My family and I are learning more and more each day what a precious gift our church family is to us. For those of us who have chosen to be closely connected with our Christian brothers and sisters in the local church we are experiencing a fuller measure of God’s redemptive power and provision for completeness. It is part of God’s design for His body and our connection is necessary for His power and Spirit to flow in purity.
My pastor and home church are a central part of my life. As a missionary I also get the wonderful blessing of being connected to other local church bodies. I love the body of Christ. I love it when we come together and experience more of His completeness. We need each other and can only grow when we are moving together. The unity of Christ’s body is vital for God’s love and salvation to come to this earth.
I want to share my church family in La Ceiba with you. They are called Iglesia de las Naciones (Church of the Nations) and are pastored by Edgardo and Olguita Lainez. We started the church in April of 2005. Pastor Lainez’s vision is to raise up, help equip, send out and support missionaries to go to other parts of the world who have never heard the gospel, especially those of the Muslim world. The church members adopt a remote people group in the world each month and pray for their particular needs and salvation, for help to be sent and for the needs of the current missionaries. Although we may not be able to see from here the impact of their prayers, we know that the effect is great and sure. (The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working. James 5:16 AMP) The church regularly holds missionary conferences for pastors and leaders, church congregations as a whole and special missionary conferences for children. They are endeavoring to raise up a generation that will go and make disciples (Matt 28:16).
Please pray for Iglesia de las Naciones that the fullness of God’s blessing flow upon and through their body and each of their members. Pray for angelic protection as they are living in a time of much criminal activity in Honduras. Most importantly pray Eph 3:16-20 over the Christians in Honduras that their hearts be enlightened with the gospel, that they will know what has been given to them in their salvation and that they may receive and walk in His power in all of it’s fullness to bring His glory to Honduras and the world.
As I write this, my heart is full with the desire for His redemptive power to invade this earth. It has invaded. It is in us. We are going. Thank you for joining with me to provide the finances and the prayer support to go. You are in integral part of this ministry! Thank you for your time in prayer for this work where God has called us. Now on with the work to bring God’s glory in the church.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen Eph. 3:20