Sunday, April 20, 2014

2014 - Weeks 8 - 11 Photo 'n Prayer Review


Jon & Oscar hand out the most faithful player awards in the U-12 Reserve team to
Anderson and Fernando (Oscar's son).
One of the most fun & rewarding events of the soccer season is our annual Parent-Player Soccer Awards dinner. We emphasize awards in four areas for each of the three teams:

Golden Boot Award - highest goal scorer

Most Faithful Player - highest combination of attendance in both practice & games

Most Valuable Player - a combination of high attendance, humble character
 & skill on the field

Most Improved Player - a combination of improvement in character & skill 

U-12 Players:
Dani (left) wins Most Faithful and Marlon (right) Most Improved

It is exciting to bless these young men with recognition & awards
in a culture that generally only awards futbol talent
or applauds everyone for a status quo performance.
Dani doesn't have the greatest skill, but was a humble, faithful addition to the 2nd place team.
Marlon's attitude changed throughout the season, especially after he was disciplined and had to walk home from our "away" game! His temperament softened and even his confidence on the field increased!

U-14 Most Faithful Top 12 players received a special T-shirt for their commitment to the team!
One of the most successful stories from this year's soccer tournament was the U-14 team. We struggled during the first round of games discovery team chemistry with one win / one tie / three losses. This was an identical mirror of our record last year, at which point many of the boys left the team; we struggled to have even eleven boys show up for a game! 

This year, the exact opposite happened! The boys rallied and sharpened their focus and team effort and actually were contenders to win a play-off birth: two wins / two ties / one loss. Oscar & I were very proud that the boys did not give up, but finished strong!
A trait that will help them be successful on and off the football pitch!

Fernando Joel, aka "Chino" wins the U-14 Most Improved Player award!
Chino has had quite a history with Filipenses FC. He was actually expelled from the team for behavioral issues his first year. This year, his third season with us, he started training WITHOUT permission from his mom. Nonetheless, he anxiously approached Oscar & confessed his error. Fernando and I met with his mom and she agreed on a two week "No Soccer" trial period. If Fernando improved his attitude in the home and was more faithful to his chores, he could return to the team. Well, not only did he pass the test, he became one of the natural leaders on the team and helped rally the boys to finish the season strong!
Praise the Lord!

3 new trade school students opening savings account at the local co-op in Ojojona:
Keyla, Cindy and Monica.

Jon has added music class with Naomi & Tabi: they are all three learning to play the piano!

Celebrating Popi Wayne's birthday. Tobi chose the Lighting McQueen pinata!!!

The Beard's new home foundation
The additional work has been a huge blessing for many of the young families in the property's new location. Our foreman, Jose de la Paz - the local Baptist minister, is using the opportunity to share Christ with the unbelievers on the crew. Jon & Oscar are planning to start a men's Bible study once we move to the new location!



Calvary Chapel Morgantown - February/March 2014
CCM made their fourth consecutive short-term trip to Rancho Oasis this February.
It was wonderful to share the week of ministry with our friends...

Left: Visiting Oscar's home was extra special because Pastor Lonny helped lead Oscar's mom to the Lord a few years back!
Right: The ladies help prepare lunch for the team. Effective ministry begins with solid prayer and good food!

The team created four different workshops for the trade school students.
Here the team teaches some basic sewing techniques with some recently donated machines!

Left: The team helps Lucinda with her weekly English class at the local elementary school.
Right: Team members work on the new property projects - the guys are prepping to install sky lights in the new ministry house.

Team members pray with the young adults in the Youth Group Bible study.
Muchisimas gracias, Mountaineers!!!

Many more photos and descriptions of the team's ministry week
can be seen on our Facebook ministry page:


Annual Honduran Fellowship of Missionaries & Ministries Retreat
We were blessed to have Ilsy and Oscar watch the Ranch, as the RO4Y English speaking staff traveled three hours north to participate in the HFMM retreat. We were blessed to fellowship & worship (in English) with other missionaries, while our kids participated in VBS. It was a great time of renewal and refreshment.

Left: Mare discusses her student's jewelry with some missionary shoppers. It was an unexpected blessing to sell at the retreat.
Right: Tobi buddied up with this little guy during the retreat. I'm thinking its a request for a little brother. LOL!

Tabi & Naomi, front and center, rock out with some new Jesus songs!

RO4Y staple: Guitar Class - this is the intermediate class with Karen, Aida, Jose Luis and Marlon

Guitar Basics w/ Fernando, Luisito, Mauricio & Lysse

I made an unannounced visit to some of the students in the trade school.
Guess what they were doing? Rolling beads! How cool is that?
Good to see the students doing their homework!

"He likes it! He likes it!"
Geovany demonstrates that he learned how to read the patterns in the friendship bracelet instruction book;
now, the sky is the limit!

Adobe brick walls going up on the Beard's new home!

Left: Jose de la Paz (aka Pazito) & Wayne discuss window sizes
Right: Jose, one of the local, young fathers, lays adobe bricks... two rows a day!

Wayne works on an art project for the new house: glass bottle windows.
Here, he is cutting the bottle in half, he will then join the two bottles to be put in the adobe walls as "windows".

Left: Cut or halved bottles / Right: Heating the scored bottles to be immersed in water to again be warmed until it evenly/smoothly breaks.


Once a month grocery shopping in the capital, Tegus ,with Poema!

With the help of our intern, Andrea, Mare has begun working with the horses more consistently! PTL!
Here Naomi, Lysse and Tabitha learn how to lead Zoeva.

Tobi & Andy spends some quality time coloring.

Wayne Goranson, Mare's dad, shares some of his thoughts in front of the new house with Mare.
Wayne directed the project during his two month stay with us, including work with two short-term missions teams.

Bible study with the Trade School has been exciting as God's Word begins to penetrate their hearts & lives!

The local men on the job site begin to clear the land (level it)
in preparation for the next short-term team to build the Ranch's new stable!

A 6-week "futbolito" tournament has been the driving force behind our soccer practices.
The smaller field and smaller teams force the players to learn better control and shooting:
and they just thought it was a game! Sneaky-sneaky!

Blessings all
We thank you for your prayer support!!!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

2014 - Weeks 5 - 7 Photo 'n Prayer Review


Re-purposing old magazines has developed a whole line of beautiful,
paper-bead jewelry from the artisan craft students.

PRAY for the students to be faithful to read their Bible lessons & prepare their assignments.

Remember all those adobe bricks made last summer?
With a little help from Juan and Tobias, they made it from Oscar's place to the new property.

PRAY for the short-term missions teams schedule for this season of ministry:
we have a team scheduled for February, March, May (family), June (tentative) and July.

The U-12 team's first of two semi-final matches.
The boys won with a total score of 2 - 1 and birthed a spot in the final for the second year in a row!


When life hands you roosters (ones that crow in the early hours of the morning),
you make soup! Chicken soup!

PRAISE for the help of faithful RO4Y supporters like Marillyn's parents,
Wayne & Brooke Goranson. (Pastor / Missionary / Rooster-slayer)

The single women of Rancho Oasis for Youth:
Lucinda, Ilsy and Andrea
PRAY for the ladies as they adjust to living together: grace & peace!

Our newest, 3-month intern at RO4Y, Andrea, super-nanny!
PRAY for Andrea during her service at the Ranch,
 especially that Poema would warm-up quickly.

Pre-game plan and prayer.
The U-12 boys lost the final match of two: 3 - 2.
(Not to shabby for a squad without substitutes!)

Tobias decided to play king of the hill by himself at the local hardware store... he won, of course!

Daisy leads the RO4Y animal pack in R & R!
PRAY for all of the RO4Y animals:
that they would serve their purpose for the ministry, be healthy and be a blessing.

Jon & Oscar working their way verse-by-verse through the Bible book of 1st Timothy.
PRAY for Oscar to continue to develop the heart, skills and disciplines of a pastor.

Long-time friends from Unashamed Missions visit and purchase jewelry from the trade school students.
Cynthia and Jack, pictured above, will be leading a family team of ~30 people to the Ranch in late June!

Final prep talk before the big game.
Never loosing focus on our goal to know Jesus, Oscar encourages the boys from the book of Proverbs.

The U-12 boys take second place for the second year in a row!
A hard fought second game ended in a 2 -2 tie, but we lost the championship on a cumulative score of 5 - 4
PRAISE for success with this year's tournament.
Many boys matured in their character and grew in their understanding of Scripture.

PRAY for Oscar and Jon as we continue to work with the boys in the off season.

Flying kites with Papi at the Cruz de Chatarra (Junkyard Cross)

Photographer in training; Naomi learns her mother's craft.
PRAY for the Beard kids to blossom in skill & spirit.

Tobias oversees the digging of the foundation for our new home.

PRAY for God's continue provision for the new property.

Reading break on the porch - Lucinda, Naomi and Tabitha enjoy reading during school.
PRAY for Lucinda to have insight into the girl's lives both academically & spiritually.

The girls share their math skills during our parent-student showcase.

Lucinda shares some of her insights with Mare on the girls progress.

POLLITOS!!! New baby chicks!!!

An "aerial" view of the ditches for the new homes foundation

PRAISE for God's faithfulness to bring the right piece of land for the vision of Rancho Oasis!

Karaoke was a little INXS for our Valentine's Day double-date!

PRAY for the marriages of Rancho Oasis to grow in grace & love.

To the faithful you show yourself faithful; to those with integrity you show integrity.To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the wicked you show yourself hostile.You rescue the humble, but you humiliate the proud.You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness. In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.
Psalms 18:25-29 (NLT)