April 23rd, 2014
Last week, we spent 4 days away from the city with our ministry teammates for a Field Forum. Richard’s parents joined us – his mother helped with the kids’ program and his Dad gave some training. Also with us was Brian and Susan Scott, from Alliance Community Church in Fort Wayne, IN. Brian and Susan gave some excellent training on roles and gifting and also walked us through team dynamics. Unfortunately, there was as a stressful situation involving the kids that put a damper on a time designed to refuel and refresh us.
As of yesterday, the focus of Richard’s time has shifted and he is now very involved with Project Metamorfosis – the shoe factory in Santa Ana that has the vision of rehabilitating ex-gang members and socially at-risk people such as single moms with few options to make an honest living. Please pray for him as many changes are necessary in order to get the factory to a sound financial position and sustainable for the future. Currently they are in a shut-down as they modify the building to install nearly $200,000 worth of equipment purchased for them by the European Union and many tough decisions must be made and implemented.
Personally, we are all adjusting back to the school routine (waking up early, homework, etc.) after a long spring break. Please pray for all the adjustments of the family as well as the Envision Wired staff who are leading the way without Ricardo’s presence.
Wyatt, Richard’s Dad, training the team on dealing with dysfunctional families and thinking errors
During Field Forum, the kids painted easter eggs with Grandma Carolyn
During “A Taste of the World”, a special program at the kids’ school, we were asked to set up a table representing the United States. Patty and Jen set up this table with a Montana flair
April 7th, 2014
Matthew 25 records Jesus’ parable of a man going on a journey and entrusting three people with different quantities of bags of gold. The obvious point of the parable is that we accountable for what we do with what God has given us. We need you to join us praying for people to invest their “bags of gold” in the form of talent and work.
The first opportunity is with our ministry partner “Love Link” (Vinculo de Amor) who rescues malnourished infants. Last week Julie reported to us that there were about a dozen more babies that needed to be admitted but only one could be because of lack of staff. Please pray that several people will come from 1-6 month commitments to help bring these babies the nutrition they need and also do the inglorious tasks associated with running the “baby house”.
the son of Discovery Alliance pastor playing volleyball.
Some of the Missoula group had been to El Salvador four times.
The second opportunity is with at-risk young people in a neighborhood called Zacamil. The group from Missoula Alliance and Discovery Alliance churches did a wonderful job with VBS and the organization they were serving is very interested in continuing and deepening the partnership. Please pray for people to come and serve 3-12 months working with high-energy kids from 4-17 years old.
through your prayers,
Nathan Thomas from Discovery Alliance Church is a self-defense expert who has been trained in multiple disciplines and has trained soldiers and others. We partnered with a Christian man named Horacio who was very excited to have Nathan as a guest trainer and to have him share his testimony and lead the group in prayer.
During the four events (of two hours each) many members of the group shared their faith and developed many connections for Horacio’s church to follow up.
April 1st, 2014
A beautiful road-side view of the mountains.
A week from Thursday I return home to the cool weather of Iowa. The past month has consisted of preparation for the MAC and Discovery Group. Trying to juggle getting things ready for that group, while working with the group we had at the time posed to be more of a challenge than I expected. During that week I struggled a lot with the spiritual battle of the mind and having a horrible attitude about most things.
Unfortunately, with having such a hectic schedule and little sleep, I was a perfect target for a virus. Four days later I was hit by the chickenpox and for anyone who says “you cannot get them twice”, you are wrong. Though it’s been difficult taking a break and not being able to work with the group I’ve dedicated so much time to, it’s been good to rest. It has allowed me to prepare for my future schedule back home and begin to process everything that has happened.
I came to El Salvador asking God to show me how to serve in ways I didn’t expect and didn’t want to…I assure you, He has. He’s taught me how to serve people of all ages, even those younger than I am, and what a disciple of Him really is. I still have a lot of growth to do before I can fully grasp what it means to serve and to do so with a constant joyful heart, but I’m thankful I’m returning more of a woman after His own heart than when I left.
I would appreciate prayers as I return for not only a smooth transition as I get back into the “groove” of things, but face reverse-culture shock on top of it. Two prayer requests were recently answered when I was hired on as a counselor at Camp Rivercrest for this summer. I also have been accepted into the Worship Program 2014 at Ocean’s Edge School of Worship in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Though I’m nervous about leaving the life I have here, I know it’s time for my mission field to change.
April 1st, 2014
Last week we hosted Gospel Alliance Church, from Pennsylvania! They were a tremendous encouragement to us! They were also a tremendous blessing to My Father’s Heart, one of our partnership ministries. They worked extremely hard helping to build a wall to secure the property that will one day soon house over 80 abandoned and orphaned children. In addition, they made some significant connections with those on the American football teams and helped us host a barbeque and “Hungry” church service in which three deportees attended!
And this week we are working with a team from Missoula, Montana! Please pray for health – as you often do! Victoria, one of our interns, has chicken pox and she was organizing the group that is currently here! So we need prayer also for strength for those covering for her during her illness!
The Gospel Alliance Church working hard building a wall for My Father’s Heart
On March 22nd, we celebrated Jen’s 40th
April 1st, 2014
Well, this will be the last post I make before heading back to my home state of Kentucky. I’ve been down here about 10 months now and I have enjoyed every moment of it. I’ve seen God work in different ways, I’ve been pushed in my leadership abilities, and I have definitely been sucked in closer to God. My language abilities have increased rapidly since first coming here in May, and God has given me the chance to lead some people to Christ in Spanish – a first for me! I’m feeling very energized as I prepare to head home to my family, friends, and church.
What I’m really looking forward to is coming back for another couple years. I plan to return on May 27 and stay for 2 more years. I feel God may be leading me toward starting an English school down here. So I’ll check out the possibility of starting one up throughout my next term at Wired. Please pray that I would clearly hear and have understanding of the call that God is giving me as to what I will be doing in the years to come. I would also ask for prayers as I return home and tour several churches that have members supporting me with their prayers and finances. I have quite a bit of money to raise in order to cover the stint of my stay, so I’m putting it all in God’s hands and will trust that if I am to be in El Salvador, He will provide the means.
I’ve felt very blessed to be on the receiving end of so many prayers from many of you, and I hope that you will continue praying for direction in my life. Also pray that my re-entry to my life before El Salvador will be refreshing yet challenging. I’m anticipating it to be somewhat difficult to re-engage my old life after being changed in so many ways while down here. Pray that people would be receptive to the changes God has made in my life and for chances to continue to share the gospel of Christ in my home town.
Thank you all! God bless,
March 31st, 2014
“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” My prayer in preparing to come to El Salvador echoed the words of Peter in Matthew 14. It’s amazing that Jesus would also say to me, Come. And so here I am… I still have moments where I think to myself, what in the world am I doing here?! My comfort comes from knowing the Lord has answered my prayers to get me to this point, and that He promises He’ll always be with me.
This is my second visit to El Salvador. I arrived on March 21st (home is the great Great Lakes State, Michigan!) and I’ll be here until June 13th, helping with the bookkeeping, groups, and whatever else may be needed. I’ve definitely been learning a lot! If you would, please pray that my time here would be fruitful, that I will be able to keep up with the finances until Daniel returns, pick up on Spanish, and really, that I would know Christ all the more. I do appreciate it!
March 29th, 2014
Patty at Museo Nacional de Antropologia David J. Guzman in San Salvador
I feel like celebrating…I have graduated from seven weeks of intensive language study! My schedule has been pretty challenging at times, but now I am ready to turn my attention to other things like preparing Orientation and Training for our new interns and staff, and organizing a conversational English class for staff members patterned after the language school I just attended.
There are several things for which I would appreciate your prayers: In a couple of weeks we will take some time off for a staff retreat. We will be seeking rest, refreshment and recharging. Only a few weeks after that we will begin our busy ministry season! Also, I am continuing the long application process for Site Associate here. I would love for God to speed that process along, but I also need patience and perseverance along the way. Thanks for praying for all of us!
March 20th, 2014
Political tensions have been high following the second round of the presidential elections over a week ago. 22 years following civil war, the country remains divided. Both sides claimed victory. The preliminary results showed the FMLN (the left) winning by an extremely slim margin. ARENA (the right), however, is claiming fraud. Currently they haven’t officially announced a victor and the decision is in the hands of the Supreme Court. Join us in praying for peace and also in saving this country from the corruption and violence that continues to have a grip on it.
Please also join us in praying for interns this summer! We need the help of short-term interns willing to come from 1-2 months during our busy season. We are especially in need of someone to cover Patty Barnett’s position developing our staff (human resources) for 1-6 months as she completes her application for Site Associate and, if appointed, raises funds in order to return.
Just down the street from our house, the FMLN party had an enormous celebration, even though they haven’t officially been declared the winner
And here is a video for you to share – during your church service, or with friends and family. Alton tells how he is raising money for Broken! His sister and Mom are joining him! Please share! Those wanting to join him or sponsor him can let us know through the Broken Campaign Facebook Page!
March 4th, 2014
Happy March everyone!
I’ve been hearing from my family in Kentucky that everything is covered in snow and ice there, and it’s hard to get around. I’m assuming that’s how it is in most of the country so I hope you guys are staying safe and warm. It’s been nothing but 80’s and 90’s here at the Wired Center for the past couple weeks, and I’ve been informed by the locals that March is notoriously the hot month. I believe this has been the first year of my life that I’ve never touched any snow.
Anyway, we just got done with a group. Half the members were from Idaho and the others from Montana. I had a great time interacting with these people and getting to know them. I got to go with the CPE team 2 of the ministry days and be a translator! One of my “Outrageous Success Goals” that we all were encouraged to make back in August was that I would be able to translate for CPE by February. On one of the days, we were short one translator and I was called in to be one. I translated for one of the group members and 2 of the people we talked to that day accepted Christ! I’m extremely thankful that God has given me the capacity to learn the language here so quickly and use it to reach others for Christ.
In the next month, I will be preparing to return home for a couple months. I am planning to return back to El Salvador in late May if I can raise sufficient funds while in Kentucky and will stay for 2 more years here. I’ll be speaking at several churches in Kentucky promoting the Wired and Broken ministries, selling coffee, and raising funds. Please pray that God would inspire those who hear me to pray for and support our ministry here in El Salvador.
The photo is our defense in one of our flag football league games. I’m playing in the middle.
March 4th, 2014
We just finished a great week of ministry with groups from Kalispell, Montana and Boise, Idaho! The Kalispell team worked hard on some construction projects at Wired Ministry Center and the Idaho team went to Santa Ana, the second largest city in El Salvador, for Church Partnership Evangelism. They encountered a strong Morman influence, but saw many accept Christ as their personal Saviour! One lady they spoke with had tears as she expressed gratitude to see Christians spreading the Gospel rather than just other groups promoting false teachings.
Please pray for the Envision Wired staff who are going through some changes. We are trying to bring on another Salvadoran and we REALLY need your prayers that God would bring us the exact right person. Also please pray for some members of the staff who are being held accountable for repeated failures and are understandably in need of God’s grace to learn and grow through discipline. Also, the leaders of our staff who are bringing the accountability need God’s grace to handle these situations well.
Putting a door on the bathroom in the women’s dorm room
Josh (Idaho) praying with a man recently deported who decided to follow Christ!