Such a Time as This!

Hello family and friends,

We trust this update finds all of you doing well. It has been an interesting three months with this global pandemic. We have seen how the Lord has used this time to draw us closer to him, and we hope he has done the same for you! We wanted to give you an update on what we have been up to during this time of lockdown. 

Quick car ride around neighborhood. 🙂

We have been on quarantine/lockdown since the beginning of March. Our lockdown situation is very different from the US. Schools shut down and online classes began for all of the schools. All restaurants and non essential businesses closed down and remain closed. Only a few restaurants that can deliver are open, which is very limited. Each week varies as to when we are allowed to go out. There have been many weeks where we haven’t been allowed to leave our neighborhood at all. Every 14 days or so, we can go out if our last number, from our ID card is called. Nicholas, and all children, are not permitted to leave at all. David has been the one going to get groceries and items for our family. Nicholas has severe allergies and beginning stages of asthma, and I have an auto-immune disease so we have been trying to be extra cautious with our health to not catch covid. Not to mention we live in a developing country and the healthcare system may not be the greatest. Praise the Lord for good health for our family and our community. We have been very fortunate. The majority of the cases in the country are in San Pedro Sula, which is where we normally minister and where our church is located. We, however, live about 30 minutes from there in a small town. We are hoping that things will start to open up soon in the weeks to come. As of now, all mission teams and conferences have been canceled and will Lord willing, be rescheduled in the near future. 

We have celebrated all of our birthdays during this pandemic as well! Nicholas celebrated his 4th birthday on April 5th with a fire truck themed party at home. David celebrated his 35th birthday on May 9th, and I celebrated my 34th birthday on May 23rd. We tried to make the best of our birthdays at home and got creative! We are thankful for the many friends and neighbors who helped make our birthdays special as well.

Nicholas’ 4th Birthday
David’s 35th Birthday
My 34th Birthday
  • Open doors to continue ministry during this time:
  • More Community Involvement– We have had many opportunities to minister directly in our neighborhood with various projects on our streets, setting up vegetable and fruit trucks to distribute/sell food to neighbors, and also delivering food baskets to families in need. It has been a time to see our neighborhood coming together in a time of uncertainty. Many doors have opened to share the gospel with those around us. Our home owner’s association had a zoom video meeting with our neighborhood this past weekend, and David was asked to lead the beginning of the meeting in prayer. David was excited for this opportunity to openly pray in this meeting! Please be in prayer for more doors to open and for our lights to shine to those around us. 
The Home Owner’s Association in our neighborhood raised money for the guards to bless them with new items for their guard shacks. Each guard took home a bag of frozen meat and a big bag of food for their families. The guards also had a small party with pizza and soft drinks. It was neat for our family to help take part in this. David is pictured on the far right next to the guard in the back.
Truck load full of Plantains donated by local Banana plant. What a blessing! David was able to make several truck loads to many communities in La Lima and San Pedro Sula who were in need of food.
David and other neighbors busy at work on our neighborhood streets filling in many pot holes.
  • Weekly Discipleships and Bible Studies via telephone or zoom– Before this pandemic, we were both involved in weekly Bible studies and discipleships. We have moved those over the phone and through zoom video conferences to continue ministry. It has been a blessing to see many of these people hungry for the Word of God during a time as this. We continue to try and pour into them on a weekly basis. We have also had several opportunities to catch up with some of our supporting churches and Bible study groups to share an update of what has been going on in our ministry here in Honduras. 
Weekly Small Group over video from our church.
  • Involved in Nicholas’ School– Nicholas has continued to have a few preschool classes online and various projects to do each week. This past week, I was asked by his teacher to teach a baking class via Zoom. If you know me well, you know how much I love to cook and bake. It was a great opportunity to teach the parents and students how to make homemade sugar cookies and it was so much fun! 
Family Tree Project
Feliz Dia de Arbol- Nicholas became a tree for a school project. (Earth Day)
Nicholas on a zoom call with some of his classmates and teacher.
  • Lots of family time– We praise the Lord for this precious time we have had as a family together. We’ve gotten creative with our family time such as: homemade pizza nights, making lots of cookies and other goodies, swimming in the pool, taking lots of neighborhood walks, nature scavenger hunts, and just being together as a family! 
Nicholas loves to build and create things!
Daily walks in our neighborhood have always been a thing in our family, but even more so now that we can’t get out of our neighborhood.
Flying a Kite with Daddy
Nicholas learned how to snap fresh green beans with mommy. 🙂
We have had many pizza nights in our house! And also many baking days making cakes, cookies, banana bread, and so much more! He loves being in the kitchen like mommy.
We have many neighbors who brought their restaurant businesses to their homes during this quarantine and one afternoon we enjoyed a cold treat together!

Praises:

~ We praise the Lord for good health for our family during this time.

~ We praise the Lord for providing for our family as we also share and help other families around us in desperate need with food and money.  In the past month, the Lord has provided one time gifts from churches and individuals in the U.S.  This has allowed us to help those who are struggling the most due to not being able to work, during this pandemic.

Prayer Request:

~ We ask prayer for the many here who don’t have jobs or have recently lost their jobs due to the lockdown and many are going hungry. We know we can’t help everyone around us, but we try to help those from our church when needs arise, and those in and around our community as the Lord allows.

If your church or small group would like to hear an update from us or a small devotional over zoom, please contact us and let us know. We also have been catching up with lots of family and friends during this time as well. 

If you or your church would like to send one time gifts, please contact us. There continues to be many people (including our national team members and local church) in desperate need of food and sometimes money to pay their basic bills. 

Sending our love from Honduras,

David, Hannah, and Nicholas Mora 

We’re Back and at Full Steam!

Greetings from Honduras. We arrived home on May 1st and are continuing to adjust back home to the heat, language, and culture of Honduras. We wanted to share an update of what God did through people just like YOU during our visit back home and also what is planned for this year.

Celebrating David’s birthday

We were fortunate to spend six weeks in N.C. and surrounding states. It was such a refreshing time to be back with family, friends, and our supporting churches. We had the opportunity to celebrate Nicholas’ 3rd Birthday, spoke at 14 different churches, and raised funds for our ministry vehicle. We praise the Lord for a wonderful trip. It was a blessing to see many of you and catch up on what God has been doing in your lives.

We enjoyed spending Easter with Hannah’s family this year.
We praise the Lord Nicholas got to celebrate his 3rd birthday with both sets of grandparents. This was the first time in his life that both sets of grandparents have been together at the same time with him. It’s so hard being far away from family, but we praise the Lord for the sweet time we had together.

During May 16th-18th, SCORE, Renacer Church, and OIC (Overseas Instruction in Counseling) teams ministered during the 3rd Module. Many pastors, church leaders, and other missionaries attended this 3 day training in biblical counseling. We were able to host a missionary in our home during the week of preparation and capacitation. David was able to help translate the curriculum, do logistics, and help get things ready. Praise the Lord for a successful 3rd module. The next module is set to be in November of this year.

OIC Group Picture
OIC Module

As for Hannah, she had a great time kicking off the Kid’s Club once again this past week. The kids had a Bible lesson, time of worship, and enjoyed some water games outside together. We had a few new faces and praise the Lord for continuing to use this ministry for his glory. Please continue to be in prayer as we reach out to the community around us and invite them to Kid’s Club and small group. Our church and SCORE team are praying about the La Lima Church plant for this year and trusting the Lord will continue to open doors to reach out to those around us.

Moreover, some of you may ask: what about the fundraisers and love offerings for the vehicle fund?  We are super grateful, and praise the Lord for the money that came in. We were able to raise almost $11,000 for a ministry vehicle.  We are extremely grateful for your sacrifice and help with hosting fundraisers and love offerings.  Thank you for giving generously out of your own pockets to make this possible.  We have left the money in a designated U.S. SCORE vehicle account, and will continue to save each month out of our monthly income, and add any one time gifts that arrive during the next few months, to the vehicle fund.  Vehicles in Honduras are very expensive, and don’t devalue much by miles or years.  We, therefore, are fervently praying for the Lord to provide a reliable vehicle in Honduras.

We were fortunate to share about our ministry in 14 different churches while home. We praise the Lord for all the funds that were raised for a vehicle.

Praises:

~ For an amazing furlough in the U.S.

~ We praise the Lord for good health during our time home and even as we have readjusted back to life in Honduras.

~ We praise the Lord for the money raised towards a ministry vehicle.

Prayer Request:

~ Please continue to pray for us and our SCORE team as we continue to reach out to our community and invite them to small group, Kid’s club, and church. 

~Please pray for direction and the Lord’s timing for the La Lima church plant.

~ Pray for the SCORE team, as they travel the country teaching church youth groups on Biblical principles and sexual purity.  

~ Pray for the SCORE team, as they search for a location to host everyone who will be attending the training modules of biblical counseling in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras.  The SCORE team has made two one week trips to the capital and surrounding cities, inviting pastors and church leaders to the first module in November of 2019.  A third trip to the capital will be made soon, as we search for a facility to host this much needed training in biblical counseling.

As always, you are welcome to come take part of what we are doing here in Honduras. We would love to invite you to come on a missions trip with a team or even as an individual or family. Let us know if you are interested.  We have a guest room for a single couple, and airbnb’s all around us.

Much love from Honduras,

David, Hannah, and Nicholas Mora

Upcoming Visit to the U.S.

Dear family and friends,

We hope all of you are doing well.  We miss and love you guys.  Here is an update on what God is and has been doing here in Honduras through our ministry with SCORE.

Recently, we enjoyed an evening out with our SCORE teammates.

To begin, 2019 started off very busy for our ministry here! The SCORE team had an Overseas Instruction in Counseling (OIC) make-up module Session in January (From the November Session) at our church for 3 days. This Biblical Counseling Module has been hosted in our local church through SCORE. After that, the SCORE team went to several different cities sharing about the ministry of SCORE and the possibilities of working with more local churches and schools in the upcoming months. It’s so neat to see how the ministry network for SCORE continues to reach new regions in Honduras and surrounding countries. Moreover, David has been very busy preparing and teaching Bible classes at our church as well as teaching Bible study in our home on a weekly basis. David also had the opportunity to disciple a young man named Adaly, from a remote town, alongside his SCORE and church teammates.  This young man is being discipled to start a church plant in his town. He has returned home and is already implementing what he learned here. 

Staff and Teachers from One Day Camp
Recent One Day Camp at a local bilingual school in La Lima

I, Hannah, enjoy teaching English on Monday evenings and have 3 new students in my class. My Kid’s Club continues to do well and the kids are excited about learning the Word of God each week. It’s a time of Bible lesson, worship, craft, and snacks. They have the opportunity to memorize a verse each week to win a prize and so far they are all being faithful in hiding God’s Word in their hearts. It’s wonderful to see growth taking place in their hearts, through evangelism and discipleship. Praise the Lord! I feel blessed to see my schedule filled as a full-time wife, mother, and teacher.  It is a great privilege to serve my family and my God.

English Class
Kid’s Club

Nicholas continues to grow and change so much. His 3rd birthday is April 5th, and we are excited to share his special day with family in NC. He loves to speak in English and Spanish and is quite the talker! 🙂 He is a true joy to our family.  Our current immediate goal is transitioning him from diapers to underwear.  But it will all happen in God’s timing and when Nicholas is ready.

Nicholas, with the other missionary kids on the SCORE team.

Our visit to the U.S.

Our visit back to the States is scheduled for March 18th- May 1st. The Lord has been faithful in filling our calendar with opportunities to share about His work in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting through our team and the faithful Hondurans that we work alongside with on a daily basis. 

Furthermore, multiple churches are doing fundraisers and love offerings to help us raise the necessary funds to buy a secondary ministry vehicle.  Below is the tentative schedule of churches. Please feel free to join us in one of the services. We would love to connect with you! 

We will also have times available during each week to catch up with many of you in person. Simply contact us, and let us know asap that you are interested in fellowshipping with us.

Our Schedule:

Monday, March 18th– Depart Honduras and arrive in NC

Sunday, March 24th– New Ground Church- Danville, VA (am service) and Silver Valley Baptist Church- Lexington, NC (pm service)

Saturday, March 30th– Dinner at Calvary Chapel Fellowship in Winston-Salem, NC- Dinner from 5-7 pm. All are welcome to come. Fundraising tickets must be purchased ahead of time on their website at ccfwinstonsalem.com / Calendar / March 30 Dinner with the Moras

Sunday, March 31st– Calvary Chapel Fellowship- (am service) and Higher Ground Baptist Church- Lexington, NC (pm service)

Friday, April 5th– Nicholas’ 3rd Birthday! 🙂 

Sunday, April 7th– West Point Baptist Church- Rutherfordton, NC (am service) and Waco Baptist Church- Waco, NC (pm service)

Wednesday, April 10th– Union Grove Baptist Church- Lexington, NC- Dinner with the Moras fundraiser before the evening service. All are welcome to come.

Sunday, April 14th– Zoar Baptist Church- Shelby, NC (am service) and Double Springs Baptist Church- Shelby, NC (pm service)

Tuesday, April 23rd– Christ Lives Baptist Church (Spanish Church)- Winston- Salem, NC (pm service)

Sunday, April 28th– New Union Baptist Church- Blairsville, GA

Wednesday, May 1st– Fly out of Atlanta, GA to Honduras 

We hope to see many of you soon!

Much love from Honduras,

David, Hannah, and Nicholas Mora

A recent trip to the children’s museum here in San Pedro Sula


For Better or For Worse!

Hello family and friends,

We wanted to give you an exciting update on what has been going on here in Honduras.

To begin, we have been adjusting to life here. September proved to be a very hot month with lots of days and nights without electricity, but we have welcomed cooler temperatures in October and especially in November.  Adjusting to life here isn’t just with the heat, but also with getting use to not having the comforts of home. We adjusted well last year living in the jungle, and praise the Lord he has made this transition smooth. We love the home God has blessed us with and are able to host friends and even our small group here on Wednesday nights. We pray God will use our home for ministry and to bless others. We have tried forming relationships with our neighbors in hopes to sharing Christ with them and also inviting them to our small group study.

Pictured above: Our neighbors we have enjoyed getting to know!

Pictured below: Some sweet friends from our church family.

David has started ministry with the SCORE team and is heavily involved with them. Our second month here was used to help our teammates as they lost a lot in the flood that occurred on October 25th and also with their new addition to their family, baby Evangelina. We praise the Lord for the safety and protection he gave all of us.

Monday night class

David attends and will soon be teaching (on a rotation basis) a Monday night discipleship class/ Bible training. He also has started leading our small group study in our home on Wednesday nights. He enjoys being a part of the team and helping where he can. We also found a church home here that we have enjoyed being a part of. They have made us feel very welcome. I (Hannah) am looking forward to getting involved in the children’s ministry in December. I am also praying about an opportunity in a local Christian school to become a volunteer as the Lord leads. Most of my time is spent taking care of Nicholas and our home, which I love.

Even though we aren’t “dreaming of a White Christmas” like back home, we are enjoying our first holiday season here. We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving lunch with our SCORE teammates and also with the addition of our Honduran mom from the jungle (from Rus Rus). I got to teach her how to cook some Southern dishes and she enjoyed them, especially the deviled eggs and sweet potato casserole. 🙂

We have enjoyed our time with Geraldina. 

Thanksgiving lunch for the SCORE team that we hosted at our home. We praise the Lord for a beautiful home to use for his glory. 

Nicholas is almost 20 months old and continues to grow quickly. He has long legs and loves to run all around the house. He is learning new words all the time, but his favorite words right now are “This”, “Mommy”, “Daddy”, “Chester”, “Papa” (For Hannah’s dad), and of course “No”. 🙂 He has the sweetest little personality and we love him dearly. He loves to eat and will eat practically anything, which he takes after his daddy on. We praise the Lord for our sweet boy and that he continues to be healthy.

Prayer Request

  • Homesickness is certain during this season and we ask you to pray for our family as we do miss spending the holidays with our family and friends back home.
  • Please be in prayer as Honduras is going through a difficult time with the elections. There are many protests, riots, vandalism, burglary, violence, etc going on. We are safe in our gated neighbourhood that we live in. We have been staying home until a lot of this clears up. There is even a national curfew at 6 pm to 6 am to keep many of the people off the streets. Please be in prayer for the situation. We are thankful our trust is in the Lord and safety comes from him.
  • Pray for more opportunities to share the gospel with those around us, especially in our neighbourhood.

2018 is quickly approaching and we are excited for all the ministry opportunities to come. SCORE has some teams scheduled to come in 2018. Just to put your minds at ease, the political turmoil in this country will Lord willing soon pass. Therefore, we would love to invite you to join one of the teams or even bring your own team! Please contact us for more information. We would love to see you!

Thank you for your continued prayers and financial support. We appreciate and love all of you!

Blessings,

David, Hannah, and Nicholas Mora

 

 

 

We prayed, HE answered!

Hello family and friends!

We arrived in Honduras on Tuesday, September 5th. We praise the Lord for a safe arrival and a sweet welcome from our SCORE teammates. We feel so blessed to be here and are so thankful for all of you supporting us by prayer and finances to make this possible.

The SCORE guys enjoying a bite to eat after a night of ministry.

Our teammates and their families held a special barbeque and pool day for us this past Saturday to welcome us here. It was so encouraging and we LOVE our team that God has placed us on. We all get along great and we look forward to working with them.

The guys cooking! They did an excellent job. 🙂

For the past two months, we have prayed fervently for a home in a safe area and preferably the same neighborhood as our teammates. We also set a certain budget. God answered that prayer on the 3rd day here! We found a beautiful Honduran home that we absolutely love. It is within walking distance from our teammates’ home and is within our budget! God is SO good. We can’t wait to host many of you and have you come visit in the future. We have slowly been unpacking, cleaning,and doing minor repairs on the home this past week. We will be able to sleep in our home Friday night (15th). We are so excited to be established here.

Here is a front picture of our home. We will try to get some better pictures soon. We call it the pink brick house. The rest of the house is white. 🙂 

We are still on the look out for a reliable car within our budget range. Please continue to pray that God will direct us to the vehicle he has for our family.

David was able to attend church this past Sunday; however, Hannah and Nicholas had to stay behind due to him having a cold and a fever. We praise the Lord he has recovered from that. We hope to all be in church this Sunday as a family.

Nicholas is adjusting well here. He loves all of his new friends on our team. We are happy he has other kids his age to play with. He just turned 17 months old last Tuesday. We praise the Lord for this little guy!

Some things we are learning (or remembering) about living in Honduras:

~ Electricity is a blessing and appreciate it while you have it. We have had several power outages since arriving. 😉 Most of the time you have power and sometimes you do not. As I was finishing this blog, we lost power for a few minutes. Gotta love it! 😉

~ It is HOT. And we are thankful to have fans during the day to help with the heat. Please pray for us as we re-adjust to the heat and humidity.

We hope you enjoyed our quick update. We will be sending out a newsletter in October with more details about our ministry here. We miss and love you guys!!

Blessings,

David and Hannah Mora

 

The date we’ve all waited for!

Dear family and friends,

We are excited as we embark on this new journey God has put before us. We are anticipating God to do great things in and through us. As we shared in our last update, we were accepted by SCORE into their 1 year apprentice program in Honduras. We have relocated our personal things to San Pedro Sula, Honduras to work alongside the missionaries there. We will be involved in church leadership training, discipleship, evangelism, and much more! We are excited to work alongside a multi-cultural team and learn much from them. Our field directors are Ryan and Megan Hansen, who will also be our missionary mentors. (Right side of the picture)

Meet our new teammates! 

The date has been set and the airline tickets have been purchased! We will Lord willing leave on Tuesday, September 5th for Honduras. We will be heading south to Florida on August 29th to visit family and friends who support us before we leave the country. We are so excited to be heading back to the country we love. For now, the month of July and August will be spent transferring our financial supporters over to SCORE, sharing at churches, and raising additional support before we head back.

Please pray as we are still in need of some monthly support and outgoing expenses. If you are not currently a part of our support team, would YOU pray about partnering with us monthly? Please consider partnering with us $1 a day or an amount that you feel led to give.

Below are our 2 main outgoing expenses we have at this time:

Vehicle Fund- $5,000- $10,000 (minimum) – The reason for the purchase of a reliable vehicle is due to the lack of personal safety in Honduran public transportation and all of the traveling involved in our new ministry.
Residency Fund (To remain in Honduras)- $2,000
Monthly supporters are still needed. We are in need of $500.00 more a month.

Nicholas is 15 months old and full of energy! He is walking, running, and talking. He is such a joy to have in our family. He is getting use to traveling a lot with mommy and daddy! He loves visiting all of our churches and meeting new friends in the church nurseries. 🙂

Though our resent transition in missions was difficult and very unexpected, we have enjoyed our time with family and friends in NC and surrounding states. It has been wonderful to reconnect with many of you. We will be speaking at more churches in July/August. Please drop by at one of the services to say hi if we haven’t seen you. We have a few more dates open and are in the process of scheduling more churches.

Speaking Schedule

~ Sunday, July 16th- Zoar Baptist Church (am ) and West Point Baptist Church (pm) in Shelby, NC

~ Sunday, July 30th- Union Grove Baptist Church (pm) in Lexington, NC

~ Sunday, August 6th- Silver Valley Baptist Church (am) in Lexington, NC

~ Sunday, August 27th- Send Off from our Sending Church, Calvary Chapel Fellowship in Winston- Salem, NC

We love and appreciate all of you! Thank you for your continued prayers and financial support. We look forward to seeing many of you soon.

Blessings,

David, Hannah and Nicholas Mora

Contact Information

SCORE Website: www.scoreintl.org (Click on donate to support us online)
SCORE Address: P.O. Box 9994 Chattanooga, TN 37412 (For checks: put Mora in memo line)
Our email: davidmora5@aol.com       Phone Number: (754) 204-2054

Redeployment to Honduras!

Dear Family and Friends,

We trust all of you are doing well and enjoying the warm weather. As for us, we are doing well and continuing to serve in ministry while we transition back to Honduras. When will you return to Honduras is the question we often hear. We have been in much prayer about a new ministry/agency in Honduras.

We took a recent trip to Honduras in mid May with the intention of looking at a possible ministry to join. Our entire trip went wonderful, and we praise the Lord for a successful visit. David was able to reconnect with our friends in the city of La Ceiba and in the village of Rus Rus. With the help of many Honduran friends and family in Christ, David was able to move all of our personal belongings from the jungle by truck and then by ship around the country. We got word soon after that all of our items arrived safely in a Honduran city. We praise the Lord for the network of friends and family in Christ we have in Honduras. We love these people dearly and are grateful for their assistance.

David and Manuel driving through the jungle to retrieve our personal belongings.

During our vision trip, we were able to see the Honduran program of SCORE International. The missionaries, Ryan and Megan Hansen, are working faithfully in San Pedro Sula and surrounding areas. The ministry focuses on local church and school ministries with evangelism, discipleship, and church leadership training. Some of their ministry strategies are to mobilize nationals, utilize church planting, and implement training conferences in local churches and schools. We fell in love with this ministry and all they are doing for the kingdom of God. Hannah was especially excited to see the Christian bilingual school there and the possibilities there could be for her as a teacher. As of June 6th, we were officially accepted for the one year apprenticeship program with SCORE International in Honduras. Before becoming a career missionary with SCORE, every new missionary with SCORE must be an apprentice for the first year. Being an apprentice with SCORE will give us the opportunity to see and work in the ministry first hand while also being mentored by veteran missionaries. We are excited about this ministry and all God has in store for us.

The local church we will be working with in San Pedro Sula. 

The Christian bilingual school we got to visit. 

While we wait, we have continued to help and minister from afar to our family in Christ in La Ceiba and in Rus Rus. Because of your continued financial support, we are able to continue supporting some of the ministries there and be an encouragement to the body of Christ. We are also saving a lot of our support for outgoing expenses that we will need once we redeploy to Honduras. One of our bigger expenses will be a vehicle for the city. We did not need a car in the jungle, but will need one in the city. We are also starting to reconnect with our supporting churches and will be making visits during the summer months. We look forward to catching up and seeing a lot of you as we begin traveling again soon. We are also involved in our home church and surrounding churches as we get ready to help with Vacation Bible School, Bible studies, and much more.

In the month of June, we will be contacting all of our financial supporters to transition them to SCORE International. We are so thankful for each of you for your faithful prayers and support. Feel free to call or email us with any questions you might have or simply for us to pay you a visit. We are excited to see God at work!

Blessings,

David, Hannah, and Nicholas Mora

Contact Us: davidmora5@aol.com or (754) 204-2054

March Update

Hello friends & family!

After a month of intense cross cultural training in Waxhaw, NC with JAARS (a sister branch of Wycliffe Bible Translators), we are back home in the mission house in Lexington, NC. It feels great to be back! David is only here for a short time as he will depart this Friday, March 3rd for Nampa, Idaho for his MAF flight training. We wanted to share a quick update.

We took an Intercultural Communications Course with JAARS. We learned some valuable information and even learned a lot about ourselves and how we can continue to grow in our walks with the Lord. Some of the topics covered: Strengths Finder, Theology of Suffering, Counting the Cost of being a Missionary, Raising Missionary Kids, How to deal with conflict Biblically, Emotional Hardiness, Sovereignty of God, Trauma and Missions, Crisis Contingency, Moral Purity, Armor of God, a deep study in the book of Ephesians, Idols of the Heart, Spiritual Retreat, Stones of Remembrance, and the list could go on! We would personally recommend this course to any missionary heading for overseas service.

Pictured Below: ICC Class Winter 2017 

At the conclusion of our course, each participant had to select a stone for our Stones of Remembrance and write what stood out to them most and what God taught them. For myself (Hannah), I wrote “Perfect Peace” on my stone. I wanted to remember God’s Sovereignty above all and that he NEVER loses control. He always gives us perfect peace, even in the midst of chaos. If you have time, you tube the song by Laura Story called “Perfect Peace.” I am sure it will encourage your heart. For David, he wrote “Identity in Christ” and “Boldness in Christ” on his stone. He learned to solidify his identity in Christ and learn to become more bold through Christ in Godly confrontation. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the course and were challenged in different ways to grow more in our walks with the Lord. We were able to have a marriage seminar every Monday afternoon with other couples discussing how to “Field proof your Marriage.” We thoroughly enjoyed this “date” time as a couple learning and growing together. The month was also challenging as all three of us have dealt with sickness. We are almost on the mend and hope to be fully recovered soon. Overall, this was a month of pruning and growing closer to the Lord.

Our new friends, Martin and Alice Reed, that we met at ICC. They are heading to Canada soon to work with Wycliffe Bible Translators. 

Nicholas has been a champ through all of our training and our recent move back to the U.S. We are so thankful for our happy little guy.  He will be 11 months old this Sunday, March 5th. He crawls all over the house and has recently mastered pulling up. He is in everything, and we have had to start baby proofing our home here. But he is an absolute joy! For this child we prayed! We are looking forward to celebrating his first birthday April 5th!

Pictured Above: Nicholas at 10 months old. 🙂

Pictured Below: Swinging on the playground at JAARS. Such a big boy!

David will be leaving this Friday morning for Nampa, Idaho. He will be at MAF (Missionary Aviation Fellowship) for a month of flight standardization. We sent out an email earlier this week asking people to sign up for a day to pray for David. If you are interested in choosing a day of the week to pray each week for David, please email us at davidmora5@aol.com or message us on Facebook. For example, I will pray every Thursday of the month of March for David. We will send out updates each week to keep you informed on how you can best pray for him.

We hope to visit some of our supporting churches when David returns from Idaho. If your church is interested in us speaking, please let us know. If you would like to communicate with me (Hannah) during the month of March, please feel free to email me at hannahmora23@aol.com. I would love to catch up with a lot of you, especially those in the Lexington/Winston-Salem area.

As of now, we do not have an exact return date, but are in prayer about this. Would you pray with us? We are aiming to head back late spring/ early summer 2017 if the Lord allows. There are many things still left to be done before we can return, David’s training being the biggest of all.

Upcoming Events

~ March 3rd- April 1st- MAF Standardization for David in Nampa, Idaho 

~ April 5th- Nicholas turns ONE! 🙂

~ April 18th-26th- We will be in Burlington, NC with our MAG Team for meetings/activities.

~ April 22nd- Missionary Air Group Open House (You are Invited) from 12:00-6:00 pm in Burlington, NC at the MAG Hangar. You can drop in any time that afternoon and BBQ will be served that evening for supper. Please let us know if you are coming or if you want more information. 

~ April 30th- Double Spring Baptist Church in Shelby, NC

Prayer Request

~ Pray for David as he flies out this Friday morning. His training officially begins on Monday, March 6th. Pray for him to learn a lot and be safe as he flies for training. 

~Pray for wisdom and direction concerning our soon return to Honduras. 

~Pray for the village of Rus Rus to continue to grow in their walks with the Lord. We continue to stay in contact with our brothers and sisters in Christ there. They are fasting and praying weekly for our quick return. 

Thank you for your continued prayer and financial support. It has been wonderful reconnecting with a lot of you since we’ve been home. If you’re ever in the Winston-Salem area and would like to see us, please let us know. We will be visiting some of our supporting churches in the spring once David returns if we are able to.

God Bless,

David, Hannah, and Nicholas Mora

 

 

 

 

Faithfully Serving on the Front Lines

Hello friends and family!

We hope all of you are doing well. As for us, we continue to stay busy with what God has called us to do here in the jungle. We count it a privilege and blessing to serve the Miskito people here. We wanted to let you know what’s been going on with us over the past several weeks.

Nicholas continues to grow strong and healthy. He is now 4 months old (As of August 5th). He weighs 15.8 pounds and is 25 inches long. He can bear weight on his legs, loves to laugh/coo/smile, sleeps through the night, and is a cuddle bug! We enjoy having him in our lives and can’t imagine our lives without him now. He has been the perfect picture of health, and we pray that he will continue to be as living out here is difficult to do with a sickly child. We praise the Lord for his health and protection over our son.

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Nicholas’ First Flight Lesson in the Plane 🙂

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We continue to get involved in the village here in various ways. David is preparing various upcoming Bible studies for the men here. I continue to teach through the book of Esther on Mondays. We have a few short chapters left and then we will be finished. We will be doing the Book of Ruth next. The women are very hungry for the Word of God. David continues to preach some in the church here. We hope to get more involved in children’s ministries in the future. God is definitely at work here in the church!

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David is involved in full-time maintenance alongside Wes on a daily basis. There is always a project to work on here. It’s like living on a farm! I stay very busy as a full-time wife and mom taking care of David and Nicholas, and also our home. We have one Miskito lady who comes once a week to help with some things around the house, which has been very helpful. It has also given me a chance to get to know another lady here in the village and develop friendships. Another good friend of mine is Geraldina, the head nurse of the village. God is using her greatly in the church and also in the hospital. She truly has a heart of gold. She has taken David and I under her wing. She also adores Nicholas. She is his “Miskito grandma”. 😉 David and I continue to pray that we will be able to build deeper relationships with the people here. The reason we are here is for the people, not for the airplane. If we lose sight of that, then we lose sight of what God has called us to do.

Last week was one of the busiest weeks for us. We had to go to three different cities to get paperwork done for Nicholas and ourselves. The plane was undergoing a little maintenance, so we took a truck ride into Puerto Lempira. Now this truck ride is not for the faint of heart. It’s about 5 hours from where we live and the roads are in horrible condition. I grew up going mudding on a four wheeler with my dad and brother, but this was true MUDDING. 😉 It was a pretty rough ride, but we are so thankful for the MAG Kia truck for instances like this. On our way to Puerto Lempira, we noticed a truck with several people pulled over to the side of the road with the hood up. Wes stopped the truck and we asked if they needed help. They didn’t speak very much Spanish, but we were able to understand that they had a very sick lady in the back of the truck in need of a hospital. We loaded her onto our truck and drove her in to Puerto Lempira as we were only about 30 minutes out. Showing the love of Jesus looks different, but we believe God placed us on the road at that time to help this family out. Praise the Lord for choosing to use the Wiles and ourselves here in La Mosquitia.

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The sick lady laying on the truck bed on the rough ride in to Puerto Lempira. David sat in the back with this family.

Once we arrived in Puerto Lempira, we enjoyed a delicious lunch with the Marines. Remember the Marines we told you about? Well we got to reconnect with them and have lunch with them! What a blessing! It’s so cool to see how God orchestrates all the details. We then spent the night at House of Hope, which is a children’s home there in Puerto Lempira. We enjoyed meeting a new missionary couple and hearing about all God has done in their lives. They have a wonderful ministry there ministering to children and also to missionaries/teams that need a place to stay.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch with the Marines. Nicholas enjoyed them too! 

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The next morning, we got in a commercial plane and flew to La Ceiba, the city where we buy all of our supplies. The men at the airport were puzzled as to where the MAG plane was and why we flew commercial this time. 🙂 The whole afternoon was spent in the immigration office. After much time there, we received our temporary residency cards. We will receive our permanent plastic cards in a few weeks. Praise the Lord!! Another note of praise is God taking care of immigration late penalty fee of $320.00 that we thought we would have to pay. We showed up late due to us not being able to leave the jungle in time. The immigration inspector (a believer in Christ) looked at us and said, “God is definitely at work in your lives.” We were thankful that God spared us the immigration fee we thought we were going to have to pay. How awesome is our God?

As most of you saw on face book, a tropical storm that eventually turned into a hurricane was sweeping through our area. We left the next morning on a bus to head to San Pedro Sula, praying the weather would cooperate. Praise the Lord, it did! We were in San Pedro for two days. We went to the U.S. Consulate and brought all our paperwork we had been collecting for months for Nicholas. Everything went wonderful and he should receive his U.S. passport in 3-5 weeks. 🙂 God is so good.

The next day, we had the privilege of attending a workshop through Honduran Fellowship Network, a network of missionaries here in Honduras. The workshop was titled, “Balanced Living Though on the Mission Field.” David and I were both so encouraged to meet other missionaries and be fed spiritually ourselves. Sometimes as missionaries we give and give, and forget that we too need encouragement from other believers. We left encouraged and refreshed.

That afternoon, we got on the bus and headed back to La Ceiba for the next two days to do our supply and grocery run for the month.

We are back in Rus Rus and back at work. David and Wes are busy preparing for a trip to Guatemala at the end of the month for the annual inspection of the MAG 206 airplane. They will meet up with other MAG personnel there to work on the plane for about 2 weeks. We would appreciate your prayers as they have much to do before they leave, and for myself, Denise, and Nicholas as we stay here.

I had an awesome opportunity this Wednesday. I was invited into a Miskito home by two ladies here in the village for a small Bible study/prayer meeting. It was such a special treat to be invited into their home. Other Miskito ladies also joined us who spoke no Spanish, only Miskito. One of the ladies read some Scripture and had a time of prayer in Spanish and Miskito. She was speaking of the passage in Luke 18 on having faith. She even shared in Miskito with the ladies about David and I waiting patiently for Nicholas for all those years of infertility. I couldn’t help but smile as I looked around and saw all these beautiful women of darker skin color than myself praising Jesus. I kept thinking of what Heaven will be like with all nationalities and races represented serving One Lord. How beautiful that day will be! I will always cherish my first experience in a Miskito home. It was very humbling for me to see how these people live and the joy that is on their faces. What a great encouragement for me to choose joy in my life.

Prayer Request:

~ Pray for continued health for our whole family. We praise the Lord for our good health thus far.

~ Pray for the upcoming trip to Guatemala for David and Wes. (August 25th- September 3rd)

~ Pray for us as we continue to minister to the people here at church, at Bible studies, and just by living among the people here.

~ The transition has gotten better, but please continue to pray as we adjust to living here. (snakes, tarantulas, scorpions, and more)

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. We miss and love all of you!

Blessings,

David, Hannah, and Nicholas Mora