a quick update from
the Wiehoff’s March 2013
Before anything, we want to thank the Lord...
that it’s been 3 months now that He’s healed Bryan from daily headaches after 2 and half years & also that He’s provided us with sufficient support to maintain us throughout the year! It has definitely felt like the start of a new year for us! We (and so many around us) are encouraged that Bryan’s headaches have disappeared. He can bear the occasional one now & then, but the daily ones have subsided, gracias a Dios! We had a wonderful Christmas and got to spend a few weeks in Dallas, thanks to Christi’s grandpa who bought us tickets at the last minute to experience Greta’s 1st Xmas in the states! It flew by but was such a treat, nonetheless! Since we’ve been back, we’ve had some exciting changes occur. As most of you know, we’ve been working with a church plant in a poor community called Sagrado Corazon outside of town for the past almost year. We originally committed to doing that for a year for the experience of working among people from the campo, which makes up the many of churches in Honduras. We partnered with Lenin & Cristina, who had been pastoring a church in town before. Lenin had always had a heart to work among the communities near the dump, but circumstances just hadn’t allowed it to realize. So, we joined up, got things started, and in the process his pastoral gifting has made quite an impact in these communities. The last several months the group had started to morph into a different group of people and in a different location (from where several of our families had been commuting). It was a perfect moment for us to evaluate our options and discern whether we were to continue with this project or naturally transition into something else. We had been informally invited to come & serve at the church,
Iglesia Betel, where most of the leadership that just got voted into eldership are dear friends of ours from the seminary, people to whom we’re already well-connected! So, we made a few visits and before we knew it, we were assigned to teaching Sunday school for the youth, working with a home group in our neighborhood, Bryan was put on the rotation of directing music and sound, and Greta was for the first time ever saying, “I want to go to church!” It was an obvious Lord-directed move for us, not to mention a breath of fresh air and renewal for us spiritually. A few weeks ago, we got to partake in a Samaritan’s Purse event with the kids from the communities we’ve been working with this past year. It’s always fun to be a part of it on this side because my mom used to always put together shoe boxes for this type of thing when I was a kid. So, watching these kids open up a box of goodies that was all their own was so fun! If you hadn’t noticed, it has been a while since our last update. The reason for that is that we hit the ground running as soon as we got back and have been buried in work ever since. We literally just realized today that it was already March 1st and that we didn’t get our February newsletter
out! We are into our second month of teaching at SEBCAH (aka The Honduras Bible Seminary). Teaching seminary classes in Spanish is exciting, rewarding, terrifying, and always way more work than we were anticipating! The seminary is in a very difficult time financially, and as a result, also with student enrollment. So we have begun working with some of the other professors and staff with ways we can promote and recruit students so that SEBCAH can continue to have the kind of impact that it has had in making disciples and equipping leaders in Honduras! Bryan is still talking with Lenin about beginning a ministry to the people working in the garbage dump. It looks like it will be in the second half of the year, so if you guys can continue to pray about the plans for that as well, we would really appreciate it! Lastly, we really want to say a BIG Thank You! to all of you who responded to our request for one time, end of the year gifts. We didn’t get our financial reports until recently and were SO overwhelmed and encouraged by extra giving you were all so willing to do. The truth is we wouldn’t be planning things through the end of the year if it wasn’t for your generosity and willingness to invest in what God is doing here. We are especially excited that we are able to just focus on the work here without having to be distracted by the possibility of going back to raise funds! Love in Christ, Bryan, Christi, & Greta
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10