Monday, March 10, 2014

Is Anything Too Hard for the Lord?

We are so thankful for those of you that prayed for us while we were in Honduras. What a blessed trip! Olivia has already shared a little about our time away, but here is a short collection of pictures and video clips to give you a glimpse of our mission in Honduras.

We are praying and trusting the Lord for miracles in this upcoming year having to do with our brothers and sisters in Cuyamel. We met so many that, yes, need the Lord, but many who need basics such as food and medicine. We are trusting the Lord for a whole container of food and clothing for the church people and others the Pastor knows, in the near future. Wouldn't that be amazing?! We are so excited with just the thought. Please pray with us concerning this idea as we seek the Lord and ask for His provision and means of actually getting a container there.

Dad and Mr. Henry Leiva had the opportunity to share for three evenings on the family in a local church there.  The first night was directed towards the men, then the wives and lastly, the children. Many surrounding churches were invited, and I believe the Lord did a special work in the families that walked or came in buses to attend. It was special to be a small part in those services, and to meet such loving people whom we now call friends. Our hearts continue to grow, not only for this country, but for the people who desire to know more about our God. When we leave, it's only 'till next time, and I think that's what the people see, and they love us in return for that.

One scripture that has really blessed me lately and makes me think of all that surrounds us here at home and our desires abroad, is Geneses 18:14.

"Is anything too hard for the Lord?"

Oh that the windows of heaven would be opened and that we would see His mighty hand move on our behalf!

Anita





Monday, March 3, 2014

It's Your Birthday...


























Our puzzle lover. You can't get enough of all those odd shaped pieces that somehow fit perfectly together, creating a beautiful picture. Today is your special day. And you like to enjoy every last second of it. You are so excited.
You are precious to us. The challenges you face every day that others around you do not, doesn't faze you one bit. You live life joyfully. With a smile on your face and a laugh around the corner:)
We couldn't be more proud and blessed to be celebrating 16 years of your life today.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Eighteen...


Paul, We are so grateful for your life. You are not afraid to stand for Truth and proclaim your love for Christ. Our little guys look up to you and you treat your sisters like royalty:) We love you.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Gloria a Dios...

Thank you to everyone who prayed for our group while we were away in Honduras! The Lord landed our plane safely back into the Ft. Lauderdale airport early Saturday morning! After being in a Spanish speaking country for a week we were a little taken aback when we stepped off the plane and were greeted with a "Good Morning!" and not a "Buenos Dias".

What I write for this post will surely only scratch the surface of everything that took place, but I hope it will give you a glimpse into what we experienced.

Our first day in Honduras we walked through town talking with people, inviting them to our church services the next day and giving lollipops and "goodie" bags to the children who weren't too shy to approach us. It was hot. The streets were scattered with trash and with the occasional bike, motorcycle and car flying driving by, the dust came in puffy clouds. We'd been warned the motorists stop for no one, so we tried to stay out of their way. By the end of that week I was so accustomed to it I was shocked when a car actually stopped at a STOP sign and let us cross the street! The children had such bright smiles. It stretched across their faces and made their eyes crinkle up. They loved our cameras but were timid about approaching until you showed them their picture and then they would laugh and point at the screen! I watched them run down the street clutching the lollipops and was humbled by how much joy a small piece of candy can bring.

The Pastor and his wife served us straight from their hearts. Every day we walked into their home she was already at the stove frying chicken or flipping tortillas. We would get in the kitchen and try to help but our tortilla flipping skills were lacking. We created our own version called the "mini Honduran tortilla". She laughed at us and spoke Spanish and we laughed and spoke English and we understood one another to a degree. I told her one day I would teach her the Mexican way of tortillas, with a rolling pin. She said, "Absolutely not, it would take way too long!" I wish I could have somehow captured pieces of our trip to communicate to everyone how thrilling it was to be there. 

The services at night were centered on marriage and the family. Not speaking Spanish and understanding very little gave us more of an awareness of how the Holy Spirit was moving. To see people cry, and go up to the front for prayer was something that moved me...even though I wasn't quite sure why they were going up front. I knew that it meant hearts had been moved, and I would begin to pray...it was a beautiful three nights.

I know God did a work in all of our hearts this trip...every one of us perhaps in a different way. God challenged us in certain aspects of our lives. One night at church, a guest pastor and a man from his congregation got up with their guitars and sang a song. It was all in Spanish. The expressions on their faces as they sang was one of pure worship to God. As they sang the chorus it was one word: "Hallelujah...Hallelujah...Hallelujah."  God spoke to me that night. Surrounded by so many loving people. In a beautiful church with dirt floors and no roof, just the stars, He spoke to my heart. "Will you praise Me?...In all things? In every circumstance of your life, not just the happy times but hard times too; will you make that choice to lift up your hands and praise me?" To sing Hallelujah?...

Olivia














































































































































































Happy 14th...

A Very Happy Birthday Jon-Michael!




























We are so proud of the Godly young man you are. You are so full of life and laughter! You  love Jesus with all of your soul. We love you so much!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I've Got The Joy...

Today we went and taught a group of 1st through 5th graders a song we absolutely love and taught at our VBS last year. "I've got the Joy, Joy, Joy". It's a song about having the Joy and Happiness of Jesus. We've put a few hand motions with it too. Going into the classrooms this morning we were a little dubious about the response we would get. But we were so blessed by the sweetness of the children! They were so happy to learn a new song and the smiles and laughs as they sang was contagious! We could not have enjoyed our time more with them, and we thank God for open and receptive hearts toward Him.

Olivia



When everyone learned it was our Dads birthday they sang for him. As we were leaving one classroom a student suddenly ran out and handed this cupcake to Daddy:)
 

And to make our day complete we stopped and bought Dad his favorite drink at Starbucks. And of course I had to get a picture because it's not every day the barista spells Santiago correctly. Very momentous:)


Happy Birthday Daddy...

































Father:) We couldn't be more blessed to have you. Daddy, we love you.

Happy Birthday!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Almost Home...

We all can't wait to hear the stories of how God worked in Honduras this past week! The missions team are driving to the airport late tonight and boarding a plane in the early hours of the morning heading home. It will be good to see all of them! We were able to FaceTime for a short time this afternoon. Mom has already expressed her love for the people there, and the girls are already talking of "next time"...








Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Honduras Missions Trip

We are very excited as our church, Heritage Bible Church was again able to take another missions trip into Honduras! Please pray with us as they minister in the community of Cuyamel. The missions group have been holding nightly meetings, focusing on the strengthening of the family. They arrived Sunday night and will stay through the 22nd.
 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Anniversary...

We thank God for you both today and the miracle He preformed in bringing you together. We have seen your love grow stronger and deeper each passing year. We have watched you praise God in all circumstances, laying your wants and desires at His throne. We have seen Him provide for you and answer your earnest prayer in miraculous ways. The precious little one He brought into your lives is a wiggling, giggling, smiling chubby testament of that!

We love you both so much. And Kyler too!


 Five years today....