Sunday, May 3, 2015

2015 - April Photo N Prayer Review

"Handsome Helpers" moving crew!

Saludos Amigos!

The last month has seemed like one of my bike rides: several slow, long climbs with a number of obstacles in the path mixed with multiple “can’t squeeze the brakes too hard or I’ll flip” downhill runs! The effort is always exhausting, but the thrill and view is always worth it!

Please enjoy the photos & lift us up in prayer as we continue to serve Jesus here at the Ranch!

PRAISE: We have moved... mostly!!!

The move to the new property was crazy, but the amount of help that we received was beautiful! We hired some local help with an old delivery truck from Lowe's and also got help from a handful of friends from Tegus. With six vehicles and multiple trips between the properties we had a full day!

PRAY as we wrap up life at the "old" Ranch and transition into the "new" Ranch!

Where's Marillyn???

The new property is awesome (PRAISE),
but there is so much left to be finished!

For example, huge kitchen, but no running water in the new house!
Ample room, but no shelving, yet!
Inside bathrooms, but no compost toilets built. (Bucket anyone?)
Electricity to both buildings, even when hooked up to the generator, but the "widow maker" (electric shower head) isn't working.
No need for a well, but inconsistent water pressure to ministry house.

Dave & Marsha Beard, the handy-couple retirees!

PRAISE for the HUGE help from Jon's parents, Dave and Marsha Beard. They did a little bit of everything in our preparation to move, moving day and the days that followed. Muchisimas gracias!!!

The new kitchen sink duels as a bathtub for the kids!

PRAY for a lot of logistical details to be resolved at the Ranch:
final approval from the electrical company on our project,
authorization/recognition of our US non-profit status in Honduras,
and the tax-free importation of our 15-passenger van!

The kids "entertain" Lucinda with a Rancho Oasis circus performance.

PRAY for continued unity, joy and love for the Beard family and their ministry partners (Lucinda, Ilsy, Lissye, Oscar, Dunia, Keyla, Kelvin, Anastacio and Jose Felix). There are a lot of changes/challenges mixed with several blessings at the new property. So much is temporary as we wrap up several details and projects. This has been a great experiment on community as we re-learn to live together in new spaces.

Lucinda celebrates another birthday with us at the Ranch!

PRAY for the large number of short-term missions teams coming this summer. Beginning in May we have a few small groups (Marillyn's father) and one of the Ranch's board members is arriving for the first time to Honduras with the missions pastor from his church! We are hopeful to partner with this Seattle suburban church in the near future. In June, we have two of our large "regulars" arriving, as well as some long-time friends coming for an entire month. Rounding out the summer with another large team in July! PRAY for Jon & Marillyn to have wisdom in organizing the projects for the teams and that God will speak into the missionaries lives! Also, PRAY for potential staff, Sarah Jones, as she postponed her internship with us. She is seeking God's confirmation if RO4Y is for her.

The U-15 boys team has grown in skill and self-control. With a new sense of focus & fun, we are on a winning streak: 5-1-2. A win in our final game will ensure us a birth in the playoffs! (This is a huge feat because we started half-way through the tournament; meaning, the other teams have played twice as many games!)

We took a three week hiatus from outreach while we prepped the property, but have once again begun:

1st Young Adult Bible study at the new property!

Before the first trade school class, Ilsy and Mare took the students to the highest peak and prayed over the property. The students now walk or take a bus to the new property and all are still faithful. Plus, there are four new young women in the class.

First Friday afternoon girl's Bible study in the ministry house!

The Beard kids sit on the rock wall dividing the new property from the forest. The night before Jon fought a fire that nearly entered the new Ranch! (Bet ya didn't know "forest ranger" was on the missionary required list!)

This pine tree still burned the next day after the underbrush fire burned out!

PRAY for Jon, our foreman, Jose de la Paz and Oscar to have wisdom and strength in completing a variety of projects. Also, PRAY for the two week visit of Marillyn's father, Wayne Goranson, to be a huge blessing. He arrives May 11th! 

Beginning work on the outside patio for the covered laundry drying area.

The new Rancho Oasis "throne room", literally!
Some plumbing complications lead to this new elevation.

The Bi-lingual Avengers, coming to a theater near you!
We picked these outfits up at another missionary's rummage sale!

Ojojona has three seasons:
"Dust & Cold", "Dust & Hot" and "Mud".
Any guesses what season just started?

Thank you for your continual words of encouragement & prayer covering!

Our first ride together!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

2015 - March Photo N Prayer Review

Our project foreman, Jose de la Paz, grouts the "courtyard" floor.

 1. We’ve set a goal to move to the new property in early April during the annual break of Semana Santa (“Holy Week” or the week prior to Easter Sunday). PRAY for wisdom on accomplishing a variety of tasks to get the houses ready for both the Beard family and our staff. Jon has been dedicating half-days at the new property to move forward on the necessary to-do list to make the move a reality. Jon’s parents, David and Marsha Beard are also coming on the 23 of March to help prep the new property! Exciting and potentially very stressful time ahead! Please PRAY for the right balance of pushing forward and waiting on God’s timing!!!

Andrew, Brent & Paul: Gracias friends for all your hard work & fellowship!

2. PRAISE for the three brothers in Christ who helped knock out some major work on the new house. Brent and Paul from Lucinda’s fellowship in Britt, Iowa and Andrew came from Yuma, Arizona for his second trip to the Ranch.

The guys were able to finish most of the electrical, plumbing and doors/cabinets. 

They made our goal to move in early April that much more of a reality!

​​Poles 3 & 4 behind the ministry house and the Beard's new home.

3. PRAISE: the second phase of the electrical installation has begun! Phase 2 consists of bringing the secondary electrical lines up to the houses on the property. However, we are still waiting for the “final signature” from the electrical company for Phase 1! PRAY that BOTH phases will be complete!!! 

(With a goal to move to the new property in early April, electricity is a MUST! We’ve also postponed our monthly loan payments, thanks to a gracious, Christian lender, in order to payoff phase 2 of the electrical installation. PRAY for God’s provision above and beyond our need & expectation – He is faithful!!!)

​​ The RO4Y Family before our weekly worship.

4. PRAISE for God’s faithfulness and protection over our staff & community here at the Ranch! The North-American staff had a great time of worship & fellowship at our annual missionary conference. 

The Honduran Fellowship Retreat Photo: 
Can you find the Beards? Lucinda?

We have definitely sensed and felt your prayers since our last update. We meet weekly to: study scripture, pray and worship; prepare for ministry outreach and activities and meet one-on-one with one member of the staff. (Your vigilance is requested as Satan’s attacks are still evident as Tabitha recently witnessed some demonic activity in the wee hours of the morning.  Praise for Jesus’ blood to cover and protect us!)

The RO4Y ladies throw a birthday bash for 9-year-old Lissye!
5. PRAY for two potential RO4Y staff. 

I’ve mentioned Sarah Jones. She visited the Ranch in January and is planning to return for a 3-month “internship” starting in mid-May. 

We’ve also met a young woman at our recent missionary conference who seems to be a direct answer to our prayer for someone to assist Marillyn and focus primarily on the animals. Melody is trained as a veterinarian “nurse”, specializes in goats and has years of experience with horses from service at camps in the US! She is currently teaching English at a bi-lingual school in Northern Honduras! She is planning to visit in June, but we are very excited to introduce her to the Ranch and our Honduran staff! God is faithful!!!

6. Continue to PRAY for our weekly outreaches:

Filipenses FC U-12's "Most Faithful Twelve"
We wrapped up the U-12 soccer season with a great awards luncheon and started a new championship for the U-15 team. PRAY for God to use Oscar’s Bible teaching to see these young men come to know Christ and live for Him on and off the field.

Oscar prays with the U-15 young men before their game.
So far, we're 1 win, 1 tie and 1 loss.

Our young adult Bible study or “youth group” continues to press forward as we’ve been studying leadership. A few of the youth are involved in other areas of the Ranch. Our goal is to give them ministry opportunities and counsel them along the way. 

​Lesley's grandma's funeral procession.
(PRAY specifically for Lesley as she lost her grandma this last week. She was 74.) Lucinda and Ilsy have also been a huge help will Jon has been focusing on work at the new property!

A photo of our sales table at the HFMM retreat.
Trade school continues to grow! We have five NEW students!!! We were blessed with the opportunity to sell at our recent missionary retreat and are planning to sell the students work again at a local restaurant near Ojojona over Semana Santa. PRAY for good sales and open hearts to the scriptures as Jon teaches through Bible studies on stewardship and Ilsy leads devotionals. PRAY also for Marillyn to help complete the school's Etsy store!

Ilsy shares with the girls.
Our girl’s Bible study continues to be a blessing! PRAY for Ilsy as she teaches through the Word with the “readers” elementary class and sisters, Dunia & Keyla, teach the “non-readers” class.

Dunia & Keyla teach the younger girls.

7. Continue to PRAY for the finalization/confirmation of our US 501c3 here in Honduras. Once recognized we can begin the process to ask to have the van imported “tax free”. (I know I sound like a broken record here, but we truly need the Lord’s intervention & your faithful persistence in prayer.)

Mare cleans up the wood & Ilsy cuts in with some sealer.
Poco a poco!

8. PRAISE: Marillyn’s father, Wayne Goranson, continues to recover from his accident at the new property back in December. Continue to pray for strength for mind, body & spirit for Wayne and his wife, Brooke.

 Mare checks out the threshold transition of broken tile.

9. PRAISE for your faithful prayer support!!! We are blessed to partner with you and are excited for the future of the Ranch at the new location.

Tobi, the artist.