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On the Terrace …

…or terraza as the case may be.

Because things got busy as they sometimes tend to do around here I ended up stashing this note in ‘drafts’ and forgot about it. I saw the title and questioned ‘what is that?’ … it was an evening out  with ‘our’ young married couples and it is from way back but it’s worth mentioning and so, I digress to the past – like Saturday May 5th!

For well over a year and half Lowell and I have opened our home to several of the young married couples of the church here.  We’ve read books together, studied great lesson series, watched and participated in the Fireproof movie and lessons, and just had some wonderful fellowship including cook-outs around the campfire and meals around the table. In all, there’s seven couples that have participated. Now to get us all together … that’s a rare occurrence … but each have been  in and out of our home numerous times. Juan Jose and Claudia are neighbors and friends of Juan Jose and Mirty. They  were regulars at church services and our home even before they had become Christians – what a day of rejoicing when they made the decision to be baptized!

So, this Saturday night mentioned above was really very, very special –  we all gathered at the home of Juan Jose and Claudia and they and Juan Jose and Mirty hosted an asado (cook-out) on their terraza! Wow! there’s was some delicious food – chicken, beef and sausages grilled out and the usual ‘sides’ of Honduras – churros (chips), beans, grilled tortillas, and chismol  (fresh salsa). It was so neat to be sitting up on their ‘roof’ and it was the night of the ‘super moon’ with an actual break in the typical cloud coverage so we could see it! We laughed and visited and just had a perfect time – as good friends should and do. One neat thing too is that neighbors were invited that are regular attendees of the Friday night small group that meets in Juan Jose’s and Mirty’s home.

Let me say, this is a good group of folks – they are a valuable part of the church in Santa Rosa. The men are beginning to be active in worship participating in prayers and Lord’s supper and represent the future deacons and elders of the church here. The ladies – four of which have children – are wonderful Mommies and wives – they will be teaching children and ladies in years to come. Each of these couples are getting in on the ‘ground-rules’ of what makes a marriage great and are understanding the hard work, daily, that it takes. The discussions have been thought-provoking and valuable.

I love this family of God!

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Hither, Thither and Yon part 1

Literally that means ‘all over the place’ – which aptly describes our wanderings the last few weeks, or even months.

Lowell, Jacob and I wander from here to there mostly because we have brigades come in to work with us and they’re from all over the US. If I’m counting correctly I guess we’ve had at the minimum six different groups come down already this year meaning that we’ve had medical brigades, work details, seminars and great times mingling with all these super people. Honduran lives have been touched and changed in incredible ways because of these people with servant hearts.

You see, we’re (Lowell, Jacob and I) the privileged ones – more often than not, we get to participate not only in the initial encounter, the work but then too, get to see and experience the follow-up. I like that – I really like to see the impact that a short-term mission trip has on an area. We’ve been to any number of little villages – up to 3 hours away and each has its own story of people and interactions that lead to great things being accomplished for the kingdom. There’s some really cool stories going on!

For example: Las Sandias (a little village 45 or so minutes out of Santa Rosa) … we first went to hold a medical brigade with Pine Tree folks back in February. A couple of weeks later, their Youth group came back and painted the schools where that medical brigade was held, and then a little later we were able to go back and do scenery painting on that Kinder and Primary school. This was all done by so many different people!! But the connecting fiber was Jesus Christ and right now, there is some great evangelism happening in this village. A couple of the men are close ones to responding to the gospel call. Their families are being studied with on a regular basis. Their feeling after all these weeks is that ‘they matter’ – in this world, in the eyes of God …  they feel they matter because it was demonstrated by folks who are acting as the feet and hands of Jesus Christ.

I see the fingerprints of the Father all through these wonderful days …

here’s a taste of our days with Las Sandias:

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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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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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Back in the Running

We’re back in the running of the good race.

Hebrews 12

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

 

And being here in Santa Rosa is a good place to be running. We want to thank so many of you for prayers and words of encouragement. Also, congregations and dear friends who have come through for us financially – we are so very grateful. We count you among our many blessings.

 

As we consider Jesus our supreme example we also acknowledge you who have given us so much. You have helped us not to become weary or lose heart.

 

So, we’ve been back for a little over a week and we’re all back into the routine of random busyness – and there is even ‘a break’ from some of the regular activities. Suffice it to say we are seeing a lot of “God-things” and it is very good.

 

Lowell is in the middle of his projects, has been able to be a part of 3 great meetings – the first with the local church, then the area-wide congregational planning meeting, and finally the Mission Upreach team and boy of boy, it looks like a wonderful year of the Lord for this area of Occidente!

 

Jacob got right back into his school work, started hanging out with friends – here at the house and of course, futbol (soccer) in the park. Also, youth night at the church building was Saturday. A good group came over here on Wednesday evening for popcorn and Wii.

 

Our home has had people coming and going and that means the usual for me – making them feel ‘at home’ with coffee, cookies or whatever is on hand. When someone comes to your home you prepare to relax because they’ve come to stay for awhile. The cake I made last Monday came in handy a few times.

 

Then together, we have started painting our extra rooms – a bedroom and a bathroom. Also, we got to a part of the cleaning the building Sunday morning – that was very special because 2 of our older sisters in the church, Olympia 1 and Olympia 2, were there to help and they were an absolute inspiration to be around. Then, too, we got to be a part of the medical brigade yesterday at La Lima where a church was newly planted. We rode the bus with our teammates and the Honduras translators and the whole day was great. (6:30 am – 5:30 when we finally got home.) Tonight and the rest of the week-end we will attend a seminar on “Conflict Resolution” which is being offered by the church as an outreach to our community.

Yep, I do believe we are back in the running.

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