“But whoever drinks the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14 (KJV)
Hello my friends, I am happy to report this trip has been one filled with blessings for all. This verse has multiple meanings to me as God has provided the well for Casa Del Camino! David our well man worked late into the night on Thursday (1:00 AM) to finish drilling a 8″ hole to a depth of 85′. He returned around 9:00 AM this morning (Friday June 9) to blow out the well and install a 6″ pipe, and then he filled the remaining hole with fine white rock to help aid filtration. By 4:00 PM we were pushing clear water!
This was completely up to God as to when this would happen, and as He so often does, came through in the eleventh hour of our trip. I think of the physical as well as spiritual blessings people will receive from the clean water and of the spiritual health from the discipling the boys will receive at Casa Del Camino. God is such a faithful Father!
Below is a short video of the final moments of this desperately needed project. I would like to thank David for his hard work, although I think we all know Who ultimately gets the glory, Amen?
As the men constructing Casa Del Camino are being blessed with Pastor Ludy’s faithful discipleship, they too are growing in the Spirit of the fountain within them – they can and will draw strength from His “springing water” that will allow them to lead a life of delight even in the hardships of La Moskitia. I am resting in the promise that this “water will spring up into everlasting life.” What a blessing this home will be to the impoverished boys of this area – coupled with Pastor Ludy who is amazing with the adolescents as well as the God-sized works being done at IVA. Jesus we seek to be your hands and feet.
(Below) Randy and I have been blessed to spend much time with several of the boys I’ve come to know over the past trips down.
Construction: (Below) are some shots of well tower improvement. We added a floor in the middle section that will double as a roof for the future battery bank for Casa’s solar power.
All the beams for the house have been completed as well! Much work was accomplished on this trip, all to the glory of God, for without Him none of this would be and certainly not within what is His time frame.
“We live unto the Lord…” Romans 14:8
As I was reminded in one of my readings today, we are to be sowers of good seeds, that by our living unto the Lord, it may bring others to know His love. I think of those men at the prison we went and met with along side Pastor Ludy the Wednesdays Randy and I were here this time, and how that prison ministry glorifies Christ – being the salt of the earth while blessing the world around us. Many of the men held in Puerto Lempira prison have no release date, and in turn that only extinguishes any sense of hope. Pray with me that the men rest in the hope and peace of Christ – as we know there is only One Way to find true joy no matter where we physically live.
Making friends with the Warden.
Please join us in giving thanks to our Lord for His provision of the well and for all of the generous-giving hearts of the donors to Casa Del Camino – without whom none of this would be possible! Also let’s lift a special blessing and prayer of thanks for the servant heart of Pastor Ludy Washington and for his family. We pray Lord, for the softening and preparatory work of the boys’ hearts God has ordained to be at Casa Del Camino; for the safety and continued growth of the work crew – praying still for God to do a mighty work in the lives of those men in prison who are seeking Him. We pray Father for more monthly donors to partner in making a difference in the lives of impoverished boys in this remote area of Honduras – and a very special ask for healing over my dear friend and Project Manager Chuck (below), as both he and his wife Beksy are experiencing abdominal issues. Finally, I ask for wisdom and understanding for Randy and me as we transition back to the hustle and bustle of “USA life” and reflect on the vast need of our Savior in the lives of the suffering.
A huge thank you for your continued prayer support of this ministry and for reading. ~Mike
If you have any questions about the Casa Del Camino Ministry, Lisa and I can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”
I would like to give thanks for all the prayers that have been lifting and blessing Randy and my time here in La Moskitia. We have been very busy and have much joyous news to share of our wonderings. I can say that this trip has been filling me with an overflowing joy, especially as I begin to become more aware of how our life here will be dedicated to serving and obeying God, and being blessed by Him. Realizing that my desire for the boys lives to be changed and deepened by God, has really deepened my appreciation and love for our Lord and savior, as He has become my main focus here; it’s all about helping people, the ones that are unable to help themselves at a very critical point in their lives, by sharing the free gift we have so undeservingly obtained. My close friend and brother Patrick once asked me, “How much must you hate someone to not tell them of this free gift?” And I would like to ask you, “Who have you recently shared your faith with?”
Recently, I had some issues with a couple of the boys who stole from me on the last trip. I am happy to report they have been reconciled. I saw them the Sunday after we landed, and I was able to talk with them about their actions. They appeared to be sorry, asked for forgiveness and assured me that it would not happen again. One of the boys was also struggling with disobedience in school, and was on the verge of being discharged from the school. I spoke with him regarding that situation as well – days later I ran into the Director of the school and she shared with me how this boy immediately sought out to speak with the her on Monday, apologizing for his behavior, asked for forgiveness and also apologized to a teacher for his disrespectful attitude. Only time will tell us where his heart truly is but I am proud of both of the boys for taking responsibility for their actions and looking for forgiveness.
At Casa Del Camino I have seen the work crew open up in conversation with Pastor Ludy. They are asking good questions, and are hungry for the word of God which is such a satisfying feeling – knowing that with faith, comes undying hope. One of the work crew men shared with us today that he has worked in Roatan and in Nicaragua for many years, (he’s in his mid 30’s) and he has never experienced a work environment quite like Casa Del Camino. One that is Christ-centered, where they start each day by studying the Bible before work, being able to give his first hour to God with his co-workers. He gave thanks for his job and the blessings it has been to his family. I believe by doing this, God is blessing each of the men’s days in the way they need it most. That is what so many of these impoverished boys and lost men desperately need, and already I already see God being glorified! This is obedience to God, by faithfully living out the great commission.
It is late here almost 2am. So I will try and condense the last week for you. During my last trip here I was very focused on Casa Del Camino and ashamed to say, that I didn’t take the time to visit the jail. This time, God put it very clearly on my heart that I was not to put those men off again. Since I see pastor Ludy every morning I asked him if he would like to go to the jail with me this past Wednesday – He told me that he would like to do that, and I shared with him that I had recently been studying the Holy Spirit and that I would like to see what the inmates knew of the Spirit within us. I put together some questions and verses to get things opened up and pastor had me lead in English, then one of the prisoners who spoke English translated into Spanish and then Pastor Ludy added his comments and translated into Miskito. It was a bit uncomfortable for me, but I feel it was well received. This upcoming week when we return on Wednesday, I thought we could discuss the topic of being grateful in every situation. It is tough to be grateful in prison so I thought we could look at the life of the apostle Paul. That being said, I’m not sure how much time I will have for blogging Monday or Tuesday. Please pray for the wisdom and words to share to be given to me. Here are a couple pictures of the new chapel at the prison (I did notice the white board in the back where they were teaching evolution and the Bible, which is little confirmation that those men could use more Bible, and less “evolution”).
We have gotten a lot done with the foundation of the home, and below are pictures taken from when we arrived, also on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and today. You can see the progress of the rebar and concrete forms along with building of the scaffolding.
Below are a couple pictures of all the materials being brought in.
Without getting people’s hopes up too much, I feel the Lord is faithfully providing “much, good, clean and fresh water” as David our well driller came the other day and when I left the property tonight (Friday) they were still drilling at 75′ with a 7″ bit, then the 8″ bit then removal of drill. After they will insert an 8″ pipe and pump it out to see what we have. So far it has been 75′ drilling, and all sand! Exactly what is wanted!! Please continue to pray. I will surely let you all know when I know. Thank you to all our prayer warriors. This new drilling site is 20′ from the first hole that was drilled when he hit rock.
Lastly, a picture of our eleven man work crew minus Pastor Roberto who is still needing prayer for healing. His first scheduled day back is the day Randy and I fly out of Puerto Lempira, June 10, 2017.
Sorry so long, been working hard, God is good.
God bless you all, thank you for reading and God bless these men.