Qué está pasando
- Safety in travels
- Relief work profitable
- Gospel to many in Kentucky
- Progress –Training Center International
- Remaining building funds
- Permit approval
- Subs to get foundation in disaster relief
- Sonya – back/hip pain
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
All things!! There is a lot going on in our world: On-going viruses, floods of biblical proportions in many states, lots of storm activity in the Atlantic and Caribbean, earthquakes and forest fires, wars and conflicts all over. God in His goodness will see us through each and every one of these as we serve Him and use these as opportunities to share the gospel and bring others to Him. Saving souls is really all that matters.
August was plenty busy for us. Kevin had the privilege to give an update and preach in Fishermens Baptist Church in Bon Secour, AL and teach Sunday school and preach in Rock Bottom Baptist in Buckhorn, KY. What a blessing to share what all God is doing with the McCoys and sharing His word with the brethren.
In Costa Rica the training center continues and is making forward progress. We renewed our contract agreement for another year with HBI and have online access for all nine instructors until August 2023. We also helped Campamento Beraca get their internet installed so they can use the online portions of the training to teach their men skills and trades while recovering from addictions. Amen! Get saved, get cleaned up, learn a trade, go back into the community and be a witness and a hard worker.
We met with admin of the North Florida Red Cross and got Kevin’s vest. As a volunteer chaplain and disaster action team member there are many opportunities to assist in local emergencies like car wrecks and house fires. The Red Cross also gives us free training for about anything you can think of – good resource to have. We got the call to meet with our Operation Renewed Hope team to discuss the flooding in Kentucky. Their governor had declared 5 counties disaster zones. We began to prepare for deployment. Two like-minded churches contacted us and Kevin left for Kentucky to assist the churches. We meet with the pastors and found out where we can help the most – setting up distribution centers; obtaining needed supplies; doing damage assessments; forming work teams to clean, demo, and rebuild. The process is a marathon, not a sprint. It goes from response to relief to rebuild and will take months and even years. Many families lost everything and have to start over from scratch. There will come a time when we will leave and move on to the next disaster. The difference is these pastors and churches in the communities will still be there reaching and serving the people and meeting their needs, physically and spiritually. The needed supplies, and John and Romans and assorted gospel tracts get in the hands of the people and there are many opportunities to pray with them and share the gospel one on one. Some have been saved and some have come back to the Lord. We are here in Kentucky for the third time this month. There is much left to do. The biggest need, ongoing, is laborers. Would you be the hands and feet of Jesus to help these people in their time of need? If so please contact us.
Kevin got to teach one of our missionary families a self-defense class. They are church planters in the inner city and in a very rough area. Kidnapping and human trafficking are on the rise and knowing how to be aware of your surroundings as well as being able to use your hands and feet can be the difference between victim and victor. Its always nice to have some tools in your toolbox.
The new building package was delivered for the church and Kevin and the kids got to unload it and stack it for safe keeping. We turned in all the paperwork for the building permit and are waiting for local building officials to approve everything. Once we get the permit in hand the sub-contractors will work at getting the concrete foundation poured. We have, almost, all the needed funds to dry the building in, and debt free.
It wasn’t all work and no play. We saw our oldest daughter and son-in-law and grandkids for a couple of days . Our oldest son, Matthew, and his bride, Katelyn, visited us for a few days. It was good to catch up and see how they are all doing and hear how the Lord is using them where they are .We also got to be at Sonya’s parent’s 50th anniversary celebration. What a blessing and testimony of God’s goodness!
We are enjoying the work God has called us to and are grateful for the part each of you plays in it. We can only do what we do because of your prayers and giving. Thank you all so much. May God get all the glory and many come to him for salvation!
Kevin, Sonya, Bethany, and Jon McCoy
Training Center International
Kevin 850 777-0097
Sonya 850 698-1694