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COOKIES and CREAM
July 14, 2020, we were given 16 cases of Samoas Girl Scout cookies. Yes, you read that right, 16 cases, which means we were given 2,880 Girl Scout Samoas! We traveled from Denham Springs, Louisiana, with the cookies to San Luis Potosi, without problems with customs at the border. It's a long story how the cookies got into our hands, but the short version was someone knew about our inner city mission and knew we were going to be giving out back to school lunches when school starts this year. God is good!
Cookies and Cream, but in reality it is "Cookies and Prayer" that we will be passing out along with a sandwich, fruit and a boxed drink. These Cookies and Prayer will bless the Inner City children and their families that surround the neighborhood of Emanuel Mexico Mission. Just in case school does not reopen in August, we will still be passing out these special lunches to the children. Pray that this outreach will bring the children to church, to movie nights, VBS and other activities we have planned for them.
During June and July, we were blessed with safe travels to Louisiana, Ohio and Indiana, to see family, attend our oldest (Alex) grandson's High School graduation, meet with our new board president of Emanuel Mexico Mission, Justin Davis and work out details for the upcoming 2020-2021 financial season with our forwarding agent, Larry DeBolt. Things are looking good and you will see some exciting things happening here in the Inner City Ministry of Emanuel Mexico Mission in the coming year.
UPDATE ON JOSE'S COVID-19 SITUATION:
As of this writing he continues in quarantine and is having some difficulties with breathing, but is feeling better everyday. The day we returned on July 17, we looked at Jose and said, "you are going to the doctor". He was experiencing cold type symptoms for over a week that would not leave him. Sure enough the COVID test came back positive, as his condition worsened. We caught it in time said the doctor.
*Continue to pray for Jose and the ministry he is involved with here at Emanuel Mexico Mission.
*Pray for when we can reopen the facility of Emanuel Mexico Mission, Counseling Center, and the Ontañon Church of Christ due to the pandemic.
*Pray for the Cookies and Prayer (Cream) outreach and praise the Lord for those that provided and will continue to provide for these special meals.
**Special prayer note: All the necessary paper work has been sent into the IRS and we are awaiting approval for the Non-For-Profit status for Emanuel Mexico Mission.
*Pray for our new Emanuel Mexico Mission board of directors.
Justin and Sarah Davis - Fishers, Indiana
Amy Lobo - Denham Springs, Louisiana
Larry DeBolt - Bluffton, Indiana
3-4 more spaces are open for more board members to which the Valley Christian Church, Lakeville, Minnesota, will fill once the IRS has approved the Non-For-Profit.
Passing on God's Blessings to Those in Need,
David and Sheri DeBolt
Tomorrow, August 5 is the first Wednesday of the month and so it’s our monthly Goer Check-in and Prayer Zoom call! These calls are 30 minutes on the dot, from 11-11:30am Central Time. One of our staff interviews a different Goer each month, and then together, on the call, we take a few minutes to pray for the Goer. You can join and simply observe and be blessed, or you can jump in the prayer time and the optional interaction time at the end.
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Dear Praying Friends,
I had hoped by now to tell you that Dan and Reba are settled in a house or apartment, but it is not so. Reba's due date is July 10th - tomorrow! And they still do not have a place to stay.
God provided funds for them to build a little house on rented land, but by the time they went to rent it, it was already planted with rice. All the other open land is also planted, so they have to wait to build. At the same time, they're still having trouble finding landlords who will rent to them. When they hear about the baby, they say "no". Please pray that they will find a suitable place to live for the next 4 months or so.
My (Scott's) visa expires on Saturday. We have these great 5-year visas, but my passport expired, and when I got a new one, I had to get the visa renewed as well. Everything went smoothly when we did this for our 3 kids, but now for some reason they aren't sure if they should renew mine. Please pray that they will grant me a renewed visa before mine expires two days from now!
One more thing: our lawyer in the country where I am banned is going to court again tomorrow - well, "Zoom court", anyway. I don't know what will happen, but please pray that God will move the judge in my favor. Thank you so much!
We will let you know how everything turns out. God is in control, and God is not surprised. We will trust in Him.
Scott, Elina, Linus, Jane and Livy
Hello Valley Christian Church,
Together, all of us continue to move forward in uncharted times. More than any other time in our lifetimes, the need for a savior, a healer and a counselor is so clear. Daily, we are drawn to pray for wisdom as we make decisions and plans and as we do the daily tasks of life in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that is affecting our whole world.
Psalm 63 is the GoCorps theme passage of the year, so we have been revisiting it regularly in our prayer times. Psalm 63:7-8 says, "For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me." My hope is that in these uncertain days, you will cling to Christ, and depend on his help to uphold you and your family. And may all of us grow in our faith and trust in our savior these days...
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