Prayer requests for the Micah Project for the week of March 30- April 5:
1. A couple of weeks ago, Jessica's laptop computer was stolen out of our van. A 14 year old drug addict in our neighborhood who was a part of the theft confessed to us and agreed to help us get it back. He went with our two Honduran missionaries, Marlon and Roger, to the police. They all went to the store that bought the stolen computer and arrested the owner. He finally confessed and gave the computer back. Thankfully, none of Jessica's files or programs were destroyed. Marlon, Roger and the kid from the neighborhood are worried about revenge; people are often shot here for going to the police. Please pray for their safety.
2. We thank God for the Wiggs family, pictured above in front of the Los Dolores church. They spent a week in Honduras in their preparations to move here to be full time missionaries for the Micah Project in 2009. They have powerful testimonies of how God has transformed their lives, and, because of this, have an immediate connection with our boys. Pray that God would take the lead in all of their plans to come to Honduras next year!
3. The youth group from my home church (Central Presbyterian of St. Louis) spent last week in Honduras (see picture above in the PANACAM national forest). It was a really powerful week. They brought a mature group of young people and, because of that, the group was fully engaged in all that went on around them. From the work they did with street kids to beginning the new classroom of the Villa Linda Miller school to their relationships with the Micah boys, they truly held God's light high. Above, Kelly had many long talks with Erick, who is struggling with a drug and alcohol addiction (see recent posts below). Pray for Erick as well; we have given him this week to decide whether or not to go into rehab. If he chooses not to, we are going to have to make some fairly drastic decisions which will affect his future and the future of his family.
4. I talked with Danilo on the phone from Monterrey, Mexico, where he is starting his second quarter of studies at the Instituto CanZion music ministry school. He seems to be adjusting well to life in Monterrey. His classes are hard, but he loves studying music. Please pray that he would continue to find friends who can be a support system for him. Also, he is still working out the details of his student visa in order to be able to stay in Mexico. Pray that those papers will come through quickly!
5. Continue to pray for Wilmer (above, in a tree). He has had a great couple of weeks, but today, while we were at the airport, he slipped away from us and went back to the streets (see post below about his struggles with yellow glue). He is such a sweet kid...it is hard to imagine that he could live out the rest of his life on the streets. He learned one English phrase while our youth group was here last week: "Give me a hug!" That sums up his character pretty well! Please pray that we can find him in the next couple of days and get him back into the Micah House. And, pray that God would break the chains of addiction in his life.
6. Please pray for our missionary Dan Paul, who got engaged in Colombia last week and is back in Honduras for a few months of long-distance relationship before getting married over the Christmas holidays. Also, pray for our director of operations Becca Have as she spends a few weeks with her sister in South Africa.