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It’s gettin’ hot in here…

30 May


So, It’s been a crazy last month to say the least.  School was out for all the kids here and the temperatures starting rising, and rising.  At first, we thought, this heat isn’t too bad, we’re from the south, we can handle it, but then the last two – three weeks came, and it was really HOT!  Several days were up to 115 degrees F.  There were reports of over 1200 people dying in this state and the one next to it, but in all likelihood, with the amount of people living in villages and tribal areas, that number is probably much higher!  We have been fortunate to finally get our a/c fixed so we can now bear the heat at night, Praise the Lord.

We have been able to take most of the kids at Ziah Mission to the city for a treat to the mall, they all wanted the same thing, to eat at Chili’s, play video games and arcades and then have dessert at dunkin donuts, which just happened to open up here about 2 months ago.

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You want to see what it looks like when dunkin donuts opens in Asia?, here is a pic!IMG_7435

We were also able to buy Ziah Mission 4 box a/c fans for their home, if we are beating the heat, we want to help others to do the same.  Thanks to our great friends at AIM, for helping with the cost, supplying $400 of the $750 of the price.  If you want to still contribute to the cost of helping these amazing kids beat the heat, please click on the 1 Path donation button on the right side of the page!

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We have been able to work with a couple more dental camps in various areas around the city, it has been a lot of fun working with local dentists and pastors helping meet the needs of the people in their communities.  One of those dentist even helped me receive an Indian Dental License, who would have thought?  I tried to thank her, but she immediately turned all the attention to God for allowing that process to go through and actually go through quickly, which is a bit of a surprise here.

About that container we had shipped with some friends last december, well, it is still stuck in customs, getting closer day by day, inch by inch.  Please keep that in prayer!  There are many things on the container that various ministries had hoped to already use to help meets the needs of the needy and share the Gospel, and then there is our stuff for our home, we sure would love to sleep in a bed again some day!

Towards the end of April we were also able to travel to a village area about 4 hours away with a local pastor here who runs a children’s home, and visit with about 15 local pastors serving in villages in that area.  We enjoyed being able to share the Gospel, share about the importance of staying in the Word, and daily prayer time.  The second day we were able to speak on church planting movements that have been going on across the world the past 20 years and what those movements looked like.  We look forward to meeting them again soon and talking more about church planting movements.IMG_7537IMG_7634

About our home, some crazy news that happened very quickly last week, we moved!  Not far, but across town about 30 minutes.  If you have been following our blog or our prayer mail out, you know Cynt has been volunteering on Mondays with a local organization going into a government childrens home working with newborns and premies.  Feeding them, holding them, changing diapers, etc.  They have many babies in this room, with usually only 2 ayahs(caregiver) who are overworked and tired. It is a pretty sad situation, babies who need so much care and support, and unfortunately haven’t been able to receive it.  We wanted to inquire about helping in some way, through fostering or adopting or whatever way we could help these babies who aren’t thriving.  We were led to another organization, Sarah’s Covenant Home, which has been doing foster care with some of the babies as well as babies with special needs, which is of course what Cynthia’s degree is in.  We have come on to help in foster care of one of their homes while their foster mom is back in the states trying to reapply for her visa.  We are excited about this, and are looking forward to how we can do this on a more permanent basis in the future.  We had been told it would be better to live closer to the homes, so we had began looking without much luck at first.  We had been told by people and realtors with your budget, that is not possible in this area.  We were driving around Saturday 2 weeks ago with the whole family in tow, and were praying for God to open doors or close doors, but to do something to let us know what He wanted us to do.  Sure enough we drove up to one of the houses, and the house directly next door to the children’s home, had a ground floor just come up for rent, within our budget!  As my mission pastor Mike Megginson always says, “God shows up, and He shows off”.  And that He did, showing us a place right next to where we wanted to serve.  As we were walking up to see the apartment, Maddie said,” I can hear the babies crying!”  It has been a lot of fun seeing how excited she has been since we moved, asking each day, can we walk them, can we go hold them, can we do this or that.

We haven’t been able to do too much this week, my parents arrived last week, and we have spent this week showing around and introducing them to some of the things we have been doing.  And now they have left to head back to the states, with our kids with them!  That’s right, our daughters are headed back, in a plane right now to spend the next 5 weeks in the States, or home as they call it.  We are very excited about this adventure they are going to experience.  My parents are sending them to summer camp, then to the beach, and then I believe they will even get a quick trip to Fairhope!  We sure will miss them, but can’t wait to hear about all they get to do without us.

We want to thank all of our partners back home so much.  For anyone interested in partnering with us in fundraising, we are still short of our monthly needs to be here, around $400 or so each month, so if you are interested, we would love for you to be a financial partner with us this year.  Just click on the AIM paypal button on the right of this blog, if that covers our personal living expenses.  This journey so far in South Asia hasn’t been the easiest with all the twist and turns this country throws at you, but through it all it has helped us to rely on God, to seek Him daily and we know that He is enough, when finances are tight and stretched, when we don’t have beds or some of the other things that are in the container, when the car isn’t working, God is still good, and He is enough and we are satisfied with all the blessings He has given us.  So once again thank you so much for our prayer partners, our financial partners, our friends who allow us to be real with them, we thank our families, and most of all, we thank God as he guides us, loves us, saves us, forgives us and  uses us for His Glory.  For that, we are so thankful.

God bless,



jan blog

9 Jan

As our family prepares to move to South Asia in a few weeks, we have so much to look back on and be reminded just how faithful our Lord is. Friends and family have blessed us with jobs, cars, a home, meals, and countless other things. Our time back in the states has been productive and we’ve made some sweet memories. Our girls had been begging to see snow for about a year and we were able to take a road trip up the East Coast and go snow tubing. We also got to visit our nephew in Annapolis so the girls could see where there cousin is in school. We had a blast!

Jacob has made countless trips to and from Atlanta working on visa’s for the family.   By God’s grace, we received Jacob’s business visa this week, and hopefully by the end of today, the rest of the families visas will be in hand. We are looking forward to working within the 10/40 window.  If you are not familiar with the 10/40 window, it is an area between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude.  Many of the worlds unreached people groups lie within this geographical area.

We are headed to an area that is below 5% Christian.  In November, we travelled to this area and visited several cities and met with local pastors.  One thing that is exciting to us is that we, or anyone going to do ministry, are not starting from scratch, but we are all following God into something that He has already started.  We had a great experience seeing what God is already doing through some of His pastors over there, local people following God and doing what they can through His power to make a difference in the lives of orphans and widows and the disadvantaged.

We also were able to meet up with another American family doing some pretty cool things with the people in need there and we look forward to helping them out also, in the future.  As of right now, Americans are not allowed to legally open an orphanage.  We are excited about working alongside some existing orphanages run by locals, and helping however we can by assisting them in any capacity possible.

Through our training in the past, it was constantly pushed that we, as foreigners, should do everything we can to empower the locals.  To encourage and assist them to be everything God desires them to be.  Our vision and desire is to aid and assist locals, through education, discipleship, encouragement, meeting physical needs, and helping people learn how to make a living.  Throughout all of this,  sharing the hope and love of a Savior who loves them, who desires to forgive them and restore them into an intimate relationship with Himself.

During our visit we were introduced to a few individuals in the medical and dental professions who we will potentially  partner with to do medical/dental camps.  These camps will be held in unreached villages as a way to share the Gospel and plant churches.  The area which we will be going has many needs, and we know we are not the solution.  People cannot change a country, but we have an almighty Creator God who can change a lives, communities, and nations.

As we prepare to move to the other side of the world we ask that you keep our family and 1 Path in your prayers.  Pray specifically for our health, wisdom as we begin to immerse ourselves into a new culture, and that our hearts will be prepared as we take this next step in obedience to where God is leading. Without your prayers and support, none of this would be possible.

Maddie and Myra enjoying the snow!

Maddie and Myra enjoying the snow!

Josh and the girls and the Naval Academy.

Josh and the girls and the Naval Academy.

A widow and her 2 daughters who lived in one of the villages we hope to work with.

A widow and her 2 daughters who lived in one of the villages we hope to work with.

A widow who was grateful to have visitors.  She is a grandmother raising her 7 grandchildren.

A widow who was grateful to have visitors. She is a grandmother raising her 7 grandchildren.

A local pastor and his wife who run a children's home.  We are excited about partnering with them.

A local pastor and his wife who run a children’s home. We are excited about partnering with them.

Three weeks in!

22 Jun


     It has been a blessed 21 days so far in the mountains of Honduras with our family. There have been a lot of surprises so far, some great ones, and some not so good ones. We discovered that evidently scorpions really like Maddie, as she has been stung twice so far. Fortunately the scorpions here aren’t deadly, just carry a painful sting. Funny though is that after the first hysterical fit, and rightly so, the second bite happened and she walked into our room, woke us up and said I think I got stung again by a scorpion, will you come kill it. So we marched in at 3 in the morning, found the scorpion in the sheets next to Myra, and squashed it.

    We miss our friends and our families very much. We also miss a/c a lot :). I miss 5 guys burgers and fries, Panini Pete’s, and hash browns from waffle house. Our kids miss their friends, candy, and chik-fil-a. But saying all that, we are so grateful to God that the transition has gone amazingly well. All these things didn’t catch us by surprise. Of course our friends and family would be missed, it happened when we moved from Birmingham to Columbus, and from Columbus to Fairhope, but through each move, God always provided for us through enduring friendships and with new friendships. Friends are never replaced, but God adds new friends to the fold which we have always been grateful for. Of course, if you are friends with me on Facebook, you would know I love to eat good food and some of my favorites I definitely miss.  That is not to say food here isn’t delicious, it definitely has been and we are surrounded with some great Honduran cooks!

     As we have begun this journey, the biggest thing we have held onto is Gods promises. He doesn’t promise us that change is going to be easy, that everything will be successful and there will never be any hiccups along the road. –(James 1:2, 3 HCSB) Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. —  Just ask John the Baptist how his life turned out after leading the way for Jesus. Or ask Peter, Paul, and Stephen and many others how following God worked out for them. But they continued to hold tight to His promises, and they knew that God would not turn from them, and He would carry them through everything. They knew that the glory of Jesus was worth everything!–(Isaiah 43:2 HCSB) I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and [when you pass] through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you. –(Deuteronomy 31:6, 8 HCSB) Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.”… The Lord is the One who will go before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.” –Now, we aren’t implying that what we are doing is anything compared to them, just using their example of trusting in Christ through hardships. We have felt God’s love through everything, through fun times and through the challenging times. We have felt His presence and have not doubted Gods plan for us.

     The kids have had fun seeing us more often than when we were back in the states. They have enjoyed the kids here at the orphanage and the local kids in the village.

There are two other volunteer families here that 3 young children ages 2,2,and 1 and they have loved playing with them. If you know my Maddieboo, you know that the first thing she wants to do is pick up every young child and carry them around, and she has gotten plenty of that.

     It’s been great being accepted by everyone here from the Americans to the Honduran families. The Honduran workers try their best to communicate with us, but usually it ends with everyone laughing at each other. They try their best to teach us the language, but we must try harder to learn their language, after all, we are here on their turf, it’s our duty to learn their language and culture as best as we can. They have already taught us so much, how to take care of their farm animals, (sheep, cows, pigs, chickens) how to use the cow milk to make yogurt and cheese, how to make peanut butter etc. we will try to do a self-sustainability blog in the future to show some of the things we at GiveHope2Kids orphanage are doing to try and not rely on money from the US and try to do everything we can here to produce food and materials here. Also learning how to do quickbooks and PayPal has gone well. As we have said before, our main goal is to be here for 2 years and help out wherever we can, show the love of Christ everyday, and learn everything we can about running an orphanage. Don’t know  how much help we have been, or if we have truly shown the love of Christ to those we meet everyday, but we have definitely learned a lot in these 3 quick weeks.

     The coolest thing of all though, is at several different times we have been able to stand back and just watch the kids interact with each other and with the volunteers and see the joy they have, a joy that probably wasn’t there 2 years ago before they came. They now they are loved, they are provided for with clothes, education, food, and fun things to do, but most importantly they have been taught about our Savior Jesus, the only true hope there is. 

     –(Romans 15:13 HCSB) Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  We are looking forward to having 5 more kids in the next week or two and we are excited to see how God works in there lives and produces an everlasting HOPE

My Story

23 Feb

Cynthia gave a little of her background a couple of weeks ago, so I’ll give a little of mine and how I got here. My mom had me at a young age and before I was born, my biological father left her and me. Most of my early years, she raised me all by herself.  Being a boy, of course I always wanted a father. I can remember at an early age praying to God that he would give me a father.
Psalm 68:5-6 says Father to the fatherless, defender of widows— this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy…  Psalm 139:13-16 says For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
These two verses over the past couple of years have really stood out to me and spoken to me about our relationship with our heavenly Father. It speaks to me of a God who wants to be our father, who desires to “adopt” us into His family.
Our heavenly Father did adopt me into His family in seventh grade, and amazingly enough my mom got married to my step father that same year. Several months later he also adopted me as his very own.  In the process of a very short amount of time, I experienced 2 adoptions, one earthly and one heavenly. So it shouldn’t be much shock to come to know that I have a huge desire to work with kids without parents, orphaned kids. To not only work in an orphanage setting, but to be able to introduce them and tell them about their heavenly Father. A Father who has been with them from the beginning, who will not leave them or forsake them. A Father that knows these kids were created for a purpose, a purpose to live a life devoted to Him.
Now, don’t let me over exaggerate my childhood. I had a mom who never once made me think I was a mistake or a regret. She raised me and loved me as if she had always planned for my life. I had a set of grandparents who were always there for me when my mom needed any help and loved me as if I was there on. I had a step dad who adopted me as his own and never once treated me as if I was not and became my earthly father. And I have an eternal Father who knit me together in my mothers womb, who loves me enough to send His son Jesus to die on the Cross for my and our sins. I don’t believe that God causes all the hurts in our life, but I do believe He refuses to waste any of them. He wants to use our hurts and how He redeemed them to further His Kingdom. James 1:27 is one of my favorite verses :Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (James 1:27 NIV)