Ali's son, Dennis Elliott, has been legally hers for a year now. They have moved back to Houston to be close to her family so that Dennis can get to know all the people who dearly love him and call him one of their own. He graduated from kindergarten in May 2017 and Ali will be working at his school as the 5th grade Dual language teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. They are also involved in a ministry here called "Hip Hop Hope" that brings the hope of Christ into neighborhoods through music, food, games, and discipleship.
Christine Bell Maradiaga Infectious Mission
Christine is the lab supervisor at Loma de Luz Hospital. Christine and Calix were married in 2015 and baby Samantha was born in October 2016!
Cris and Daniela Jones Unto Life Project
Cris & Daniela (Cristopher) live in Shell, Ecuador where they serve as area directors with Young Life. They are currently responsible for the eastern region of the country where there are currently ten leaders, two weekly clubs and two more in the works. Young Life seeks to develop relationships with young people with the goal of introducing them to Jesus and discipling them as they grow in their faith. There are three main camps each year, one evangelistic, one focused on spiritual growth, and one on developing leaders. The youth they work with generally come from very difficult situations. Broken homes, alcohol and drug use, poverty, and abuse are common. To reach these youth it is necessary to go where they are and build friendships, which must continue to grow as they are being discipled in their new faith.
David and Teresa, Levi and Zoey are settling in Balfate, Honduras! David is assisting Mike Yost with repairs and maintenance of…everything! Teresa is teaching at El Camino School.
RN, Hospital Loma de Luz, Balfate, Honduras.
John and Penny Alden The Least of His Brothers
John, a nurse midwife, and Penny, an RN arrived at Hospital Loma de Luz in 2004 and worked there until returning to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2013. They continue to visit yearly to nurture relationships in the church they helped plant in a nearby community of Margarita. They followup on both the nurses they scholarshiped as well as a high school and a seminary student.
Karl and Cindy have been doing part time mission work in Honduras for the past 14 years. While working at the hospital Loma de Luz, Karl works maintaining the x- ray machine as well as fixing numerous other bio medical equipment. Cindy works where she is most needed and can be seen any where from Wound care, vital signs, or working with patients in the hospital. In addition to their hospital work, they have an outreach sharing the gospel and bring food to the needy.
Kathryn arrived at Loma de Luz in Honduras in Jan. 2014. During her first two years at Loma de Luz, she was one of two house-moms for the older girls who live in the Casa de Chicas which is part of the Children's Center. Since then she has been serving in various capacities at Escuela Bilingue El Camino (which currently has Kindergarten through 5th Grade classes). Currently, she serves as the Teacher's Aide in the kindergarten class, and loves it! Although no longer living at the Children's Center, Kathryn continues to keep in touch with the girls and also spends time with the younger children, especially a few who face particular health and wellness challenges.
Kelcy married Gustavo Paredes in April 2016. Baby Luna Ember was born on June 1st, 2017! Having served in Ecuador since 2012, they have applied for a furlough beginning in July 2017 for 6 months to a year. We will rest, learn to be new parents, touch base with our supporters and sending church as well as raise more financial support. They are praying about launching a new ministry to teenagers and young adults with disabilities in Ecuador. They are excited about this possibility because they have both worked previously with similar ministries.
Matt and Christy have resigned their position at Reach Beyond. They are in Idaho where Libby and Loren will start school. They will continue to minister in Idaho while they await the Lord’s next assignment. If you would like to help with their transition costs, please see below. Thank you!
Mike and Connie Shea River of The Lion
Mike and Connie Shea Londrina, Brazil
Mike and Peggy Yost Light of Life
Mike and Peggy have been in Balfate, Honduras since 2002! They are active in their community and local Honduras church. Mike is the head maintenance and construction supervisor for Loma de Luz Hospital and related ministries and can fix almost anything! Peggy also works in the Hospital in wound care.
Renee Kusler New Birth Project
After many mission trips through Westmont College and Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Renee knew she was called to serve as a full time missionary in Latin America. The Lord provided the opportunity to serve at Hospital Loma de Luz in Honduras for seven years, get her Masters in Public Health In Developing Countries in London, help train Burundian medical students at Kibuye Hope Hospital in Burundi, Africa and then settle in Nicaragua, doing full time public health with AMOS Health and Hope. Renee is passionate about improving women's health in rural communities where access to medical care is very challenging. At AMOS Health and Hope, she works with a team of Nicaraguans to train community health workers in women's health, prenatal care and newborn care to help reduce maternal and infant mortality, and empower communities to improve their own health.
Many years ago, God established a desire in the hearts of Stephen and Georgiana Thomas to aid the children of Costa Rica (and Nicaragua) whose lives had been shattered by abuse, neglect and abandonment. On April 1, 2004, the doors of Operation Abraham were opened for the very first time! Fourteen months later, the first Costa Rican house parents were hired to provide family-style care for the children. House parents and staff work hard to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of children. The Thomases forged relationships with government organizations and later, established a nationally recognized NGO (non-governmental organization) that operates with quality and excellence. They are known for fighting for their kids, sincerely believing that they are a voice for the ‘voiceless’ - the children God brings to their doorstep. To date, 96 children have been accepted and loved at Operation Abraham. Nearly half have been adopted into families in Costa Rica, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the United States. Others have returned to their biological parents or extended families, and a very few have been moved to different institutions. Most importantly, these children are offered Jesus. Only in Christ can they overcome the past and forgive those who have hurt them.