Saturday, March 3, 2018

February '18 Review: PERSPECTIVE

Watching Mati... who's watching mommy... who's watching Nedo.

“The essential joy of being with horses is that it 

brings us in contact with the rare elements of 

grace, beauty, spirit and fire.”

-Shannon Ralls Lemon

Tabitha: learning with/on Nedo.

That quote is perfectly said. Horses first captured my heart when I, Marillyn, was 7 years old. They’ve been a soothing balm to my heart & soul growing up as a deaf girl trying to find her way in a big world. Horses have pushed me, in their own gentle way, to better myself and believe I can do anything I set my mind to... even when the world tried to tell me I couldn’t because of being deaf.

Naomi & Nedo: riding the rail.

Fast forward to adulthood... it’s been almost 10 years since I’ve worked closely with horses. To be honest, I grew discouraged and was starting to give up the dream of doing equine therapy. The process of getting Nedo has re-awakened my dreams and was nothing short of a miracle! Slowly, and somewhat cautiously, I feel my heart’s desires being revived. The Lord has used these magnificent animals to shape me to be the person that I am today and it’s my heart’s desire to see others be impacted by these horses as much as they’ve impacted me. I am looking forward to the continuing process of being shaped by the Lord through this guy and other horses we believe will join us in the years to come!

Feliz dia de amor e amistad!

My core group of gals SURPRISED me with

some late Valentines gifts today. 

Honestly, I didn’t expect that!!!! 

Sisters Tatiana & Yahaira work with their cousin & new student, Lorena.

This is a FIRST and just what I needed to know that I am appreciated & loved by them... because, quite frankly, I often wonder if they think I’m just some crazy, deaf gringa speaking Spanglish {which... I am} but, really, I do struggle and wonder. Especially with all the cultural difference I’ve had to wade through and all the things I’ve had to learn the hard way and all the humble pie I’ve had to swallow over the years as we build up our trade school... But, amazingly, it’s been worth AAALLL the struggles, questioning, frustrations, and tears just to see their beautiful smiles while they presented me their gifts.

Daddy Fun Day: movie & a pizza!

 “Your greatest contribution to the world may not be something you do, but someone you raise.”
-Andy Stanley

Poema: my very special pupil!

Tobias: learning to read!

Annual Missionary Retreat or Bust!!!

8 Y E A R S ago, we moved from the hot 

tropical beaches & mountains of Costa Rica to 

the cool, pine covered mountains of Honduras.

To be honest... if God would have let me make a list of countries that I would want to live in and gave me the choice of where I would go, Honduras would not even come close to being on that list... and He knew that. There have been {many} times over the years, when life got especially hard, I’ve asked God “Why are we here?!” and begged Him to move us somewhere else... yet, He has kept us firmly here.

Hosting our first regional missionary meeting as recently elected reps!

When we first moved here, He gave me this... “I am not promising you that life will be easy, just that it will be worth it” and a recent devotion (February 27th) from #NewMorningMercies was exactly that... My life is not good because it is easy or predictable, but because the I AM has invaded my existence by His grace.

Soul Care: leading worship at the conference with my buddy, Ken.

Why did God send us into Honduras? He did it because He knows that sometimes we need the storms/trials in order to be able to see the glory. For us believers, peace is not to be found in ease of life. Real peace is only ever found in the presence, power, and grace of the Savior, the King, the Lamb, the I AM. That peace is mine even when the storms of life {aka Honduras} take me beyond my natural ability, wisdom, and strength. Now... I can live with hope and courage in the middle of what once would have produced discouragement and fear because I know I am never alone. The I AM inhabits all situations, relationships, and locations by His grace.
He is in me.
He is with me.
He is for me.

He is MY HOPE 

"Great is thy faithfulness, Oh Lord."

My L I F E verse...

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong {dynamite}
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Please continue to stand in prayer with us 

about our ministry outreach,

 finances and family.

We love you guys!!!

Soul Care: a morning hike & prayer

Saturday, February 3, 2018

January '18 Review: CHANGES

Back in the Saddle!!!

Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God.

Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present.

There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.

 -Philippians 1:3-6 (MSG)

Warming-up Nedo!

As a good missionary friend once said to us,
"Nothing changes, unless something changes!"

For nearly eight years we have longed to see the equine ministry of Rancho Oasis develop into a life-changing work of the Holy Spirit, but have been lacking a key ingredient: a horse!

Sure, we have a couple Honduran ponies, but we have been praying for a well-trained, well-mannered horse to lead us into uncharted territory.

Cue Nedo.

Nedo's Fan Club

After a fellow missionary's donation, a little "kick-in-the-pants" motivation and a lot of prayer, we visited the only professional riding barn in our region. (One of three in Honduras!) We made some contacts, met a horse, offered the funds and now have a horse!

Do you believe in miracles?

So, now what? 


In order to focus on Nedo and develop the equine outreach we need to adjust an already full schedule!

Marillyn will be training Nedo & getting back into shape herself. We plan to introduce our oldest kids to riding him, too. (They have brief experience / lessons in the US.) So, Marillyn will add trainer to her list of activities which include, but are not limited to wife, mom, cook, home school teacher and tradeschool director/designer/photographer/graphic artist.

PRAY for organizational skills!

Jon has decided to temporarily post-pone the children's Bible study outreach with a hope to reintroduce Nedo into the mix in the future. (Though well attended, the twice a day Friday Bible studies were burning him out with inconsistent support from Honduran volunteers and little visible fruit yielded from the life of the kids. Yes, it was fun, but we believe God has something better planned.)

Jon is also investing time into equipping himself as the "spiritual/mental-health" side of the equine outreach. We desire to increase our understanding of the needs of at-risk-youth and the baggage that they will bring to the Ranch. Prayerfully, Nedo and more like him can help tear down some walls & let the light of Jesus into their lives!

So, we ask for prayer as we narrow our ministry focus and prepare to offer something uniquely different to our community and beyond.


Bienvenidos a 2018

We have briefly met with the students this new year. The sales over the Christmas season were tremendously succesfull! PTL! (Two-thirds of their earnings for the year were made in November and December.)

PRAY for us as we continue to minister to the faithful, as well as assimilate a small group of new kids into the school. Also, PRAY for God to open more doors for sales locally & abroad.

don't forget to visit our on-line store,
 Las Aguas Verdes. 

We have a new jewelry collection
& Valentine's Day is right around the corner!


Pre-scrimmage Pep Talk with Coach Oscar

Despite a great start of the Boys U-12 season,
it ended with a fizzle. 

The coaches were never able to agree on terms for an official league, so no "official" games this school break. Thus, the boys stopped attending practice! Also, the call of a supplementary income hits most families pretty hard during coffee picking season. The "bean" won out over the "ball". Finally, the public school system starts in February and most students' educations will take priority over extra curricular activities. 

The U-25 young men's team has traditionally started their league in February, but work on the soccer field could post-pone the start. 

We've played two seasons in the men's league; an experiment to disciple the graduated U-12 boys into adulthood. However, last season the formal discipleship aspect was almost non-existent as almost no one would come to practice and game days were focused on the match-at-hand. 

Honestly, I'm not sure how to proceed: fold the team for a season or pursue a more traditional mandatory "pray-to-play" Bible study on a weeknight.

Your PRAYERS are coveted!


New Kitchen, Pantry & Laundry Room Ceramic Tile

We hosted a whirlwind of small, but very capable teams in January.

The "Never-ending" T-shirt Rug

Jon's parent's, Dave & Marsha Beard; long-time supporters, Dale & Ruth Waterman; and returning short-term missionary, John Wilkes.

New Tracks for Sliding Doors
As John shared with friends, "My short-term mission is to help the Beards get settled and situated, so they can complete their long-term mission in Honduras."

D & D Flooring Co.

So, blessed to have you as friends & family!

(Pictures speak louder than words)

Mati is walking!!!

Keep these young disciples in prayer: Tobias, Poema, Tabitha & Naomi.

Las Barbas Baseball - bonding via family sports!

Belated Christmas Celebrating with Grandma & Grandpa:

Got puppies!!!
Sheba's 1st litter with Thor: all 6 are males!!!


Good news: Many friends and families have either started giving or increased their monthly giving to Rancho Oasis.

Great news: We were half-way to our goal of increasing our monthly support by $1,000!

Thank you & praise the Lord!

Not so good news: We recently received notice that our largest financially supporting church was reducing their support by nearly 90%!

Current status: The rise in support minus the reduction now puts our monthly need at $1,200 a month!!!

We have:

perimeter & interior fencing, staff/guest house, riding areas

2 ranch hands, 2 domestic helpers, 2 night guards

4x4 truck, electric generator, new refrigerator

electrical, property loan

family & animal health emergencies, vehicle issues & furlough plane tickets


"Morning by morning new mercies I see"

We love you guys
& are excited to see what God does in 2018!

Thank you, Support Team,
for your faithfulness over the years.