Maria and baby continue doing super well and are very healthy. Maria has just a few weeks left to finally, officially graduate. She also received a special award from the university a few weeks ago. Maria has been attending weekly classes (taught by her mom) for pregnant woman to know how to take care of babies. God continues to strengthen her faith and use her to bless others. She went on her first mission trip, and God used her in great ways! She hasn’t let her pregnancy keep her from doing ministry or other things!
Jonathan continues doing well and is learning the importance of being a father before the baby comes out, to talk to baby, pray over her, and spend time with her and momma. He is blessed to have led his first mission trip and continues to learn and grow as a leader and director. He is looking forward to all God has in store for his family and ministry!
Enciende El Fuego
The month of April has been a busy month of ministry. We did activities for a Kids’ Club event at a church on April 6, prepared for mission trip, went on mission trip, and did four activities in four different places for National Kids Day April 26-27! We are seeing a greater excitement for ministry among our volunteer staff. Jake from the U.S. left us on April 27, and we are happy for all God did in him and through him during his time here. We have a few interested persons who may come to volunteer with us in the next month or two. We are praying for God to send us more committed persons as well as a married couple that will be able to take over the ministry here in the future.
Mission Trip Recap
On April 17-21, Maria and I took a team of six on a mission trip to Disciplina, Magdalena – about a five-hour bus ride from Santa Marta. During our time there we did a three-day VBS in the mornings, evangelism with the kids, a soccer tournament, and three evening services. The heat and lack of electricity at times was uncomfortable, but it was a huge blessing to be there to teach the kids and lift up the church. For four of our mission team members, it was their first time on a mission trip, and it was interesting seeing God work in and process them.
God used us in more ways than we had thought or planned. After just a few days we saw a passion for God and evangelism among the kids and the church, the pastor, and its leaders were astounded to learn from us. At the end of the last evening service, we heard testimonies of healings and all that God did. We pray that the tiny church in the middle of nowhere (Roca Viva Church) continues faithfully with the church and implements the things they learned from us. Maria and I feel that God will keep expanding Enciende El Fuego’s ministry and that our overseas opportunity is coming soon.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21
Maria and Jonathan