Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May 2016 Prayer Letter

Dear Friends and Family,

We hope that you are well. Last month was another busy month for us here in Nicaragua. Early in the month, we held a baptismal service and there were 5 baptisms. Also, the Lord has opened a door for us to preach the Gospel to well over 1,000 students in the public school system. Jeremy, Berner, and 3 other national pastors are now preaching the Gospel in the public school once per week. Many have responded and called upon Christ to be saved. There were also 2 others that called upon Christ in the normal visitation. For several weeks, Jeremy preached a series of messages on Biblical Stewardship. Several of the people of the church have begun to tithe as well as get involved serving the Lord. We are now beginning to train and prepare these servants to serve in the local church.

Despite the fact that we have been in Nicaragua for one year, we are still working to get more established here. As we were preparing for an out of country trip to Honduras for field conference, we had to change the ownership of our vehicle. After a couple weeks of working through a long process, we now have our vehicle properly registered and are able to take our vehicle across the border. Our family and another fellow BIMI missionary couple traveled to the field conference together in our vehicle. It was our first time passing through borders on land by ourselves. Thankfully, there were no problems. The field conference was a blessing and encouragement to us. We send special thanks to the churches who gave and help made it possible. During the conference, Ellowyn came down sick, but is now much better. Lila and Ellowyn really enjoyed making some new friends with the other missionary families. In the end of the month, Michelle's parents came to visit us for a week. It was nice to see them and spend some time with them.

As we continue moving forward in the development of our first church plant, we ask that you pray that God lead us every step of the way. It seems that every month we see more progress in the work. This month, please pray for the following:

1. That God do great things through our new outreach in the school system.
2. That God use us to see many souls saved and spiritual growth in each person.
3. That God do great things as we prepare and save for the purchase of land and a building.

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