Rouel

“If you are a man come and fight him! Fight! Fight! Fight!” bystanders urged on the little boys, hoping to see something interesting for the day. A small disagreement between two young boys, Sinclair and Rouel, spurred on by aunts and uncles, looked like it might be an all-out fight. Chris happened by just in time to break up the fight between the boys and tell the adults that they should be ashamed of their behavior.
Rouel was from a refugee family that had just moved into an old schoolhouse building on the top of the hill, fleeing the fighting between the Spanish and Miskitu people due to land conflicts. Word of the arrogant 11-year-old boy did not take long to spread all over the village. Picking fights, teasing girls and cussing like a sailor was Rouel’s reputation. Since our house is close by, Rouel would come by nearly every evening to thump out rice for his family’s supper, many times testing our patience with his constant boasting and cussing. We soon found that Rouel was a child abandoned by both his father and mother and left with his grandparents: unwanted, unloved, undisciplined and hungry for love and attention.
After time Rouel began attending children’s Bible class that Karen gives three times a week where she shares with the children both Bible stories and basic principles of life. We soon began noticing differences in Rouel’s behavior from how he acted when he would come to play ball to the way he respected us when we said something. Every time in Bible class he would ask his teacher for a Bible verse to memorize, but when the next Bible class came, he never had memorized his verse. Since he is not able to read, and had no one to teach him. The more and more he started hanging out at our house, the gifts for the other children who said memorized Bible verses caught his eyes. He began to ask Eva to teach him a bible verse so he too could receive a gift, since the reason he had not been able to memorize them before is because he cannot read and also had no one to teach him. Eva in her great patience spends hours teaching him Bible verses. This time spent has not only helped him learn Bible verses that could make an eternal difference, but also has made him feel like he has some self-worth, which has totally changed his behavior. Rouel is no longer known as the cussing fight-picking kid as before, but as a sweet fun loving little fellow. We are all very proud of him as he memorized and quoted twenty Bible verses last Monday.
It is easy to become discouraged when many make a definite choice not to follow God, but the difference in one of these little ones is worth it all. Please be praying for Rouel and others like him to continue to make the right choices and let God’s Spirit begin to work in their lives to make an eternal difference. With much love, Sarah Lee

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FEBUARY UPDATE FROM KATIE

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. His name be praised forever.

God has always been faithful, He has never failed us.

In this past year I think God has been teaching me as much as anyone here. It is such a blessing to have a deeper personal relationship with Christ and experience the great love that grows deeper every day.

Here in Krinkrin it is the beginning of the dry season,where it only rains a few times a week. The river has gone down a lot and the pathways back to the jungle are drying out, to where you can use sneakers instead of boots in shin deep mud. In the dry season, all the landscape changes; the grass turns brown and dry, the skies are bright blue with white fluffy clouds, people clear little places off to plant a few vegetables along the riverbank and the air is hot and dry.

We have been working on the new medical clinic. With the help of some friends who came for short mission’s trips, we got the doors and windows set, the walls painted and the floors tiled. We were also able to distribute 162 gift boxes to families in four different villages with the help of another mission’s team. I was really encouraged and blessed to be able to spend time with my friends. The Lord has been pouring out his love on me. It is such a blessing to see the work that He is doing on the river.

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There have been a lot of trials and the devil is also trying to stop God’s word from reaching any more ears then it already has. Yet in Mark 13:10 it says “The gospel must first be preached to all nations.” No matter how hard tried, God’s word can’t be stopped. I know that no matter what will come our way, God will be glorified in the end. God has brought us here to do His work and He will make a way for us to teach all.

In this upcoming year we are wanting to go to more villages up and down the river, teaching the good news to all. Some will listen with open ears and some will turn away but the ones who believe will not be quiet with what they have learned; the spreading of the gospel cannot be stopped.

God has blessed us with a lot of fruit tree saplings. In the back yard we have 15 little coconut trees, several orange, lemon, mango, pear, etc. trees, but the biggest blessing of all is His love and protection. In these three and half years that we have been here I have learned so much about God’s love and grace, what He wants for me and who I am in Christ. I have seen many miracles that God did; He has healed the sick, made the lame to walk, softened hard hearts and much more.

There are many trials that strengthened my faith in God, and I know many more are yet to come, but my God has not failed me in any way. He has carried me through the hardest times in my life, times when I was not able to go on.

Marcos and Karen, our ministry partners, are a big blessing to us. Seeing the way that they have grown in the Lord is amazing. God has used them to encourage us when times were tough. Right now they are going through some hard times themselves, because they are not backing down from what God’s words says. Their friends and family are rejecting them, because of their faith in the Lord.

Mary and Camille have started giving Spanish classes to both our family and a few friends from the village. Since the language is Miskitu where we live on the river, learning Spanish has been put on the back burner, but we now also want to learn Spanish (and spread the gospel further to the Spanish speaking people as well). Katrina has also been a big blessing to me since she has been here. She has taught me how beautiful it is to serve God with all you have in many different ways.

There are a few things I would like to ask you to pray for:

Our family as we struggle to stay united in the midst of this work.

Our ministry partners Marcos and Karen as they are raising their family and are doing ministry.

Camille and Katrina as they are away from their families and are serving with us down here.

For open hearts and minds as we teach along the river.

Continual strength as we serve the Lord in many different ways and that we would never lose our joy in the Lord.

Thank you for your prayers for they are very needed and appreciated. May the name of the Lord Jesus Christ be glorified forever.

  

                                       Katie

Psalm 71:14-16

As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise You more and more.

My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of Your saving acts all day long

though I know not how to relate them all.

I will come and proclaim Your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim Your righteous deeds, Yours alone.

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Nov. Update

Dear loved one’s,
Praise and glory to God the Father and to the Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us a living hope, and called us according to His purpose.
We have made our way to Managua again for the purpose of renewing our residency permits. Things have been delayed a little because it is the first year we are going under the covering of our ministry here in Nicaragua, so there is more paperwork that needs to be done, and more papers to be gotten from the government here. But God is so good!  He continues to give us favor with the right people so that things keep moving forward. Thank yall for your continued prayers and financial support, because without it, it would be imposible for us to do this process or to stay here.

Oh my! Here it is about three weeks later, and we are back in Krin Krin! God did some amazing things in the process of getting our new residency permits. We could very well have been stuck there for another six weeks, with the time lines they gave us throughout the process. But in one of the cases the wait was ten days, and we had the paper in one and a half hours! In another case the wait was five weeks after they accepted the paperwork, but we had our cards in our hands in three days! It was amazing! So we were gone from home just under a month. We were also very grateful for Camille and Katrina who stayed at the house with our Derlin while we were gone.

Since we are back things are all in a hustle and bustle like usual when we are gone for a month. Our ministering here in our village has gone to a different level, with the ones we have been teaching since we’ve been here, who say they are Christians, yet continue to live in sin. God told us to warn the people that if they don’t repent, they will have to face the consequences of God’s punishment, which we did.
Well what God said is coming to pass, and some serious things are happening the last few month. It is hard to see people suffer, and some die, but I am thankful that God loves them so much that He teaches them. There are a few who are starting to look deeper into what it means to be a Christian, but others have chosen to blame us for their sorrow instead of repenting.
There are a group of them who are banding together and have put a bounty on my life. As many of you know, there have been several attempts to kill one or the other of us in the past, without success. This time the plan is very well thought out where there will be no escape for me. (In human terms) They are hiring three hit men with good guns, one to come here in the village to kill me. If that one should fail, they assume that I will take off down river, so they will have another one stationed a little ways downriver, and if that one should fail, they will also have another one in Waspam, just in case I make it that far.
This is definitely a concern to pray about, but it doesn’t scare me. I know God has called me to do a work here that is not complete yet, so I know my time on this earth isn’t done. And if my time to go home with Him hasn’t come, they can try anything they want and won’t be able to kill me. And when my time has come to go, I can’t do anything to stay alive. So why should I worry, since my life is in the hands of the Almighty? After all He is my Father and I know He has the perfect plan for my life in His hands, so I desire nothing else!
Something I would like to ask yall to pray about is for all the refugees from the violence in the area. There are about 83 people here in our village who have fled the fighting, who we are trying to help with the basic needs of life. In the week since we are back I have talked to the leaders from our village and with several other people who are familiar with the situation in the affected villages. This is some of what I learned:
The village of Polo Paiwas has been completely wiped out, every house has been burned down. The people who weren’t killed have all fled to other villages. There are four other villages that almost all the women and children and some men have fled from as well because of the violence. They are mostly staying with whoever will allow them to stay, so there are many little houses that have four or five families (sometimes as many as 30 people) living in them. This is quickly creating a huge problem for the ones who took others in, because they barely had enough food to feed their family for a year, and now there food is all disappearing fast.
A few of the leaders from these villages have come to me and asked for help with food and medicine. Sickness is so rampant with the children and elderly, like it always is when there isn’t sufficient food and unsanitary conditions. We have been helping some, but with everything going on and with all the costs of our Managua trip, our general fund is pretty much dry. We really appreciate those of you who constantly pray for these situations, and also for the generous giving, which enables us to actually help physically with these huge needs. I am convinced that yall will be sharing in the blessings of being obedient to God’s Spirit, and someday in this life or the next you will get to meet the precious souls that have been won for Christ because of your obedience.

It is our goal to show or share the love of Jesus to everyone we meet. God is continuing to open the doors for us to minister in other villages. In the middle of Dec. we plan to have our first compana on the Honduras side. We struggle with ministering to everyone in follow up and new places. Almost all of these villages have a pastor of some sort, but many of them need some serious descipling yet (or be saved) before they can really teach those who make a profession of faith. It is our hope to start a discipleship training school for pastors in 2016, if the Lord provides the means to do it. When many of these pastors found out that the Lord put it on my heart to do that, they got very excited about it and said they will be coming whenever we start the classes.

We are also planning to have a pastor’s conference here in Krin Krin again in Jan, like we had last Jan. Only God knows how this one will turn out, because there are many pastors from further away villages who asked me if they can come this year. I also know that the Padri of the Catholic religion is telling their pastors that they can’t come to our functions anymore, although I know of several that have said that they are coming anyway, because nobody else has ever taught them about the Holy Spirit the and they want to learn more about it.

Another prayer request I have is for the Catholic minister that is over this immediate area. He is the one that the Padri had sent last year to shut our conference down, but by God’s grace he wasn’t able to shut it down, so he sat in and took notes about everything that was taught. By the end of the three day conference he came to me and apologized for causing us trouble, because we didn’t teach anything except out of the bible, and we didn’t bash his religion. He has been at several of the companias we have done in villages close to his, even the ones we did in the Baptist and the Moravian churches.
He was here just last week when the Padri was here in Krin Krin and left strict orders that none of their people were allowed to go to our companias anymore, and there was no way that they were allowed to have us have any part in there functions. This week they had a conference for young people here. The Padri didn’t show up, so it left this minister all alone to do all the teaching and everything. He was overwhelmed and went to praying to God about it,  and God told him: “why are you crying about being alone? Your brother is right here and is willing to help. Go unite with them and the work will go well. ” So he came and asked me to help with the preaching, and asked the rest of us and Marcos’s family to help with the music and play a couple of skits. It was awesome!! God is doing a huge work in his life and he is listening to the teaching of the Holy Spirit at this point, but I know that he will be pounced upon hard by his superiors in religion with the choices he is making. Please pray that God would strengthen him and teach him to also rely on the Spirit when he is faced with hard choices he will have to make.

Sorry this got so long. Thank yall for your faithfulness! Eli and family

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GLENIS

Here is a short story about a lady from our village that passed away this past week.

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Glenis, a name asociated with an angry women, hateful, disrespectful, prideful, Godless, and the favored child of her mother.

“Mary, Glenis passed out again, can you come check her blood presure” was a very comon anouncment from someone running down the hill toward our house.

After the birth of her youngest son Erti, Glenis struggled with constant sickness. Beings she was her mother’s favored child Ofelia (her mother) rarely left her side; often taking her to different villages looking for the best witch doctor to heal her daughter. After months of one witch doctor after another, God came to Glenis’s sister Karen (a faithful servant of Christ) in a dream one night saying; “Why have you not told your sister of my love for her, why have you not told her how she can be saved. I do not desire that she die without knowing me”.

As her sister lay nearly dieing Karen asked if the ministry would help pay for Glenis to go see a real doctor. The ministry paid for her fare down river, and once down river against her mother’s will Karen took Glenis to see a real doctor. Karen and my Dad spent hours teaching Glenis about the love of Jesus and how she could be saved. After many sleepless nights and continued battle with the sickness Glenis surrendored her life into the hands of her savior Jesus Christ. Her mother also made a profession of faith, that after a few weeks proved to be like the seed that fell among the rocks. “When I trusted God to heal my daughter he didn’t do a thing, I don’t care what God says anymore. I love my daughter more then him and I will do anything to have her healed”, Ofelia would say.

Glenis in plane-1But Glenis now trusted in her Savior and refused to give in to her mother’s rantings. “I know that God has saved me” she would say. “I know he has the power to heal me if he desires to do so, but if he wants to take me home to be with him, I am ready to go. I no longer want to look to the witch doctors for help, I know a bigger better power now, and he lives within me. I know the angry person I used to be, I know the hatred I had in my heart, but now it´s all gone, God has washed all my sins away; I now have a peace in my heart in place of the hatred, and I know nothing can ever change that. I believe in my God and I will not give in to Satan again”.

Through her sickness and many hours of teaching and encouragement from Karen and also my Dad when he got a chance, Glenis’s faith continued to grow.

After monthes of doctoring nothing seemed to help Glenis get better, always on the verge of death Glenis’s body continued to get weaker, and the opposition from the mother got stronger.

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Glenis’s three youngest children had been staying with their aunt Laura who beat them daily and refused to feed them properly. When Karen came home for a week she took the children and leaving them in our hands to care for them, went back down river to be with her sister.

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Here is a picture of the difference in the baby only a short time after he was in our care. Warmer, plenty of food, and a little tender living care.

God touched Dad’s heart when he was down river that he needed to go and pray for Glenis. As they prayed God showed Marcos (Karen’s husband) in a vision of how He touched Glenis`s body and healed all the wounds that Satan had inflicted on her body. As the next two weeks went by Glenis slowly got better, although she was still very weak.

One night in a dream God came to Karen and showed her an angel with a bow and arrow pulled back pointing at Glenis and said, “tell your mother if she does not repent from her wickedness, she will loose her daughter”.

Ofelia became more furious saying things like “If Glenis refuses to go to the witch doctors I hope that she does die, and if God has a problem with the way I have been acting he will just have to punish me, but I don’t care”.

At Glenis’s request we brought her home where she was able to see her five children. That night God came to Karen again in a dream and showed her the angel who had pulled the arrow back let it go and it went trough Glenis but it didn’t harm her, but the arrow went on out the other side and hit Ofelia and she fell to the ground in much pain. The next day against Glenis’s will, Ofelia with the backing of her family invited the witch doctors in to do their medicine on her daughter. All day they kept the doors locked and refused to let Karen in to see her sister, who was crying and begging them to stop doing the medicines on her, and asking to talk to Karen.

That night Karen and Marcos came to our house, and Karen shared what God had shown her. “I can’t do anything” she cried, “what God has said no one can change.” After we prayed and cried with them they went home, but before they reached their house we heard wailing and screaming coming from Glenis’s house. God had chosen to take his daughter home. Away from all the pain the trails that may before her. The arrow went through Glenis but it could not harm her because she beleived in her Savior, and is now with her heavenly father, but the mother because of her unbelief suffers loss. Sadly, Ofelia still refuses to repent but continues to say terrible things about God and against Karen, blaming them for killing her daughter.

How much God must love Ofelia because he choose to take her daughter who was ready to meet him instead of her herself, because he knows she is not ready to meet him.

Please pray for Glenis’s younger sister Laura as God has shown Karen that if her mother still refuses to repent and turn to him, he will allow sickness to come on Laura, because Ofelia has allowed her children to become her God. If Ofelia still doesn’t repent and turn to Him Laura will also die. Please pray for Laura’s salvation. Also pray for Ofelia that God would soften her heart and help her to surrender to Him, and for Karen as the battles seem unending for her. Pray for Glenis’s five chldren and husband as well as they struggle with the loss of their mother and wife.

Here is a picture of Glenis’a five children. The oldest daughter is married and has her own baby.

We continually praise God for his saving grace for Glenis! Pray for others like Glenis to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Thank ya”ll for your prayers, Sarah Lee

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