Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
The past weekend we spent in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. If you have ever seen the movie: Planes, Trains and Automobiles the landscape they cross when the train breaks down seemed to be exactly the same place we were. Distant relatives of mine invited us to share at the evening service of Illmo Baptist Church. The people there were very kind and inviting. Pray that Christ was glorified in our presentation and lives and that any foolishness or self exalting will be forgiven and forgotten by those we encountered, for His Name's Sake.
This week I finish my collegiate duties and await my Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration. Thank the Lord that its practically over. I will take the final on Wednesday and from then on be free to read any book I want. It has been a long 4 1/2 year journey of ups and and a lot of downs, but He is good.
This month pray for three very distinct things if you will:
Clear Vision of His hand at work
Assurance of our Calling
Passion for that Calling
Alaina and I are thankful for the Lord's continued provision. We are so close to being at 100% supported financially, but until we are supported financially and through the prayers of God's church we will not be going anywhere.
(the picture is of our mission home in Jackson, TN)
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Dear Friends and Family, Support After four months of traveling, speaking and raising support, October showed the second lowest amount received this year. Talk about discouraging! From nearly 1/2 raised to only a 1/4 was a real blow. We have not stopped praying and seeking the Lord’s face and this past month we have seen Him work miracles. In the month of November, 10 new families have committed to support and pray for us regularly. Three times now we have spoken to small groups of friends and family in their homes and have found wonderful encouragement. Many have expressed assurance and encouragement of and from our calling to Ecuador. We are now at roughly 1/3 of our needed monthly support pledged. Praise God as He does His work exactly as He intends. Recently, we finished reading the book of Acts. From the Day of Pentecost to the journey of Paul we saw how the hand of God is at work mightily in those that deny themselves, take up their cross and follow Jesus. The truth rings clear; He is enough. Every disappointment, discouragement or loss is made up for in Christ Jesus and He will never leave us. Freedom, love, hope and grace are ours only through Him. Health Both of us had H1N1 and successfully passed it on to friends. Sharing is caring. We have both recovered just fine, but during our period of sickness I was asked to lead worship for Fellowship Bible Church’s youth group. I was so excited to be able to play, but my voice was almost gone. Thankfully, the students were forgiving and they decided they would have me back in the future. Praise God that the possible cancer scare Alaina’s mother endured turned out to be nothing. She came to the US for some tests and nothing showed up. We were able to visit her in Texas while she was States side. While in Texas, I had the privilege of attending the TCU - Utah game at TCU. Yeah, horned frogs! Celebration Nov. 28, 2009, Kristen Cisneros and Trevor Schmidt were married in Hooper, CO. It was a huge blessing to attend and be in the wedding. Trevor and I have walked through much of our lives together and I am so glad he has found Kristen. She is a wonderful woman of God and I couldn’t be happier for both of them. While we were in Colorado we spent Thanksgiving with my grandparents and aunt and uncle’s family. Alaina has found that she fits right in with my cousins as they are all red heads and love to play Dutch Blitz. Unfortunately there just wasn’t enough time or snow to go snowboarding while we were there, but on our return across the south we experienced snow in Amarillo and again outside Ft. Worth. So beautiful, so long as you have a warm coat and a board under your feet. Thank you all so much for your prayers. They have been felt and so deeply appreciated. Alaina and I have both known the influence of Satan when we are not covered in prayer. Some days we just seem angry for no reason at all, when we know full that the Master is in control. It seems everyday we learn a little more about trusting our God for every single need. In Him Loren and Alaina Holland 6233 15th Ave Meridian, MS, 39305 601-572-5176 (AT&T - US) Skype - gregeoryh www.hollandfamilylife.com If you would like to contribute to our monthly support there are a variety of ways to give. A check can be made out to International Teams. Indicate either on the check or on a separate note “for the ministry of Loren and Alaina Holland”. Exact wording is important for IRS reasons. You may give online at www.iteams.org/give where you will also find a link to setting up an Electronic Fund Transfer. On our web site there is a link titled “GIVE” which will explain the different ways to give in more detail. If you have any questions you can contact us or International Teams at 1-874-429-0900. Thanks so much.