The last month has been exciting God has done so much. We at now at 80% of the funds needed to return to Honduras. Since our last letter we have raised over $17,000. This is a miracle and the only explanation is God. I stand amazed at how God has provided for this ministry over the last year. This past week I was able to bring a group from OH to Honduras to begin to get things ready for our arrival next month. I was able to run the bus route and begin to develop a relationship with the Honduran people in the church. I was able to translate for the
American pastor that was with us. This was a first for me and I am thankful for God’s grace. I did accidentally mix up the word “cow” and “mouth.” This caused me to tell people they should use their cow for the Lord!
We were able to introduce Marcos to the church family. He is a young, Honduran preacher we have been helping through Bible college. He is planning on joining our staff in the next year. It was a blessing to see his heart for the people and his burden for evangelism. Marcos helped us pass out over 1000 John and Romans.
I have purchased my ticket to return to Honduras August 7th. Beth and the kids will be coming a few weeks later. For those of you that don’t have Facebook, we also were blessed by the birth of our third child, Blake Hansen Birkholz. He was born at 10 1/2 pounds! He is a healthy tank. Thank you all for your prayers.
Please pray for the finances still needed. We are praying that we would raise an additional $20,000 by the end of August. We also will have the expenses of travel, residency, language instruction and maintenance/building costs. It can be quite overwhelming at times. God has always met our needs and we press on one day at a time. This ministry in Honduras is your ministry. You have invested, you have prayed, you have visited. We believe fully we are on a team with you to serve God. Thank you for you love for us and for the people of Honduras.
Our ministry focus is to 1. Exalt Christ 2. Equip Believers and 3. Evangelize the lost. We are working to accomplish that with three distinct priorities: 1. Church Planting, 2 Orphan Caring, 3. Medical Evangelism. As soon as we touch the ground in Honduras, we will be taking over Iglesia Bautista Lejamani. We will use our time to disciple and train the nationals and raise up leaders to continue this work. We are in the process of getting printed materials together to aid us in this church and in evangelism.
We will be adding three houses for staff to our property over the next year. We need building crews to come down for mission trips to help with this expansion. Please contact us for more information. My cell phone number can be used to reach me by text, even when I am in Honduras. 860-484-9680
Thank you for your support and prayers!
In His Service,