Relying on Him

December 16th, 2014

Great news! We received official approval from the city to move forward with construction at the Wired facility! We look forward to beginning soon! Thank you for praying through that long process!

This past Saturday, FUNDE (the organization that helps fund the project) held a gathering for Metamorfosis staff and their families at the lake.

This past Saturday, FUNDE (the organization that helps fund the project) held a gathering for Metamorfosis staff and their families at the lake.

Your prayers are so vital and powerful! We have seen and felt this as we minister here. That is why we again ask you to join us in fervent prayer for Metamorfosis. The program remains in a delicate state. Possibly now more than ever. We need God to intervene in a big way in order for it to continue. Pray also for wisdom and discernment for Ricardo as he leads.

Richard and Felice join in on the games played on Saturday

Richard and Felice join in on the games played on Saturday

Sometimes it is hard to get in the "Christmas spirit" with warm weather, so Hannah offered to come over and help us bake christmas cookies!  We are so thankful for our supportive teammates!

Sometimes it is hard to get in the “Christmas spirit” with warm weather, so Hannah offered to come over and help us bake christmas cookies! We are so thankful for our supportive teammates!

Richard and I were able to join Alton's class on a field trip recently to visit some Mayan ruins.  Please keep our family in prayer as the Holiday season tends to be a lonely one and some of us are really suffering from homesickness.

Richard and I were able to join Alton’s class on a field trip recently to visit some Mayan ruins. Please keep our family in prayer as the Holiday season tends to be a lonely one and some of us are really suffering from homesickness.

Cared for

December 5th, 2014

We are so grateful for those at National Office who “Keep watch over us as those who must give an account” (Hebrews 13:17). These past few weeks they have been working with extreme diligence and self-sacrifice to help everyone here deal with the difficult situation on our team we have been asking you to pray for. This past week Tim Meier, Director of Envision International gave up a week with his family to help our team and family in person. Your giving to the Great Commission Fund (GCF) makes it possible for them to care for our team and family in so many ways. Would you consider a special year-end gift to the GCF so support those who work so hard to support us? You can give online (https://secure.cmalliance.org/give/) or by mailing a check to

C&MA National Office
Attn: Donor Accounting
P.O. Box 35000
Colorado Springs, CO 80935

Please continue to lift up the team situation that we have mentioned before. Please also pray for Project Metamorphosis as a quality control issue and some bad attitudes are combining for low production during a month when we are mandated to make some considerable extra payments to the workers. Finally, please pray for our family as we are pretty tired now and yearning for Christmas vacation in a couple of weeks.

Grace and peace,
Mullinax family

Thanksgiving: Our Wired staff worked very hard to prepare a magnificent Thanksgiving meal complete with football as an outreach to Hungry — the church we are planting for people who don’t like church. Many of our friends from the American football league miss thanksgiving and were glad to come out.

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Truth for the storms

December 2nd, 2014

Hannah mentioned Romans 8 in her post and how it has been a great comfort during this past month. She shared it with me a few weeks ago and now I would like to pass on some of God’s truths to you:

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us…
We wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently…
The Spirit helps us in our weakness…
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose…
If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship…
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

“Trouble and hardship” are no strangers at Wired. I would say to future interns reading this that if you are looking for a fun, cushy internship, you should NOT come to Wired. We have a ton of fun together, don’t get me wrong, but that’s not what will stick with you after you come. You will see God at work, experience a new trusting in Him, and be a fresh troop on the spiritual battlefield! Sound daunting? Well, yes it does. And you don’t come through battles unscathed. But is it worth it? YES! Living for God is dangerous. But He is worth it all and He is with us always (Psalm 23). Want to join the Wired team and experience this for yourself? Contact Kevin Cabrera, our intern coordinator, for more info!

For me, this past month included a trip to visit my family and home church, meet my newest niece, and to enjoy some rest. Getting to be in the mountains of NC again and see some fall colors AND snow was an added plus! I returned with a fresh vigor to be a part of what God is doing with BROKEN. I’m now getting back into the swing of things in the office, practicing with the my flag football team, and hanging/ helping out with my Mullinax fam.

We are in the final month of the Broken Campaign. Final payment is on January 1st and we have just over $10,000 left to raise. Please consider a year-end gift to help reach this goal! Click HERE to give.

We ask for your continued prayers over our staff – for unity and endurance through the “trouble and hardship”. For wisdom and strength for our leaders. For the Schuenke family.

Much love,
Mel
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I was so blessed to be with my family and meet my newest niece! >>>

Bless the LORD, O my soul

December 1st, 2014

November has been a very full month. That feels like about the biggest understatement ever. Our team has been walking through challenges and persevering together. There have been tough situations with Vinculo, where I spend most of my working time here, and also more personal challenges on our team. We appreciate your prayers! More than that, I am encouraged by knowing that Jesus is interceding for us with groaning too deep for words. That promise out of Romans 8 has been extremely helpful to me as God constantly draws me to lift my eyes and see that He is doing a greater work, and that I am part of His Kingdom which is not easily shaken. He is drawing my heart to Him, and giving me a growing hunger for Himself.

After a difficult month, we had a superbly relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend. We had a delicious, traditional Thanksgiving dinner with Hungry and a bunch of guests. It was a blast and a great way to connect with people. I am so grateful for the long, restful weekend!

This is me and Melissa at the Thanksgiving dinner.

This is me and Melissa at the Thanksgiving dinner.

~Hannah

thankfulness

November 27th, 2014

Richard's good friend Gary Peterson helping him on his last tour stop at Discovery Alliance.  (Photo taken by another good friend and helper, Kris Magruder.)

Richard’s good friend Gary Peterson helping him on his last tour stop at Discovery Alliance. (Photo taken by another good friend and helper, Kris Magruder.)


We are very grateful for a team of people like you who pray for us. We are also very thankful for Richard returning home to be with the family after a great time with Discovery Alliance Church in Missoula, MT. He was very thankful to have the help of many good friends on this trip including the Riggin and Hendrickson families who helped with storing our stuff and also Kris Magruder and Gary Peterson who helped with many things on tour. We are especially thankful that Richard was able to spend some time with his dear friend Pete who is in the hospital.
Very thankful that Richard had time to visit his good friend Pete in the hospital.

Very thankful that Richard had time to visit his good friend Pete in the hospital.

The people of Discovery were very encouraging and some of them have been praying for us since we left for language school 6 years ago and he had a lot of fun with the AWANA kids Sunday night at the final event.

Richard's final event was with AWANA at Discovery church.  He got them a little riled up acting out a battle scene from 1 Samuel.

Richard’s final event was with AWANA at Discovery church. He got them a little riled up acting out a battle scene from 1 Samuel.

Please continue praying for our family as we deal with a difficult team situation here in El Salvador and adjust to our dear nanny Tess being back home in the US with her family. We would also ask your prayers for Richard’s mom who is in the hospital in Fort Wayne due to E.Coli.

We are already missing our nanny Tess who became very close to us after 3 months together.

We are already missing our nanny Tess who became very close to us after 3 months together.

Through your prayers,
Mullinax family in El Salvador

Rough Sailing – Daniel

November 25th, 2014

PYMclass
(Me teaching an English class to some Metamorphosis employees)

The team and I have been working especially hard the past couple months to navigate through the transition that accompanies the ministry’s acquisition of Vinculo de Amor and Project Metamorphosis. Despite long hours and hard work, we’ve been greatly reminded that unless such things are coupled with God’s help and direction, progress is hard to come by. But the Lord has blessed us abundantly and continues to daily provide for us and the ministry he has put in our care. Since I am in charge of finances for our three branches of ministry, I have experienced first-hand how God brings in just the right amount of money at just the right time. We are extremely thankful for those that allow themselves to be used by God to support us in both prayer and finances.

Personally, I have been spending more time in Project Metamorphosis (PYM) lately. During the work hours, I assist the PYM accountant with an increased workload he has inherited with the transition. After the workday ends at 4:30, I teach an English class in which about 10-15 PYM employees attend. We’ve have met for a little over a month now. Even with only meeting once a week for one hour, they are learning very fast and are beginning to be able to speak in complete sentences. It’ll be great once groups start coming down next year and they can practice what they’ve learned! Besides the skills the employees are gaining via the classes, I am gaining a lot of experience in the classroom that I can use toward my goal of eventually opening up an English school.

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.
download newsletter

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