Trip number 12 was completed at 6 AM this morning after a very LOONG, but successful day. Saying goodbye to all our wonderful friends was, as always, very hard, especially for Bro. Rigo. The flight home was uneventful until we were almost to Atlanta. We were in a holding pattern due to bad weather in Atlanta, and we soon had to divert to Augusta, GA to refuel. When we made it back to Atlanta 2 hours late, we knew we had a problem for the rest of the trip. Our first concern was getting through immigration for Bro. Rigo. We are so thankful that God gave us favor and they gave him a one year permit to stay in the U.S. What an answer to prayer!!!! What a mighty God we serve!!! We raced to the gate where our flight to Roanoke had been delayed. It was still at the gate, but they had closed it and we were not able to board. Eventually we decided just to rent a car and drive the 450 miles home. Now comes the fun part..... tracing down 6 pieces of luggage!
Thank you all for your support and prayer during this trip. We see much progress, especially in the hearts of the pastors with whom we are working. On our last service with Bro. Misael, he said that even if we never came again, he could not remain the same. The pastors were all very moved by the example,love, and testimonies of our young women Our plan is for Bro. Geinrre, Bro. Misael, and perhaps 3 other pastors to be with us this fall for 2 months. some of them will join us for Fall Campground meeting, and others at the Brownsville meeting. We are excited for them to be able to see and experience first hand the spirit of the Body of Christ. Until next time, Dios le bendiga!
Yesterday we had a youth seminar with about 60 young people from 4 different churches in the area. Many seemed to be interested in what we are hoping to build here in the Talanga area. It was an encouraging day. We went to a church last night where we had never visited, although the pastor has been to some of our seminars here. It was an outdoor building, with only a metal roof. When it rains here, it really rains! Needless to say it was a rather wet and muddy evening, but the girls testified with all their heart. Eunice even translated for Sarah, and she did an amazing job! Tonight is our last service here. We will be with Bro. Misael and his church. Tomorrow we leave the hotel early to make the trip to the city. PLEASE PRAY for us to have favor as we take Bro. Rigo through immigration in Atlanta. They have all authority at this point as to how long he can stay this trip. We are praying that he will get permission to stay a whole year. Will you join us in asking God to intervene for us? He is a fine young man, and his time in the US will not be in vain. We know that God has great things in store for Bro. Rigo's future. Thank you all so much for your prayer and concern during this trip!
The Lord has been doing a work in the past few days. We have had day meetings with pastors for 3 days, with 4 hours of Bible study on the major doctrines. This week they have been studying on Resurrections. Many of the same pastors continue to come and listen each trip that we are here. They have many questions, but it seems that they are really listening and considering. Each night we have had service in a different church, and the girls have been very spirit led as they testified each night. The pastors are seeing that this message is producing life in the hearts of young people. They are seeing that young women can dress modestly, have a right spirit, and have the love of God shine through them.
Today we have nothing scheduled until night service, so the girls are going with Bro. Geinrre and Bro. Rigo to Tegucigalpa to pick up Bro. Rigo's Visa. Every day we see him, he tells me he is ready to go!
The trip is winding down, but we still have several services left. God is certainly working here. It is a slow process, but we most certainly see progress. We do not know what the future holds, but we believe the message of the Body of Christ is being sown in the hearts of those who choose to listen. May they have an open heart, and a mind to understand.
Things are going well here in Honduras! Yesterday we had a youth service at Bro. Raul's church, and many of the youth from Bro. Misael's church also came. The girls were able to testify, as did Bro. Rigo, Sis. Dulce, and Sis. Sayda. We had service that night in the same church, and enjoyed the presence of the Lord and the good Word of God. Today Bro. Geinrre and family will join us for an early dinner at the hotel as we celebrate Abby's birthday. Then we will meet Sarah and Bro. Cristian to have service at Bro. Misael's church. God is doing a work in his church, and we are excited to see growth there.
It is always a blessing to have our young people here with us. I listen as the girls sit behind me in the van and teach songs to Dulce in English. As they sing, they explain to her what it means that we are "building a wall" or other parts of the songs. It brings me such joy to hear them instruct their peers as they show them the path that we are walking.
Bro. Rigo is so excited about his upcoming trip to be with us. You are all going to love him! He has such an open and teachable spirit, and he soaks in the things of God as he hears them.
Tomorrow starts 3 days of pastors' classes, with services each night. Thank you for praying for Bro. Finnicum. He still has a cough, but his voice is stronger and he is able to minister at full steam!! Love to all.
We are so thankful to report that we got a Visa for Bro. Rigo!!!!! It is only for 90 days, but we are hoping to get it changed once we get to the U.S. We went right to the airport and got his ticket, and he will be traveling back with us on August 13th. We had our first day of the marriage seminar today, and we are preparing for service tonight with Bro. Joshua. He is one of the pastors who hopes to come to campground in September. God is meeting us here, keeping us safe, and answering prayer! Sorry for the short post. The internet was not working before, and we have to leave for church soon. Keep praying; God is hearing you!