Chuggin’ Along

July 28th, 2014

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It’s hard to believe that I’ve just completed my second month back in El Salvador. The days seem long, but the months definitely go by quickly. It’s been great being a part of my second “group season” here with Wired. Since my return in late May, I’ve served with 4 church groups from all over the US and we’re in the middle of a group right now from Maranatha Bible Chapel from New York state. I definitely can’t say it’s been a cake walk, but what I get to see God do through the Wired ministry is well worth the busy schedules and long work days.

As “Wired CFO,” now that we have just signed a transition agreement with Vínculo de Amor, I am anticipating to be quite busy in the months to come as I work to sync up the newly formed financial divisions of the Wired Site, Vínculo, and project Metamorphosis. Please pray for me as I begin to tackle the huge task list that lies ahead of me in order to make this a smooth transition from a financial perspective.

God’s been good to us down here. Even in the midst of the spiritual warfare that often infiltrates our ministry, God has been faithful to provide us with the strength and faith to make it through the tough times so that we can continue to work toward the vision that he has called us to pursue. It’s definitely encouraging to me to know that the devil is so intent on tripping us up and bringing us down. It tells me that God must have something big planned for the future of this country, and he’s going to use us in some way to help achieve it!

transition plan completed!

July 23rd, 2014

signing it

You have joined us praying the past several weeks specifically for the transition between Envision and Love Link, Inc. The above photo was taken late yesterday as we all signed a written transition agreement we have been working on! This document is the plan for the next few months as Love Link and Project Metamorphosis ministries come under our oversight. Join us as we praise God in His faithfulness! And please continue to pray with us in the battle ahead!

With the official seals of Love Link, Inc. and in the presence of our lawyer, Hamilton, the four of us signed this agreement with smiles on our faces!

With the official seals of Love Link, Inc. and in the presence of our lawyer, Hamilton, the four of us signed this agreement with smiles on our faces!

Felice was excited about us signing the transition agreement and asked if she could be present!  After we signed, she "disappeared" and this is where we found her!

Felice was excited about us signing the transition agreement and asked if she could be present! After we signed, she “disappeared” and this is where we found her!

First and second visit to Metamorphosis / Primera y segunda visita a Metamorfosis !!!

July 18th, 2014

 Vladimir at Work / Vladimir en el trabajo:

Working and having fun doing it./ Trabajando y divirtiendome al hacerlo.

Working and having fun doing it./ Trabajando y divirtiendome al hacerlo.

Eng/ …Hello, My name is Vladimir and I help out Envision Wired directed by Richard Mullinax. My role is to supplement the ministry as communications director for a month at Love Link / Metamorphosis, directed by Sam Hawkins, while finding the right person for the position.

Esp/ …Hola, Mi nombre es Vladimir y apoyo a Envision Wired dirigido por Richard Mullinax, se me fue encargado el suplir como director de comunicaciones por un mes para Vinculo de Amor / Metamorfosis dirigido por Sam Hawkins, mientras encuentran a la persona indicada para la posición.

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Eng/ …In this transitional period with Broken and Love Link, there are many challenges to be faced, but for now I am concerned with maintaining and redesigning the website and integrating it with the Blog, to make it easy to find in search engines, and other problems like hosting, email, subscribers etc..

Esp/ …En este proceso de transite o coalición entre Broken y Vinculo de Amor hay muchos retos que cumplir, por ahora en lo que a mi respecta, he tenido que lidiar con, rediseñar la pagina web e integrarla con un Blog, ademas de hacerla fácil de encontrar en los buscadores, otros problemas como hosting, email, suscriptores etc.

Eng/ …I’ve had time to visit the facilities of Metamorphosis Project two times, as shown down below ….

Esp/ …He tenido tiempo para visitar 2 veces las instalaciones de Proyecto Metamorfosis, a continuación se les muestra….

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two birthdays

July 17th, 2014
Felice wanted an ice cream cake for her 9th birthday and also to have a party with our entire Wired team as well as many friends.

Felice wanted an ice cream cake for her 9th birthday and also to have a party with our entire Wired team as well as many friends.

This week we celebrated two birthdays. Felice turned 9 last Saturday (12th) and Alton turned 11on Wednesday (16th). We enjoyed celebrating with friends and our Wired team.

Please continue to pray for our transition agreement with Vinculo de Amor. We have a key meeting Friday and are hoping the agreement can be finalized so that the transition can formally begin on August 1st. We have been given several indications by Sam that they are ready to do this.

Please also continue doing battle against the evil one particularly with his attempts to intimidate and discourage our team. This week the gangs were threatening one of our Salvadoran teammates. Please also pray against the many efforts of the Enemy to sabotage Proyecto Metamorfosis. Finally, another Salvadoran teammate, Gloria, is in severe neurological pain in her face of an unknown cause and is asking for prayers.

Through your prayers,
Mullinax 6

Felice wanted an ice cream cake for her 9th birthday and also to have a party with our entire Wired team as well as many friends.

Alton celebrated his 11th birthday with lots of football. We had his school friends over and they played video games as well as playing a game of American football and one of soccer as well.

Warfare

July 8th, 2014
Shoe sales.  As part of our partnership with Proyecto Metamorfosis, we are selling shoes made by the project in Wired.  We were privileged to have the ministry promoted at a large Christian concert this past weekend and they allowed us to sell some of the shoes there.

Shoe sales. As part of our partnership with Proyecto Metamorfosis, we are selling shoes made by the project in Wired. We were privileged to have the ministry promoted at a large Christian concert this past weekend and they allowed us to sell some of the shoes there.

God has been teaching us just how real the spiritual battle is and the victory available to us through prayer and in the name of Jesus. We are very thankful that you are on our team and ask you to please join us in the very real battle agains the schemes of the Enemy who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. Some ways you can join in the fight this week:

1. That the transition agreement with Vinculo de Amor would be completed so that the transition can begin.
2. For a great new leader and a radical change in the atmosphere at Proyecto Metamorfosis so that production can be brought up to where it needs to be for the program to be sustainable.
3. For safety and refreshment for our family and staff as we have a one week break in groups that is roughly the half-way point of our busy summer ministry season.
4. For God to thwart the many attacks of the Enemy against our family, team and ministry.

Thank you for joining us in the battle.

Through your prayers,
Ricardo & Jen Mullinax
rjmullinax@gmail.com

EnvisionBroken: Transforming the hearts, families and futures of the broken through Christ’s love.

A little bit of home!  We are very thankful to be able to celebrate Independence day last Friday with our team and some friends.  Having some familiar aspects of our home actually helps us and our North American teammates deal better with homesickness and also helps our kids feel a closer connection to their home country and culture.

A little bit of home! We are very thankful to be able to celebrate Independence day last Friday with our team and some friends. Having some familiar aspects of our home actually helps us and our North American teammates deal better with homesickness and also helps our kids feel a closer connection to their home country and culture.

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Hi.

July 3rd, 2014

When God has something for you, boy is it GOOD! June has been a month of adjusting to the culture here. After Wonder Games (our staff training – which thank you for your prayers I survived), the unity here was strengthened. As intense as the week was Wonder Games fulfilled its purpose. It showed us what challenged us, what we were good at, and where we need to improve. Ultimately, it prepared us to hit the summer group season in full force. Praise the Lord it’s been a successful one thus far. I love it here for many reasons: the people, the culture, and the food isn’t too bad you just gotta know where to go. In this case, we have Celina, she’s the Mama of the Wired Casa. What I also enjoy here at Wired is we help people do ministry. Plain and simple. We connect North American groups and their resources and plug them into the many different communities here in El Salvador. The groups that have come down have been amazing. I’ve been honored to see God move not only in the lives of those they minster to, but also see God move in their lives. “It’s like, awesome literally.” Aside from group work I’ve helped with a few packing & receiving orders of our infamous Envision Coffee & Metamorfosis shoes.

It’s rainy season here in El Salvador. With H20 watering the earth I couldn’t help but think – so here we are watering the people with the Word so God waters His creation with nourishment. Either way – both will go out and do what it needs to do and won’t go to ruin. God is a God who replenishes heart, mind, body & soul. He is faithful if we go to Him. True sustenance comes only from the Lord who created you with a purpose: to glorify Him by following His Son Jesus and His commands. I’ve been reading Isaiah and this passage happened to be read on a cool, rainy night.

Isaiah 55:10-11
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

So you see, life here at Wired and like all things we do is by faith. Faith that God is Sovereign, faith that what we do is not in vain, and faith that our service to the Lord will have ripple effects that last into eternity. The work is His and by His grace we devote out lives for His glory.

Love & Stuff,
Ada

3rd Time’s the Charm!!

July 3rd, 2014

Hey everyone, my name is Anna Valine and this is my third internship here at Envision Wired. (I served here for 3 months in the Spring of 2012, and 3 months in the summer of 2013). I am half way through my time here at Wired which is about two months and a week or so. I really do love it here at Wired, which is probably why I keep coming back!! I just couldn’t think of a better way to spend my summer than to serve here in this beautiful country with such amazing people! El Salvador really is a home away from home for me. The staff are more than just coworkers; we are a family. Wired just wouldn’t be wired without them! Serving alongside of the staff and interns here, both Salvadoran and North American, has taught me a lot about unity, being a part of a team, and the body of Christ.
While I love it here and I love what we do and what we are a part of, it is not an easy place to be. This January- May 1st I was studying abroad in Costa Rica and I only spent 2 weeks in May with my family before coming here. With this entire year thus far spent in Central America, minus those two weeks spent in May, homesickness has started to take its toll. And it is hard. It is a struggle to keep my focus on what is going on here because my heart and mind want to think about what is going on in the states and what I will do when I go back in three weeks. But I am here, and I do want to be here. It is just a struggle to be all here, if that makes sense. Like Jim Elliot said, “Wherever you are, be all there.” I don’t just want to be here physically, I need to be focused on being here mentally. That is one of my current struggles and one I’m sure many staff and interns also have faced while serving as missionaries here in El Salvador. This is definitely a taste of what it will be like to serve as a missionary full time someday…Seeing pictures of events on facebook, wishing you could be there…Seeing nieces and nephews growing up, and you aren’t there for them, wondering if they will remember you…Life appearing to go on without you…Separation…Loneliness…Tears…etc. All of this comes with the territory of overseas missions. It’s a bitter sweet life.
Another struggle that was unavoidable was I had to take an online class while I was here for Crown (the college I am currently attending). FUTURE INTERNS: I would NOT recommend doing this!!! It was extremely stressful to try and balance time to study and do homework, with working with groups and serving here. I did it, but it was ridiculously unpleasant, and I didn’t do as well as I would have were I in the States. My focus was split and I felt I couldn’t serve as well as I would have liked. I was given quite a bit of grace from my professor and the staff here as well, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend doing that while you are here.
While there have been quite a few struggles and challenges throughout my time here, there has been so much joy, laughter, learning, fellowship, encouragement, and crazy fun times as well!! I mean it is Wired after all. We can have a good time scrubbing toilets!! On days off I like to go to coffee shops and read or journal, go to Denny’s with the staff, usually late at night, go the beach, etc. And there are lots of restaurants around with air conditioning and TVs to watch soccer games (particularly nice right now during the World Cup). There is always something to do here in San Salvador, and the staff and interns are always willing to hang out! We are a family after all!
Life here has been fun, stressful, chaotic, fulfilling, challenging, exciting, and all around crazy and awesome. God has been teaching me about my identity and who I am and how He sees me. As well as what he has been teaching me for years, what we are all about here at Envision Wired: being broken. I’ve been learning to be okay with not being okay, and that I don’t have to pretend that I have everything together. I am not perfect. I will never be perfect. I am strong, but I am also very weak. Yes, I am a missionary, and yes, I have struggles. God is not finished with me. But in his eyes, I am pure. I am forgiven. I am enough. These are all things I “know,” but they take time for me to actually KNOW, understand, and apply them to my life. These are not easy lessons to learn, and life here isn’t easy either, but when did God promise easy? John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” I take comfort in the fact that Christ has already overcome the world. He knows what I am going through and he will bring me through. To Him be the glory.
Anna Valine
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Keeping on

July 3rd, 2014

Staff training, VBS, construction, women´s ministry, English classes… what a great month! I had the opportunity for the 3rd (or maybe 4th) time to officially share the vision of “Broken” with groups. We are definitely in the thick of group season, but, praise the Lord, we have an amazing team. Not joking. I am so blessed by these people that surround me. It´s been neat to see new and old interns alike jump into the more challenging roles with the groups. There is so much love and support, tough love and building up within our team. During staff training, we broke down even more walls personally and between us, knitting us into a team that can trust one another and a team that loves and gives grace no matter what, but also holds everyone up to a high standard! Can you tell I love my Wired family? Thank you Lord for placing me here and surrounding me with each and every one at Wired.

Like Hannah said in her post, we´ve experienced lots of spiritual warfare this summer. When we push against darkness, darkness pushes back. It´s manifested itself in physical, emotional, and spiritual ways. But, hey! God is working! And again, as Hannah said, the battle has already been won! Please continue to pray for us to trust and for God to guard our hearts. And when we feel those attacks that we would immediately bring them before the throne.

This month was also challenging with feeling torn between home (NC) and here. I´d appreciate your prayers for strong connections to be kept with my family even though we are far apart.

Many blessings,
Mel

“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Back in the Grind

July 3rd, 2014

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  • I’m back in El Salvador! I went home to Kentucky for a couple months to visit family, friends, give mission reports at some churches in my area, and to raise funds for my return. The plan as of now is to be here at Wired for 2 more years…wow that seems like a long time. For those that don’t know, I received my BS in Chemical Engineering last year, but God has called me to San Salvador for the time being to pursue other opportunities. I feel so at home here and have never for one minute wanted to be anywhere else. God has grown me more than I ever could have fathomed and has continued to surprise me with how awesome and powerful He is.
    The day after I got off the plane, we had the “Wonder Games,” our physically and mentally intense staff training that prepares us for the tension and trials of the summer group season. That was followed by 3 (could argue it was 4) groups in 3 weeks. Despite the tiresome work to facilitate their ministries, God never failed to refill my cup so that I could efficiently do His work.
    It was tough to get back in the swing of things. Since I’m in charge of finances and keeping Wired’s books in addition to my responsibilities in group ministry facilitation, it’s been a rough month doing both and catching up on work I’ve missed due to being back home. I look forward to the next 23 months and seeing what God has in store for me.

Possible with God!

July 3rd, 2014
Director of Communications needed!

Director of Communications needed!

We are extremely excited to announce that Patty Barnett (Missoula, Montana) has been board appointed by the C&MA as Site-Associate! We have been praying for this since 2010 and we are praising God! Please pray for her as she is in the States now making preparations for her return, including raising financial support.

Our biggest prayer request right now is for the transition with Vinculo de Amor (Love Link). Julie (founder Sam Hawkins’s wife) has returned from a month-long trip to the States. We are hoping to sign the written agreement we have been working on this coming week. Pray that God would continue to guide us all in the process and for Sam and Julie, as this is difficult for them emotionally.

We are also in an urgent search for a Director of Communications. Please join us in praying that we will find the right candidate soon to fill this vital role as we desire to promote our ministry!

Alton returned Sunday after having an opportunity to attend a football camp in Indiana and spend time with his Grandparents.  Here he is with Jen's Dad and Richard's Dad (his two name-sakes!)  Please pray for Alton as he has been struggling with some pretty serious insomnia, which has both challenged and concerned us!

Alton returned Sunday after having an opportunity to attend a football camp in Indiana and spend time with his Grandparents. Here he is with Jen’s Dad and Richard’s Dad (his two name-sakes!) Please pray for Alton as he has been struggling with some pretty serious insomnia, which has both challenged and concerned us!