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Good afternoon dear friends and partners in the Gospel-

This week has been one of amazing blessing and intense struggle. Jennifer and my wonderful boys have been joyfully serving the Lord alongside some special friends from New Covenant Bible Church. God’s timing of our home church being in Honduras to serve is unbelievable! The team has been a special encouragement to Jennifer and the boys this week.The team has been leading evangelistic VBS activities near the future church site, and what I have heard is really encouraging. Since the neighborhood is curious about us, it is great that we are clearly able to identify ourselves as followers of Jesus Christ! Our prayer is that these interactions will result in young people being exposed to the Gospel, and now or later in life, choosing to accept Christ as their savior!

This past week, I felt led to step away from ministry in Honduras to provide pastoral care and support to my Mom and Dad. Mom seems to be in her final days of struggle against the aggressive ‘cancer’ enemy. (Mom’s Caring Bridge site tells a little about this journey of sanctification)God graciously used a dear family friend to provide airline miles to fly me up to be in Rockford, Illinois, to walk down this difficult road with Mom, Dad, Rachel, and Shane. The days have been long as her pain and discomfort are intense. Continue to pray with us that God mercifully ushers us into His presence soon.

Please pray for our family as we thank God for all He is doing, yet are having our faith tested in ways that we’ve never experienced in our 16 years of marriage. Letting go of Mom is the toughest thing I’ve ever experienced.

Likewise, we covet your prayers as God is at work in Honduras in ways we never could have asked Him for! New Covenant youth finished their construction work for the week, and will continue VBS ministry through Sunday. The following week, Central Christian Church from Beloit, Wisconsin, will put boots on the group to continue the investment of sweat and tears (hopefully not blood) in preparing the Tegucigalpa land for us to use it as a regular place of worship and Gospel outreach. At the same time, God is sending us some extra help from Noah Reed, a summer intern from Carpinteria, California.

We also face some financial challenges and would be grateful to you as our faithful support team for sharing our ministry with other friends and family who might be willing to come alongside us in this season. A recent move to a new rental house has brought with it significant costs and challenges, plus personal and family health events have impacted our support levels. It is also inevitable that Jennifer and the kids will need to travel to join the family in the coming days, so we have some additional needs beyond our normal expenses.

 

As always, our trust is in the Lord and our hearts are filled with gratitude for the way in which His people generous share with us.

With love and gratitude to God and His people,

 

Matthew, for Jennifer too

 

If you would like to ask others on our behalf, our family Web site can be a good way to introduce us. www.divineadventure.net

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PO Box 602002
 Charlotte, NC 28260-2002

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Each month, the congregation of ECDLV Tegucigalpa makes a payment of $230 towards paying of a small piece of land on the southern edge of the capital city. We have been praying to be able to begin taking steps towards building on the land and subsequently have the ability to do more mid-week ministry, reach an unchurched neighborhood, and have space to grow the church family.

In December 2013, we were richly blessed by friends at Central Christian Church in Beloit, Wisconsin. As part of their Christmas offering, they generously shared a sum of money with ECDVL allowing the first steps to be taken to be taken to begin construction. This blog will give you a quick overview of all that God is doing in this construction project. As we have begin to work, we are building relationships with the neighbors, and striving to honor Christ with each conversation we have.

Here’s a look at some of big accomplishments so far, as we as a link to a photo gallery that I will be continually updating on FaceBook.

1. 56 hours of backhoe rental- Well, the terrain in Honduras could best be described as ‘rugged’. As such, the church land needed to be dug, leveled, and terraced to allow for construction.
2. preparation of an access road and installation of a steel gate at the entrance
3. leveling of an upper parking area
4. purchase of a 20 feet container to securely store construction materials
5. construction of the lower (1 of 3) retaining walls

Right now, some bi-vocational pastor friends are hard at work digging the footer for the lower retaining wall, which is the first critical step in protecting the investment that was made in earth-moving. Our prayer is that God will provide the funds to build the second and most costly retaining wall, which will serve as the back wall of the church building itself. Stay tuned to see how God is working, using His people to accomplish His work.

Also, today, Melvin Harold and I will be starting a Wednesday night Bible study in the new neighborhood, examining the Gospel of John. Please pray for us to be able to connect with and share the Gospel with our new neighbors.