Qué está pasando
- More instructor training complete
- Found rental house
- Several dozen salvations in our church
- Witness opportunities/share gospel
- Travel safety
- Upcoming move and get settled
- Upcoming meetings
- Mission conference in Alabama
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Brethren do not lose focus. Stay on mission. God is on the throne eternal and has not lost an inch of ground. Trust Him for all that you have need of and use your gifts and abilities in His kingdom’s work for the purpose of rescuing the souls of men from the devil’s hell. Global conflict, inflation, shortages, and many more major issues of our day are still minor to God. We can’t do much about those things but we can let our light shine and be a gospel witness.
April was a jam-packed month. We started out traveling to Pensacola for three days of FEMA CERT train the trainer. This certification allows us to teach the FEMA disaster relief curriculum for the establishing of teams in the local churches at home and abroad. We now have multiple contacts in several Florida counties emergency management offices. Storm season will start in a few short weeks and training responders to help the hurting in time of need physically and spiritually will be vital. We have looked hard and prayed much about permanent housing.
Home is where we are but it’s nice to stay in one spot for a while. We have had four contracts on houses in the last few weeks with no success. We did find a rental by the month with no lease contract and will move in soon. We can stay there much cheaper and longer than thirty days at the time for at least three months and longer if need be
Our laptop died a while ago and we had begun to research replacing it. A brother in our sending church offered us one if we could wait a few more days. We waited and in the end he gifted us two good used laptops and transferred all our documents and programs for us. What a blessing!
Our church had entered into a building program before we came here. For all kinds of reasons their contractor was unable to continue. I mentioned to the Pastor I had been a contractor prior to becoming a full time missionary and he said that the Lord’s timing on us showing up here was interesting. In a couple more discussions we believed God has us here for such a time as this and will help the church as much as possible with the permitting and associated paperwork. Another brother in the church will be the project manager. I had held on to my contractor’s license not wanting to throw it away just in case one of our kids wanted to go that route. We had no idea God would use it again on one of His local churches.
Training Center of Costa Rica continues to live on and is picking up speed. Dozens of students are enrolled to begin the required prerequisites. Most students have internet and can do the online portions on their own and at their own pace. For the hands on portions there are a couple of construction projects underway where they can get the on the job training. A house is under construction at Campamento Beraca. Starting out with a dirt mound and going through all the phases to completion. Also, Calvary Baptist Church of Palmares is partially constructed with much work left to be done. It’s kind of dried in but has a ways to go and will provide many opportunities to learn for the students. Thank God for the instructors and their willingness to keep things moving forward and training their own people. Like in the U.S. skilled labor is at an all-time low.
Our hearts desire is to have a brick and mortar training center where we are now and use that as a model for others. Many missionaries and churches in the U.S. and abroad have expressed interest in this training center opportunity. Their young people, in the churches and communities, need basic and beyond practical skills. If I have something to offer someone needing help they will first of all see my good works and then be willing to hear what I have to say. More doors open for personal one on one witnessing and getting us out of the pew and back out there where the harvest is. We can now offer vocational/technical training, basic life support-first aid, CPR, AED, active shooter respons and basic self-defense, community emergency response and relief teams. If your church or organization would be interested in any of these please call or email to further discuss options and availability.
We are so thankful that each of you continues to pray and give so we can continue to go, sometimes across the street and sometimes across land and sea borders, all for God’s glory and the furtherance of His kingdom work.
Kevin, Sonya, Bethany, and Jon McCoy your missionaries to the Caribbean