April 21. Please be in prayer over the next few days for a young family who just left the Amish very recently and are experiencing serious persecution from their families and the church. And for us as we go and open the Bible with them and walk them through the truth of Salvation and the power of the Holy Spirit. Last week a van load of Amish came into their home one night and after condemning them and harassing them for 5 hours, they kidnapped the baby and it’s mother and took off to hide them away from the young husband and father.
The young man was distraught. He called the police and informed them what had just happened, and by God’s grace they were able to locate and stop the vehicle before it reached it’s destination and save the young woman from the mental torture and brainwashing she was about to have to endure, and was reunited with her husband along with their baby. Needless to say, there is a lot of hurt and confusion in their minds as to what is true and what is man made religion. So pray that they will know the truth, and the truth will set them free by the power of Jesus.
April 23. Update
Thank you to everyone who was praying (and shared the prayer request) for these precious people, and for the Holy Spirit to give understanding into the truths of the Bible. God has definitely honored our prayers. We were able to answer lots of questions they had, and showed them from the Word of God how to become born again.
I am super excited to inform yall that both Jacob and Wilma, after hearing that salvation was not by trying harder to follow the rules of the church, but was paid for in full by the blood of Jesus, became willing to surrender their lives to Him and prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Our hearts are full of gratitude to the Lord and to all of you who have been a part of our team by praying and sending all the encouraging words. Our new brother and sister were overwhelmed by the fact that there are so many people out there that actually cared so much about them, even though you didn’t know them.
I would like to ask yall to continue to remember them when you pray, because the road ahead of them is not going to be all roses. They made plans to relocate soon to avoid some of the harassment. They are from the community of Bethany Mo. The van load of people who did the kidnapping were from Carrollton Mo.
An update from the Wanki Nicaragua side of the mission field. I want to begin by acknowledging and thanking everyone of y’all that participate, in some way, shape or form, in furthering the gospel here in Nicaragua. We serve an all-powerful and faithful Father. Here we continue to stay busy with the every- day happenings, and various ministries here in the community and all along the river. In the past couple years God has put it in the hearts, and opened the doors for most of my siblings to one by one move back to the States. All of them being a bitter sweet goodbye.
In the end of March 2021 my parents were blessed with the opportunity to go back to the States and plan to stay for six months, updating our family and friends, resting and recharging, and being there for the birth of their first granddaughter. Katie will also be moving back to the States for the summer, and possibly long term. I realized it would be hard with just Chris and I on the ground here for six months but felt up to the challenge. So a few months back when Saloma Hershberger shared with me that she felt lead to come down here for a few months this spring I felt overjoyed with the thought of having a girl companion alongside me for a few months while my parents are on furlough. We praise God that she arrived on March 20th.
Then again when we got the news that Daniel Yoder (AKA Uncle Daniel) made plans to come in the middle of April and stay for three months; I’m not sure who was more happy, Chris or I. We are blessed beyond words. It’s definitely different with just a few of us here but it’s unique in it’s own way. I find myself feeling overwhelmed at times with all the responsibilities, namely paperwork, put continue to experience God’s faithfulness in that too. But the thing I’m noticing more is how I find myself needing and appreciating the community of the natives much more since I don’t have a continual fellowship and community with my siblings and parents. So I’m believing and trusting that even through my loneliest days that God will continue to use it for the good, in drawing me closer to himself and giving me a deeper connection with the people that I love so dearly, and long so much for them to understand the true grace and love of God.
The folks here, I notice it especially in the girls and young ladies, really feel like we need them now as well, instead of them always just needing us. Which I find very encouraging to observe, because in the past six months God has been teaching me quite a bit on, “people’s need to be needed.” And how important that is in growing a healthy relationship with someone and especially in ministering to someone. So it’s all beginning to become a much clearer picture to me why God told me, “this will be a year of deepening relationships.” He is most certainly doing just that. I’m in awe of God and the way he prepares us in advance for what’s ahead of us. He sees the big picture and slowly one piece at a time reveals it to us as we’re ready for it. We serve an Amazing God!!!
We are on our way to the States once again, after several failed attempts! We appreciate every one of yall who have continued to pray for us and support the work here over the years, even though we weren’t able to go back for three years now. We plan to start our journey in Ohio at the “Step Out Of The Boat” Conference. And from there we plan to go to Missouri. This year we plan to spend about five months States side, and already have many sharing opportunities in several states, so as we get our schedule going we’ll be posting it on here. We really want to see all of you, so please come out to one of the events closest to you. If you would like for us to come to your church or event to share our journey in the Miskito culture, please contact us for a date that would work.
So excited and blessed! During my time in the States God put on my heart to move forward in teaching fetal development, beginning in Krinkrin. God has provided! Riverways Pregnancy and Family Center in Salem Missouri donated our first fetal models and have supported me in training, prayer, and encouragement. Sarah has put her time into translating and creating some amazing material in the Miskito language and present it in a way that they can relate with and understand.
God has also shown himself faithful in preparing the hearts of a few of the ladies I will be working with in this ministry. They are awe stricken and pumped about sharing there new found knowledge with the ladies of the village. I’m excited to see how God will use this to open hearts and minds, with a new understanding, to begin cherishing the lives of the unborn. I feel blessed and honored to be a part of a work like this. I give a big Thank-you to everyone that has partnered with us in prayer as we continue to move forward in faith. We serve a good God!