Nothing for Granted

This is what you can see of the property as you fly into Puerto Lempira. The big house just to the right of Casa Del Camino property would be the house Roger and Katrina are building.

We spent the day (Sunday May 28th) riding around the Puerto Lempira area introducing Randy to some of our friends here.  As they each shared some of their experiences, coupled with my own issues I am having with a two of the boys from my last visit, it has only been reinforced in me, the need for Christ to be authentically known and truly followed here.

First, Randy and I rode our bikes over to Dr. Marianne’s  house to spend roughly an hour with her talking of her ministry to the Miskito people.  She employs six full-time people in order that she may house six children and feed 90, two meals a day!  God bless her.  She is also running a home school of sorts, a program that intends to help some succeed in getting an education.FullSizeRender 17

We then headed over to Mama Tara’s Orphanage and visited with Linda, who runs the orphanage.  There too, have been many struggles over the past few months.  I am praising our Lord for sustaining her through various storms.   From Mama Tara’s we rode to  Marcos’ home and visited with him.  Please pray for Marcos to make wise decisions and to follow through with some Godly encouragement and advice that we shared with him.

By being here and hearing the stories, having to work through the process of being disappointed in some of the boys’ actions, but yet, needing to forgive them and by doing so, showing them God’s grace and love for them, my hope is that I am encouraging them to be different from the rest.  Not to give into sin, but to fight sin and to make glorifying God their priority.

It is my prayer that each of us not take this life for granted and use what God has given you for His glory. We only have one life and time is short – it is easy to take life for granted, thinking you will always have more time, but then we die.  What are you going to tell God when He asks you what you did with what He blessed you with? That’s a good question for us all to ask ourselves, as I know I take much for granted.

We headed from Marcos’ place over to the I.V.A. School for Randy to learn about the incredible efforts going on there.  We discovered that Alex and Laura weren’t there because they were treated to a little get away in town to celebrate another blessed year of marriage.  Congratulations!FullSizeRender  Aiden, their oldest son stepped in and toured us though the stages of the school – filling us in with some short-term visions for the school.  By this time it was three o’clock and that was perfect timing to ride over and introduce Randy to our dear friend, Pastor Ludy Washington.  We joined in with his scheduled church service that he holds in his house every Sunday at 3pm.  This week he had a baby dedication and we all shared in the Lord’s supper.

Afterwards we headed back to the hotel.  Upon arriving there we were met by Jerbin.  So I spent another hour or so communicating with him.  Amazing how quickly word gets around when a couple gringos come to town.

On a side note.  Here are a couple pictures of progress at the property.  I took these on Saturday just after our arrival.  The crew has been hard at work.  Also on the property there are lots of mangos, and I learned of five cashew nut trees! Apparently people pay good monies for the cashew apple jam you can make with them.  Enjoy.

I continue to feel blessed to  be a part of God’s work here in La Moskitia.  Feeling that nothing should be taken for granted, especially our relationship with our Lord and savior.  I can remember thinking as if I had nothing but time, plenty of time to do things I wanted to do.  Now I am realizing that we have one life, and there will come a point where we live our last day.  I find myself asking the question, “What have I done with what He gave me?”  I think it would be good for each of us to ask that question.  Being given the gift of salvation in Christ, I look to share that same hope I now live with, with those who have no hope.  I pray this gets us all thinking and that it will lead us into action.  How much must you hate someone to not share the truth of the gospel with them?

Romans 10:14 ” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”

Casa Del Camino, a home of refuge for boys in need.

Thank you for reading and may God bless you,


Mike & Lisa Missionary Web Page


When God Calls You

Hello out there.

I am letting you, “the faithful” know that Randy and I are doing well.  We both were able to sleep a few hours on the plane and this is what I saw when my eyes opened.  So far this has been the easiest trip ever to this point.  There has not been much in the way of crowds (seeing that this is Memorial Day weekend), we rested on the plane, our arrival gate at Houston was our departure gate for San Pedro, all items are still in all of the bags, we landed in La Ceiba at 3:30 pm, checked into a room, set A/C to “HIGH” and were able to get across town to Ferrecosa (the construction supply store) by 4:27 pm – they close at 4:30 pm.  Thankfully, I was able to run through purchase orders and material lists, confirming the items sent and agreed on the amount owed for the remainder of items previously ordered – all within $5 USD.  Thank you LORD for travel blessings on day one!

As I continue to look at the amazing amount of work that has been done and all that still needs to be accomplished with this vision, I am encouraged by the simplest of things, like this mornings devotion speaking on:

Isaiah 48:15 “I, even I, have spoken; Yes, I have called him, I have brought him, and his way will prosper.”

This verse reminds me that when God decides to use you, He will make things happen.  I am resting in God and His faithfulness.  As we get further into this trip I pray that this experience blesses Randy richly, that our faith in our Heavenly Father continues to strengthen, and that He, is seen clearly at work within this mission.  To God be the glory. This God given vision Lisa and I share has brought some hesitation and a little fear our way, but as we continue to walk by faith in the presence of Him who called us, I am full of sweet joy!

I pray for God’s tender mercies to continue to light our way; for safety for Randy and me and for peace and comfort to be washed over our loving wives while we are away; for a cohesiveness with all the crew – I pray Lord, for fresh clean plentiful water to be reached; for healing over Pastor Roberto and his injured ankle; for blessings upon Pastor Ludy as he continues to disciple the work crewmen.  I pray for God to show Himself to the boys that will be reached at this home and for a softening of their hearts; and I pray for blessings over “Instituto Vida Abundante” for all of their sacrifice.  And Lord, I humbly ask that you go before us to prepare the people we will come in contact with, giving us your words to share and your loving attitude towards all.

I want to share a few more pics but understand three planes and 14 hours of travel you can probably guess what the pictures will be.  I have captioned them for your enjoyment.

Thank you for reading ~ Mike