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Mortenson Prayer Letter for February

February 2, 2022

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Hello from Honduras. We trust that you are well and enjoying God’s blessings in your lives. Thank you for your faithful prayers for our family. We are doing well health wise, and for that we thank the Lord.

God has been visibly at work in the church and we have seen great attendance in our services, with several visitors. We have also been blessed to see people follow the Lord in believer’s baptism and others joining the church. The times of visible growth are a great reminder of the truth of Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.” God has called each of us to serve Him and therefore our responsibility is faithfulness, His is the harvest.

In our last letter I asked prayer specifically for a new ministry opportunity that I have had, teaching a basic theology class on Sunday nights for members of the church. This class has been going well. Teaching in this format has been challenging for me in a lot of good ways, and I trust that it is being a blessing to the 9 students. It is exciting to see people desiring to deepen their understanding of Bible doctrine and strengthen their faith. We just recently finished up a section on the translation of the Bible into Spanish. What a privilege to have confidence in the copy of the Word of God that we hold in our hands (in Spanish and in English).

At the end of November Honduras held general elections. Thankfully, this election cycle has been mostly peaceful and the transition between administrations has been smooth. We are thankful that Honduras is a country that has a great deal of religious freedom which allows us many opportunities to spread the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.

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

 

Prayer Requests and Praises

  • Continued spiritual growth in the church family.
  • Several people have followed the Lord in baptism in the month of January, Praise the Lord!
  • Growth in the church plant in Santa Barbara: This month we will be helping them host a MMO evangelistic clinic.

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

The McCoys in February

February 2022 

Qué está pasando

Praises

  • Support steady during transition
  • Safety in travels
  • Time with family

Prayer Request

  • Belongings and car to arrive soon
  • Church to serve in
  • Permanent housing close to church
  • Training and preparation

Matthew 11:28-30

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

 

Has the world system and all that goes with it have us overwhelmed and weighted down with too much to carry or drag? It doesn’t have to be that way. Take whatever it is to Jesus. He is able to carry you through and wants to. We can be victorious even in these last days! We don’t have to serve our God and King, we get to! It should be our joy and privilege.

January for the McCoys looked something like this. We found temporary housing through one of our supporting churches. We bought a truck that will do work and double as the family car for now, versus renting one. We traveled to Indiana from Florida for Sonya’s grandma’s going home celebration after faithfully serving the Lord for most of her 97 years. We had to cancel our trip to St. Croix this month and one our partners got COVID again so meetings and planning were delayed. Our belongings and car were delayed 30 days leaving Costa Rica with no firm date on their arrival so, once again, living out of suitcases. We are actively house hunting for a permanent place in North Central Florida to base our next assignment out of. We met with Caribbean Partnership Missions board of directors, affiliated pastors, and team members for several days putting on paper what God has put in our hearts. We are confident this is our direction and next assignment in the Lord’s army. In our spare time in the last 48 days we were in 2 countries, 8 states, slept in 13 different beds, updated 25 supporters and traveled a total of 9200 miles. Please review those verses we started this letter with. The yoke is easy and burden light IF it all belongs to Jesus!!!

The work that was begun in Costa Rica is in the hands of 8 trained and certified men, and will live on. Training Center of Costa Rica became a reality and, to God be the glory, as it is way more than we ever dreamed and the men are motivated and moving forward. Soon the government will allow in person workshops and the hands on portions can be completed. We will continue to administrate and maintain the business aspects and play a support role as long as necessary. We are sure excited in the direction God is leading us and he is enlarging our coast and ministry influence. We plan to arrive in the vicinity of Ocala/Gainesville, Florida next week and begin settling in there. First order of business is to find a local church to use our gifts and abilities in. After that we will look for a permanent house close to the church. We are scheduled to get some additional training for first responders and through FEMA that will allow us to train local churches in the Caribbean and Gulf Coast in several areas additional to the practical vocational trades. A guy can’t have too many tools in his toolbox.

We are thankful for your continued prayer and financial support. Nothing gets done without both. We will continue to be about our Father’s business and reach into other areas as God opens doors. We look forward to our new partnership with Caribbean Partnership Missions and opportunities to reach more people with the gospel and see them trained spiritually and physically.

 

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

Bro. Frederick – Building Update

February 2022

Building Update

Normally this is a post for good news. Only we have somewhat bad news. It feels like three steps forward and two back. I am not complaining and not terribly discouraged, but I want to make sure you are kept up to date.

Basically, the price of the building has been raised by over $30,000. That means instead of having 50% of our goal, it is more like 25-30%. We are praying for the Lord’s guidance as to how we should proceed. We are looking at other properties, but the cost to build places the project outside of a reasonable goal. So pray for the Lord’s wisdom and provision as we seek the Lord’s will concerning this project. If you feel led to give, you can send funds to the Central Missionary Clearinghouse https://cmcmissions.org/donate (preferred method for accountability), or via PayPal https://paypal.me/thaimissions?locale.x=en_US, or contact me to let me know of your intention to pledge to this project via email or phone (stateside number 864-561-5217). Attached is a video to give some more details.

God bless and Thanks for praying,
Mike & Frances Frederick
Thailand

 

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Our mailing address is:
Sending Church: Grace Baptist Church
2745 Martin Luther King Blvd
Panama City, FL 32405

 

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