God has been using Maria to build relationships with our neighbors and has even gotten to share the Gospel with two neighbors and one worker. She is an awesome wife and mom and continues to grow in intimacy with the Lord. She has been learning to cook many new things and has been taking care of ministry details. Jonathan has been growing in intimacy with the Lord and in spiritually maturity and authority. He has had a greater Kingdom vision and is leanring how to be creative in ministry. Jonathan's goal for the month of May was to share the Gospel with at least one person each day for 31 days, and by God's grace was able to do it and many persons were encouraged and challenged. He also enjoyed his first official Father's Day!
As for ministry, we have had to be creative, but we are doing what we can for now. Thanks to a few donations, we have been able to bless kids/families with food and small gifts. It has been a bit frustrating not being able to do ministry as before, but we are growing as more people are hearing about us, and we are receiving more donations. A ministry whats to do a "showcase" on us in July. We are learning to be thankful, to live and do things without fear, and do things to please God and not man.
On July 20, we will be moving into a house! We had been looking to move for quite some time, but never felt peace with a place and decided to let it go until after returning from the States. Last Thursday, we happened to visit another random house and the Holy Spirit unexpectedly showed us both that it was house for us! It unexpectedly had everything we were looking for and is much bigger and even less expensive than where we are are living now. We had to talk to the owners of our current house and prayed for favor because we legally have to give three months notice and were giving five weeks, and by God's grace they are letting us move at the end of July. The owners of the other house accepted us shortly after. It all happened in half a day and we know it is from the Lord!
I had the opportunity back in May to share the gospel message with a group of four in the downtown area. There was a young boy from Venezuela named Cristofer there who heard the message, and I challenged him to share the message with someone else. Shortly after, he did it. I gave him the e-card to share the gospel message. When I met up with him several weeks later, he told me that he had shared the goepel message with around 20 persons by himself! The picture to the left is of him.
you can click on the link and follow the directions.
2 Timothy 1:7 - "For God hasn't given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
Jonathan María, and Mia