Update and Testimony from Eva

Greetings in Jesus name. I pray that this letter finds you feeling blessed as you rest in the love and grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Chris and I are grateful to have arrived safely back in Krinkrin after having had a blessed and great time in the States with family and friends. I praise God that we had the opportunity to go, and I pray that everyone of you who were participants in our trip, as in prayer, fellowship, encouraging, and the giving financially for our trip, will receive abundant blessings from God for your willing hearts to serve our Lord in the way God directed you.

This past weekend we did a conference for the young girls in KrinKrin. God’s hand was all over it and we believe many seeds were planted. Please pray that the seeds that were planted will begin to grow and produce fruit.

While I was gone God prompted me to write down one of my testimony’s on how He in His goodness gave me, what I called; “Blessings in Disguise”.

Blessings in Disguise

A testimony on how, when my life looked all gray, never to be colorful again When God in his great mercy allowed me a small glimpse of the things through His eyes, it all looked overwhelmingly different. What was I to make of everything He had just revealed to me?

I, a young girl at the age of 21 had something seriously wrong with my stomach for over five years now. I was sick and could not seem to get any better, only worse. I now had nut allergies for over 12 years, an allergy to all soy products, had to use glasses for about five years, then in the summer of 2014, about 2 ½ years ago I found out that I had trouble with my blood sugar, and my immune system kept going downhill.

At first I thought my blood sugar trouble was just hypoglycemia and it might get better with time. But as I studied up on blood sugar problems I found out that I was not hypoglycemia but hyperglycemia, a true diabetic.

It was hard to accept at first, and I especially found it hard to thank God for it when I came across 1Th 5:16-18; Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Chris Jesus.

Knowing that all scripture was God breathed… 2Ti 3:(16-18) and that His desire was for me to rejoice in the Him and to thank Him for everything, I ended up breaking down and having a good long talk with God. I explained how I wanted to thank Him for all this trouble because that’s what he wanted from me, but if I did it would only be empty words and not from my heart, and I also knew that he did not desire a bunch of lies. Realizing that something had to change, I asked him to reveal to me what I needed to understand so I could praise and thank him with all my heart. With that God allowed me to see a small corner of the big picture. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will direct your paths. Pr 3:(5-6) “For my thought are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. Is 55:(8-9)

It was because of my sickness that my walk with God became a beautiful picture of his love and grace.

On recognizing all of that, I chose to, and was able to, whole heartedly praise and thank God for all the struggles and trials that He allowed to come my way because I saw how much closer it brought me to Him. Had it not been for all these trials, my walk with Christ would defeniantly not be what it is today.

Every time I would get down hearted I would, with God’s strength, begin singing, praying, and praising Him for all of it and by the time I was done praying my spirit would be lifted and light again. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me. Ps 63:(7-8)                                                                                                                                                             

During this time God also grew my faith in the way He cared for me and always provided the food I needed for my special diet, to help somewhat keep my blood sugar stable…For we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care… Ps 95:7                                                                                                                          

Then God asked me the question; “do you really believe what I have promised you in the scriptures?” “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jer 29:11. He continued, “you have done well in praising and thanking me for the situation that I have allowed you to be in. Now I want to take you to a deeper level of worship. For I desire more for my children to be spiritually strong then strong physically. How much is our relationship worth to you? Are you willing to be sick for the rest of your life if that’s what it takes to maintain and strengthen our relationship? Are you willing to surrender more and trust me that I know what’s best for you?”                                                                                                                                                                                   

I wanted to say, “Yes Lord, of course I believe! Yes, I trust that you know best!” But wait, was that and honest answer? Was I really ok with that? How much was my relationship with Christ, that I so dearly loved, worth to me? Was I willing to always be sick, never to do physical work again, never to get better, only worse? Was I willing to surrender to that point? Feeling this enormous battle within my heart and soul I cried out to God and begged Him to come in his might and power and do what it takes to make me willing to surrender it all to Him, even when it was too much for me to comprehend.

And the Lord as always, was faithful and heard my desperate cry.You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me…Ps 3:(3-4) Through God and his goodness I found hope and was willing to put His will above my own, trusting and believing that He did see the end from the beginning and that He knew what was best. And with the grace of God, at that point I gave Him access to do want needed to happen for me to continually grow my roots deeper in Him. And yes, I was willing to be sick the rest of my life if that’s what it took.My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness… 2Co 12:9 Praise be to God our Father that He desires to be everything for his children. I in my own strength could never have understood and become willing to surrender it all to Him.                                                                    

On the evening of March 27 2015 God did something totally amazing in my life. There was a hand-full of believers at our house and God put it on one of the guys’ hearts’ to pray for me. And as always I accepted; because I was always glad to have more prayer.

As we began to pray God spoke to my spirit and told me, “tonight you will be healed.”

On hearing this, a piece of me got really excited, yet the other part of me was scared and full of doubt…. Doubt saying, “God why tonight when all the other times my friends prayed for me it was always, “not today,” and I did not get healed? How is tonight so different? Lord is this really you? What if I’m hearing wrong? What if I proclaim, “I am healed,” thinking I have enough faith and when it actually comes down to it I don’t have enough faith to be healed? It will make me look bad, but worse than that, God, your name will be destroyed because of my lack of faith. God I know you have the power to heal. You don’t lack anything, but I do. To be honest with you God, I don’t have enough faith, I try but I can’t believe.”

Then God in His still small voice told me, “you are right, you can’t have faith on your own, but I live in you and I believe, so you can believe too.” …Because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1Jn 4:4

At that point there was an overwhelming amount of excitement that swept over me as the peace of God rested on me. As God poured out his overflowing cup of love upon me I was able to understand a new level of God’s great, unfailing and unconditional love for me; and I knew, I was healed! I could believe because of Christ, who lived within me.

God didn’t just heal me from one sickness, but from everything! Praise be to God! I can’t praise him enough! I felt almost speechless for almost 24 hours just in awe of God’s love for me. I wanted to tell everyone what He had done but I couldn’t seem to put into words the greatness of his love for me.

My family was there in the midst when I got healed, yet the next day their jaws almost dropped as I stood there eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (something that was off my plate by a long shot). God is good!                                                                                                                                                                             I’m free to eat nuts and soy products all I want. Also as I sit here writing this letter without my glasses, a full year and a half later, I can see just fine and I don’t have a splitting headache. Getting healed from diabetes is unheard of from a medical point of view, as well as the stomach problem that no doctor could figure out. God healed it all!

I can’t begin to thank him enough for his great love for us, and the peace and joy we can have in the middle of our struggles if we leave it in God’s hands and begin to praise him for what we have.

I praise God that he allowed me to be sick all those years. It was for my own benefit and good. Because now, I no longer just know about Jesus and that He is the Savior of the world but that He wants to be a part of every area of my life so I can have true life, I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly. Jn 10:10 I now know Him as a personal friend, my best friend that will never leave my side. He has given me all I’ll ever need and more. He is my all in all.

But the greatest part is that He doesn’t desire that for just one person, two people or even just a hand full of people; He wants to be that for everyone. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people… 1Ti 2:4                                             

God created you with love and He allows you to go through hard times to mold you into something more beautiful. It is for your own benefit and good. It’s your blessing in disguise. In all this greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief an all kinds of trials. These have come that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which parishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1Pe 1:(6-7)

It’s a choice to allow Him to do with our life as He sees best, or continue hanging on to things, scared that He will do something with us that will not be very comfortable. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. Mt 16:25  The spirit gives life; the flesh counts as nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of life. Jn 6:63                                                                                                                                                              As long as we still have the breath of life in our lungs, God desires to continually be molding us.…the Lord declares; “like clay in the hands of the potter, so are you in my hands.” Jer 18:6  I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in the heavens itself. Ps 89:(1-2)

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant, brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Heb 13:(20-21)

 Written with the power, strength and love of our Lord and Savior; Your sister in Christ Eva Lee

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July Update

Dear loved ones,

Greetings to y’all from the jungle in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The only one who is true One hundred percent of the time, and the One who cares more about us then anyone else in creation, because He is the One who created us!
Giving y’all an update is what’s on my mind, but where do I start? So much has happened in the last few month that it will be impossible to cover everything, but I’ll try to hit on a few.
Our trip to the States was good! It is always interesting to see how God works things out while we are there. Besides the normal going to our regular churches and sharing, it seems that God always has a special task for us to do besides. Different from last year when the Spirit prompted us to make an unexpected trip to southern Colorodo to minister to one of Leah’s cousins, who ended up surrendering her life to Christ, this year was no less interesting. We made an unplanned trip to southern Arkansas to minister to a group of people who had been enslaved in a cult. The cult had just fallen apart, and many of the people scattered in all directions, but there were many families who are still meeting there trying to figure out what is really true about God and what is not. It was incredible to be able to share with them and lead them through some of the same struggles we had when we were excommunicated from the Amish cult we grew up in.

Things here in our village are far from pleasant the last few month. The crowd that has been trying to stop the work of the gospel in various ways finally got enough people stirred up to come against the good leaders of the village that God had raised up to help us. The leaders finally got overwhelmed with it all and stepped down from leadership, which is exactly what to trouble makers were trying to do. Then they immediately took control of the situation and tried to get themselves put in as leaders, which didn’t work out for them that day.
But after a week, and forming a self made committee,  they put themselves in as the new leaders. They had everything already planned out before they became the leaders, how they are going to put pressure on us and require us to pay a monthly fee to them for the right to stay here in KrinKrin, and many more things of how they were gong to put laws into place and require us to shell out money to them. They had everything figured out and there was going to be no way out for us.
If I would not have had confidence in God, I would have been sure that this was going to be it for us here in KrinKrin. But I knew it was God who brought us here, and it was God who is still in control, so I knew He would somehow make a way, even though I couldn’t come up with plan or an idea of how it’s going to work.
And did God ever have a plan! A plan I would have never dreamt of. A couple days before these trouble makers put themselves in as leaders, a troop of military guys who is stationed upriver a ways to keep the peace, came through our village. They stopped at our house for food and a place to sleep, which isn’t unusual. As we visited, the captain asked how things were going in the village for us. So I told him a little of what was going on, and he immediately became unsettled and said, “no, we will come back the day they will have that meeting to make sure they don’t do anything bad.” I told him that I didn’t tell him with the intent to have him get involved, but he insisted that he will be here, so all I could do was thank him and leave it at that.

The morning of the meeting the whole troop of military guys walked for three and a half hours to our village. They didn’t actually go into the meeting, but were around our house and walking around close to the meeting. The captain talked to several people during that time and found out that what I had said about their plan was true, so after the meeting the captain came to our house again to talk about the whole thing. After a short discussion he sent one of his men to bring the new chief (judge) to our house, and had me explain to him how our ministry works as far as the money, and that any kind of pressure will not produce money for them, because all the money we have was given for a purpose, and we can’t do something else with it. Then the captain also talked to the chief and told him that he had given me his personal number, and if they try to put any kind of pressure on us, I have orders to call him right away and he’ll come quickly and take care of the matter. Because everybody along the river knows how much we are helping with the fiscal needs and teaching the way of God in many villages, so they are not going to just stand by if someone tries to cause us any harm.
With that God put a fear into the heart of the new chief and his clan, and they dropped all the plans they had so carefully crafted on how to get rich off of us. We were just in awe of God! He has saved us out of many traps and evil schemes since we’re here, but this was the ultimate plan with every escape route covered by the enemy.

But as far as preaching opportunities,  God has done some amazing things, and made it possible to get into churches that were closed off to our teaching before. And the people are starting to pay more attention to our teaching, since they have seen and heard about so many things God is doing through this ministry, and how He has delivered us from every evil thing that people have tried to do to us, physically and spiritually. They have never seen anyone who could just keep on going unharmed, even with the most powerful witch doctors (in Nicaragua and in Honduras) casting their spells on us, and the best hit men on the river being hired to take me out. They are starting to believe us that it is God’s Spirit Himself who is protecting us, and not just some bigger and more powerful evil spirit.
With them starting to believe that, it is opening their minds to receive the truth. But even the idea of living a sexually pure life itself is so foreign to them that they can’t seem to wrap their minds around it. It’s a pretty regular thing that a young man or woman comes up to us and says, “I want to become a Christian, but I need some of those pills that yall use.” And even after explaining to them that we don’t use any pills, and its only by the power of the Holy Spirit that lives in us that makes us able to live a pure life, they think that God must favors us more than them.

Ministry is hard here, but we praise God that He has sent us here to feed them the truth, however slowly it might be, because I am convinced that there will be a breakthrough and a harvest. Thank yall for your continued prayers for our perseverance, and for understanding in the minds of the Miskitu people. There are some big decisions ahead of us as far as one of the churches that I will try to give some details later, but this is getting too long,  so I will close it down for now. I will try to do a better job of keeping yall updated than I have in the last 8 or 9 month. We appreciate yall a lot! Eli Lee and the team.

We updated the needs list for the ministry on our ministry needs page @  http://www.religiontorelationship.org/ministry-needs/ for those of you who want to know how you can help financially. Thank you!

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Accomplishments in the first 3 years

Religion to Relationship Ministries
Material Accomplishments in Nicaragua 2013, 2014, and 2015

• Built our house in the village of KrinKrin.
• Finished a new well that provides clean water for over 500 people in the village of KrinKrin. (Which caused the sicknesses in the village, caused by dirty water, to go from 200 @ month to 15 @ month)
• Treated over 7,500 people from 19 villages along the Rio Coco at our house by giving medicine, suturing cuts and caring for broken bones before there was a nurse.
• Provided 152,952 Cordobas ($5665.00) worth of medicines for the clinic in KrinKrin after MINSA sent a nurse to the village, in the times there wasn’t sufficient medicines.
• For three consecutive years, for a period of 9 weeks in the “skinny season” when there was a food shortage, we provided a total of more than 21,240 prepared meals in the village of KrinKrin.
• Bought more then 60,000 pounds of food and took upriver for KrinKrin and the surrounding villages, and sold it at cost so people could better afford it.
• Donated 72,200 pounds of rice to families in various villages where their crop was lost because of flooding and other causes.
• Organized several medical clinic days for medical professionals and dentists to come to KrinKrin and provide medical attention to many.
• Transported or provided finances to take 94 people from along the Rio Coco to a hospital or clinic for medical attention.
• Donated food and other resources for 14 funerals.
• Bought a rice huller machine and hulled more then 400,000 pounds of rice, so the people can get a better price for the rice they sell, and cut out the strenuous work of manual hulling for food.
• Bought about 50,000 pounds of rice at harvest time and stored it, then sold it back to the people at affordable prices when they need it.
• Rebuilt 3 widow’s houses and donated nails and other resources for 24 new houses in KrinKrin and other villages.
• Built a new house for a family who lost everything, due to a serious medical condition.
• Provided daily food rations to 10 families; widows, old people, and people with physical problems who can’t raise enough food for themselves.
• Started two experiment gardens to find ways to grow more food in the area, with more sustainable practices.
• Got construction well underway of a safe home for up to 30 children who have no one to provide for them or are seriously abused.
• Fed and nurtured five children every day at our house who have no other provider.
• Provided funds to pay teachers for school in KrinKrin from 4th through 8th grade the last part of 2014 and for the year 2015. (government provided through 3rd grade)

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April Update

Dear friends,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I will try to find enough time to write an update again. I know it has been several month since I’ve sent one.
These last four month or so have been extremely trying and difficult here. It has been a time when we have had to continually choose to keep our focus on Jesus Christ for everything, from general direction, short term direction, daily work, Spiritual discernment, teaching, preaching, and interaction with people in general.
It has been a time that it was hard to not become discouraged. Ministering and teaching has taken on a different form from what it was to start with. Most of the people in this village have heard the truth now, so they are no longer ignorant, and they have had to make a choice. The choice they had to make was not an easy one. It was whether they were willing to leave their life of sin that they and their forefathers had always lived in, or continue on like they had always done.
After all,  their preachers over the years had always taught them about God and about Jesus, and they had always told them that guys and girls sleeping together was Ok, because that is the way God intended it to be. In fact if a young couple wanted to get married before they had lived together for six or eight years, the preacher almost refused to marry them, because they don’t even know if they can get along yet.
And if a preacher went to another village to preach, it was common practice for him to sleep with a young girl of his choosing, and if the girl wanted to refuse (because she was only 12 or 13 years old) she would likely get whipped and beat by her father until she gave in.
And they also preached that if someone is sick, you pray for them and then go bring the witch doctor in to do his medicine. So our teaching that the two can’t work together, seems like rediculasness to them. They tell their people that the bible says to seek and you will find, so praying and not going and seeking help from what they know is stupid and will never end with good results, even though they have seen God miraculously heal a few people who have chosen to put their faith in God alone.
Unfortunately almost all of them have made the choice to go on like they have always done. But because they are no longer ignorant, but have heard the truth and have chosen to not believe it, or just don’t want to leave their life of sin, God has taken to teaching them with the full consequences of their choices. And when they make that choice to not follow after God, it’s like that opens the door for Satan to enter their life and destroy them. They believe Satan’s lies and therefore make horrible every day choices that leads to their destruction.
Several that were more closely connected with us as far as work have also chosen to not obey God’s teaching, and have taken on the role to destroy us and the work that God is doing here. But by the grace of God all their scheming has been in vain, and God has taken all those things and made an example out of them. Through those trials, people all along the river are hearing about how God is saving us from these evil schemes and the traps of the devil. There is much talk about what kind of power we have. Some say it must be from God, while others say that we have learned the deep levels of witchcraft.
It is awesome to be a servant of the most powerful being that exists! Even though we know we have nothing to worry about, being a human being in the midst of all the things that come at us and are thrown at us, it’s sometime hard to not look at the the things around us.
Thank you for your continues prayers and support! Please pray that we will be able to keep our focus on Jesus no matter what, and not get side tracked by all the earthly garbage around us. We appreciate y’all!  Eli Lee

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