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January-March 2020

Raymond and Laurie Jones – Missionaries to Mexico

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Greetings from Mexico! This year has started very differently than we had anticipated! We pray that you are all doing well and staying healthy.

At the end of our last prayer letter, I mentioned several things we had planned for the new year. One of those events was Miguel and Jaqui’s wedding! Miguel and Jaqui both graduated from our Bible Institute last May and desire to serve God with their lives. Miguel is the young man who is in charge of our ministry to the drug/alcohol rehabilitation centers in our area. Jaqui is our youth director’s daughter and grew up in our church. It is exciting to see these two young people serving the Lord together. Their desire is to serve Him full-time in the ministry God has called them to. Their wedding was God honoring and an excellent testimony to our church as well as unsaved family members and friends.

We had a teen group of 22 come from Oregon and we saw God work while they were here! There were three adults saved during their time with us. One lady was saved at the end of a Sunday evening service, one young man was saved at a special service at the rehab ministry, and another man was saved one day as we were out sightseeing! The group passed out many tracts, did puppet shows in our services and one of the plazas, played many instrumental specials, and gave salvation testimonies. They also helped us clean up the camp property when we went up to Tapalpa one day. It was exciting to hear their testimonies of how they desire to serve God with their lives. We pray that God would call some of these young people to the mission field!

As COVID-19 spreads throughout Mexico, they are placing more restrictions on sizes of gatherings and are encouraging quarantine, like what has happened in the states. We called the government health department to make sure we would still be able to run camp in April without any problems. As of right now, the quarantine and restrictions on gatherings has been extended through what would be the end of camp week. This is the first year we have had to cancel camp since the camp began over 30 years ago. Even the year my dad was killed in a car accident just weeks before camp, we still went ahead with camp. We are all disappointed, but we know God is in control and we’re trusting Him. We have also had to start meeting in small groups throughout the week in order to stay within the 20 people or fewer guideline.

This means we must have services just about daily in order to see everyone weekly. We are going to do online services this Sunday for the first time. Many of our people don’t have access to internet, so we weren’t sure if this would work. But, in each of the villages, there are church people who do have internet access, so we are encouraging them to invite those that don’t to their homes. This way we will still have small groups but they will be happening all at the same time. This past Friday evening, we were holding a service in a home and a new couple came for the first time. The husband prayed to accept Christ as his Savior at the end of the service! Praise the Lord! It is encouraging to see God continue to work in spite of all of the negative things going on. People are scared and feeling insecure without Christ, so we are praying for opportunities to reach them for Christ and show them the hope they can have in Him! Please pray for many to be saved! Also, please pray for our people to stay strong in the Lord, and not allow the devil to distract them with fear or complacency towards the things of God during this time.

We know you all are doing many of the same things we are here, and we pray for you as well. We pray for God’s protection and blessing over your churches. We pray that you will be strengthened during this time and stay faithful to Him. Thank you so much for your faithfulness in praying for us and supporting us. We really appreciate you and your heart for missions! May God richly bless you!

In Christ,
Raymond, Laurie, Rachel, and Joel Jones

“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God…”
Acts 26:18

The McCoy Family’s April Prayer Letter

April 2020

Praises

– $8K moving expenses came in
– Import fees only $3K and came in
– One new supporting church
– Residency paperwork
– Safety and traveling mercies

Prayer Requests

– Jon’s salvation
– Raise remainder of support
– Leave for Costa Rica soon

 

Hebrews 12:1-2

1) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

We have examples all through the scriptures of believers enduring every imaginable trial and tribulation. Today we have the opportunity to show a lost and dying world that not only is Jesus our Savior but He is also our sustainer. These times are tough for everyone regardless of age, occupation, color, tax bracket, religious preference, and the list goes on. What the world needs to see from you and us is the love of Christ lived out in shoe leather. We have seen and heard personally in this time like never before people are soft and open to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please reach out in these times.

Our last service in our sending church, Gulf Coast Baptist Church, was to be March 1st. We were to leave the Pensacola area and make one last loop to see a few of our supporting churches and visit Sonya’s parents/siblings and our oldest kids and their families. For our residency the last piece of paperwork needed was our FBI background checks. Sonya’s fingerprints were denied twice so after 5 days and 3 tries we finally got them in the mail and us on the highway. We left Saturday the 7th heading to Houston, TX to visit with the staff of our mission board, Central Missionary Clearinghouse. The minute we got to Texas, all the COVID-19 panic really got going. We were able to be a part of Sunday morning services there and the evening services in Austin, TX. From there we went to Indiana, to see family and then on to South Carolina. So, 15 states in 13 days, over 4K miles on the car and back to Pensacola, FL just in time for quarantine.

At this point our flights to Costa Rica were cancelled and the president of Costa Rica closed all borders to non-residents until April 12th at the earliest and possibly even May 17th. We do have our flights reserved for the next available departure.

A lot of details and a lot of plans did not go as we would have liked. However in the midst of our own disappointments and difficulties we have had many opportunities to reach out, to minister to others in distress, and share the gospel. We give God the praise for His timing in all this.

To date all $8K of our additional moving expenses have come in and $3K for our additional import fees on our household belongs and the tools for the vocational school. We still need a few more churches or individuals to follow through on monthly support to get us to the 100% mark.

We are in the states and our car and belongings are in Costa Rica going through the customs and registration process as we speak. There are several of the brethren in Costa Rica willing to help us get our things to our house there even before we arrive.

Thank you all for the prayers and encouragement and financial support. Your faithfulness allows us to keep at this work.

In Christ,
Kevin & Sonya McCoy

 

Young Ho Lee – March Prayer Letter

March 2020

The Young Ho Lee Family – Missionaries to Korea
 
June 25, 1950 North Korea invaded South Korea.

50,000 US soldiers and 1 million South Koreans lost their lives during the Korean War. The Korean peninsula was totally devastated but they cried and called upon God and He showed His mercy and compassion. God made Korea prosperous, but they abandoned the Lord; but God is trying to bring them back again unto Him.

We are made humble again through this corona virus. The Korean people are under fear of death and dying every day. We do covet your prayers for us. Many churches are closed because of corona virus, but we continued services as usual, trusting the Lord is our shield and defense.

We had a special speaker last Sunday service by the name of Bro Yoon. He was saved and baptized at Calvary Baptist Church, which is our first church established in Korea. We need your prayers for this preacher.

Cathy and I are still trying to stay faithful in His work here in Korea, looking forward to His coming for us. We do owe you a great love of Calvary and supports.
 
Because of Calvary,
Young Ho and Cathy Lee
Your Missionaries in Korea

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