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!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

2016 - March Photo N Prayer Review

We're prayerfully trying something new to help raise funds for our new staff housing named
"Casa de Apoyo" or "Support House".

PRAISE that we have a $3,000 commitment from one of our supporting churches to start the fundraising!!!

Filipenses FC Futbol

The U-12 boys soccer team competed in the final,
but fell short loosing 2-0.

We had quite the crowd for the U-12 boys final!

PRAY for Oscar to clearly communicate the Gospel and that the team will grow in athletic skill and spiritual depth.

The U-25 men's team gathers after our first victory: 2-1!


JOY! The young women of Taller CDP

Fidelia separates the varnished paper beads so they don't try together.

PRAY for Ilsy and Marillyn to lead these woman into a deeper relationship with Jesus and a greater knowledge of their art.

Ilsy leads these young women in a Bible devotional

The ladies' Etsy store, Las Aguas Verdes, is currently showcasing their Spring line of jewelry!
CLICK HERE to view the latest handmade Honduran fashions!


Ilsy & Chelsea lead the girls in a dynamic game of "Red Rover".

PRAY for these girls (elementary & junior high) to cultivate a passion for God's word and truth.

Jon breaks-out with the junior high girls as we study the Gospel of John.


The ladies present their "Frozen" birthday cupcakes at Ilsy's daughter's school!

Continue to PRAY for our intern Chelsea
as she finishes her final month with us at Ranch Oasis. 
PRAY for more "called" staff to serve with us short and long term!

Lissye and Jon celebrate their birthdays..."Let it go, baby."

PRAY for the Ranch's non-profit to finalize. 
We're still waiting on the final word on the "final" payment...

Rescuing Esther!
After 4+ months of "disappearing" from the Ranch one of the youth spotted Esther in a not-so-nearby village. We sought her out and found her sickly, but have been restoring her back to health.
What a miracle!

PRAISE concerning our vehicle.
A few RO4Y supporting churches rallied (or are about to rally) and took a benevolence offering to raise the funds for purchasing & replacing the Durango's transmission. The hope is to get it replaced in April! 
PRAY for all the logistics to work out: sending the transmission & the mechanic ! We've been 3 months without our vehicle!!!

Even the horses rummage through the trash dump in town during the dry season!
Poverty exists on so many levels in Honduras.

PRAISE for the generosity of our support team and the US government (our tax return). Many of our unexpected expenses were covered. (See last month's post!) God is faithful!

Time to change the water filter??? (I think so!)

Jon's parents, Dave & Marsha Beard, make their annual grandparent rounds!

PRAY for the "Elder" Beards to have fruitful/meaningful trip at the Ranch.

Where'd you go for Spring Break?
Playa Rancho Oasis!!!

PRAISE for the much need rest over Semana Santa ("Holy Week").
Our Honduran staff have the week off and the Beard family are enjoying some down time and extra fellowship with nearby friends!
Continue to PRAY for our individual spiritual growth, marriages, families and strength against the constant spiritual warfare!

All bounced out!
The trampoline was resurrected after a year in hibernation.

PRAISE for our amazing support team.
We are blessed & strengthened by your words of encouragement, financial gifts and prayers!!!