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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
473-437-0982

January 2020 —— for the Mortensons

January 2020

Prayer Requests

  1. For God to give us understanding of the Spanish language and that He would help us to be clear as we minister in Spanish.
  2. For the Lord to continue to grow the unity of our team and church family.
  3. Praise the Lord for the 250 people that were presented the gospel through the Living Nativity.

 

Friends and Family,

Happy New Year from Honduras! We still cannot believe that 2019 has come and gone. It is amazing how fast time flies, yet we are excited about the opportunities 2020 will bring.

December was a busy month for us, and full of the Lord’s blessings as we focused on celebrating Jesus’ birth. Thank you to all who prayed for our Living Nativity on December 13th and 14th. It was exciting to present the gospel in drama as a church family. Both nights were well attended and a little over 250 people combined came through to watch the drama. This year we were able to present 8 different scenes from the life of Christ. Our prayer is that the seeds that were planted will produce fruit in the year to come.

Throughout the month we also enjoyed great fellowship with our missionary friends and friends from church. We feel so blessed to be serving the Lord here in Honduras, and to have such wonderful friends with whom to celebrate special days.

As we jump into January, Cori and the kids are back at homeschool and we are all enjoying the more normal routine. Cori and I are continuing weekly discipleship and the Saturday morning Bible Club. We are also teaching the Wednesday night 6-9 year old class of our Soldados del Senor program. This program has an emphasis in scripture memorization for the kids. Both of us are excited for the opportunity to continue growing our Spanish speaking abilities through teaching the class, but I think Blake is the most excited to have us in class with him. Please continue to pray that through all of the opportunities to practice we will continue to steadily improve our Spanish and minister more effectively.

Thank you again for your faithful partnership with us in prayer and financial support.

In Christ,

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

The McCoys’ Jan. 2020 Letter

January 2020

Praises

– Successful Church Meetings
– Support Commitments
– Safety in Travels

 
Prayer Requests

– Jon’s salvation
– Witness opportunities/share Gospel
– Raise remainder of support additional $300 monthly
– Raise $8000.00 in additional moving expenses

 
Jeremiah 33:3
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
 

I guess to sum up 2019 for the McCoys would be the year of unknowns. We know God has called us to full time long-term missions in Costa Rica. Starting out this year that is all we knew. The rest was a blank sheet of paper. Little by little, day-by-day God filled in the blanks as He saw fit and in His timing. To date every single need has been met and every single prayer has been answered to the point we are in complete awe. As I’ve said many times before, to God be the glory, for the great things He has done!
 
At times we have felt like being McCoys should be an Olympic sport. We have been trained and preparing for this time since 2004 and it is a reality. Our monthly support is at 95% and we are confident the rest is already in the mail, just not in the bank.
 
We have scheduled our shipper to send our 40ft. container on Feb. 6th. All our household items, our tools for the vocational school, and our Jeep will be headed to Costa Rica and will take approx. 6 weeks. We plan to stay in the Pensacola area and our last service at GCBC, our sending church, will be March 1st. Then we will get in the missionary mobile and make one last loop to see grandparents, grandkids and in-laws before flying out the 3rd or 4thweek of March. That will put us on the mission field in less than 2 years form surrender to working! That’s a God only thing right there!
 
We have had moneys set aside for our move totaling approx. $23k. Now, talking to our shipper, some of the original costs have gone up a bit: $2100 more to ship the Jeep, $285 more for the container itself. Plus the house we just rented in Costa Rica needs appliances and we will need to replace the furniture we sold here – living room, dining room, and master bedroom. In all we estimate a total of approx. $8 K, unless we can find some of that on classifieds. Once again God said if we would seek His kingdom first He would take care of the rest. We also need to sell our 2006 GMC Envoy Denali aka the missionary mobile.
 
We did enjoy Christmas at home with family and friends. Our oldest son Matt was married on the 28th in Santee, SC. It was a great ceremony and we are so thankful for God’s leading him to this Godly wife and her family.
 
Thank you each and every one for your prayers and encouragement and financial support. You are truly partners in this effort.
 
In Christ,
Kevin and Sonya McCoy

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