Archive - Articles RSS Feed

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

The McCoys’ December Letter

December 2019

Praises

– Successful Church Meetings
– Support Commitments
– Safety in Travels
– Contract on rental in C.R.

Prayer Requests

– Jon’s salvation
– Witness opportunities/share Gospel
– Meetings to present ministry
– Raise remainder of support additional $900 monthly

 

Philippians 4:15-20

15) Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. 16) For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. 17) Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. 18) But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God. 19) But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20) Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

We are so thankful that for the last 16 months churches and individuals alike have partnered with us financially as we transition to full time missions in Costa Rica. Our monthly needed support continues to increase. We had commitments from 6 more churches this month. Praise the Lord! That brings us to 82% and we only need another $900 per month. Our prayer is that God will provide at least that amount by Dec 31st, in the next 25 days. He is able!

We were in 11 churches this month and presented the ministry 3 times. We also attended a tent meeting for a couple of days and a camp meeting for one night. Bethany and Kevin sang at both. We were able to be a part of the Milton Veterans Day parade with Emerald Coast Jeepers. May God continue to bless our veterans and keep them safe while they serve this great nation. In our travels we were able to squeeze in a 2-day get away. Our first experience with Airbnb, Inc. (an online marketplace for arranging or offering lodging, primarily homestays, or tourism experiences), a little wooden cabin in a rural area with no Wi-Fi. We also celebrated Bethany’s 12th birthday with family and friends. We were able to spend Thanksgiving with our growing family, as our son will be getting married Dec. 28th.

Housing in Atenas Costa Rica is pretty thin at best. We’ve spent countless hours looking on our own and got lots of help from a realtor in the church. Finally one came up for rent about 2 weeks ago. We were able to put a deposit down to secure it and sign a lease that will start Jan 1st. The house is a modest 3 bedroom, 2 baths on a decent size property with lots of fruit trees. It’s only 1.42 miles from the church/school property.

Our prayer is to be done with deputation and raising monthly support by Dec 31st. We want to pack and thin down belongings again in January. Then send our shipping container with our Jeep and belongings down at the end of February. Please continue to pray with us on these events and dates.

Thank you all for the prayers and encouragement and financial support!

In Christ,
Kevin and Sonya McCoy

The Fredericks’ November 2019

November 2019

Dear praying partners,

Visas: Praise the Lord that Frances was able to get her visa and then got an extension with little difficulty. Unfortunately, we have to start our annual process again in January for our April renewal.

Ministry in Thailand: Mike continues to teach at the University. This ministry is an excellent open-door to reach both Thai students as well as faculty. We currently only have one student who is a member of the church, but we are praying that more will become interested. With the yearly incoming freshman class, there are always new people to reach. Frances is also teaching English to the wife of one of our Bible students. This is an excellent discipleship time in addition to teaching English. She is very faithful but still relatively young.

Mission Board: Since we have switched to a clearinghouse, you should be aware that any correspondence or packages should be sent to our field address at Box 47 Hang Dong Post, Chiang Mai 50230 Thailand, or to our home church: Grace Baptist Church, 2745 MLK Blvd. Panama City, FL 32405.

Church Anniversary: We celebrated the 15th anniversary of New Life Baptist Church with a family camp, followed by a revival. The camp was excellent. Dtom, our Bible student who will be graduating next year, took responsibility for the whole camp, from budgeting, planning, activities, etc. and did an excellent job with very little input. This is only one step in progressing to our goal of a local indigenous church. The camp highlight was the campfire testimony time. Many confessed sins, asked for prayer, and praised the Lord for His goodness. It was also exciting to see the daughter of one of our members get baptized. The revival meeting was three days. Attendance was sparse on Friday and Saturday, but there was a good turnout on Sunday night with 24 visitors. We really need prayer for wisdom in doing followup with the visitors.

Bible Institute: Mike continues to teach classes regularly. We will be ready for our next graduation in May (assuming everything goes as scheduled). We will have one graduate, Dtom. We are recording all of the classes and continue to place them online in an online learning environment. The process has been slow with a steep learning curve, but it seems we finally have a workable process. Last month, our first Bible student form another province contacted us about studying online. This is exciting as it is precisely what we hope to be able to accomplish; reaching Thai’s with a high-quality Bible education while they continue to serve in their local churches. As we get more courses finished, we will start to advertise them throughout the country via Facebook.

Prayer Requests: Salvation – a man in our church who continues to attend faithfully (father of the girl who got saved). Pray for Mike’s students and fellow teachers at University. Pray for followup with the guests that attended the revival services.

Faithfulness: Pray for the Bible students to continue steadfast in their studies. Also, pray for a lady in our church getting married in December. Please also pray for wisdom and faithfulness while we serve the Lord. The longer we serve the Lord, the more we understand how weak we are. Thankfully the Lord is faithful and strengthens us.
May the Lord bless you richly as you continue to serve Him.

For Christ in Thailand,
Mike & Francis Frederick

www.thaimissions.org Facebook: thaimissions.org
mike@thaimissions.org
(Skype Phone) 864-640-4654