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Our family continues to enjoy singing during this restrictive time. Dan's sisters joined him in Ecuador from Canada and Florida, via video, to record an old favorite...He Leadeth Me!
We thank our mom, Debra Doyle, who gave us the love of music and harmony, but most of all, an example of one who loves Jesus, her husband and family. One day we'll join you in Heaven's choir, but until then, we'll go on singing here. We love you, Mom! Happy Mother's Day!
We are looking into possibilities of getting back to the USA. However, there are few, if any, flights. They are charging double right now, if they go at all. Please pray God works out the details in his time. We would like to be back in the States by the end of May/early June. We will have to do a 14 day quarantine at that point.
We're cooped up like everyone else. So what do we do besides regular school?
Audra and Dan built a humming bird feeder, we've played with making videos, we recorded a song (It Is Well) and we're practicing more music. We're reading a book together called, "Joyfully at Home" about becoming a young woman, preparing for future. We watch Little House on the Prairie at night before bed. We try to walk the cow paths once a day. That takes us along the river and the dogs swim for a while. Our curfew is 2pm, so we're restricted later in the day.
Dan continues to mentor guys online, taking them through "Principles of Bible Study" and a couple others in "OT survey". We're going to kick off another "virtual course" in May. Also trying to keep up relationship with pastors I work with here in Cuenca and in Quito, not to mention back in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
So...it's enough to keep us busy! Haha! We are just a little crazy by not being able to get out and see people face to face. They're talking about stricter measures here. If that happens, we may try to leave earlier...maybe beginning of June instead of July. We have to store our belongings and get passports for our four oldest girls first. Dan's sister sent birth certificates that should arrive April 13, then we can see about renewing passports.
We're just going a day at a time and wait and see.
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Will you please keep praying for Nicaragua? We just ended a call with good friends there. We are not posting their picture or names because they, like many others, have changed their facebook information. This is because there are many who have spoken against the government are now missing or confirmed dead.
Yesterday there was a national work stoppage. You can google Nicaragua and see pictures of deserted streets and stores. These are places we know and shopped. The Nicaragua government is controlling most news outlets and painting a different picture than the people. The truth is that the US has already frozen $800 million dollars that Nicaragua president, Daniel Ortega had in US bank accounts. The States sent a negotiator to talk about his resignation, but no one knows what the outcome of that meeting was.
Our friends are fortified in their house, laying on the bottom of a bunk bed with many things piled on the top bunk. Why? Because just the other day a bullet came through the roof a their friend's house next to his bed. It is not safe for them to leave their house. He has gone nearly two months without work because they live in middle of the hotbed.
We ended the call with prayer, and while we were praying we could hear gunfire from the street. There is much fear and little peace in Nicaragua. There is distrust of the government and president. We shared that we are waiting for one day that the Prince of Peace will rule this world and we can have every confidence in him.
Please keep praying for Nicaragua in the midst of this crisis. Pray for safety of the innocent. Pray for a quick resolution. Pray that believers will shine bright in this dark time.
Country shuts down in protest against the president
Nicaragua has been in violent turmoil for nearly two months. Today marks another milestone as there is a national protest. For the next 24 hours, everything will be closed. Already highways have been restricted. Food has been scarce, foreign businesses are not importing into Nicaragua, people are suffering. There has been an unofficial curfew of 6pm. It is just too dangerous to be out on the streets after that. I was told that the Nicaragua I knew is now very different. It is a dangerous place to be. There are virtually no North Americans left in the country. Most missionaries have evacuated.
It all escalated when Ortega changed the benefits that retirees would receive. That was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. People came out in protest and the government responded with excessive force. There have been at least 135 killed in the last two months. The government is accused of using para military groups to attack protesters. Police are accused of not protecting the people.
In a call for change, the people decided to shut down everything. Stores, banks, transportation, businesses are all closed. In a country where many people buy food daily, this is difficult. If the national shut down endures, people will be hungry.
How does the church respond?
I talked with pastors Marco & Osman this week. When word came down of the national stoppage, they went to buy provisions for those who may have need. La Gracia (Grace Baptist Church) will have food available for those in their community who were not able to get food.
In the hour of crisis, the church seeks to point people to Christ!
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Central Missionary Clearinghouse handled our finances as we transitioned from our previous ministry. However, in an effort to make things simpler, Servant Leaders can now facilitate donations and remittance. Our goal over the next few months is to have all donations processed through Servant Leaders. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding this next step of our transition.
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My Mom, Debra Doyle, fought a long fight against cancer. Wednesday evening, November 15, 2017, she breathed her last on earth and took her first breath on the shores of heaven. She was 63.
When I asked her this week what the first thing she would do in heaven, her response was, "I'm going to let Jesus hold me. Then I'll look for choir practice." Mom gave us the love of music. My two sisters and I learned how to sing harmony by sitting next to Mom in church. We have no doubt that she's singing a new song to her Savior right now!
Though this is extremely difficult for us, we are thankful that God brought us back to be with her in these last few months and by her side as she crossed to the shores of Heaven.
Please pray for Dad (Ken), Dan's sisters Rachel (Randy) Burwell and their 5 children, Naomi (James) Hartwig and their 4 children and our family.
In lieu of flowers, you may send a donation in her name to their church-Valley View Baptist Church. Their church family has been a tremendous blessing through this time.
Just a quick note to let you know what has been happening.
Before we arrived back from Nicaragua, we learned that Dan's mom, Debbie Doyle had become very weak. She has been battling breast cancer for nearly 10 years. Her sister, Amy, began caring for her 24/7. Since we returned, we have been spending a lot of time with her. Her pain has been intense and she continues to weaken. Friday, October 13, she went for more tests. Yesterday, Oct. 16, she received the results. The cancer has spread. There is a mass in her right lung and the cancer is in her bones. She also has the beginning of pneumonia.
We have confidence in our Lord that "In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind." Job 12. 10. What makes us sad is saying "good-bye." We know it is not forever. We have the eternal hope that she will be with Jesus and we will one day be reunited. But our hearts are hurting as we anticipate what the days ahead will bring.
We received this latest update about Mom while we were standing outside of the hospital room of Eirana's dad, Larry Allen. He had an emergency appendectomy a week ago. He continues to battle infection and there is concern about fully functioning kidneys. He looks to be improving, but no word on when he can return home.
All this while the two of us were to celebrate our 15 year anniversary on a mini vacation and take a short trip to Ecuador and touch base with the people there. We cancelled the trip and will wait for another opportunity. Meanwhile, we are working on acquiring the documents needed to apply for our visas in Ecuador. We have no timeframe for when that will happen. We are focused on our parents at the moment and trusting God to lead each step.
Thank you in advance for praying, encouraging our family and supporting us in this time.
The last few months in Nicaragua have been a flurry of activity! In early August, a team came down from Faith Baptist Church-New Port Richey, FL to help build the foundation for the first building on the property for La Gracia. We had some obstacles with getting the land leveled off in time by the subdivision. In the end, we were able to dig the trenches, tie rebar, mix and pour the concrete in just three and a half days! It’s now ready to lay block!
Pray with us as we work through final stages for an organization to come in that would build the rest. La Gracia needs to cover 25% of the cost and this partnering organization would build the rest with volunteers from the States and pay for the rest of the materials!
We have a need of $5,000. If you would like to give toward this project, please send a check to:
Central Missionary Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 2219228
Houston, Texas 77218-9228
*Please include a note that the gift is for "Daniel Doyle-Building Fund"
Pastor Marco's Ordination
The weekend of August 13 was special for La Gracia. After receiving the recommendation of a local council of pastors and missionaries that examined the doctrine and practice of Marco Parrales, La Gracia ordained him into the ministry. What a blessing it was to have some special people come out to celebrate with us. Missionary Andy Large, who led Marco to the Lord, was his first pastor and was the first to disciple him, spoke at the celebration service.
We made it back to NY August 23! We had a few days to sort through luggage and get a vehicle. God provided an 8 passenger Chevy Traverse! Praise the Lord! We’re bouncing around a bit until we can find a place to settle in for the time we have here.
We are transitioning from Nicaragua to Ecuador. This means we are transitioning our finances from ABWE to Central Missionary Clearinghouse (CMC). ABWE has been very gracious and helpful. They are willing to work with us in this transition. Their goal is for us to use up the funds in our account. Several people have asked when they should start. We would encourage you to start NOW! Over the next few months we will begin drawing funds from our CMC account until there are no more funds in our ABWE account. We appreciate your understanding and continued partnership with our family. It is an honor to serve the Lord with you supporting us. You can find giving information here: Give to Doyles through CMC
God brought us back to NY at just the right time. Dan’s mom, Debbie, has been struggling with her health. She’s been fighting cancer for 9 years and Dad has been taking close care of her for several months, but it proved to be just too much. We did not know the extent of Mom’s need. None of the kids live close. We were in Nicaragua, Rachel in Mongolia and Naomi in Florida. Mom’s younger sister, Amy, went to visit and realized the situation was serious. She has been taking care of Mom for the last month! Rachel arrived back from Mongolia to visit and was shocked to find Mom in this condition. We arrived back shortly after. Mom is improving, but very weak. It is a blessing to all be together and share this time together. Please pray for minimal pain for Mom and renewed strength from the Lord.
We feel like Abraham sent to a place he did not know...staying in tents! While we're not staying in tents, we are staying a few days here and a few days there. We're doing this so we are not an inconvenience to any one family. We'd love to have a place to settle for the time in the States. Ideally, it would be close to Little Valley, NY so we can be close to Dan's mom. If you have something available in Western NY, would you let us know?
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It's Time to Build!
God is blessing Iglesia Bautista La Gracia-Nicaragua. We're ready to build and you can be a part of it. Go to our giving page or see information below to give toward building:
Central Missionary Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 2219228
Houston, Texas 77218-9228
*Please include a note that the gift is for "Daniel Doyle-Building Fund"
La Gracia (Grace Baptist Church-Nicaragua) is preparing to build! We have received an offer from Construction for Word Evangelism (CWE) to come and build a simple structure that will allow La Gracia to move out of the tent and into a permanent building. The building will be 64x28 feet. This will give La Gracia solid footing in the community and allow us to have a more permanent impact for the Gospel.
We need to build the foundation and have it ready for them to build. The cost to build the foundation is $5,300. We have a team coming from Faith Baptist Church-New Port Richey, FL August 5-12, 2017. They will be here to do the work, but we need more funds to complete our phase of the project. If you would like to give toward the La Gracia building, you can send them to our ABWE account and mark it “Church Planting/Evangelism” account # 0134473-006. All designated funds will go directly to this project.
We had many volunteers to disassemble the tents we were using and clear the land to prepare for building. Please pray that the land will get leveled and prepared so we can complete the foundation August 5-12.
The Doyle Family
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