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Here is Mike Booth's first newsletter from Nicaragua! Let's support him this mission!

Here is Mike Booth's first newsletter from Nicaragua! Let's support him this mission!

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    •      of  nonstop  since  I  arrived  here.      Los  Cedros    at  the  Northshore  Baptist  missionary  house  on  the  campus  of  the  Colegio  Havila.    I  came  to  Pastor   s  house  not  quite  knowing  what  the  living  situation  was  going  to  be  like  and  then  saw  that  they  are  actually  extending  their  house,  basically  building  an  apartment  onto  their  house  for  me.    I  never  dreamed  they  would  do  something  like  this    I  will  be  moving  into  the  apartment  this  week.  It  has  taken  awhile  to  get  it  prepared,  but  has  been  worth  the  wait.  In  the  beginning,  the  pastor s  girls  were  sort  of  shy.    They  are  Anna  age  13,  Mari  Joseph  age  16,  and  Ercilia  age  22.    The  family  and  I  get  along  really  well.  They  love  to  laugh  and  have  fun,  but  are  also  very  spiritual.    I  have  been  taking  the  daughters  out  in  the  school  field  and  letting  them  take  turns  on  my  motorcycle.  They  love  it.  The  youngest  one  is  actually  getting  the  hang  of  driving  it;  they  were  screaming  and  laughing  the  whole  time.    Now  we  are  all  really  good  friends.  I  have  been  encouraging  the  three  girls  to  help  with  the  youth  group.  Anna  has  been  singing  with  me  during  worship.  The  School  At  the  school  I  am  getting  to  know  a  lot  of  the  kids.  They  have  needed  a  lot  of  help  with  translating  letters  that  need  to  be  written  to  their  sponsors translate  letters  that  the  kids  have  written  with  incorrect  Spanish  and  tons  of  spelling  errors.      challenging,   learning  more  Spanish  doing  it.  I  have  been  super  busy  with  the  youth  group,  church  and  mission  teams;  however,  the  English  teacher  just  approached  me  and  asked  if  I  could  help  her  teach  English.  I  think  it  will  be  another  great  opportunity  to  serve  the  kids  and  keep  busy  using  my  gifts  unto  the  Lord.  Please  keep  this  in  prayer.  
    • Youth  Pastor          Now  for  the  crazy  news,  the  pastor  told  me  that  he  wanted  me  to  be  the  youth  pastor/leader  and  take  charge  of  the  youth  and  young  adults lead  Bible  studies,  worship,  youth  group  activities,  and  basically    come  up  with  a  plan  to  help  get  things  going.    We  have  officially  had  two  Bible  studies,  and  they  both  went  great.    The  first  Bible  study  I  purchased  ten  bibles,  notebooks  and  pens  and  presented  them  to  the  ones  without  Bibles.  I  introduced  the  worship  song  by  Hillsong  United  called  Came  To  My  Rescue  in  Spanish.  They  love  it!  I  spoke  on  Salvation  and  the  importance  of  them  understanding  that  it s  an  act  of  confession  and  belief  in  their  hearts.  It  a  cry  from  their  hearts  unto  the  Lord  for  Salvation.      
    • So  I  am  basically  trying  to  start  over  with  these  kids.  I  feel  like  they  have  been  caught  up  in  a  whirlwind  of  rules  and  regulations  and  have  missed  the  resurrected,  ever  interceding,  indwelling,  liberating,  full  of  Grace  upon  Grace,  Christ  the  Son  of  God  that  we  have  had  the  pleasure  of  getting  to  know,  love  and  abide  in  for  so  long.  Last  week  I  spoke  on  what  a  new  creation  we  are  in  Christ  and  what  are  the  gifts  of  the  Spirit.  I  encouraged  them  to  check  their  hearts  and  look  back  upon  their  lives  to  examine  if  they  have  ever  experienced  a  new  birth  in  Christ.  Have  they  seen  the  fruits  of  the  Spirit  in  their  lives?  Have  they  seen  that  they  are  more  than  conquerors  in  Christ?    I  want  to  love  them  into  wanting  to  read  the  Word  and  be  in  fellowship,  not  scare  them  into  it.  My  burden  for  these  kids  is  very  strong.  I  love  them  dearly  and  want  to  continue  to  walk  this  road  with  them,  and  be  there  for  them  during  the  hard,  sad,  happy,  challenging  times.  This  past  week  there  were  challenge  us  to  abide  in  Him.  This  next  week  I  will  possibly  start  the  Inductive  Bible  study  course.  I  think  it  will  really  open  their  eyes  to  see  that  there  is  more  depth  to  the  Scriptures.  I  am  getting  really  close  with  the  young  guys  in  the  youth  group.  They  are  very  interested  in  my  life  and  just  hanging  out  and  getting  to  know  me.  I  am  thinking  about  maybe  starting  a  discipleship  program  for  some  of  the  young  guys  that  are  really  interested  in  going  deeper  in  the  Lord  -­‐-­‐  something  like  we  used  to  do  on  Monday  nights.            
    • Church    We  have  church  nearly  every  night  of  the  week,  except  Thursday.      Monday  is  Youth  Group;  Tuesday  -­‐  Prayer;  Wednesday  -­‐  Church;  Thursday  off;  Friday    Church  Plant  in  Monte  Fresco;  Saturday  -­‐  Church;  Sunday  Morning  -­‐  Church;  Sunday  night  -­‐   ting/church.      The  first  week  I  was  here  the  pastor  asked  me  to  lead  the  Men s  Bible  Study.  I  was  a  little  apprehensive  but  felt  the  Lord  saying  go  for  it.  I  opened  up  to  Romans  8  and  spoke  on  Spiritual  vs.  Carnal  and  gave  my  testimony.  This  was  a  great  chance  to  get  to  know  the  men  and  share  my  heart  with  them.  Worship  The  kids  LOVE  the  guitar  and  box   many  want  to  learn  to  play.          One  night  I  got  some  of  the  youth  together  and  we  lead  worship  for  a  married  couples  retreat.    As  everything  else  goes  here  you  have  to  be  flexible  and  do  things  that  are  crazy  hard  and  totally  rely  on  the  Lord.      I  led  several  worship  songs  in  Spanish  with  some  of  the  youth.    It  was  neat  to  see  the  kids  step  out  of  their  comfort  zones  and  get  up  in  front  of  people  and  sing.      I  continue  to  introduce  a  new  song  each  week  and  review  the  one  we  learned  the  week  before.  The  kids  really  love  our  time  of  Worship  and  seem  to  be  responding  to  new  songs  well.  I  have  been  telling  them  that  it s  easy  to  sing  a  song  to  sound  good,  or  get  lost  in  daydreams,  or  be  so  concentrated  on  getting  the  words  right  that  we  miss  Who  we  are  actually  worshiping.    
    •  Spanish  &  The  Gopel   , y  Spanish  is  getting  pretty  good.    I  am  actually  getting  comfortable  praying  out  loud  in  Spanish  where  before  I  would  never,  and  I  mean  never,  pray  out  loud  in  Spanish.    It  was  just  too  hard  thinking  in  English  and  then  trying  to  translate  in  my  head  to  Spanish  before  I  could   leading  Bible  studies.  Mission  Teams  &  Outreach  [music,  bibles  giving  away,  guitars,  prayer]  Last  Sunday  we  had  a  mission  team  from  the  states  come  and  visit.    I  was  able  lead  worship  again  and  played  songs  in  Spanish  and  English,  like  Kari  Jobes  Revelations  song,  Hosanna  by  Hillsong,  Came  to  My  Rescue  by  Hillsong,  Open  The  Eyes  of  My  Heart,  and  others.    In  other  words,  it  went  well  enough  for  everyone  to  really  worship  the  Lord.  The  outreach  that  night  was  particularly  special  since  the  leaders  from  that  group  told  everyone  that  night  the  Lord  is  probably  tugging  at  your  heart  right  now  and  although  you  might  be  a  little  uncomfortable  coming  up  to   ,so  seek  them  out  and  let  the  Lord  set  you  free.    Well,  he  pointed  to  me  and  Pastor  Manuel  and  so  later  several  came  up  to  me  afterwards  and  we  were  able  to  talk  about  some  important  things  going  on  in  their  lives.    We  were  able  to  talk  frankly  about  their  sin  and  pray  for  forgiveness.    God  is  good  and  how  wonderful  He  is  to  meet  us  in  all  of  our  circumstances.      
    •    Prayer  Needs  I  miss  you  guys.    This  week  has  been  the  hardest  yet,  but  also  very  fruitful.  appreciate  your  prayers,  notes  on  Facebook  and  E-­‐mail.      I  especially  appreciate  your  praying  for  Monday  nights  with  the  youth.  That  the  night  we  do  our  Bible  study.  I  talked  the  first  week  on  salvation.  This  next  week  will  be  a  new  creation  in  Christ  including  fruit  of  the  Spirit  and  what  a  new  creation  looks  like.     studying  the  Word  over  the  next  few  weeks  focusing  first  on  observing  the  text  and  moving  onto  it  application  to  our  lives.    Brad s  notes  have  really  helped  me  get  things  started    There  are  a  lot  of  good  things  going  on  heresomeone  dies  or  is  killed  every  week  or  two.    Four  or  five  people  have  people  have  died  everything  is  fine  and  thimportantly  the  only  advice  I  had  for  him  is  that  his  brother  is  dead  and  he  needs  to  see  that  life  is  fragile  and  what  is  he  going  to  do  with  his  life?    He  grabbed  me  wi ,  tie  me  up  with  a  rope  and  take  me  back  to  Los  Cedros.    Not  exactly  the  response  I  was  looking  for,  but  kind  of  funny.      Last  week  the  police  came  and  notified  us  that  armed  bandits  were  coming  to  attack  us.    They  woke  me  up,  and  we  all  gathered   home  to  maintain  a  watch  that  night.    About  20  of  his  extended  family  came  and  we  maintained  vigil  with  my  trust mutt  that  nobody    little  runt  who  bites  everybody  except  me.    everybody,  he  just  acts  tough.    For  some  reason  I  like  the  little  guy  and  he  helped  us  make  it  through  the  night.    The  truth  is  the  Lord  is  so  faithful,  He  protected  us  as  we  all  gathered  together  in  His  wonderful  name!  
    •  It  just  lets  you  know  that  life  is  never  easy  here  and  some  sort  of  incident  or  event  is  just  around  every  corner.    So  thank  you  for  your  prayers  and  thinking  of  us.    Financial  Report  Thank  you  all  so  much  for  giving  to  this  ministry  is    Most  of  my  monthly  needs  of  about  $500  USD  are  being  met,  so  for  those  who  can  continue  to  give  thank  you  so  much.     Visa  renewal  and  reentry  cost:  $200  -­‐  $500  approximately  for  re-­‐entry  to  Nicaragua  quarterly.      I  am  also  looking  into   residency ,  which  would  make  me  a  resident  for  up  to  5  years  allow  me  to  have  more  privileges.    I  would  be  left  alone  by  immigration.  The  cost  for  residency  is  about  $500.  Below  are  some  special  requests  and  if  the  Lord  puts  it  on  your  heart,  then  you  canmake  a  note  with  your  support  that  you  would  like  it  to  go  toward  any  of  the  items  below:          Special  request:     $250  -­‐  $300  for  youth  group  activities  and  events.     $400  -­‐  $500  for  community  ministry.   $200  for  Bibles.  The  Bibles  cost  $7  dollars.  I  was  able  to  buy  ten  of  them,  but  have  had  a  lot   more  requests  from  kids  in  the  youth  group  and  people  at  the  church.  It s  crazy  to  think  that   Bible  but  i ts  true.  So  this  is  a  very  special  request.    Motorcycle    
    • I  hate  to  bring  it  up  but  the  motorcycle  has  become  one  of  my  most  pressing  and  expensive  prayer  requests.    Literally,  potholes.    I  keep  repairing  it,  welding  parts  and  it  keeps  breaking.    It  simply  is  not  made  for  these  types  of  roads  and  yet  I  have  to  do  many  errands  for  the  school,  the  church  and  mission  teams.  Screws  are  now  missing,  parts  have  fallen  off  and  others  are  completely  bent.    I  can  possibly  sell  it  for  about  $1,000-­‐$1,300,  but  the  cost  of  a  more  adequate  one  is  at  least  $2,200  -­‐  $2,600  USD.    That  leaves  about  $900  -­‐  $1,600    Again  thank  you  for  all  your  prayers  and  support.    It  is  making  a  difference  in  the  lives  of  these  kids  that   loving-­‐kindness  is  being  shared  by  your  wonderful  support.    Thank  you  again  and  God  Bless!  In  His  Wonderful  Name,  Mike  Booth  newmikebooth@gmail.com  For  those  who  want  to  contribute,  you  can  send  a  donation  to:   Calvary  Chapel  Living  Hope     Attn:  Nicaragua  Mission    Mike  Booth   625  Seagaze   Oceanside,  CA  92054   Ph#  760  967-­6869   contact@cclivinghope.org