James & Christel Neuendorf – July 2019 Update


A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel

On the mission-field the Lord often opens doors that you never expected. This month, a visitor came to our Wednesday Bible Study on Exodus this month whom no one had ever seen before. He showed up towards the end of the study and sat patiently for an opportunity to speak to me. When I got the chance to talk to him, he told me that he once spoke to the previous pastor but couldn’t remember his name (it must have been Pastor Schueller). He lives in a home for the elderly nearby, and hasn’t been able to come and visit us for some time because he has been sick, but that he wanted to come and ask us to come and share with the people who lived in his facility where he is a resident. “No one visits us, and people are in need of some hope, everyone is all alone and there are no activities,” he said. 

I told him that we would like to come and visit him, but that perhaps it would be best if we made a personal visit first and then from there, we could speak to the administration at the center and make more plans.

When it came time for the agreed upon visit, Christel and I brought a devotional book and went to the building to try to find this man’s room. We were in for a surprise! He was waiting for us at the entrance and ushered us in, right into a large room. “I started the air conditioner already so that it would cool down for when the people come,” he said. “Oh, which people are we expecting?” I asked. “For the activity,” he said, and walked me over to the sign that had been taped to the wall. “Thursday at 10 AM, the Pastor from Fuente de Vida Lutheran Church will be visiting!” Oh, I thought, well that is going to be interesting! Christel rushed back to the church to get some bibles, devotion books, and visual faith materials, and before long we found ourselves leading an activity with several of the residents. The event was extremely well received even if we were not at all prepared, and the residents told us that they wished we could come on a regular basis. Many have not had an opportunity to be involved in any church or hear the word for a very long time. 

Afterwards we went and spoke with the administration and were given complete permission to begin ministry in the facility, visiting residents, and putting on a weekly bible study and set of activities. We will begin the new project as soon as we return from the missionary conference at the beginning of August! The real surprise? The facility is directly behind the property we are in negotiations to purchase for our church and mercy center in Ponce! God works in mysterious ways!

Fuente de Vida is online! Check it out here. 

A special thank you to Mission Sender, Christopher Becker, for donating the domain name and all of his behind the scenes help with the inner workings of the site! 

This month, we hosted one of our most well attended community outreach and mercy events. CPTLN director Yaritza came from Mayaguez and led us in a workshop on how to make home made soap and package it for gifts or for sale.  Homemade soap is very popular here, for crafts as well as for selling at fairs. This gave us the opportunity as a congregation and mercy house to open our doors to the community, provide them with an activity that could be of support economically or just for fun, and to share about who we are as a church family. It was a blessing to have so many new faces come through our doors.

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Principe de Paz hosted a Family Day at their congregation inviting all the kids and families they met the week prior during their VBS visits. Fuente de Vida was invited to come and do a drama on “Jesus Calming the Storm.” We thank God for the time together, sharing about His love. #lifetogether

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Always be prepared. It’s fairly normal that events or situations come up that I wasn’t planning on. However, by God’s grace, when that happened a few times this month, I was prepared. 

Fuente de Vida hosted a Basic Doctrine course on a Saturday which usually is just adults. One of the members brought her children, which was great, but I didn’t have anything specific planned for them. SO thankfully Judy from Emmanuel in Fort Wayne gave us multiple copies of prayer cards designed by Lizz Warren. We also had water color tissue paper from NewLife Community Lutheran that I had been very excited to use. So we spent a few hours painting paper on prayer cards, waiting for them to dry, then peeling it off! Some were taken home, some were left at church for members to take home.I found myself in a similar situation (first article) later on in the month. I quickly went to our bin and the back and pulled out the same cards, but this time with colored pencils. It’s always a joy to be able to put some color and action into what we are learning from God’s Word.

A quick video recap of July 2019.


  • Many of our congregation members are dealing with depression, please pray for them and our plans to begin a regular support group for people living with depression.
  • Please pray earnestly for the negotiations on the building purchase, as well as wisdom for all of the subsequent plans and renovations required.
  • Missionary and Mission Sender Cindy Pine who took an intense fall and is receiving treatment. 

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~~~~~New team members!~~~~~

Left – On Sunday, July 28, James Krey was installed as our new Project Manager. Prayers for James as begins to handle the financial and reporting end of the Disaster Response work here in PR.

Right – GEO Deaconess Intern Stephanie Wilde will be finishing her orientation in St. Louis in October and then God-willing will be heading to the Dominican Republic for on-field orientation and then on to PR!   GEO Ashley Lehr recently accepted a placement in teaching ESL in Mayaguez. She will begin her first round of St. Louis orientation in August.

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