I hope this means of communication finds you and your family doing well, encouraged, and walking in His abundant grace and mercy. We are moving forward with the 2021 agenda. God is good!
As a Christian, I do not look forward to confrontations. After all, we are a people called to peace. However, when someone decides to make you a focus of their attention and attack, one must be prepared to stand.
Christians are in a war! We have an enemy, and he is relentless in the pursuit of his goals to kill, steal, and destroy. Make no mistake about it. When you see those three in action, it's him. Also, we will have the victory promised if we stand as Paul said to do in Ephesians 6:10. Your sworn enemy knows this to be a proven fact. PTL.
GULF COAST (HARVEST) REGION FIELD UPDATE
We call it the Harvest Region because that is what we see. Our churches have been hit hard, but many have maintained, while others have grown.
Slowly, Mexico is beginning to open. Our churches are beginning Sunday morning and midweek services again.
We ministered at Mahanaim, where one of our former students, Obed Robles, is the pastor. While we were there, we refrained from taking pictures of the congregations because there have been rumors and misinformation causing a little anxiety among the church people. However, everyone wears masks and there is little to no physical contact, in order to protect everyone's health.
I am always amazed at all that can be accomplished when God's people utilize their born-again nature and renewed mind, even when faced with adversity. When not permitted to gather, we went online. We never stopped having services, hosting prayer meetings, feeding hungry people (which were many, due to the shutdown), or making plans to go forward.
BEREA (HOLMES BIBLE COLLEGE ANNEX)
As many know, Berea will be housing Holmes Bible College. All work on the building came to a halt until the restrictions were lifted. Now, the walls are finally going up. Berea may have had a setback, but the work moves forward today. PTL
We are waiting on Belize to fully open. We had a report that there was a surge of COVID infections, sparking a new wave of shutdowns. We have already begun alternative plans to get into Belize as soon as possible. Legally, of course.
Guatemala is progressing even with the restrictions in place. The Guatemalan Conference purchased property, put new projects on the books, and had a growth in membership by nearly 650 people over last year.
WINNING THE LOST - MINISTERIAL TRAINING - MOVING FORWARD
Dear friends and partners,
Our family is doing well, and our little man, the youngest of our grandchildren, is growing. He just turned one and should be walking soon. I believe not seeing all our grandkids more often is probably the biggest sacrifice we make. Don’t let Ron fool you with his rough exterior; they are close to his heart, as well to mine. Look at those eyes.
We now are having church on Sundays with social distancing. Everyone six feet apart, no handshaking or hugs, only fist bumps.
We are sad to have learned of the loss of several of our friends and co-workers recently. All are important, but one I would like to mention is Beatriz Benitez. Those who knew her loved and appreciated such a kind and loving soul. She will be missed.
Please receive a heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all your prayers and support.
1) The harvest to continue and sufficient finances: The harvest needs workers, and the workers need resources.
3) Health: IPHC Missionary, Mauricio Salazar, said: "You need good health to have vision." I agree, without good health (physical or spiritual), all the money in the world will do you no good, no matter how great your vision and capabilities may be.
PRAYERS AND FINANCES
Your prayers and financial support play a very important role in all that we do as missionaries. Praying will determine the course of action needed. Giving helps to make it happen.
From our hearts to you and yours
Love and Blessings Always,
Ron & Phyllis Roy