Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Prayer Requests November 6

Good morning friends and family of the Micah Project!  This week we ask you to join us in lifting up the following things to our Heavenly Father:

- We were blessed to have Adrian Despres of Kingdom Builders Ministries with us for our Sunday night worship.  He shared part of his testimony and delivered a powerful and challenging message about living passionately for Christ.  We pray that our boys were impacted by his words and encouraged to live out their faith and love for Christ with passion.

-This week is exam week at the Micah house.  Keep all of our boys in your prayers as they study hard and take exams.  May they remember all that they have learned and do their best, giving all the glory to God!

-With school coming to an end we will soon be entering our vacation period.  During this time the majority of the boys will go to work on Micah 2.0 several days a week.  We are also looking for jobs for a few of the older boys.  Pray for direction for us as a staff as we plan the next few months as well as search for jobs for the older boys.

- We praise our Lord for how the work on Micah 2.0 is moving along.  The boys have done their fair share of work on digging the foundation, filling in the foundation, and cutting grass.  We are thankful for all our prayers and support in regards to Micah 2.0.  Soon work will begin on raising the walls of the new Micah house!

-The Lord continues to keep us staff and boys safe in this dangerous world that we live in and we pray that He will continue to protect us and keep us from any harm and danger.

As always we are so thankful for your generous outpouring of love, prayers, and support for the Micah boys and staff.
Grace and Peace.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Prayer Requests: October 16

Greetings from Tegucigalpa! Join us this week in praying for the following:

-We praise our Heavenly Father because even though we live in a city full of danger, violence, and evil He has keep us safe from harm and danger.  As His word promises in Psalm 18:2 "The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."  We put our trust in Him that He will continue to protect us as we go about our lives here.

-Things continue to progress rapidly on Micah 2.0.  Work has begun on the foundation and we are hoping to start laying bricks next week! The boys are currently working out on the land two days a week,  some helping to dig and others cutting grass.  We are so thankful for how things are moving forward!

-Our school year is winding down to a close.  We have three more weeks of classes and then exams.  The boys are anxious for school to be done.  This week the five sixth grade students will be taking their hymn test that is required to graduate.  Pray that they may remember all the words (of the 7 stanzas and explanations!) and do well on the exam.  May all the boys be focused and motivated to finish the school year well.  

-Michael will be traveling to Houston later this week to participate in several important dinners during which he will be presenting the Micah Project.  Pray for safe travels for him and all others that will be traveling.  Also that his presentations will go well and that many people will be impacted by the Micah story.  May it be a blessed time of sharing.

We thank you so much for your love and prayers! We couldn't do it without your support!
Grace and Peace. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Prayer Requests: October 2

Hello dear friends and family of the Micah Project!

-We come before you this day with hearts heavy for what happened in our neighborhood last night.  As you know from our Facebook post there was a shooting just outside of Micah.  A 15 year old  boy named Erick (not the one who used to live at Micah) was murdered about fifty feet from the front door of the Micah House.  Erick was a boy that we knew for many years who grew up about three doors down from Micah.  Unfortunately, in this last year, he had gotten mixed up with some of the dangerous elements in our neighborhood, and, apparently, he crossed the wrong person.  Most of our boys knew Erick as an acquaintance, and a few are quite upset.  Please pray for the continued safety of the Micah boys and staff.   We have cut down the amount of time the boys can be out on their own after dinner.  Ironically, lately we have been telling them that they must stay on the street in front of the Micah House if they are going to be out between 6 and 8.  That is exactly where the shooting happened.  I have seen SO CLEARLY God's divine protection of the Micah family during these last, violent years in Honduras.  I know that the prayers of the body of Christ are a HUGE part of that!

-This past weekend Juan Carlos Ortiz moved into the Timothy House.  He will be finishing up his high school degree next year.  Pray for him as he transitions into the house and that he may get along well with the other boys.  We are proud of him and his maturity and that he is making steps in the right direction.  May God continue to work in his life and transform him.

-Maycol Meza traveled to the US, Houston specifically, on Monday and will be there for the next month or so.  He will be sharing his life and testimony with various groups of people.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will give him the right words to speak and that his story may be a blessing to others.  May he enjoy his time there and stay safe as well. 

- Most of the teachers and staff will be heading to Tela this coming weekend for little vacation and fellowship.  Pray for safe travels there and back and that a good time will be had by all.  May it be a fun time of rest, relaxation, and fellowship among everyone.  We are so thankful for our dedicated teachers and staff that are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty and follow God's will.  

Thank you for your continuous prayers and encouragement! 
Grace and Peace. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Prayer Requests: September 25

Good morning dear friends and family, join us this week in lifting up the following petitions to our Heavenly Father:

-We are very excited and thankful that the construction process has begun on Micah 2.0!  Last week a bulldozer rolled onto the property to begin clearing the land and digging the foundation for the Micah house.  This step has been a long time coming and we praise God that things are moving forward with Micah 2.0.

-David Almendarez is graduating from university in Costa Rica this week!  He will be graduating with a degree in Psychology.  We are so proud of David and all that he has accomplished.  We look forward to what the Lord has in store for his future.  He continues to work at the Manuelito Project as a mentor and teacher.

-With only a few weeks left in the school year the boys are anxious to finish classes.  Pray that they may continue to try their best and give their all in the final weeks of the school year.  May they be motivated with their studies and focus on finishing out the school year strong.

-Also keep the staff in your prayers as we deal with different situations going on at the house.  May God provide us with the patience, wisdom, strength, and discernment we need to continue doing His will and raising these crazy teenage boys.

Thanks so much for your love, prayers, and encouragement!
Grace and Peace.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Prayer Requests: September 19

Good morning from Tegucigalpa!  Things are busy are here, as we spent the last few days on the north coast of Honduras and have been enjoying having Becca around for a few days!  Take a few moments and join us in lifting up the following petitions to our Heavenly Father who is Lord of all:

-We had a fantastic trip to the north coast this weekend.  It was a great opportunity to get the boys out of the city for a few days and to experience the beautiful creation God has blessed us with- the sandy beaches, ocean, huge mountains, and beautiful skies and sunsets.  We praise the Lord for keeping us safe in all of our travels and activities.

-During our time in La Ceiba we able to visit our friend Kate and Hector Licona who recently opened a drop-in center for street kids.  Our boys were able to share their testimonies and even some songs with the street kids there.  It was a great time fellowship, pizza, and of course soccer! We are so thankful for the ways that the Lord is working in our boys' lives and that they can be a testimony to others that we can't do it without Christ at the center of our lives.

-Continue to keep Axel Lopez and Davidcito in your prayers as they are both living at home now.  Pray that the Lord may continue to work in the hearts and lives and transform them.  May the Lord protect them and keep them from any harm or danger.  Pray for wisdom and guidance to make wise decisions.

-We are in the process of evaluating and modifying our street outreach ministry that takes place on Friday afternoons.  The number of attendees has risen over the past few months and we are figuring out how best to reach the people in attendance, whether baby, child, teenager, or adult.  We ask for prayer for discernment and wisdom as we work to serve the least of these.

We thank you for your continuous love, support, and prayers that you send our way.  We are so grateful that you are part of the Micah family.
Grace and Peace.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Prayer Requests: September 11

Buenos dias friends and family of the Micah Project!  Thanks for your prayers and encouragements, they really mean a lot to us!  This week please pray with us for the following:

-Over the weekend Hectorcito suffered the loss of his father due to a heart attack.  It was a sudden and unexpected death and his father was his last remaining immediate family member.  Hector has suffered so much loss in his life.  Continue to keep him in your prayers.  May he experience the peace and comfort that comes from our Heavenly Father.  May the boys and staff continue to show love and support to Hector in his time of great loss.

-Becca is coming to visit this week!  We are excited to have her with us for a little while.  She will be accompanying us to La Ceiba this weekend for the boys soccer tournament.  Pray for safe travels for us this weekend and may fun be had by all!

-We are excited to celebrate the completion of the adoption that Matt and Amy Darr have been working on for over a year.  (Matt worked with Micah in 2004 and helped to open the Timothy House.)   After spending most of August in Honduras working on paperwork, they were finally able to take their little baby girl Lily home to St. Louis just a few days ago.

-Yeison Pavon is celebrating his 19th birthday this week (Sep. 10)! Happy birthday Yeison! We are very proud of him and his accomplishments.  He continues to do well in school and will be graduating next year.  Pray that the Lord will continue to use Yeison and shape him into a fine, young Christian leader.

-Marvin Morazon has been in Portland for a few weeks now and is settling into his life there. Soon he will begin classes at PCC. Pray that he will be dedicated and motivated with his studies.

We are so thankful for your outpourings of love, prayers, and support!
Grace and Peace.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Prayer Requests: August 28

Good morning from the Micah Project! This week join us in lifting up the following petitions to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

-Last week Michael, Marlon, our engineer, and a few others met to discuss our building permit process for Micah 2.0.  Things are moving along and hopefully in the next two weeks we will have our permit and will be able to break ground! Pray that all will go according to God's plan.

-This Wednesday Michael is heading to St. Louis for a week.  He will be joined by John and Becca, Marvin Morazon, Oscar Amaya, as well as many Micah friends and family.  The reason for the gathering is the first annual Labor of Love 5K run in St. Louis.  We are thankful for all those who have helped to organize this event and for all those who are going to participate in the run/walk.  We pray that this may be a blessed time and that many people may learn more about the Micah Project through this event.  We also pray for safe travels for all those traveling to the event.

-John and Becca finally arrived in Denver, CO last week and are settling into their new apartment and life there.  John started classes at the seminary this week.  Continue to keep them in your prayers as they adjust to a new living environment, schedule, and life style of living in the US.

-As Psalm 147 says "Praise the Lord.  How good it it to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! ... Great is our Lord and mighty in power!"  We do give praise to the Lord for he has kept us safe in our increasingly dangerous neighborhood and city.  He has provided for our needs and also kept us healthy.

Gracias for all of your love and encouragement!
Grace and Peace.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Prayer Requests: August 14

Good morning dear friends and family of the Micah Project!  Join us in praying for the following things this week:

-We were very saddened this past weekend that David left the Micah Project.  We first met David on the streets in 2009, and in 2010, he joined the Micah House.  After some initial struggles with yellow glue, he had been stable in the Micah House since October of 2010.  Sadly, he came from a family with strong ties to the illicit drug trade, and despite hearing the truth and seeing it lived out daily here at Micah, he was constantly pressured to rejoin that lifestyle.  He constantly walked that line between light and darkness, and was never able to choose Light.  Finally, this past weekend, through some threats he made towards other Micah boys, we discovered that he indeed had chosen to go back to his old lifestyle.    He was actually jailed briefly over the weekend because he was in possession of an illegal firearm, but was released to his mom’s custody.  His mom is a very poor woman who lives in a small room near the outdoor market district.  Although David is currently living with her, she has little authority over him.   Please pray that he would come to understand that the richness of God’s love FAR surpasses any riches that you can earn on the streets!

-Last week Hector Licona's younger sister passed away unexpectedly.  Hector was able to come to Tegucigalpa (from La Ceiba) to be with his family during this difficult time.  We ask for prayers for Hector and his family, his younger brother Jose Luis is studying at Micah this year.  May God grant them peace and understanding as they process their sisters death.
-We are very thankful for the new job that David Almendarez has at the Manuelito Project.  He graduated with a Psychology degree which helps in his position at Manuelito.  David teaches some classes, plans activities for the boys, and helps with the everyday running of the project.  May God continue to use him to be a light to all those around.  

-Pedro Luis will be returning to Honduras this week (Friday August 17th)!  He has been missed greatly and we are excited to have him back with our big crazy family again.  Pray for safe travels for him this week and that his transition back to living at Micah and in Honduras may go well.  May he feel confident and comfortable to be able to share his experiences with the other boys.

Thanks you SO MUCH for your continuous love, prayers, and encouragement that you send our way.
Grace and Peace. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Prayer Requests: August 7

Hello! Wow, I can't believe it's August already- this year is flying by! Life continues to be busy as usual at the Micah Project.  Take a few minutes and join us in praying for the following:

-Olvin Funez is heading to Egypt today (Tuesday August 7), via Houston, TX.  He was asked to join a group from First Presbyterian Church Houston that is going to do mission work there.  We pray for safe travels and health for Olvin and the group.  May this be a blessed time of growth and may the hearts of everyone involved be open and willing to learn what the Lord desires to teach them through their experiences.  May Olvin enjoy being able to spend time with his friends from Houston.

-Continue to keep John and Becca (and Mocha and Macky) in your prayers as they adjust to life in the states.  In the upcoming weeks they will be traveling, visiting family and friends, before settling in Denver later this month.  May God give them the wisdom, strength, and guidance they need.  May they feel loved by all of us here and by their friends and family in the states.

-Our school year is slowly winding down, well there are still three months left, but we are beginning to talk about final grades, recuperation tests, and graduation.  We are so thankful to all of our teachers and all of their hard work, time, and dedication they have given to Micah.  We are especially thankful to our friend, and now co-worker, Joaquin.  He started attending our Sunday night worship time with Eduardo Barahona awhile ago and recently took over a few classes for us.  What a blessing he has been!  The boys love having someone else to hang out with and play soccer with.

-We are still anxiously awaiting our building permit to get started on Micah 2.0 buildings.  Soon hopefully!

Once again we thank you for your love and encouragement.  May God bless you and your families this week.
Grace and Peace.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Prayer Requests: July 31

Hello dear friends and family of the Micah Project!  Things have been a little crazy around here, well really what week isn't a little crazy around the Micah House! Join us this week in lifting up the following petitions to our Heavenly Father:

-Praise the Lord Marvin Morazon received his Visa! He is still working on figuring out details, but will most likely be traveling to the US (to Oregon) in early August.  His classes at Portland Community College will begin in September.  Keep Marvin in your prayers as he begins another chapter of his life and transitions to living and going to school in the US.

-This week our dear friends John and Becca Bell (as well as Mocha and Macky) will be moving to the US.  John will be studying at the Denver Seminary and Becca will be working as a US representative of the Micah Project.  We are sad to see them go but know that the Lord has great plans to use them in Denver. May they continue to shine and share God's love with everyone they come in contact with.  Pray for peace and strength and wisdom for them in this time of transition.  Also keep the rest of the Micah staff and boys in your prayers as we transition as well.  For some of the staff members this means taking on new roles and responsibilities.  Pray for guidance and strength for us as well.

-Last week for our "Day of Light" activity we helped Ana move furniture and things into her new house in Villa Linda Miller.  Ana has been such a huge part of Micah since 2000 and it is great to be able to bless her with this house.  (She has been living in one of the most dangerous parts of the city and is a single mom raising two kids.)  Ana was overwhelmed with joy at seeing her new house and is excited to finish moving in soon!

- We are still waiting for our building permit to break ground for Micah 2.0.  Pray that this may come through soon!

We thank and praise you for your continuous love, support, and prayers that you send our way.  We are so grateful for all of you!
Grace and Peace.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Prayer Requests: July 17

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

-The Micah boys continue to work out on the new land every week.  They are making great progress.  We are still anxiously awaiting the building permit.  Pray that the permit will come through soon, as we are excited to start building!

-Next week Monday Marvin Morazon has his Visa interview.  He has been accepted to Portland Community College in Oregon and is looking forward to moving to the states in the next month or so, God willing.  May he not feel anxious or nervous about the interview and know that everything is in the Lord's hands.

-This past weekend we were able to spend some time with friends from another ministry, Links of Hope.  We had a mini-talent night during which some of our boys performed the songs they have written.  It was a great evening of worship and fellowship!

-Danilo, one of the boys from the first Micah generation, as started learning the ropes of staying the night at Micah.  This will allow Michael more time to rest as well as work on things for Micah 2.0.  So far the boys have done a pretty good job of being respectful and obedient to Danilo.  Soon he will be staying the nights by himself.  We are proud of him and it's neat to see him giving back to Micah.

We thank you for your continuous love, support, and prayers that you pour out for us.  We couldn't do it without a great family that is behind us every step of the way.
Grace and Peace.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Story of Hope

A Story of Hope-  written by Micah staff member Stephen Kusmer

Stephen and Luis Fernando last year
at street soccer. 
The first memories I have of Luis Fernando are of him begging for money in the downtown area of Tegucigalpa.  Like the other street kids there, he was often times inhaling glue or paint thinner.  At first I always recognized him by the huge scar that he has along one side of his face.  Later on, he began to ask me if I could help him start up a chiclera so he could earn some money selling gum and other candies.  In those first encounters, I had no idea the journey that God would take us on.  I had no idea that this 16-year-old street guy who I only knew as "the kid with a scar who wants to start a chiclera" would end up becoming a close friend and truly like a brother to me.

The truth is, I find myself having to strain to remember when I think back to those first memories.  Although I have known Luis Fernando for less than a year, it seems like years have gone by with all that has happened!  So many conversations, so many tears, so many setbacks, so many prayers, so many days of desperation.  And yet, through all of it, God has done something incredible in Luis Fernando's life.  That is the story of hope that I want to share with you.

When God first laid it on my heart to disciple Luis Fernando, I wasn't quite sure what that would look like or entail.  But I simply started by seeking him out on the streets and at our street soccer ministry.  Soon after, I began meeting up one-on-one with him and talking more, usually over a bite to eat; I would just say the day, time, and place and he would always show up.  It wasn't long before I got to know more of his story--the neglect he felt as a child, the instability and rejection of being sent from one street kid center to another, the pain of never knowing his father growing up, and the harsh reality of having to embrace the streets as "home."  In one of those first few meetings I had with Luis Fernando, I asked him what his goals for the year were.  He wrote down the following: 1) Seek God. 2) Quit using drugs. 3) Start up a chiclera. 4) Find a place to live... Given that he was using multiple drugs on a daily basis, sleeping on the streets every night, surrounded by bad influences, imprisoned by the pain of his past, and bound by an instant-gratification survival mentality, I had my doubts about him ever accomplishing all these goals... 

But God is stronger and His ways are higher.

The months that followed were marked by much instability for Luis Fernando.  Of all the injustices that he has faced in his life, I believe that his story is most deeply marked by his fatherlessness.  At several instances he reached a point of emotional crisis, where the anguish that normally laid tucked away deep in his soul came bursting out into the open.  In the more recent of these crisis, I found him lying on the street next to a nearby police station--fearful for his life, crying over and over that all he wanted to do was know who his father was, and thinking about running away to another part of the country where he could find a "fresh start."  I ended up spending almost that whole day with him, until I finally got him temporarily into another center for teenage street guys.

Then, after months of gradual change, Luis Fernando had a breakthrough!  He called me from that center's phone and shared with me the beautiful news that he'd been touched by God's love and peace, and it was radiating out of his voice in a joy that words can't describe!  He had just decided to pick up a Bible, and happened to stumble across the truth of Romans 5:8 and the incredible love that God has for us--even while were were still sinners!  His voice was quivering with joy as he shared with me, "Hoy sí tengo alegría. Ya no tengo miedo. Pueden destruir mi cuerpo, pero en mi alma hay una alegría. Ya entiendo por qué podés caminar en la calle sin miedo... Today I have true joy. I am not scared anymore. They can destroy my body, but there is joy in my soul. Now I know why you can walk the streets without fear."  He also sincerely thanked me for all my prayers for him along the way, saying how they meant so much more to him than the chiclera I helped him start.  That phone call was on the eve of my birthday, and was the best gift I could have ever received.  Luis Fernando had found his true Father.

Stephen and Luis Fernando
celebrating his birthday. 
Today Luis Fernando is earning money by washing car windows, he is drug-free, he has a good relationship with his mom (when I first met him he kept saying how he hated her and didn't consider her his mom), he is living independently in a room that he's renting, and he has a hope in Christ that is the anchor of his soul.  Just the other day I celebrated his birthday with him, and I asked him about his relationship with God; he smiled and told me, "I choose Christ, every day."  I can't express what a privilege it has been to walk alongside him this past year and see God work in his heart.  Luis Fernando's story and friendship will be forever engraved in my heart; God has brought our two radically different paths together, and the things I've seen and the lessons I've learned have forever changed me.  Glory be to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!  He is working and restoring hope in this world that is so saturated by darkness and despair!  

"In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." [John 1:4-5]

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June 12

Good morning! We just wanted to give you a quick update on things happening around Micah.

1. Pedro Luis was granted his Visa last week! Praise the Lord! He will be leaving next week with Becca Bell and traveling to St. Louis and then on to Honey Rock in Wisconsin.  We are so thankful that everything came together and that he is able to go to the US.  Pray for PL as he prepares for his trip, may he be filled with the peace of the Lord and not feel anxious or nervous.

2. Today we are having a dedication ceremony for Micah 2.0.  We pray that all may go well and that it may be a special time for the Micah community as well as the Villa Linda Miller community.  We have a group from First Presbyterian Church Houston, TX with us this week.  A few of the members will be participating in the ceremony today.  We are so thankful to have them here to share this special day with us.

 3. This week we will be officially launching our capital campaign! (more details about that to come) Pray that everything will come together and may the mission and vision of Micah 2.0 be spread!

Thank you for your prayers and support! We are excited and thankful about all the things happening  around Micah.

Grace and Peace.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Prayer Requests: June 5

Hello dear friends and family of the Micah Project! Please join us this week in lifting up the following things to our Heavenly Father:

-Mama Jo's Bakery recently signed a contract with Espresso Americano, a Starbucks type coffee shop here in Honduras.  Beginning in July they will be selling several of their products to many of the branches here in the city! They also received an order from another coffee shop, The Coffee Cup, for their cinnamon rolls.  Praise the Lord that business is booming and that they were able to get contracts with the major coffee shops.  May everything continue to operate smoothly without the direction of Natasha, as she is heading back to the states this week.  May the women step up and accomplish what they need to.

-This week we are starting some new changes in our weekly schedule.  On Mondays the boys will be going out to Micah 2.0 and working on whatever needs to be done, a great way to get them moving and to make them feel part of the process of building Micah 2.0.  The boys will also have "elective" classes twice a week where they can choose an activity that interests them (guitar, English, art, cooking, just to name a few) and develop their skills in that area.  Pray that they boys will adapt well to these changes and may they enjoy learning a new skill that could benefit them in the future.

-As we wrote last week, Pedro Luis finally received his passport. However due to complications at the bank and Embassy we have still not be able to get a visa appointment for him.   We are working with the embassy in order to hopefully get him an appointment for this week.  We know that the process is in the Lord's hands and all we can do is trust in Him and His plans.  May Pedro experience God's peace whatever the outcome may be.

-This past Sunday night we had a "family meeting" during which we expressed our concern for the boys attitudes and behaviors and challenged them to really live out the Micah goal of "forming Christian leaders in Honduras."  It was a powerful time of confession and reflection.  Our prayer is that the boys may realize the consequences of their words and actions and begin to make changes in their attitudes and daily lives that reflect their lives in Christ.  Pray for guidance, wisdom, and courage for the boys.

We thank you for fighting the good fight with us and for praying for the boys, the staff, and the ministry.  We couldn't do it without people like you supporting and encouraging us. Gracias!
Grace and Peace.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Prayer Requests: May 29

Greetings from a hot and rainy Tegucigalpa!  Please join us this week in praying for the following:

-Marlon has been working hard these past few months to get all of Pedro Luis's documents together in order for him to get a passport.  They were finally able to go to Immigration and get him a passport this week! The next step is to get a visa appointment.  We are hoping and praying that his appointment will be within the next two weeks, as he would need to be in Wisconsin at the end of June to work at Honey Rock (a camp associated with Wheaton College where he would work with the service team).  Pray that all goes well and he gets his appointment soon.

-Marvin Morazon and Hector Licona will be finishing up their time at International School in a few weeks.  Pray that they will finish out the year strong.  Hector will then be soon moving to La Ceiba to start his new job there working with street kids.  Marvin will be heading to the US (Portland, OR) later this summer to start classes at Portland community college.  Keep both of these young men in your prayers as they will be facing a lot of changes in the months to come.

-Brian, Natasha, Michael, Brian James, and Nohelia will be moving back to the states in the upcoming week.  We have been so blessed to have them here with us at Micah for the past three years.  The work they have done and the lives they have affected is immeasurable.  We are so thankful for all they have done with Micah Tech and Mama Jo's Bakery.  We are sad to see them go but we know that our Heavenly Father has great and glorious plans in store for them.  Pray for safety in their travels these next few weeks and that they may be able to appropriately deal with the culture shock they will face.  We love you Wiggs!

-The budget for Micah 2.0 is done and set!  We are planning to launch our capital campaign in just a few weeks.  Continue to keep this process and project in your prayers.
Thank you SO MUCH for your continuous love, prayers, and encouragement that you send our way.
Grace and Peace.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Prayer Requests: May 15

Dear friends and family,
We ask that you take a few minutes this week and join with us in praying for the following things:

-Our continuous prayer is for safety and security of the boys and staff as we live in an ever-increasingly dangerous neighborhood.  We are discussing the possibility of hiring someone to watch the house during the day as well as to accompany us to and from the apartments.  The Lord has protected us this far and may He continue to surround us with His guardian angels, whether in the neighborhood or out and about in the city.  We continue to trust in Him and protection.

-Jose, who is studying in Costa Rica, came last week for a short visit during his break from classes.  He will be starting a new semester this week and will be finishing up his schooling soon.  Pray that he may stay motivated and focused in his studies.  May the Lord continue to bless him and his life in Costa Rice.  We enjoyed having him around for a few days!

-Pray for mass transformation of hearts and minds for the boys of the Timothy House.  They have had some conflicts this past week and are working through some issues.  This coming weekend they will be having a spiritual retreat.  Pray that this may be a growing and learning experience for all of them.

 -Last week we had a special inauguration/dedication service for Rogers' new house in Villa Linda Miller.  After over a year of construction he was finally able to move in earlier this month.  Roger was very excited to move in and to be able to bless his family with his new house.  We are so thankful for Roger and all that he has done for Micah over the 12 years he has been with the project.

Thank you so much for your continued support, love, and encouragement, even from afar! Our God had blessed us greatly and for that we are very thankful!
Grace and Peace.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Prayer Requests: May 7

Dear friends and family,
Blessings from Tegucigalpa! This week we ask you to pray with us for the following:

*Michael is celebrating his birthday this week (May 7) and is spending a few days in Roatan with his parents.  We are so thankful for Michael and all of his hard work, passion, and dedication to the Micah Project.  May God bless him with many more years of life! Happy Birthday Michael!

*Matt and Amy Darr are visiting us this week from St. Louis.  They are in the process of adopting a Honduran baby.  It has been a long process thus far but things are going well.  Pray that the Lord will continue to provide all the necessary things and that He may prepare their family (they already have 2 of their own children) to welcome the new child into their lives.

*Axel Lopez moved back into Micah last week.  He is doing most of his studies at the sixth grade level.  We pray that he may stay focused on his studies and be motivated to do his best in school.  Living at Micah has been a little bit of an adjustment for him, compared to where he was living before (at Free The Oppressed Ministries).  May the Lord continue to work in his life and his heart to shape him into the young man He desires him to be.

* We praise the Lord that despite living in a dangerous neighborhood,  He has kept us safe under his protection and care.   Also the boys continue to be a good, stable place.  We are thankful for the ways that they are growing and maturing.

Thank you for your constant support and prayers! God's blessings to you all and may you have a great week!
Grace and Peace.
(Pictured at left are some of the kids that are involved in our street ministry.  Here they are waiting to "buy" some shoes we supplied for them. )

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Prayer Requests: April 24

Hello dear friends and family of the Micah Project!  We ask you to join us in prayer this week and lift up the following petitions to our Heavenly Father:

*As you know our barrio (neighborhood) has become progressively more dangerous in recent months.  We are doing our best to keep our boys and staff safe.  Unfortunately last week one of our boys was assaulted and had his phone taken. Thankfully he was not harmed. But due to certain circumstances and for his safety we had to send him out of the city to live with his extended family.  This has been a difficult time for him but we pray that it may also be a life-changing time for him.  May he, and all of us at Micah, learn to depend on our Savior for safety and protection.  May we remember that He is with us no matter where we go.

*This week (Thursday) Axelito will be celebrating his 14th birthday!  We are so proud of him and how much he has grown and matured in his 2 years at Micah.  He is a constant source of joy and laughter.  Keep him in your prayers as he continues to move forward and that the Lord will shape into a fine young man.

*Last Friday was the Third Annual Charles Alford Memorial Golf Classic in Houston, TX.  We are thankful for all of those who went out and played as well as those who supported them and everyone who worked hard to put the whole event together.  Thank you for your time and support for the Micah Project!  Despite the rain it looked like everyone had a great time! 

*Hector Licona has spent the last year working at International School and has done a great job there.  However, he was recently offered a job in La Ceiba working with a missionary who plans to open a drop-in center for street kids.  Hector traveled to La Ceiba a few months ago to check out her ministry and get to know the kids a little.  He has accepted the job and will disciple the boys, give devotionals, visit the kids' homes, and provide protection for Kate as she has been working by herself.  We are very excited for Hector as he begins this new chapter of his life.  He will be a great asset to Kate and her ministry to the street kids of La Ceiba. 

Thank you so much for your constant love, support, and encouragement.  We greatly appreciate it!  God's blessings to you and your families this week!
Grace and Peace. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Prayer Requests: April 17

Good morning from The Micah Project!  This week we ask that you join us in lifting up the following things to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

*Our elementary boys had their first quarter exams last week.  The majority of the boys passed their exams but there are a few who are struggling academically.  Pray that they may be more focused and motivated with their studies.  May they learn to be responsible and manage their time well.  We are going to be having "study hall" with them a few times a week to help them learn good studying habits.  Pray that those times will go well and that they boys will learn to appreciate the great gift of education that they have been given.

*The Mama Jo bakery continues to do well and make delicious baked goods.  They have been working on getting a local coffee shop chain as a client.  They have had several meetings with this client and are working through things.  This week they will have stands in one of the local malls.  Continue to keep this business and all the women involved in it in your prayers. 

*We were blessed to have a few friends from Houston visit for a day. Melody, Howard, and a new friend, Amy, stopped by Tegus on their way back to Houston.  It is always a great encouragement when friends come to visit.  Melody was able to accompany some of us to visit Axel Lopez at Free The Oppressed Ministries. Howard (who is on the Micah board) spent lots of time with Michael and Olvin working on Micah 2.0 plans.  We are grateful for their (quick) encouraging visit.

*Keep the staff in your prayers as we have had many busy, crazy, and non-normal weeks filled with lots of activities.  May the Lord give us the rest we need to continue ministering to and loving on the people we come in contact with each day. 

We are blessed to have such a wonderful "extended family" in the US who is constantly encouraging and supporting us.  Muchas Gracias!
Grace and Peace. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Prayer Requests: April 10

Greetings from Tegucigalpa! We hope that you all had a wonderful Easter! He is risen, He is risen indeed!
This week we ask you to join us in praying for the following:

*We are thankful that a safe and fun Holy Week was had by all at the Micah Project.  The boys had a great time on the beach in Amapala, playing soccer in Orica, hanging out at the Wiggs' house, and going to church on Easter Sunday.  The Timothy House guys joined the Micah House boys on a few outings and it was fun to have all of them together, since that doesn't happen too often.  The boys enjoyed a break from classes and homework too, but we are glad to be back in school and in a routine.  

*Visitors from Becca's church in West Virginia, Kathleen and her father Mike, were with us for the past few days.  They have been great encouragers and it has been fun having them around.  (They even helped to give Megan and Stephen some stick shift driving lessons!)  

*Continue to keep Micah 2.0 progress in your prayers.  We are still waiting on the building permit before we can go any further.  Hopefully it will come through soon! We are anxious to start building, but we rest in the assurance that God's plans and timing are better than ours. 

*Many of the Timothy House guys will begin new classes soon.  The last quarter was a little difficult for some of them, we pray that this quarter they will be more motivated and dedicated to their studies.  May they also learn responsibility, in regards to their studies as well as with things at the house. 

*As you many of you know Marvin Morazon had an awesome trip to the US a few weeks ago.  He has been working with the Wiggs on getting him into Portland Community College in Oregon.  Keep him in your prayers as they deal with paperwork and such.  May everything go according to God's plan. 

Thank you so much for your faithful prayers, encouragement, and support for the boys and staff of Micah. We are so grateful for all of you. God's blessings!
Grace and Peace. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Prayer Requests: March 28

Greeting from warm Tegucigalpa! I apologize for a late update, things have been a little busy lately at the Micah Project.  

*Last week and this week we were blessed to have the youth group from Central Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO with us.  We had a great time with last weeks group and are enjoying our time with this weeks group as well.  They are the first group to start building on Micah 2.0! (They helped to raise the majority of the money for the wall!)  They are making great progress on the brick wall that backs up to VLM.  The group also is spending time with the children of VLM as well as getting to know some of the street youth that we work with.  The boys have loved having the group here and are doing a great job of practicing their English.  They are a great encouragement to us and we are blessed to have them here.  Our prayer is that the youth will be moved by what the Holy Spirit is doing here and that they will be able to take what they have learned here and apply it to their lives in St. Louis.

*Along with the wall being built on Micah 2.0, the well is also being dug! Exciting steps- Praise the Lord!

*Continue to keep the Mama Jo's bakery in your prayers.  They continue to produce delicious treats that are loved by  schools, businesses, and Micah staff. Natasha and Karen are currently working with a large client that would bring in lots of orders and revenue.  Soon they will be meeting with the owner of the largest chain of coffee shops in Honduras!  Pray that these meetings will go well and that soon the bakery will have some big clients.  We are so proud of the moms, Natasha, Karen, and all others involved in this business.  

*We ask for prayers of rest, strength, and motivation for the Micah staff.  These weeks have been great but also long and draining on us staff.  As we approach Holy Week/Spring Break, several staff members will be traveling which means more responsibilities for those staff that will be here.  May God provide us with His strength needed to continue to minister to the people of Micah and Tegucigalpa.  

We thank you so much for all of your prayers, support, and encouragement!  God's blessings to you and your families! 
Grace and Peace. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Prayer Requests: March 13

Good morning and blessings from Tegucigalpa!

*Many of you have heard about or seen pictures of Raul, a neighborhood boy who has been spending lots of time with us as well as studying in fourth grade at Micah.  His mom left him in the care of a lady in our neighborhood.  She is frequently sick and can't properly care for him.  We are discussing taking him in full-time (He often asks at night if he can spend the night).  Several meetings need to happen with him, the other boys, and his care-giver.  We would also need to begin all of the legal processes.  Pray for wisdom and discernment for the staff as well as Raul.  We want to provide him with the best opportunities that we can.

*This weekend we have a youth group coming from Central Presbyterian Church in St. Louis. (They have split themselves in two groups, the other one will come the following week.)  They will be participating in our street ministry, classes, and their big project will be building the wall surrounding Micah 2.0.  Pray for them as they prepare to come down, may their hearts and minds be ready for what God has for them.  Pray for safety as well in all of their travels.

*Please keep Micah 2.0 in your prayers.  Within the next week we should have the formal plans from the architect and engineer.  We are in the process of working with the water people to get the well started.  We are also working on registering the land, which could be a long process. Pray that all these things will go smoothly.  Olvin Fuñez has been hired on to help us with Micah 2.0 things.  We are so thankful to have him on board! 

*Continue to keep Axel Lopez in your prayers.  We are happy to report that he recently completed four months at Jimmy Hughes Free The Oppressed Ministries.  Pray that he will continue to move forward with his life and take steps in the right direction.    Pray for wisdom, guidance, and peace for him.  

We are so grateful for all of our "extended family" in the U.S. - God bless you and we hope that you all have a wonderful week!!

Grace and Peace.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Prayer Requests: March 6

Good morning friends and family of the Micah Project! This week we ask that you lift up in prayer with us the following:
*We are very excited that the architect and engineer have given us the initial plans for Micah 2.0!  Soon we will begin working on the well and the wall surrounding the property.  Michael and Olvin have been hard at work with Micah 2.0 things and the capital campaign.  Pray for guidance, time, and wisdom as they work through all the necessary tasks.

*Despite a few complications Marvin Morazon got his (5 year) Visa to travel to the US! He sure had a great trip to Oregon.  He was able to visit some Micah friends, speak at a few gatherings, perform some of his songs with another singer/rapper, see snow, and bring joy to all those he came in contact with.  

*We are thankful that Danilo has found a new job.  He is working with another ministry that reaches out to street kids.  Pray that all will go well with this job and that he will be able to use his many talents there.  Also Daniel Benitez is really enjoying his job working with coffee crops out in eastern Honduras.  We are happy to hear that he is doing well.  May God continue to lead these two young gentlemen in His paths.  May their work be for His glory.

*Pedro Luis was accepted to work at Honey Rock, a camp connected to Wheaton College, this summer! It will be such a great opportunity for growth and maturity for P.L.  Marlon is in the process of getting all of his documents together, but his father's death certificate is hard to find and is a necessity in getting a passport.  Pray that all will come together with getting his passport and then a visa.  It can be a long, stressful process.

*Continue to keep the people of the market area in your prayers.  The government has begun working on cleaning up the parts that were burned, but there is still lots of work to be done.  They are also trying to figure out how to replace all the lost belongings, stands, and jobs.  

We thank you so much for your prayers and support that you have given us!
Grace and Peace. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Prayer Requests: February 21

Greetings from the Micah Project! It is starting to get warmer here as we approach the summer season. We pause and take a few moments to share our prayer requests with you:

*As many of you may have heard, Honduras suffered two huge fires within the past week.  First, in the prison in Comayagua where almost 400 lives were lost.  Then this past Saturday the downtown market(where most of the street people live and work) went up in flames. According to reports no lives were lost and there were only a few injures.  But so many lives were affected by the fire, with all the stands and belongings burning to the ground. Pray for the hundreds of people whose lives were changed by the fire.  May they be able to find some glimmer of hope among much loss. 

*Marvin got his visa to go to the US! Praise the Lord! Hopefully all goes according to plan and he actually gets the documents he needs to travel this week.  May he be a light to all he meets during his time in the states.

*Michael is back after spending a few days in the states visiting some doctors regarding his back.  Continue to keep him in your prayers as he rests and recovers.  May he be able to get the rest he needs.

*Darwin Pavon recently transferred to Hong Kong, from California, for his job.  He is a long way away from family and friends.  Pray that he will not feel lonely and be able to make some new friends.  May he find peace and trust in the Lord and His plans. We are so proud Darwin, his accomplishments, drive, and motivation. 

*Classes continue to go well.  May the boys keep up with their positive attitudes and motivation.
Thank you so much for your outpourings of love, prayers, and support.
Grace and Peace. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Prayer Requests: February 14

Good morning!  Happy Valentine's day to all of you! May your days be filled with lots of love and happiness!  Please join us in praying for the following:

*Michael left Sunday for Houston to visit some doctors there.  He was still experiencing a fair amount of pain and was given a shot for it, but it will take a few days to see if it works and how his body reacts.  Pray for guidance for the nurses and doctors as they work to figure out what is wrong with him.  May he be able to get the rest he needs and may God give him peace of mind.  

*This week we have a group of dentists visiting from Houston.  They have been coming for many years and it's always great to have them here! We are thankful for all the time they spent working on the teeth of the Micah boys and staff.  The rest of the week they will be working with the people of Villa Linda Miller. They also have an eye clinic and are passing out glasses to those who need them.  What a great blessing they are! 

*Marvin Morazon has applied for a visa to the US and has his interview this week. He is hoping to go to Oregon next week to meet up with Brian Wiggs and share at a few churches.  Pray that all with go smoothly with his paperwork and interview and if it is God's will, may he get his Visa. May Marvin feel at peace with whatever decision is made.  

*Emerson, the boy we mentioned last week who began studying with us, has gone through a difficult time these past few days.  We need prayers for discernment on how to best help him and what that looks like.  May we be able to reach him and help him work through some of the issues.

 *We are thankful for a great first week of school!  As a whole the boys have behaved very well and have diligently done their homework! We are glad to be off to a good start.

Thanks as always for your continuous support and dedication to the project.
Grace an Peace.