– $8K moving expenses came in
– Import fees only $3K and came in
– One new supporting church
– Residency paperwork
– Safety and traveling mercies
– Jon’s salvation
– Raise remainder of support
– Leave for Costa Rica soon
1) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
We have examples all through the scriptures of believers enduring every imaginable trial and tribulation. Today we have the opportunity to show a lost and dying world that not only is Jesus our Savior but He is also our sustainer. These times are tough for everyone regardless of age, occupation, color, tax bracket, religious preference, and the list goes on. What the world needs to see from you and us is the love of Christ lived out in shoe leather. We have seen and heard personally in this time like never before people are soft and open to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please reach out in these times.
Our last service in our sending church, Gulf Coast Baptist Church, was to be March 1st. We were to leave the Pensacola area and make one last loop to see a few of our supporting churches and visit Sonya’s parents/siblings and our oldest kids and their families. For our residency the last piece of paperwork needed was our FBI background checks. Sonya’s fingerprints were denied twice so after 5 days and 3 tries we finally got them in the mail and us on the highway. We left Saturday the 7th heading to Houston, TX to visit with the staff of our mission board, Central Missionary Clearinghouse. The minute we got to Texas, all the COVID-19 panic really got going. We were able to be a part of Sunday morning services there and the evening services in Austin, TX. From there we went to Indiana, to see family and then on to South Carolina. So, 15 states in 13 days, over 4K miles on the car and back to Pensacola, FL just in time for quarantine.
At this point our flights to Costa Rica were cancelled and the president of Costa Rica closed all borders to non-residents until April 12th at the earliest and possibly even May 17th. We do have our flights reserved for the next available departure.
A lot of details and a lot of plans did not go as we would have liked. However in the midst of our own disappointments and difficulties we have had many opportunities to reach out, to minister to others in distress, and share the gospel. We give God the praise for His timing in all this.
To date all $8K of our additional moving expenses have come in and $3K for our additional import fees on our household belongs and the tools for the vocational school. We still need a few more churches or individuals to follow through on monthly support to get us to the 100% mark.
We are in the states and our car and belongings are in Costa Rica going through the customs and registration process as we speak. There are several of the brethren in Costa Rica willing to help us get our things to our house there even before we arrive.
Thank you all for the prayers and encouragement and financial support. Your faithfulness allows us to keep at this work.
Kevin & Sonya McCoy