January 2016 Conchshell Chronicles
Schools Begin next month!
We are preparing for the beginning of our 30th Year educating Miskito Indian children in the communities along the lower Coco River. It has been an adventure! Many of you have been with us since the beginning and have played a big part.
Please stay tuned for more details.
David was a mighty warrior, and he was also a man who walked closely with God. Through his life and writings, God has passed along to us many principles for our relationship with God along with insights for living that are practical today.
One of these is found in chapter 30 of 1 Samuel. This is a story of how the Amalekites raided David’s town while he and his warriors were away, and stole their cattle and kidnapped their families. When David and his 600 men returned, they were shocked to find their homes destroyed and families gone. They immediately took out in pursuit of the Amalekites.
After a hard journey, the reached a stream when they decided to leave 200 men with their equipment and baggage so the other 400 could move more quickly. Finally, they caught up with the Amalekites, who were celebrating in their camp. David’s men attacked and destroyed them all and recover all their families, as well as their livestock and possessions. In addition, they also captured sheep, goats, and goods from the Amalekite camp.
The fighting men returned to the stream where the other men who remained with the baggage waited, with the families, livestock, and captured spoils of the Amalekites. Some began suggesting that those who remained by the stream should not share in the spoils from the Amalekite camp, since they had not gone and fought the battle.
But some evil troublemakers among David’s men said, “They didn’t go with us, so they can’t have any of the plunder we recovered. Give them their wives and children, and tell them to be gone.” 23 But David said, “No, my brothers! Don’t be selfish with what the LORD has given us. He has kept us safe and helped us defeat the band of raiders that attacked us. 24 Who will listen when you talk like this? We share and share alike—those who go to battle and those who guard the equipment.”
25 From then on David made this a decree and regulation for Israel, and it is still followed today.
1 Samuel 30:22-25
Here is one of those everlasting truths that is very applicable to our lives and ministry today.
In these next 12 months of 2016, Truman, Onofre, Augusto, Danilo, and our team of supervisors will dedicate their time to managing the day-to day details of educating 1200 plus students in seven villages in one of the most remote corners of the Western Hemisphere. Those of you who have been there with us will agree with the challenge of “just getting there”!
They will haul thousands of pounds of supplies to these villages over these next months, and put many hours on our two outboard engines. Here is the scene loading both boats for a trip downriver.
Our 54 teachers will show up in their classes and teach our Bible curriculum, along with the Ministry of Education classes. We will provide all the school supplies and notebooks for teachers and students. In addition, we will have to make some repairs to our school and office buildings, and repair our ten-year-old Toyota pickup truck. Here Michael is meeting with our teachers in November. He just asked for anyone who had been a student in the Seek The Lamb schools to stand up. Look at the numbers!
All of this will cost about $180,000.00
Laura, our children, and I will spend many days in Nicaragua and Honduras, working with our teachers and students, and the people who walk into the Rio Coco Café. The rest of our time will be here in Vero Beach working the Café here. We are still volunteers, not receiving a salary from Seek The Lamb or the cafes. As always since we began in 1984, we rely on the Lord through many of you to provide our living expenses. I am amazed at God’s faithfulness through these past three decades of missionary work. He has been very good to us, and we have seen thousands of Miskito Indian children educated and introduced to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We have also seen many come into our cafes who would never walk into a church, many receiving a touch from the Lord and encouragement in their life.
One of the realities of this life is that one day we will stand before the Lord and He will evaluate our work that we did with Him during our time here on Earth. The Bible says in many places that our Lord will reward us for this work. I’m not sure what that means, but that word “reward” appears again and again. Here is one:
It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work…. 12 Anyone who builds on that foundation (Jesus Christ) may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames. 1 Corinthians 3:7-8, 12-15
I’m not motivated necessarily but this, rather I’m more compelled to share with others what God has done in my life, and to give freely to them what He has given to me. Yet I accept that one day I will get the “video replay” of my life, and Jesus Himself will reward me for the work I have done with the Miskito Indians, and the Rio Coco Café ministry.
Guess what? According to this principle in 1 Sam 30, many of you will share in that reward.
You who have stay behind to “guard the baggage” and permit Laura and I to venture forth and engage the enemy will receive the same reward as us!
We cannot even begin to do this work without your participation! This year, God will use many of you to purchase school supplies, pay teacher salaries, repair buildings and vehicles, and pay living & travel expenses for Truman, Onofre, Augusto, Danilo, our teachers and supervisors, and our Seek The Lamb missionaries.
Your prayers for us will move mountains of obstacles, and somehow cause God’s plans for us to be accomplished. It’s all a mystery to me, but very obvious that God wants our participation in His work in 2016.
So please, take time each month to consider what He is calling you to do. Look at the “Spiritual Arrows” to see the targets of our prayers for the month. That is all we ask. As you may have noticed, we are not “high motivation” fundraisers. We rely on God to tell you what to do. We are thankful that so many of you have been obedient these past 31 years!
There will be a day when we are all called up together to receive our rewards for the works we have done together in this ministry. It will be a greater celebration than any team that has won a national championship or Super Bowl. It will be a party that will last an eternity! Michael
A long time ago when I decided to follow my husband to the uttermost parts of the earth…the Lord gave me a certainty of His ability to provide for me in a way I had never experienced in my life. Upon my entrance into the world of faith, I had great trepidation and concern over how all of it actually works. My only knowledge of living in this world was via “working to get paid.” I didn’t actually realize that I would continue to work super hard and essentially give up my life as I knew it and truly live for my REAL BOSS and Father in Heaven. This was completely foreign to me…the land, the people groups, the language, the customs, the primitive, and the snake, bat , scorpion , spider environment that surrounded me. Foreign . But candlelight dinners every night with sometime Michael serenading me!
Yet we learned to live in obedience to each moment God gave to us. He supplied the vision and the need and then provided for it and for us along the way. Many of you have been used in that process of provision and we are truly grateful. We are confident that the Lord Himself has your reward stored up because you too have exercised great faith in your giving. We get to see all that the Lord is doing and has done up close and personal…right in the “war zone” where the action is. You, by faith, give and yet do not see close up…to me this is harder.
Our leaders in Nicaragua understand this life of faith. They often pray with us when we are together for God to lead us and provide for us all. Here they team is praying with and for Michael after figuring out the budget for the next few months.
Over the years, the Lord’s basic reminder to me has always been, “You take care of my business and I will take care of yours…do not be anxious for anything, pray without ceasing …I own a cattle on a thousand hills. You will always be able to afford to be generous and I will show you that you can never outgive Me. You will be given a full measure and your cup will overflow. You were made to be a blessing. Give and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. Keep pressing into Me and I will show you and teach you my Ways. You will lack for no good thing.”
God has proven this to be true on every level and facet of my life. The order of the Lord upon our lives has been tremendous and we are grateful. I am grateful to be ministering with Michael and our children. This in itself has been a stretching, unifying, growth producing opportunity. It is good. The other miracle is that we have my father and my brother Ryan here with us and this has also been a huge blessing and honor to have them near. Thank you all for praying, loving and supporting us! Laura
How You Can Help This Month
1. Pray for us! Check out this month’s Spiritual Arrows
2. Sponsor one of our Seek The Lamb missionaries ;
3. Become a school sponsor. We have seven schools that need help.
You may donate online at
Please pray that:
1) God will provide our 2016 budget and we can give our teachers a much needed raise.
2) Good Health for our team, Truman, Michael, and our missionaries.
3) God will send us more missionaries for the café.
We appreciate all your prayers.
P.O. Box 2151 Vero Beach Florida 32961 / email@example.com / tel: 772-226-5760 / www.seekthelamb.com
Here is the link to our secure PayPal donation page for those of you who make contributions to our school project as support our Seek The Lamb missionaries.
We are roasting some fine coffee this month at our roaster in Vero Beach. You can have this High Altitude, Hand picked, hand roasted, specialty coffee delivered directly to your door. Know that a significant percentage of our profits (usually greater than 25%) are donated each month to the school project.
Please sign up for a monthly subscription of coffee that gives you a 10% discount and which you can adjust to bi-monthly or quarterly or cancel at any time. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 772.226.5760 and speak to Mikaela to set up your order.
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Thanks for spending time with us this month.
Aloha from the Seek The Lamb Team.