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The McCoys’ March Update

March 2022

Qué está pasando

Praises

  • Safety in travels
  • Temporary housing
  • Belongings/Jeep arrived
  • Found good church

Prayer Requests

  • Salvations – Steady support
  • Permanent housing close to church
  • Transition/teamwork

Titus 3:8
This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

What things? Being gentle and showing kindness to all men. Remember we started where they are – lost and on our way to hell without Jesus Christ. Nothing worthy in and of ourselves for salvation but only by God’s mercy were we forgiven and saved. Now being justified by His grace we can be witnesses and an examples of our Lord. Men see this in us and they can have the same thing, as we become doers of the Word, AND share the gospel with them. Live it and share it.

We started out February in Pensacola, Florida area. We updated three of our supporting churches and were able to get our tax info to our accountant. We also got to be part of Mom’s 70th birthday celebration. We packed up everything in a small U-Haul trailer and headed to north central Florida. Our household belongings and Jeep arrived on the 8th and we met the movers at a storage facility. We had a temporary house to stay in so we started looking for a church in the area. With the help of a couple of evangelists and some other brethren we were given the name of a church. We visited the church and believe it is the place for us to serve in and base our ongoing work out of. We are now house hunting and want to be within a reasonable drive from the church. This area is very popular for people wanting to come so properties go quickly and are expensive. We believe God wants us here and are confident He will provide us a house as He has many other times. With God it is possible even in this market.

We are already working with Caribbean Partnership Missions. We spend a lot of time planning and developing the inner workings of who and what. Kevin went to Birmingham for 3 days to get certified as an instructor for Basic Life Support and also- AVERT-an active shooter response course. We will add those to the emergency management training that CPM will provide to local churches in the Caribbean Islands and the gulf coast states. Train before the disaster, respond and provide relief afterwards. At the end of the month we go for a 3-day FEMA CERT course. This will allow us to establish teams of men out of the local churches. Many men don’t preach or teach or sing in the choir but there are plenty of other ways to serve God and our community and especially in times of disaster or crisis. These men can be the hands and feet, and help the hurting in their time of need.

Nothing has changed with the McCoys other than our zip code. We are still independent missionaries totally supported by you, our partners. We do not have a job or a staff position with a salary or any other source of income. God provides and meets our needs completely through you. We are with the same mission agency and have the same sending church. We still have the training center in Costa Rica and will continue to be a part of that as the president/administrator and an instructor. Now as we join the CPM team we will bring our tools and add them to their toolbox. The gospel is the top priority, and then training men in vocational skills and many other areas secondary and on down the line.

In this new team effort there is a church plant in New Jerusalem Dominican Republic under construction, Iglesia Bautista Fundamental Solidaridad. The property is bought. The block structure is standing and just this week the concrete floor was poured. Because building materials have almost doubled in price the tube steel roof structure and metal roofing, and windows and doors will have to wait until more funds can be raised. Our hearts desire is to complete those things before this coming hurricane season. We need roughly $10K to buy the materials and will self-perform most of the labor. If God leads you to help with this project please message me and I can give you more of the details.

Thank you all for your faithfulness and prayers. We want to keep up our momentum and be used up for God’s glory.

In Christ,
Kevin, Sonya, Bethany and Jon McCoy
Your missionaries to the Caribbean

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

Mortenson Family’s March Prayer Letter

March 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you for your faithful prayers for our family.  God is good and we want to praise Him for all that He is doing.  At the beginning of February we were able to help the church plant in Santa Barbara (pastored by a Honduran, Alex Reyes) host one of the Medical Missions Outreach evangelistic clinics.  During those 4 days we were able to physically help just over 1600 patients.  All of them heard a presentation of the Gospel and 80 of those people trusted Christ as their Savior!  One of the men that was working in the evangelism side of the clinic shared this testimony; ministry in the town of Santa Barbara has been hard because the people have been very cold to the gospel, but he sensed a tenderness to the gospel that he had not sensed before. Praise the Lord!

We also want to praise the Lord for His goodness through the Theology class that I have been teaching.  We finished up our last class on Sunday and the 8 students will be taking their final exam this coming Sunday night (March 6th).  It has been a great blessing to me to be able to teach this class and I pray that it has also been a blessing in the spiritual lives of each student.

Many of you may have seen Cori’s post on Facebook, but on February 16th our 11 year old Blake was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.  This is the insulin dependent kind of diabetes that is an auto immune disease resulting from his immune system attacking his pancreas.  The pancreas is what produces insulin which in turn is what helps the body process foods, especially carbohydrates and sugars.  So for Blake, without a functional pancreas, he is dependent on insulin shots multiple times a day for the rest of his life.  This is a big adjustment for all of us as we now have new considerations every time he needs to eat.  We are very thankful for how early we discovered his diabetes (possibly within the first 2 weeks of his pancreas beginning to fail), and that the supplies necessary for us to effectively manage his diabetes are available here in Honduras.  We have already seen God’s hand at work, and we want to praise Him for His care for us.  Please be praying that God will continue to guide us and give us wisdom as we learn all that is necessary for treatment.  Please also pray for Cori and Blake as they will be traveling to Florida to meet with a specialist in the next few days.

Thank you again for your faithful prayers for us.

 

Prayer & Praise:

  • Continued spiritual growth in the church family.
  • Praise the Lord for the 80 people who trusted Christ during the MMO clinic
  • Growth in the church plant in Santa Barbara.
  • For wisdom as we grow in our understanding of Type 1 diabetes, and how to best help Blake.
  • For traveling mercies for Cori and Blake as they go to Florida to meet with the specialist.

 

In Christ,

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

 

March 2022 for the Frederick Family

March 2022

 

Greetings from Thailand,

Building Update: Great News! We were able to contact the seller of the building directly and it turns out he is a Christian! He offered to sell us the building at the previous price of approximately $165,000. He promised to not raise the price for us this year. In addition he has offered to pay the transfer fees which will be about $3000. This is great news as we are at $80,000 towards purchasing this property. We are halfway there! As an aside, after sharing the price increase with a supporting pastor, he said he would pray that the Lord would reduce the price, to which I scoffed that, “This is Thailand. That never happens.” Two days later the owner agreed to the old price! Sometimes we need to be reminded who is on the throne! We would love to be able to finish this project in the coming months. We are ready as the Lord provides the remaining $80,000. If you are interested in helping us purchase this building by the end of the year, you can send special offerings of any amount via PayPal https://paypal.me/thaimissions?locale.x=en_US, or directing a donation to Central Missionary Clearinghouse (our preferred method) https://cmcmissions.org/donate, or contact me to let me know of a pledge via email or phone (stateside number 864-561-5217).

New Life Baptist Church. February 25th we had an ordination service for Dtom. He was unanimously approved and moves into the position of associate pastor. We will co-pastor for the coming future to help him transition into the role of pastor. There are numerous cultural hurdles that we must pass in order for him to have legitimacy; especially in the community. This was an exciting time for our church. Missionaries and pastors from throughout Thailand honored us by attending this special event. One missionary described it like “actually seeing Big Foot.”

Please pray for us to have wisdom during these difficult times of ministry, to be faithful in God’s appointed task, and not be weary in well-doing.

 

Your missionaries,
Michael & Francisca Frederick
Thailand

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