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This is the New Iberian Mission Association (NIMA) Update for June-August, 2014, sharing the latest news from Morning Glory in Guatemala.

NIMA is the outreach of Agape Christian Church of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and friends around the world. Our main outreach in Guatemala is the Community Christian Hospital, Morning Glory Christian Academy that includes the primary school and the college preparation secondary school located on the Llano de la Virgen properties near San Raymundo Guatemala. There are now several Christian churches that are under the direction of NIMA with the mother church being Sacsuy Christian Church. We partner with Casas por Cristo in serving the people of the area in many ways.


New Iberian Mission Association
June—August 2014 Update

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Fresh news directly from Guatemala

Herb Pinney, Chief Executive Director, Las Cruces, New Mexico

As Chief Eecutive Director at Las Cruces, NM, I just returned from San Raymundo, and I have exciting
news from the whole Morning Glory staff and the nation of Guatemala.


¡Hecho en Guatemala!

Herb Pinney, Chief Executive Director, Las Cruces, New Mexico

John 15:14-17
“You are my friends if you do what I have command. I no longer call you servants… I have called
you friends, [and] for everything I have learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not
choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the
Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other (NIV84).”
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I love Jesus Christ, I love Jesus’ great commission, I love my fellow workers all around the world
that are taking Jesus seriously, and taking the Gospel to every corner of this planet. I have two very
large atlas-bound books that it takes two hands to move to the table top. They have many pages of
detail about every one of the countries on this beautiful pampered planet. My oldest of these atlases
I started 30 years ago marking each page with the location and names of known missionaries and
Christian works. Thirty years has brought many cross-out lines caused by death and/or retirement. Some
have exponentially expanded like the Brazil River of Life until it covers the Portuguese speaking
world. The Fifes have faced medical crisis and political crisis and moved steadily forward and a new
generation is coming on board. The reason the Fifes are on my mind, I just read their latest report
and world travel schedule for this year and stopped to pray for them.

Every page of my old atlas is marked up, crossed out, underlined and highlighted. I learned long ago,
I could not make enough money to support all of my favorite missions around the world, but I could
take an evening, get my old atlas on the sturdy office table, and over the next couple of hours pray
my way through the pages. I cry for joy when I hit Zim in Southern Africa, and stop at the faded
print, Marcia Kay Thomson, and thrill with the latest report of her winning over cancer, supporting to
the breaking of her bank account, a HIV positive employee in her business and supporting her three
student children. The Daddy succumbed to HIV and is long gone; only Marcia is there in a destroyed
economy to put gold underline to James 1:27.

Every page of the atlas has water spots from tears that come so easily when I read of the sacrifice my
friends are living to see that the gospel is being preached in the nearly 200 countries of the world.

Without seeking to become a critic, goodness knows the critics, like the poor, are always with us, I
have become a fairly honest “fruit inspector.”

It is not just Stone-Campbell missionaries that I follow; I have friends from all over the evangelical
world, and some non-evangelicals that are doing a great job. I followed Steve Saint’s father and
fellow missionaries speared to death on Palm Beach well over fifty years ago, an act of spiritual
bravery that perhaps opened the door to the call of more ministers and missionaries than any one
single event in the history of the church. As he grew I followed Steve Saint and his “tent maker”
view of missions that so fit the mold that I have hollowed out for my life. Steve was injured in a
mishap about two years ago (Steve refused to call anything an accident) and is rehabbing great, and
walking for a short distance now without a walker. Even as I am reaching the point I was warned about
fifteen years ago. My doctors said I would never be strong enough to walk with a walker after my
eighteen days on the medically dead list, and I got more stitch scars that Frankenstein. As I
celebrate my 80th birthday, I am finding it harder and harder to walk on a walker the several hundred
yards at the hospital from the parking lot to the ER section for hospital calls.

That is not the point of this essay, but what Steve wrote in a recent essay is.

It’s a relay race. What do tuna and missions have in common? The answer is not all tuna is the same,
and not all that we call missions is of equal value either.

A Tokyo-based sushi restaurant once paid $1.76 million for a 485-pound bluefin tuna. That is about
$3,600 per useable pound. When I think of ‘tuna’ I am thinking about a can of precooked fish at less
than $3.60 a pound. Bluefin or Albacore, big deal? Yes, Big deal!

Everything that we call missions is not the same either. So, how do we determine the value of our
missionary efforts? Let’s look at “The Book.”

Jesus told his disciples to make disciples (Matt. 28:18-20). He also said that we prove to be
disciples by bearing much fruit–fruit that lasts (John 15:8-16). Paul told the Corinthian church to
build their ministry on the foundations of Jesus Christ with ‘gold, silver, and precious stones,’
rather than ‘wood, hay, and stubble’ because the latter group will not last the test of fire
(1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

In mission work, much of what we missionaries have done doesn’t last. In our series on missions that
we called the Missions Dilemma, a number of Christ followers I interviewed from other countries said
almost the same thing. They said, ‘when missionaries leave, everything that they have done leaves with
them.’ There isn’t much that lasts; ‘Why is that?'”

After observing missions, being involved with missions, and studying missions for more than 50 years,
I have come to this conclusion. The only activity that we call missions that has intrinsic value and
that lasts is what can be reproduced by our disciples. Jesus told his disciples to make disciples
that were trained to obey all his commands, which include making more disciples.

Missions are a relay race. Missionaries who run their lap should then handoff the baton to indigenous
Christ-followers, who hand off to their own people and, hopefully, to other people groups as well
(2 Tim. 2:2).

“Unfortunately, what often happens is that we missionaries, regardless of where we come from, run our
lap with such dedication that we forget to teach our disciples that they are also in the race. When it
comes time to make a hand off to them, we are not ready and neither are they. So, we run another lap
hoping that they will finally figure out what is going on. By the time we run a third or fourth lap,
what they have figured out is that the race is ours to run, and they are spectators. Finally, we get
tired or “retired” and leave, and very often everything that we have worked so hard to build leaves
with us.”

Steve finishes with, “What we at I-TEC are doing, with your help, is making tools and training systems
to make the ‘handoff’ easy, natural to do so others can continue the race…” (Steve Saint)

All that I can say to Steve is, “Amen, Brother, Amen!” I feel every step of that relay race every
month. I feel the pressure of getting the payroll to Morning Glory on time.

I am up to my neck with Morning Glory right now. My deposit today brings me to where, as it is cleared
Wed. morning (July 2), I can send the balance of the June salary money to our accountant to get it
totally distributed to all our employees, just in the nick of time. It is well that you all understand
that 98% of our personnel and employees at Morning Glory schools, the churches, et al, are disciples
“Hecho en Guatemala.” We are a home grown mission in the heart of Guatemala.

Even with our schools at 25% self-supporting, we have grown the school and outreach faster than we
have secured guaranteed, committed, and faithful support for our year around operation. This leaves me
many months struggling to get earned salaries off to employees in a timely and biblical fashion so as
to be God honoring in how we do business. The Bible is clear, the employee is worthy of their pay,
and the pay should be on time when it is due.

After 12 years of not being on the campus or in the country of Guatemala, I am leaving this coming
Wednesday (July 2nd) to go to Morning Glory as a fruit inspector. All around the world, I follow
missions, and I see success and I see failure. I often pray for success where there is little
realistic hope, and suddenly success in the Lord comes from every direction.

We have grown so fast that everyone tells me that I am going to be amazed even with my weekly phone
calls and constant hands-on direction. I am going to see what has been happening that the half has not
been told. So I will finish this after the 11th of July. The rest is a report directly from our
Morning Glory and our family of God.


Arrival well after midnight– God knew all the time, A Concrete Canal

I met Tiffney Pinney, Dean’s daughter, at the airport in Houston. Dean planned her trip to meet me and
travel the rest of the way with me. Our flight to Cd. Guatemala was four hours late, and we arrived in
the city and through customs at the stroke of midnight. Herb IV was there, with his novia, a teacher
at Morning Glory, to meet us and get up the mountains to San Ray. I was totally blown away on the
two-lane road by the number of 18 wheeler concrete trucks going east. I knew there was a major
construction going somewhere when my count went double digits. The next day Lori explained, Guatemala
is building a super concrete highway from the Gulf, on across Guatemala, a four-lane truck route to
the Pacific. San Ray is going to be the half-way point, and the road will be just 2km from the Nij’s
in-town center. This road will allow a savings of well over a week in east to west and west to east
transport of goods from around the world. Everyone is using container shipping that works on
ocean-going liners, trucks and rail. The containers will be off-loaded, loaded on 18 wheelers and
transported, then loaded back on a relay ship to the destination. This saves weeks in transit and
about a half million in USA dollars each trip. Besides, many of the ocean-going cargo ships are now
too big to go through the canal.

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San Ray is going to blossom, as will Morning Glory and the Christian churches in the area. Twelve
years ago, you never saw a car or truck parked on the narrow streets; now every street is a game of
dodge ball with autos. The sleepy little mountain town is thriving, and God knew years ago that is
where he wanted the center of Central American evangelism.

Before I get into the wonderful facts about the schools, churches and new Bible Institute, I
want to tell you of family health.

A number of years ago, Lori returned from a trip to the United States that the doctors had warned her
not to take, but she felt she needed to report to the churches one more time. She returned directly to
the hospital and the doctors told the family that Lori was in critical state of health. Lori was told
she needed to get her affairs in order. She was in the best hospital in Cd. Guatemala, as good as any
in the USA or Europe. Lori’s older brother wanted to fly her to New Orleans to the great hospitals
there and that was vetoed because of her health. She slowly got back in gear.

The whole kit and caboodle fell on Tabi.

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Tabi is a fantastic pre-primary teacher; she is today a tireless worker, she works best behind the
administration scene and with the load of the school as soon as Lori could get back in the office, she
went to California for a season. Today she is back and a great pre-primary teacher. She is Lori’s
right hand in the work with Casas por Cristo. We will speak more of that later. I am an early riser,
and I get up at 4 AM, 7 days a week. Each morning as I got up, Tabi was up cooking breakfast (The week
before I arrived for 189 men and women, the next week for 120 men and women, last week 89, and this
week I believe the number is 210 for Casas and the workers from the Metro-plex to do some building I
will describe later) by 6 AM. The interns and the other helpers arrived and by 8 when Tabi has gone on
to school to teach and the three local kitchen crew came in to handle dinner and supper for the
workers in the three dormitories that Casas and NIMA have in San Ray. You will be hearing a lot more
about Ms. Tabi.

Herb Pinney de Nij, Herb IV Being the fourth Herbert Pinney is burden enough, but to
love motorcycles, have tattoos and ear rings raise the eyebrows of many that meet Herb IV for the
first time. Herb is a weight lifter, a health food person, and regulates the diet and exercise of
those around him. He has the German build, height and bull-headedness of his great grandmother.
Herbert is finishing at the University, works as the Guatemalan purchasing agent and supply clerk for
Casas por Cristo. He has become a great purchasing agent for Morning Glory. Since each Sat. Lori and
crew have to wash and fold all the sheets from all the beds, pillow cases, towels, etc for all three
dorms in town, the washing machines go full time on Sat. Sometimes as many as 180 beds to refresh. A
friend this year asked Lori about a commercial washer to help. Lori said it was just too expensive. He
asked how much and returned home to send me $2,500.00 to get the machine. Herbert took the assignment
and bartered with one of the companies where he spends in the hundreds of thousands of dollar for
Casas, and got the commercial washer and a large deep freeze that Lori needed for the gift. Herbert
goes all day long with his university and work for Casas and Morning Glory. Like his older sister,
Tabi, I am very proud of both of them. You will be hearing a lot more about both of them, as well as
Tabi’s three children. The picture above is with my Grand children Herb IV, Tabi and great
grandchildren, Melody, Megan and young Kenivan.

We Refuse to Put God in a Box

We in the Christian Church have for 200 years sought to be John 17 Christians, to seek unity of the
family of God. We have said all along we are Christians only, not the only Christians. Every
denomination and every religious movement that does not want to be called a denomination has
particular scriptures that they magnify and others they seem to negate. We are not without the same
problem as we work in a way with our brothers and sisters with no denominational headquarters to send
down directions; we often see thing slightly different. We can have some “rambuncious” livewire
discussions. Sometimes those that fit the Pharisee mold will condemn a brother or sister as another
denomination for their beliefs. Now, I am not talking about core salvation, scriptural beliefs. I just
personally don’t believe we have the sovereign authority to tell God what he can or can’t do, when or
where he can do it. Many disagree with me, and I love you anyway.

I told you that a little over five years ago the best heart doctors in Guatemala determined that Lori
had a short time to live and had serious heart damage and approaching failure.

I want to tell you why she is healthier today than the last 15 years. A little over three years ago a
little old (105 years old) Mayan woman, a sincere Christian knocked at Lori’s door with the instruction
from God to come pray for Ms. Lori. She took the bus across Guatemala and asked the first church she
came to, “Is there a Ms. Lori in this town.” She was sent to 11 Calle 5-85. Lori invited her in and
she said, “I have come to pray for you; God sent me. I am here to pray for your heart.” Now believe
me, at 105 you don’t ride a bus across the mountains of Guatemala because you are bored. Lori served
her with hospitality and the lady moved on out of Lori’s life.

Three years ago Lori had to have a D&C in the Cd. Guatemala hospital. The doctors asked her, “Are all
of your affairs in order? Your heart may give out in this operation.” To check her heart all the
modern tools were brought into Lori’s room. They ran their tests, left, and came back to do them
again, and then a third time. Lori was getting worried that the expenses were going sky hi. The doctor
came in, then top cardiologist in all Guatemala, and Lori fussed at him about having to run the test
three times, “she could not afford that.” The doctor said, “That last test was on me. I could not
believe the first two tests. Lori, you have the heart of a 30-year-old petite woman. I have never seen
anything like it. You haven’t snuck off and got a heart transplant, have you?” Yes, she did, my God
specializes in giving new hearts, “He is able to do far more than I ask or imagine” (Eph. 3:20). I
watched Lori run the school as principal, as school nurse, as disciplinarian. I watched her run the
food supply for the home that is always crowded, and for Casas as a dietitian, purchasing agent, and
cook director; she is as sharp as a tack, and well in charge of everything.

She walks on a walker and can no longer drive since the feeling has gone out of her feet; she can’t
tell the brake from the foot feed, and that is not good. She has Milroy’s Syndrome, and her body
rejects a kind of foreign object and medicines for leg injuries; she lives in getting around on a
walker. Ten years ago I told the doctors to take out the third hip transplant; my body rejected it,
and I was in severe pain. The doctor agreed; I have the same family genes, and I was left with four
inches from my left leg bone and my pelvic, and I walk on a walker. At Eighty, I just told my doctor
at my annual check up, “I want you to stay healthy; I am tired of out living my doctors. I have
another 20 years on my day planner; I need you healthy to keep me going.” Lori and I both are healthy,
and as long as God gives us life, and he tarries, we will be on the front line. I just thought you
would like to know why Lori is so healthy today, and is a long ways from retiring. You can make of
this account anything that you like; I personally thank God that shows us “Favor.”

Lori, you have been lying to us!

Right across the driveway from the school is our hospital. Lori and Queno are still on the Community
Christian Hospital board, but hospitals, like our schools, are now government regulated and the
official committee is following all government regulations. Lori typed up the Bylaws for the separate
corporation that is in accord with the government and it is a self-supporting important part of what
we do, but Lori and Queno, our construction super, and Pastor to Guatemala, have all they can say
grace over, and the hospital moves along with just a nudge now and then by Lori.

The doctors still stop by and comment on how good she looks now, and how wonderfully things are going.
One doctor came in this year and told Lori, “You have been lying to us about a school for poor
children
. I have looked at your nearly 600 students, their fingernails are clean, their
clothes are clean and ironed, they are healthy, bright eyed and alert. These are not poor children. I
have been all over Guatemala, all over San Raymundo, and the world, I have seen poor children.”

Lori thanked him kindly for the complement. “This is the goal of Morning Glory.” We now have children
that also come from the elite class of the area, they pay their own way; they are treated just the
same as a poor child as they come on campus. Lori has worked for years to apply Christian economics to
the children and their parents. Many of these children come from homes made of cane reeds; meals are
cooked on an open fire in the kitchen; garments are washed in an outdoor basin, hung to dry on a line,
and ironed with a flat iron heated on the cooking fire. Many of these kids ride our busses to school,
and since their parents have been being taught how to make a living as well as the kids taught all the
Liberal Arts, sciences, music and Bible they are doing well. That bus trip takes them from circa 1890
to 2014 and all the arts and sciences of the modern world in just about 45 minutes.

Everything about the campus of Morning Glory shouts, “Quality.” These are not Mayan, Latinos,
bi-racial, poor or rich kids; they are Children of the King, and the world is being opened to them, and
they will reign in their Father’s kingdom in the years to come.

Our Million Dollar Campus

I walked every portion of the campus and took pictures that will be used in time to come. I visited
every class as Rob and I made our way throughout the crowded campus. The new building is wonderful;
all the classrooms are neat, clean and well decorated. Last January Lori turned away nearly 200
students that we did not have room for. The new office that Lori was so proud of is now a classroom,
and Lori and an administer share with a lot of trophies a large closet. I found a chair across from
Lori where we could plan and I could observe the day by day transactions that go on. I understand that
my pictures showed up on
Facebook
with,
“The Big Boss is here.”
My wife has a wonderful way of keeping me humble; she said, “It should be titled, ‘Herb has been sent to the Principal’s office again.'”

This year our large budget is 25% paid for by the Guatemalans. Our goal is by 2025 the vast majority
of the Llano de la Virgen’s Budget will be locally paid. That way we can concentrate of duplicating
Morning Glory around Guatemala and Central America. The Educational people, the political people that
spoke at Lori’s 35-Years-in-ministry celebration (you will hear bunches about that in a few pages)
stated, “If we had six more Morning Glories, the other countries could not be stealing our children.”
That is all I am going to say about that. To reach that local financed position, we need those 100 to
200 more secondary students that are mostly self-paying their own way. To do that, I need to build
another six room high school building this fall. We have the land, and Queno will put his magic to
work and we will be starting below the ground with a self-contained septic tank; we can build the one
story building from scratch for $75,000.00. I cannot raise that amount in time with a check for
$50.00 or twice that amount, as needed as those size checks are for the overall budget. So, Dean and I
are looking for a financier with a heart for what we do that can step up for the whole amount, or
partner with someone to give that amount. Perhaps, one reading this could do just that. Believe me, if
you are ready to raise your hand, call 575-650-3915 and we are ready to go to work. Basically, our
million dollar campus has been built by a lot of small checks, and I thank you, everyone. I pray over
and notate a check for $15.00 as I do a Check for $5,000.00. They are all a blessing. However,
Morning Glory has grown into the big league when it comes to buildings.

If you lose the first battle, you have lost the war.

Every morning a boy of about five years of age came into Lori’s office for a hug as he got off the
bus; his name was Alex, and was on the way to class. Lori smiled as he walked out the door. This boy
came from a family that every other word was a curse word. He came to class talking just like mama and
his missing dad. He was sent to Ms. Lori for correction. After a stern lecture by Ms. Lori, he was
told he needed to stand on the wall for three minutes. There is just room by Ms. Lori’s chair for the
discipline. (Remember the idea of discipline is to train.) The boy refused with a string of curse
words, and for the next three and a half hours it was a test of will between Lori and a small boy. As
Lori told me, “If I lose the first battle, I lose the war.” Lori won; there is no more cursing. Later
he was sent to the office by their teacher with a friend that got into trouble together. After their
lecture, they were both given minutes on the wall. The new boy was going to refuse, and the battle-scarred
veteran said, “Just stand on the wall; she always wins.” And they did.

The very nature of education is the word discipline. This is the word that we get disciple out of.
Without discipline there is no education. The reason that Morning Glory has the highest rating for
scholastics in all Guatemala, public or private schools, is that there are rules, and you will abide
by those rules.

Strong Tower Christian Church and Cerro Alto Christian Church are doing well.

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This is one side of the Sunday service at Strong Tower, after the Children had gone outside for Rob
Courtney to lead them in Youth Church. The service was well over two hours long and it was repeated on
Monday for those that had to work on Sunday. I had Tiffany Pinney take this picture. The church is
built on a hillside and the steps out front were not friendly to one on a walker. With the help of Rob
Courtney and Sam Houck, and without my four wheel drive walker, I made it up the mountain on rocky and
grassy slope and made it in the back door. After the services, they had to hold on to my back pockets
to keep me from tumbling head over heals coming down the steep slope. I really enjoyed the service.
Queno preaches in didactic parallelisms, just like David wrote the Psalms. It makes for easy
translating in your mind for us gringos, especially with Sam Houck sitting right behind me helping
catch me up as we went along. I did not get to go to Cerro Alto; it is a long mountain to climb to get
up to the top where the church is, and I had to pass. Queno teaches preachers that we are training in
the front room of the home; we have no room at the school. In our evenings discussing the churches and
the future of the churches. We have, thanks to Northside Christian at Spring, just outside of Houston,
purchased more land at Strong Tower for a fellowship and Bible school rooms. Queno cried with me about
needing right away a dozen more Spanish speaking ministers and the money to provide a meeting place in
communities that are scattered out over the mountains of Central Guatemala, where he has people that
have come to the Lord, and no place to meet, and no preacher. Stay tuned for a plan to solve that. We
have been praying for a place to have a Bible Institute where Queno can set up a permanent teaching
set up. Let me tell you the good news.

The San Raymundo Bible Institute

I scared Queno with this; his view as soon as you have a special building and call something a school
or an institute, you have to have full-time classes. Just remember, when God wants a giant oak tree,
he starts with an acorn. The first year after you plant an acorn, you can’t swing a hammock between
the branches. It takes time to grow.

A few years ago, just a few blocks from the Nij’s home, Queno built a two bedroom home for his mother
on their property. This year, in her 90s, mama Nij went to be with the Lord; she never got to move
into her new home. Lori told me that Queno wanted to move his library and office out of the Nij home
that is like a Greyhound Bus station, and have a private place to write, study and counsel people and
families. We just need $1,000.00 dollars to finish the remodeling and move the wifi, internet, equipment
and open Queno’s office in this new home. There is plenty of room for now. Here he could also do his
ministerial training, and be it only one or two at a time, I believe it was Socrates that said,
“education is a teacher on one end of a log and a student on the other end.”

There will be no daily classes for a while, but I have a plan to fill it that both you and Queno and I
will like; more on that in a little. By the way, Queno loved his mother very dearly; he was an only
child, born just before mother turned forty, and she lived in their home until she passed.

I know that the Bible says that, “Where your money is, there will be your heart also.” I also know,
that where your heart is, it is a lot easier to spend your money. Some of you have been pushing for
more and more churches. Remember we cover the field. The hospital gives relief for now, the school
clears the way for ten generations, and the church prepares you for eternity. Is there a church out
there or an individual that could write a check for $1,000.00 and get the Bible Institute on the
track?

I have the same program going here at Agape. I am training to preach and teach Luke, Kurt and Chuck to
cover for me while I am away on NIMA business and busy with the new program that you will read about
shortly. This was Paul’s method.

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Here is Rob Courtney teaching Youth Church at Strong Tower Christian. This “Brush Arbor” is on the new
property next door to the church.

I mentioned that Queno, Lori and I spent an evening discussing the Bible Institute, the churches and
Queno going full speed ahead on evangelistic work in the mountains around the Llano school. Queno in
tears, and I was too, spoke that he could open a dozen new churches with contacts that are already
made if he had a dozen Spanish speaking men of God, and the money to find or build meeting places that
might look at the beginning just like this shelter at Strong Tower.

Your first look at plan B — our plan to reach 2,000 new contacts in the next 18 months

Marilyn Custer of Spanish American Evangelistic Ministries has just published the 2014 Directorio Del
Ministerio de las Iglesias de Cristo e Iglesias Cristianas de Habla Hispaña. If you have
interest in how worldwide our Spanish Christian churches are, I would suggest you contact Bety Garcia
at SAEM at staff@saemminstries.com
and order a book for under $20.00. In that directory we are “high grading” a new e-mail list of our
Spanish speaking churches, and starting the 10th of September we are sending out a completely
different Mañana Gloriosa News. Like the new English edition (about which you will learn more
in a minute) it will be one essay bi-weekly that will be sent on a new e-mail fast service (one click)
and at the end of October Shannon will gather the bi-monthly essays and form a Reader’s Digest
hard copy for Herb to print and send out to churches and those without a computer. In this Spanish
edition we are going to be searching for young Christian men that are already Spanish speaking, and
seek the best to raise their support and come to Guatemala as ministers in training with Queno. With
the 2,000 contact program we are looking to stop cutting the existing “pie” in smaller and smaller
pieces, but to have the up-front means to do the work that the Lord has set before us.

C.S. Lewis wrote: “To be a Christian is to excuse the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”

Nearly two decades ago, Queno was set up as a political scapegoat in Guatemala by outside influences
and was arrested and charged with murder 1. During the over six months he was in federal prison, he
converted 260 prisoners to Christ and became an international célèbre. With
Dean’s internationally running e-mail account, the Help of Baroness Caroline Cox of the United Kingdom,
Queno came home pastor of Guatemala, but rejected by his home church as a jail bird and evil person.
There was great rejection by the church of Lori and Queno, and many would spit on them as they walked
the streets of San Ray. Their children were told lies about their mama and daddy, and really built a
resistance to Christianity in the children at that time. Two men, a father and a son were particularly
mean to the Nijs. I won’t go into all the evil here, but it was bad.

Two years ago a graduating senior at the university asked Lori if he could student teach at Morning
Glory. Lori interviewed him and said he could. He did a great job. At graduation time he was short
money to pay off his bill, and Lori remembers someone helped her at that time in her life, and dug
down in her “squirrel hole” and secretly paid it. The teachers at Morning Glory asked if his family
were giving him a graduation party; he hung his head and said, “no”. The teachers decided that they
would! He was told to invite anyone he wanted, just give them a count.

He came to Lori and told her that his father and grandfather refused to come; they thought that they
would not be welcome. At that time Lori realized that the father and grandfather were the ones that
had been so evil to them many years ago. Lori went to them to assure that they would be welcome, and
they hesitantly came. They fell in love that night with Morning Glory, and fell at the feet of Lori
and Queno to ask forgiveness, and forgiveness and love they got. It was a beautiful night.

I sat in on “Mike’s” class; he is now a full-time teacher at Morning Glory, and he is doing a great
job. The forgiveness and love has spread over a large part of San Raymundo as they are healing at the
unconditional forgiveness given by the Nijs.

The “Kitchen Cabinet” — the Young Professional Continuation Committee

There are a group of young professionals that have been many times to Guatemala to help Lori; they
speak the language, they understand the philosophy of Morning Glory, they know the drill, and they are
invaluable as helpers, advisors and workers. They are not on the payroll, and they pay their own way.
These are the day by day operation advisors, and our board of trustees back in Las Cruces handle the
overall direction of the mission. They are names that you have and will be hearing a lot from. Sam and
Tiffany Houck of Murfreesboro, TN, Allie Borders and her soon-to-be husband, Joshua Crabbs, tie even
closer the relationship of Morning Glory and Casas por Cristo. Their marriage in September in St.
Louis, Missouri is the gateway to their moving to the Dominican Republic where Joshua will open a new
outreach for Casas por Cristo. They met in San Ray as Allie was working for Morning Glory and Joshua
was working for Casas. (By the way, Casas is on target to finish 180 wood frame homes in the San
Raymundo area this year and they have just begun.) Shannon and Jordan Slee of Quincy, IL, Shannon is
my editorial assistant that I neglected for the sake of mailing time with his update; so, blame me,
not Shannon for the errors). Beka Hull of Dallas, and she has that look in her eyes and the pictures
to back it up of bringing another young Dallas professional on board. Just added this past week, Jerry
St. Pierre, a minister of the New Orleans area. These young people bring a-very-hands-on touch with
2014, and they are well trained in the medical, business, ministerial, missions, military chaplain,
business world. When we sit down to talk Morning Glory business, it is iron sharpening iron, and the
sparks fly. This is an idea think tank that God has provided. They love Lori, and I have adopted them
all.

Plan A, C, & D to reach 2000 new contacts the next 18 months

Plan A has been to partner with Casas por Cristo, a premier world mission program. We have rented one
dormitory for short term workers just 50 yards from the Nij’s main home. This is for our short term
workers that come around the year. It makes them close by to send meals over to, and this last week a
crew from North Dakota was in to build a house for Casas; they had electrical contractors with them,
and they reported to Lori that the wiring of the two story dorm was very substandard and dangerous. If
the owner would buy the $2,000.00 in wiring and supplies they would do the electrical rewiring on
their spare time. The owner refused, and typical of Morning Glory family, they said, “It is for the
Lord and Morning Glory; we will buy the wire and rewire as a gift”, and Herb IV went to work. Casas
has two dorms not far away. We are reaching hundreds of people, some new, some old every year in the
constant building that is going on. A new roof is going on over the dining area of one of Casas after
Queno found the old roof about ready to fall. This is why so often in the third world counties as well
as the USA, substandard construction falls first in eartquakes and disasters. This week Lori is
feeding 210 dorm people for Casas and a Compass Christian from the Metro-Plex that are building two
very expansive and expensive treated wood sports and recreational playgrounds at Morning Glory, one
next to the new preschool building and one next to the grade school building. We have room for very
nice fully equipped playgrounds. Thank you, Compass Christian!

Plan C is the new youth material for 200 churches, Escaping The Volcano. Dean and I
co-wrote the seven chapters of lessons. This was our first attempt at two types at writing in tandem.
It worked very well. We have a number of projects ahead for us in years to come. I will seek
commercial advertizing money to pay for the printing, There will be about a hundred take home and
work puzzle pages in our cloud that will be available in color to take out and print and take home.
This is a long-term contact piece that will hopefully hang around and tell our story a long time.

Plan D is a revamping of our ‘as I get time’ Update, the ten page version. It is my 1951 style of
outreach that all too many have been very kind about, but I am losing my millennials, too much at one
time. In a meeting with Rob Courtney, Allie Border in Guatemala we came up with a method of
communications. Rob has a one-touch e-mail pop up. We are starting in August on the 5th a one essay
view by one person will be sent out to our lists. On the 20th a second essay by another writer will go
out and so forth until the 20th of Oct, and Herb will add a final word and the Christmas Catalog for
2014. Shannon will gather each essay as they are published on e-mail and will at her own time combine
all of the three month essays and forward a Reader’s Digest hard copy for Herb to print and
send to those that wanted a hard copy and to the churches and libraries. This is the same thing we are
doing with the Spanish edition and I am having Daniel set up a website for Mission of Faith Español
and both Mission of Faith websites will be our archives for those seeking to do research on Morning
Glory. This is to be repeated every three months.

We have grown, God directed and planned growth, that has happened faster than our income growth could
keep up with. I have hit a snag at one place; during my illness years ago my church moved my office
from the basement to the welcome room at the front door of the office section. In the process the
original copy of the IRS 501c3 was lost or destroyed. One church that the preacher knows me very well,
is holding up money until the IRS responds to my proper forms that I have received and sent in to get
a copy of the original. We copied a copy. This they said was not acceptable. One reason we are having
a time with IRS, and they are having their own problems right now, my lawyer misspelled my name (so
much for professional help), and we are seeking a correction at the same time. These folks have been
to Morning Glory, and know the work; I have known the preacher since he was in grade school, but I
have to ask others to help a little extra right now since the payroll sending date is this week and I
am still $8,000.00 short. I am sorry that I keep beating the wonderful “horse” that has carried us too
well all these years, but the “New help” is coming. IF YOU CAN, PLEASE SEND AN EXTRA GIFT TO HELP
US THROUGH THE SUMMER.

THE SATURDAY NIGHT 35 YEARS IN MINISTRY CELEBRATION FOR LORI

Lori rented the Emanuel conference grounds for the celebration of her reaching 35 years as a
missionary. There were 800 chairs set up, and we originally planned for 500 meals. People came from
everywhere to honor Lori, and also the staff honored Melba and I with beautiful plaques honoring our
35 years of raising the support for Lori and Morning Glory. There were dignitaries from the
government, the school systems, friends, past students and current students and family showed up and
there was standing room only, people standing in the background as far as you could see. We did not
have enough meals, but no one cared; they stood for the 3 and one-half hours, then spent another half
hour in the greeting lines.

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One of Lori’s administrative assistants, Heyson E M Bhor, was the
master of ceremony.
 
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Queno preached a great sermon and then there was a procession of speakers that
represented the school, the government and the community.
The preschool dancers preformed beautifully, and then the grade school dancers and
the secondary school choir sang in English and Spanish.

Tiffany Pinney, my granddaughter from Baylor Univ in Waco, TX and my great granddaughter Megan sang
one of Lori’s favorite Christian songs in English and Spanish. A couple of the “Kitchen Cabinet” sang
as well as one of the ladies from Lori’s Thursday night English Bible Study that fills her great room
at home. The School orchestra played a selection of numbers to the pleasure of the whole crowd. Our
award-winning, two years in a row, number one marching band in Guatemala is directed by a man that
came to talk to me. He told me he was given a Bible by Lori when he was four years old. He was then
baptized by Queno at age eight and taught Bible in Sunday school by Lori. After University, he came to
Morning Glory as the director of music.

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“This was the story I heard all evening long, Queno married me, my children were blessed and are doing
well because of Lori and Queno.” Some of the most distinguished people in town have come out to
volunteer to be a part of Morning Glory. It is indeed a “Hecho in Guatemala” home town
school, whose future is bound up in the brown eyes of the disciples that Lori and Queno have made. The
future is insured because the people of the central mountains and llano have bought Jesus and His
total story, because Lori and Queno have lived it in their presence.

Lori was shiny bright that night; tears, hugs, joy, praise, glory to God was everywhere. The two
hundred year plan that I formulated in Woodrow Phillips’ missions class at Ozark Christian College in
1961 is right on target and moving toward Dean and my dream of seeing these students that are running
to class, and shining in every one of the liberal arts and fine arts becoming the teachers of a chain
of Morning Glory Christian Schools in Guatemala and Central America. God knows that Christian
education partnering with the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the hope of the World. This is my dream as I
wind down my very exciting life in the Lord, from my first youth ministry in 1951 to this week here at
Agape.

In summary:

The eight days I shared on the campus in San Raymundo and at Sacsuy and with the Christians there, I
listened, worked, talked and observed the tremendous growth that has come to Guatemala as well as to
the Lord’s work there. The parents, to buy the uniforms, set up every day snack wagons to sell snacks
to all comers. Where 12 years ago, the children had no money for anything, and Lori crowded 15 or more
in a Trooper SUV and transported them to school. Today, there are big diesel buses that transport
without Lori having to move a finger, and the kids have a few Qs in their pockets for snacks between
classes. There are also bicycles and motorcycles parked in the drive way.

Agape Christian church in Las Cruces has some serious decisions to make this month. I have been
training men to minister with me, and it is working well. The main trouble is that God only allows me
24 hours a day to get my work done. I know that you are in the same situation. As a teen my mother
told me, “God is not going to give you anymore time, so live with the 24 program.”

I love the Pasturing of a church and evangelism, I love the business world, the auto world, and the
excitement of new projects that are so large only God can accomplish them. I am in the middle of all
that. I am in the process of passing the baton to Dean; we are working equal partners that discuss
every new plan and program. We are partnering with writing projects, and it is working. Between us we
have nearly a hundred years of practical ministry experience. My problem, I have 28 hours of work now
to do in 13 or 14 hours each day. On July 24th I will celebrate my 80th birthday, and Agape’s 20th. I
don’t mind telling you that ministering in the “Satan’s Belt” instead of the Bible belt has not been
easy. According to my goals and standards, I have fallen way short in the local ministry. I Have told
Agape that we are having a congregational meeting on that night and deciding our direction for the
next ten years. The plans are to free up at least four hours a day of my time to allow me to add that
to what I now spend on Morning Glory fundraising and outreach.

We are considering the change of location to free up $1,000.00 a month to use that as seed money to
promote Morning Glory. I have stored away all my trophies; I no longer find my fulfillment in a
building or status in the same. We are considering becoming an underground church that will increase
the number of services. That is why I have been training three more ministers. Chuck wants to buy a
small revival tent and each month set up for a two or three night revival in areas with no churches,
and New Mexico is full of those. We are not sure right now where the Lord is leading, but he keeps
waking me up at 2 AM to study and pray as I fall back to sleep until the 4 AM alarm each day. I have
to get my office away from the front door and the constant parade of folks that have become a part of
the entitlement generation seeking money, clothes, food, furniture, gas and medications. I have been a
soft touch for too long.

My trip to Guatemala cemented the idea; I need to focus, and laser beam the rest of my life slanted
more toward the fantastic work of Morning Glory. So I am asking you to pray for me and our decision as
a church; not everyone is happy about it.