We hope that this update finds each one of you enjoying yet another beautiful day that the Lord hath made. We are so blessed—reminds me of the song we sang as a family just days after Dad went to be with Jesus: “Jesus, We Just Want to Thank You”. We thank Jesus for His goodness to us, and we thank each of you for your continued concern for us. These last few months, we have been reminded over and over again of just how wonderful a God we serve. There is truly nothing better than being a Christian!
Laura and I would just like to personally thank each one of you who have taken the time to pray for our family, send a message of encouragement, and support us with such love. I was reading an article about Steve Saint recently, and he made a statement that really encouraged me. He said, “God doesn’t waste hurt.” What a wonderful thought, that even though I would not ever choose to go through what our family is going through, God can still be lifted up and magnified in the darkest of nights.
Since the airplane crash, we have been able to make a YouTube video that tells a little about Dad but also includes the Gospel message. You can watch “The Airplane Crash That Could Save Your Life” below.
We were also able to make a tract (pictured below). Already people have messaged us, telling of how this story helped bring them to Christ. Please feel free to share the video with whomever the Lord may lead you to. If you would like copies of the tracts, please contact me. They have the Romans Road on the back but no church name, so they can be passed out wherever you may go.
In April our pastor’s wife surprised my beautiful mother at the annual ladies’ conference our church hosts, “Blessed to Be a Blessing.” They honored her and also gave her a missions trip to Mexico with our pastor and his wife. You can watch the video of her being honored here. I cannot think of a more godly, faithful, loving, Proverbs 31 woman than my mom. It filled my heart, as well as my family’s hearts, with joy and encouragement to see our wonderful mother shown such love and appreciation.
Time doesn’t heal all hurt. Actually, I think some days are as hard as or harder than ever, but God does give the strength to go on. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13) Everyone is going through something. Your hurt maybe public, as is ours, or it may be hidden, as are the hurts of many. God is faithful, knows best, and will continue to guide. “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (II Corinthians 12:9) A recent sermon I heard, preached by Jesse Dominguez III, helped me greatly, and I’d like to share the the sermon video here. Perhaps it will encourage your heart and help you as it has helped me.
Since our last update, the Lord has given us good traveling mercies as we presented our passion for mission aviation with meetings in North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Michigan. There are some exciting opportunities to reach into the uttermost using mission aviation, and we look forward to what the Lord has in store.
In closing, I would like you to be in special prayer for our friend and Team Peru member, Heather Kokubun. Her husband went to be with our Saviour after a tragic fall. This post tells more of the story. When we were in Peru last, I do not think anyone encouraged us as much as, made us laugh more than, or truly showed us a passion for missions like Daniel did. This year we have lost some dear servants of Christ who had a passion for souls. Now the need is greater than ever to pick up where they left off and continue to reach the billions still in need of Christ’s love.
Thank you for your continued support. We could not move forward without the sacrificial care of individuals who love our Lord enough to give for His glory. May God bless each of you in the coming months.
Your servants in Christ,
Mark and Laura