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McCoys’ Feb. 2020 mid month update

February 2020

Dear partners and praying friends,

We have so much going on right now we feel as if a mid month update is in order. We did load our container with our household goods and our Jeep on Feb 6th and shipped it. It is now in US Customs hold in New Orleans LA. Our shipper has no information on why, how long it will be held, or the cost to get it released and headed to Costa Rica.

Kevin leaves for Costa Rica Sat Feb 15th for a week of board meetings for thetrust/foundation we will manage in the very near future. Baptist Missions Development Center the property where the vocational school will be. Lots of discussion and putting in place of practices and procedures and much paperwork to be finalized and recorded with attorneys and local officials.

We are still at approx 90 something percent of our needed monthly support in the bank. We have commitments that hopefully get us to 100% before we arrive in Costa Rica. We bought our plane tickets this week and will leave on Thurs March 26th.

There are still a lot of unknowns at this point in the process. We had estimated needing an additional $8100 for the move and getting settled in. So far $1000 has come in toward that so we are a bit short as of today. Please continue to pray with us in these matters. We leave for our mission field and new home in 41 days and there is much to be done. It will be here in a flash. Thank you all for the prayers, encouragement, and financial support.

In Christ,
Kevin and Sonya McCoy

McCoy Family in February

February 2020

2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.
We can and will do what God has called us to do. Not because we are anything in and of ourselves. Only because God Himself gives us strength and courage as His children to be soldiers in His army and now the time draws near for our deployment. There is an all-out war going on for the souls of men and I beg you to get in the fight.

January was a blur. Our meetings have almost come to a halt with only being in 4 churches this month and 2 presentations. Kevin did have the opportunity to attend the Men’s Prayer Conference in Samson, AL with the men from our home church. A much needed few days of fellowship and renewal.

We signed a 1-year contract on a rental house in Costa Rica that began January 1st. Kevin got to stay in the house from January 17-24 while there helping a work team from Indianapolis Baptist Temple, one of our supporting churches. The house is perfect for our family. It has room for everyone and homeschooling and a big yard for the kids with lots of mature fruit trees. We prayed for a house close to the church and school and then left the results up to God. As is His fashion we got much more than we asked for and in our budget too! VBS at Iglesia Bautista Victoria de Atenas was a huge success with the help of the crew from Indianapolis. 3 young people were saved and many of the neighbors were reached with the Gospel. The work project was pouring a footer and laying block for a retaining wall. Behind the wall is a fire pit, several picnic areas and space for another classroom hopefully in the near future.

The vocational school building is real close to being complete. The screen walls and doors are done, as are 2 bathrooms and a shower. The electrical is real close. We’ve been able to buy quite a few new industrial tools and are taking a lot we already had. All these will ship with our household items and our Jeep on February 6th. So we continue to pack and label and thin things out up to the last minute.

Our needed monthly support is still in the 90 something percent. We are still praying and believing God will bring in the rest before we leave the last week of March- in 7 weeks. We also need approx. $8100 in additional moving and settling expenses. Some costs have gone up and some things we were uninformed about have come to light. Why worry when we can pray and trust God?

We plan to stay in the Pensacola area until March 2nd then we plan to make a loop visiting some of our supporters and family one last time before our plane ride south.

Thank you each and every one for the prayers, encouragement, and faithful giving.
In Christ,
Kevin and Sonya McCoy

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November/December 2019

Dear Co-Laborers in Christ,

“…first gave their own selves to the Lord,”
II Corinthians 8:5b

November was spent planning, shopping, and decorating for the Holiday Season. This year our Christmas theme was “Love as He Loved, Give as He Gave,” and we planned a month of activities to encourage everyone to get involved.
As soon as the church was decorated, the choir began working on a program based on our theme. They also prepared for an evening of caroling. They visited some of the shut-ins in our community, sang, and left a gift. It was a wonderful opportunity for them to share Christ’s love and give of themselves. Then, as a church, we began delivering gifts to the elderly and delivered the monthly food baskets. Invitations to the special Christmas services were also handed out
The Sunday evening before Christmas, we gathered together to light the Advent Wreath and take communion, “In Remembrance of Him.” On Christmas morning, the church was full, and the children had a part in the choir’s presentation of “He Gave Everything.” During the invitation, Robert challenged everyone with the question, “What will you give Jesus?” Many came with an offering and promises to give more of themselves to the One who gave everything.
The last service of 2019 was our Old Year Service. Many people in the community made their way to church seeking to start the New Year off in God’s House. This service is always a blessing to us because we are encouraged to see all the visitors and know that God is still working in hearts.
We wish you the very best this Holiday Season. May we continue to work together to give more of ourselves to the Lord in 2020.

In Christ,
The Mathenas

Grenada, West Indies

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