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Urgent Update from the McCoys

November 2021

Urgent Ministry Update

Praises

  • God’s Faithfulness!
  • Support Steady
  • Witness opportunities

Prayer Requests

  • For Family – very emotional time
  • International relocation process
  • Find right house in central Florida
  • Upcoming meetings
  • 1st trip to Caribbean end Jan

Dear Pastors and Partners,

Through much prayer and counsel we the McCoys have decided to leave Costa Rica by years end. Here the pandemic continues on and government mandates and restrictions are on the increase. The government has mandated the experimental Covid 19 vaccination for everyone 12 years and older. Starting Dec 1st it is recommended to be fully vaccinated to enter most businesses. The exceptions are the bank, grocery store, pharmacy, and church. Beginning Jan 7th it will be required and a QR code vaccine passport will be the only way to get in any other place. We are not anti vax per se, but at the same time, we have had the virus and recovered, and according to many medical professionals in the U.S. and Costa Rica, we are told we do not need the vaccine and should not get it. We were coming back to the U.S. mid Dec for time with our family already so we will not return to Costa Rica to live. We plan to continue our practical training work based somewhere in central Florida. We are working with five pastors and three laymen and the seminary in Costa Rica and instructor certifying them to continue the vocational training center and we will stay involved in that work ongoing. In our praying God has opened some new doors for us that will allow us to continue in the Lord’s army, not quitting but re-enlisting and signing up for another term and changing duty stations and relocating. The seminary is working to get into some other countries in the near future and we are beginning the process to join forces with Caribbean Partnership Missions in central Florida. They have the same ministry focus and vision as ours and already provide training to nationals in other Latin American countries and the Caribbean Islands and provide response and relief efforts in times of disaster. We have several meetings with our new team the first week of Jan 2022 to work out the specifics and get to work. Like never before we need your prayers. We believe this transition will give us more ministry abroad and allow us to be the difference makers we desire to be. Our sending church and several other veteran pastors and missionaries are behind our decision and are fully supportive. If you have any questions at all please feel free to call me or anyone listed below.

In Christ,
Kevin McCoy
850-777-0097

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Dr Denis Daniel
Gulf Coast Baptist Church
Sending church
850-375-7747

Dr Jonathan White
Iglesia Bautista Calvario de San Ramon
CR pastor
407-494-7705

Mike Coupe
Caribbean Partnership Mission
501-538-9926

November for the McCoy Family

November 2021

Qué está pasando

Praises

  •  Residency approved
  • Additional instructors committed
  • Support Steady
  • Witness opportunities

Prayer Requests

  • Government mandates
  • Travel restrictions
  • Health and safety

1 Corinthians 3:13
Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire, and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
 
If you love what you do it does not seem like work at all. It is work being here. It’s up hill all the way every day. We came here to reach the people with the gospel and train them with vocational technical skills. We are doing that and making some decent progress considering the ongoing pandemic and all that goes along with that. But I want to be real honest and open with you. These people have reached us and are training us. As we continue to plug in and learn the culture, the people we serve, serve us in return. What we get back cannot be bought. Work is still work. Working for the glory of God and to further His kingdom has rewards now and for all eternity. Those works will not burn up but be acknowledged by Jesus himself and we hope to get a well done on that day.

We officially joined the church and now have service opportunities galore. Kevin is on the preaching schedule and has spoken to the youth already and will again this week. Bethany can play the piano on Wednesday nights before service and played a special on Sunday. Sonya helps with meal prep and serving and with arts and crafts for the kids’ classes. We have helped church members move pianos, cooked and served at youth meetings, and serve for communion. We have opened our home for hospitality to 5 families this month and got to buy the staff at the oil change place lunch. Getting to know the people on a personal level and building those relationships with those in the church and the community is takes a lot of time and work but worth every drop of sweat, blood, or tears.

We continue to make forward progress towards the launch of the technical training center. We have commitments from at least 6 other men for becoming instructors. We are setting up their instructor certifications and hope to have that done in the next few weeks. We all were approved for temporary residency, the adults first, then two weeks later the kids. What that means is two trips to the bank to pay immigration, two trips to the post office in the capital to have our photos taken for our ID cards, two trips to social security to enroll for social medicine benefits, and then two trips back to the post office to pick up our ID cards. Y’all tired yet. HAHA. Remember its work.

Bethany had her first piano recital and did very well. She also turned 14 and had her birthday party at a paintball field nearby with about 20 other youths and some dads. One of the referees wanted Kevin’s marine boonie hat, so we gave it to him and got to share the gospel with him. One of the pastors plans to follow up with him soon. Jon was attacked by a squirrel in our house. No major injury but he has another missionary kid story to tell.

Things here are becoming more and more difficult for the people. Unemployment is 25% on paper and in the news, so we believe it is much higher. The mandates continue to increase and the vax will be required starting January 7th to access most business and social activities. Please pray for us and the people that wise decisions are made for the best interest of individual families.

We are grateful for the love and support we get. Many reach out to us by text, WhatsApp, and email. The funds keep things paid and give us the opportunity to help other ministries and the community. The prayers and encouragement are even more help and keeps the wind in our sail and daily strength.
 
In Christ,
Kevin, Sonya, Bethany & Jon McCoy

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

Bro. Mortenson’s November Letter

November 2021

Dear Family and Friends,

We hope that you are well, and want to say thank you for your prayers for us over the past month. God has been good as He always is. With all that is happening in the world it is very easy to lose track of days and before you know it another month has come and gone like a blur. We are thankful for the Lord’s blessing and strength in these busy days.

One of the exciting developments this month has to do with our Bible club on Saturdays. We have been ministering in the neighborhood behind our church for over 2 years now and while we have a faithful group of about 25 kids who attend every week, only 3 attend our church services. Regularly we invite them to visit the church, but they have only come once for our living nativity 2 years ago. Needless to say it was a great surprise and joy when a group of them showed up last Sunday. We found out after church that one the kids went to a neighbor’s house (one of the faithful members at our church) and proudly told them that they wanted to ride the bus to church because they were specifically invited by “the Gringos” (as if they had special tickets to attend 😃). We continue to be thankful for the opportunity to have Bible club with them. We also pray that they continue coming to church and continue to grow in their understanding of the Bible, eventually putting their faith in Christ.

Please be praying with us that God would continue to give us strength and health. I asked prayer last month specifically for Cori’s asthma. While she has seen some small improvements, she is still struggling with this persistent flare up. Our doctor friend has recommended a temporary switch to a stronger medication, but we still have not seen drastic improvement. So, please continue praying for grace and healing. Thank you again for your faithful prayers.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • For the Lord to help us continue to grow in our Spanish speaking abilities, and to be better able to minister for Him.
  • For continued spiritual growth in our church family.
  • For wisdom as we continue discipleship with a couple in our church.
  • For the Lord to touch Cori’s health, specifically her asthma.

 

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

 

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