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A Time of Rest

We were very fortunate to take some time at the beginning of February to enter into a time of rest. We were able to attend the Honduran Fellowship for Missionaries & Ministries Annual Retreat this past weekend. There we were given the opportunity to meet and form relationships with other missionaries here in Honduras. There were multiple workshops available for us to learn from, daily messages from visiting pastors, and counselors available to simply listen. We were also able to network and learned of many amazing resources that are available through HFMM and also through other ministries.

Our kids were given the opportunity to attend age appropriate classes in English, which they have been craving. They learned Bible stories and verses and had a great time playing with other kids who spoke English. Aiden made a really good friend that we are very excited to keep in contact with.

God showed us the importance of rest when he created the world. He worked hard creating a beautiful Earth for 6 days, but on the 7th day, he took time to rest and enjoy his creation. We should follow his example: Work hard for the kingdom, but remember to take the time to rest and enjoy our Awesome God!

-Jen

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November/December Update

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His Plans

With 3 kids 3 & under, I knew moving here that I wouldn’t be able to have a daily hand in a ministry. I struggled with that for a while, but kept hearing God remind me that he has everything under control. He reminds us in Jeremiah 29:11 that he knows the plans he has for us! Plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Some may read this verse and read that we won’t be poor, because God is going to make sure we have money! I read it and see that God will make us rich in heart, that he will always give us opportunities to see his goodness and his sovereignty!

Two weeks after we got here I was approached and asked to make lunch for the children at church each Sunday. It may seem to be such a small thing, but seeing the kids each Sunday with a hot meal after class is just as much a blessing for me as it is for them.

It costs only $25, which includes food, plates, forks, napkins, and supplies, to feed the 25-35 children at church each Sunday. If you would like to sponsor a Sunday meal for the children at the church in Santa Ana, please email jenhinesnextgen@gmail.com to find out more information.

-Jen

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Getting Settled

We arrived here in Honduras on October 24 after an uneventful travel day! We spent some time finding our bearings and learning our way around, as well as doing some improvements on our new home before we moved in!

Our container came out on November 1, and boy, things have not slowed down since then! Dalton, Tim, Marcia, Mark Connell, David Logue and many other volunteers unloaded our container one day and helped move it up the mountain the next day! The boys were so excited to have some of their toys back! They could hardly contain their excitement! We also got to spend our first night in our new home in our beds, which was beyond exciting! You don’t know how accustomed you are to your own bed until you spend 2 months away from it!

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We have gotten to worship with the church here in Santa Ana for 2 weeks, and it has been such a blessing! Dalton preached last week and got to baptize 2 new sisters in Christ! God is already working!

We will be taking the next couple of weeks to get situated in our new home and will be gearing up ministry after the first of the year!

We want to thank you for your continued prayers! Here are a few specific prayer requests that we have at this time:

  • That the boys will continue to adjust well. Tim and Marcia leaving changed the boys reality a little bit. They are beginning to understand that this is our new home.

  • That we can get into a new routine in a new place!

  • That we all become more comfortable speaking in Spanish - specifically me!

-Jen

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The Date is Set!

The time has come! We will be on our way to Honduras on October 24! We have had a lot going on the last couple of weeks. Along with visiting family, we have been visiting churches. We visited many churches in Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama to share the vision for our ministry in Honduras. We also packed up all of our belongings to ship to Honduras. We loaded them up onto a container to be shipped on September 27. We are now gearing up to say “See You Later” and be on our way.

Please continue praying for our family as we make this transition. Pray for our boys to quickly transition to a new culture. Pray that we make new friendships. Pray that our new house easily begins to feel like home.

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Type A to Trust

I have always been a Type A person, like the kind of person who buys a new planner because something was written incorrectly or a date changed for something. My planner and my plan had to be perfect! This didn’t leave a lot of room for me to trust in God’s plan. Growing up, I was the epitome of “I can do it myself.” 
My first thought when Dalton came to me and said, “What do you think about moving to Honduras?” was “That’s not part of the plan!” I loved our house, the boys’ daycare, and where I was teaching! After many prayers, the shift away from my plan and to God’s plan started. It didn’t take long for God to speak to me and remind me that his plans are more important than my plans. In Proverbs 16:9, it says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” It’s amazing that God knew when Dalton and I met in Honduras 8 years ago that this was always His plan. His ways are certainly higher than ours! This whole journey has reminded me of God’s provision!

—Jen

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Less than 2 months out

Time is flying by! It's official: my two week notice was put in and my last day with AT&T is August 27th.  We have slowly been getting calls from people who want to support us and our mission to serve. We have received several donations and are very grateful for all the support that has been committed help us. Over the month of September, we plan to go to churches that we have been a part of over the years and share with the people about our mission plan to help raise support. We will be attending SonQuest in Orlando, Florida this year and are very excited to get to share a little bit about our mission efforts there as well. Raising support is definitely mentally challenging for us; it can put all kinds of bad thoughts in your head at first. After praying and seeking answers, its clear to us that we needed to focus primarily on what God has called us to do and let God take care of the rest. Taking many leaps of faith has been challenging, but it's also a game changer when you see God at work in the midst of it all. It's the best feeling to know that God always has it under control, and that we should just watch it go wherever it goes no matter the situation. We original wanted to be in Honduras by September, but we're waiting patiently. It seems God is still working on this end. We currently are aiming to leave in mid-October to fly to Honduras after we meet with churches and people over the next month.

There are so many moving parts. It's exciting to see it all unfolding as the time moves forward.  

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SOLD OUR HOME

We put our house up on the market a couple of weeks ago expecting it to take a few months to sell. It didn't take a few months, because we got full offer within 5 days!!!! A God thing for sure! We have moved into an apartment that doesn't require a yearly lease and have put most of our things into a storage unit. 

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The moment the God spoke to us

One day out of nowhere I just had this thought, "I am wasting my time here working for At&t. They have been robbing me of my life." It hit me that I have worked there for over 4 years. Four years that I could have been giving more of my time to God doing mission work like I did when I was younger.  I waited for the right moment to tell Jen my thoughts about wanting to move to Honduras where we met for the first time. A few weeks later, I couldn't stop thinking about the idea of wanting to be a missionary, so I told Jen I had this feeling like I had been "called" to move to Honduras. I quickly told her I didn't want her to say anything but just to hear me out and think about it. A few days later she said she was on board!!! She wanted to serve the poor and teach the word too. We started to get a little more serious and began talking about how to do this. We prayed and prayed and prayed! People tried to steer us off and say it was just a fantasy that would pass. But it didn't pass, and we felt even more called to Honduras each and every week.

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