Years ago I began dreaming about babies. At first I even thought I was pregnant…but by now well beyond childbearing age. Still, I would dream I found a baby, or someone gave me a baby, etc. etc. Strange. But I came to realize that it’s significance had to do with NEW THINGS that God was going to do. 2015 was a year full of NEW experiences, and not just for me, or the Toledo’s. Hope you enjoy the recapping of what began last year…before we go unpacking 2016 in the days ahead.
With the paper work for Destiny of Hope orphanage fully approved, the Guatemala courts have awarded us two children. Analisa was brought to us at 17 days old, having been abandoned by her birth mother in the hospital. Joshua came to us three weeks later and was 11 months old. He was rescued from an illegal guardianship situation.
FEBRUARY & MARCH
In February we did an evangelism seminar with David Holmbeck from Wisconsin, with YWAM. In March we had another shared experience with Paul and Donna Long in a three day seminar in Honduras. There were over 40 people who received the faith building teaching entitled, “God is in the Details”!
My friend and fellow missionary, Norma Hunt, embarked on a three month endeavor to open the path for Latin American Christians to enter Muslim countries in North Africa. She was accompanied by a young Honduran woman with a call to this area. They worked in a village hospital in scorching temperatures in a culture so distinct from their own. It is a criminal offense to talk about Jesus. Your service, love and living faith is your only witness to the people.
APRIL 6 – JUNE 29
Answering the “Macedonian Call” in Chalatenango, El Salvador to come and teach lay Christians to effectively serve in the local church and community was a rewarding challenge. Miguel and I, pastor Carlos and pastor Amadeo Cruz and missionary Cony Quenun were the teachers rotating on a bi-weekly basis for three months. Classes were held Monday thru Friday from 6 -9 p.m. in 95+ degree weather.
Our son, David, was recently appointed as Christians in Action Youth coordinator for our 16 churches in Guatemala. His vision is to give training in the fulfillment of the Great Commission and attract the unsaved youth to Christ. He has also been doing online courses at Liberty University in Virginia. Not to mention a variety of activities and responsibilities with his gifts of music.
The first week of August it was our privilege to coordinate with our international leaders, Ron and Virginia McCabe of Latin ARMS (Latin America Relief and Medical Services), to reach out in three villages during four days of rural clinics. Over 1,400 patients were seen. Over 900 gave prayed to receive Jesus as Savior. Follow- up is being continued by the local pastors.
The training course in El Salvador: 10 students received certificates of participation/completion of the course. Now another group in the capital, San Salvador, are asking for the same course.
SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER
In September Linda spent some time with mom in California. Mom turns 82 in December. In October
A third baby less than two weeks old was awarded by the courts to our Destiny of Hope Orphanage. In November Miguel, David and I attended of our bi-annual Christians in Action conference was again held in Fresno, CA. The fellowship with fellow front liners was great. And the sessions of guest speakers have impacted our lives forever.
STAY TUNED FOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN BRIEF(ER) REPORTS THIS 2016!
Miguel & Linda Toledo
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