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McCoy Family’s August Letter

August 2020

Praises

  • Monthly support is steady at 90%
  • Lots of Ministry opportunities
  • Use of housing and car
  • Additional funds for quarantine

Prayer Requests

  • Jon’s salvation
  • Support to hit 100%
  • Leave for Costa Rica soon
  • Testing, quarantine, settle in once there

2 Corinthians 4:4
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not.

We do see the ministry that God has called us to. That ministry is not waiting for us in Costa Rica but is where we are. Serve others wherever you are. There are no shortages of service opportunities in these times. Believers everywhere are being discouraged, distracted, and in many cases walking away from their church and their God. They need to be encouraged and given even just a little wind in their sail to keep on. The lost multitudes without Christ first of all need to hear the gospel out of our mouths and see us living out genuine faith in shoe leather. Ministry is all these and zip code is not important.

Life for us is not what we had hoped for. We are still in Pensacola, FL as of this writing. Our new target date was August 18th and we had begun to prepare again. Costa Rica did open to several countries but the United States is not allowed in yet. So for now we continue to serve where we are. A message from Sonya:For the kids and I not much is “normal”. We have just the basics of everything for the house and each of us, 2 suit cases each. We are unable to finish last school year or start next year as our school books are in Costa Rica. We have been able to spend some extra time with dear friends and some family. God continues to meet all our needs, He has provided temporary housing from a wonderful Christian family, and a car to drive. We are looking forward to being able to settle in our home in Costa Rica and start His ministry for us there.

We were able to help out with VBS at Grace Baptist Church in Pace, FL. Several young people trusted Christ as Savior. Kevin preached the morning service and gave an update August 2nd at Gulf Coast Baptist Church in Cantonment, FL, our home/sending church. We’ve helped a couple of churches with handyman type odd jobs and a couple of church members with construction “drama” as well. God can use us as He sees fit if we stay humble and make ourselves available. Our church in Costa Rica had its first meeting in 5 months. Our house, our belongings, and car in Costa Rica are all safe and still there waiting for us. Please pray we get there soon!

Thank you each and every one for your prayers, financial support, cards, letters, and emails. To hear from you really means a lot to us and would love to hear from more of you.

In Christ,
Kevin & Sonya McCoy

The Mortensons’ August Letter

August 1, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you for faithfully praying for our family and ministry. It really is crazy how fast life is moving even though we are in such an unusual time because of Covid. Honduras is continuing the strong measures of quarantine for all and the nationwide economy is still only operating at about 20%. People are returning to work in some areas but others are still completely closed down. That being said church ministries are all still completely virtual. We had hoped that we would be having some type of in-person services by now, but we are still waiting and trusting the Lord. God is not hindered in His work though, and just in the last several days we have received encouragement from those that have been watching the services online.

Cori also completed the A-Z Discipleship course with one of the young ladies she has been discipling. Cori has been so encouraged by how much Estefany has grown spiritually over the last year. Please continue to pray for both of them.

Looking ahead at the month of August, God has opened the door for us to make a short furlough to the States. We had made plans last year to spend August and September in the States reporting back to some of our longest supporting churches. Over the last several months we have been waiting to see how our plans would proceed. We are very thankful for this opportunity and are thrilled about the time we will also get to spend with both sides of the family. As you receive this email we will have just arrived back and will spend a couple of days with family in Illinois. We covet your prayers as we are on the roads. We were reminiscing the other day about how many miles we traveled when we were on deputation. Yet in all those miles God was so faithful in His provision of protection. It truly is the hand of God and the prayers of God’s people.
 
PRAYER REQUESTS

  • For Gods protection and blessing as we travel on furlough.
  • Continue praying for the Lord’s provision for many of our church family who are being affected economically by the quarantine.
  • For the Lord to continue to guide us in creative ways to present the gospel, in light of how the world is changing because of the pandemic.
  • For the Lord’s peace as to when to start in-person services again

Thank you again for your faithful prayers for our family.

From Honduras,
Nate and Cori, with Mykenzie, Grant, Blake and Savanna.

The McCoys in July

July  2020

Praises

  • Monthly support is steady
  • God using us in many ways while “stuck” in U.S.
  • Loaner truck

Prayer Requests

  • Jon’s salvation
  • Leave for Costa Rica soon

 

Psalms 46:1-3
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
 

We count on our God in these difficult and uncertain times. God is not caught off guard and He has not left His throne. He will see us through these times. Stay faithful. We could write a book on the blessings God has poured out on us in these months of waiting. We continue to have housing. We are on our second loaner car. We have learned to make do with what we have- two suitcases each, ha-ha! We have both lost all of our deputation weight and a few inches, so all of our old clothes are fitting again. We are feeling good and have our energy back and even look healthier.

The border in Costa Rica is still closed to non-residents and foreigners. As of August 1st it will begin to open but only to countries that have a handle on the Covid-19. As of this writing the U.S. is not on the list. Hopefully soon we will have a solid date. Our church in Costa Rica has not met since the end of March and no firm date on when church will be allowed. So I guess if we are to be stuck somewhere our hometown is probably the best place. We were able to get a tool room built inside the vocational school building. Our Jeep was finally cleared, registered, and delivered on June 13th and is in our driveway in Costa Rica!

Although stuck in Florida we’ve had a lot of ministry opportunities. We helped at our home church, Gulf Coast Baptist Church, with VBS and were the featured missionaries this year. The next week we helped a sister church with their VBS and we both taught teens all week. Several young people made decisions to trust Christ as Savior, Amen!

We’ve had several meetings, including teaching Sunday school, updating supporting churches and one presentation. We thank God for these opportunities to serve Him and share His ministry and gospel.

Thank you each and every one for your faithful giving, prayers, cards, e-mails and encouragement. We are truly grateful.

In Christ,
Kevin and Sonya McCoy

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