Update from Eva in Nicaragua

An update from this part of the world is far past due; and we appreciate everyone who has faithfully continued praying and supporting us during this season, even in our lack of communication. 

TRUST is the word the Lord has given me for this season. Trust even if you don’t know, and may never know, all the details involved. With my parents going to the US for six months I felt tremendously blessed to have had the opportunity to serve alongside Saloma Hershberger from March through the middle of June. She jumped in running alongside me and my crazy busy days, as we reassess and try to gracefully downsize and refocus our time and energy, in many areas of the ministry, due to considerable less team members here on the ground now.    

At the end of April, Daniel Yoder (AKA Uncle Daniel) came to help out and kept blowing us off our feet with his amazing gift in wood craftsmanship. 
Right after Saloma left, when we thought things would begin to slow down, some heart wrenching events played into the scene, that caused our life’s to feel like they almost spun out of control. 
And since God always desire to draw us closer to Him, grow us in is His strength, and to a deeper understanding of His sovereignty; when we felt like we had more than we could handle and process, He allowed me to become deathly sick. While Uncle Daniel held down the fort in Krinkrin, Chris, being one of the most amazing brothers God could ever give a girl, took me to the hospital, carried me when there was no wheelchair, made me eat and take my meds on time, wiped my many tears of my out-of-control emotions, encouraged me to not quit, and countless more. 

We greatly appreciate and praise God for everyone that participated in praying for Chris and I; because by His grace, He directed us to a Doctor that was able to help and has been very good to Chris and I. This past week when I went back for a checkup and fill my precautions the Doctor restated that it will still be at least a few months yet before I can expect to fully recover. 

Chris’ health has also been on a downward slope as well with many of the same symptoms I’ve had six months ago; and the Doctor advised Chris and any other family members who have similar symptoms to also get tested. Chris did get tested and he also has the same bacterial infection, but thankfully he is able to treat it quick enough that it never got life threatening for him.  

God also sent us a ray of sunshine and a rainbow to carry us through the rain and storms. He worked it out for my sister Mary to come for a couple weeks during July. God knew that Chris and I both needed some big sister encouragement.  During my recovery I’ve had a lot of time to think, pray, and reflect back over the past eight and a half years here in Krinkrin. As I reflect back I feel encouraged beyond words with the respect that has grown between us and the younger generation, and even a handful of the older ones. And with this growing respect it is beginning to validate what we, and others such as Pastor Earl and Damaris from Verbo Ministries based out of Bilwi, have been pouring into them for so many years. When we look at the day to day it can be discouraging and you wonder if you are really making a difference. But if we can pause and take time to look at the big picture it really is beautiful and super encouraging. 

I’m also excited that, after almost three years, the family will all be together again, for a week, at the beginning of October, as we gather to celebrate the marriage of my sister Katie and Daniel Haumesser.
We serve a wonderful and loving God; and the beauty in walking in His footsteps is beyond words. Sincerely your sister in Christ, Eva

Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him, And He will direct your paths.

Isaiah 55:8-9″For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.”As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Jeremiah 29:11For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for harm, to give you a future and a hope.

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An Enemy Called Religion

Please pray for an Amish couple from Middlefield Oh who have become born again. When their married children found out about it they came into these new believers home and ushered the three children still living with their parents out the door, even with the mother telling them they can’t take them, and took them to another home in the community. They refused to let the parents take their children home with them when they went to get them, so the father called the cops, who came and removed the children and took them back to the parents.

During this time the older siblings had people there telling the younger ones that they don’t want to go home because their parents have lost their way and are going to hell, and that the parents have become like the devil and were going to try to deceive them so they would also go to hell. So even though the young ones were brought back to their parents by the police, they are so scared and traumatized by all the lies they were told about their parents that they refuse to talk to the parents. They spend their time in a room upstairs with the door locked and furniture pushed in front of it to keep the parents from coming in.

The parents are so heartbroken over the whole ordeal. They haven’t even left the Amish or done anything to warrant such extreme actions. Their only crime was, they were studying the Bible and realized that salvation was only by the grace of God, and they believed it and became born again. The word got out, and that’s why all this took place.

God is pouring out His Spirit over many Amish communities, and many are seeing and understanding the truth and becoming saved, which is really awesome. This is something we have been praying for for years. But the Amish are getting very desperate to try and stop this, and in the past year more and more are taking extreme measures like kidnapping and brainwashing as tactics to try and keep people bound to their religion. Thank you for praying for this precious family, as they will more than likely be excommunicated and shunned in a few weeks because of their new found faith. Also pray for salvation for the Amish people.

July 2.

Update on the Amish family in Middlefield Oh. I talked to the father/husband this morning, and they are so broken and sad right now. After seeing that no progress has been made with their children since they were brought back by the police, (because they get up every morning and run to their married sister’s house which is on the same property, and stay there until bedtime) they decided to take the children and spend a week at the lake together. But the children refused to go along. So the children’s non Amish friends invited them to come stay for a few days. The children wanted to go, but then refused to get into the same van as the parents who had hired a driver to take them to their friend’s house on their way to the lake.

Please pray for these dear new believers. Their foundation is being shaken. Pray for strength, courage, peace, wisdom, and discernment for the parents. And pray for the spirit of fear and the spirit of religion be lose their grip on the children, and that their hearts would turn back to their parents. Pray for the situation to change with the married daughter who lives on the same property and continues to brainwash the children daily.

There is some serious spiritual warfare going on. The same religious spirit that caused the Jews to kill Christ is the same spirit that drives these Amish to do this kind of thing against Christ followers today. So thank yall who have been praying and interceding for this family. We continue to believe God will turn this around and use what the enemy meant to destroy them with, and use it to make them stronger and more on fire to follow Him with all of their hearts.

Also a big thank you to the ones who reached out to us and wanted to help. We greatly appreciate your caring hearts, but as of now it is going to take God’s intervention to first do what only He is able to do. Prayer is still our request. The father also said to tell everyone thank you for praying. For those who don’t know the back story, read the story on my wall.

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Eva’s Sickness

June 16. Please pray for our daughter Eva She has walking pneumonia or cold pneumonia since last week, and the medication she was put on isn’t working. Since Saloma left last week, she is in KrinKrin without help, except for Chris and Daniel. Her oxygen levels are so low at times that her hands and feet go numb. They are looking to see if they have another medication in the village they can switch out with. Thank you for praying for our sweet Eva. We believe God will help her through this and heal her.

June 17. Update on Eva. She is doing much better by tonight. Her oxygen levels are up enough that she isn’t dizzy all the time, and her limbs aren’t going numb anymore. Thank yall so much for your prayers! We appreciate yall greatly!

June 21. Update from Daniel Yoder.

“All my friends who are prayer warriors, Eva Lee is in need of God’s healing and strength. She is on oxygen and had an extremely low point this morning. Her heart was wanting to give out. Taking a few sips of water took nearly to much energy for her. Her feet and hands were cold and had no feelings. Left arm and hand in a cramp. She is now resting better but far from doing good or even fair. I believe she had a mild heart attack. We are quite a way up river from the first town and Wednesday is the first flight available. We are asking our Father like it says in John if we ask the Father in Jesus’ Name we will have what we ask. PRAY”

June 22. Update from Daniel Yoder.

We gave Eva Lee IV last night again, she rested fairly good but didn’t sleep well. We just got her on the boat. I am hoping that she will get more strength in the little hospital in Waspam. After they evaluate her health, maybe fly her to Managua if she is strong enough for the trip. I am here holding down the fort and can’t talk the language yet. I can communicate somewhat but not very good.

June 22.

Thank you all for your prayers. Eva is in the hospital in Waspam. She is a little stronger but still haven’t been able to get a lot of help yet. Continued prayer appreciated.

June 23.

We have a finally have a few answers. They were unable to get on the flight to Managua so Chris rented a car and took her to a heart specialist in Bilwi (Puerto Cabezas) today and he ruled out a heart attack. So thankful! He said she has a bacterial infection that attacked the heart and caused her to have heart attack like symptoms. They admitted her to the hospital in Bilwi so they can treat the infection properly. She is still very weak but hopefully we’ll see improvement soon. Thank you all for your continued prayers!

June 24. Update on Eva. She is feeling much better, but is still extremely weak. They put her on strong meds to take care of the bacteria in her blood, and will spend about six days in the hospital. The heart malfunction she had was a result of this bacteria attacking a nerve somewhere in her intestinal tract that is connected to her heart somehow. So her heart is not damaged. The doctor said it will probably take close to 6 months for her to get all her strength back.

June 28. Update on our daughter Eva. She is doing much better, and was released from the hospital this afternoon. She is still too weak to walk on her own, so she will be staying in a motel room for a few days until she gets strong enough to make the trip back to the village. Thank yall for being on our team, and for all the prayers for her. God is good and faithful!

July 3. Update on our daughter Eva. She traveled home to KrinKrin today. She had gained enough strength to walk a little, but the 12 hour boat ride today was almost too much for her. She is extremely exhausted and weak, but at least she is home where she can rest now. Thank you to all of yall who care and prayed for our daughter. We are so blessed to have you on our team.

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Grateful by Eva

This amazing lady has been, and still is a much bigger blessing than she ever realized. She sanded and varnished so many things that were long past due for a touch of love, kept everybody well feed, the house running smoothly, and kept putting a smile and giggles on the faces of all our kiddos, despite the language barrier she faced continually. I love you and will miss you more than you know Saloma. All the times spent together in the kitchen, walking to the farm, traveling together, playing Skyjo, laughing together, spontaneous walks to the riverside, a day at the falls, a walk on the beach, an ice-cream treat, and so much more. But most of all just hanging out together, the heart to heart talks, and for lifting me up when my wings forgot how to fly. You are a true sister and such a beautiful Godly lady. Words can’t express the gratitude I have in my heart for you. Thank you for doing life with me, and all of us, the past three months.

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