Travels – Since our last letter, we have traveled over 7000 miles and have visited several churches, including several new churches that have committed to supporting us!  We are still under-supported, but because of the Lord’s closing Thailand, we have been able to gain slowly. We are currently about 75% of needed support. If you have a church that you’d like to suggest we contact, don’t be shy; please send the information to us.

Health – As you probably know, in August, Mike had a severe heart attack. He was airlifted from Sumter, SC, to a significant heart center in Columbia, SC. Recovery has been swift and the doctor has been pleased with the progress thus far. Please pray for continued healing and progress in adjusting diet and exercise. We haven’t gotten the bill yet, which is worrisome, but the Lord has met all of our needs thus far.

Prayer Requests – Salvation: The husband of a member who has been attending for five years, family and friends of church members, those contacted in various outreach ministries. Faithfulness: Pray for the Bible students to continue steadfast in their studies. Especially pray for Dtom that the Lord would give him wisdom and perseverance in leading the church. Pray for a new couple in our church for spiritual growth in being newly married but separated as they wait for her visa to the USA to be approved. Please also pray for other Thailand missionary families and us as we wait for Thailand to allow our return.

May the Lord bless you richly as you continue to serve Him.

For Christ in Thailand,
Mike & Francis Frederick

www.thaimissions.org
Facebook: thaimissions.org

mike@thaimissions.org
864-561-5217

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