Jason & Nicole Hoover | Solid Rock

Jason & Nicole Hoover | Solid Rock

Truth Be Told

A few weeks ago, I gave Ethan my phone so that he was able to participate in his Zoom story time with his youth pastor. After his story time, he was listening to our local radio station, WGRC, and decided to call in to answer the trivia question of the day. I was confused when I heard him talking to someone and learned that he had not only called in to the radio station, but also managed to win a CD by answering the trivia question correctly. He won the Matthew West album titled Brand New. We listened to the entire track a few times since its arrival and there is one song that really hits home for me. It goes like this.

Truth Be Told

Matthew West

Lie number one you’re supposed to have it all together
And when they ask how you’re doing
Just smile and tell them, “Never better”

Lie number 2 everybody’s life is perfect except yours
So keep your messes and your wounds
And your secrets safe with you behind closed doors

Truth be told
The truth is rarely told, now

I say I’m fine, yeah I’m fine oh I’m fine, hey I’m fine but I’m not
I’m broken
And when it’s out of control I say it’s under control but it’s not
And you know it
I don’t know why it’s so hard to admit it
When being honest is the only way to fix it
There’s no failure, no fall
There’s no sin you don’t already know
So let the truth be told

There’s a sign on the door, says, “Come as you are” but I doubt it
‘Cause if we lived like it was true, every Sunday morning pew would be crowded
But didn’t you say the church should look more like a hospital
A safe place for the sick, the sinner and the scarred and the prodigals
Like me

Well truth be told
The truth is rarely told
Oh am I the only one who says

I’m fine, yeah I’m fine oh I’m fine, hey I’m fine but I’m not
I’m broken
And when it’s out of control I say it’s under control but it’s not
And you know it
I don’t know why it’s so hard to admit it
When being honest is the only way to fix it
There’s no failure, no fall
There’s no sin you don’t already know
So let the truth be told

Can I really stand here unashamed
Knowin’ that you love for me won’t change?
Oh God if that’s really true
Then let the truth be told

I say I’m fine, yeah I’m fine oh I’m fine, hey I’m fine but I’m not
I’m broken
And when it’s out of control I say it’s under control but it’s not
And you know it
I don’t know why it’s so hard to admit it
When being honest is the only way to fix it
There’s no failure, no fall
There’s no sin you don’t already know
Yeah I know

There’s no failure, no fall
There’s no sin you don’t already know
So let the truth be told

Truth be told, I am not fine.

Reading the news everyday leaves me feeling sad and broken. The pandemic has affected so many lives across the world and it hurts to read about the thousands of deaths each day. I especially feel sad when I read about how the virus is affecting underdeveloped countries. It hurts to think about how greatly people are suffering, especially those that already lived in a state of poverty and are now facing even more economic hardships and food shortages. If you only focus on US news, I encourage you to broaden your news sources a bit more.

I am confused. I don’t know when God will tell us to return to the Dominican Republic. At this point, we do not have any teams on the calendar until October. Our team schedule has changed so many times since the COVID-19 outbreak that I know that it is certainly possible that it will continue to change. Airports have opened, but the DR continues in a state of emergency with curfews in place as cases continue to rise.  Our Dominican staff has been doing community visits distributing masks, hand sanitizer, hygiene items, and food supplies as necessary in addition to providing educational chats about the virus and most importantly, sharing the gospel message. I feel a longing to be there with them. I also know that their awesomeness allows them to do great ministry with or without me and that is something to celebrate.

Truth be told, It’s okay for me to feel sad and confused. It does not mean that I do not have hope in God. I do. I am so glad that I do because I cannot imagine what it must feel like for those that do not have this hope in a time like this. I do not know God’s plan in all of this, but I do recognize some of His providence throughout this time. Even though I feel a longing to be with my DR peeps, I also recognize the value of being Stateside. We have been present for an extended time during a period of mourning for my family because of my brother’s passing. We have been able to spend time and get to know my niece more, something that I know that my brother would have wanted. Ethan and Miriam are taking a stepping stones class about salvation and baptism, and are considering being baptized this August. We have made memories, served friends, served neighbors, and served in our community here in PA. We have studied the Bible with our small group from BVCOB. We have taken time to rest and recharge. We have worked from this side of the ocean feeling very thankful for modern technology that allows us to do so. Yes! I can be sad and confused and thankful and joyful all at the same time. I think it is important that the truth be told.

How can you pray?

  1. Pray for this world. Pray specifically for God to provide for those that have limited resources and limited access to quality health care.
  2. Pray for discernment for our family. Pray that God would clearly let us know when we should return to DR soil.
  3. Pray for the passport renewal process for Ethan and Miriam. Their passports expire in spring, 2021 and with all the office shutdowns that COVID-19 brings, we feel like we should do start the renewal process now.
  4. Pray for our residency process in the DR. It has been nothing but delays since day 1, and the pandemic has only added to that.
  5. Pray for our 2020-2021 school year. We plan to take advantage of the time and start English homeschool next week. Ethan is entering 6th grade and Miriam 3rd.
  6. Pray that God would use us to glorify Him regardless of the circumstances.

Thanks for praying! We genuinely appreciate all our supporters and prayer warriors.

I will leave you with some pictures of some of the activities of the past month.

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