A LOOK BACK AT MAY (through Tyler's eyes)...
Hey y'all! Its now a look back on the month of May. I just wanted to say before I start that I am very appreciative to all of you for doing what you are doing to support us here in Honduras. We love it here and love serving the Lord. We are preparing to come and see you all in July and August. We are so excited and we know it has been a long time since we have seen you all, and we are going to have so much to catch up on.
The first thing I would like to talk about is our son graduating. Messiah has been a true light here on the mission field with us. He has been leading worship wherever we have lived and is encouraging others to follow Christ. He is now going to be leaving us and going to college at DBU (Dallas Baptist University) in Dallas, Texas. He will be double majoring in music business and Spanish with an emphasis being a church worship leader. He believes this is his calling and he is so excited for his next journey in his life as he goes to college. We ask that you join us in prayer in praying for him that he stays on track and follows the will of God.
Second, I would like to talk about the Rehab that we are a part of here on the island. We love teaching there and are making some really great relationships with them. They are our forever family as we say in Celebrate Recovery. One of the biggest obstacles these men and women go through is transitioning back into normal society as they graduate from the rehab. It is very hard for some of them because they end up going right back into the mess they were in. So, our biggest prayer is that we can somehow get some sort of transitional housing here for them so that they can be taught how to live without being on drugs or alcohol. We can teach them how to live a Holistic style of living, with all of our mind, body, and soul.
Third, I would like to talk about is our small groups. We as a family go to a life group that encourages us and fills our cups so that we can on a daily basis pour out our cup to all that is around us. I also have a men's Bible study that I go to on Saturday mornings with a few men. This is a very close group and we get into some really deep discussions. I am so thankful that we have these small groups to go to because it is very helpful for us on our journey to fill us so that we can pour out to others the love of Christ.
Fourth, I would like to talk about our Utila trip. We went to an island that is really close to our island. We went by a ferry boat. The reason we went there is so that we could check up on some recent graduates that have graduated from the rehab. They are working hard in doing things for their community. These were people that people thought would never be able to be helped. They were changed, accepted Christ, and are now trying to do their best in serving him in their communities. We had a great trip and cant wait to go back again to check in on them. Our biggest prayer for them is that they keep their eyes fixed on Jesus and to daily seek his Word so that they will know the will of God for their life.
Fifth, I would like to talk about our Celebrate Recovery group. We are now well into a few months of having CR. We are on average of 15 to 20 people every Monday night. It is a great group and we are so glad that we have a sense of openness in our groups and that we have people that have consistently been coming and getting relief from their hurts, hang-ups, and habits. When we get back from the states we will be starting the first step study here on the island. So, we ask that you continue to pray for us that the group will grow and that people will find healing from their hurts, hang-ups, and habits.
Sixth, I would like to talk about is that I have completed my freshman year in Bible college. I am so excited to continue this journey of learning so much more of the Bible and its context. I am keeping an A average and I am also taking Summer classes so that I can have a few specialty certificates added onto my degree. The two specialties are Missional Church, and Marriage and Family Counseling. I ask that you continue to pray for me as I continue to embark on this journey of gaining more knowledge to help me and guide me through what God has called me to do.
Lastly, I wanted to talk about something that is a big burden on my heart here on the island. As we have visited a few local churches, I have seen that the congregation is about 90 to 95 percent women. The men here have shut down to the church and are not leading their families in the way of the Lord. I am working on having a conference in December for the men of the island. I want the men here to be revived in the Lord and have revival in their hearts so that the Lord can use them in the way he has planned for them. I will be meeting with a few leaders of the island and brainstorm on how we can make this happen. I am so in love with the Lord that I want to do everything he has called me to do. I want to hear those final words one day, "Well done good and faithful servant."
Again, I want to say thank you for all that you all have done for us. We thank you for the prayers, the encouragement, and the support. Without you all this work here would not be able to be done. Thank you for your sacrifice to the ministry that God has called us to do here in Honduras.
Thank you and we love you in Christ Jesus,