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.
Nicholas’ First Flight Lesson in the Plane 🙂
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!
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.
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.
We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch with the Marines. Nicholas enjoyed them too!
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.
~ 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!
David, Hannah, and Nicholas Mora