Good Byes Don’t Come Easy …

I’ve (Robin) been through my fair share of  ‘good-byes’ – well, actually probably more than my fair share. The daughter of a preacher ‘nomad’, wife of a preacher/missionary has seen me move a ton of times. No matter how many times one says it – ‘it’s’ never any easier – at least not for me. And, usually it’s me, or us, doing the leaving but this time it was a little different.

Josué Molina and family have moved to San Marcos. Josué is still a part of the “team” but in a different role now and he and Lili will be working with church planting in that area.

This is big to me. You see, the very first week we moved to Santa Rosa I started co-teaching with Josué wife, Lilian. Lili and I were not only sisters in the Lord, co-teachers but very soon realized we were kindred spirits and thus became forever friends. This isn’t to say Lili and I are alike. Lili has a very strong personality, is passionate, boisterous and gregarious. I think of myself as strong for sure, with more of a subdued personality and quiet strength. But our love for our Lord, the Word, love of singing, and the love we have for own family is powerful and a definite common bond. We taught sewing classes for girls in my neighborhood. We visited others together. We got together just to have coffee and talk – her house or mine. You see, Lili has her struggles (and I do too) and sometimes one just needs that listening heart to hear, commiserate and understand. We did that for and with each other. One of the best things is, that  Josué and Lowell were close too – they could spend time together and just be ‘on the same page’ about tasks to be done, souls to be prayed over, and just life. The four of us had just enough time together to fall in love and want more. And their little ones – Genesis and Joshua – I love those two! They loved being in our home and felt at home with us. And then, there is Charlene, Lili’s older daughter that was/is ‘at home’ in our home too – she has stayed here in Santa Rosa – having been hired by MissionUpreach to work with their team. (this was not an easy decision for her to make) I think she is my new assistant teacher – and if that has worked out, she starts with me this Sunday.

Well, the bright side of this is …. San Marcos is not that far away – about a hour and 1/2 drive – of course, without a car, we’ll go by way of bus probably to visit. We are making tentative plans to go and have working activities – Lowell and Josué working with marriage classes and me and Lili working with more sewing classes as an outreach. Also, they have asked and we have invited them to use our home as ‘base’ anytime they are in Santa Rosa – mutually satisfying.

All of us are excited about the Molina’s new work in the San Marcos area but life is just hard sometimes, y’know? With all these dadgum good-byes that pull at the heartstrings. Someday, glory hallelujah, there will be no more good-byes – just a lovely welcome into our forever home.

Praise the Lord and Amen!

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Whites End of Year 2011 Honduras Newsletter

We praise God and lift you up in Thanksgiving for allowing us to have another great year here in Honduras!

2011 was full to the brim with wonderful work in God’s kingdom – it was indeed, a very good year. We started the year in the US and enjoyed visiting not only our precious family but also, most of the congregations and people who support us here. We loved the fellowship of God’s family and as a special bonus, got to enjoy at least 3 hefty, beautiful snowfalls! We knew we had to raise additional support in order to come back to Santa Rosa to continue our work here – at the 11th hour this was accomplished and we were able to return!

We arrived back to full-scale busyness in January with first an area-wide preachers’ meeting and then the first medical brigade. The folks from V-COM University in Virginia had everything planned out. They’ve done medical clinics before and knew what they were doing. The month ended with a great seminar on Conflict Resolution.

In February we had a wonderful church bonfire up on a mountain near our house and were also able to attend a wedding in San Marcos for a couple dear to the church here. Our house stayed pretty busy with young people coming over and the usual small group meetings. We ended the month with a 4-day medical/dental/vision clinic – hundreds of people were blessed in this mountain village of Yarushin with many people walked in from the countryside – the love of Jesus was overflowing!

March was busy again with youth gatherings, small group and the newly marrieds meeting at the house but also, there was a very productive church planting seminar that was conducted by brothers René Rosa and Joshué Molina. Wonderful spiritual growth was evident in our local congregation and the fathers were honored in a Father’s Day program put on by the children – it was precious! We also had our first Let’s Start Talking team of teachers come in – what a terrific ministry!

In April, Angie and Karol started the D.E.S.E.O. program (teaching values and principles and basic good health) at 3 of the local elementary schools; Jeremias, Harrison, Lowell, Jorge or Jose usually start the day with a joint devotional for the kiddos. We witnessed 25 graduates from the L.S.T. Program – and a good number of these continued into a Monday night Bible study conducted in English. The month ended with Jake attending a congregational encampment – fun for all ages! Lowell and Robin spent four days meeting with some brothers and sisters in 3 different congregations in the San Pedro Sula area with Bob and Leah Davis and Nathaniel Green. It was good to hear the various things these churches are doing in their communities and its always great to make new friends – Gringos and Hondurans.

May began with a 4-day regional conference pretty much conducted by René and Joshué. The themes centered around the church opening her eyes and heart to its community and begin making an impact on the social and cultural ills in this country. Lowell was responsible for some of the morning devotionals in local schools, besides preaching at Santa Rosa once for the congregation. Also, 21 ladies came to our house for a great ladies study plus. There was a wonderful Mothers’ Day celebration to honor the ladies of the church. Our crowds were getting larger at our services (up to 192) so there was a day for an ‘usher workshop’ and in addition, a good number of our men were able to attend the Lectureship at Baxter Institute.

April into May saw Lilian Molina and Robin conducting sewing classes “Cosiendo Para Cristo”. During the 5 weeks we studied some great Bible lessons and each of the 6 girls made a dress for themselves, and an additional 3 were made for neighborhood children.

June began with two different planning sessions with the youth of the church – there are great activities in store for them. Lowell was put in charge of and began an educational program with the men teaching the children on our Tuesday evenings. There was a second congregational bonfire that turned into a deluge. It was fun while it lasted. Folks came from W. Virginia and Colorado giving new glasses to kids who need them at the schools where DESEO is taught. The month ended with over 900 people in La Jigua being served by a group from Ft. Worth.

Robin and Jake were in the States for a month June 18 – July 18 with Jake being able to attend Carolina Bible Camp and spend time in VA with friends. Robin was able to enjoy time with all 3 big kids and families. Mean-while, Lowell stayed busy with brigades with medical students from VCOM (Virginia). Baxter students came and held an evangelistic campaign. A good number of brothers and sisters were added to the Body.

Life on the mission field is filled with ups and downs and sometimes – at the very same time they are moments of excellence intertwined with times of grief and sadness – June was such a time … we learned of the death of Lowell’s brother, Wendell.

July saw Terry Reeves’ TORCH intern group conducting a great VBS and too, our sponsoring church from Wilkesboro along with a group from Burnt Hickory, Georgia came down to join us in an eyeglasses clinic – what a terrific, blessed time! Near the end of the month, 21 men met for an all-day, week-long “boot-camp” course in the Bible. Another way to prepare men to be leaders in their respective congregations. There were also two more Lets Start Talking groups here in July.

August saw Lowell continuing with morning devotionals. We had a church building dedication ceremony in Las Crucitas. Lowell and Josue had some good studies in Ojo de Agua, a future church plant. There were five couples who had a ceremony to legalize their marriages – very beautiful and meaningful! And Glorisel, a student from the LST ministry, was baptized. Robin had a group of 14 ladies into the home for a wonderful study/workshop on prayer.

In September we helped paint the building in Yarushin with others on the team and some of the members from there – it was a fun day! Continued with Bible studies here and there and the youth group was able to attend the annual Youth Conference at Baxter Institute. Also, a new LST group came in continuing that good work.

October was a busy month with our regular activities, Lowell helping with home Bible studies in the neighboring villages and busy too, with getting our 90 day extensions – Robin and Jake to El Salvador and Lowell to Guatemala. It was Jake’s birthday month – the big 18 – and we also did an over-night trip to San Pedro Sula for him to be able to take the ACT exam.

November began with a three-day seminar on HIV/AIDS. Lots of information given to about twenty-two of the preachers and leaders of churches of Christ in western Honduras. Mid-month, the church had an amazing youth retreat … we had a guest speaker come in from Mexico with his family; the time was filled with the best of all that could have been hoped for. Great singing, prayers, excellent lessons – tears, laughter, and newly made convictions. The best part – 8 new Christian brothers and sisters!

We started our December with twenty-seven men who came for 6 1/2 days of intensive study on the Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5 – 7 – they left refreshed, renewed and with enough material for a year’s worth of lessons and sermons! Went straight into a week-long fabulous Upward Basketball Clinic put on by some men from the States – Lowell had a blast helping with that! Robin had weekly holiday crafts for the kids in our neighborhood and had so much fun they want to continue it on an on-going basis with 7-8 boys and girls. Had a nice Christmas Eve get-together at church. Kids sang some songs, adults put on a play and about 225 of us ate chicken, rice and salad. The 3 of us headed to Belize for our 90-day extensions and enjoyed a few delightful days coming back in time for bringing in the New Year here at home.

Wow! It was indeed a full, rewarding year’s work for the Lord. Please continue to pray for all the new Christians, for the various ministries that are touching and changing so many lives and for our part in all of it.

We are grateful to each of you for your prayers and financial support. We pray for each of you as well, that the Father will shower you with blessings, and adventure during this new year of 2012!

– Lowell, Robin and Jacob White

 

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Basketball … not just a game

Okay, I know this is from facebook, but sometimes the conversations are just worth sharing. I love this one but especially the comments from Joan Dixon – aren’t these some great thoughts?
Lowell Anthony White
Got drafted into the NBA – Niños Basketball Association. Will be helping teach basketball skills to 9 – 12 year olds but interspersing Biblical teaching. Should be fun and its always good to guide kids to the Bible.

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Lisa D. Brewer ‎!Que bueno! 🙂

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Ray Russell The difference between your NBA and the other… yours is actually playing basketball. 🙂

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Lisa D. Brewer Love this, Ray Russell! 🙂

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Joan Dixon Endless opportunities for applications: “lay up” treasures in heaven, “”fast break” away from sin, “guard” your tongue, “forward” don’t look back, “in/out of bounds” stay on the straight and narrow, “goal” heaven, “ball” keep your eye on it, “basket” serve others, “dunk” buried with Christ, …traveling, goal tending, personal foul, double dribble, palm the ball, top of the key, in the lane, end of regulation, overtime, etc, etc, etc. Great job, Lowell.

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Lowell Anthony White Ray – I quit watching basketball a long time ago although it was my favorite sport to play in high school. My most memorable player was Pistol Pete Marovich. Wonder how many remember him?

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Lowell Anthony White Joan – I’m going to copy that and give it to the leader who is, I think, from the church Ken Snell attends. I don’t know how much of it will translate into Spanish but some will.

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Joan Dixon Lowell, Bob remembers Pistol Pete for sure. Likes to catch a “classic” game where he can see him play. He was an awesome player.

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Ray Russell Lowell… You and me both. Loved Pistol Pete!

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    • Robin White Joan – you are pretty amazing. I think I will copy and share your post … oh, I don’t know, maybe on our blog. Thanks for being you – a wonderful ‘Barnabas’ to so many.

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So Much Good

Our world is a troubled place. There’s abuse, promiscuity, lying, stealing, gossiping, substance abuse, cheating, disease and dying all around us. Day in, day out we, each one of us, are affected by Satan and his hold on the world – his hold on us and people we know. It’s enough to drag a person down to the pit of despair! Satan would have us wallow there – stay in the dark and believe the worst. But,

The truth is: There’s so much good going on. It’s called “Good News”. It is what changes our night into day, our mourning into gladness.

From the youth retreat, to a wife being baptized recently, to new folks showing up at small group studies all over town, friends and neighbors attending church services for the first time, to babies being born into homes where both parents are now Christians, kids visiting in homes where they see Christ, people being visited and prayed over, men being taught radical and life-changing truths to now, this week more lives being impacted by the on-going (Christ-centered) basketball camp … there’s enough good going on to fill a book or two!

We thank God every day that we can be in the middle of this work.

Christ is the reason for this season but more than that, He’s the reason for living – and He is the Hope for all of us.

Praying your Season is blessed with Brightness and Light that comes only from Him!

 

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Here We Go Again…

Here we go again – another Friday already? Time is just scooting by! Every Friday we gear up for the next 2 evenings. Lowell studies and prepares lessons and Jake and I get house and food ready. Small group gathers on Friday and newly marrieds on Saturday. We love these folks. There’s no way to even count how many times they’ve been in our home over the last year+. They are like family … and they are: the children of God – each of us adopted into His amazing spiritual family.

I don’t want to ‘count my chickens before they’ve hatched’ but we’ve visited with several of our regulars this week and we should have 2 – 3 visitors tonight. And not only that but tomorrow night we are expecting 2 new couples – this is huge – we’ve been inviting this one couple for months and months and now they say they are not only coming but bringing friends! And the guys in our group got together and said they wanted to bring the food tomorrow night! Wow, such wonderful initiative and growth. God is moving among us – His fingerprints are all over the work here in Santa Ana and story after story will become better and better as various ones come to know Him in wonderful ways.

We want to highlight this little family now and ask you to pray for them:

Selvin and Julie have been in our home almost weekly – 2x per week – since the first week we arrived in Santa Rosa (and other odd times just to hang out or come for a real meal). And as they are our nearest church family – neighbors 2 blocks up – we ride the bus together and walk to and from the bus stop week-in and week-out (that is a lot of conversation!) They are both cute as can be and smart as the dickens – they can readily discuss scripture, ideas and new concepts. They are bright and eager to do right. They are the parents of precocious, wonderful Jonathan. Also soon to be parents of another – due in December. It is not unusual for Selvin and Julie to have friends or family along with them either here to our house or to the services at church. Julie is a stay at home wife/mommy. Selvin is a barber – has worked in a barber shop on the main road in town for years (1/2 of his earnings go to the owner). He will open his own shop very soon – it’s located on a side-street but near a popular restaurant so it still gets traffic. Please pray for him as he ventures out on his own. He has a great reputation and a good clientele that will be following him but it is a huge step. Pray for Julie in her pregnancy and future delivery. Pray for Jonathan as he is being raised in the Lord. We are so proud of this precious family – we’re seeing Jesus!

Here is a little slide show from over the last year plus … Selvin and Julie are now ‘legally and scripturally’ married, Jonathan is such a big boy,  Julie is pregnant with #2, and Selvin will soon be owner/proprietor of  own shop! What  a difference a year can make.

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2nd Annual Prayers of Support

Santa Rosa de Copán

A little over a year ago we were really hurting for monthly support – we had made the decision to come over to Santa Rosa from the Santa Ana area and in doing that we gave up the transportation we had and we took a ‘cut’ in salary because … well, our living expenses were a little higher. By December of that year we also took a cut because some of our supporters had ‘signed up’ for only one year. In addition to our own plight, we had become aware of other missionaries who were suffering for lack of funds and even giving up their work because of losing significant amounts of their support. These circumstances prompted our putting on an event via facebook – “Prayers of Support” – and we believe our ministry, and that of many others, was indeed helped because of prayers sent heavenward in our times of need.

We are once again petitioning your help – we are holding what we now refer to as the “2nd Annual Prayers of Support”.

  • It’s timely –
  • it’s needed – and
  • we believe in the power of unified prayers.

There’s been so much trauma and devastation in the world of our brotherhood during this last year – whether natural disasters or unmitigated violence – we have been hurt. Ministries and ministers have suffered. In all that bad, negative, terrible occurrences we have seen the love of Christ being poured out richly and unselfishly by brothers and sisters in Him. There has also been joyful events, stories of conversion, and love exclaimed – just wonderful God-things. Jesus Christ is, surely, alive and well.

  1. For our family we are potentially facing some tough times. Once again our monthly support will be reduced in January. We never have raised the total amount we deemed necessary but we get by. Don’t get us wrong – we don’t suffer, but we do without, and that’s okay – the rewards of our work are plentiful. For anyone that’s interested we can provide a pdf budget of our work.
  2. We need a 4 wheel-drive vehicle. Currently we generally walk almost everywhere – just like most of our Honduran brethren. However, having a vehicle is important because:
  • we could help others in bigger, better ways
  • we could transport various ones to and from our home for weekly classes and studies (our newly marrieds are scattered across the city, same with our young girls involved in sewing classes)
  • we could travel out to neighboring villages and towns as we train leaders in their own family ministries (and take others with us)
  • we could save on our own time and energy
  • we could share the blessing with others as we see fit
  • our ministry will only be enhanced – to God be the glory!

3.  And our prayer requests also include wisdom for the projects we’ve been working on, the implementation of those  ministries from working with newly marrieds to our work with families and the classes we offer in our home.

Of course, prayers are always needed for the week of this event – 2nd Annual Prayers of Support – we hope you will make a concentrated effort to take time to remember us and, not only us, but all other missionaries/servants of the Lord as they seek to work Stateside and in Far Away Lands.

Please join us and spread the word.

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. (Proverbs 25:25)

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. (2 Corinthians 4:6-7)

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)

You can go to Road to Honduras  on facebook to read more about donating and also find information about our work with photos to browse through but in the meantime –  here’s a little glimpse from the last year in Santa Rosa.

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August/September Came and Went …

Like a mighty wind … swoosh.

Here’s a little photo journey of our past weeks …

hang on to your seats!

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And you know what …

there was so much more,

like the baptism of Glorisel,

and 5 weddings at once,

and the painting of the Yarushin building inside and out …

and …. well,

enough for now, hope you enjoyed this little taste!

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