Monday, September 22, 2014

May - August Prayer Letter

Below is a copy of my husband's prayer letter for May - August:

May-August 2014
Dear Partners and Co-laborers  with God,
“TO EVERY THING THERE IS A SEASON, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)
Unless you are very young, we all tend to agree that time seems to pass so quickly for us.  Fall is already upon us; a favorite time of year for me, cooling weather, a time of harvest and thanksgiving. While we patiently wait for certain things to pass (like the heat, unless you live in Alaska) and new things to come, one thing is always in season and ready to harvest, that is, souls! 
Jesus admonished, “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; For they are white already to harvest,” (Jn.4:35)  
Thank God that we don’t have to wait for Fall to go fishing or hunting for souls! Amen?  I recently talked to a young man named Nick on a Walmart parking lot in Texas and was able to lead him to Christ.  Several weeks later in train station in Sacramento, California I was privileged to lead a very needy man by the name of Jay to the Lord.  Souls are everywhere, waiting for a courageous witness to tell them of a Saviour who died for them!  We need to pray as the Apostle Paul requested, “that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.”  (Eph. 6:19)
We came back in July for what I had hoped would be a brief visit of two months to visit some of our churches and get my annual exam in for prostate cancer.  Thank God the exam went well and is unchanged from last year.  Also, a heart stress test revealed no obvious problems, but for Debbie, my wife, this year has certainly held it's challenges.  As we reported before, in February she experienced erysipelas, a strep infection that completely covered her face with blisters, accompanied by intense pain that lasted about two months.  
When she shows pictures of herself, no one can believe that it is her. Thankfully, it is essentially all healed. However, in July, when we were in Tacoma, Washington, she became ill, passed out and broke her fibula close to the ankle when she fell.  A CAT scan revealed several suspicious swollen lymph nodes near her kidneys. The Doctor wants to see her again in three months, soooo….that means she waits here for her leg to heal and, the first of December, will get a follow up CAT scan. Meanwhile, I will be going back to Honduras the first of October.  Not what we had planned, but God is still in control!
Pray for Hotir as he ministers and
directs in our absence,
not only in our main church,
but in ALL the works.
The works and workers are still growing in Honduras. I recently encouraged a men’s fellowship among our churches in our department, Intibucáa, and currently have 6 involved. Seven were saved in one of our mountain works, Ojo de Agua. Remember Cecilio, their leader in prayer for continued spiritual growth. He and my associate, Hotir will be going to a conference and taking 10,000 New Testaments to be distributed.  Thank you for all you do to help make this ministry possible.
Loving serving Him,

The Lanes
I ask for your prayers that I might return home ASAP and in good health.  I miss my Honduras "family" and "kiddos" and the work that God has given us to do.  
Also, coming up in December, we will be having our second annual Christian Youth Leadership Conference AND I NEED TO BE THERE!  I am in charge of registration and scheduling all competitions.  
Last year (which was our first year) we had around 150 young people.  Our prayer is that we see many more teens in attendance this year and that they may accept the call of Christ to serve Him full time.