Missionaries Without Boundaries /  Merry Christmas! Nathan Lloyd-Jones Newsletter
17
Dec
2015
DSC_4772  Merry Christmas everyone!
  We hope that all is well with you and your loved ones. We are so blessed and highly favored by God.

I always get excited at this time of year because it just reminds me so much of not only what Christ did for us but about how special time with my family is. It is so easy to take our loved ones for granted and we even take Christ’s grace for granted sometimes. But now during this holiday season I am surrounded by reminders of Christ’s birth.

  DSC_4772We have had quite a lot going on these passed two months, mainly because Frank and Tami Monterroso had been stateside and we had been traveling back and forth between their mission in Belen and ours in Palacios.  Nathan had been kept extra busy managing two hardware stores and completing seminary training with several groups.  But although things had been extra busy and even sometimes chaotic God has constantly been showering us with His grace so that those quiet, peaceful, family moments (although further in-between) seemed to be so much more meaningful.
  God has also blessed us with the opportunity to travel upriver with our entire family to visit my sister, Katie, her husband, Chuck, and their two girls.  Seeing them strive to minister to people in their village was humbling for us because their village is so much more remote than ours, and it’s easy for us to forget about how blessed we are with certain comforts that Katie and Chuck have to do without.  Such as; a washer machine, clean water that doesn’t need to be bleached, and so on.
  Although I try to communicate as much as I can in one of these newsletters I always feel like they are so inadequate in showing you how different life here is to life in the states.  Your prayers and support make such a difference to so many people you will most likely never even meet.
  I’ll share a short story just as a small example of how different it is here and how you help.  While we were up river visiting Katie, the day before we planned to come back home someone came by the house. It was a young lady who wanted Katie (who had studied nursing) to come and check on her sister, who was pregnant with her first baby, and thought that she may have started labor.  I asked Katie if I could go along and she agreed.  When we got to the house we were led into a bedroom that had no bed, where a young lady, who appeared to be about 18 years old, was waiting for us.  In order to examine her, Katie had to ask her to lay down on the wooden floor and asked her a series of questions in order to try and figure out a due date.  Because most of the people in the village can’t read, or even do simple math, we weren’t ever able to figure out a due date, and because Katie knew we would be leaving early the next morning she suggested they call for the midwife from that village.  As we were leaving the young lady’s father pulled us aside and asked Katie if there was any thing that might go wrong, because if there was any risk he would like to take her down river to a larger village where there was a health center she could go to have the baby.  Thankfully, nothing seemed to be wrong with the baby or the mother, but it is certainly a very different picture than what you would see of a young lady in the states having her first baby.  That night I went to sleep and for the first time in quite a while I thought about how blessed I was to have a bed, and I’m not even pregnant, let alone in labor.  Your prayers and support make such a difference to people like that young mother about to have her first baby.  And I hope that this Christmas you’ll be able to look around you and truly appreciate every thing with which God has blessed you, and that you remember that God is using you to make a difference in the lives of people here in Honduras.
Thank you so much for your prayers, God bless you and have a very Merry Christmas.
Nathan and Rebecca Lloyd-Jones

 

 

 
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