● Toby is currently teaching his students on the books of Acts and Matthew. He takes his students through a book touching lightly on variety of subjects and the overall theme of the book. In a later study, he takes the students more deeply into the book with a more challenging study. Toby continues to work on developing their thinking and reasoning skills.
Over the next two months, before we return to the states for furlough, Toby will also be teaching the students on evangelism. He has been giving the students two or
Toby’s students and Cassandra three questions each week to ask non-Christians. The answers that they receive really at the water park shock them. Toby uses the questions and the answers they received to show the stu-
dents where and how to find the truth in the Bible. When this part of their training is done each student will be paired with a minister in a local church to visit people in the mountain and evangel- ize. Please pray that they would become very effective in evangelism.
● Toby had a great time taking 8 of his students, along with Cassandra and Jonathan, to Zizima water park the last week in March. Zizima water park is located in San Pedro Sula. It is very clean and safe for chil- dren and families. Some of these students work and/or attend school while attending Toby’s class. They come from very poor homes and do not have much to expand their minds. Toby is always looking for new things to stretch their thinking beyond their mountain homes. The water park did that and more.
The students had never experienced anything like a water park. At first the huge slides were intimidat- ing. Cassandra and Jonathan showed them the slides were safe and how much fun they were. It did not take long for the students to became enthusiastic and join in. As you can see in the picture above, there was not a dry one among them. Everyone had an incredible time!
San Antonio Church Celebrates 10 Years
The San Antonio church celebrated its 10th anniversary in March. The church gathered together for a great time praising God for all that He has done. The people en- joyed time visiting, looking at pictures of the last 10 years and sharing a meal. Everyone had a wonderful time.
The church also used this time to introduce and welcome Johana to the mountain. Jphana is from El Salvador and recently married one of our ministers. It is a blessing for
At the Clinic
Amy has seen several cases of very high blood pressure at the clinic in the past several weeks. After consulting various doctors, she has added another anti- hypertensive medication to dispense in hopes to bring the blood pressures down. She will continue to do follow up with the patients to see if the new medication is helping.
With the many deaths in the past month in the mountain churches, Amy has also been busy working with those who are grieving and depressed.
Toby and Amy hired a carpenter to make a new bed for Jonathan as he had out- grown his toddler bed. While working on the bed, the carpenter cut off almost all of his index finger and part of his thumb. The Hills did not know about the accident for a week. A bad infection had set in. Amy was able to help the carpenter get with a surgeon to work on his hand. The surgeon had to re- move his index finger, but he still has his thumb. The infection is cleared up and the carpenter is recovering.
Patients waiting to be seen at clinic
us to see married couples in leadership that can be an example to the church.
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Leonel has been spending a lot of time working with Marvin Saul’s family. Marvin is the little boy that was malnourished that we are helping to feed. Leonel has taken sev- eral trips to visit the family. Because there are no roads to the village, the trip takes 3 hours each way, most of it walking.
Leonel counsels the immediate family and talks with the extended family about the issues they are dealing with and shares the love of God with them. He has talked with the father several times trying to work through why he is abusing his wife and children and how the father can change his life.
Marvin continues to gain weight and is looking healthy. We pray that the work Leonel is doing with the family will lead them to Jesus and a safer home environment.
During the month of March there were several deaths in the churches in the mountains. Dona Vicenta was one person that we knew very well. Dona had been taken to the hospital several times throughout the years due to congestive heart failure. This time she did not make it to the hospital.
In Honduras when someone dies, the body must be buried within 24 hours, unless you have the money to embalm. The cost of embalming is not something that the mountain people can afford. Dona was brought to our house for Amy to pronounce her dead.
Having an all-night wake is very important to the people in the mountain. Dona’s wake was called within 30 minutes of her dying. It was interesting to help the families from the pronouncement of death to the burial. The men Toby has trained took charge of all the details. They arranged for her to be carried to the church for her wake, brought family members from the city and the mountain to the wake, prepared the grave site, and counseled the grieving family. They continue to work with the family through the grieving process.
It is a joy that we can see the men Toby has worked with step up to take the lead with their families and to continue to work to help their friends and family through difficult times.
Please send support to:
Merendon Mountain Mission
1435 Van Winkle Joplin, MO 64801
W ebsite: www . Merendon. net
Many thanks for your continued support and prayers!
Our Prayer Requests
*Leonel would obtain a visa to come to the US this summer. *Toby’s students would understand their Bible studies and be able to evangelize effectively. *That the students would boldly speak the truth in love. *Amy’s new residency would be completed.
*More support to be raised this summer. *God would open doors to visit new churches this summer who we can share the ministry. *All the details for furlough this summer would come together. *Our safety in Honduras. *Money for Sunday school material. *The San Antonio church wants to build a new church that has easier access.
*Amy received a temporary residency card until November 1. *Amy received her Honduran driver’s license. *Leonel received his Honduran passport. *A wonderful celebration of the San Antonio church 10th anni- versary.
*Don Antonio’s hand was quickly repaired after accident. *Sarah’s Spanish is improving. *Several people in the San Antonio church are planning on getting married.
*Toby has two new students.