Thursday, September 20, 2018

Missions Schedule

Missions Schedule

We are currently near the end of our first furlough. We are making preparations to return to Nicaragua in the coming months. We may have a few available dates left for booking meetings and conferences. If you would like to have us come to present our ministry or give a missionary report/update, please contact me at: Blanz2Nicaragua@gmail.com.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

September 2018 Prayer Letter


Dear Friends and Family,

We hope that this letter finds each of you doing well. Last month was another busy month for us. We had 9 meetings from northern MI down to southern FL. In between meetings, we drove over 3,200 miles. At this point, we are at 92.5% of our needed support. In Nicaragua, the violence and unrest has continued. Even the Nicaraguan Human Rights organization that was tracking it has been forced to close to receiving death threats. Ever since July 6th, the U. S. Government has ordered the departure of non-emergency U. S. government personnel. In other words, the embassy has been closed and only offers limited emergency services. Many other services such as medical care is also limited due to the ongoing crisis. We are continuing to monitor the situation and Jeremy may be taking a short term trip in the near future to be able to assess the situation with regards to our return.

Although we stayed pretty busy with meetings, we were thankful that many of them were in our home state of FL. This means that we were able to spend a little time at home. After having been gone for much of the last few months, it took a little time to get everything back to normal. Lila and Ellie really enjoyed being able to see some of their friends at our home church. Near the end of the month, we celebrated Elijah's first birthday! Time has passed so quickly since he was born. He brings smiles to everyone that he meets. As we approach the end of our furlough meetings, we are beginning to focus much more on our plans for our next term. We are seeking counsel and trust the Lord to guide us as we make some big decisions.

This month, we will be finishing up the last of our furlough meetings. Although our children love to see their friends and family, they also miss Nicaragua. This month, please pray for the following:

1. That God will bring peace to the people of Nicaragua
2. That God continues to advance his Gospel and save souls, even in these difficult times.
3. That God continue to guide us as we make decisions regarding our next term.
4. That God provide the remaining support needed for us to be fully funded.

In Christ,
Jeremy, Michelle, Lila, Ellowyn, and Elijah Blanz


Friday, August 3, 2018

August 2018 Prayer Letter


Dear Friends and Family,

We hope that this letter finds you doing well. The situation in Nicaragua has been going on now for nearly 3 1/2 months. The latest report by the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights reports at least 448 deaths, 2,830 injured, and 595 people that have disappeared. Thankfully, our church in Nicaragua has remained strong. On July 29th, they celebrated their 3rd anniversary and there were 8 who followed the Lord in believer's baptism. Many have lost their jobs and all, including the church, have faced extremely tough times economically. Prayerfully, we have been able to help some during this time until things stabilize some. This brings to mind the relief effort of the disciples for the churches in Judea during the famine, "Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea (Acts 11:29)." We are thankful to have the means to do so.

During July, we had 10 scheduled meetings in the states of FL, IL, KY, OH, and MI. In between meetings we drove over 3,500 miles and stayed in 15 different places. Thankfully, there were 2 new churches that began to support us financially, bringing us to 92.5% of our needed support.

During our time in Kentucky, one sweet church provided us tickets to see the Ark Encounter. Michelle's parents were also able to come up and see it with us. It was an awesome experience and one that surely changed our children's perspectives of both Noah's ark and the pre-flood world. We send special thanks to this sweet church and to Bro. Tim and Mrs. Lori for their generosity. Near the end of the month, we were able to spend a little bit of time at Michelle's grandparents' house in Tennessee. It was good to see her family. The girls also LOVED playing outside, feeding the chickens, etc. Elijah has also been coming along and is now getting close to walking. We will be celebrating his first birthday later this month.

This month, will you please pray:

1. That God bring peace to the people of Nicaragua.
2. That God continue to advance his Gospel and save souls, even in these difficult times.
3. That God continue to guide us and help us raise the additional support needed.

In Christ,
Jeremy, Michelle, Lila, Ellowyn, and Elijah Blanz

Thursday, July 5, 2018

July 2018 Prayer Letter


Dear Friends and Family,

We hope that this letter finds each of you doing well. This last month, we stayed very busy on the road. We were in 8 scheduled meetings in the states of PA, VA, NC, and NJ. Jeremy also had the privilege of preaching a series of messages for a Spanish ministry family camp of a church in Maryland. It was a blessing to spend some time with the church and minister to their Spanish congregation. In between meetings, we drove over 3,500 miles and stayed in 17 different places. At this point, we could probably pack and unpack with our eyes closed! While it can be fun to visit so many different places in different states, it can also be very difficult when sicknesses come. Last month, sickness took a toll on our family. Thankfully, the month finished better than it started! We were also glad to receive news that another church had voted to take us on for support.

One highlight from last month was when one of our supporting churches in VA surprised us with a "missionary Christmas." Our girls didn't know what was going on... and they weren't asking any questions! It was a blessing and encouragement to us. We send special thanks to this dear church! As for Elijah, he is now not only crawling, but crawling everywhere very quickly! Our girls really enjoyed the Spanish family camp. We all loved the food and sweet spirit of the people. It really made us miss our church family in Nicaragua.

At present, the Nicaraguan people are going through an extremely difficult time. Since the civil unrest began about 2 1/2 months ago, civil rights groups are reporting that at least 309 people have been killed and over 2,500 who have been injured. There is still much fighting in the streets, even in the city where our church was started. This month, please pray:

1. That God will bring peace to the people of the Nicaragua.
2. That God will bring the gospel to those who are lost.
3. That God will guide us as we evaluate the situation and form plans for our next term.
4. That God will bless our time on furlough and provide the remaining support needed.

In Christ,
Jeremy, Michelle, Lila, Ellowyn, and Elijah Blanz

Monday, June 4, 2018

June 2018 Prayer Letter


Dear Friends and Family,

We hope that you are well. This last month, we were able to take a much needed break from our travels and spend some time at our home church. We were able to spend a little time with family and friends. Jeremy spent some time working on a home that we will be basing out of for the rest of our time on furlough. He was also able to go on visitation with our home church. Jeremy was contacted by a church and asked to preach a Spanish family camp in Pennsylvania later this month. In most cases, we would not be able to do that. However, we will be very close to the area and it will be a good opportunity to both refresh our Spanish and minister to a Spanish congregation.

One issue that has been difficult for our family has been to keep up with everything going on in Nicaragua. Over the last 1-2 months, there have been deep divisions and massive protests throughout the country. There had been a "peace dialogue," but even that have been called off. More than 110 have been killed and nearly 1,000 people injured. The situation can not be summarized in a short prayer letter. Most major U.S. news networks are now covering the situation and articles are easily found online. According to the Washington Post, "Nicaragua is moving from national crisis to potential national catastrophe." We are praying daily for peace for the Nicaraguan people.

As for our family, we have had some sicknesses this last month. We have also been able to take care of some doctors appointments while we were in Jacksonville. Since we have moved into the "new" house, it has been good for our family to settle in a little bit before resuming travels. Our girls have really enjoyed getting to see her grandparents. It was a blessing for Michelle and I to see both of our mothers for Mother's day. Our baby, Elijah, is now crawling around and getting into everything!

This month, there is so much to pray for. Although, we are not in Nicaragua going through this, we cannot help but to share in the pain of the Nicaraguan people. Please pray:
1. That God help the people of Nicaragua to have peace and stability.
2. That God direct, guide, and comfort us as we travel and continue making future plans.
3. That God continue to bless his work and protect the churches in Nicaragua.
4. That God strengthen and bless the ministry of the churches during this difficult time.

In Christ,
Jeremy, Michelle, Lila, Ellowyn, and Elijah Blanz



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May 2018 Prayer Letter


Dear Friends and Family,

We hope that winter is finally over! Depending upon where we travel each day, we may encounter summer weather on one day and winter weather the next! Last month, we either presented our ministry or gave furlough reports in 6 churches in the states of FL, GA, and TN. Jeremy has learned to work wherever he is, even if it means setting up his "office" in the waiting room while getting his car maintenance done! During our meetings, Michelle has had opportunities to teach ladies and sing. Jeremy usually preaches and teaches children. We enjoy getting to see our supporting pastors and churches again. We have also been able to meet many new pastors. Although deputation and furlough travels can be very difficult at times, we are always amazed at the love and generosity of the churches that we visit.

In between meetings, we have been able to spend some time in the home of Michelle's grandparents. They have been very supporting of us and have been such a blessing during our time with them. While we are "on the road," we have few opportunities to slow down do things outdoors. Thankfully, we had the opportunity to do some fun things with the kids during our time there. Near the end of last month, we returned home to Jacksonville in order to take some time for our family to take a much needed rest. Baby Elijah is now almost ready to begin crawling. Lila now says that she wants to be a Sunday School teacher. Ellowyn is just happy to see her friends church again.

As we look forward to the next month, I ask that you will please pray for both our family and the people of Nicaragua. Beginning about 2 weeks ago, there have been massive protests throughout Nicaragua. We are seeking the Lord's will on many things, from guiding us on furlough to giving us direction on our plans for our next term. This month, please pray:

1. That God will strengthen us and our ministry on furlough.
2. That God will guide the people of Nicaragua during this time of difficulty.
3. That God will continue to use us to bring the Gospel to the lost, both here and in Nicaragua.

In Christ,
Jeremy, Michelle, Lila, Ellowyn, and Elijah Blanz

Thursday, April 5, 2018

April 2018 Prayer Letter


Dear Friends and Family,

Last month was a very busy month for us. We were privileged to be able to either present our ministry or give a furlough update in 8 churches in the states of FL, GA, SC, and TN. 2 of the meetings were for missions conferences. During the conferences, we also were able to preach in Christian School chapel. We also took a day to report back to the BIMI world missions center. We enjoyed getting to spend a little time with the directors and share what God has done on our first term. In between meetings, we drove over 2600 miles! We were pleased to find out that 2 new churches had voted to take us on for support! What an answer to prayer!

Although we stay super busy on the roads, life does not slow down or stop. Michelle stayed very busy with Lila and Ellowyn in their home schooling. Elijah is also coming along. He is now sitting up much better and should be crawling pretty soon. He also has grown his first tooth. It seems that everywhere we go, he always gets lots of attention! We took a little time to get things ready for doing our tax return, but ran into some problems. Although Elijah was born in Nicaragua, his social security card was mailed to the USA and was never delivered to our USA mailing address. We had to spend some extra time with the Social Security Administration to get his social security number so that we may file our taxes. Near the end of the month, we took a short trip up to GA to spend some time with Jeremy's family. We don't get to see them very often, so it was a blessing. We were also able to attend a special "Christ in the Passover" service at our home church. On Resurrection Sunday, we spent the day with Michelle's family. They all enjoyed getting to spend a little extra time with the kids.

We are so thankful for those who pray for us as we travel. This month, we will be in 9 churches, including 2 missions conferences. We will be traveling from South FL all the way up to KY, VA, and WV. This month, please pray...

1. That God keep us safe and healthy as we travel.
2. That God use us to bless the churches we visit and preach the Gospel to those who are lost.
3. That God continue to provide the remaining needed support before we return to Nicaragua in October.

In Christ,
Jeremy, Michelle, Lila, Ellowyn, and Elijah Blanz