Last month we were so excited to be a part of Go To Nations' Timothy Internship Program! TIP is a 10 week missionary internship that prospective GTN missionaries go through. Each week in their classes the interns learn a different ministry tool used on the mission field and then go out into the community and actually put into practice what they have learned (physically and spiritually). We were able to teach the interns Survey and Assessment. Survey and Assessment is surveying a community, assessing its condition (physically and spiritually), then prayerfully considering how to partner with that community for the purpose of positive physical and spiritual transformation.
The interns did survey and assessment in the Bordos. The Bordos are squatter villages where people without land build themselves homes out of whatever they can find on land that does not belong to them. These are the poorest communities in San Pedro Sula. Survey and assessment in this community consisted of getting to know the people who live there. We went into their homes, sat with them, learned about their families and how their community interacts.
During our visiting we were able to see some awesome things take place. The following are just a couple of them:
Healed of Back Pain
We were going around the community visiting families when one of the internes recognized a woman at one of the houses we were arriving at to interview. The interns said, â€œHey we prayed for her yesterday and want to know how she is doing.â€ The woman told me, â€œYes, they prayed for me yesterday right over there!â€ (She pointed at a spot not too far away) She said, â€œI have been having severe back pain and the doctors have not been able to help, even after trying an injection.â€ She kept pointing to that spot and saying, â€œI was right there when they prayed for me!â€ That spot for her had now become a very memorable location. She then said, â€œMy back pain disappeared after their prayer and it has not returned!â€ She was so happy about it and kept pointing out over and over that the miracle had happened right over there, in that spot.
As we were visiting in the bordos Sara told me that God had given her a word for a woman who was talking with us earlier. We went over to her and started talking with her. Sara felt God show her a picture of Melissa walking with a heavy loaded basket on her back. Melissa was about to fall but then Jesus caught her and lifted her up. As He lifted Melissa up he told her, â€œMelissa you donâ€™t have to carry this because I already carried it for you when I carried the cross.â€ Sara shared what God had put on her heart and the woman opened up and started crying. She shared with us, â€œI have 3 kids and cannot find any work. My husband is out of town trying to find jobs for us and we are struggling to keep food on the table for our kids.â€ This burden she was carrying was her family. In a very short amount of time she was praying to invite God into her life, surrendering control to Him and declaring that she was going to follow Jesus. Melissa said that after she prayed she felt so much lighter! It was amazing and we were so happy to get to be a part of that life changing moment in her life.
Sara has improved greatly in her Spanish. She translated for the interns all by herself one morning during one of the outreaches in the bordos. She has finished one entire level of Spanish and is already halfway through the next level which means that she is only half a level away from being an advanced Spanish speaker!
We only have a month and a half left of language school since we plan on moving after Christmas. God provided us with an amazing home to rent from a Christian man in San Pedro Sula named Jorge. Jorge greatly blessed us with a unusually low monthly payment. We are also blessed by the location because it is very close to our other team members and we will have neighbors with little boys Makai's age. We are so excited to get to join the GTN team in San Pedro Sula! Being in the bordos during survey and assessment gave us a great taste of what life and ministry might be like there!
Makai has grown up so much during the last month. He is so active and energetic and keeps us on our toes. He is such a joy. His health has been good except for a small rash we are treating. Thank you so much to those of you who have been praying for Makai. Below is a recent photo Sara took of Makai playing in the mud.
Once again I want to thank you for all of your prayers! There are so many moments in our lives where we are confident that your prayers are intervening into our day. We are so blessed to be full of health and not lacking in anything. We are also so blessed that we are covered in prayers of protection each day we go out. Thank you for your involvement in not only advancing Godâ€™s Kingdom here on earth, but also in our lives and in our family.