In great need

November 22nd, 2014
What a wonderful time spent with some amazing people in such a beautiful environment!  We were also blessed to experience snow!

What a wonderful time spent with some amazing people in such a beautiful environment! We were also blessed to experience snow!

The past three weeks, we have been traveling with the privilege of sharing in Great Falls and Bozeman MT, Cody, WY and this weekend Missoula, MT. These visits have been tremendous blessings to us and our ministry and we have been able to share what God is doing! We also spent a wonderful, encouraging week in Colorado Springs at the Envision State-side gathering.

We write you today in great need of your prayer support. We are experiencing many difficult situations and losses as a family and as a team.

Tess, who has devoted the past three months of her life to serve our family as a nanny, will be leaving this coming Wednesday to return home. She will be greatly missed by our family. She quickly worked her way into our hearts and lives and her absence will be felt deeply!

A dear friend, whom we were able to stay with several days while in Montana, has been struggling with his health. He has been a Papa to our kids and a close friend to Richard and I. It was very difficult to see him in this condition and continues to be difficult being so far away. Please pray for him and also his family.

Also, the Schuenke family is going through a very difficult time right now. A support network is in place through the Alliance/Envision and their sending church, Appleton, is already actively involved in caring and helping. We don’t have all the answers to this, but we do know the best thing we can do for their family is be praying and patient.

We are in such great need as a family for strength, comfort, and discernment in each of these circumstances. Our team is also in great need of unity, strength, and wisdom. Thank you so much for entering into God’s presence on our behalf.

It has been such an encouragement to travel to various churches who are behind us and supporting us!

It has been such an encouragement to travel to various churches who are behind us and supporting us!

The kids and Tess enjoyed  selling coffee and t-shirts!  Here we are in Great Falls.

The kids and Tess enjoyed selling coffee and t-shirts! Here we are in Great Falls.

For our first two weeks in the US, we were blessed to experience the "perfect" fall!  It was such a delight!

For our first two weeks in the US, we were blessed to experience the “perfect” fall! It was such a delight!

Love Link Newsletter November 2014

November 11th, 2014

Blessings,

Here is the current issue for our newsletter “The Link”, showing the work of our ministries
Metamorfosis and Love Link.

Feel free to share.

If you want to download a copy for printing or easy reading, click on the link below and press on the “download” button on the top.
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Newsletter Oct 2014

November 11th, 2014

Please feel free to read and share our monthly Newsletter about our programs in El Salvador.
you can also visit us at www.love-link.org for more information on Love Link and Metamorfosis,
as well as ways to donate.

Blessings,

Thirsty

October 30th, 2014

Wow. October has absolutely flown by!

I spent a lot of early mornings in the van going to Metamorphosis for the first 3 weeks of October.

I spent a lot of early mornings in the van going to Metamorphosis for the first 3 weeks of October.

Helping put the pega (glue) on part of the shoe

Helping put the pega (glue) on part of the shoe

As I mentioned in September, I am LOVING my work at Vinculo de Amor, especially the days when I get to be downstairs working with the babies. I have been focused on learning as much as possible about how things work there… how they clean, do laundry, feed the babies, keep a schedule, run the clinic, record information, etc. I have really come to appreciate the super sweet group of niñeras. They are fantastic, extremely friendly, inviting, and willing to teach me a lot! Obviously the babies are absolutely precious, and I love working with them as well. It is amazing to see a malnourished baby come in and leave totally transformed. They go from skin and bones (or excess water weight) to plumped up (or not swollen), from crying to smiling, from lying in bed to walking around, from barely tolerating a bottle to eating baby food. I love it.

Love my time at Vinculo! It's a treat to sit outside and get some fresh air in the little garden/patio with a little one in your lap.

Love my time at Vinculo! It’s a treat to sit outside and get some fresh air in the little garden/patio with a little one in your lap.

October also brings the end of the rainy season. However, I am finding myself more and more thirsty. This kind of thirst, though, is for Living Water. When I am in my room at night, I can hear people talking in the park across the street, the music playing at more than one bar, and various car alarms and sirens. I have also been researching the sad statistics about malnutrition in El Salvador, hearing about factors that have shaped the culture here (such as the breakdown of the family unit), and seeing brokenness all around me. This city is dried up. It is like a desert in need of rain. The people walking around this city are like dry bones in need of the breath of life (Ezekiel 37). Clearly, God is the only One that can bring life. Please pray that God will pour out His presence on this city starting with us, and that we would be filled to overflowing with Living Water. We desperately need the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to be manifested in our lives and the lives of the broken around us. Please pray that we will go deeper in our relationship with Christ, so that it really is His love flowing through us to others, and our motivation becomes the glory of God… but that’s a conversation for another day. =)

This land may be green right now, but I'm telling you it's thirsty!

This land may be green right now, but I’m telling you it’s thirsty!

What shall I return to the LORD for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD. I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people. Psalm 116:12-14

~Hannah

6,000!

October 22nd, 2014
working hard to meet our goals!

working hard to meet our goals!

We reached 6,000 pairs of shoes in just over 3 weeks! A little short of our goal of 6,300, but the shoe manufacturing company is happy with what they are seeing as long as that positive progress does not stop. This will be a challenge as we will be leaving for 3 week for the Stateside gathering of Envision and also four speaking engagements in churches in Montana and Wyoming! We are celebrating today (Wednesday) with a cookout!

God showed us a glimpse of why we are fighting for this ministry. This past week, we had an incident with a stolen wallet where the thief repented, brought back the wallet but was afraid the victim was going to get revenge. Instead the victim stood up in front of all the people and announced that he had forgiven him and asked that everyone else forgive him too. Amazing love and life change! Just one of many encouraging stories this week.

shoes in van

Progressing and fighting on

October 8th, 2014
Filling the van to the max with shoes!

Filling the van to the max with shoes!

For the past 10 days, we have recruited as many staff as possible to assist in the efforts at Metamorfosis – from the secretary at Vinculo (baby house), to Hamilton (our lawyer), to Raquel! Many, especially Richard and Nestor, have been working long hours in order to meet the production back log and save our relationship with our only customer — and thus save the program. Our three week goal is 6,300 pairs of shoes. The days have been long, but we have seen great progress and have over 2,300 pairs produced at the close of the day yesterday (Tuesday, Oct 7th) and we have been able to give jobs to several ex-prisoners and others wanting to leave a life of crime but with extremely limited opportunities. As of right now the project has over 170 years of prison time served among the staff members and several more considered “at risk” because of the previous affiliation with gangs.

Please continue to pray as each day has new challenges and obstacles as we must earn the trust of our customer by daily producing high volumes of high-quality shoes with many new workers and new management. In other words, we are bailing water and rowing at the same time. In the midst of all the physical challenges are spiritual attacks such as one worker quitting and then demanding that we pay him severance pay or he will make a (false) report to the government. On October 24, our family leaves for three weeks to be apart of three missions conferences in Montana and a conference/training for Envision site-leaders in Colorado Springs. We need to be able to leave a stable functioning team behind.

Felice, along with her brothers and sister, gave up their Saturday to "help save the shoe factory"!  Felice worked with sweat rolling down her nose as she strung labels to be tagged on the shoes.

Felice, along with her brothers and sister, gave up their Saturday to “help save the shoe factory”! Felice worked with sweat rolling down her nose as she strung labels to be tagged on the shoes.

Taking some time during lunch break at Metamorfosis for some football action!

Taking some time during lunch break at Metamorfosis for some football action!

Urgent prayers needed

September 29th, 2014

Proyecto Metamorfosis

We are faced with an urgent situation at Metamorfosis. In a meeting late last week, the shoe company we have our sole contract with told us that we have 2 weeks to complete the current orders and the orders we are behind in. This amounts to about 6,000 pairs of shoes. Without this contract, the ministry is at risk of closing down. Beginning today, nearly all of the Wired staff left very early in the morning to dedicate their time and service to helping. In addition, Ricardo has decided to step in and lead everyone through this crisis, which means he also will be working long hours throughout this week and next.

Although you may not be able to join us physically, we are asking that you cry out to God for us to be unified, strengthened, and successful in our efforts. As we fight to save this ministry as we believe we are being led by God, we also open our hands to Him who is in control.

In the battle, The Mullinax’s

September 27th, 2014

After spending almost 6 weeks in the states, going to my brother’s wedding, training in Colorado, and Atlanta to visit Northpoint Community Church, I am SOOO glad to be back!!!!! (even though it was a great trip)

I have enjoyed a lovely rainy season here in September, with cool temperatures, lots of birds singing, flowers blooming, and falling asleep to the sound of rain on the tin roof.

Every day is kind of a new adventure for me as my role have been morphing quite a bit. The latest thing I am THRILLED about is getting to work at Vinculo de Amor. I have a background of nursing, and have missed it quite a bit. I wasn’t expecting to get to do medical work of any kind down here, especially not now. I was hoping for something maybe in the distant future. Isn’t God kind like that to provide me with a way to do something I love. =) This is definitely a gift from God!!! He surprised me with this, since it’s not even something I prayed for.

What that looks like for now is spending time at Vinculo in scrubs, working alongside the niñeras, learning from them and building relationships with them. I absolutely love working with the babies, and the niñeras have been most welcoming.

Another highlight this month was getting to go to the prayer event at Metamorfosis. I love when God’s people pray together, and it is so needed out there. It was a lovely time of seeking God together, but I’m aware that there are still HUGE deficits there both spiritually and with the business. Please pray for this!

Nestor wrapping up our meeting and prayer time at Metamorfosis with Sam and Julie

Nestor wrapping up our meeting and prayer time at Metamorfosis with Sam and Julie

One other thing I got to do was stay with the Mullinax kids for a couple days so that Ricardo and Jen could get away. It was so much fun! The kids were great, and we enjoyed our time together. The girls played “salon” one day, and another day we had an Indian dinner. The kids ate it up. Literally.

Our Indian dinner

Our Indian dinner

~Hannah

Full!

September 24th, 2014
The dinner for the board of Vinculo de Amor was a huge success

The dinner for the board of Vinculo de Amor was a huge success

Our days have been full lately! Calendar full, but also full of blessings! The Vinculo Board dinner at our house was a great success! People stayed well after it was over to talk! We celebrated El Salvador’s independence and Richard survived his 40th birthday! This Sunday, a private health insurance company is sponsoring a 6 and 10K run, in which the proceeds will benefit Vinculo de Amor! We will have a booth set up and some of us will be participating. Please pray for the success of this event! Please pray for us as we seek to be light to all the interesting people we are meeting these days!

Also pray for God to grant us wisdom as we seek to hire three key people: an engineer to replace the production manager at Metamorfosis (currently vacant), a permanent Director for the program (currently we have an Interim Director), and also a manager for the Premiere Transportes business. We REALLY need God to provide his chosen person for each position and especially need the production manager very quickly. Please lift these needs up before the throne!

We had a lot of fun celebrating Richard's birthday duck dynasty style!

We had a lot of fun celebrating Richard’s birthday duck dynasty style!

Richard participated in a press conference promoting this Sunday's race!

Richard participated in a press conference promoting this Sunday’s race!

We found the leak!

September 9th, 2014
A member of Freedom Church here with us for the week

A member of Freedom Church here with us for the week

We are praising God today! With the help of Freedom Church, led by Keith Smith, we were able to find the leak in the pipes preventing us from getting our construction permits. It actually turned out to be 7 leaks – but IT IS FIXED! They also discovered a blocked pipe that was affecting our water pressure! Thank you for praying! Please continue to pray as we move forward in the process of obtaining legal approval to begin construction.

We also ask that you would pray for the next Vinculo de Amor board meeting that we will be hosting, along with dinner, at our house this Thursday evening. We have a full weekend ahead with this meeting/dinner on Thursday, Freedom Church dinner at our house on Friday, Hungry Church on Saturday, and then we will be celebrating Richard’s 40th birthday on Sunday!

Through your prayers,
Mullinax 6

Keith Smith (IN), leader of the construction team here with us now.

Keith Smith (IN), leader of the construction team here with us now.