Thank you for your continued prayers and notes of encouragement! After our last update, we had a couple of folks respond to my invitation to write a note to our newest update recipients. Here are a couple of their thoughts…
To those who are just learning of Play. Story. Eat. and Daybreak International: The updates I receive move me because I am informed about the hunger for Christ among the people in rural and isolated areas of Central America. Their responses to the gospel encourage me. Being a farmer's daughter, I find the news of agricultural endeavors interesting as they are points of introduction for PSE.
Another said, “I love seeing God’s people living out their obedience!!”
So do I! I wish all of you could sit where I do and hear and see all the stories I get from people who testify of God’s work in their lives as they take steps of obedience to God. In addition, obedient Christ-followers are befriending and reaching out to others who need to know the Lord, and by God’s grace many of these people are responding positively! In the coming weeks, we expect to share some stories from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador as we do various Play. Story. Eat. training events and mission trips. Today I want to highlight our team who will be leaving this week and put some pegs on the calendar for you to remember us in prayer.
May 13-20…Equine Therapy Team in Guatemala and El Salvador
Sam Anderson, Linda Wright, and Mike Crutchfield, of Open Range Fellowship in Lone Jack, Missouri, will be teaming up with Frank Molano, of Fort Worth, Texas, and me to lay the groundwork for the startup of an Equine Therapy program for special needs children and two PSE training events.
May 21-23…PSE Kekchi Pastor Training in the Fray de Las Casas region of Guatemala .
Frank Molano, Cesar, and I will be making this trip together. Plans include a day of training and a day of practice. This is in an area adjacent to where we have worked for many years in the jungle.
May 24-27…Honduras PSE Training for Leaders of new Christian Rancher Groups
From the jungle, Cesar, Frank, and I will head to La Ceiba, Honduras, to work with cowboys and ranchers for several days. This will be during the annual fair that the cattlemen’s association puts on, so we hope that it will not slow down our team there who are getting ready to start their first group!
June 21-29…Jungle Church Planting trip with team from First Baptist Benbrook, Texas
This team will follow up on the pastor training we have planned in May by hiking to several remote areas in the jungle to partner with the pastors on a church planting strategy. Participants have been working out and getting in shape to tackle this physical challenge! Pray for their health and stamina as well as God’s favor in the start-up of new churches.
July 15-22…Guatemala Trip with LifeQuest team from Belton, Missouri
This team will follow up on the May training trip helping several groups follow through on their strategies for starting new groups. Most likely there will be an emphasis on a couple of the days with women’s groups that are getting started.
Several of you have texted me at 10:02 a.m. or shortly thereafter to share that you are praying regularly for us. That means more than you can ever know! As you pray this week, please pray for our team heading to Guatemala. Pray that we will be able to sow some seeds for the equine therapy program to blossom and demonstrate God’s love. The most pressing need is to find the first horse for the program. Pray that God provides that as well as success for our days of PSE training.
One of our vital behaviors we practice and encourage is obedience training. In our cowboy groups, we call that “riding the bull.” Every time we share a Bible story or a scripture, we ask one another, “What are we going to do about it?” or “What bull are we going to ride as a result of hearing God’s story?” This week, make a commitment to pay attention to any scripture that you study and/or are exposed to and decide to be obedient to it in a specific way that day. If God does something good in you as a result, let me know! So giddy up and engage in obedience training!
Our coffers are barely keeping up with the upcoming trips and pace of the ministry. Your giving of any amount is making a difference when we pool our resources together. Thanks for continuing to partner with us!
Keep those cards and letters coming! Until next time…