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Lenten Challenge: Wishy-washy

I spent the afternoon at a friend’s house doing laundry b/c she has a washer & dryer. These are things I took for granted in the states, and even complained about the chore.
My guess is you might be similar, so I’m offering a Lenten Challenge. For the days leading up to Easter, put a nickel, quarter OR EVEN a dollar in a jar every time you do a load of laundry. (Hey, and all the change you find in the washer/dryer too!) Each time, say a short prayer of thankfulness for the modern conveniences that we enjoy. Then during Easter, give the money away…to your favorite charity 😉 (Whomever that may be!)
May the Lord bless you with a happy heart and clean clothes!IMG_20150216_191904

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The “In Between Time”

Acts 28: 30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!

Now that we are back in Honduras we have begun the task of setting up house, renewing friendships, and beginning the ministries to which God has called us here in Honduras. Setting up house and renewing friendships is easy. The hard part is beginning the ministries.

The ministries to which we are called are (1) fostering children and exploring starting a children’s home of some kind and (2) training pastors to start new churches. These are both things that take time to establish. Working with children requires establishing legal residency and meeting federal legal requirements for working with children. Starting churches is a labor intensive process of making local contacts, seeking people called to helping start churches, evangelism, and meeting legal requirements for establishing churches.

We know in part what we want to do and are called to do, but what do we do in the in between time. That is the time in between our arrival and when we really get to start our ministries.

The scripture listed above comes from the last chapter of Acts where Paul is in prison waiting to go on trial in Rome. In the “in between time” Paul does not just sit idly around waiting for his trial. Even though church tradition teaches us that Paul loses his life because of it, he continues to show hospitality and to “(proclaim) the kingdom of God and (teach) about the Lord Jesus Christ…” as he waits to go before the court.

We too are engaged in seeking ways we can proclaim Jesus as we are in the in between time in our ministry.

We have talked to our back door neighbors about the possibility of doing some devotions together. Brian is meeting with some retired Americans for breakfast a few days a week to see if their is a possibility of starting an English speaking church for them. We are also exploring the possibility of starting an English service for missionaries and their families because they have expressed a desire for this. We are interviewing missionaries to learn from their experiences. We are taking this opportunity to practice and learn more Spanish. As this blog is being written, we are preparing to take part in a missions conference here in Siguatepeque to make more connections, explore our calling, worship God, and to learn as much as possible.

Sometimes we get a little anxious and aggravated as we wait upon God’s timing, but we are certainly not idle.

We really appreciate all of you who are praying for us. Please continue to pray for us in the in between time as we pray for God’s direction and provision. Also pray about what God is calling you to do in your in between time, that is the time between now and Christ’s second coming. Be bold, seek God, and move forward in His grace.

Because of His Extravagant Grace: The Scotts in Honduras