Sunday, July 26, 2015

2015 - May.June.July Photo N Prayer Review

GOOOAAAL!!! The Beard kids enthusiastically show off their donated futbol digs!

Hola Friends,

It's time to catch you up the last few months
of ministry & life at Rancho Oasis for Youth.

Please continue to lift us up in PRAYER as we finish this season of ministry & prepare for our Fall furlough. We look forward to seeing many of you very soon!

"Nueva alba / new dawn" at the new RO4Y.

PRAISE: Life @ the new property is wonderful, but it doesn't come without a new series of challenges. Much work is left to be finished on our home and the ministry house, including running water in our home. PRAY for the wisdom & know-how to wrap up important projects before our soon departure, as well as God's provision for bigger projects, including our staff housing.

CC Morgantown (half of 'em") pose at the new, not-quite finished, round pen.

PRAISE: We've hosted two amazing large teams this summer.
View a more comprehensive collection of photos of their stay on our Facebook page: Rancho Oasis for Youth 

Some of the Gringo teens lead a great Bible study with the Rancho youth!

The first group hailed from Morgantown, West Virginia with Calvary Chapel Morgantown. These guys focused on work projects, including the round pen for the horses and miscellaneous projects in the homes & barn. They also assisted in leading Bible studies in our weekly outreaches. Bien hecho, hermanos!

First day of VBS with the Texas team & local translator Cristina!

The second team arrived from Valley Creek Church in suburban Dallas, Texas. These guys finished out the riding ring for the horses and also lead our first VBS outreach in the new community.

Some of the Texas crew work on the riding ring posts.

We were blessed to host both teams and our PRAYERFUL that God will continue to minister in their lives State-side! Each church has partnered with us over the last four years! Gracias, hermanos!

The "finished" round pen and riding ring. Very excited to get the equestrian ministry underway!

We continue to PRAY for our US non-profit status to be recognized in Honduras. According to the latest report from our lawyer we are less then two months away from being official! PTL! The final step also includes a final deposit of ~$800. (With this in hand, we can then proceed to import our 15-passenger van!) Also, continue to PRAY for the finalization of our electrical project; we are still waiting on our meter.

Without the 15-passenger van, transportation gets a little "creative"!

PRAY also for the Lord's provision for a new Ranch vehicle. The Durango is in the shop, again. This time with a $900 transmission repair waiting to happen. We'd like to sell the Durango and get a pick-up. (My understanding is that with the non-profit status in place, we can import a truck tax free!)

Felicidades! Celebrating our 12 year anniversary.

PRAY for our ministry partners (aka "staff"): 

USA or bust!
The Beard kids, Lucinda & Brooke head to the US 3-weeks early for some summer fun with the grandparents!

Lucinda has returned to the US with our three oldest children, Naomi, Tabitha and Tobias. They will be staying in the same town, but with Marillyn's parents, Wayne & Brooke Goranson. (FYI - Wayne had his hip replacement surgery on July 10th and is recovering wonderfully... thanks to your PRAYERS!) 

Feliz cumpleanos Elida: Oscar & Marlis' daughter turns 1-year!

Oscar enjoyed a few days off last week and even went to a marriage conference with his wife, Marlis.

Ilsy gets her jump-roping "on" with the WV team and girl's Bible study.

Ilsy is well, but is slowly recovering from a motorcycle accident while traveling with her brother and daughter. She is growing stronger in her ability to walk every day! (She had a deep bruise on her foot.)

We've let Jose Felix go and have tried to find a young man to come alongside Oscar, but haven't had much success. PRAY for Jonathan, one of the soccer boys to follow through. 

We still have our night guards, Kelvin, Ilsy's brother (M-F) and Anastacio, Oscar's uncle (Sat-Sun), so PRAY for their protection and strength. Finally, Dunia & Keyla have been faithfully helping around the Ranch, but have been spending much time with their ailing grandmother.

Greg & Clark, our Seattle based friends visit the Ranch for the first time in May.
We hope to partner with their church in the area of short-term missions in 2016.

  PRAY in general for staff health as we have had a barrage of illnesses over the last few weeks! Satan is relentless!

Tabitha's kindergarten graduation with the Theyel family and RO4Y "staff".

PRAY for the Theyel family! We met Kurt, Rebecca and their two girls, Jianna & Samara, years ago in Wisconsin and have hosted them while coming down with short-term missions teams. However, this time they have come as a family for the month with a heart for missions. They've been a great help with a variety of Ranch tasks and outreaches. PRAY for them as they seek the Lord's direction for their family and missions, as well as wisdom in making it through all of the cultural adjustments while living in Honduras! (FYI - our other team scheduled for August canceled.)

PRAY for God to send us the right ministry partners. We're processing/praying through some applications now and are hoping to meet some potential partners during the furlough travels.

Pre-game prayer with the U-15 team.
We finished the season strong making it all-the-way to the semi-final game!

PRAY for God's protection over our Honduran staff and property as we return to the States in August. More details to come! 

Saying good-bye to the old property with our "Six-stone altar". See Deuteronomy 27.

Saying, "Adios" to the old property.
Grateful for our time in the village, but excited for the future of RO4Y.

Also, PRAY for our furlough to be filled with Divine appointments with new and faithful support team members and times of refreshing for the Beards. We've been in Central America for seven years and are feeling more "burned-out" than ever before. This verse was brought to my attention this morning while listening to a message on my bike ride: 

The Lord said: "Forget what happened long ago!
Don't think about the past. I am creating something new.
There it is! Do you see it?
 I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands."

Isaiah 43:18-19 (CEV)

Girl's Bible study engrossed in the film, the Gospel of John.
A helpful tool as we study through the same book.

As always, thank you for your faithfulness in all areas of support! God is good!

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!