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Mortensons’ November Letter

November 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

Greetings from Honduras once again.  Thank you so much for your faithful prayers for our family.  We arrived back in Honduras on October 16th without new complications.  With the security measures that Honduras has in place to combat COVID-19, we all had to present negative test results at each of our flights as well as fill out several new forms for screening at the boarder/immigration.  We also were blessed that God gave us grace in the eyes of the customs agent who initially wanted to charge us import fees because of having several non-clothing items in our luggage.

It has been so good to get back into routines here.  Cori and the kids are back to a normal homeschool schedule and Cori and I are continuing discipleship classes with the young people we are discipling.

We also want to praise the Lord for His blessing as we were able to start back to in-person services again on Sundays.  We are looking forward to having all of our services back to normal but praise the Lord for what He is enabling us to do little by little.  With chairs spaced out to make us about 50% (pre-pandemic) capacity we are already full and the communion with the family of God has been wonderful.

I think that everyone has loved praising the Lord together in song, and it has been wonderful to see the evidence of spiritual growth in several people’s lives.  For example, the last 3 Sundays we have had candidates for baptism.  All of them made decisions to trust Christ pre-pandemic, and wanted to make that decision public as they have grown in the Lord.  Also, 2 weeks ago, we had a man trust Christ as his Savior.  He had visited the church sporadically in the years prior, and had been watching our on-line services.  While many normal church activities are still on pause, God remains faithful and at work in hearts.  What a privilege to serve our sovereign Savior.

Thank you again for your faithful prayers, may the Lord continue to bless you all as we serve Him together.

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

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • For the Lord to help us continue to grow in our Spanish speaking abilities, and be able to better minister for the Lord.
  • For the Lord to give wisdom as we navigate the changes to have in-person services.
  • For continued spiritual growth in our church family.
  • For continued tenderness to the Gospel, and that people would turn to Christ.

The Fredericks: October 2020

October 2020

Dear praying partners,

Current Situation: Several months have passed, and we are no closer to returning to Thailand than when we arrived. We are patiently (sort of) waiting on the Lord to re-open our country so we can quickly return. Although impatient, the Lord is still in control. Events like this make us keenly aware of His sovereignty and the necessity for us simply to wait on the Lord. We are so thankful for Sumter Baptist Temple, allowing us to stay in their missions home rent-free. This generous assistance has been a tremendous blessing as it removes financial pressures and gives us a bit of normalcy. Although we have recently visited most of our supporting churches, we can report if you desire. My stateside number is 864-561-5217. Mike can also provide an extended pulpit supply if needed.

Ministry in Thailand – Dtom, who has been watching the church since May, has done a great job. He was supposed to start apprenticing at the beginning of 2021, but the Lord has allowed him to begin earlier under “real world” conditions. The church family has responded well to his leadership, and it is a blessing to report that attendance is up, and the faithful are still faithful. It is a shame that he has yet to receive his Bible diploma and participate in our Bible School’s graduation ceremony. Ceremonies are important in Thai culture, so we are still planning a grand ceremony upon our return.

Bible Institute – The Bible Institute continues via online instruction by myself and a fellow missionary in Thailand. We are thankful for technology, which allows us to continue instructing the students. While technology can be a blessing, slow internet and intermittent outages have hampered our classes somewhat. There are currently four students actively pursuing a degree while several others are in the “look and see” stage. Several of the students are from a sister church in a neighboring province. It is great to be able to work together for a common purpose.

Travels – Since our last letter, we have traveled over 7000 miles and have visited several churches, including several new churches that have committed to supporting us!  We are still under-supported, but because of the Lord’s closing Thailand, we have been able to gain slowly. We are currently about 75% of needed support. If you have a church that you’d like to suggest we contact, don’t be shy; please send the information to us.

Health – As you probably know, in August, Mike had a severe heart attack. He was airlifted from Sumter, SC, to a significant heart center in Columbia, SC. Recovery has been swift and the doctor has been pleased with the progress thus far. Please pray for continued healing and progress in adjusting diet and exercise. We haven’t gotten the bill yet, which is worrisome, but the Lord has met all of our needs thus far.

Prayer Requests – Salvation: The husband of a member who has been attending for five years, family and friends of church members, those contacted in various outreach ministries. Faithfulness: Pray for the Bible students to continue steadfast in their studies. Especially pray for Dtom that the Lord would give him wisdom and perseverance in leading the church. Pray for a new couple in our church for spiritual growth in being newly married but separated as they wait for her visa to the USA to be approved. Please also pray for other Thailand missionary families and us as we wait for Thailand to allow our return.

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
864-561-5217

The McCoys’ October News Letter

October 2020

Praises

  • Costa Rica Has opened to Florida!!!
  • Housing while in states
  • Use of another vehicle
  • Ministry Opportunities/Share Gospel
  • No damage to house

Prayer Requests

  • Jon’s salvation
  • Support to come back up
  • Leave soon for Costa Rica
  • Travel safety to Louisiana

Matt 9:37-38
Then He saith unto His disciples, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest , that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.

Wherever we go there is no shortage of harvest. There is a shortage of laborers. Ones who labor in a toilsome occupation. A laborer is a worker not a watcher. One who gets personally involved in the physical effort of seeing a task accomplished. Jesus is our CEO and administrator and like the disciples of old He is looking for more laborers to do His kingdom work today. The job at hand: Getting His precious gospel to the lost. The method to accomplish that varies. If only 2% of people are saved in the church building then 98% are saved out in the community.

September was packed with opportunities to labor. Hurricane Laura hit the SW Louisiana area at the end of August. We were asked to partner with Operation Renewed Hope and travel to the Lake Charles area and assess damage to churches and homes there. We were able to provide reports and pictures to help know who to send and where to start the recovery process. We saw pastors in action, meeting the needs of their people and holding their congregations together in the most difficult times. Many received funds, food, water, tarps, prayer and the gospel.

Back in Pensacola, FL for a couple days and Hurricane Sally hit just to the west of us. No power, no water, no supplies, and trees blocking us in. Very little cell service and radio stations out. Now an opportunity of our own in our backyard. Most everyone has trees down and a lot of leaking roofs. But, neighbors are helping neighbors, strangers just show up, with Jesus and chainsaws. We have helped many of our family, other churches and people who just looked like they needed a hand. Ministry should help spiritual needs, no doubt, but helping a family get a tree off their roof has them listening to your witness in a whole new way. We still have our contractor’s license and hope to at least help with estimates so folks can get some honest insurance money to make repairs. Several other missionaries came to help out with supplies and tree cutting. Big thanks to Mike Coupe and Kenneth Colwell.

Costa Rica is letting up on their Covid restrictions, 20 or so states are now allowed in and our prayer is Florida will be real soon. We’ve been here without our car and belongings over 7 months but please understand, God has provided and met all our needs time and time again. Hallelujah what a Savior!

Our monthly support is down 25% for the second month in a row. A lot of folks ask what we will do. We’ll get on the plane the second that God opens the door to do so. He called us to Costa Rica and we are confident He will continue to meet our needs even if the calculator or the spreadsheet lies. We are thankful for those that have stayed by their commitment when they partnered with us. Maybe you have not yet become a partner. Please consider us, even a small commitment is big when the Lord is in it. Please continue to pray, e-mail, text, Facebook message, and give. We are grateful!

In Christ,
Kevin & Sonya McCoy, Bethany and Jon

 

*****************************Late Breaking News****************************

Costa Rica just gave Florida the green light for Oct 15th entry and the entire U.S. for Nov 1st. We have a missions conference Oct 18, just one day, so we will be working toward a departure a few days later. Thanks for all the prayers and support through this 7 month detour!

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