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The McCoys in December

December 2020

Praises

  • Assisted operation Renewed Hope in relief efforts
  • Safety in travel
  • Relationship with other missionaries
  • Got internet/school/Spanish lessons

Prayer Requests

  • Jon’s salvation
  • Adolfo’s, Alonso’s, Laura’s salvations
  • Tourist Visa/COVID insurance until residency approved

1Thessalonians 5:18
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

We have so much to be thankful for. We have been in Costa Rica now almost 6 weeks. We are mostly unpacked and settled in our house. We are finding our way around and learning where to get what. Fellow missionaries, Pastor and Mrs. Dove have been a huge help and blessing to us in more ways then we can describe.

A brief word from Sonya: After 2 years of not having our own place it has been nice to finally settle. We were able to buy needed furniture and appliances. We are slowly getting into somewhat of a routine. The kids are so happy to have their own rooms and to see their stuff again. Bethany loves to play her keyboard and Jon spends most of his day outside and muddy. We have been able to get the kitchen fairly stocked. We had some trouble with the washing machine at first but got it worked out. It is nice to hang out the laundry to dry most days. The kids and I help clean the church every week and help set up for breakfast and coffee.

Some highlights of this month. Bethany turned 13 on Nov.1st. We sang special music for the 1st time. We finally got our Internet hooked up so no more 3G. Kevin gets to do an online devotional every Thursday. We visited another missionary who grew up here and spent the day talking ministry and fellowshipping. We picked up the motorcycle we bought last year after selling our car. We had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with 2 other missionary couples.

We got a lot of bad weather from Hurricane Eta. We saw over 100 inches of rain in 4 days. Some areas here almost completely washed away. We were able to visit 2 areas and assist Operation Renewed Hope in meeting needs with relief supplies and church repairs.

We have not seen anyone saved yet. We do have 3 individuals we are witnessing to and loving on. Please pray for Adolfo, Alonso, and Laura.

Many have asked how our support is in the Covid days. This month we were at 67%. It has fluctuated at times but this is the 2nd lowest in over 2 years. God always makes up the difference somehow and we are not shaken.

Thank you all for your prayers, texts, e-mails, and phone calls. We want to be where God is working and play some small part in it.

In Christ,
Kevin, Sonya, Bethany, and Jon McCoy

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

December for the Mortensons

December 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

Hello from Honduras, and may we be among the first to wish you a Merry Christmas. It is crazy to think about all that has happened in this most unusual year. Thank you all for faithfully praying for our family and ministry. As many of you know, November began with a lot of excitement because we were just beginning to have in person services again. The spirit within the church family has been wonderful, and so very encouraging as we continue forward.

But the biggest news is that we were hit with 2 major hurricanes about two weeks apart. I sent out the special update mid-month before we realized that we were going to be hit by the second storm. Both brought mass flooding of the 2 main rivers that pass through the valley here. The lingering week of rain has slowed the receding water. Thankfully we have had several days of sunshine (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), and the waters are receding. Again we thank the Lord for his protection through these storms. There are thousands of people who lived in some of the worst flooded areas who have literally lost everything. Hopefully this next week we will be able to get into the homes of some church members to begin helping them clean out everything that was lost. Many of you have already given to help meet some of the financial needs of those most affected and we want to say a huge thank you. From the funds that have already come in we are looking to also help another church that was completely flooded in a neighboring city. Basically, the entire congregation had their homes flooded, so the needs are great. Being a third world country the rebuilding process has many additional challenges and will be long for the many who have lost homes, livelihoods, and all that they could not carry.

There have been some unusual blessings that have come from this emergency situation; one has been seeing the heart of our church family. We have been receiving donations of food and clothing that we have then been able to take to multiple emergency shelters throughout the city. We have also had some great opportunities to present the Gospel along with the donations. In the days and weeks ahead we pray that Christ will be exalted in all that we do and that many would place their eternal security in Him as Savior.

Thank you again for your prayers.

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

 

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.
  • For the recovery process in the aftermath of the hurricanes.

The McCoy Family’s September Update

September 2020

Praises

  • Housing while in states
  • Use of vehicle
  • Ministry Opportunities

Prayer Requests

  • Jon’s salvation
  • Support to come back up
  • Leave soon for Costa Rica
  • Arrival-quarantine/get settled

1 Corinthians 4:2
Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

A steward is an investor/servant. As stewards we are to invest in peoples lives. The biggest investment we can make is giving them the gospel. Most times serving others will open the door to them being willing to not just listen but to hear. People need to know that we care. Only 2% of salvations are at church, so 98% of our ministry is outside it! Jesus is the answer for the world today. Let’s be the best stewards we can be with His help.

August has come and gone in a blur. Almost every day we have had opportunities to help someone in one way or another. Many churches in our area have building/maintenance needs and call us to help. Neighbors need handrails on their steps or sod installed. Church members have honey do lists. Partner pastors need help in several areas of the church and at home. There is not a lack of things to do, but let’s not just be busy. Let’s be sure our ministry has eternal significance. Meeting physical needs can open the door to spiritual needs. I believe we can see all through the scriptures how Jesus did it.

We have been in contact with many of our partners and have been able to give in person updates and preach. Some just want us to come for fellowship or activities. We are still in the same temporary house and still have the same borrowed truck. Our monthly support has gone down approx. 25% this past month. It does fluctuate a little here and there but not normally like that. We pray it comes back up soon. Our flights for Sep 3rd have been canceled again and left open for now. Costa Rica is allowing U.S. states in but so far only 12 out of 50 and Florida is not on the list yet. We are more than ready to be there, BUT, not sure when that will be as of this writing.

Kevin finished his marital arts instructor course, hoping to add this to our missionary training center curriculum. We went tubing with the teens in our sending church and our kids were able to have a couple of play days with their friends lately.

Please, please continue to pray for us, send us texts / messages, e-mails and continue to give monetarily so we can go and then stay.

In Christ,
Kevin and Sonya McCoy

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