In our last newsletter we shared that Jimmy was in the states helping care for his brother. On August 8, Jimmy's brother, Danny, went to be with the Lord. We are forever grateful for an organization like BMDMI who allows missionaries to be in the states for times such as these. At the service for Danny, Jimmy read from Ecclesiastes 4 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. Indeed, friendship is a rare gift from God. We want to thank Baptist Medical and Dental Missions International and our fellow missionaries for picking us up during a difficult time.
The words of our newsletters fail to convey how overwhelmed we are at times. Overwhelmed by needs, overwhelmed by circumstances, overwhelmed by time and financial restraints. But then our hearts remember Mark 7 where Jesus performed a miracle healing a deaf man. It says, "People were overwhelmed with amazement. He has done everything well." God's Word constantly reminds us to be overwhelmed not by the world but by God's goodness and steadfast love.
We have all heard a picture is worth a thousand words: Perhaps the photo of Genesis following us around as we deliver water will overwhelm you. Perhaps the Eye Ministry photos of new glasses will overwhelm you. Perhaps our precious Marlon, who is blind, being kissed, loved and cuddled will overwhelm you. Our prayer is that you will be overwhelmed and amazed as we are by God's goodness.
There has been much activity at Hands for Jesus Christian School. They are required to participate in not one but two parades for Independence Day. There was much discussion about what the children wanted to do for the parade. One boy stood up and said, "We are Hands for Jesus Christian School. We belong to God." So, it was settled, that was the theme of our part of the parade. Many students dressed as Bible characters and the Bible was displayed at the front of our school. Continue to pray for this little school that God is using to touch lives in Guaimaca.
We love having our five grandchildren participate in our work in Honduras. Here all five of them wear Hands for Jesus Christian School shirts. Emma was certain someone would ask her about the school and how they could help. She said, "I'm going to tell them to be sure to pray Nanny."
Thank you for taking time to read our newsletter. Please remember to pray for us each time the Lord brings us to mind. Pray that we will only be overwhelmed and amazed not by the world but by the goodness of God. Prayerfully consider allowing us to come and share about our ministry in Guaimaca.
Jimmy and Bonny Abbott