On May 7, 2018 we welcomed Silas Boaz Morel into this world, at 6 lbs. 4oz and 21″ long! We thank you all for your prayers in this area. We were blessed with the opportunity to have a normal birth here in our home, attended by a local doctor. Nicole’s mom, was also here which was a tremendous help to us in this time. She was able to come down for a week to help us with the girls, and enjoy her grandbabies, and meet the newest edition of our family. We hated to see her leave. The girls loved having their Gammi here, and were so sad to see her leave.
3 days before Silas’s arrival. I got a call from the ladies of the church. They had prepared a baby shower for myself and 2 other expecting mothers. They didn’t think I would be able to attend, due to Silas’s arrival but we were still waiting on him, and so they gave me a call. I got to attend a lovely baby shower, that was showered with love, laughter, and prayer by the women of our church. I was quite happy that we were still waiting for Silas to arrive, because being able to attend the shower, was a huge blessing for me. And it helped strengthen the bond of friendship and love with the church women.
I was also blessed with a baby shower from our fellow Co-Op moms. Having these ladies as friends has really impacted our lives. Being able to share ones joys, and burdens with fellow missionary moms, has been a great blessings for me.
In Our last blog I mentioned I mentioned the girls and I attended a co-op made up of several homeschooling missionary families. Our first semester has ended and we are all taking a summer break. Most missionaries have a very packed summer filled with groups coming and going, so they put co-op on hold for a bit. We will start the next semester in August, and the girls are so excited to be able to get together with their friends again.
The Mary Poppins play turned out so wondering! Jubilee and all the other children did a wonderful job! Jubilee thrived in this, and she looks forward to the next one. Both the girls, still run around the house singing the sounds and acting out different parts! The students and parents did a amazing job putting this together. It was a lot of hard work on everyone’s part, but completely worth it in the end!
We continue to build relationships with the people of the church. Allan continues to visits to different families throughout the week. Since Silas has come the kids and I haven’t been able to go with him, but we hope to change that soon! This weekend we’ll be attending a little girl’s 10th birthday, we’ve committed to take the piñata, and couldn’t be more excited about it!
We have started a new class on Sundays for new believers and 3 people that have been attending have expressed their desire to be baptized. We will hold a group baptism when the class is completed.
With many youth at the church, that we are hoping to partner with fellow missionaries to start a purity class for our youth. We see this as a great need for these young people. Parents here don’t seem to talk to their children about the importance of waiting until marriage, and we want to fill in this gap. We are in the process working out the details with our fellow missionaries, and hope we can get the class started soon.
Right now our youth meet twice a week, once for visiting others in the community, and on Saturdays for their youth service which begins with games, and ending with a message. We are really enjoying getting to know the youth, and Allan has build some strong relationships with them, especially the guys. They often come to him for advice and counseling.
The ladies of the church have been doing activities to raise money to finish the church kitchen, which includes putting in counters, a sink and a few other things. The ladies and youth, use our church kitchen quite often, and they felt the need to finish it soon. They have been raising money for a few months now, and soon will have their kitchen finished.
Over the last few months, Allan continues to visit the school in the Porvenir community. On Mondays Allan and the Youth Pastor of our church, Douglas, goes to share a message, and offer counseling throughout the week. There are been many Saturday projects at the school, that has also given Allan the opportunity to meet some of the parents and work along side them. Allan recently help dig the hole for a septic tank to be made for the school, as well as paint the bottle of trees, to help keep bugs away (something the Hondurans do here).
- Continue to build strong relationship with the people of the church and in that area. That they come to know Christ in a true way and continue to grow their relationship with Christ.
- For us, as a family, that we stay united and continue to be the light God wants us to be.
- That we can get the purity class started soon.
- Allan, as he continues to serve and counsel the people in Porvenir. For strength, and wisdom as he deals with all kinds of situations.
- For married couples in our church, recently we have really seen Satan attacking these couples and trying to divide them. Pray remain strong in their faith in Christ and their love for each other
- Silas’s birth went well, and both Nicole and Silas are doing great. Having a new baby has its challenges but we are finally finding our new “normal.”
- We have seen many results in the students in the school, and they are getting more involved in their school projects.
- We have seem many members of our church stepping up to serve God more in our church and the community.
- The youth group continues to grow and flourish in their faith. Recently the school celebrate the “day of the Students” and our youth put together dramas and a whole program to minister to the student of the school.
- The 3 new members that have expressed their desire to be Baptized! May they continue to grow in their faith and follow in the footsteps of Christ.