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Sat 16 Jun 2007

  Newsletter

May & June - Newsletter 2007

From: Joe Morris, Missionary to the Bay Islands, Honduras.

4-16-07

I have just returned from a week in language school in Costa Rica, it was a really great time and I learned a lot about Spanish past tense that I was struggling with. I now have a grasp of it, I just need more practice.

I was because of the strangeness of the week, not knowing whether I would be leaving to go to the states, to Marjies service, I was un-able to visit Puerto Viejo which I was unfortunate. I just didn’t have sufficient time to make it happen. I was able to be used by the Lord in several situations that the Lord put me in while in Costa Rica which was very encouraging. He gave me the words that I needed in the time frame that I needed them in.

I learned of Marjie’s graduation while I was in an airport and though I am personally saddened by the loss I am also greatly honored to have known her, and simultaneously glad for her that she now finally has a body that can keep up with her spirit.

While I was away the hull of the boat developed a crack and we need to remove the engine and repair the hull so I have my work cut out for me this week.

I have taken the boat down island to be repaired and they said 3 weeks, it remains to be seen if that will actually happen.

I have looked into an EMT program that is in Honduras on Roatan. It is also a DMT (Diving Medical Technician) which I should also find useful here as well, as I have treated several patients with DCI. It will be another opportunity for the Lord to provide for the classes it is about $1200.00.

I have been working on the battery room floor trying to get it ready to pour the concrete footers and install the beams that will support the floor, as we are going to be adding about 3000# in new batteries to the existing load.

5-7-07

I have been in Seattle at Marjie’s memorial service. The service was very honoring of Marjie’s life in service to God and was very positive. I really enjoyed the time there visiting old friends and catching up.

It was great to spend time with Tom, Dan and Ileana and Tim and Dulci, Lucy, Jamera, Dawn, Wayne and Martha and scores of others. I wish I had more time as there were so many that I would have liked to be able to spend some more time with.

We have been having the men’s meetings and they have been going very well, please continue to pray about them as it is a very crucial element to having success here on the island. The response so far has been very good. I have the responsibility to share the word this week on Thursday so please pray for God’s wisdom and ability.

5-14-07

I shared this week on the Covenant of Grace, there were only a couple of guys there so it was somewhat discouraging, there were several key people off island and there was another meeting that night, that could account for the low numbers.

I knew when we started that this wouldn’t be easy though, God hasn’t called us to easy. The people on Helene are very difficult to reach. The men especially.

I went and picked up the boat today from being repaired down island and it looks good, I had a crazy ride in Ozzies new boat he needed some ballast weight so he could go faster and hold the front down on the boat it is a little boat with a big engine and it is very unstable kind of like riding a spoon across the kitchen table, really fast. When we got there the tide had went out some and the guy didn't pull the boat out so we had to wade into the swamp and drag it out, then it was the slowest ride back. It took me the whole day just to get the boat and get it back to Helene.

5-21-07

This week we had a service on Roatan at the Mayan Princess, there is a regular group continuing to come there I preached at the last one at Parrot Tree, as Peter Silseth was unable to be there so It was last minute and I had just returned from Seattle (Marjies funeral) with only a few hours sleep. I was really tired. This last week I have been working on the Battery room for the energy storage for the solar system. I have also been working on the boat it is like starting all over from scratch because we have had to replace the control system it has worn out and the transom was repaired and the motor mounting had to be redone completely. It is rather discouraging as they missed a crack in the hull that they were supposed to find and fix, I am just going to have to fix it myself.

Next week we have a trip scheduled to Guanaja and we are going to take some local men from Helene. There is a group coming from the states. Please pray that God moves and directs and protects as we go to Guanaja. We also have a men’s meeting on Thursday night this week.

I have been helping in the medical clinic lately, Weird injuries. Kennedy ripped open his finger with a router, couldn't be sutured because of too much missing flesh. Kenrie got bit by a black wishy willy, he was teasing the

(black iguana, the islanders call them Wishy willies, and they say they are cross because they bite and don’t want to let go) and we had to put 7 stitches in his finger.

5-28-07

I ended up having to finish fixing the boat with me and Kennedy working on it because the guy that was working on the stern worked on the stern but didn’t really fix the leaks in the bottom. So we fiber-glassed about 5 places and it is sea worthy again. If you want to do something right do it yourself.

We had the island memorial service today for Marjie Thompson. There was a large turnout and we really had a good memorial for her

“island style” with a lot of singing and sharing sort of “open mike” style. The people were very moved by the slideshow video of Marjies life set to music.

This Wednesday I am heading out really early in the morning for Guanaja. There is a flight coming in from the States bring a small group to go to Guanaja to minister to the people there I ask for you to pray for us as we go that God will use us there. I was doing home medical visits taking blood pressures and blood sugars general medical, and one of the elderly gentleman was and he asked me what I was doing and I told him I was checking his heart rate (pulse) and he said you can check the heart on my arm? Your heart beats down there too?

6-12-07

I have returned to Helene from a week in Guanaja, which is the second largest island in the Bay island chain home to approx. 13,000 people. I met a group from the states of 3 guys that were coming to be involved in ministry along with 3 islanders that we felt would both gain from and be a blessing as well.

Team Guanaja: Joe, Albert,Teddy,Jon,Jeff,Jerry & Pepe. 5/07 On Grahams Key

The weather was very hot but otherwise very good for travel. We went house to house praying for people and led several people to Christ while we were there. The islanders were really excited and blessed to be there along with us. It was a great opportunity for them to be discipled some in ministry and also it was great for the whole team as they brought insight into the culture and also could speak Spanish and the island has a large Spanish population. My Spanish came in very handy, I was glad that it has progressed it makes it so much easier, really essential for the trip.

We were taking the gospel everywhere we went.

A little girl and her “pets”

We would pray and then go. One morning I was running around trying to take care of the food situation which is rough on the island there are no restaurants and there is very limited groceries. I was riding my bike around (my bike came over on our boat from Helene, as I had to fly with the Gringo group from La Cieba our boat came over bringing the islanders and our gear). Thank God I had a bicycle as this is a very big island and there is one road and very few cars. I was returning to our building and a young boy approached me and asked me for money and I asked him what he wanted it for he said he was hungry and so I offered him a sandwich if he could wait while I made him one he agreed and we sat down and ate some peanut butter and honey sandwiches together. As we sat on the porch I asked him in Spanish about what was going on in his life, he said his father was dead and his mother left him in Savannah Bight and went out on the Key (Low Cay) or as the locals call it Binnanca Cay. I asked him where he lived he said on the street, but that there was a lady that allowed him to sleep in her house, he said his mom comes back and visits him sometimes. I shared with him that though his life was very difficult that there was a friend that would always stay with him and never leave or forsake him. I led him to Christ and he prayed with me then I talked to him about coming to the Bautista church with Pastor Fransisco he said that he would. I saw him there the next day, I spoke with the pastor about teaching him and helping him he agreed to do what he could.

The Bautista Church in Savannah Bight we held an evening meeting there. I sang a worship song in Spanish that I learned in Costa Rica.

One day I felt like I should go to the Bautista Church, as I got there the pastor and others were having a discussion, and began asking me all these biblical issues they and asked me to bring some clarity as they said that they were very confused as so many different churches and people had told them so many different things and I said that I could understand their confusion, because I know from hearing all the weird doctrines and teachings that float around the islands. A brother Anthony that I had known for sometime was there and he was very hungry for God, he said why did you come? Did God send you? I said yes, he started crying and asked me to pray for him. He said that he wanted to know Gods power in his life and wanted his life to change. His wife had left him for another man and he still loved her and wanted her back so we prayed together. There were so many times that God would just use me where I was praying for people in grocery stores or on the street. It was Exciting to see how he opened doors of opportunity after we prayed.

Pastor Herman of Brisa De Mitch on the left we got together at Low Key.

We prayed for a mother and daughter in Mangrove Bight.

There was a guy called Tato that I had prayed for before the last time I was there and God healed him, while I was in his store he has pharmaceuticals, he was talking to a man that was sick and he said in Spanish, hey go talk to that guy right there, he prayed for me and I got well, he is a pastor and he will pray for you right now. I told him I wasn’t a pastor, I am a missionary but that I would be glad to pray for him. God wants us to share as we go, so often we want to drag someone to church to have the pastor, pray for them, or someone else, anyone but us. When what it is that God wants is to use us (in my case he uses the foolish to confound the wise.) Not that pastors can’t pray for people but their job is to train the church to do the work of the ministry and the Churches job is to take the Gospel to people, where the people are. Jesus is the example he sent them out as sheep among wolves and instructed them to be wise as serpents but harmless as doves.

May & June - Newsletter 2007

From: Joe Morris, Missionary to the Bay Islands, Honduras.

4-16-07

I have just returned from a week in language school in Costa Rica, it was a really great time and I learned a lot about Spanish past tense that I was struggling with. I now have a grasp of it, I just need more practice.

I was because of the strangeness of the week, not knowing whether I would be leaving to go to the states, to Marjies service, I was un-able to visit Puerto Viejo which I was unfortunate. I just didn’t have sufficient time to make it happen. I was able to be used by the Lord in several situations that the Lord put me in while in Costa Rica which was very encouraging. He gave me the words that I needed in the time frame that I needed them in.

I learned of Marjie’s graduation while I was in an airport and though I am personally saddened by the loss I am also greatly honored to have known her, and simultaneously glad for her that she now finally has a body that can keep up with her spirit.

While I was away the hull of the boat developed a crack and we need to remove the engine and repair the hull so I have my work cut out for me this week.

I have taken the boat down island to be repaired and they said 3 weeks, it remains to be seen if that will actually happen.

I have looked into an EMT program that is in Honduras on Roatan. It is also a DMT (Diving Medical Technician) which I should also find useful here as well, as I have treated several patients with DCI. It will be another opportunity for the Lord to provide for the classes it is about $1200.00.

I have been working on the battery room floor trying to get it ready to pour the concrete footers and install the beams that will support the floor, as we are going to be adding about 3000# in new batteries to the existing load.

5-7-07

I have been in Seattle at Marjie’s memorial service. The service was very honoring of Marjie’s life in service to God and was very positive. I really enjoyed the time there visiting old friends and catching up.

It was great to spend time with Tom, Dan and Ileana and Tim and Dulci, Lucy, Jamera, Dawn, Wayne and Martha and scores of others. I wish I had more time as there were so many that I would have liked to be able to spend some more time with.

We have been having the men’s meetings and they have been going very well, please continue to pray about them as it is a very crucial element to having success here on the island. The response so far has been very good. I have the responsibility to share the word this week on Thursday so please pray for God’s wisdom and ability.

5-14-07

I shared this week on the Covenant of Grace, there were only a couple of guys there so it was somewhat discouraging, there were several key people off island and there was another meeting that night, that could account for the low numbers.

I knew when we started that this wouldn’t be easy though, God hasn’t called us to easy. The people on Helene are very difficult to reach. The men especially.

I went and picked up the boat today from being repaired down island and it looks good, I had a crazy ride in Ozzies new boat he needed some ballast weight so he could go faster and hold the front down on the boat it is a little boat with a big engine and it is very unstable kind of like riding a spoon across the kitchen table, really fast. When we got there the tide had went out some and the guy didn't pull the boat out so we had to wade into the swamp and drag it out, then it was the slowest ride back. It took me the whole day just to get the boat and get it back to Helene.

5-21-07

This week we had a service on Roatan at the Mayan Princess, there is a regular group continuing to come there I preached at the last one at Parrot Tree, as Peter Silseth was unable to be there so It was last minute and I had just returned from Seattle (Marjies funeral) with only a few hours sleep. I was really tired. This last week I have been working on the Battery room for the energy storage for the solar system. I have also been working on the boat it is like starting all over from scratch because we have had to replace the control system it has worn out and the transom was repaired and the motor mounting had to be redone completely. It is rather discouraging as they missed a crack in the hull that they were supposed to find and fix, I am just going to have to fix it myself.

Next week we have a trip scheduled to Guanaja and we are going to take some local men from Helene. There is a group coming from the states. Please pray that God moves and directs and protects as we go to Guanaja. We also have a men’s meeting on Thursday night this week.

I have been helping in the medical clinic lately, Weird injuries. Kennedy ripped open his finger with a router, couldn't be sutured because of too much missing flesh. Kenrie got bit by a black wishy willy, he was teasing the

(black iguana, the islanders call them Wishy willies, and they say they are cross because they bite and don’t want to let go) and we had to put 7 stitches in his finger.

5-28-07

I ended up having to finish fixing the boat with me and Kennedy working on it because the guy that was working on the stern worked on the stern but didn’t really fix the leaks in the bottom. So we fiber-glassed about 5 places and it is sea worthy again. If you want to do something right do it yourself.

We had the island memorial service today for Marjie Thompson. There was a large turnout and we really had a good memorial for her

“island style” with a lot of singing and sharing sort of “open mike” style. The people were very moved by the slideshow video of Marjies life set to music.

This Wednesday I am heading out really early in the morning for Guanaja. There is a flight coming in from the States bring a small group to go to Guanaja to minister to the people there I ask for you to pray for us as we go that God will use us there. I was doing home medical visits taking blood pressures and blood sugars general medical, and one of the elderly gentleman was and he asked me what I was doing and I told him I was checking his heart rate (pulse) and he said you can check the heart on my arm? Your heart beats down there too?

6-12-07

I have returned to Helene from a week in Guanaja, which is the second largest island in the Bay island chain home to approx. 13,000 people. I met a group from the states of 3 guys that were coming to be involved in ministry along with 3 islanders that we felt would both gain from and be a blessing as well.

Team Guanaja: Joe, Albert,Teddy,Jon,Jeff,Jerry & Pepe. 5/07 On Grahams Key

The weather was very hot but otherwise very good for travel. We went house to house praying for people and led several people to Christ while we were there. The islanders were really excited and blessed to be there along with us. It was a great opportunity for them to be discipled some in ministry and also it was great for the whole team as they brought insight into the culture and also could speak Spanish and the island has a large Spanish population. My Spanish came in very handy, I was glad that it has progressed it makes it so much easier, really essential for the trip.

We were taking the gospel everywhere we went.

A little girl and her “pets”

We would pray and then go. One morning I was running around trying to take care of the food situation which is rough on the island there are no restaurants and there is very limited groceries. I was riding my bike around (my bike came over on our boat from Helene, as I had to fly with the Gringo group from La Cieba our boat came over bringing the islanders and our gear). Thank God I had a bicycle as this is a very big island and there is one road and very few cars. I was returning to our building and a young boy approached me and asked me for money and I asked him what he wanted it for he said he was hungry and so I offered him a sandwich if he could wait while I made him one he agreed and we sat down and ate some peanut butter and honey sandwiches together. As we sat on the porch I asked him in Spanish about what was going on in his life, he said his father was dead and his mother left him in Savannah Bight and went out on the Key (Low Cay) or as the locals call it Binnanca Cay. I asked him where he lived he said on the street, but that there was a lady that allowed him to sleep in her house, he said his mom comes back and visits him sometimes. I shared with him that though his life was very difficult that there was a friend that would always stay with him and never leave or forsake him. I led him to Christ and he prayed with me then I talked to him about coming to the Bautista church with Pastor Fransisco he said that he would. I saw him there the next day, I spoke with the pastor about teaching him and helping him he agreed to do what he could.

The Bautista Church in Savannah Bight we held an evening meeting there. I sang a worship song in Spanish that I learned in Costa Rica.

One day I felt like I should go to the Bautista Church, as I got there the pastor and others were having a discussion, and began asking me all these biblical issues they and asked me to bring some clarity as they said that they were very confused as so many different churches and people had told them so many different things and I said that I could understand their confusion, because I know from hearing all the weird doctrines and teachings that float around the islands. A brother Anthony that I had known for sometime was there and he was very hungry for God, he said why did you come? Did God send you? I said yes, he started crying and asked me to pray for him. He said that he wanted to know Gods power in his life and wanted his life to change. His wife had left him for another man and he still loved her and wanted her back so we prayed together. There were so many times that God would just use me where I was praying for people in grocery stores or on the street. It was Exciting to see how he opened doors of opportunity after we prayed.

Pastor Herman of Brisa De Mitch on the left we got together at Low Key.

We prayed for a mother and daughter in Mangrove Bight.

There was a guy called Tato that I had prayed for before the last time I was there and God healed him, while I was in his store he has pharmaceuticals, he was talking to a man that was sick and he said in Spanish, hey go talk to that guy right there, he prayed for me and I got well, he is a pastor and he will pray for you right now. I told him I wasn’t a pastor, I am a missionary but that I would be glad to pray for him. God wants us to share as we go, so often we want to drag someone to church to have the pastor, pray for them, or someone else, anyone but us. When what it is that God wants is to use us (in my case he uses the foolish to confound the wise.) Not that pastors can’t pray for people but their job is to train the church to do the work of the ministry and the Churches job is to take the Gospel to people, where the people are. Jesus is the example he sent them out as sheep among wolves and instructed them to be wise as serpents but harmless as doves.

May & June - Newsletter 2007

From: Joe Morris, Missionary to the Bay Islands, Honduras.

4-16-07

I have just returned from a week in language school in Costa Rica, it was a really great time and I learned a lot about Spanish past tense that I was struggling with. I now have a grasp of it, I just need more practice.

I was because of the strangeness of the week, not knowing whether I would be leaving to go to the states, to Marjies service, I was un-able to visit Puerto Viejo which I was unfortunate. I just didn’t have sufficient time to make it happen. I was able to be used by the Lord in several situations that the Lord put me in while in Costa Rica which was very encouraging. He gave me the words that I needed in the time frame that I needed them in.

I learned of Marjie’s graduation while I was in an airport and though I am personally saddened by the loss I am also greatly honored to have known her, and simultaneously glad for her that she now finally has a body that can keep up with her spirit.

While I was away the hull of the boat developed a crack and we need to remove the engine and repair the hull so I have my work cut out for me this week.

I have taken the boat down island to be repaired and they said 3 weeks, it remains to be seen if that will actually happen.

I have looked into an EMT program that is in Honduras on Roatan. It is also a DMT (Diving Medical Technician) which I should also find useful here as well, as I have treated several patients with DCI. It will be another opportunity for the Lord to provide for the classes it is about $1200.00.

I have been working on the battery room floor trying to get it ready to pour the concrete footers and install the beams that will support the floor, as we are going to be adding about 3000# in new batteries to the existing load.

5-7-07

I have been in Seattle at Marjie’s memorial service. The service was very honoring of Marjie’s life in service to God and was very positive. I really enjoyed the time there visiting old friends and catching up.

It was great to spend time with Tom, Dan and Ileana and Tim and Dulci, Lucy, Jamera, Dawn, Wayne and Martha and scores of others. I wish I had more time as there were so many that I would have liked to be able to spend some more time with.

We have been having the men’s meetings and they have been going very well, please continue to pray about them as it is a very crucial element to having success here on the island. The response so far has been very good. I have the responsibility to share the word this week on Thursday so please pray for God’s wisdom and ability.

5-14-07

I shared this week on the Covenant of Grace, there were only a couple of guys there so it was somewhat discouraging, there were several key people off island and there was another meeting that night, that could account for the low numbers.

I knew when we started that this wouldn’t be easy though, God hasn’t called us to easy. The people on Helene are very difficult to reach. The men especially.

I went and picked up the boat today from being repaired down island and it looks good, I had a crazy ride in Ozzies new boat he needed some ballast weight so he could go faster and hold the front down on the boat it is a little boat with a big engine and it is very unstable kind of like riding a spoon across the kitchen table, really fast. When we got there the tide had went out some and the guy didn't pull the boat out so we had to wade into the swamp and drag it out, then it was the slowest ride back. It took me the whole day just to get the boat and get it back to Helene.

5-21-07

This week we had a service on Roatan at the Mayan Princess, there is a regular group continuing to come there I preached at the last one at Parrot Tree, as Peter Silseth was unable to be there so It was last minute and I had just returned from Seattle (Marjies funeral) with only a few hours sleep. I was really tired. This last week I have been working on the Battery room for the energy storage for the solar system. I have also been working on the boat it is like starting all over from scratch because we have had to replace the control system it has worn out and the transom was repaired and the motor mounting had to be redone completely. It is rather discouraging as they missed a crack in the hull that they were supposed to find and fix, I am just going to have to fix it myself.

Next week we have a trip scheduled to Guanaja and we are going to take some local men from Helene. There is a group coming from the states. Please pray that God moves and directs and protects as we go to Guanaja. We also have a men’s meeting on Thursday night this week.

I have been helping in the medical clinic lately, Weird injuries. Kennedy ripped open his finger with a router, couldn't be sutured because of too much missing flesh. Kenrie got bit by a black wishy willy, he was teasing the

(black iguana, the islanders call them Wishy willies, and they say they are cross because they bite and don’t want to let go) and we had to put 7 stitches in his finger.

5-28-07

I ended up having to finish fixing the boat with me and Kennedy working on it because the guy that was working on the stern worked on the stern but didn’t really fix the leaks in the bottom. So we fiber-glassed about 5 places and it is sea worthy again. If you want to do something right do it yourself.

We had the island memorial service today for Marjie Thompson. There was a large turnout and we really had a good memorial for her

“island style” with a lot of singing and sharing sort of “open mike” style. The people were very moved by the slideshow video of Marjies life set to music.

This Wednesday I am heading out really early in the morning for Guanaja. There is a flight coming in from the States bring a small group to go to Guanaja to minister to the people there I ask for you to pray for us as we go that God will use us there. I was doing home medical visits taking blood pressures and blood sugars general medical, and one of the elderly gentleman was and he asked me what I was doing and I told him I was checking his heart rate (pulse) and he said you can check the heart on my arm? Your heart beats down there too?

6-12-07

I have returned to Helene from a week in Guanaja, which is the second largest island in the Bay island chain home to approx. 13,000 people. I met a group from the states of 3 guys that were coming to be involved in ministry along with 3 islanders that we felt would both gain from and be a blessing as well.

Team Guanaja: Joe, Albert,Teddy,Jon,Jeff,Jerry & Pepe. 5/07 On Grahams Key

The weather was very hot but otherwise very good for travel. We went house to house praying for people and led several people to Christ while we were there. The islanders were really excited and blessed to be there along with us. It was a great opportunity for them to be discipled some in ministry and also it was great for the whole team as they brought insight into the culture and also could speak Spanish and the island has a large Spanish population. My Spanish came in very handy, I was glad that it has progressed it makes it so much easier, really essential for the trip.

We were taking the gospel everywhere we went.

A little girl and her “pets”

We would pray and then go. One morning I was running around trying to take care of the food situation which is rough on the island there are no restaurants and there is very limited groceries. I was riding my bike around (my bike came over on our boat from Helene, as I had to fly with the Gringo group from La Cieba our boat came over bringing the islanders and our gear). Thank God I had a bicycle as this is a very big island and there is one road and very few cars. I was returning to our building and a young boy approached me and asked me for money and I asked him what he wanted it for he said he was hungry and so I offered him a sandwich if he could wait while I made him one he agreed and we sat down and ate some peanut butter and honey sandwiches together. As we sat on the porch I asked him in Spanish about what was going on in his life, he said his father was dead and his mother left him in Savannah Bight and went out on the Key (Low Cay) or as the locals call it Binnanca Cay. I asked him where he lived he said on the street, but that there was a lady that allowed him to sleep in her house, he said his mom comes back and visits him sometimes. I shared with him that though his life was very difficult that there was a friend that would always stay with him and never leave or forsake him. I led him to Christ and he prayed with me then I talked to him about coming to the Bautista church with Pastor Fransisco he said that he would. I saw him there the next day, I spoke with the pastor about teaching him and helping him he agreed to do what he could.

The Bautista Church in Savannah Bight we held an evening meeting there. I sang a worship song in Spanish that I learned in Costa Rica.

One day I felt like I should go to the Bautista Church, as I got there the pastor and others were having a discussion, and began asking me all these biblical issues they and asked me to bring some clarity as they said that they were very confused as so many different churches and people had told them so many different things and I said that I could understand their confusion, because I know from hearing all the weird doctrines and teachings that float around the islands. A brother Anthony that I had known for sometime was there and he was very hungry for God, he said why did you come? Did God send you? I said yes, he started crying and asked me to pray for him. He said that he wanted to know Gods power in his life and wanted his life to change. His wife had left him for another man and he still loved her and wanted her back so we prayed together. There were so many times that God would just use me where I was praying for people in grocery stores or on the street. It was Exciting to see how he opened doors of opportunity after we prayed.

Pastor Herman of Brisa De Mitch on the left we got together at Low Key.

We prayed for a mother and daughter in Mangrove Bight.

There was a guy called Tato that I had prayed for before the last time I was there and God healed him, while I was in his store he has pharmaceuticals, he was talking to a man that was sick and he said in Spanish, hey go talk to that guy right there, he prayed for me and I got well, he is a pastor and he will pray for you right now. I told him I wasn’t a pastor, I am a missionary but that I would be glad to pray for him. God wants us to share as we go, so often we want to drag someone to church to have the pastor, pray for them, or someone else, anyone but us. When what it is that God wants is to use us (in my case he uses the foolish to confound the wise.) Not that pastors can’t pray for people but their job is to train the church to do the work of the ministry and the Churches job is to take the Gospel to people, where the people are. Jesus is the example he sent them out as sheep among wolves and instructed them to be wise as serpents but harmless as doves.



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Tue 30 Jan 2007

  Joe Morris - January newsletter

January Newsletter 2007

 

January 9, 2007

  Happy New Year everyone.

I want to thank everyone who has joined with me this last year, together we accomplished a lot for the Kingdom, many lives were changed people were healed, touched, fed, educated, clothed, their houses were fixed they were reached with the love of Jesus and all to his Glory!

I want to thank you all for your obedience to his spirit, for partnering with me, and for renewing your commitments to continue reaching the world with the Gospel in 2007.

 

I have just returned to Helene from being in AZ for the holidays with my family. I had a really great time in Colorado Springs with my sons and AZ with my daughter and son in law and mom and dad. I got a glowing health report back from the DR. and then got a high fever the first night I was back in Roatan, I am doing better now. I led worship at the IWC the next morning it was a good time except for the sound system which started to malfunction in the middle of the service and got progressively worse until I had to just shut it down. I bought a new guitar while I was back in the states and I used it for the first time when we had IWC. I am enjoying my new guitar and leading worship again, It is always more fun for me when I have a decent guitar. I had a really good guitar but it was “wrecked up” (as the islanders would say) by taking it down here, So I bought a Rainsong guitar it is made of graphite so it can’t warp or crack from the moisture and heat. We have started the medical clinic remodel and have moved much of the stuff into the new procedure room.

 It is great to have a team here helping it makes it go so much faster.

1-16-07

I have been working on the framing of a dividing wall in the clinic remodel, I have it framed up and the wiring moved in the wall, I also fixed the boat today as the power tilt was not working making the boat very difficult to use. I had ordered the part when I was in the states. It is almost impossible to get parts here other than over the Internet. I also had my vocational math class today with a large turnout of young men. I had one of the guys on the team help me because there were so many, usually it is tough to get them to come to class after I have been back in the states, but they showed up today.

1-23-07

I had a lot of students in class last night there were 13 young men there, I was glad for the help of the team that is here from California, they were a lifesaver there were too many for me to handle that is for sure. I had 2 new students also 2 of Shiela’s sons from the pond, her other son Shem we had a talk with today because he got angry with his sister and chopped her arm with a machete. She was brought into the clinic the other day and I helped Alisa stitch up her arm. Domestic violence is a huge issue in Honduras men regularly beat up and injure women and children as well as women beating children, and largely the authorities do nothing. It is left up to the larger family to “control” the person. This is completely ineffective when it comes to the pond. The laws are changing but things take forever to actually get in place.

And even longer in remote locations.

Please pray for this family and situation.

I have been working on the Medical Clinic remodel, it is coming along well.

We have started another IWC Church meeting at the Mayan Princess, there was a good turn out and Camas was supposed to lead worship, but his plane was snow bound in OK. So I got the last minute nod to lead worship and so I did again. The service went well and was very well attended.

I went down island this week and we borrowed some portable dental chairs from another clinic on Roatan because we are going to do a dental outreach to Guanaja on the 2nd of February thru the 10th. Please pray for this outreach as we are very short handed and there will be half the staff there that there was the first time.

 

 

The bugs are eating me alive, so I am going to bed, I sleep under a net and a smaller percentage can make it thru the net to me there.

 

1-28-07

We had this guy come to the Clinic last night he was standing off because the dog was barking at him I asked him what was wrong he said he was “cut” which can mean anything, usually means “bleeding”, I shown my flashlight on his chest and he had a circle of blood right in the middle of his sternum it was real weird looking, I asked him how he got it he said that someone bit him. He said the other guy was drunk, (yeah, I guessed that). In better light you could see all the teeth marks.  

 

1-30-07

We have Roger visiting with us here on Helene he is another missionary who is working along with his wife on Roatan and attends IWC with us he is currently working on the “Domestic Violence” issue here in Honduras, we are interested in finding real ways to deal with this effectively and in a Godly manner.

 

 

I am going to Guanaja again in a week or so to do a dental trip there with a dentist from Idaho that has been here before.

 

He is going to be teaching me how to pull teeth and minor stuff. I have two dental units that run off of diving tanks. They are pretty cool. They were given to us by Peggy she had them and they were broken/leaking and I spent a day working on them and got them fixed. Only there are some components missing on one of them, the pressurized water bottle.

Please pray for this trip, if you would like to b e on my mailing list E-mail me at

islandjoe2002@aol.com

God bless,

Joe Morris

Missionary to the Bay Islands, Honduras.

 

 

 

 

 



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Wed 1 Nov 2006

  Joe Morris Missionary to the Bay Islands, Honduras

Joe Morris Missionary to the Bay Islands, Honduras September/ October 2006 – Newsletter

Dear family and friends, This week back in Helene we are going to work on the Habitat for Helene projects to get ready for the incoming team.


We have been working on putting half a roof on Dean's house in mangrove bight as it was leaking really bad he has 10 children. He and his family were so greatful it was refreshing. The group here from Rhode Island was very helpful, and we also made some progress on the procedure room ceiling. We had a middle of the night emergency the other night someone from Bentley Bay who had eaten blue crab and was sick because of it, it looked like an allergic reaction his face lips and tongue were swollen which can be dangerous. We were able to help him. The other night we had an emergency call it turned out to be another Blue crab poisoning, this young girl was writhing in pain from it. I don’t think I will ever try Blue crab, the islanders seem to love it but I have seen too many fall ill. We got another call about Miss Betty on the northside, she was in a mini stroke, she is diabetic and had super low blood sugar and was completely unresponsive. The family apparently thinking she was going to die had all gathered. There must have been over 20 people in this little tiny house less than 300 square feet. There were about 15 grandchildren, just inside or standing in the doorway to the room. They had climbed onto the bed and were trying to talk to Grandma. As she began to recover as the IV started having effect she started to respond but couldn’t remember anyone’s name. Then Dierde and I helped sit her up and she was doing a lot better and remembered her daughter.

Guanaja: 10-9-06 We took a trip this week to Guanaja we took our boat and went thru the chanel near the airport that cuts all the way thru the island. Guanaja we have a group going in November 23rd thru Dec. 6th 2006 this is a super important, prayer need. We have made a lot of good connections with the powers that be we are trying to make these connections first so we don’t step on toes that we don’t have to. Everyone is being very helpful. I met with the Mayor Richmond (alcalde) of Guanaja he was very glad to have us coming to the island to work and was encouraging and offering his help in whatever way he could. Also Kieth Taylor the head of the medical in the region. We will be working together with the local medical people on this outreach.


10-17-06 I spent the day on the north side of the island at Teddy’s church I finished the wiring of the church and he had lights, I installed a line and 2 disconnects and we wired all the outlets and fired up the generator and it all worked. Teddy was very appreciative of the help. They have a lot of children at their children’s church services on Sunday. I really like Teddy he is a genuine guy with a heart after God. As I was climbing around in the attic area, tin roof, unbearably hot we were talking about the Sermon he gave Sunday before last, it was a good sermon he was encouraging the church to study the word like the he was having a vocabulary issue with one of the words “noble” he was using it as knowledgeable. I had an adult class for leaders in vocabulary. It was helping a lot, but the class time was not a good one it was a mixed class M/F but then it got to be mostly a few women. So I cancelled it. We have decided to start a men’s only bible study based on the “wild at heart” series. I have asked a few of the men to pray about a time and place to start it. I would ask you to pray for that also. This is a crucial need for men to begin to get involved in the things of God.

A few of the team went for a swim to cool off and we were walking on the cay and eating some coco plums they are a not as sweet version, that grows in sandy soil. I walked into some quicksand and sunk in above my waist, I laid out flat and got out of it, but almost lost my shoes. It has been abnormally warm for this time of year. There also seems to be an abnormally high tide this year as well, I was talking with Elsa (Essley’s mom) she said it was the highest she has ever seen it in her lifetime. Esley needs prayer as he is sick today. One of the staff here Paul, fell and injured his knee, and he couldn’t walk on it so I made him some crutches out of wood with my small machete and saw. He has been using them and now he is up and walking around again. 10-30-06 Rain, rain, rain. It has been raining for the last 24 hours almost non stop. I think the rainy season is finally here. And it is cool. I have been working with part of the team here that is going to Guanaja, we are getting together schedules, meals, lodging, transportation for about 23 of us including 3 islanders that will be going with us, that is also exciting as we will all work together with Jerry, and Willis and Greg will be driving the boat for us, they are local islanders who will be short term missionaries to Guanaja. There are a lot of logistics and communication that needs to happen it seems to be going well so far. This is the first outreach to Guanaja in some time and we want it to go really well, bring a lot of people to the Lord encourage the Saints there, and further the Kingdom of God.

I am also working on getting the boat ready for the trip fixing the running lights, (there was a serious boat accident in Guanaja that killed 4 people neither boat had running lights) and adding a locking forward hold so that we can keep the boat equipment locked up.


This is Damaris, I am paying her tuition for our school so she can get a Christian education. If you are interested in helping a needy Helene child with tuition you can do that thru our main office www.Alternativemissions.com there is a new website: http://www.alternativemissions.com/News_staff/Joe_Morris.htm Please Note My E-Mail Address is: IslandJoe2002@Aol.com Thank you all so much for your generosity, as a team we can do it!



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