July 2016

IIMG-20160703-WA0000n July, we saw God’s hand moving, not only in the lives of children, but also in the healing of Stephanie’s eye. We started the month with a time of visitation and tract distribution for our upcoming Vacation Bible School. A group of seven ladies from Temple Baptist in Texas came to help us with the VBS as well as with decorations in the Academy. Even though it was hot, we had a great group of children come out every day. By the final day, we saw over 40 children place their faith in Jesus Christ! Praise the Lord! Please pray as we seek to not only disciple these children, but also reach their families. TheIMG_20160719_172230204 following week, we had the chance to visit a local girl’s orphanage with the ladies. It is amazing as every time we go seeking to be a blessing to these children that we in turn receive more of a blessing. The final Thursday of the month, I was grateful for the opportunity to preach on salvation and works and how they are evidences of our relationship with Christ, not the means of our salvation.

13898160_10209671755972125_1706626698_oAs many of you know and have been faithfully praying, Stephanie contracted the Salmonella bacteria in her right eye this past month. On a Monday evening, she was feeling some discomfort in her eye, and when she awoke the next morning, she was unable to open her eye due to the pain and swelling. We were very thankful that she saw an ophthalmologist the following day.  He informed us of the severity of the bacteria as well as the ulcer covering most of her eye. After many doses of eye drops and medication, the infection cleared and the ulcer dissolved. However, she was still unable to see. Following two weeks of disappointing news, little change, and much prayer on our behalf from so many wonderful people, the Lord began to work, and the doctors were amazed at the rapid healing of the cornea. She is able to see a little more each week, and we are trusting God for a complete recovery. Thank you so much for your prayers! Our God hears and answers prayer!

Please continue to pray for more opportunities to be a witness to the doctor. It is evident that the Lord is working in his heart. He has even asked Stephanie to be in prayer for him and his family. Also, pray for Stephanie and I as we take a larger role in helping in New Life Christian Academy in August through teaching English and Bible. We hope that you take a few minutes to watch some of the highlights from our Vacation Bible School.

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