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McCoy Family in December 2021

December 2021

Qué está pasando

Praises

  • Eight additional instructors
  • Support Steady
  • Move is coming together

Prayer Requests

  • Transition
  • Training center to produce fruit
  • Housing in our new area of service

Hebrews 13:7

Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

Continually think on those in leadership that teach you in word and are doers in deed. Follow their Christ like example. Leaders are still men and will fail us at times. Make it a priority to hold them up in prayer and encourage them often and let them know you have their back.

November was missions emphasis month at Iglesia Bautista el Calvario de San Ramon. Several of the missionaries came and spoke in person. The rest sent videos. God continues to be at work in Latin America and is empowering His servants to share the gospel, make disciples, and send others out to do likewise. I heard it said recently, who cares about your church’s seating capacity; it’s sending capacity is what matters. Are we seeing people saved? Are we making them disciples and helping them discover their spiritual gifts and then allowing and encouraging them to use them? Are we sending anyone out to do the same elsewhere? If not we need to get on the ball and ASAP! Hopefully missions has not just become routine and part of our tradition but impacts our community as we train and send out difference makers, and all for God’s glory.

Now, three of us have our temporary residency. Bethany’s file got lost in the immigration system so we get to go there in person on Kevin’s birthday and hopefully get it all straightened out. Kevin got to speak to the youth again with the emphasis on personal Bible study. Today we will certify eight additional instructors for the vocational training center. Five of these men are pastors and are from four different churches. Looking back to that Hebrews 13:7 verse, these men choose to lead their people from the front and set the example. On top of pastoring and leading their homes they have teamed up to see their people trained in vocational areas adding tools to their toolboxes. We thank God for sending each of them our way. Moving forward we plan to continue in the administrator role and future support, but in the near future the training center here will be totally operated by the Costa Rican locals. They will do their own fishing, as we say. We will be heading to repeat the process, starting another training center and hopefully another, and another.

We did enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Day with all the food and fun. Several missionary families came together for a time of thanking God for His goodness and mercy, and then a huge meal with all the fixings plus some new ones from here. The young people played some board games and had endless nerf gun war. It was a nice break for all and a good time of fellowship.

Our plan to team up with Caribbean Partnership Mission is coming together. We have begun the process to pack and sell things, and donate some more that we can’t send back. We are looking for housing in Florida in the general area of Ocala. This will be a centralized location that will help us cover the most ground and be close to the airplane for the Caribbean response and relief work we will be involved in. We will be back in the U.S. mid-month and will see most of our family through the Christmas holidays. Kevin has several training days scheduled for early January and a short trip to St. Croix January 17-21. Not much time to breathe but like Jesus said, we must be about our Father’s business. We believe these crazy times are a reminder of how short time really is.

Thank you all so much for the love and support we continue to receive. We are truly encouraged and are thankful for your partnership.

In Christ,
Kevin, Sonya, Bethany & Jon McCoy

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

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

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