Thursday, November 30, 2017

BVSA Honduras... almost there!

we are excited to say that we are very close to re-opening the Buena Vista Sports Academy of Honduras!  the village of Travesia is a place desperate for Jesus, and we are anxious to be back.

we believe in our BVSA model!  we have seen countless lives changed, generational sins broken, and an entire village impacted.  and we are committed to planting more BVSA academies in tough places around the world.

BVSA Missionary Training Program
we have spent the last several months in an intensive missionary training program with our honduras missionaries.  we strategically divided the training into 2 parts:

1) Missionary Life Training:  The Great Commission, What to Expect in the Mission Field, Language and Immersion, Financial Integrity, the Impact of Missions on the Family, Crossing Cultures, When Helping Hurts, Safety & Security, and more.

2) BVSA Operational Training:  BVSA's Core Beliefs (Overall Vision, Planting Procedures, Financial Integrity), Bible Teaching,  Soccer Program, Education Program, Finances & Administration, Nutrition & Hygiene, Hosting Mission Teams, and more.


Goers and Senders
we have the "goers" all set to oversee the honduras academy.  its a great group of missionaries - follow these links to read more about jason, axel, and the foster family.  Jesus said "the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly for the Lord to send out laborers in his harvest."

we are thankful for our laborers who have left home, jobs, family, conveniences and comforts for the sake of taking the name of Jesus to the nations!

now we're praying for more "senders" to get behind our "goers"!

Start-up costs
we need to raise approximately $30,000 to get the academy where it needs to be before opening.  this funding will finish our on-site soccer field and facilities, as well as purchase some basic needs such as a washer/dryer, large freezer, and some basics to get our weight-room started.

Ongoing costs
we are praying for a team of monthly supporters to help cover our approximate $3,000 per month operational budget.  this budget includes staff salaries, the daily feeding program (approximately 800 lunches per month!), and all monthly bills and operational expenses.

i read this recently in randy alcorn's book titled "money, possessions, & eternity":

“The need is desperate.  Isn’t it time we emptied our pockets to help reach the world for Christ?  Like those who pray, those who give are partners with those who go (colossians 4:2-4; Philippians 1:4-5).  Some can go.  All can pray.  All can give.  Will you?
As you consider your answer, imagine for a moment the warm voice of someone from a different culture - perhaps with a different color of skin - coming to you in heaven, embracing you and whispering, “thank you - you brought us the gospel, and that is all that matters.”

what a thought, right?!  would you consider partnering with us?  if God leads you, please click here.  and you can always contact me directly by using the email link on the same page.

lets finish the mission by working together in taking the name of Jesus to the nations!  Matthew 24:14

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS!
BVSA Missionary Family


Friday, November 24, 2017

aldo surgeries

i want to share a quick PRAISE JESUS story.

earlier this week, i sent out an email to just a few people about aldo.  after visits and advice from friends - a prosthetic doctor and physical therapist - it was clear that aldo needs several surgeries in order to get serious about rehabbing and adjusting to life with one leg and one arm.

but after constant attempts through the public hospital to get help, it was clear that aldo was getting ignored.  with time working against us, we finally made the decision to go the private medicine route.  

within a couple hours of sending out my email, the funding for all 3 necessary surgeries was fully covered!  within days, we were able to get aldo in for the surgeries on his good foot (which was turning outward) and his good elbow (which has had bone exposed ever since the accident in may).

aldo is recuperating and will soon go in for surgery on his hand.  as he recovers from these surgeries, he will be able to begin rehabbing more seriously and get to work at becoming an independent young man again!



matthew 25:40:  the king will answer them, "truly i say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."


Monday, November 6, 2017

mash and nicho: a couple of davids

darwin (mash) and denilson (nicho)
mash and nicho continue to exceed expectations.  i couldn't be prouder of them.

i walked into their room last night and they were both on the couch, messing with their phones.  i immediately started giving them a hard time.  (we make a specific effort to stay un-addicted to smart phones in our house.)

in unison, they responded defensively, promising me that they weren't on social media or playing games.  i grabbed their phones, and to my surprise - they were on their bible apps.

they went on to tell me that they were going on a "double date" the next day to antigua.  turns out mash is "a little bit" interested in nicho's girlfriend's cousin...

they explained that their plan is to hike up to the cross in antigua, a famous antigua landmark. once at the top, they are going to sit on the mountain and "explain to the girls the significance of the cross, just like you taught us when we went on the rhino excursion."

i told them how great of an idea that is, and answered a couple of their questions about verses they were looking for... then walked out of the room holding back my tears!  i guess it was one of those sweet moments where an impromptu, real-life example touches your heart.

these two guys have been growing like crazy during this year's leadership program in our house.  spiritually speaking, they have fallen in love with Jesus, and are sharing him with friends and family members.  not only that, but they are both pure servants.  they jump to help at every opportunity.  they are as loyal as can be.  they are learning how to manage the academy.  they are protective of luci and even kerrie.

they are simply turning into great young men.

i'm reminded of when the Lord sent samuel to jesse's house, to pick the next king of israel.  jesse lined up all of his boys - big, strong, charismatic, and full of "king potential."  but after examining them all, samuel said, "is this all you've got?"

jesse replied (paraphrase) "well, there's david... he's out taking care of the sheep... but he's just a little runt."  samuel had them bring david to him, and after seeing him immediately anointed him as king.

mash and nicho are like david.  i never would have predicted how they've risen to the top.  others in the leadership program are much smarter, more outgoing and more charismatic (and are still here, and doing well.)  but nicho and mash are the most consistent.  they don't complain or ride their emotions.  they are always in a good mood.  they work hard, and will do absolutely anything for you.

as samuel was choosing the next king, the Lord told him "do not look at his appearance, or his height, or his stature... for the Lord sees not as a man sees:  man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

when i look at mash and nicho's outward appearances, i see a couple of little runts!  but when i look at their hearts, i see something big, bold, and beautiful.

i see hearts after God's heart.

i see a couple of davids.