Saturday, July 9, 2016

2016 - May/June Photo N Prayer Review

Yep! "Cinco" is on his/her way!!!
PRAY for the Beard family with their unexpected/unplanned blessing. The kids are done with school for the season and Mom & dad are loving it/going crazy!

Newest Ranch Staff Melody Cary works with Tobias on cleaning tac.
PRAY for Melody as she transitions into life at RO4Y.
She has spent the last 3+ years teaching at an English bi-lingual school in the northern part of Honduras. She has years of equestrian experience and will be a valuable addition to the Ranch combining horse therapy, evangelism and discipleship.

Gracias Calvary Community Church from Sumner, Washington!

Building & setting roof trusses and installing the roof panels.

PRAISE: We had a short, but good week with our first time visitors from the north-west. PRAISE that Wayne Goranson, Marillyn's father, was available and ran the construction crew while Jon focused on the missionary mechanic and our car repair.

PRAY for our next team of twelve arriving on July 17th from suburban San Diego. The team will finish the work on the workshop/warehouse, be involved with the Ranch's regular weekly outreach, as well as a special staff Bible study - one for the ladies and one for the guys!

After SIX MONTHS of waiting, the Beard family has wheels!!! PTL!!!

Our Honduran mechanic, Ivan, meets traveling missionary/all-things-mechanic/evangelist,
Kip Ramirez, with the new transmission at their feet.
PRAISE the Lord for Kip and his wife Melisa!
PRAISE the Lord that the transmission was paid for & shipped to Honduras and arrived BEFORE Kip did! Quite a miracle! PRAY for Ivan as he made a commitment to Christ during the week.

The RO4Y guys meet for discipleship in the book of John.
Jon, Oscar and new ranch-hand Nelson (aka "Machi")

PRAY for the Rancho Oasis staff:
Lucinda has gone on furlough for the months of July & August.
Melody will depart in early August for a few months to raise a support team.
Ilsy has taken a month off from Ranch responsibilities to rest.
Lesly, Dunia and Keyla are working a bit more hours (that they wanted & needed) to make up for Ilsy's absence.
Oscar has weekends off now that Machi is assisting him.
And Jon and Marillyn have a short-furlough planned for August
Heads-up Freedom Fellowship, Wisconsin
Calvary Chapel Morgantown
and Calvary Community in Cedar Rapids, Iowa!!!

Jose de la Paz and his crew have made massive progress on our ministry partner's house,
"Casa de Apoyo"

The guys add the first row of adobe bricks to the rock & mortar foundation!

PRAISE for God's miraculous provision!
PRAY we can get a roof on BEFORE the rains really hit in October!

Sisters, Keyla & Dunia, work on bags for the trade school sales from our Etsy store.
PRAY that God would increase awareness of the trade school and continue to provide for the students.

Yearly Baptism with our English speaking fellowship in Tegucigalpa: Union Church.
PRAISE for the friendships & ministry that we have @ Union.

Soccer guys devotional through the book of John.
PRAY for these young men to grow in Christ. PRAISE: We ended the season in 7th place of 8 teams, but were awarded the "Most Disciplined Team" award (aka - least amount of fouls!)

2nd Law of Missionary Dynamics: It's going to break, eventually!
PRAY for us as we endure a season of things breaking and getting fixed!
The Durango has been in the shop a few more times, the generator was surging but has been fixed (but not tested on our homes), our water pump has broke twice (praise we had just enough gravity to get water in the house), our tankless water heater has been out for several weeks (praise the company is sending us replacement parts for FREE!) and our State-side mini-van "died" and can only be scrapped (it was given to us last year and the repairs are more than it's value.)

The Ranch's UNused 15-passenger van. Urgh!!!!
PRAY for the van! We received a large donation that we want to use to import the van. (Many Honduran friends and missionaries said that the tax-free process was a long-shot.) However, the Honduran government agency LOST the car's documents; it is as if the van never came into Honduras! PRAY our lawyer and his team find a way to get us some Honduran plates! We could really use this vehicle!

First ever Beard family vacation since moving to Honduras in 2010!
PRAISE God for His provision to allow us to take a week vacation with Marillyn's parents, Wayne & Brooke Goranson. They now live in Costa Rica and they hosted us for the week. God is good!

Love you all, Support Team!

Thanks for your constant prayer, friendship & gifts!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

2016 - April Photo N Prayer Review


Chelsea assists with the young readers girl's Bible study

Chelsea with Ilsy's niece, Breisy (14)

Weekly Bible study prep with Ilsy and Jon in the Gospel of John

Chelsea learned to love the kitchen under Mare's supervision and
passed on her knowledge to Lesly who replaced her.

Chelsea enjoyed being a "big sister" in the Beard family
and a significant member of the Rancho Oasis team.

Whether modeling trade school jewelry, watching the Beard kids
or enduring endless dishes, Chelsea accepted her task with joy...
most of the time! LOL!

¡Gracias, Chelsea!
¡Te queremos, te extra├▒amos!

PRAY for Chelsea as she adjusts back to life in the US.
PRAY for our ministry housing (Casa de Apoyo) to be completed to host future interns and ministry partners.

Sports Discipleship

"God sent his Son into the world. He did not send him to judge the world guilty,
but to save the world through him." John 3:17 ERV

PRAISE for the young men's maturity as a team and in their interest in spiritual things. 

PRAY for their salvation and growth & for Oscar's leadership.
Specific prayers for the team's natural leaders to get saved!

First comes the spiritual training, then the physical.
Here the young men work on their passing, marking and dribbling skills.

We've got two games left in the season and have a total of 7 out of a possible 36 points. In the second half of the season, we've been competitive most games and even upset the third place team. Poco a poco!

Vocational Discipleship

"I have the highest confidence in you, and I take great pride in you.
You have greatly encouraged me and made me happy despite all our troubles."
2 Corinthians 7:4 NLT

PRAY for Marillyn and Ilsy as they direct the students.

PRAY over the year's goals: Honesty, Trust & Focus

A new selection of hand-crafted jewelry is getting ready for Mother's Day:
click here to view our Etsy Store, Las Aguas Verdes

PRAY for increased awareness and sales on the on-line store.

Newly combined workshop of new students, their student leader/trainers and veterans!

PRAISE for the incorporation of the five new students into the larger group.

Biblical Literacy & Application

Ilsy enjoys working with the Bible study girls and their craft.
PRAISE for the faithful group of girls attending the studies!

PRAY for their homes & their understanding of God's Word.

"But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.
It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life."
John 4:14 NLT

Property Infrastructure Growth
New storage area & workshop

Marking out the foundation for the new storage workshop.

Manual labor - literally!
Laying the rock foundation.

The Honduran crew takes a break after the first layers of adobe brick have been laid.

Tobi helps the guys with the final adobe brick layer before the final concrete reinforced beam.

"Papi" Wayne Goranson takes a well deserved grand-kid break
after supervising the new construction.

Poema helps mix the sand, water & portland mix for the first stucco coat for the walls!

Roof ready!!!
PRAY for the team from Calvary Community Church in Sumner, Washington; they are coming down to add the roof from May 14 - 20th.

"Casa de Apoyo" Update
Our new ministry partners' housing

The men clean up the ditches dug last year for the home's foundation.

PRAISE for the generation donation from one of our supporting churches. They recently raise over $6,000 for the project!!!

PRAY for people to catch the vision to host our ministry partners, interns, small short-term teams and even young Hondurans in a discipleship program on-site!

Click here to learn more about
our crowdfunding page and how you can give to help finish the housing.

RO4Y Life


PRAISE for a successfull trip for Mare. She flew to the US to help her mom, Brooke Goranson, prep their home for sale. The Goransons recently moved from Iowa to Costa Rica!

Ilsy learns some new skills on the sewing machine.

PRAISE for a great working visit from Jon's parents, David & Marsha Beard! They accomplished many numerous projects around the homes. Mil gracias!

Our ministry partners' daily lunch!

PRAY for salvation & reconciliation for our former employee Adrian.
We're sad to see him go.

Jon's father, Dave, enjoys his first mountain bike experience in Honduras.
Not bad for 67!!!

PRAY for Jon & Mare's marriage.
They take time out weekly to do a marriage study together.

PRAISE our Honduran non-profit status has been recognized!
We have a final payment of $375 and we're official! 

Semana Santa Chili Missionary Luncheon
PRAISE for the ability to host the first annual "Holy Week" missionary lunch. It was a great time of food & fellowship.

Our recent recovery of our dog Esther ended with some tears and a simple burial.
"Poor Esther, we miss you!"

PRAY for our vehicle's transmission replacement to go well!
The tranny was purchased & shipped to Honduras in April.
Our missionary mechanic Kip arrives on May 17th!!!

“Though she be but little, she is fierce!” - Shakespeare

PRAISE we recently accepted the application of a young woman to come serve at the Ranch. She has already lived & served in Honduras 3+ years and has an extensive equestrian background! Mare is hopeful that with her help they can begin to develop the Ranch's riding ministry!

"Autofoto Adios!!!"

PRAISE for our faithful support team!
Love ya'll!!!