God has promised to bless His people abundantly.
(Zechariah 8:13) The LORD of hosts says, “I will save you, and you shall be a blessing.” Even though these words were written to the nation of Israel, we can be certain it applies to ALL of His people. We can be encouraged by this promise and as we call upon the Lord to help us in our present difficulties, we can be grateful His promise doesn’t depend on us, but on Him. Realizing that I, being chosen, have been blessed with salvation, a free gift of God. That knowledge of truth has set me free! I am filled with joy and love for our mighty creator. Needing to keep everything in the correct perspective, God is sovereign. Our Heavenly Father knows what is best for each of us, what obstacles or difficulties we may face is exactly what we need, when we need it. Taking the time to patiently sit with God, being in the word and listening quietly to His spirit that is in us, is what I must to do to get a grip on things. We are also told in (Zechariah 8:13) “Fear not, but let your hands be strong.” Telling us that our help in building His Kingdom on earth will be difficult, though I hear God telling me to Be Strong! Do Not Fear!
Progress on Casa Del Camino is going as hoped, besides a little difficulty in finding a good source of fresh water. With seven days left before I return stateside, we are certainly looking to our Lord and calling on His promise to bless abundantly. Lisa shared with me the other day how she had been reading (Gen. 26) about Issac, son of Abraham and how God told Issac to go to a land He would show him, God promised him He would be with him and to bless him- giving him and his offspring lands and multiplying Issac’s offspring as the “stars of heaven.” Issac did what the Lord asked of him and in this chapter Issac digs multiple wells!!! There are disputes with others over the possession of the wells, and he leaves several to dig more. Despite the disputes, he ultimately is successful and builds an alter and calls upon the name of the Lord. He names the well his servants dug “Shib’ah” which resembles the Hebrew word meaning “oath” and the name of the city to this day is Beersheba. Lisa shared with me that she couldn’t help but think the Lord had her read that to let us know the well digging on the property will ultimately be successful. Grateful for the gift and blessing of my wife and best friend. Thankful for her uplifting thoughts.
To tell you where we are with the property…Relationships with the men are growing strong. Saturday, we will remove all remaining concrete forms on the bathroom well tower, today (Thursday Feb. 16) I installed the bathroom water pipes, and the garbage burn pit has been mostly completed other than the hinged lid to keep rain waters out. We have made 15 of the rebar skeletons for the house columns and I had 23 more coconut trees planted. Tomorrow we will begin work on the “pila” (clothes washing station), bathroom drains – shower, sink, toilet and begin digging footings for columns. Yes, the well guy will be back to either try again to break through rock at first location or try another new location as second location was 75′ of clay (not conducive of water collection). Also I will start work on another blog with pictures of the work. I am including a few pics of the areas around Puerto Lempira for your enjoyment.
In closing I would like to state that God’s blessings come with a responsibility. They require a response of committing ourselves to helping build His Kingdom – either “going” or “sending” and always “evangelizing,” loving what God loves and turning from what He doesn’t; and helping people to find God, pointing them to our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
Please join me in prayer for God’s will to be done in regards to the well for Casa Del Camino in the next several days. Praying also for all those who are praying with and for us and for you who are supplying prayerfully and financially as the Lord provides. Lisa, myself, the men employed, the boys God has chosen for the blessings Casa Del Camino will provide, we all Thank You, and this could not be done without all of you joining us in this mission. May you also be blessed abundantly!
Your Brother in Christ,