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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What is True Love

What is True Love

Today I choose to be thankful for the hard things in my life, like people trampling on my heart. You must have gone crazy you may say, no one in their right mind would ever be thankful for something as painful as that! In fact that is the most painful thing we can experience in this life, how could anyone say such an awful thing!

This is the subject we discussed this morning in devotions, how can we overcome the hurt of when you take someone in who is in desperate need, and pour your heart out to them, and after a while they turn around and trample your heart?

They receive and learn and receive some more until they realize that in order to become a person like they see you as, involves giving up things and surrendering their life to serve God and other people rather than themselves, they turn around and trample our heart. This is something we have experienced over and over in our Christian life, and it is the most horrific pain that I have ever experienced. Yet we keep doing it over and over again.

The question was asked this morning; how do you completely overcome that pain, so that the next time you’re not like; I’m just not going to get that close this time, so when they turn their back it won’t hurt so bad. This is exactly what we as human tend to do, after all God gave us the ability to wrap up our heart with some protection in order to not let anyone get close enough to hurt us this way again.

As we recalled the different ones who we have tried to help and show the Love of Christ, but later trampled our hearts underfoot, tears flowed from the depth of our hearts where the scars still remain from each time it happened. So why would we keep doing it?

Every time this happens, we choose whether we will forgive that person and go on to open our hearts to the next person, or if we will wrap another layer of protection around our heart so that the next time the stab won’t go so deep. If we keep doing this we will soon be holding everyone we come in contact with at arms length to make sure that when they take a jab at us they can’t reach our heart. You know, we really can take charge of things and protect ourselves from such agony. And with the human version of love, this is exactly what we will do.

But let me tell you a story: There was once a King who had a Son. The Son lived in His Father’s Kingdom where everything was peaceful. There was no fighting, arguing or jealousy since the time when His Father had expelled Lucifer from the Kingdom who had tried to overthrow the King and grab the position for himself. With Him being the only Son had it made! He had no needs, He had everything He wanted. His Father Loved Him dearly and the whole Kingdom was same as His.

Then one day the King said to His Son; “You know those creatures that I made to look like Us on planet earth, the ones I love so much, the ones we called humans. I made them so carefully and perfectly. I made their hearts in a way so that My Spirit fits in just right and I can communicate with them and they with me. Well they have chosen to follow the ways of Lucifer instead of the way I instructed them. This just breaks my heart, because I told them if they choose to disobey My command, My Spirit could no longer live in their hearts, that it would separate them from me (spiritual death) because I cannot be united with sin.”

“Oh no,” said the Son, “how will you communicate your Love to them now?” The King continued, “since they have chosen to follow Lucifer instead of me, I can’t bring them into My Kingdom, and I have no other option but to send their spirit and soul to hell with Lucifer. But that’s just hard, because I Love them dearly! Just look at them, they look like little Us’ns running around down there.” “That is so sad” said the Son, “but I know that what you say is right.”

“I made them in a way so that they could choose what they want to do,” said the King, “but I thought that if I reveal My Love to them, they would want to follow Me. But they didn’t! And now that they don’t have My Spirit, they will never fully understand what I want them to know, and I can’t bring them into My Kingdom with us, because I have cleansed this Kingdom and I will not bring anyone in it that does not want to honor Me as their King, to be with Us for eternity.”

“You are right Father” said the Son, “It would not be good to bring someone into Your Kingdom that doesn’t want You to rule over them, it would just cause trouble. That is such a shame, because You had such great plans for them, and look at them, they all just follow after their own desires and interests, hurting others along the way, instead of paying attention to what You told them to do. They just don’t seem to get it that You Love them and want them to Love the ones around them with that same Love. Not one of them is doing everything right, so there is no hope to bring them into Our Kingdom.”

“I have a plan,” said the King. “You are right. They don’t get it, and none of them is holy. I will send You to them as a human to show them what it looks like and feels like when someone Loves them the way You and I Love each other. You will show them and tell them how much I Love them, Maybe then they will get it, that My Love is absolute, no matter what they do My Love for them stays the same. And that it’s because they have disobeyed My commands that we can’t be together.”

“I can do that, said the Son. How long do you think I should stay there?” But wait, said the King, “I know that as long as My Spirit does not live in their hearts, they will still not be able to be perfect. And as long as they are not perfect, My Spirit cannot live in their hearts. This is impossible!” “But nothing is impossible for you Father,” said the Son.

“You’re right Son, said the King. We will do this! You will go there and be born of a virgin human so that you can know the weakness of them, live a perfect life among them, and then they will kill you. But because you will not do sin, your perfect life will be a sacrifice for their sin. I will put their sins on your body and you will pay the price for all the sins that humans have ever done and will ever do, except when they blaspheme My Spirit. But I will bring you back to life in three day and you will come back here to our Kingdom and rule with Me forever.”

“Then the ones who are willing to repent from their sins, believe that you are My Son and have paid for their sins by your death may ask Me with a sincere heart to forgive them, and if they are actually willing to follow My commands, I will forgive them and put My Spirit into their hearts and seal it.  They will need to be willing to give up their life and trade it for yours, and then I will look upon them as perfect, because it will be like looking at you.”

“I know they will still be humans, but with My Spirit in their hearts I will be able to communicate with them again and teach them. And I will give them My strength to overcome the things they struggle with. And if Lucifer comes and tries to deceive them again I will be right there to remind them of who is messing with them, and because I will live in them and they believe My promises, they will be able to, in Your Name, tell Lucifer and his demons to go and leave them alone, and he will have to go.”

“Then I will be able to help them understand the difference between My Love and their kind of love. Their kind of love always needs something in return, and if they don’t get what they expect, their love goes away. But My Love is unconditional, which means that if I Love someone, that’s it, I Love them. Just because they don’t love me back doesn’t change the fact that I Love them all the same, it simply means that they loose the blessing of knowing My Love.”

“Because Your name on earth will be Christ, which means Redeemer, those who believe in You and become born again with My Spirit will be called Christians. Because I will teach them to be little christs, who will follow Your example of Loving their fellow humans with My Love so that all humans will be able to see that I am good. And they will tell others about the Good News too, that the price for their sins has been paid by You, and if they believe in their hearts that this is true, and turn to me, I will give them eternal life. But if they don’t receive the gift of salvation, I have no choice but send them to hell with Lucifer, the one whom they have chosen to be their king.”

“After they see My Goodness and know how much I Love them they will surely be willing to surrender their lives to Me with the promise of being able to spend all eternity with Us, rather than being tortured in hell with Lucifer forever.” “You have the plan Father,” said the Son, “it will be hard, but I will do it!” And He did! This is what True Love looks like!

I have surrendered my life to God, and have received the gift of eternal life and the Holy Spirit. My heart’s desire is to be a little christ that looks and acts as much as my Lord Christ as possible. And with coming back to the subject in the beginning of this article, why would I let a little inflicted pain cause me to become wrapped up in myself and my comforts rather than continue to show others the True Love that only comes from God.

I believe our time on this earth is short, and I’m afraid that not all people will get to see and hear the Good news, so I don’t want to waste any of my time sitting in self pity. Eli Lee

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