August 2015 Conchshell Chronicles
Playing Our Part In His Drama
She is a very sweet girl from Belgium who just completed a 5 year circumnavigation of the Earth with her husband in their sailboat. The last time I saw Margaux was in 2010 when she painted our Rio Coco Café signs. When I saw her walking on the main street on Utila in June I was very happy to see her.
“So you just finished a 5 year sail around the world Margaux. Did you see God anywhere along the way?”
“You asked me about God the last time we spoke” she exclaimed! “No not really.”
Margaux attended a strictCatholic school while growing up. Her grandmother was very religious, but not her mom. She has a charming smile and Laura and I have grown to really love her. I asked her to repaint the main café sign, and she began work.
One day we were driving in the golf cart to the café and Margaux surprised me by saying:
“I’ve been thinking about your question did I see God on the trip. Yes, I think I did in the beauty of the sky and the sea, and moments when we were surrounded by dolphins for days at sea.”
I pulled the Rio Coco Mobile to the side in front of a sign advertising one of Utila’s many small hotels.
“Marguax, do you see that wooden thing hanging there? What is it?’
“It a sign for the Caribbean Dreams”.
“Just as that sign tells travelers where the Caribbean Dreams is, so the beauty of God’s creation calls our attention to Him and His existence.”
A light went on.
Marguax and I had a few conversations over the next few days. She came to the café and told me she had a question:
“There is a guy who works at the boatyard who has a family and is barely making it with his money, but he goes to a church and gives money to the church. Why does he do that? He should use the money for his family instead of giving it to that pastor.”
I grabbed my Bible and told her what it says about tithing. I told her of my own experiences to giving back to God since I began my now 31 year missionary career and how God has miraculously provided for me and my family. She was very surprised but didn’t agree with me, but she understood that there was a connection with my joyful giving back to God of my income and my current economic situation.
I saw her husband sitting on the porch of her tattoo shop one evening, and went to a place that sold popcorn and bought two bags and some cold drinks. He works very hard at his boatyard. He looked thirsty. He was. It was my first conversation with him. He told me about his “comic book” (with drawings) he made on the round-the-world trip. I told him about some publishing options. We became friends. I did casually mention my experience with Jesus just a few times in a personal way. He seemed to enjoy our time.
The next day I saw Margaux and she was surprised that I stopped to talk with Terry. “You didn’t talk about Jesus did you? He doesn’t like that.” she said.
“I couldn’t help myself Marguax. But I think it was alright.”
Our last job together was painting the golf cart with the stencils that she made. We talked about many things as we designed the project, and applied the paint. She didn’t want to take any money for the job, but I handed her 500 lempiras ($22) anyway.
Margaux has become our friend. She came to see us the day before we left just to say goodbye. I know that God is doing something in her life.
This summer we had many Australians, Israelis, Brits, Scots, Canadians, and Americans who spent time at the Rio Coco Café. We took time to get to know them. We freely gave to them of our coffee and food as well as our time. I took opportunity to speak to many of them about my experiences with God. They generally listened with interest. Especially the Israelis. Many of them later thanked me for having the conversations. I’m hoping to see them all again.
God is the director of a Divine Drama. The Earth is the stage, and He has assigned us all parts to play in His efforts to invite all of mankind to spend eternity with Him.
I totally expect God to do His part. My part seems to be taking time with the people that I am with, listening to them, growing in affection for them, and telling them about my experiences with God. It has worked well in the Miskito culture on the Rio Coco over the years, and it seems like that development of personal relationships works well in the Café ministry, at the gym, at the food market, and really anywhere I go.
Yesterday was my first full day back at the Vero Café. I met four newly arrived Swiss pilots who will be here for the next few months. I made a point to remember their names, and ask them about their families. I invited them to hang out with us.
“Proceed on the journey that you began with me and make disciples of all the people that I put across your path, baptizing them and teaching them all I have told you to do. As you do this remember I will be there with you, doing my part.”
Jesus to His disciples as recorded in Matthew 28:18-20.
I love my job. I know that many of you love yours too! We together are having an impact on our neighborhoods. And we will see the fruit for eternity!
UTILA brought to us countless opportunities of challenges toward growth and change inside our own hearts as well as the chance to speak into the many we encounter daily.
Arielle and Moselle ran the Rio Coco Café Utila like champs showing depth of character, abilities and substance. They got into their daily rituals of running a successful life, ministry and business. They proved themselves to be upstanding in the areas of their spiritual, physical and emotional lives. We were very thankful to pray with them, watch them work out their physical fitness and see them engage in their work like experts that owned what we are all about. We enjoyed the process so much. We worked six days a week waking at 5, starting at 6 and ending at 3 pm …then shopping. In between, Moselle became a rescue diver and Arielle took a free dive course which made them both a little more expert in the water as well.
Arielle stepped up to leading the charge and Moselle was the lead baker and cook. Josiah David worked the front like a champ learning and remembering names like nobody’s business. He was inspirational with his initiative and powerful music skills that he utilized even during the course of the week at a restaurant/bar and also in the Café every Saturday. Incredible fun people to work with on the field where the world comes to us. We were joined by Rachel our Utila team leader who lightened the load when she arrived.
We are thankful to have a team full of quality people amongst us to do all that we do for the Rio Coco and the many we serve in the communities represented in Utila Honduras, Vero Beach, FL and soon to be Radford, Virginia.
We are impacting our world on many levels in Miskito, Utilian and worldly cultures. We are so thankful to be called to such an incredible work of God and to have the ability to do it first with our family and allow that place of stability to spread and call out to the world.
While on Utila, Arielle and Moselle anxiously awaited the arrival of their two older siblings to join us for a couple of weeks together. Mikaela and Lukas were working in the Vero Beach café until the end of July.
The power of a family, a group of disciples following the same Master and loving one another in the process is more powerful than words can express. In the very nature of who we are as a family and team with the love & respect we have for one another, we exude the character of our Lord and Savior.
We are faced with many challenges that confront us of course. The enemy prowls around, but we stand together in prayer and seek His victory and His ways. His peace and order prevails as we stand together.
Aside from all the physical manifestations of progress on the property, we built lifelong connections with people from Israel, Australia, England and the locals that we serve on Island.
I am reminded of the verse in Proverbs that states that a “good name is more desired than riches”. Over the past four years of operation God has been using our team to develop a good name for Himself.
“Then he (Jesus) went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:52
How Can You Help This Month?
- Pray for us! Check out this month’s Spiritual Arrows
- Sponsor one of our Seek The Lamb missionaries ;
- Become a school sponsor. We have seven schools that need help.
You may donate online at seekthelamb.com—”Give”. Thanks!
Spiritual Arrows: Your Prayer are Powerful!
Please pray that God will:
1) Reveal Himself personally to each of our new friends that we met at the Utila Café this summer!
2) Miraculously heal Laura’s dad Ronald, and our friend on Maui -Jackie.
3) Direct our steps for our schedule this fall.
We appreciate all your prayers.
We have been roasting this week, and our coffees are tasting very fine! If you like dark roasts, the Negro Fino and the Nica Dark came out very nice. For medium roast, I have been enjoying the Papua New Guinea all week- its a multi toned deep character smooth coffee!. For that light roast morning brew, the Honduras Blue Mountain has gotten my attention, along with the Colombia Mile High.
Our profits from Rio Coco Beans are used to purchase sschool supplies and pay teacher salaries for our school project in Nicaragua, so drink up. Mikaela and Arielle are standing by to receive your order at riococobeans.com. Call us at 772.226.5760 to sign up for our monthly coffee club and get an additional 10%off our webstore prices. You may change your monthly order or cancel at any time! We love shipping coffee to our friends in Hawaii, New York, California, Tennessee, Florida, and points between.
Please contact us:
P.O. Box 2151 Vero Beach Florida 32961
tel: 772-226-5760 / www.seekthelamb.com