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June 2022

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Praises

  • Lots of witness opportunities
  • Rental house
  • Missions Conference
  • Forward progress

Prayer Requests

  • Souls to be saved
  • Upcoming storm season
  • Contacts and teamwork
  • Steady support

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy was acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

 

God is trustworthy and knows when and where we are most needed for His kingdom work. I can plow my own way and have many times but the best path to God’s perfect will is by the open and closed doors He chooses. He leads and guides, I trust and follow.
 
Hey did you notice the change?…………Yes, the change in our newsletter and logo and the change in the Lord’s ministry over these last few months. We have too! We’ve seen lots of travel and moving; meetings and training. Now that things are starting to firm up a little we wanted to let you all know what things look like for the McCoys. We have been eating rubber bands for breakfast and been the clay in the potter’s hands. Training Center International is what we will call ourselves. It’s just us continuing to develop training in three basic areas. These areas have affected more than a few locations so the international comes into play.
 
Vocational – that part is in motion and picking up speed in Costa Rica. Two pastors with six other instructors have begun classes and job site training at two locations, Calvary Baptist Church of Palmares and Campamento Beraca. We continue to fund this work and serve as CEO and administrator from afar using technology.
 
Life Saving – as certified instructors in CPR/first aid/ and active shooter we can train congregations, nursery and youth workers, safety teams, Christian schools, and/or your business for medical and violence emergencies.
 
Disaster – train teams in the local church and community in disaster response and relief using FEMA CERT training. Train teams when there is no disaster so that they can better respond when disaster strikes. Some teams will have training for international response in the Caribbean Islands and other disaster prone areas. These efforts will be in conjunction with Operation Renewed Hope in Raleigh North, Carolina and Victory Springs Independent Baptist Church in High Springs, Florida.
 
It has been awhile since we initially presented our ministry to many of you and while our zip code has changed, our hearts desire and focus have not! We are excited to see the Lord work out so many details in his timing.
 
May was very busy and had its share of ups and downs. We had been trying to buy a house but after four failed attempts have decided to wait for a while. God did provide a rental house for now so no more Airbnb and moving every few weeks. That has been life for us since early February. We have what we need and everyone is excited to have some of their own belongings again versus living out of suitcases and Rubbermaid tubs.
 
We were asked to be part of a missions conference at a supporting church-Seminole Baptist in Alabama. It’s been several years since we have seen several of our partners, so gladly accepted the invite. We totally forgot what all was involved with display tables and current prayer cards, so had to get all that done right in the middle of trying to move. With God’s help we got most of it done and really enjoyed the conference. No theme, no program, just five missionaries sharing their hearts and the work God has placed them in, each unique in its own way but all reaching the lost with the gospel and making an ongoing difference in those lives. We had our first experience with street preaching. It’s harder than it looks. We learned a lot about ourselves, like we need more boldness and thicker skin and need to be constantly reminded to see what Jesus sees, not just a person but a soul with an eternity in heaven or hell. We will practice and do some more in the future. The highlight of the conference was the forty, yes, forty young people that were there Friday night and the three that trusted Christ as Savior. Many thanks are given to the church for their heart toward these young people, and their hospitality and support for the missionaries.
 
Kevin met with the Emergency Management Director of Columbia County about utilizing response teams out of the churches. He is all for it and excited as it will not cost them anything or use up their time. We are making contacts and preparing for the team training and will then provide the county with team information to utilize during disasters. Hopefully some of these teams will also respond to other areas and countries, too. None of this is happening as quickly as we had hoped. With storm season upon us, response and relief efforts will take priority and training in between as time and interest from others permits.
 
The building project at Victory Springs Independent Baptist Church is coming along. The land is all cleared and cleaned up and most of the dirt work, like retention ponds, parking areas and the building pad are done. A lot of sub-contractors have priced their parts out and the pre fab metal building kit is in production. The plan for now is to pour the concrete foundation and erect the building and get it in the dry. Pray for good weather and the funds to stretch. There is a building project in Costa Rica underway and is being used as the hands-on portion of the training center there. So far the students have prepared the site, dug out footings and poured the foundation and are now standing the walls. It does our hearts good to see that work continue. The instructors there are doing a great work and we are very proud of them.
 
We did get to finally goof off a little bit. Jon had his 9th birthday and wanted to see some monster trucks. A local charity put on a small show at one of the dirt racetracks so we got to go one night. We all enjoyed it. We also got to go on our first north Florida jeep ride on Memorial Day. Got Jesus? Off-road Ha-ha. There were several witness opportunities and we were invited to go again in the future. Please pray for Troy and William who both claim to be atheists.
 
From Sonya: It is such a blessing to finally be more settled in a rental house. The rental is small so we have only been able to get a few of our things out of storage to make this place home. The kids kind of had Christmas again with seeing things that have been packed since December. Bethany and I were able to attend a local ladies conference with the ladies from our church. We enjoyed getting to know some of the ladies better, and them us. The main speaker taught a few sessions on waiting on the Lord; how timely for our family. She spoke about how His timing is perfect. How He will meet our needs in His time and His way. In our waiting times we need to be content where He has us and serve Him where we are.
 
Thank you all for your prayers and financial support. As of now it looks like we have only lost three of our partners. We understand and are truly thankful for those who stand with us and for us when things happen on our journey that change our location, and/or those we serve with. We were sent out and plan to stay out. Our desire is the same as always – see people saved then train them in the areas of vocation, lifesaving, and disaster.

 

In Christ, Kevin, Sonya, Bethany and Jon McCoy
Your missionaries at Training Center International

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

Mortenson’s June Prayer Letter

June 1, 2022

Dear Family and Friends,
 
Thank you for your faithful prayers and support for our family.  It truly is a privilege to serve the Lord together.  Over the past few weeks, I have been meditating on how great our God is.  Honestly, He is beyond true comprehension, but in His greatness He still thinks and cares about each one of us.  That thought has been something that has given me encouragement and strength; I hope that it does for you as well.
 
Well, we had a great trip in the States but are thankful to be back home in Honduras.  May was a full ministry month.  For example, we were able to help our ministry partners with Hope Children’s Home by providing coverage watching all the kids for 3 days while the regular staff had a training/refreshment retreat.  Cori and I both love working with the kids and even our kids were sad to see the time end (probably partly because it meant getting back to their homeschool).
 
Also we just finished out the month by hosting a pastors conference for local pastors, and pastoral students.  Pastor Cary Schmidt and Missionary Josué Ortiz came in and gave excellent instruction on expository preaching.  It was a true blessing to the 25 or so pastors who came.
 
Looking forward into June, we have an evangelistic basketball clinic that we will be hosting for teenagers as well as our annual big medical clinic with Medical Missions Outreach.  We are in the planning/organizing stage, which includes getting all of the correct government approvals.  We are expecting God to do great things as we hope to meet both physical and spiritual needs.  Even before the pandemic caused additional burdens, Honduras has many people who deal with medical needs that they don’t have the resources with which to get help.  With this clinic we are able to meet some of those needs for free and at the same time share the gospel with each person.  Truly the Great Physician is the answer for both the physical and spiritual need here.  Please be praying for these outreach opportunities, that God would prepare tender hearts.
 
Thank you again for your faithful prayers for us.  May the Lord continue to bless you all as you also serve Him.
 
PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Continued spiritual growth in the church family.
  • For wisdom as we grow in our understanding of Type 1 diabetes, and how to best help Blake.
  • For the upcoming evangelistic basketball outreach for teenagers.
  • For all aspects of the MMO clinic, but specifically for the gospel presentations to the patients.

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

The Fredericks’ Thailand Ministry

May 2022

Greetings from Thailand,

Building Update. The building fund has been going rather slowly, but I can honestly say that we have placed this in the Lord’s hands and are content to wait for His provision. We have had several churches and individuals give recently, for which we are very grateful. A sister church in a neighboring province has been taking special offerings for us and recently presented us with $800 toward our building. As of today we are at $87,000 of the $165,000 needed. It is great to be over halfway, but we still have a loooong way to go. If the Lord burdens you about helping with this much needed project, please send a special offering to the Central Missionary Clearinghouse, https://cmcmissions.org/donate, in our name, designated “Building Fund” or contact me to let me know of a pledge via email or phone (stateside number 864-561-5217). We are actively looking at other properties and the possibility to build our own facility. We have seen nothing as cost effective or with as good a location as the property we are pursuing, but we are ever watchful.

Bible Institute. The Bible Institute is preparing for our fourth graduation ceremony in June. The school is growing in enrollment, with two more new students applying to study online. Our current enrollment is thirteen students. I am sure there will be some attrition as time goes on, but it is exciting to see the growth, not just numerically, but in the range of locations students are studying form.

Pastor. Pastor Dtom was installed as co-pastor in February and is doing a great job thus far. He has some great new ideas about developing the men of the church and has been managing the day to day tasks of the church efficiently and appropriately. This has mostly freed me (Mike) to place most of my emphasis on the Bible School. It is exciting to see what the future holds for Pastor Dtom and New Life Baptist Church

Prayer Requests: Please pray for several unsaved who are coming to services regularly, especially the man whose family members are all saved, and he continues to come faithfully, but still won’t accept the Lord. Also pray for two members who are starting to stray because of sinful desires. I hope you understand that I do not use names to respect their privacy. Also continue to pray for our building project and for the students in the Bible school to be faithful.

Your missionaries,
Michael & Francisca Frederick

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