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The Mortensons’ Letter for October

October 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you so much for your faithful prayers for our family.  We are very blessed even when plans have to be changed.  Many of you may have seen via Facebook that we were unable to return to Honduras on September 26th.  The borders in Honduras officially opened back at the end of August, and one of the new requirements for entering the country is to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entry.  In order to comply with this requirement, we were all tested and Cori’s test came back positive.  Thankfully she is a-symptomatic and has not experienced any sickness, but we had to make some adjustments.  Our travel agent was able to cancel our flights and we will be able to rebook them once we are able to travel.

Cori will be getting a follow-up test this morning (Oct. 1) to see if she continues to test positive.  We should get the results of the test by Monday.  If she is negative then we will be able to rebook flights and then reschedule Covid tests for everyone.  Our prayer is that we will be able to return to Honduras on October 8th or 9th.  Please be praying for good health for the whole family and that our test results come back negative for everyone.  We are currently in Northern Kentucky with my parents so the extra time with family has been an unexpected blessing of all of this.

We had a wonderful furlough visiting back to several supporting churches, and a couple of new ones.  The time together with these church families has been very encouraging and refreshing.  We thank the Lord for the partnerships that we have in the Gospel and for the opportunity to continue together for His glory.  One of the blessings of this furlough has been seeing and being reminded that there are many churches and Christians that are seeking the Lord for America.  The time in our country is dark, but God is greater, and through the light of His word and through His power, revival of the church and an awakening of hearts is possible.

One last update on Honduras, the government is continuing the slow opening of the country.  One of the newer aspects has been the reactivation of public transportation.  Up till now, no taxi or bus has been allowed to circulate, therefore we have not been able to run our church buses (a major reason we have been only doing the on-line services).  With this new sector open the plan is to begin having in-person services again in October!  Praise the Lord!

Thank you again for your faithful prayers.

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 and open the doors for us to have in-person services once again.
  • For continued spiritual growth in our church family.
  • For continued tenderness to the Gospel, and that people would turn to Christ.
  • For God’s continued mercies toward America, and Revival.

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

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

The Mortenson Family in September

September 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you so much for your faithful prayers and for our family. This has been a very busy month. After arriving in the States we have been able to spend time with my family as well as report back to churches in Indiana and Florida. The time with family was very busy but also very good. Our kids have been thoroughly loved on by family and friends. We are still looking forward to seeing Cori’s side of the family this month and our kids’ love tanks will be overflowing by the end of it I am sure. We will get to spend a solid week with Cori’s parents and several of her siblings are making plans to visit as well.

Also, we have been so encouraged through the fellowship with our supporting churches. With the strict measures in Honduras right now, we are still waiting to be able to have in-person services, so our first in-person services in the past 4 1/2 months took place as we reported back. With all of the negative headlines in the news, there is great hope for America because Gospel centered churches are still striving to proclaim salvation through Christ. May we continue to seek the Lord and pray one for another as a nation.

Back home in Honduras, church is still only on Facebook. But we trust very soon we will be able to meet together corporately again. Just last week, they lifted weekend restrictions allowing a very select percentage of the population to circulate on Saturday and Sunday. But as we wait on God’s timing, we are so thankful that technology really does enable us to stay connected. Even from the States we have been able to continue recording our virtual kids’ class (for Facebook) as our ministry partners continue with the virtual church services (from Honduras). These are incredible times with incredible opportunities to serve the Lord and share the Gospel.

In September we will travel to Texas and visit a couple of churches and then head back to Kentucky where we will prepare to fly back to Honduras at the end of the month. Honduras is now requiring proof of a negative covid-19 test prior to entry into the country so please pray that our entire family continues to stay healthy and we can make our scheduled flight.
 
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 and open the doors for us to have in-person services once again.
  • For continued spiritual growth in our church family.
  • For continued tenderness to the Gospel, and that people would turn to Christ.

Thank you again for your faithful prayers.

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

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