July 21st Update

Dear Friends,

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus. I hope yall are doing well. We are all healthy and able to work, which is a big blessing from God.

Since the ordeal when Solma got saved and delivered from those demons, there are so many more opportunities to minister to people Spiritually. There are several children in the twelve to fourteen year old range that are now coming for the bible studies. And a few of the young women from the whorehouse have started coming at times too.

Solma is coming every morning with her bible and really enjoys reading and studying it. She spends about half of her time at our house. Solma with her bible 2​She has such a hunger to learn, so we are giving her some lessons in math and writing every day, since there is no school above her grade level, and her grandmother does not want to send her to Waspam to school. She is so excited to have a daddy in her life, which she has never had. It is so rewarding and sometimes challenging to teach her how God says to do things, and how by choosing to do the right thing, even though it may be hard, will bring blessings, but by doing what “we” want to do can bring some serious consequences.

 

 

Update on Marcos and Karen, the lady who received an injection at the Waspam hospital that left her unable to walk; The money did come in to send them to Managua to the Baptist hospital, which we praise God for. We sent them and a nurse from Puerto Cabezas who knew Managua, but from there things seemed to have gone down hill. I will not be able to go into detail about this story, because of the nature of what happened, but as it turned out, the doctor from the Baptist hospital taught the doctor in Waspam in medical school, so with the help of the nurse who we paid to go along, there are now documents showing that there isn’t anything wrong with her.

This is extremely frustrating because now there is nothing further we can do for her medically. So tomorrow we plan to take them back up to our village, and pray that God will heal her in a way that will bring more glory to Him.

Since a few years ago when they started reading the bible they had a desire to get married, but the pastor there declined because they didn’t have an ID. and he couldn’t make legal papers. So a few weeks ago I talked to Pastor Earl here at Verbo Church about it, and he said he would marry them, so last night they got married! We brought all their children down too, so they could be here to see their parents get married. It was such a happy time! Back in KrinKrin we have their house started, with all the materials there, and hope to get it finished in the next month or so.Marcos and Karen wedding 2  Thank you for continuing to pray for them as they struggle with her not being able to walk. They are doing their best at keeping focused on Christ and trusting that He knows their trouble and that He cares about them, but it makes for some hard days at times when they can see the enemy conspiring against them.

 

The skinny season has made its way around again, and many of the families in our village don’t have any rice or beans to eat anymore. So tomorrow will be our first day of feeding the community again. This year we plan to do a meal three days a week instead of two like we did last year. It costs about $80.00 per feeding, which is $240.00 a week. We do have money for the first month or so, but hope to feed for about ten weeks, until the new rice gets ripe.

Progress is being made on the children’s home building, with most of the blocks being laid for the outside walls. We are still praying that God makes a way for the home to operate by the time the building is done.

Our legal papers for the ministry are still in congress, waiting to be approved. The sand has been carried that we need to fix up the medical clinic, and some more money has come in for the purpose of getting the clinic going, but we haven’t really done any work on it yet.

With so much more Spiritual ministry taking place, we just can’t be every place at once. We are currently praying for a volunteer or two to come help with the physical work, like seeing after the rice mill and or construction projects. These are jobs that we are trying to train the local people to do, but they aren’t ready to take it over yet.

Please pray that we don’t get overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done here, and that we will stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit as to what needs to take priority. We appreciate your prayers and support so much, thank you! Eli Lee and family.

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Urgent Prayer Request

Urgent prayer request: Some of you that have been here know Marcos and Karen. They are the only couple in our village that I have no doubt that they are born again. We have been able to disciple them and teach them a lot about the truths in the bible since three month ago when their baby was born.

She hasn’t been able to walk ever since the baby was born, because her one leg is numb and she can’t lift it. With several unsuccessful attempts to get the doctors in Waspam to check her out and tell her what the problem is, I finally brought her to Puerto Cabezas to have my doctor friend here check her out.

He checked her out with the equipment he had and got scared. He seems to think that when the doctor in Waspam gave her a shot in the upper leg he hit the femur nerve and damaged it. He wants to send her to Managua to have an MRI done to see exactly what is going on, but they don’t have the money to go. If we can we would like to send her on Monday the 7th. If this is what it looks like and she doesn’t get help, her future will not include walking, unless God decides to heal her miraculously, which is what we are hoping for.

I would love to take her to the Baptist hospital there, because their doctors have a little more training. The best I could figure on how much everything will cost to get the test done and do some electro shock treatment, with transportation and stay for a week or two, is around $3000.

 

She had some trouble with her pregnancy so a team member gave them money to go to Waspam to have the baby, and it’s a good thing, because while she was having the baby her uterus broke. They did emergency surgery and fixed it, but over the next ten days she almost died three times, because she kept loosing so much blood.

We allowed them to stay in our rented house in Waspam because she didn’t have a bed at the hospital, but only a blanket on the concrete floor. They finally did an ultrasound after ten days, but wrote a paper saying everything was fine and sent her away and told her to go home. She was so low that there was no way she was going to live through the twelve hour boat ride, so they stayed in Waspam for six weeks.

In that time they went to a privet clinic to see if they could help her. That doctor went to the hospital and got a copy of the ultrasound and found that two of the stitches in the uterus had come undone left a gaping hole there, which caused all the bleeding. But still the doctor at the hospital refused to do anything to help her, but tried to cover everything up so that he doesn’t loose his job or go to prison for malpractice. I’m convinced they wanted her to go away and die so they don’t have to deal with it.

 

Meanwhile back in our village, because people were jealous that we let them stay in our house in Waspam, and took care of their children while they were gone, they tore part of the roof off their house and stole all their rice and beans, except three bags that we rescued. They also stole all their cooking utensils, hand tools and everything with any value.

So when they did come back they didn’t have a place to stay, plus she couldn’t walk, so we took them into our house until we could fix theirs. From there some people went into their house and destroyed everything that was left and tried to burn the house down. They also cut their fruit trees down and killed all their pigs. So they were left with absolutely nothing except the clothes they had along.

While we were in the states we shared their story with a few people, and someone gave money to build them a new house, which we have started, and someone else gave money to buy them cooking utensils.

Would you please pray for Karen’s situation, that God would not allow her to be laid up the rest of her life, but would heal her in whatever manner brings the most glory to Him. And that He would give them peace and understanding as they try to make sense of why all this is going on right after they decided to follow God with their whole heart.

And if God puts it on your heart to give towards the medical costs, you can do so from our website or through New Harmony Church. Thank you for praying. Eli Lee

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Week with the Elwood Family

Dear loved ones,

Peace be with you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is worthy of all our praise! To Him be the glory forever and ever amen. In these last few weeks we were blessed with having some very dear friends (the Elwood family) with us, who encouraged our spirits and helped with the Lords work here.

There was a little more excitement than usual on our way out, because there were a few big protests along the road so that we couldn’t get to the airport in Puerto Cabezas. So our missionary friend Clint Hanely made a few trips to Puerto Cabezas with his little medical plane, and everything worked out just fine. It is so awesome to serve a Master who cares about us.

During the week we also had our boat stolen one night, so several of us got into another boat and went looking for them. They only had oars because they couldn’t start the motor without the key, so when they saw the boat load of bright flashlights coming God put a fear into their hearts and they rammed the boat onto the bank and ran off. No damage was done to the boat. Praise God!

An update on Solma; (the girl who was demon possessed) When I got home a few days after the last update, she was so happy and excited! She told me all about how the demons were just about to get her again, and she cried out to Jesus from the depth of her heart to save her. And with that the demons started running away, so she looked up and saw Jesus coming down to her and untied her hands and feet and all the ropes around her from the curses that had been put on her, and set her free.

But unfortunately after a few days her excitement started to go away after sharing with the people from the village, and everyone telling her, you know that you are not really healed, in will come back. How foolish of you to believe those Midikis who don’t understand this sickness. They think that you are healed from just praying for you and not using the Miskito medicine, they just don’t know, but you know better.

This is what she and her grandmother have had to hear constantly since she has been healed. So after the pastor denied her the opportunity to share her testimony in front of the church she got really depressed and sad for a few days. I finally told her that it is her choice whether she wants to focus on the devil’s lies and be sad, or focus on Jesus and what He did for her and be joyful. She chose to believe God’s promises, and within a day she was happy again. The first while after she got saved we still went to her house every night to pray for her and read scripture, but now she is coming to our morning bible study every morning and really enjoying it.

Would you continue to pray for Solma and her grandmother Petrona as they are mocked and ridiculed, so that they will not loose hope. That God would continue to open their hearts to learn the truth of His Word. Also pray that God would convict the hearts of the people who continue to say these things in unbelief, so that they may see that He really is the only true healer.

Something else to pray about; We are getting fluent enough in the language that we are planning to expand our daily bible study. What we are looking at doing is having it for an hour with everyone who will work for us that day, as well as anyone else who wants to come. We will keep the same time that the guys need to be here to start work, but use that first hour to study the bible. This way almost everyone in the village will get to hear the gospel for a week, when it’s there turn to work.

Thank yall for praying with us and for us, as well as all the support you give in various ways. Eli Lee

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Spiritual War – Solma gets rescued from the torture of 7 demons

Dear loved ones,

Praise be to our Great God and Father! I am again humbled at the thought of having the privilege to serve such a loving Master, that is all powerful and all knowing, yet has such a great interest in having an intimate relationship with such weak and miserable humans. He is so patient with us as He teaches us, even if we don’t “get it” right away.

We really enjoyed our time in the States in the month of June, but were so ready to come back home. Thank yall for making us feel welcome and loved, and for all the prayers, support, and items you gave us. The progress of the work here depends on it.

These two weeks back here have been quite a challenge. The spiritual war has broke out in full force. Many of our readers may think this story is “off the wall” or “far fetched,” but please let me share it with you anyway, because I too had no idea how powerful and how real evil spirits are until I moved into an area that has been the enemy’s territory for hundreds or thousands of years, so please bear with me while I try to explain the best I can find words for.

Another young girl from our village fell victim to a witch doctors curse, and because she is living alone with here grandma who is a widow, we got involved in helping take care of her. It took us no time at all to figure out that every time the witch doctors came in to do their medicine on her, she would get a fresh round of attacks. So we talked to the grandma about it, and she knew it too, but paying them to come do their stuff on the girl was the only thing she knew to do for her beloved grand daughter.

But she too had noticed that when we come and prayed for the girl she would get better. I explained to her that every time she invites those guys in, she in inviting the demons back in too, so she decided to not allow them in any more and see if what I said was true. It didn’t take long for her to see that there was truth in it, but man did she ever get her ears filled by most of the people in the village about it. She was told over and over that there is no way that the child would ever be healed by just praying for her, but that she had to also use the “Miskito” medicine.

So at that point we knew that our God had to come through, and that this was going to be a witness to all. We prayed and prayed for the girl, and as the evil spirits left her she would get better, but there was one that just wouldn’t leave. And every time we started talking to her about God and the Holy Spirit, the demon would throw her into another fit, which would last any where from an hour to twelve hours. Plus the witches would still come and sit on her porch and cause her to have a fit.

So for days and nights we would fight with her, tying her hands and feet and holding her down as the demons took control of her body and tried their best to kill her. At first before we were there to help she twice jumped into the river trying to get away from them, and almost drowned. It took three grown people to hold the 14 year old down, to keep her from doing things like tearing out her hair, slamming her head or her body to the floor repeatedly, choking herself, chewing the meat off of her arms, breaking her fingers off, and anything else that would inflict serious pain to the body.

It became obvious that we had to do something else, so we decided to fast as well as pray, because there were days that the darkness was so heavy that it seemed like our prayers didn’t go anywhere. One day as I was crying out and pleading with God to hear our prayers, he showed me a vision, where I saw KrinKrin covered with this thick black cloud, then I saw a bright light in heaven and coming from that light was a big army of angels heading our way, slashing through the darkness with their swords much like one would cut a path through the jungle. They worked their way down to KrinKrin, and as they touched the ground there was an instant rush of bright light that blasted through the tunnel they had cut, and mushroomed over the village like a canopy. So we were encouraged to keep going.

At that point the witch doctors were laughing and making fun of the grandma and us. We finally had to confront one of the witches who came and sat on the porch about what they are doing, and what Gods word says about it, at which point she left extremely angry, determined to do us even more harm. After three days and three nights of fasting and praying Help finally showed up, which was yesterday, and that strong one had to leave her body.

At that point we were able to teach her what was going on, and how every time the demons come back to attack her she can pray to God for help and in the name of Jesus tell them they can’t come any closer, and have to go away. We were also able to talk to her about being willing to give her life to Christ and ask Him to put the Holy Spirit into her heart, at which point the demons cannot enter into her again. She is now learning to pray when the demons try to get her, and has not had any get into her since, even though they have tried a few times.

We have learned that this curse was put onto her mother when she was thirteen by one of the head voodoo people of the river area, and for fifteen years they paid every witch doctor they could find to try to make here better but they couldn’t, because it was one of the master demons. So a witch finally made a deal with the demons, that if they would leave her, they could have her daughter, which is Solma, the girl we have been praying for. So that’s why nobody stayed around to help her, because they knew there was no hope for her.

Would you please pray for Solma that she would be able to have complete victory over all the demons, as she continues to process what we are teaching her about God and salvation. And that she would be able to understand the gospel and be saved. Please also pray for Petrona, the grandmother, that God would continue to draw her to Himself and strengthen her faith as she learns more about salvation, so she too may be saved in her old age.

Thank you for praying for us, so that we can hold out through the difficult times, to be loving even when we have to confront witches face to face. And please help us worship our great God for coming through on time. We love yall bunches! Eli and Leah Lee and family

 

Ps. (Thursday morning) Glory to God!!! Chris just called on the radio and said that Solma has given her life to Christ and her heart to be the home of the Holy Spirit, and has been healed. Hallelujah!!! Thank you Jesus!! As she was having trouble again last night with the spirits coming to get her, she cried out from the depth of her heart to Jesus to save her. And at that moment is when the miracle happened. She started saying, they are running away, look, they are running away! Then she looked up and saw Jesus coming to her. He came and untied the curses that she was tied up with and set her free!

I can’t wait to get back and sit down with her and listen to her testimony! God is so good!! Thank yall so much for praying!

 

09Solma and her grandmother Petrona

 

 

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