returning

April 26th, 2015

Hello Prayer Partners, Friends, and Family,

We are so thankful for all of your prayer support, financial partnership, and what you mean to all of us. We write today with some heavy news. Our time in El Salvador is coming to a close quickly. Thanks for walking with us.

We have had some difficult times here and have struggled both personally and as a family. As a result, it was decided that we should come home for an indefinite period of time for healing and restoration. We ask for your prayers as we are making this transition quickly and even though it is one that is best, it is not easy for our children, for us, or for our team here.

We will return to Chester, Montana on May 2 in order for the kids to finish the school year in a familiar environment and then decide from there what is next. Please pray especially for our children during this rapid transition. Please also pray for God’s provision in many areas including finding a job outside of ministry that will provide income and also allow time, space, and energy to heal. That is an urgent matter of prayer for us, we would really appreciate your prayers.

Thank you so much for partnering with us in prayer and we are confident that you will continue to uphold us and the ministry that will continue in El Salvador to the Father as He brings us to your minds.

Sincerely,
Richard, Jen and the kids

Our team has been true to their awesome, loving abilities and are sacrificially loving and supporting us even as they grieve and face another unexpected transition.  Please pray for them.

Our team has been true to their awesome, loving abilities and are sacrificially loving and supporting us even as they grieve and face another unexpected transition. Please pray for them.

Please continue to pray for El Salvador.  March was the most violent month in a decade with nearly 500 murders.  More disturbing news has continued to come in this month too.

Please continue to pray for El Salvador. March was the most violent month in a decade with nearly 500 murders. More disturbing news has continued to come in this month too.

Please pray today

April 21st, 2015

Mel here.
Please pray for our team each by name today. We are continually in very difficult times…

Ricardo
Jen
the kids (Alton, Felice, Arrow, Raquel)
Nestor
Tony
Kevin
Hamilton
Mario
Gloria
Daniel
Hannah
Joaquin
Juan Ramon
Celina
Scott
Also for Patty, Butch and Barb, who will be landing here in the next month.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:27-29

“Keep your lives free from the love of wordly pleasures and be content with what you have, because God has said,
Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you
.’
So we say with confidence,
‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?’
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:5-8

“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you… Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me. Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth.” Psalm 63:3,7-9

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful… But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back. But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” Hebrews 10:23,38-39

God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:6-9

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Mel’s update

April 8th, 2015

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March was a nose-shattering month for me. :) The day of the Cuddle Bears last game (after the football game mind you), I decided to get to know a metal bar a little bit better with my face. I felt very loved by me leaders here as Richard whisked me away to the emergency room and waited with me for several hours to get the ol’ schnoz fixed. Again one of many interesting things that has happened to me in El Salvador!

I have felt oddly at peace throughout all of the transitions we have gone through as a team and as a ministry these past 6 months. I can only say: that is God! Since the beginning of my first internship, the vision of Broken captured my heart and it has continued to be my desire to help broken people, as a broken person myself. When God closed the doors to Metamorfosis and Vinculo de Amor, at first it felt like a step backward for Broken. But as I have prayed about it and rested on the faithfulness that God is constantly showing us, I think He has something even better in mind for us. One of the US board members shared this illustration with us last month: Just trust Me

If you could please continue to pray for:
– the health (spiritual and physical) and wellness of our staff
– relationships through football and wisdom in discipling those attending a men’s Bible study
– Nestor, Richard, Alton, Daniel, and our new intern Scott who are there on the football field every Saturday
– Me as I prepare to return home in June, finishing up 3 years

Grace and peace,
Mel

Construction Teams desperately needed!

April 8th, 2015

We now have our building permits to expand the Wired facility and we are in need of construction teams! This is our top priority for groups this year so please spread the word and pray for this need!

Again this year, we were asked to represent the USA at the International School's special program featuring all of the countries represented at the school.  Of course, we did it Montana style!

Again this year, we were asked to represent the USA at the International School’s special program featuring all of the countries represented at the school. Of course, we did it Montana style!

Our family is beginning to settle back into the routine after enjoying a visit from Richard's parents and a long spring vacation.

Our family is beginning to settle back into the routine after enjoying a visit from Richard’s parents and a long spring vacation.

Day of peace

April 2nd, 2015

The legislature recently declared this past Thursday, March 26, a public holiday – National day of life, peace, and justice. When the holiday was recently declared, one local laughed and said, “What peace?! This country has no peace.” Please continue to remember to pray for that this country would find peace, justice and new life it desperately needs.

Exciting things are happening through coaching this team!

Exciting things are happening through coaching this team!

We have begun the difficult transition from being involved with Love Link.  Please pray fervently for this transition as it has been difficult for all involved.

We have begun the difficult transition from being involved with Love Link. Please pray fervently for this transition as it has been difficult for all involved.

Grateful for my Anchor

March 31st, 2015

In the beginning of this month, I took some time to go on a personal retreat. God spoke directly to me some scriptures about discipleship and counting up the cost. I thought that was cool.

Then the rest of he month happened.

I have wrestled through life and ministry like never before. I have learned much from Peter and Paul and what it means to struggle and suffer and walk the hard road. Like them, I have many weaknesses, challenges, and failures. But also like them, I have a great God. He is faithful. He meets me all along the way. He knows me inside and out. He goes before me in everything.

And He keeps calling me to follow.

This is possible because God blesses, empowers, offers refuge, and is unchanging.

That hope we have as an anchor of the soul–an anchor that can neither break nor drag. It passes in behind the veil,

Celebrating a special day with Gloria.

Celebrating a special day with Gloria.

Onward,
~Hannah

Some really big news

March 18th, 2015

jags practice

For 17 months we have been pursuing taking over a ministry in El Salvador called Vinculo de Amor (Love Link) from a retiring couple. We saw this as God’s provision of the first two pieces of the Broken ministry God put on our hearts in 2010.

The long story short is, that with the advice of some dear friends, we have agreed to stop this process.

The longer version is that this past weekend a team of advisors who had agreed to serve as ambassadors for the ministry arrived and really rolled up their sleeves and worked hard to help us solve some problems and find ways forward. This team was very diverse in experience, expertise, and even age range. Some things they all had in common were that they came from C&MA churches, love ministry in El Salvador, believe in our family and team, and are very sharp minds that are not easily swayed by what others think.

Together these 8 friends unanimously decided to advise us to discontinue the process of transitioning into a leadership role at Love Link (Vinculo de Amor). Their decision was based on the serious legal, financial, and transitional issues that are no where close to being solved and are negatively impacting the health of our team and family. Even though we were aware of the issues and the extreme stress on everyone, their advice was a HUGE surprise and took some convincing on our part but, we decided to take this as answer to our prayers for guidance. (It was a huge surprise for them as well as they volunteered to do this in order to advance this ministry, not close it down.) Fortuitously, my family had been memorizing Proverbs 1:5 as a family all last week.

We presented this decision to our boss in Envision (Tim Meier) who was as disappointed as we were but, agreed with their assessment and saw it as wise counsel from God.

Understandably if you have any questions, please feel free to email us directly.

Our passion to reach deportees is still alive and full steam ahead. We will be focusing our efforts on reaching out to those deportees and their families through Hungry church. Richard, Nestor, Daniel and Alton will continue building relationships as they coach the Jaguar football team. Please pray for us through the next 6 weeks of dissolving the relationship with Love link gracefully.

Thank you Linda (NJ) for serving this month with us!

Thank you Linda (NJ) for serving this month with us!

the latest update

March 11th, 2015
M and A came to Lovelink for a visit this past week and we are so happy to see the progress in both of them!

M and A came to Lovelink for a visit this past week and we are so encouraged to see the progress in both of them!

Cuddle Bears update: We lost out in the first play-off game this past Saturday by one point! We believe we played the best game of the season. And at the end of the game, we had a player from another team pull us all aside and tell us how he respects us out of any other team in the league – both in how we play and the improvement we’ve made but also in how we’ve carried ourselves. It was all worth it!

Later this week, we look forward to the arrival of a group from Cody, WY and Boise, ID along with several people who advocate for Love Link in the US. Please pray for the many conversations and planning that will be taking place for Love Link — especially as they meet and discuss pivotal issues and future direction with the Salvadoran Board of Directors for Fundacion Vinculo de Amor.

This has been a season of injuries for our team. Daniel tore a tendon playing football and is looking at probable surgery. Melissa broke her nose playing football in our yard, but will not require surgery! Please pray for their continued healing and also for our kids who can’t seem to beat the colds or allergies or whatever is attacking their bodies. All the missed school is starting to add up and we appreciate your prayers for their spirits as well as their minds!

This past Sunday, Richard was invited to speak at the Chinese Alliance Church here in San Salvador.

This past Sunday, Richard was invited to speak at the Chinese Alliance Church here in San Salvador.

Help Wanted

March 5th, 2015
James

James Panza, Pastor of Grace Chapel, Bedminster, NJ

We returned Friday from a week in Paraguay for Field Forum for International Missionaries. It was a great time as we received some great teaching on Leadership and some very good biblical teaching by two Alliance pastors and also had the chance to connect with some amazing Alliance missionary families.

As we look to re-open the in-patient part of the “Baby House” we are in desperate need of help. We most need the help of nurses, administrators, and bookkeepers. If you know of anyone who may be interested in coming for 3-6 months or even a year, please contact us!

Lastly, Nestor is requesting prayers for the Hungry, the church plant for deportees. He is studying hard to be able to lead spiritually. Also, we will have our first play-off game for flag football this weekend which is one more chance to connect with people relationally.

Hector

Rev. Hector Ramirez, Senior Pastor, Riverside Community Church, Nutley, NJ

Cuddle Up!

February 26th, 2015

A catch I had in our most recent win against the Guerreros

A catch I had in our most recent win against the Guerreros

We’re nearing the end of our second season of flag football here at Wired and it looks very likely that we will advance to the playoffs this season! Some of us here at Wired have teamed up with some others working in different ministries here in El Salvador to form a successful Cuddle Bear team. It provides us with very direct means of interacting with, gaining the respect of, and befriending many of the deportees here in El Salvador. As our relationships with these guys strengthen, we plan to restart our Hungry church and will start inviting these guys to hand out and worship with us at this church plant.

We also have the opportunity to have direct influence on these guys since we’ve been asked to coach the full-contact team from San Salvador. Right now, Ricardo, Nestor, and I are running conditioning drills to prepare these guys for what we hope will be a very successful season for them. Since we run practices, we also get to pray with/for these guys, give Bible based messages, and ultimately share the Gospel at/after these practices. God has certainly blessed us with being part of a ministry here that is based on our passion of American Football. Pray that God will prepare the hearts of those we have met and will meet to receive the message of Christ.

-Daniel