Where to begin? I feel that I am always starting with an apology, because it has be so long since my last update. I do apologize because it has been so long since I have wrote a blog. Here is why we have been super busy this summer, and time has absolutely flown by. I cannot believe that it is already the middle of August. Some truly amazing things have taken place in these past few months. Mainly adjusting and becoming one with my new wife. God has truly blessed us both, we came home to a beautiful little house that we were able to fully furnish and have all our housing needs met. We both received sufficient funding to buy cars to allow us to fulfill our ministry needs. Every night we sit at our dinner table and pray, praise, and thank God for all the people like you that He has put in our lives to be our support base.
My wife Morgan has really impressed me with her ministry. Her week is packed with all different forms of ministry, but all with the same focus and goal in mind and that is to build and disciple the women of Honduras. I know we hear go and make disciples, but I do not think it happens as often as God expects it to. I am guilty myself, because the one of the main things that it takes is time. It is easy to come in and share the Gospel with a group of people and lead them to Christ. It is a whole different animal to live life with them and bear their burdens and life struggles. With that being said I witnessed this week after week from my wife. Being faithful to the calling, she hardly ever is discouraged, even if just one women shows up. She seems to always find a positive twist to every situation, and for that she is my compliment and I am very thankful for her, and very proud of her work and wanted to brag on my wife to you.
I myself in the past few months have been growing and stretched as well. Unlike my wife I did not grow up here in Honduras. So most of my year has been spent adjusting to culture, learning to curve my frustration, and just being happy with getting one thing done a day. I read a book when I got back here, the title was Zeal without Burnout. I think the main thing that I took from that book was that is not a sprint, a lifelong missionary runs a marathon, and at this point I see us here on the field for at least 15 years. The Bible calls us to finish the race and finish strong, but if burnout happens you not only become ineffective you also lose yourself, and your main relationship with the God who created you. So I have been trying to take it one adventure at a time. This year has not been packed full of construction, and blessing people through my gifting. I have had to plug into other areas to help the ministry as a whole. Looking back on some of the things I did, I am grateful for what I was a part of. I made a new friend in Scott Parker missions pastor from the bridge fellowship, we got to hang out and put a roof on a house for a family that was being evicted from their home, and forced to finish their adobe home during rainy season. I was able to go back with the Full Count ministry, they were one of the first teams I worked two years ago. It was cool to be able to see how God is growing their ministry and catch up with old friends. Also God had me there that week for a specific reason. There was a young man with a similar background to mine, and at the end of the week he shared and was broken. So I asked if he and another member of the team could ride back in my truck. On our way back to the mission house that young man came to the knowledge and love of our savior Jesus Christ. The Following week I got to get back to what I love. A team from Shreveport Louisiana came and built and outdoor pavilion for one of our churches. The church has been using it to do Sunday school. Given the extra space they have seen real growth in the church. A couple of weeks later we had two teams in the same week. Summer is always the prime time for short term missions, because kids are out of school and other factors. So Morgan and I got to take one of our favorite groups to La Esperanza, a location in the north where we have two churches. Morgan did women’s ministry, their pastor and team captains daughter along with two of our staff did children’s and VBS, which left me driving the dental team around. If you know me you know I like to stay busy and would prefer to work with my hands. Well that is exactly what happened, I had never done a dental team. I have to say very physical, since they still do mainly extractions here. Our makeshift clinic was a classroom, where kids were still having class ha-ha. By the end of the week the Honduran dentist hands where tired and I was more than willing to fill in. I got to pull a few under her supervision of course. Also at night I got to play card games and talk theology with a good friend and the only other guy on the trip. The following week we hosted a very dynamic and multifaceted team. The Parker team from Franklinton Louisiana, every year they are a logistical monster. This year was no different driving two hours to get to the first village they were working in. Then setting up women’s, VBS, dental, medical, and veterinary, only to break down at lunch and drive back toward the city and hour to enter another village to do it all over again. I had always wanted to do veterinary ministry, but both our vet teams also normally do construction. Although this year they did not so I got to drive them, translate for them, and also rope and treat animals with them as well. What a real way to open doors to have relationship with the men in the villages by treating their animals. We had a couple of weeks in between to catch our breath and I should have updated then so that this would not be so long, but wait for it we took a little vacation. Even missionaries need some R and R every once and while. After our break we hosted an awesome group from middle Tennessee. The group that I worked with were young collage age guys. Each day we did a different project. They really accepted me as part of their group, which does not always happen and makes the week harder because you feel like the outsider/slave driver. These men did an awesome job though really finishing strong. The following week was one that I have been looking forward to the whole year. Morgan and I hosted my home church pastor and two guys from our church. We received many cards of encouragement from our brothers and sisters in Christ. Also a ton of little goodies from people that know us so well and always love on us in a special way. We built a pastors house for our church in Piliguin. This is an effort to make the church more independent from us, and allow them to support their own pastor. The guys did a great job and finished the week strong. It was good for the soul to have some hometown faces here with us. I am very thankful to have such a loving home church.
In the midst of all this there has been something else going on as well. If you follow on Facebook you will know what I am about to share. Honduras has been hit hard by the southern pine beetle. When I returned from our wedding I witnessed them cutting thousands of trees a day. They were so far behind the infestation that they were just falling the trees, with no time to clean up let alone re plant. God really put it on my heart to try and see what the process of getting some of this wood would be. So I started to look into it. First I had to find and area that would allow me to work the wood up, but be safe enough to leave it for a period of time. I found that place in a remote village that we do ministry in called Buena Vista. So I went to the local government and asked them what the process was. Very long story short I had to agree to clean the area that I took the wood from, and buy saplings for them to replant after the infestation was under control. So I got permission for one hundred trees, and I paid $111 for the saplings. Gods timing is always perfect, because while all this was going on I was trying to figure out how to get the trees cut into lumber. Basically here they do it all with a chainsaw, so I started getting quotes from guys. I found out quickly that this was going to be expensive, so I changed to just debarking the trees and leaving them in block form. The price went from $20,000 down to $8,000 but still way to much seeing how I would still have to pay for transport. Well during that time one of my good Honduran friends pastor David was like bro just buy a saw and employee a guy to do the work. So I started looking into a saw, the saw they use to do this work is a Sthil 660 and cost $1,200. Well the guy I was telling you about earlier Scott Parker and his pastor were listening to us discuss how to go about cutting up the wood and at the end of it, they were like our church wants to buy you the saw. Wow God is good and His timing never fails. In my talks with the other woodcutters they said this work could be done in 10-12 days. That is why I was like $8,000 sounded crazy I have never made that in two weeks ha-ha. So once again my God sent my friend David, he was like I have a friend that cuts up wood. So I offered him a contract using my tools and me buying a small saw to clean up all the logs for him to cut, and paying a helper when I could not be there. He agreed to a $700. Which is very good pay for here about three times more than he would have made laboring for a Honduran. In the process working that wood with this man I made a friend and was taught a lot. I also felt a bit of pride cause he was impressed with my work ethic we put in 12 hour days and at the end we had 125 block ranging from 10’ to 20’ and measuring anywhere from 8”x8” to 24”x24”. I prayed over this man and thanked him for his work and the true ability God blessed him with. My next hurdle was finding transport, to move the wood from Buena Vista to our property in Tatumbla. I went through about 15 contacts, before one night at small group one of the Honduran guys was like try Marco my dad uses him all the time. So I called him and showed him the route and the time frame which I was open to help with guys and my truck in case he got stuck. He agreed to 2,000 lempira per transport which is $87.75, we finished yesterday and did 7 in total so I have $615 and another $100 in helpers. It was a very long almost 4 month’s total process to complete the process. If I was to buy this amount of lumber here at the local lumber yard that I use it would cost me anywhere from $25,000 to $30,000. I still lack using an Alaskan mill that one of our pastors made to break the blocks down into workable size then rip it on a table saw to make 2xs and 1xs. Even including the cost of the two saws I only have $2,500 in this process, and will be able to do 50-75 roof projects. Which will be at least 3 years’ worth of work. Which will help with rising cost to do ministry and I can focus on raising the money for the metal roofing aspect of the projects and also concrete floors.
I want to thank you for your continued support of what we are doing here in Honduras. We live one hundred percent on people just like you giving monthly or one time donations. If you want to be a part of us reaching our support goals please follow the give link on my website coydavis.com. We are constantly in need of support as of right now we are at 60% of our monthly support needs. Please pray for what God would have you do, financial is not our only needs. When we return to the states we would love to visit and share our vision and upcoming needs. In this there are many cost involved in travel where people help with airline miles and hotels or hosting us. Sharing our needs is also a way that you can help, maybe you are not able to help directly, but know someone that is able to help. Of course prayer is most important and reaching out with encouragement that we are not alone, and that there are people on the home front in our corner. We will be returning to the States at the end of October for the wedding of Morgan’s little brother. After the wedding we would like to come share and visit with you if you have availability during the months of November and December and part of January please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and God bless you for your continued or new support of our work here.