Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Prayer Requests: December 27

We want to wish you all a (late) Merry Christmas! It has been a busy week here at Micah, with traveling and Christmas.  We pause and take a few moments to share our prayer requests with you:

*Jeremy, Marlon, and most of the Timothy House boys left yesterday for a few days vacation in El Salvador.  They are going to visit Jenna and Israel and spend some time at the beach.  Pray for safe travels for them and that a good time will be had by all.

*As our staff numbers are low these next few days we pray for lots of patience, rest, strength and encouragement.  May we be able to find joy in little moments with the boys.  May we be creative in our plans and finding activities for the boys.

* Yolanda, Arle and Jarvin's mom, has been in the hospital for 2 weeks now.  She had surgery last week on her kidney.  Keep her in your prayers as she recovers and regains her strength.  Hopefully she will be able to leave the hospital soon.

*We are very thankful for all of you who "adopted" one of the Micah boys or friends for Christmas.  We appreciate all the time and effort you spent in choosing presents for them, they were all happy with their presents.  Many of them were sporting their new clothes the next day! Thanks!

*As most of you know we traveled to the north coast of Honduras last week.  We had a great time and loved spending time with our friends the Herbolds.  We praise God for safe travels and that no one was injured in all of the crazy adventures that we participated in.

*Oscar Amaya is home from Wheaton and Jose is home from Costa Rica.  We are thankful that they were able to come home for Christmas and visit for awhile.  We are proud of them and the hard work they are doing in school.

Thank you so much for your outpourings of love, prayers, and support.
We are excited to see what God has in store for us in 2012!

Grace and Peace.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Prayer Requests: December 13

This week we ask you to join us in lifting up the following requests before our Heavenly Father:

*Continue to keep Yolanda in your prayers as she has undergone several tests recently and it was discovered that she has a large tumor on her liver.  She will have surgery this week to remove the tumor.   Pray for guidance and steady hands for the doctors, that all will go well, and that she will recover quickly.

*As we mentioned recently on our photo of the day, Axel and Erick continue to thrive in their rehab program at Free the Oppressed Ministries.  Pray that they will choose to give their hearts and lives completely to God, that He may guide their way.  Pray for strength, motivation, and encouragement for them.  Marvincito has also been there for the past week but will be coming to Micah this weekend to spend Christmas with us.  May God bless the rest of his time there as well as here with us at Micah. 

*Daniel Benitez is officially a college graduate, and that means it's time to find a job! He has made a few contacts here and there, pray for discernment and guidance for him.  May his transition into "adult" life at the Timothy House continue to go smoothly.
*John and Becca Bell are traveling to the states this week.  Pray for safe travels for them.  May they be able to rest, relax, and enjoy time with family and friends.

*We are looking forward to the arrivals of Oscar Amaya and the Herbold family this weekend! It has been awhile since Oscar has been home and we are excited to have him with us and to hear all about college at Wheaton.  The Herbolds are great friends and we will be heading to La Ceiba with them on Sunday. Thank God for visitors!

Thanks so very much for your constant love, support, and prayers!!
Grace and Peace to you. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Prayer Requests: December 6

Good morning friends and family of the Micah Project!
We ask that you join us in praying for the following things this week:

*Arle and Jarvin's mom Yolanda was in San Pedro Sula for several months for medical reasons.  She came back to Tegucigalpa this weekend.  Her sugar levels have gone down, but she still is suffering from kidney stones and diabetes.  Pray that doctors can figure out how to heal her quickly.  Also keep their whole family in your prayers as they are dealing with some issues.

*John and Roger worked hard to find jobs for all of the boys.  Many of the boys accepted their jobs and have been working hard even if they don't love the work they are doing.   This is a first job experience for a few of our boys; pray that they would learn the lessons of discipline and hard work through these experiences!

*As we are in the Christmas season things start to get busy and we can get caught up in the materialism of the season.  Pray that we may get everything done that needs to be done and also  not lose focus of the real meaning of Christmas...the coming of the light of Jesus Christ to a dark world!  

*We give thanks for friends, family, our health, a safe and secure home, food on the table, clothes to wear, games to play, and the many blessings that God pours out to us daily.  We often take such things for granted; pray that we may remember to give thanks for all that God graciously gives us. 

*We are thankful for a great weekend of accomplishments and celebrations- Junior's high school graduation, Daniel's college graduation, and Simon Kafie's birthday party fundraiser.  We are proud of Junior and Daniel and all the hard work and hours of studying they put in to come this far.  We pray for God's guidance as they begin new chapters in life.  Many funds were raised at Simon's party and we are very thankful for that, as well as new friendships and connections that were made.

We are grateful for your outpouring of love, prayers, and support!
Grace and Peace. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Prayer Requests: November 29

Dear family and friends,
Join us in praying for the following things this week:
*Several boys and staff members are still sick.  Pray that they may rest and be restored to full health soon!

*Keep Juan Carlos Ortiz in your prayers as he continues to discern where the Lord is leading him.  He recently took the admission exam at El Sembrador (where Arle just graduated from) in hopes of starting there next February.  Pray that he may have peace of mind and trust in the Lord and His timing.

*This week Marvincito will be moving from Casa Crea (where he has been for the last month and a half) back to Jimmy Hughes ministries, where he was earlier this year.  He has grown a lot in the past few months and continues to move forward with his life.  Pray that he will continue to make wise decisions and seek after the Lord. Pray also that the transition back to JH will go smoothly and that he will feel comfortable there again.

*Brayan Chavez graduated from his YWAM program in Costa Rica a few weeks ago.  He is spending some time in CR with Jose and some other friends.  He will be returning to Honduras in early December.  He is not quite sure what the next chapter of his life looks like.  Pray for discernment and open doors for him.  May his transition back to the Timothy house go well and may he be welcomed with open arms.  We are looking forward to having his joyful presence back soon!

*We had a great visit from MDPC! We are thankful for the time they spent with us and in getting to know the different aspects of Micah.  We are grateful for such great friends!

*Simon Kafie, a Honduran friend, is hosting a birthday party/fundraiser for Micah this weekend.  We pray that many eyes and ears will be opened to the great need here in Honduras.  May people feel called to join the Micah family and support our ministry. 

*Daniel Benitez is graduating from Zamorano Agricultural University this weekend with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. Keep him in your prayers as he moves back to Tegucigalpa and figures out what the next step in his life is.  Pray that God will guide his steps and lead him where He wants him to be.  We are very proud of Daniel and all that he has accomplished. 

Many thanks for your constant love and support!
Grace and Peace. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Prayer Requests: November 22

Good morning family and friends of Micah!
This week we ask you to join us in prayer for the following:

*Many of the boys and several of the staff members have been sick with colds and sore throats.  May they get some much needed rest.  Pray that they may all feel better soon and be restored to full health.

*Continue to keep Arle in your prayers as we figure out what his future plans look like.  May God open doors and pave the way for him. We trust in our Heavenly Father and the great plans He has for Arle's life,  "plans to prosper him and not to harm him, plans to give him hope and a future."

*Sanity, hope, patience, rest, and strength for the staff.

*Thanks to the hard work of Roger and John all of the boys have jobs for the vacation period! The boys have a variety of jobs from working in VLM, to bagging groceries, to washing cars.  We are very thankful for all of the opened doors and opportunities the boys have been given.  As they go about their different jobs may they be lights to those around them.  May others see Christ in them by their hard work and actions.

*This week we have a vision trip visiting from Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, TX.  We are excited to have them here and pray that their eyes may be opened to all that You want them to see here Lord.  May they feel welcomed and enjoy their time here in Honduras.

*We are privileged to have the ambassador of Spain and the Honduran Minister of Youth visit the Micah House this week.  They both have many scholarships available and other opportunities to help Honduran youth move ahead in their lives.  Pray that there may be many opportunities for our boys to partner with them in the future.

Thank you in advance for the prayers that you will lift up this week to our awesome God.
Grace and Peace to you.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Prayer Requests: November 15

Wow, what a busy but awesome weekend! We have so much to be thankful for!  Please join us in praising God for all of his many blessings and also in lifting up our needs to Him.

*We had many visitors here this past week and we praise God that all went well with their travels.  It was great to have family and friends and first time visitors here with us for a few days.  They were such an encouragement to all of us. We are so blessed to have such a big extended family that comes to love on us.

*As many of you may know Miguel, Wilmer, David, Junior, Arle, and Daniel graduated this weekend.  We are so proud of them and all of their accomplishments.  God has brought them so far and we look forward to what He has in store for their futures.  The theme of graduation was "I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light" and it is our prayer that the graduates and also the rest of the Micah boys will continue to be lights to those around them.  May they use the talents and gifts God has given them to share His love with others.

*A few of the younger Micah boys will be working out in VLM helping Santiago a few days a week during vacations.  A couple boys will be working at a car wash and one at a restaurant.  Some of the boys are still looking for jobs and are going out this week to other locales.  Pray that they would be successful in their job hunts and find something that they like to do.  Pray also that they may learn good work habits, what it means to work hard, and how hard work pays off.

*The elementary students will have reinforcement classes a few days a week starting this week.  They will be focusing on reading, math, and Spanish.  Pray that this may be a time of growth, development, and preparation for all of them.  May they stay focused and motivated in the next month of classes.

We here at the Micah Project are so thankful for your love, encouragement, and prayers.
Grace and Peace to you.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Prayer Requests: November 8

Hello dear family and friends of the Micah Project! We made it to the end of another school year-wow how time flies!  Amongst the busyness at Micah this week we stop for a few moments to share our prayer requests with you:

*This week Arle finished up his high school career at El Sembrador and moved into the Timothy House.  We are excited to have him back in town! Pray that his transition into the house goes well and that he will find his place there among the other guys.  He will begin working out in VLM next week.  Pray also for discernment as we begin to discuss and plan for his future.

*We pray for patience and rest for all of the staff as we are all busy getting things done for graduation and starting to prepare for Christmas.  There is a lot to get done! May we be able to pause and get the rest we need to continue to minister in the best way possible.

*The big day is almost here!  Jenna and Israel's wedding will take place this Friday.  Keep them and their families in your prayers as they finish up things and prepare for the big celebration.  May God bless them and their new life together.

*Miguel, Wilmer, and David will be graduating from sixth grade this weekend.  As well, Junior and Arle will be graduating from high school.  We are so proud of these guys and all that they have accomplished.  Pray that all will go well with the ceremony on Saturday.  May they all continue to seek God with all their hearts and walk as children of the light.

*We have lots of visitors from all over the states and El Salvador coming this week to participate in the wedding and graduation celebrations.  We pray for safe travels for all of them, both to and from Honduras.  Bless their time here with us. 

We want to thank all of you for your prayers for this past week and for all the prayers that we know that you will offer up on our behalf over the course of this next week. Thank you all very much!

Grace and Peace to you. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Prayer Requests: November 1

Good morning from a cool and crisp Tegucigalpa! The rain has finally stopped, for the most part, and we are entering the cool season here. It's a nice change from the heat. 
This week please join us in praying for the following:

*Jenna's residency papers came together and she was able to make it into El Salvador! Pray for her and Izzy as they make final preparations for the civil wedding in El Salvador this coming weekend.  May they accomplish all that they need to do but may they keep the focus on You.  Pray also for safe travels for them and for Jenna's family members that will be flying to El Salvador this weekend.  We are so excited for the two of them and the new life they will soon be starting together!

*This week we met with the architect and engineer to go over final plans for Micah 2.0  Many great thoughts and ideas were discussed.  Pray for discernment as we figure out the best design and set-up for the new house and property.

 *Brayan Chavez will be finishing up his time with YWAM in Costa Rica this month.  Pray that he may finish his time there well and that God will provide guidance and direction for him as to what his next steps in life will be.

*Hectorcito celebrated his three year anniversary with Micah this week! He spent many years on the streets and it truly is a miracle that he is with us today and has been able to put his street life behind him.  We praise God for all that He has done in Hectors life.  We are so thankful to have this happy, goofy, smiley kid in our lives.  We are very proud of Hector and all that he has accomplished in his three years at Micah and we look forward to where God will take him in the future.

Thank you for your faithful prayers, support, and encouragement.  We greatly appreciate all that you do for us.
Grace and Peace to you.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Prayer Requests: October 25

Hello dear friends and family, please join us this week in lifting the following things up to our Heavenly Father: 

*Micah 2.0- We will be meeting with an architect today to go over the plans for the new property.  Pray that he is the right one  and that he will be on board with our vision for Micah 2.0.  We pray for discernment on the final plans and that we may not get distracted by all the little details but stay focused on the ministry and the boys.

*Erik continues to thrive in his rehab program at Jimmy Hughes.  Axel Lopez has decided that he needs to make some changes in his life and will be joining Erik there this week.  Pray that both of them will be able to put their pasts behind them and move forward with their lives.  May the Holy Spirit continue to work in their hearts and may they see light at the end of the path.  Marvincito is also doing well at his new ministry.  Pray that he may continue to thrive and that we may be able to figure out a long-term plan for him.

*Several of the older Micah boys have moved out of the Timothy house and into their own apartments (and are paying their own rent!) .  Jarvin, being one of them, and Danilo the other.  We are proud of them and the steps they are taking towards independence.  Pray that they may flourish in their new settings and not feel lonely.

*It's the last week of classes! Hooray! May the boys stay focused and finish the school year strong.

*God continues to work in the lives of our boys.  We praise God that the boys are growing and moving forward.  We are thankful that He has brought them this far.  

We are grateful to all of our faithful friends and 'family' who have stood by us and encouraged us through all the highs and lows of this ministry.  We thank you for your abundance of prayers and support.
Grace and peace to you.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Prayer Requests: October 18

Good morning friends and family of The Micah Project This week we ask that you join us in praying to our Heavenly Father for the following: 

*Micah 2.0- We are finalizing plans with the architect here but are still waiting on things with the building permits to go through.  Please pray that everything would come together soon so that we may start building!

*Keep Jenna and Israel in your prayers as they finish up final wedding preparations.  Pray that they would not get distracted or caught up in all the details but that they would focus on each other and the commitment they will be making together.  Also Jenna's residency expires now and she has been working on renewing it for awhile but things haven't come together yet. She needs to go to El Salvador at the end of this month but if her residency isn't ready by then she will be denied entry into the country. Pray that her residency will be renewed in time to get to El Salvador and that she will not face further complications.

*Rainy season continues here in Central America.  There has been some flooding here in Honduras, but El Salvador, which has been declared a state of emergency, has been hit pretty hard with flooding and mudslides. Pray for all the people affected by the rains, especially those that have lost homes, loved ones, and belongings.   As more rain is predicted to fall here pray that we would stay safe and that those less fortunate would be able to seek shelter.

*Our school year is coming to a close and we are grateful for all of the academic successes the boys have had this year. They have all worked hard and learned a lot.  We pray that the boys may remain focused and motivated in these last two weeks of classes and then exams.  

*The boys continue to be in great mental and emotional states.  They have been stable for many months now and we praise God for that!   There have been minor conflicts here and there but the boys have matured and are learning to control their actions and emotions. 

We thank you so much for your prayers and really appreciate the support and love you pour out for us.   Our God is bigger and stronger than what we can imagine and we trust in the great plans He has for all of us.
Grace and Peace.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Prayer Requests: October 11

Dear friends and family of the Micah Project, take a few minutes and join us in praying for the following:

*Last week Erick Cruz began rehab at Jimmy Hughes ministries-he has made it 5 days so far!  He finally realized that he needed to change his life and start making some good decisions.  Pray that God will continue to work in his heart and give him the strength and motivation he needs to move forward with his life.  Marvincito was at the same ministry but is now moving to another ministry. Keep him in your prayers as he transitions and as we continue to discern future plans for him.  We are trusting in God and his promise from Jeremiah 29:11 that says "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

 *Micah 2.0- The fence surrounding the property is complete! Please pray that things with the capital campaign will fall into place and that we can begin to raise the necessary funds to turn our dreams into a reality.  

*We are thankful that Stephen's transition into Micah life has gone well.  He survived his first month!  He has done some music lessons, covered classes for absent teachers, and shown off his great culinary skills.  He is a great addition to the Micah family.

* We praise God for a great week with the Bridgetown team! They worked hard and accomplished  a lot in their time here, including 2 house in a day projects and finishing the wall surrounding Ana's house.  We truly felt blessed having them here with us.  (The boys also loved all the wrestling matches that took place!) It's always great to have our extended family here to join in the craziness for awhile. 
We are grateful for your continuous love, prayers, and encouragement that you pour out on us. Thank you!
Grace and peace to you.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Prayer Requests: October 4

Hello from a rainy and wet Tegucigalpa.  Please join us this week in praying for the following:
*Yolanda, Jarvin and Arle's mom, is suffering from kidney stones.  She is also diabetic, but thankfully she has been able to lower her sugar levels some.  She has been seeing a doctor and is on medication.  Pray that she may pass the stones quickly and will not suffer too much pain.  

*This week Edwin Fugon is taking his first round of exams at school.  Pray that he may prepare well for the exams and that he may recall all that he has learned.  May he stay focused and motivated in all of his studying.  

*Continue to keep Micah 2.0 in your prayers as we move forward and are anxious to start building.  We pray for discernment as we look for the right architect who can help us make our dreams a reality.  We also pray for our capital campaign as we begin to raise funds to build on the new property.

*This week we are blessed to have a group from Oregon with us.  They are from Bridgetown ministries, where the Wiggs family was involved before coming to Honduras. They will be working out in VLM on building a watchyman house for our property as well as helping with Ana's house.  We are thankful for their visit and pray that this week they may step out of their comfort zones and seek to show Jesus' love in all they do.

*The first ever dog walk for Micah was a big success this past weekend! Thanks to Ruth Marshall and all the other Houston folks that helped to make it possible. The grand total raised for Micah was $2300!  Way to go dog walkers!

We thank you for your continued love, prayers, and encouragement.
Grace and peace to you.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Prayer Requests: September 27

Greetings from Tegucigalpa!  We ask that you join us this week in praying for the following:

*This past weekend Michael, Stephen, and the boys spent some time out on our new land building a fence around the property.  It's great to begin the process of constructing the home of the future Micah Project.  As things move forward we ask that you continue to keep Micah 2.0 in your prayers.  We are still seeking discernment and direction as we look for an Honduran architect to help us with our plans.

*John and Becca Bell are on vacation in the states this week.  Also Brian Wiggs will be traveling to the states later this week to speak at a church in St. Louis, MO.  We ask for safe travels for all of them and that they may be able to rest, relax and enjoy time with family and friends.

*Jeferson continues to work as a carpenter's apprentice.  He has come a long way since he started a few months ago.  He would like to find a carpentry or trade school where he can take some classes as well as continue to work.  Please pray that we may find the right school and fit for him.  We also pray for drive and motivation for him.

*Also this past week the teachers from Micah took a trip to El Salvador.  We are very thankful for Israel's family who opened their home to us for the weekend.  We had a great time visiting a volcano, eating pupusas, and playing in the waves on the beach.  We praise God for safe travels there and back, for the chance to visit a new country (for some of the teachers) and just a great time with one another.

*We give thanks to God that the boys have been in a pretty good spot lately (minus a few squabbles here and there.)  We can see some maturity in them and that they are learning to control their actions and words.

Thank you so much for your continuous support, love, and prayers that you pour out for all of us here at Micah.  We couldn't do it without such a great extended family.
Grace and Peace to you.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Prayer Requests: September 20

Hola!  This week we ask that you join us in praying for the following:

*God is faithful and does answer our prayers- the new land in VLM is officially ours! We are excited to begin the process of developing Micah 2.0.  However, we are still in need of an architect.  Pray that God will lead the right one to us and we can begin discussing our plans.  The next step is to get the building permit.  Pray that that process will go smoothly and quickly.

*After spending some time on the streets and at home Axel Lopez came to Micah today to discuss his future and see what options are available.  He has realized that he can't keep living the way he is and that he needs to somehow change his life.  Pray for discernment and wisdom as we look at what options are available for him.  

*This week one of the older Micah guys, Jarvin, will be moving into his own apartment.  Pray that the transition to life on his own will go well and that he may follow the path that God has for him. He continues to work as a teacher for a program that helps adults complete their primary and secondary education.  

*This past weekend we had a vision trip group from Central Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO.  We praise God for the new friendships that were developed and the fun times that were had by all.  Their visit was a great encouragement to all of us.  We pray that eyes were opened and that lives were changed by this visit.  

*We celebrate the excellent performance of the men in the technical school as they all passed the written exam with flying colors! Soon they will have the practical exam and we pray that they will do well on that exam too.

We are so blessed to have a huge extended family in the states that loves us, encourages us, and prays for us.  Thank you so much for all that you do for us! 
Grace and Peace.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Prayer Requests: September 13

Greetings family and friends of the Micah Project!  Please join us in praying for the following things this week:

*There are still a few things to get in order before the new land at VLM can officially be ours.  Pray that things will fall into place soon.  We are still looking for a Honduran architect to help us with our plans.  Pray that the right one will be found soon.

*Marvincito is almost done with his fourth month of rehab.  Thankfully the directors are letting him stay for two more months.  Pray that he may continue to grow and follow the path that God has for his life.  We are unsure of what he will do when the two months are up,  but we trust that God will provide a great opportunity for him. 

*Our school year is winding down, only a few weeks are left.  Pray that the boys will continue to give their best efforts and do well in their classes. We celebrate the efforts of Pedro Luis, Joel, and Miguelito as they earned the highest grades this grading period.  

*David Hawthorne, who worked with us at Micah for the past two years, headed back to the states last week.  We are very thankful for the sacrifices he made and all the work he did in his two years with the project.  Keep him in your prayers as he adjusts to life in the United States and looks for a job.

*This week we have a group visiting from St. Louis.  We are excited to have them here and to welcome the new-comers into the Micah family.  Pray that their trip will go smoothly, without any problems, and that they may be blessed by their time at Micah.

 *Keep the Micah staff in your prayers as many of us are feeling tired and stressed with all that needs to be done, especially with Micah 2.0.  We are working on dividing up tasks in order to give everyone the rest that they need so that we may all do our jobs well.

As Proverbs 3:5 says "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."  We trust that God is in control of the plans for Micah 2.0.  There is lots to be done and at times it may seem overwhelming and like we are making no progress, but we are confident that God's plans are great and things will happen on His time.
Grace and Peace to you.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Prayer Requests: September 6

Good day to all of you!

Sorry for the short break in our prayer updates, we are now back in action.  Life continues to be busy at Micah; school, soccer, Facebook, trips to the park, and more soccer. This week we ask that you join us in praying for the following:

*The land for Micah 2.0 is almost ours!  As most of you know from our photo of the day, we are days away from being in possession of the new land.  Please pray that all the bank transactions will go smoothly.  We are eager to begin building on the new land.  Also pray that we may find a Honduran architect to help us with our plans.

*Axel Lopez, who had been studying with us and living at Casa Alianza was recently kicked out of C.A.  He had been under some type of lockdown at C.A. because of a crime he witnessed.  Now he is living at home, which isn't a good situation. Pray for his safety and that God may continue to work in his heart.

*Several of our staff members are still sick.  Pray that they may get the rest they need to recover quickly and return to good health.

*Continue to keep Brayan Chavez in your prayers as he studies and ministers in Costa Rica.  Pray that he may continue to learn, grow, and  make new friendships.  May God give him they strength he needs to press on.

*The Wiggs family is back! They arrived this weekend and we are very happy to have them in Honduras again.  Pray that their family may continue to work through their issues and that they may remain close as a family.  Also keep the technical school and Grupo Mama Jo's bakery in your prayers as things move forward with both of those ministries now that Brian and Natasha are back.

*We welcome Stephen Kusmer, a Wheaton grad from Indiana, to the Micah family.  He arrived this weekend and will be with us for the next year as an intern helping John with chaplain things.  We are excited that he is here and look forward to getting to know him.  Keep him in your prayers as he begins his time at Micah.

We are forever grateful for your continued support, prayers, love, and encouragement.  God's blessings to each one of you!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Prayer Requests: August 16

Buenos dias a todos! Please join us this week in praying for the following:

*Lots of new beginnings and transitions will be happening this week for several of our older boys.  Oscar Amaya will be moving to Wheaton to start college, David Almendarez will be moving from Costa Rica to Tegucigalpa to work and take his last class, Jeferson will begin carpentry school at a local university, and Marvin Morazon will start his second year teaching Bible at International School.  Please pray for smooth transitions for all of these boys.  May God guide their every step and may they not feel overwhelmed by their new surroundings and tasks.

*Several of the boys in the house are sick, as well as several staff members (Becca and Izzy), and one of the dogs (Zorro).  Pray for rest and healing for all of them and that they may recovery quickly from their sicknesses.  Once someone is sick in the house it tends to get passed around to everyone, so we also pray that that doesn't happen and the rest of the house stays healthy.

* Continue to keep Micah 2.0 in your prayers.  We are still in the process of getting all of the legal documentation together.  Hopefully, God willing, the land will be ours soon!

*Thank you for your prayers regarding Hector Licona because he just got a job at the International School. Thanks to a connection with Eduardo Barahona, Hector started working last Friday in the bookstore/snack shop at International School.  Pray that this job goes well for him and that he really enjoys his work.

*We continue to praise God for the precious lives He has given us to work with and be a family with.  Just thinking about where some of our boys have come from and where they are now, it's a miracle! We are so thankful for all that He has done in their lives and for all that He will do in the future.  We know that He has great plans for all of them.

Thanks from the Micah Project for your love and support!  We couldn't do it without all of you behind us, supporting us and praying for us.  Blessings to all of you!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Good News!

Davidcito is back at Micah!  He came back this evening and we talked to him for a little while. He spent the night at home and did not use any drugs.  Praise God that he is home and back to his happy goofy self!

Prayer Requests: August 9

Good morning dear friends and family of the Micah Project!  This past week has been a very busy one for us here at Micah.  Lots of people coming and going.  We take a few moments to share with you our prayer requests for the week:

*This past Sunday night Joel, the seminary student from Georgia who has been with us for a few weeks, spoke on the topic of community.  It was a good reminder for all of the boys and staff that we are all in this together, we can't survive without a community of people around us supporting us.  These past few weeks there have been lots of fights, disrespect, and bad attitudes in our community.  Please pray for stability in the house and that one of the boys will step up and be a leader for the rest of the boys to follow.

*Davidcito got frustrated and mad last night and took off.  We aren't exactly sure what set him off and several people tried to talk to him but he wanted nothing to do with them.  Please pray that he may realize that this one decision to go back to the streets could affect the rest of his life.  Pray that he may humble himself and come back home.

*Continue to keep the Wiggs family in your prayers.  Brian headed back to Oregon yesterday to be with his family. Pray that God may provide direction, peace, and healing for their family as they work thru their issues.

*Here at Micah birthdays are a big deal.  This week we are celebrating three birthdays- Joel Rivera (17), Marvincito (17), and Axel Lopez (15)! We praise God that He is faithful, that He working in and transforming these boys lives.  He has done incredible things in their lives thus far. We pray for another year of growth and life for all of them. Happy birthday Joel, Marvin, and Axel!

*Visitors! Yesterday Michael's parents, David and Linda Miller, came to Honduras to visit for a few days.  Today Hannah and Jonathan Rogers are coming to visit as well.  We are thankful for their visits and pray that they will have a great time with us.

*Erika Cruz, the older sister of Erik and Cristofer, finally gave birth to an adorable little baby boy Sunday evening (he doesn't have a name yet)!  These past few weeks have been challenging for her, as she was due late July and was passed around from place to place to stay.  We praise God for this new life  and that mom and baby are doing well.

Amidst all the chaos and uncertainty of the world, we are thankful that we have a God who is in control.  As Psalm 28: 7 says "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped." Thank you for your continued support, prayers, and encouragement.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Prayer Requests: August 2

Dear friends and family,
It has been a busy, fun, and productive week at the Micah Project.  We thank you for your continuous support and encouragement, we couldn't do it without you.  Please join us this week in praying for:

*Gloria Fugon, who is the Manuel, Miguel, and Edwin's grandmother, just found out she has cervical cancer.  "Abuela" (grandma) as we like to call her, is a fantastic, loving, and hardworking women.  Pray that despite the news she may feel the peace of God in her life.  May she continue to stay positive and feel the love of those around her.

*Plans for Micah 2.0 are moving along.  A member of our board was here this past weekend and he and Michael spent some time looking at the architectural plans and the land.  Pray that all the legal documents and necessary steps will be completed so the land can officially be ours soon!

*Goofy Nelson, whom we all love, broke his wrist and is now sporting a nice purple cast.  He was hard at work in Villa Linda Miller and a rock fell on his arm.  Pray that he won't suffer too much pain and that his wrist will heal quickly so he can return to playing basketball!

*Hector Licona, who graduated from high school last November, is in need of a job.  With Jeremy and Marlon's help he has gone all over the city looking for work and hasn't had any success.  Pray that he may be confident of his talents and abilities and find a job that is perfect for him.  May he remain faithful and trust in God that he will provide a job when the time is right.

*Praise God that Danilo has recovered from Dengue and is feeling a lot better!

*This week we have a group here from Brian Wiggs' church, Gracepoint in Portland, Oregon.  They are working on building a house for Ana, leading vacation bible school in Villa Linda Miller, visiting the streets, AFE, the dump, and just hanging out with the boys.  It has been great to get to know them and have them around this week.  Pray that the rest of their time here will go smoothly, that all will remain healthy, and that they may learn and grow as you would have them do.

Thanks again for your prayers and encouragement.  God's blessings to you!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Prayer Requests: July 26

Good morning to all!  We thank all of you for your continued prayer, support, and encouragement.  This week we ask that you join us in lifting up the following areas to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

*Wednesday evening the Rotary Club of Tegucigalpa will be meeting and The Micah Project will be the main focus.  Brian Wiggs will be presenting The Micah Project to this group of upper class business people, many of whom have probably never interacted with street kids before. Several of the older graduates will be there as well.  Pray that the Holy Spirit may speak through Brian and that more people may become aware of The Micah Project and what we are all about.

*Brian Wiggs will be returning to Honduras today, but the rest of his family, Natasha, Brian James, and Michael will remain in Oregon for a while longer.  After being home for awhile it became evident that the boys are struggling far more than they were aware of.  As a family they will begin intensive counseling this week.  When everyone feels that it is okay they will return to Honduras.  Pray that they may find healing and that they may be able to see God's path thru the fogginess they are in right now.

*Danilo was recently diagnosed with Dengue Fever.  He has had to go to the hospital a few times for IVs.  He has a fever, muscle and joint pain, and feels very tired.  Pray that he may recover quickly and return to his job with Proyecto Manuelito.

*Maycol Meza has been back in Tegucigalpa for a few weeks now.  Last Monday he started university and is taking 3 classes.  So far he seems to really enjoy it.  Pray that his transition back and into the Timothy House would continue to go smoothly, that he would do well in his classes, and that he would continue to apply all that he learned in Guatemala to his life here.

*Hauner is feeling a lot better! He is back to his normal funny, goofy self.

*Despite past conflicts and struggles Axel Lopez continues to move forward in the right direction.  He has had a better attitude and has been more focused in classes.

*During our Sunday night meeting we were able to skype with Brayan Chavez, who is in Costa Rica.  The little guys (or "Los Pequeños Gigantes" as they call themselves) loved being able to "see" him and chat with him for awhile.  It was a great encouragement to all to hear from him.  He has made some new friends and is enjoying life with YWAM in CR.

We thank the Lord for the precious lives that he has given us and the work that he has called us to do.  Even when the going gets tough we know that He is right there beside us, every step of the way.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Prayer Requests: July 19

Buenos dias! This week we ask you to join us in prayer for the following:

*Hauner Amaya has been sick since for about a month now with a sore throat and achy body.  He has been to the doctor several times and may need to have his tonsils removed.  Pray for healing and that the doctors may figure out what is wrong with him so he may feel better soon and return to his normal self. 

*Marvincito is almost done with his second month of rehab.  However, lately he has been struggling with things of his past. He has come very far from where he was a few months ago, living on the streets and involved with gangs.  Pray that he may be strong, that he may feel loved by God and others, and that he may continue his path of healing and restoration.  

*Joel Oliver arrived to Micah on Saturday.  He is from Georgia and is working on his masters degree.  He will be with us for a few weeks giving the boys guitar lessons and getting to know the project.  We are thankful he is here and willing to share his talents with us.

*Ginny, Becca's mom, also arrived this past weekend.  She will be spending a few weeks with us.  We are always thankful when family comes to visit! 

*Wendy, one of our Honduran teachers, gave birth to a healthy baby boy last week! Praise God for new life and that mom and baby are doing well.  (Hopefully soon we will have a picture of the new little one!) 

Thank you so much for your faithful prayers, support and love. They are greatly appreciated!!  Our God has greatly blessed us and we are very thankful! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Prayer Requests: June 28

Hello friends and family of the Micah Project! This week we ask you to join us in praying for the following:

*Brayan Chavez
John Bell and Brayan are traveling to San Jose, Costa Rica to get Brayan all set up and settled in with his YWAM program.  Pray for safe travels for them.  Pray for strength, wisdom, and peace for Brayan.  May this be a time for growth and learning for him.  May God reveal His great and glorious plan for his life.

*Oscar Amaya
Oscar is currently working a camp called Honey Rock, which is located in Wisconsin and is associated with Wheaton College.  Pray for energy and strength as he puts in lots of hours at camp.  May God be preparing him for his transition to Wheaton in the fall.

*Micah 2.0
Today Michael and Marlon are meeting with a lawyer to discuss the plans and process of the new land.  Pray for guidance and that God's will may be done.  We are excited to begin the building process soon!

* For the smiles, laughter, and joy that the boys bring to our lives and to the lives of those around them.

*That the boys who went to church camp this weekend had a fun and safe experience while learning more about our wonderful Savior.  May they continue to put into practice all that they learned.

We praise and thank our Heavenly Father that He is always there for us.  He was, He is, and He always will be.  We are thankful for all of your prayers and support! God's blessings!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dear friends and family,

Greetings from a hot, humid, and rainy Tegucigalpa!  We have had a few busy months here, but our weekly prayer requests and praises are up and running again! We ask that you join us in praying for the following areas:

*The elementary students
They are finishing up their second quarter of school this week and have exams every day.  Pray that they may focus, study hard, and do their best.

*Micah 2.0 
Continued prayers on the plans and development for the new land.  Last week we were able to show our visitors the new land and it was great to envision what the place will look like. 

*Safe travels for the staff
Several of the Micah staff members will be traveling during the next few weeks. Pray for safety and protection in their travels, as well as rest and relaxation and quality time with family and friends.

We also ask that you join us in giving thanks to God for He is good!

We were blessed to have a small group from FPC in Houston, TX visit us this past weekend. We have also had 4 girls from West Virginia visiting us since last week.  It's great to have old friends visit, as well as to make new ones.  We are thankful for the joy and encouragement they brought. 

We have had many months of stability in the house.  The boys are working hard to move forward and make positive steps in their lives.  We pray that the boys may continue to grow and mature into the young men God has called them to be. 

Brayan Chavez was accepted into a YWAM program in Costa Rica and will be leaving at the end of this month.
Juan Carlos Ortiz started a new job this week at a car wash (where Brayan Chavez put in lots of hours of hard work.)
Continued praise for Olvin and Jarvin's graduations and the encouragement they have been to the younger guys. 

Thank you for all of your continued support, love, and prayers for the project! God's blessings to you!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Micah Project Prayer Requests

Dear Friends and Family,

Blessings and best wishes from the Micah Project! For us, the summer season has definitely set in, with sweat-inducing high temperatures every day for the past week, and extremely dusty/smoggy conditions. These days, when we aren't running around or playing, you can find us huddled in the air-conditioned computer lab or near a running fan! Despite the heat, we are staying active and doing our best to keep our guys busy. We have been reminded again of the growing crime in Tegucigalpa, as several staff members were involved in robberies on the streets near Micah in the last few weeks, but we are thankful that any losses were only material. Thank you for your prayers for us as we seek to minister to the guys and our neighbors in the midst of so much darkness. This week, please especially be praying for us in these areas:

* Axel Lopez
Axel has continued to struggle over the past week. Please be praying for this young man as he works to stay on a forward path and fight against the darkness of his past. Please also pray that instead of running, that Axel would turn to the Lord for healing.

* Safety in our neighborhood
After the robberies of the past week, we have been extra careful in our neighborhood. Please be praying for safety for the Micah staff as we travel between our homes and the Micah Project, as well as throughout the city. Also, please be praying for peace of mind for us as we continue to live our lives here in Barrio Buenos Aires.

* Safety in the city
Last week saw large and sometimes violent political demonstrations in Tegucigalpa. Several of the main streets in Tegus were shut down on a daily basis and regular activities have been disrupted. Please be praying for peace in the city, and that those who have been protesting (mainly teachers who have been on strike and members of la resistencia, a radical political movement) would be able to reconcile and settle peacefully with the government.  It is the students of the public school system who are mainly being affected, as their classes are continually canceled.

* Peace in the Micah Project
Michael has been in the United States this past week and will be gone until next Thursday. We are grateful that he is able to find some time to visit friends and family! While Michael is the US, please pray for peace here in the Micah Project. We are so thankful for the stability of the boys right now, and are enjoying a good period of routine and activities.

* And, of course, PRAISES!!
- For Oscar Amaya's acceptance at Wheaton College for fall of 2011 and for the full-ride scholarship that he has received. Wheaton is a very academically challenging Christian university - and one that rarely gives out large scholarships. Praise the Lord for providing so bountifully for Oscar!!  He has proven himself ready for the challenge, as he has done amazingly well at Houston Community College for the past year and a half.
- Despite several robberies of staff members, no one has been physically harmed. Praise the Lord for keeping us safe!
- For fun times with the Micah guys. We praise the Lord for giving a wonderful (although often challenging) and joyful ministry!!
- For "Paco," the new Micah van. It is so much easier to move about the city now that we actually have enough seats for everyone, with two vans!!
- For wonderful friends!! Thank you to all of you who so consistently support and encourage us!

This has been a challenging week for our city, but we are thankful to have been protected by the Lord and always encouraged to see the guys continuing to grow. Thank all of you for your prayers and we will be continuing to update all of you on our lives here in Tegucigalpa!!

David Hawthorne (on behalf of the Micah Project)