Derling

Dear ones,

Grace and Peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ. Through whom all blessings come, and through whom we can have eternal life. Recently as I was thinking about many of you and praying for yall, I realized that most of the time we write about the trouble that we face and the trouble the people here face each day, which I know that you want to know. But as I thought about all the things that God has done and is doing here, I had a desire to express our gratefulness to yall who diligently pray for the work here, and who give of your resources to help with the work.

Since we are here; (a year and a half) seven souls have been saved and sealed by the Holy Spirit, hundreds of people now have access to clean drinking water, more than 10,000 prepared meals have been served to the hungry, thousands have received medical treatment who otherwise had no access to it, through our grain buying and processing coop, food is now much more affordable in the area, plus so many other things that if I were to try to name them all, I couldn’t.

And hundreds of people are constantly looking at us and seeing what the gospel looks like as we strive to live our lives as the living gospel to the ones who can’t read or understand the bible. They are seeing that God really does come through for the ones who put all their hope in Him. God is slowly but surly making the line more and more visible between the ones who are truly interested in Him and the ones who practice sorcery and pretend to be Gods people.

I am convinced that God has a beautiful plan for the village of KrinKrin and the Rio Coco area, and I am so honored and humbled that God would allow us to be a part of this glorious plan to bring many many people into His eternal Kingdom. You too are a part of this plan, and I pray you are as blessed as we are by the fact that God has called you to such a worthy calling. Thank you so much for being faithful! Here is a story that Sarah wrote about what God has been doing this last week. Be blessed brothers and sisters! Eli Lee

Derling

It was Thursday afternoon as I sat in the office entering paper work into the computer. “Hey what’s up”, I asked Mary as she came in with her boots on.

Letting out a long sigh Mary let me in on the latest news.  “Derling (10 years old) is sick with demon possession, but she wants us to come and pray for her, and take her bible for her so she can read God’s word.

From little child up I had heard and read about people being demon possessed and how Jesus had heeled them, but had never gave that much thought to it till we came here.

Being here for a year and a half now I have learned a lot about demon possession, how it begins, how it affects the possessed person, and how the witch doctors turn around an heal that person. This particular possession in this story I’m about to tell mostly affects young girls. In general it starts when someone gets mad at someone else and wants to get back at them. Sometimes they will do it to the person they are mad at or a family member. They will get something personal (preferably a hair) of the person they want to cast the spell on, take it to the witch doctor and pay him to cast a spell on that person.

To get healed the possessed persons family will go pay the *good* witch doctor to remove that spell by doing his spiritual medicines. What normally happens then is the possessed person will get better, with a lot of restrictions on their life, like not being able to do certain things or eat certain things. And any time they overstep those boundaries, they have reoccurrences of the possession.

Many of you have heard the story of Solma and how she was healed and set free. In that story there was a little girl that didn’t get mentioned. Derling was there with us as we fought with and prayed for Solma, Derling cleaned house, carried water, washed laundry, etc. Even though Derling wasn’t involved in praying for Solma and fighting with the demons, she saw the power of God when Solma was freed from the chains that held her.

A few weeks after Solma was healed Derling came to us and asked if she could come to our bible study we have every morning, so she could learn more about God. We were very happy and of course said yes. From then on she came from time to time always happy to learn.

Derling’s Parents are some of the leaders of the Catholic Church, but also in time of trouble or sickness they are one of the first ones to run to the witch doctors for help.

So when we got the news that Derling wants us to go pray for her we were concerned that the parents would stand up and say yes, yes pray for her but we also want to do these medicines on her.

As Mary, Eva and I prepared to go over to their house we prayed that the lord would help us to explain clearly that they either have to choose God’s healing or Satan’s medicines.

 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s Table and the table of demons. 1cor 10:21

 When we got there we learned that Derling had told her parents that she does not want Satan’s medicines done on her, she believes that God is the one that is going to heal her. Thankfully the parents honored her wishes but also as we spoke to them more they began to understand more clearly.

‘Derling do you believe that God will heal you’ I asked her as she lay there awake. ‘Yes I believe’. As I began teaching her from the bible the Demon threw her body into convolutions so she could not learn about God’s word. She began crying as her body convulsed, she begged the evil spirit to leave her alone. She began naming the three names of the people that had cast the spell on her, ‘I had no part in the fight she cried, I am innocent, why do you torture me this way; there is a man up above that sees what is going on, He sees that I am only an innocent child, someday You will have to stand before him and give an account of what you have done’.

A month before Derling’s older sister and another young women had a fight two days in a row. When it was taken in front of the judge, he said for their punishment each of the girls have to dig a ditch by the school house for water drainage. Derling’s sister was out there digging the next day. The opposite party refused for a long time, but Wednesday evening as I went to get water from the well she was out digging the ditch. But she wasn’t out there alone, one of the witch doctor was there too, talking with her. And so this young woman and her mother paid the witch doctor to cast this spell on their enemy’s younger sister.

Thursday and Friday we prayed as well as taught her about salvation, although most times when we began speaking about God’s word the bad spirit in her would throw her body into convolutions, run for the door in inhuman speed, or the demon would push itself up into her throat to suffocate her. We fought with the demon so it would not kill her body. We prayed that the Lord would make the spirits leave her alone. Friday evening late we came home from praying and began talking about why the spirit wouldn’t leave her alone.

 And Jesus replied to them, this kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting. Mark 9:29     

We knew the Lord was going to heal Derling so when we remembered this verse we began fasting.

Saturday night God gave Karen (A Christian woman living with us) a vision showing her that the parents had sins in their life that was hindering Derling from being healed.

Sunday evening we all went over to their house again to pray. Karen shared with the parents the vision God had showed her. Both parents repented before God and made a confession of faith that evening. Then we prayed and asked God to cleanse the house, and as we worshiped God, His Spirit was so obvious in that house. We all gathered around Derling to pray. We cast out the demons in Jesus name, they could no longer stay there. When the demons left her she went into a deep sleep, her body being exhausted from wrestling with the demons. We hoped she would wake up so we could teach her more so she could understand how to receive God’s salvation. But she slept on into the night as we worshiped the Lord in prayer and song. Late at night we came home rejoicing that the Lord wasn’t only working in Derling’s life but also in the lives of her parents. The demons had been forced to leave Derling alone; yes she still didn’t have God’s spirit, but we trusted she would become saved.

“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of the person is worse than the first.” Matt 12:43-45

Monday morning Derling and her parents came to bible study. The witch doctor by now realized the spirits had been forced to leave her, and quickly cast another spell on her to replace the demons that had been forced to leave. And it worked, since the evil spirits hadn’t been replaced with God’s spirit, they could go back in.

After the demons had caused Derling’s body to go into convolutions for the second time, and after she regained consciousness, she knelt down and prayed this simple prayer. “Lord thank you so much for making the bad spirits leave me one time, but I’m asking you God, please do it again”. God honored her prayer.

All day we spent teaching her more about salvation; and in the evening we all gathered around again for a time of prayer. Dad announced that we will all gather around Derling and whoever wants to pray is free to, also telling Derling she can pray if she wants. As we were still gathering she got on her knees not waiting for anyone else, and prayed this beautiful prayer, “ Lord I know I have done bad things in my life, but God I’m asking you to forgive me, and from this day on I don’t want to do them again. God I’m giving you my heart. God I ask you to put your holy spirit in my heart so I can live for you. Thank you God! Amen

We are rejoicing with the angels in heaven for these that have come home.

Derling and parents

 Friends and Neighbors, there is huge spiritual battles going on here. This was Satan’s territory and he doesn’t want to give it up. He is fighting back with all the strength he has. Recently three of the main witch doctors from this community, who had for years lived in other towns, came back to live in this community. That is only in the physical that we see, we know Satan wants to gather all the farces he has to fight back. But I also know that God is much stronger then Satan and God will win. It doesn’t mean it will be easy, but we trust that in the end God will have huge victory. Please be continuing to pray. Thank you, Sarah Lee

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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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