Update from Eli

Dear loved ones,

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus, from the jungles of Nicaragua. This has been another incredibly busy month. As we struggle to keep up with the Spiritual and physical needs of our people, God continues to give us strength and wisdom to keep going. And as the river gets lower because of the dry season, traveling just takes even more time, with the trip from Waspam being lengthened to eleven to thirteen hours again.

But one of the super good news is that in this month the money came in to buy the much needed boat motor and also for the jetski/ambulance! I have ordered both already and they should be delivered in the next week or two. I am so excited about having these valuable tools to help with the work of the ministry. It will take the hassle out of all the hauling jobs, and the jetski will allow us to do our work in other villages, and all these conferences with so much less time and effort, and after we get our stretcher outfit made to strap on it, we will be using it as an ambulance on the river. This, without a doubt will save many lives in villages that up until now had no way to get medical attention quick.

We cannot express the depth of our gratitude to God and the ones who prayed with us, and the ones who gave to make this happen. I’m convinced that yall will receive many blessings in this life as well as the one to come because of what you did. In this life you will never know how many lives will be helped physically, as well as how many souls you will meet in heaven because of you sharing the resources that the Lord has given you, to do His work on this earth. Thank you with all of our heart, and in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, be blessed!

Clint, the medical pilot is moving back to the States with his family in a few weeks, but he donated his plane to another young guy who plans to fly it. He will be based out of Puerto Cabezas where our radio won’t reach, so don’t know yet how we will be able to contact him. The places he can land are about forty five minutes (with the jetski) upriver, or in Waspam which will be about an hour and a half. A cell phone company has built towers along the river, and plans to turn the signal on in about a month. They say there will be signal all the way, but I don’t really expect it to come to KrinKrin, because we are right in the middle of two towers, at a distance that I’m not banking on being able to use a cell phone at our house, but we’ll see.

Our New Harmony Church made my wife and I feel pretty special by paying for a weeks vacation at a laid back resort on the west coast of Nicaragua, because we are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary tomorrow. We are enjoying our time here, just resting, or recharging. Thank yall for the blessing!

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  We so appreciate Camille (from Oregon) who came a few weeks ago and joined our “on the ground” team here. In a week we will have another young lady Katrina, (from Indiana) coming to serve with us for a few month, or possibly longer, depending how the Holy Spirit leads her. Having a few more people on our team will help out tremendously.

I will share the account of how one of the conferences went that we went and ministered at recently.

 

Tulingbila Conference  March 20-22,  2015

 

The date of the conference was set up by the pastor of a little church in Tulingbila a few month prior to the event, at which time he along with a few other pastors from surrounding villages asked me if we would be able come and be a part of it with preaching, worship, our music equipment and also help with some food.

I agreed and put it on our calendar. We stayed in contact and told him to bring a batu (a medium size boat) to take the food and the equipment the day before the conference. When he came he only brought a little duri, (a small canoe) which was not suitable to take our expensive equipment. So we gave him the food and told him to bring a batu the next morning if he wanted the music equipment, but he said he was just going to see if he can find equipment in one of the villages closer, which we all knew didn’t have sufficient equipment.

Chris, Marcos, and Karen were planning to go along to get everything set up and do the worship parts of the conference, but when the pastor didn’t take our equipment they didn’t go right away, and as we were discussing the matter, as to what could be done, the pastor from a downriver village Kokal, (a 2 ½ hour walk away) and his whole group came walking up. (we had gone and ministered at a conference in their village about a month before, and the Holy Spirit had really  They asked how things were going with getting ready, so we told him what had happened.

He got a little upset and said, “We are not going to let the laziness of this pastor stop the work God wants to do in Tulingbila! We are going to do what it takes to make this work go on. We have several young men with us, and they can carry this stuff on their backs.” So I took over the rice shelling and Chris and Marcos got all the speakers and equipment ready and strapped it on the guys backs and their backs and took off for Tulingbila, a three and a half hour walk upriver. We sent the little generator with a guy from Tulingbila who had come and got a canoe load of rice shelled.

 

The first night of the conference could have been considered a disaster. The people that came acted like they were scared to come inside, seemed distracted and not engaged with what was being taught. The worship wasn’t much different, and as Karen was singing, her throat mysteriously got closed off so that she couldn’t sing any more.

As they laid down that night after it ended, Marcos, Karen, and Chris discussed the extreme spiritual darkness that overshadowed the whole church house and what went on there. They began to pray that God would show up and cast the evil spirits out of that place and rest His Holy Spirit there. That night God showed Karen in a vision some of the things that had been going on there in the church house. The pastor was also a witch doctor and used the church building to do his evil rituals to curse people, and scare people into submission to him, so the evil spirits lived there in the building.

So the next morning she shared it with the ones who had showed up for prayer meeting. For the next couple hours they prayed and pleaded with God to show up with His Holy Spirit, and in the name of Jesus they cast out the evil spirits that had made the building their home. They also warned the pastor harshly about his evil practices.

From there things completely turned around, with the worship and sermons all being directed by the Holy Spirit. Over the next few days as the Holy Spirit spoke through the speakers, many tears were shed as the Spirit dealt with each individual. On that day (Saturday) there were several who went forward and handed their life over to the Savior.

The following day, (Sunday) most of the other Christians from KrinKrin went with me to the conference, and we started the morning off with worship, and then our drama team did the skit of a young girl who happily walked with God in her innocence, but then a young guy comes along that she likes and ends up taking her innocence away, and from there she runs after all the different things of the world trying to get happy again, but nothing works and last she tries to take her own life.

Finally she remembers how happy she used to be when she was younger and used to talk to Jesus all the time, so she decides to try to get to Jesus. She tries over and over with all of her strength, but is blocked every time by the demons or sins she had committed. At last she falls to the ground completely exhausted, and cries out to Jesus to come and save her. At that moment Jesus steps forward and with one powerful swing of His arm knocks all the demons down, and picks her up and holds her tight for a moment. Then He goes about doing things with His arm still around her, and she gladly follows Him wherever He goes with a happy and joyful heart.

By the time the play was over, probably about eighty present of the people, young and old were crying or wiping tears. Sarah took the microphone and explained all the different things in the skit and also shared her own testimony, which touched many hearts as well.

From there I preached, with scriptures explaining why we are not able to work our way to Jesus, and how Jesus explained how anyone who sins is a slave to sin. I also shared a peace of my testimony about how for many years I was deceived by religion about how to get to heaven, and how satin had me as a slave to sin. How I struggled just like the girl, trying to get to Jesus, but always failing, and how hopeless it became, until one day just like the girl, I cried out to Jesus to save me, because I couldn’t get to Him. How He saved me at that minute and set me free from all those things I was enslaved to. And how He walks with me and I walk with Him now, doing the things that He wants me to do.

I finished out with explaining how anyone who is done with their life can do the same, and that Jesus desires to save everyone that way, and put His Spirit into their hearts and make them “Spirit” children. But warned against thinking they can just ask Jesus to save them, but not be willing to surrender their life to Him like so many people do, and become “name” Christians only, who have no power to overcome sin, and cannot enter heaven because they are not born again.

As one of the local pastors picked it up and talked about what they had seen and heard, and how God is inviting anyone who is willing to surrender to Him to come, a young woman came forward and bowed to the ground and cried out to God to take her life in His hand, and then a young man also came forward in tears and said that he wanted God to take over his life.

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Right after the service most of the group went to the river where the two and a few others got baptized. As we were walking back up to the village for lunch I found out the story behind the two who had come forward and given their life to Christ that day. They had been together as a couple for a few years and had children together, but she had gone to the Baptist Church, and his family being Catholic, didn’t want him to leave their church so they told him he needs to leave her.

So he did as his parents and siblings said and left her. From there both of their lives had become a serious mess. And that day the Holy Spirit got ahold of them both. She knew that she had never given it all up to Christ, and that day she gave it all. He too decided to give it all up to Christ, even though that meant being shunned by his parents and siblings. I later took the two aside and shared with them how my family and I had experienced the same thing when we gave our life to Christ, but that it is well worth it. I was able to share with them many words of encouragement for the coming days and years, and how keeping their focus on Jesus will make the difference how well they can overcome their old habits, and how pleasant the journey will be.   By Eli Lee

 

Thank y’all for continuing to pray for us and the people here. We appreciate all the resources y’all provide as well, because without them we would not be able to go about doing the things that we do. One of the areas I would like to ask you to specifically pray for at this time is for resources for the school. It takes a lot to keep that all going, but we know that God is in charge and that He has plenty, so it’s a matter of Him touching the hearts He wants to be involved in this area of the ministry.

I am so blessed to be able to be a part of the work that God is doing here, and pray that everyone of you who is involved will feel equally blessed. And I pray that someday some more of y’all will be able to come visit us here and see first hand what God is doing, and how His Spirit is at work through this ministry He has brought about. I love y’all, and am looking forward to seeing y’all through the month of May when we plan to share with y’all in the States. Eli Lee

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Open Doors

“He is the light of the world,” “(Witin sika tasba ingnika).” Pastors from over 20 different villages up and down the Rio Coco, from every denomination had gathered together in our village a few month ago to learn more about Jesus.  After three days of being fed the W ord by Pastor David Gidcumb , Brady Weldon , and my Dad, each Pastor went back to their own village.

 But that wasn’t the end! In the weeks that have followed Dad has been invited to many different villages to preach the truth about our loving Savior. Doors have flown wide open to teach in any denomination and practically every church. Sadly enough we have had to turn down a few invitations  because of transportation issues and so much opportunity and so little time to do it .

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As Dad mentioned in the last update , we are still without transportation of our own , which limits where we can go, and how long it takes to do what we do. Last Sunday we walked two and a half hours through the jungle to a village down river to preach , and then back . Even that was nearly too much for Dad with his health issues; and we continue to receive invitations from further and further up and down the river. Please continue praying about the transportation need .

On the days Dad isn’t preaching in other villages or down river buying supplies; mornings at 6:30 when he goes down the steps to lead bible study, until 7:00, or 8:00 in the evening he is busy teaching and answering questions.  From one on one consoling with those who are so hungry to learn more about God’s word , to seeing after the different projects in the ministry , he rarely gets a chance to breathe.

 Work for the rest of us has also increased with the many new opportunities. It is very tiring but we continue on, praising God for every opportunity.  We are excited and happy about Camille coming next week to join our family with this work. She is planning to stay for a year or more.

 “Before January when we all came to the pastor’s conference in KrinKrin ” stated one pastor on a recent visit to our home; “All of us pastors were just sort of sitting there, preaching in our own little churches, seeing how many people we could get to come in . But since the teaching at the Conference   here  a fire has  started burning, we have begun seeing it’s not about which religion you are in, because there really is only one God , and when we become God’s children, it is all by the same Holy Spirit, and He wants us to be one body. I want th is truth to be shared with everyone. I do not want that fire that started burning to go out, I want it to continue to grow because it is good!.”

 

We have also experienced the joy of two more joining the family of believers; a young couple hungry to serve our savior. Please be praying for Jerly  and Estevana. She is the pregnant lady that we took downriver in the middle of the night a few month ago, thus saving her and the baby’s life.

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We have been able to team up with a few of the local folks, willing to help with the experiment farming. It has proved so far to be very affective the way we are trying it now , and more and more people are talking about trying it themselves. These are ways that they will be able to use the same piece of land for years, instead of having to cut down a new section of the jungle every two years.

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We also have restarted classes in the school from 4th grade through 8th grade this year, with licensing through Verbo Ministries who had done it for several years, but last year they were not able to continue the school. We saw the children either go without school, or get sent downriver to Waspam to live with a relative or friend while attending school there. With no parental supervision many have been destroyed because of drugs or sex trade. We also saw what a great influence we could have on the next generation if we get to invest in them at that prime age of growing up, teaching them bible principles and the truth about God. It is a big undertaking, but we are excited about the opportunity to reach these precious young ones, and are convinced that God is the one in control.

 Please be praying for continued strength for our family and for the doors to stay open for God’s word and Spirit to spread freely among the Miskitu people.

Thank you to the many who are so faithful in prayer and support. It is through our partners like you who make it possible for us to continue sharing God’s love as opportunities arise.   Sincerely, Sarah Lee

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Update from Eli

Dear loved ones,

I will try to give you a little update of how things are going in the rainforest of Nicaragua. We have just come through having a month of mission teams who came and helped us with the work here.

First was our Pastor David and brother Brady Weldon who came and preached and taught for three days at the pastor’s conference we had in our village. The teaching was mostly about the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit sure used the opportunity to stretch the understanding of a lot of pastors. It is almost like the Lord has taken and blown down the barriers and now we are trying to take the opportunity to minister to many new places. I have since been invited to preach at more then a half dozen conferences along the river. I did one last week and will be doing another one this Friday with more coming up. It is so exciting to have these opportunities to teach God’s word. Even though my Miskito is not the best yet, the Holy Spirit doesn’t seem to have a problem getting His point across. One of the biggest challenges at the moment is that we don’t have transportation. A few weeks ago when I was taking a team upriver, our boat gave out. The housing of the lower unit is beyond repair, and something on the inside is locked up solid. There are no parts for this kind of boat in Nicaragua, and these are not parts that can just be brought on a plane, so we are going to have to do something else for transportation. If we had an outboard motor, we could modify the boat to use it, and the outboard could also be used on our big cargo boat that we still don’t have a motor for. Of course we are also still praying for the Jet ski to use as an ambulance and for ministry purposes like going to preach at conferences up and down the river. There is no question that it is the Lord who is continuing to open these opportunities for us to minister in so many places, and He knows that with the ruhmatiod arthritis in my feet I can’t walk eight to ten hours to these villages, and He too knows our lack of transportation. So I am convinced without a doubt that He already has a plan in place about how He wants to provide, but just hasn’t revealed it to us yet. So we just continue to pray and trust, as we try to make happen what needs to happen.

We also had a few teams of carpenters come and got all the trusses up on the children’s home. I am planning to take the metal upriver this trip with a rented motor and our cargo boat, and hopefully have it all on in about a week or so. It is exciting to see the progress. We are still waiting on the government on the permits for the children’s home too.

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  Then the last team also help us assemble and distribute the family gift boxes to the second village upriver from us. That is such a rewarding thing to be involved in, being able to bless everyone in the whole village with so many essential items. The people are so grateful for the gifts. The village leaders asked me to tell yall thank you thank you, to the ones who helped make this happen. Being able to bless them in such a big way, it has opened that village up for us to have meetings and teaching sessions pretty much how we want to. Thank you!

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  In our village we are just starting up a children’s ministry, where we will be teaching the children from our village about God and Jesus Christ, moral and foundational education, as well as some fun games. A few of the new believers who we have been training up will be heading it up, since they have gotten a clear leading from the Holy Spirit to do so.

There are so many exciting things going on, as God continues to push the darkness back more and more. Our morning bible studies are continuing to grow on a regular basis, with numbers ranging from twenty to thirty five for the 6:30 one, and ten to fifteen in the 8:00 one. God is continuing to give different people in the village dreams and visions about what is really going on in the spiritual KrinKrin, and how they need to go to us and learn how to be saved. I believe there are several more almost to the point of surrendering their life to Christ.

We are planning to work with Verbo Ministries to restart the upper grades of school in KrinKrin again this year. This is going to be a lot of work, but it has become obvious that this is something we need to do. It will give us many opportunities to minister and teach the children that we otherwise can’t.

Thank yall for your continued prayers, because the battles we are fighting are not so much physical as they are spiritual. God has obviously answered many prayers in the last few month, and I totally believe He will continue to do so. Sometimes I think about how there are missionaries who work for years before there are any positive changes, and here we are only here for a little over two years and already see so much improvement. I’m sure it is because there are so many of God’s children calling out to Him about this specific area, which brings in more reinforcements to fight against the dark forces. Thank you, you make our work so much easier!

We are also very excited about receiving another person to our team! God has called a young women from the state of Oregon to come and help with the work here. Her name is Camille, and she plans to teach Spanish and bible in the school, as well as help with children’s ministry. Welcome aboard Camille!!

See yall next trip! I love yall!! Eli Lee

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Jan. Update

Dear brothers, sisters and friends,

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I pray that as this reaches each one of yall, it will find each and every one well and abounding in God’s Love and Peace. It is so wonderful to spend our time in His presence, as we go about being His hands and feet here in the rain forest of Nicaragua. It makes it even a lot more fun now that I can understand almost all of the language, and am able to communicate well with them, although I do have a lot to learn yet.

 

More and more of my time is being spent ministering God’s word, individually as well as everyday bible studies and some preaching at the local Catholic and Verbo churches. I enjoy it so much. It is amazing to me how willing the people are to learn. It seems like they have been watching us for the last two years trying to figure out what we are about, and now that we are able to put into words what they have seen us do, it’s starting to make sense to them. As they hear God’s word preached and realize that it’s because of what the bible says that we live the way we do, more and more are coming for the morning bible studies wanting to learn more about what God’s word says.

The new believers are growing very rapidly Spiritually, and one by one are expressing a strong desire to get involved in evangelism. It is so rewarding to see them being taught by the Holy Spirit and being transformed into the image of Christ.

 

With the money that was given for the mosquito fogger, we bought it already and it’s in use now. As the rains slow and the mosquitos get more, the timing of having the machine is just right. We have used it in KrinKrin once already, but are getting ready to do it again, and then as we get permissions from other village leaders along the river, we plan to do them too. I’m convinced that this will make a huge difference in the amount of malaria cases we will have to deal with.

 

The rice machine is working very well. The people from all the villages close around are so happy to be able to bring their rice here to get it shelled. And the ones that have some to sell are having a big advantage too. When they take their rice to Waspam to sell the store owners ask them where it was shelled. If it was shelled in KrinKrin they buy it, but if not they don’t buy it, or pay much less for it. The original response from the other few machine owners was that we are their enemy, but we put the word out that if they want us to teach them how to do it the way we do, we will. The other day the first one came by and wants to become friends and learn from us.

 

It is so good to have plenty of medicine for the sick these last nine month or so. The girls are getting a pretty good system down, so they can get through big groups quicker. The health ministry is getting excited about us doing medical here, as they keep hearing good reports from the people, and we keep bringing sick into the hospital. One of our recent trips with someone sick, the health director of Rio Coco area asked Mary a lot of questions about what we are doing, and then told her that they are going to make her the official health worker for our area. With that they gave us a big box of medicine, and when it gets all gone and we take the paper records to them they will give us more. It’s not close to all the meds we use, but it helps so much!

 

We are looking forward to several teams coming to help us in the next few month. Our Pastor David Gidcumb and our dear friend and brother Brady Weldon plan to come and do a pastors conference in our village, for the pastors along the river. We are so excited about seeing some of our friends soon.

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These are the messengers we sent upriver on a two day journey upriver to invite the pastors to the pastors conference. Two others were sent downriver as well.

 

As some of you know, we have been talking about the need for an ambulance on the river. We have made a few emergency trips with our boat and saved the lives of a pregnant woman and her baby, a guy that got beat up and shot, as well as a young guy who broke his leg with the bone stuck out into the mud. Unfortunately, many times we don’t have the money to make the run because of the cost of fuel for our big boat, so many lives are lost that could easily be saved if we had this vehicle.

What we want to do is buy a three seat jet ski and fix the back seat so that we can strap a stretcher on it. This machine wouldn’t take very much gas and would travel quickly even in the three month of dry season when the river is too low to run our boat. It will also make it possible for us to help many more villages along the river. We also just found out just recently that our friends (Clint and Marilyn Hanley) who have been flying medical emergencies are planning to move back to the states in April, so we are praying that we can have our ambulance by that time.

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Three thousand has already been given for the ambulance and equipment, but we still need thirteen thousand five hundred to get it. Please pray for this to happen so that many more lives can be saved along the river.

 

We so appreciate all the resources that are being given for ministering Gods Word in the various forms that God has opened the doors for. It has made it possible to start doing some work in a couple of the close by villages as well. The program we have where people can support an elderly person or couple is a great success. It is opening the door to minister Gods word to the individuals as well as whole communities as they ask us to come into their village.

Through this program you can support an elderly who is unable to go to the fields anymore, and is in great physical need, for fifty dollars a month. This allows them to go to their little community store once a week and take out some food. We currently have eight people on this program who do not yet have a pledged supporter. If you are interested in supporting one of these precious elderly, you can do so through our website, through New Harmony Church, or mail it to our post office box found on our website. Make sure you mark your donation as “elderly.” You will receive a prayer card with a photo of the person, and a short story about them.

Thank you for your interest and involvement with Gods work among the Miskito Indian people. I am amazed at how many people God is choosing to get involved with His work here. Your prayers are appreciated more than anything else, because the enemy is trying everything he can to stop the work that God is doing here. There are times we have to just believe God’s promises that He will win, because there are days that it seems like the enemy is getting the upper hand. But the bright side is that usually right after those times, God breaks through the impossible with a great victory that no one can deny His power. We love yall! By Eli for the Lee family

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