“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This verse from Galatians 6:14 was our theme at Boot Camp this year. We have been involved in many activities over the last few months, and this verse helps us to consider how many of those things have been for the glory of the cross.
October and November 2018
We held a Refresher for our MSSM circuit riders, two Kairos Missions Training Seminars, two Tours of Values, and three Missions Conferences, among other meetings and events! The first Tour of Values was sponsored and organized by an unknown person. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a disaster. The directors of the schools in San Isidro asked us if we would do our own Tour. So, just two weeks later, all the glory to God, we were able to put together our very own Tour at the elementary school in San Isidro. The idea was to reinforce the values lessons that the students and staff had been teaching throughout the year in a fun and challenging way. So, we made an obstacle course that ended with swimming pools and trampolines. It was a huge success!
We wanted to spend Christmas with family and friends in Oregon and God blessed us in allowing us to go! We were happy to share an update of our ministry with several Sunday school classes since a surprisingly great number of people do not receive our newsletters and therefore do not know what has been going on. In one class, we were asked what needs were greatest at the moment, and we replied that we needed a new stove for the Boot Camp and Bible School. Well, to God’s glory, the funds were donated immediately and a new stove with oven was purchased in time to use at Boot Camp! We had such a blessed time in Oregon, making Christmas cookies, visiting with beloved family and friends – and since the snow didn’t decide to fall in the Willamette Valley – we went up to the mountains and found it! We want to say a huge thank you to each person who took part in blessing our family, and it is our sincere prayer that God will bless you abundantly in return!
Dec. 27, 2018 – Jan. 7, 2019
Boot Camp in Santa Cruz AND in La Mosquitia! At the Santa Cruz base, we did not have as many team members arrive as we had hoped for, but we did have 33 which was enough to make three teams. If you add the nine leaders, and the staff and volunteers, there were around 60 people total during the training time. We had a nearly perfect Boot Camp with great weather and enthusiastic team members. It would have been perfect if it hadn’t have been for a plague of tics that got on everyone and left itching bite marks all over! In La Mosquitia, they also didn’t have as many team members arrive as they had hoped for, but for the glory of God, they had one team with seven team members! They are a great group of kids, with good attitudes, and actually are from four different cultures! All of the teams are currently out on their projects as I write this newsletter. They will return for Debrief on Jan. 26th and then go home on the 30th. Thank you for your prayers for many of these young people to make commitments to serve the Lord full-time in missions work. Our next newsletter will have the exact results of these Boot Camp projects and the Debrief time.
Coming up – February 2019
A new term with new students will begin both at the Santa Cruz and La Mosquitia Bible Schools. Please pray that if it is God’s will, He will bring many students to study at both schools.
For those of you who have not heard, Chico will need to live in the United States for a period of at least one year without leaving so that he can apply for naturalization. Because of this, we have decided to move our family to Florida in August to work at the Teen Missions International base while fulfilling this requirement. So, during the months of February, March, April and May, we will be cleaning up, packing up, and training someone to take over the leadership of Teen Missions in Honduras. We will greatly appreciate your prayers that God will bring the right person to be in charge and that He will bring the right staff alongside to help out with the many responsibilities, including: Bible school administration, teaching classes, cooking, building and property maintenance, and social relations with area pastors and churches.
June and July 2019
We will be leading the Honduras team which will spend time working at both bases, Santa Cruz and La Mosquitia. During this same time, Samuel will be a leader on a team that is going to be working with AIDS orphans in Uganda. If you would like to donate a financial gift specifically for him, please note that when you send it.
We finish our summer team and move to Florida for AT LEAST ONE YEAR. We do not know how much longer it will be after the year is completed, but we do know that we will be in Florida until at least August of 2020.
Thank you so much for your prayers throughout all of this. We have experienced many emotions as we head into this new phase in our lives, but we know that God has been good all this time—certainly we can trust Him with the future!
Love from the Chicas family: Chico, Kathy, Daniel, Samuel, Abi, and Joel