He Is Enough

Keep preaching like that. Don’t ever let fear keep you from speaking what the Lord has given you to say.

These were the words of a pastor at a church where we recently ministered. While preaching to the families gathered, Ricky had mentioned that we do not often get invited back to churches because of his message. On the contrary, if we do get invited back, it’s because of Ricky’s message. It seems contradictory, but it has always been the case that Ricky’s preaching is the hinge on which our future with any church pivots. Hence, we are blessed to reunite with some people after meeting them once, while others we meet only once, and never again.

It’s ok, though. We did not go into this life of service to make tons of friends. That should not be the purpose of any mission or ministry, and I think those whose mission it is to truly share the Gospel would agree that it is often quite a lonely road. We take comfort in the ministry of John the Baptist because oftentimes, people don’t really know what to make of us. They often don’t understand why we place so much emphasis on the message portion of the presentation, as if we are not attuned to the current culture of ‘church.’

In a sense, they are right. No true believer should be satisfied with the status quo as we’ve come to know it in church. But in another sense, this is why ‘Casa de Doña Jenny’ even exists—because our experience in today’s churches has taught us that we have to offer something additional to the Word in order to be let in the door to begin with. Sadly, in many churches nowadays, God’s Word is simply not enough, and we have had a number of unfortunate experiences in which church leaders want to hurry the process along to get to the comedic portion. Leaders have held up signs or hand signals to indicate to Ricky how much time he has left–the length of time they originally allotted all of a sudden being shortened, and being attributed to some sudden, unforeseen circumstance.

I am often the one who has to deal with mitigating their anxiety while Ricky preaches, though I am not sure I do such a good job of comforting them when I tell them, This is the most important part of what we do. He is preaching God’s Word, and as one who fears God, I cannot stop him or I would be in sin. But, as this is your church, you can do whatever you think is right. This is not ever easy or fun, nor do I relish or wish for these encounters. Believe me when I tell you, my knees and lips tremble the whole time (I am grateful for a mask to cover everything but my eyes nowadays), but I am clear on one thing: my duty before the Lord and before my husband.

In these experiences, not a single church leader has ever approached Ricky to tell him that his teaching was unbiblical. Many will offer all kinds of apologies and excuses for cutting the service short, but never have they accused him of false teaching.

Some common reasons we have heard countless times:

He’s teaching to the parents and not the children. My answer to them is that we are not a children’s ministry. We are a ministry aimed at every member of the home and we make sure, when coordinating our visit to a church, to explain the presentation as ‘designed to reach the whole family from children to grandparents,’ and that it includes a Word-centered preaching portion. The label of children’s ministry has been put on us time and again…but never by us. Besides, the Word of God is for everyone, and Ricky makes sure to tell families that anything he is teaching them, he has already taught his own children.

His message is too serious. Our very souls’ eternal state depends on how seriously we take God’s Word. If we cannot be serious about God’s Word during church services, then where does that leave the church today?

1To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven…
4A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;

Ecclesiastes 3:1 and 4

The children are getting antsy. Church was never intended as a place for parents to unload the responsibility of their children for a couple of hours. But often, we find ourselves in a situation in which that is exactly what is expected: that we will remove the burden of parents and essentially babysit their children at the altar. Children should be trained to sit quietly with their family in church, and that training begins in the home. When parents fail to do this, it is not the church’s responsibility, the visiting minister’s responsibility, or even the Sunday school teacher’s responsibility.

On the contrary, there are many times that church leaders and congregants express sincere gratitude for the straightforward way in which Ricky brings the message; many who are thankful for the emphasis on Scripture as the final word on all matters. People often tell us that, though they brought us in for a mid-week service with the idea of ministering specifically to the children, they are grateful that the message was edifying for the congregation as a whole with its simple language, scripture-based teaching and accessible application. Many are thankful for the completeness of the ministry in bringing worship, truth, joy and laughter to families. In the best case scenario, pastors have even invited us back for a Sunday morning so that we can minister the same message to the entire congregation.

Nevertheless, no matter what we do or who we please or don’t please in this world, our prayer is always the same: that God is pleased with the sincerity of our intention and with the integrity of our hearts.

I know no religion but sincerity.

-Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Genesis 17


We had the opportunity to minister in a small church this past month where most of the people were actually watching on their computers at home. You will see in the photos that we are wearing face shields to minister because the space was too small for us to be able to have ample distance between us and the congregants who were present.

This was an exciting evening for our oldest son, who got to sing with me for the first time during worship. He’s been playing tambourine for some time now, and is also learning to play cajón during our rehearsals at home. Marcos was cool as a cucumber, humble and focused. It also happened that the church’s talented band members accompanied us on electric guitar, bass and drums. We congratulated Marcos on his first time ever playing with a band, and he is excited to be a bigger part of our worship now. We in turn are excited about the things God is doing in his heart and life, and this worship offering is just a small outpouring of what he shares with us daily about his desire to walk in God’s ways, marry a godly woman and lead a household that serves the Lord.

near and far

This past month, the Lord presented more opportunities for online ministry. A school teacher asked us to be a part of her first parent-teacher meeting of the semester. Since she knew there would be a lot of anxiety on the part of everyone about the way this school year would be carried out, she called to ask if Ricky could help her open the meeting with a prayer and some encouragement for the parents and students. Below are some photos of the morning, where Marcos and I led them in a song, and Ricky brought a brief message to those in attendance via Microsoft Teams.

That same night, we were able to participate via Zoom with a group gathered at a youth leader’s home in the States. A couple who leads the youth in their church have been following our ministry for some time, and asked if we could bring biblical teaching to their group. We started with worship, and Ricky brought a message of salvation through repentance to the group. At the end we got to take a ‘group photo’ with the youth…


We never get tired of praising the Lord for leading us to create the online component of this ministry 3 years ago (wow, time flies). This gave us plenty of time to learn how to translate the way we minister into video format for such a time as this, when a large part of everyone’s lives has moved online.

Our boys have been starting to learn the basics of Final Cut Pro, the video editing software we use, since they have shown to be very opinionated about the creative choices we make. It’s nice to get their input and they have some very funny ideas that we have incorporated to our character-driven videos. Below, a round-up of the videos posted online in this past month…

    • Concept: In this message about the dangers of pride, Ricky explains the story of the book of Esther, breaking with the convention of using this book mostly only in women’s Bible studies, taking the glory away from God and focusing on female empowerment.
    • Teaching/Bible Verse: the book of Esther and many other passages
    • Views: 1,811 as of this writing

    • Concept: In our last post, we wrote about a video we edited together for a church that wanted to include it in one of their virtual evening services. We decided to post the video to our ministry’s Facebook page shortly thereafter, and it has received a great response, with tons of comments and other positive reactions.
    • Teaching/Bible Verse: Proverbs 4:23
    • Views: 7K as of this writing

    • Concept: Doña Jenny and Don Paco travel to space in another dimension to save their fellow compinches from the evil Mosca Vader in this fun, comic-book-inspired video.
    • Teaching/Bible Verse: Just for fun, this video is a showcase of some of the characters that have featured on our YouTube page since the beginning.
    • Views: 112 as of this writing

    • Concept: Two worship songs we often play and sing performed from home and in churches. Also included are clips from live events that we have done in the past few years.
    • Teaching/Bible Verse: We hope this video will help lead families in worship from their homes, as we have included hand motions for the Gospel message, as well as lyrics so they can sing along.
    • Views: 1,732 as of this writing

PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION…(and also, puppies)

As things begin to open up more on the island, we believe it is still necessary to take maximum precaution in everything we do outside our home as a family and ministry. We trust in God’s protection over those who serve Him, and we are careful to assess each opportunity to leave our house in the light of whether it is really necessary and wise to do so, lest we tempt Him. We leave the house to serve in churches and for necessary errands. If Christians are truly called to love our neighbor, that means putting our own comfort and freedoms last. We are honest with our boys that this reality has no foreseeable end as of now, and that the things we can enjoy during this time are great blessings of mercy from our Father in Heaven.

One such blessing is a litter of 5 healthy puppies that our youngest dog gave birth to in August. (Apparently, she got along with our boy dog better than we thought!) We have been caring for them and helping their mama nurse her five babies. Immediately after all five puppies were born, Eugenio, our youngest, happily yelled out, “Now we have EIGHT dogs!” Thankfully, it is only temporary, but it has been a one-of-a-kind experience for our boys to see the birth and to gain some knowledge about the miracle of reproduction, and how a mother cares for her young. When she was pregnant, she would follow me around the house like a shadow, and the boys said, “She’s probably following you because she needs to learn how to be a mommy.”

It’s also been really fun to have daily puppy playtime where we rub their bellies and they scamper all over the place exploring, playing, making a mess and finding a nook to nap in. As far as at-home entertainment, a litter of puppies is about as great as it gets! And 5 puppies means there’s more than enough for each one of us to snuggle.

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He Goes Before Us

We spent tons of time on the road before the pandemic forced everyone to take shelter indefinitely. We practically lived in our car. During one of our drives in late 2019, Ricky and I had a conversation where we came up with a word or phrase to characterize each year of our ministry since 2014. I am sure we can all agree that 2020 has been an interesting and trying year, no matter which corner of the world you are experiencing it from, and I think by now it would be safe to establish a word for our ministry in 2020…

(adj.) involving divine foresight or intervention

This is the word that I feel best characterizes the year as we have experienced it thus far. This was evident from the beginning of these unusual global circumstances all the way through this past month when we really saw the different ways in which God has prepared our family to do ministry amidst an ever changing reality.

Our way of operating since early on in the ministry is that we try not to devise anything or take on projects or opportunities just for the sake of ‘doing ministry.’ We go where the Lord clearly opens a door, and do not try to force anything where we do not see Him leading. The world would call this ‘letting things happen organically,’ though we know that it’s God’s sovereign hand that orchestrates all of it.

A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.

Proverbs 16:9

This basis for doing ministry requires patience and fortitude at any time, especially during a pandemic. But, we have seen the fruit of not rushing into anything since early on in our journey, so we continue to follow this standard set by the Almighty. We do not believe in ministry as an entrepreneurial endeavor, and hence, instead of brainstorming and strategizing new techniques, we simply continue moving forward with the aspects of the ministry we can still do under the given circumstances. Similarly, we wait when the Lord says it’s time to wait on other aspects. This time has allowed us to add quite a few more teachings to our channel, something that we have always wanted to do since we started posting videos.

It has also been a time of recalibration. As we fix our eyes on the Lord as our only north, we pray to be ready bring our service in a way that is, first and above all, pleasing to Him. By spending more time in God’s presence as a family–praying to Him and digging deep into His Word–we have honed in on different areas of the ministry, asking God to give us insight on where we can be doing better. The larger part of the change has been in our hearts; i.e. how we approach worship, preaching and the all the rest. Other blessings have included our two boys offering helpful input and developing their gifts, as well as showing a sense of responsibility and duty as it relates to what they offer to the ministry. We clearly see God’s hand in taking us off the road and bringing us home for an extended period of time, and are seeing the fruit of this time spent before Him.

Another perk of going only where God leads: He decides when and where we rest, and there is no rest sweeter than that which is given by the Lord.

As things begin to slowly ease toward re-opening on the island, the Lord has allowed us to put these new insights to work by giving us opportunities to do ministry in ways that we did not realize He had been preparing us for over the years. Keep reading to see how this has panned out recently.

EQUIPPED and enabled

Churches that had us scheduled since before lockdown have kept in contact, and we have been blessed to be able to bring the program to several of them in new ways. One such example is a church that contacted us to inquire if we do ‘Zoom’ services. We were honest in letting them know that until that point, we had only done a brief Zoom session with some public school students, but that we didn’t see why we couldn’t put a full program together for an evening service.

We quickly got to work days ahead, rehearsing and figuring out how to rig up our YouTube camera and audio to our computer in order to give the highest quality presentation for the service. After a quick YouTube tutorial, and some sorting thru cables, adapters and such, we realized we already had everything we needed to pull it off. We moved our kitchen table out of the way to set up our ‘live studio,’ and set up lights so that the image would be evenly and brightly lit. Our living room (out of the camera’s frame) became our ‘dressing room.’ We marked the floor with tape so our boys would know where they could stand that was within the camera shot. Our house was ‘patas pa’rriba’ (upside down) and I told Ricky, “Pretty much every piece of equipment that we own is in use right now.” We were ready to log in for a 6pm service, and had a great time with the group of about 30 families. We could see them singing worship in their little onscreen squares, nodding along to Ricky’s message, and laughing along with Jenny and Paco. Below are some photos of the night…

That same week, we spent time putting together a video for another church that had originally scheduled us for a live presentation. After a spike in COVID cases in their municipality, the pastor decided that it would be better to do a pre-taped service through their Facebook page. We were able to produce our full presentation as an edited video, and were humbled by the gratitude the church leaders expressed when they received and reviewed the video before posting it to their page as a premier on the evening of the service. On the morning after their service, the video had gained 450 views on Facebook. If you’d like to see a version of what we put together, you can click here or on the image below:

our cup runneth over

Another church let us know that they were now holding socially distanced outdoor services, and that they would love for us to be a part of their service if we were willing. We arrived at their church in the countryside on the south of the island early on a Sunday morning, and enjoyed our time bringing worship and the Word to their congregation. Congregants were spaced apart according to their households, and many families listened from their cars through Facebook Live. We could hear the Amen’s and Aleluia’s from the cars parked on the perimeter of the tent. When I was walking past one of the cars after leading worship, a window rolled down as someone called out to me. I saw teary eyes above the mask on an elderly woman’s face. She said, “Praise the Lord. God is still raising up families for His glory.”

The congregants of this church continued to bless us when one lady who sews face masks offered to gift a mask to each member of our home after we ministered. Our boys got ones with their favorite characters on them, which they were very excited about. We left with our hands full when another kind congregant gifted us a bag of fresh mallorca buns, a Puerto Rican sweet bread that is typically eaten warm with butter and powdered sugar. It sounds as good as it tastes.

Driving to and from this event was particularly special. I have mentioned before that we enjoy our long drives through the island, and that a blessing of our service to the Lord is the scenic road trips we get to take. On this sunny Sunday morning, after many months of being homebound, we did not take for granted the mountains, farmland and ocean views on the 1.5 hour drive to the southern region.

Finally, we served in our first indoor church service since the world changed. The pastor told us that for evening services, they have to take names on a sign-up list prior to the service so that they can limit the number of people to maintain social distancing. The front rows in front of us remained empty, and there was ample distance between us and the spaced-out congregants in order for everyone to be safe when we took off our masks to minister.

hand to the plow

We have been able to get many videos produced during this time at home, and are really blessed by the response to the teaching videos. One such video this month was an explanation on the true meaning of Philippians 4:13. It did so well that we only posted one other video this month so that it would remain as one of the most recently posted on the channel. As of this writing, this video alone has brought 49 new subscribers to the channel for an increased subscriber base of 4,279. Below, some more details and photos of the videos posted since our last blog entry…

    • Concept: After hearing this verse taken out of context everywhere from sports arenas to expected success in career ventures, Ricky puts Philippians 4:13 back in its context, using 27 pieces of supporting scripture to convey the intended meaning of this oft-misused verse.
    • Teaching/Bible Verse: Philippians 4:11-13, 1 Corinthians 4:11, Romans 8:36, 1 Corinthians 10:12-13, Romans 8:35 and many more…
    • Views: 4,208 as of this posting

    • Concept: Adding to our library of behind-the-scenes content, this just-for-fun video offers a glimpse into the making of a music video that we recently posted, including bloopers, before-and-after of certain effects, Ricky dancing like nobody’s watching (this alone is comedy) and footage of me recording the actual song in our at-home ‘studio.’ It was tons of fun to make, and we like to share the fun we have with our viewers so that they can smile some during these trying times.
    • Teaching/Bible Verse: This just-for-fun video was made to bring smiles and laughter into our viewers’ homes.
    • Views: 521 as of this posting


It is humbling to see that the Lord is not done with this ministry. We have seen firsthand how what He establishes, He sustains. We have been assured that this ministry has not been a fancy of our ambitions, and that we are to continue faithfully in pushing this plow He has assigned us to.

“God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Numbers 23:19

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Good Good Father

During this time at home, our boys have rediscovered some of their toys from when they were younger, and are enjoying them as if they were new. Part of this is because we categorized their toys to make sure they know where to find an item, even after a long time of not using it. But another part has to do with their father.

You see, periodically, when the boys and I clean their bedroom, in a move to declutter, we will go through different sections of toys, games and books and I will have them create a ‘no’ pile for things they no longer use or want, while figuring out how to organize the things they want to keep. This ‘no’ pile gets passed on to Ricky in bags for him to go through and organize for giving away.

What the boys didn’t know is that each time we have done this, Ricky has ‘rescued’ some things from the bags out of sentimentality, either because the boys treasured the item for so long when they were smaller, or because they waited a long time to receive it, and Ricky foresees a time when it might be fun to bring it out of storage to reminisce. Looking farther ahead, he hopes to one day have these toys available for grandchildren, should the Lord bless us with some. Lots of cars, trucks, planes and trains at Casa Cains!

I was greatly blessed by seeing the boys’ reaction when Ricky produced some of these toys from the garage recently, and it led me to meditate on the great love the Father has for us.

It may be hard to look around during these very tumultuous times and internalize the unchanging truth that we have an eternally good Father in Heaven who has unfathomable treasures stored up for us. Better than toys, these treasures are things that, until we are ready, we might devalue or take for granted. But when the time comes, we will be grateful for the rewards we receive as a result of our commitment to obey and serve the Lord, even when we were being laughed at or criticized for doing so…even when people said to us, “Look what’s happening in the streets. Look at the pandemic. Look at our government. Where is your ‘god?’ Wake up!”

I once experienced harsh criticism because I was not saving for braces while at least one of my boys was still in diapers. The individual became hostile and repeated the word ‘braces’ to me as if I didn’t understand the English language. It will always be tempting to allow ourselves to be overtaken by the fear of how our future will work out, and Satan has many weapons in his arsenal to insure that this temptation is constantly front and center in our lives. We must guard prayerfully against this. It is sinful to believe that we can control the future by amassing up money or goods for the unknown. It becomes a religion of our own design to gloat about our preparedness when God’s Word tells us:

…Do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:31-34

Time and again, we learn from God’s Word that it is best for us to seek the heart of God–the only lasting security and Keeper of the storehouses–than to chase after things in this world that offer a false sense of security. When it comes to my children and their future, I fear a crooked heart way more than I fear crooked teeth.

Additionally, as we purpose to dig into the Scriptures and obey them, we will read many things that will resonate in the moment, and some things that we may gloss over for the time being. But, as we continue growing in our relationship to Him, God will bring us back to a portion of scripture we previously paid little attention to in order to show us things He sees we are ready for. Likewise, He will often bring us back to basic truths that are the foundations of our faith, simply to remind us of the central importance of the Gospel above all else, and of how good He is to have given us a new life in Him. He longs to give us good gifts in His perfect timing when they will bring us the utmost benefit and growth. This is why we read:

For the word of God is living and powerful…

Hebrews 4:12

God continues to give us treasures in this life from His Word, and He loves to see us rejoicing in them…even more than I love to see my children enjoying their reclaimed toys. See how truly good our Father is:

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

Psalm 91:14-16

In the interest of length for this post, I have not included more, but please do read all of Psalm 91. I pray you will be blessed by how relevant these words are today.


Ricky’s teachings on YouTube, old and new, are getting more traffic and response than the comedic character-driven videos we were posting when we were spending lots of time ministering in-person to groups of people. While we continue to write, film and edit videos featuring the ministry’s beloved characters, we are holding back on posting some of those videos for now, as we want to follow God’s leading and make sure to provide more Word-centered content while Ricky has the time to study and prepare new messages. We are currently aiming to post a new teaching about every other week.

One encouraging incident was when a viewer from Chile wrote asking for guidance after he’d heard a voice during his prayer time that said, “Proverbs 4 Verse 23.” He said he couldn’t shake the thought of the voice, and wanted to know what it all meant, as he had been recently praying to the Lord for wisdom in sharing the Word with his family. It seems he may have googled the scripture and found Ricky’s teaching on this very verse. Ricky wrote back, taking the opportunity to go deeper into what Proverbs 4:23 means, and why this scripture is so important for someone leading others in the Truth. It was encouraging to be able to minister from so far way to someone who seems to be sincerely seeking wisdom from God.

Below, a brief synopsis of each video posted in the previous month…

    • Concept: Based on Psalm 39:1 (and 29 other bible verses), this message focuses on the sins of murmuring and gossip, which have been become widely acceptable in churches today. Ricky breaks down the dangers of these sins, and why it is so important for believers to remain strong in prayer and study of the Word so that we continue to be conformed to the likeness of Christ, instead of trying to conform Him to our own likeness.
    • Teaching/Bible Verse: Psalm 39:1, Luke 22:20, John 3:16, James 2:19, Isaías 46:5
    • Views: 2,227 as of this writing

    • Concept: Our seventh volume in our ‘behind the scenes’ series, created to help provide more content on our YouTube channel while being economical with our time. Basically, we will often set up a camera that films us while we are filming a scripted video. This way, we can later compile bloopers and outtakes to create a ‘behind the scenes’ video where viewers get to see the process of creating a video for our channel. We often show footage from before certain effects were added so the viewers can see what the original footage looked like vs. the final, edited version. They also get to see the mess created in our home while filming these wacky videos, and the fun we have as a family while doing so.
    • Teaching/Bible Verse: These videos are just for fun. They are short and quick-paced, and we hope people will smile and laugh with us as they see our family creating and working together.
    • Views: 1,387 as of this writing

    • Concept: Informed by our extensive time spent ministering in churches and interacting with those who profess the Christian faith, this message is for today’s church. Ricky uses over 35 scripture passages to challenge the viewer to consider whether he/she has traded the priceless message of the Gospel for a cheaper, more palatable version of the Christian faith.
    • Teaching/Bible Verse: Hebrews 6:1-2, 2 Timothy 2:25, Acts 17:30, Matthew 3:1-2 and many others
    • Views: 1,778 as of this writing

    • Concept: In this parody of a 90’s hip-hop song from a well-known Puerto Rican artist, Doña Jenny spits rhymes about how she uses her chancleta to bring sense to hearts and minds in the schools of Puerto Rico. Really, she only wacks Abuelo Paco with it a couple times, but it her chancleta is a proverbial reference to the Word and how it is the most important tool for correction in any setting.
    • Bible Verse/Teaching: Just for fun, this upbeat song is basically a showcase of Doña Jenny’s talents. Feel free to turn up the volume during your at-home workout sessions…You know you want to.
    • Views: 1,003 as of this writing


Being away from live ministry in the churches and schools has offered us time to regroup and assess how to carry out certain aspects of the ministry moving forward, whether it be online or in our live presentations. We are prayerfully preparing for whatever God has in store for the future, as I imagine many of you are doing as well. We continue to increase in our knowledge of the Word as a family. We continue to practice our gifts and train our children up in the ways of obedience and service to the Lord. We continue to joyfully wait for the Lord to show us the next steps. Most importantly, we pray that when He looks upon our household, He will see willing hearts and ready hands for all the work that He has established for our family and our ministry.

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Preparing for the Worst

Are you prepared?

The way we operate as a society has inarguably been redefined in the last several months. Since this has been the case, our collective attention as a human race has turned to how we can make sure that we have what we need in preparation for the unexpected. This pandemic situation has made many reevaluate the way they live. My prayer is that it will lead to a greater understanding that disaster preparedness has little to do with ‘stocking up’ and more to do with ‘stepping up’ to the Lord’s will and purpose.

Disaster preparedness for the believer has little to do with stockpiling food, water or toilet paper. Preparedness for the believer begins in the heart, as we learn from the story of Noah that…

Those that keep themselves pure in times of common iniquity God will keep safe in times of common calamity.

Matthew Henry’s commentary on Genesis 7:1-4

The problem for many of us is that ‘keeping ourselves pure’ can seem somewhat boring, unexciting and well…ordinary. We tend to focus on everything we can’t have instead of focusing on the incomparable blessings we will have when we purpose to follow the Lord, and live out His purpose for our lives. Noah was the laughing-stock among his generation for many years while he built the ark, but he continued faithful to God’s calling, obeying the Lord even when not a single cloud appeared in the sky. He continued to prepare, and when the rains came, only he and his family came out alive.

If we treasure having lots of friends, tons of money, endless social engagements and smiles and applause from people for our accomplishments, then keeping ourselves pure will admittedly be quite the challenge. That’s why it is called ‘dying to self’ and ‘being born again.’ In order for us to live the fullest life that God has for us, we must be willing to die to the above-mentioned things, and/or whatever else keeps us from surrendering completely to His will.

Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.

John 12:24

When we moved to Puerto Rico a little over 6 years ago, we quickly had to get used to a new way of life. Financially, socially and spiritually, our life in Puerto Rico soon proved radically different from our life in New Jersey. We had barely settled in to the work when we began to experience many personal trials that would have seemed insurmountable had we not kept our eyes fixed on the Lord. However, we were confirmed time and again about the calling on our family, and continued to move forward in faith against all doubt and opposition. We clearly saw that God’s hand was upon us, upon our ministry and engaged in provision for and protection of our family.

In fact, we saw these obstacles as coming from the Lord’s hand; it was His way of showing us that there were certain things we still had not died to. We learned the importance of living quietly from these and the many trials since. We understood the importance of keeping our heads down and our hearts active for the work the Lord has established for our hands.

…aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands…that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12


There’s another thing we need to die to as believers: our rights.

Sound un-American? Hear me out.

When Christ died on the cross, He gave us the right to be called children of God. He made a way when there was no way. He showed us the gate to the Father when we did not even deserve a window.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 (emphasis mine)

The list of rights we have as believers may seem very short…in this life. As believers in Jesus Christ, we have the right to…

…daily pick up and carry our cross

…obey God

…worship God

…live out the Christian life, and

…submit to the authorities that God has put above us as long as they do not ask us to sin.

If you’ve noticed, none of these rights are centered around ourselves or our own personal gain or comfort, but rather for God’s glory.

When our lives focus on decrying the violation of certain rights we hold dear, we are taking our focus off of what should be central in the life of the believer: salvation thru Jesus Christ and a growing relationship with the Father through the Son. Let me explain…

Imagine a serial murderer whose prison sentence has been commuted, not because he is innocent, but because a government official had mercy on his life. He is free!

Now, imagine this same individual asserting his rights to be armed to the teeth, and to live and work near the families of his victims. You’d have some choice words for this presumptuous individual, not to mention the government leader who freed him.

Our sin makes us just like this serial murderer in God’s eyes. Death is our sentence (God’s justice). Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross is our commutation (God’s mercy). Then, we run around insisting that our personal rights need to be asserted at all costs. We shame our God, just like the serial murderer shames the government official who set him free. By this, we imply that we have already received is not enough.

I am not saying that we should not responsibly enjoy the rights we have (as long as they do not lead us to sin). I am not saying we shouldn’t be grateful to God for the freedoms we enjoy, or that we shouldn’t improve on these freedoms for the betterment of society. They are given to us as a sign of God’s grace, and should be used for blessing.

I am also not saying that we shouldn’t seek justice through the correct modes and instituted processes for doing so. After all, God is a God of justice. I am saying that creating a stir about ‘our rights’ is not something that is supported anywhere in scripture, Old Testament or New. What we do see are commands like these:

The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.

Exodus 14:14 || See also: (Matthew 26:63, Mark 14:61, Luke 23:9 and John 19:9)

He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8

In fact, we see many instances in which those who lived quietly, and who patiently waited on the Lord ended up enjoying many more blessings than those who were ‘fighting for their rights’ at the same time. This is not a popular notion, even among Christians, but God has the last word:

Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.

Luke 17:33

The most powerful example of how the battle does not belong to us is Jesus’s rebuke of Peter when the Roman soldiers came to arrest Him the night before his crucifixion. Peter immediately drew his sword, cutting off the ear of one of the soldiers, to which Jesus replied:

“Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.  Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?  How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?”

Matthew 26:52

To be sure, Jesus did not ask His Father to send legions of angels, because, though He was innocent of any crime on earth and in heaven, He knew that God had a perfect purpose in His arrest, in His trial, in His suffering and in His death. Jesus didn’t assert His rights in the light of Roman law. Jesus didn’t attempt to save His own skin. Jesus only cared to carry out the will of the Father, regardless of the unspeakable things He would suffer. Rights? Oh, He had many–and still does–both in Heaven and on earth. Still…

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.

Isaiah 53:7

serving in such a time as this

We have continued to film, edit and post weekly videos to our YouTube channel, and have been blessed to see a positive response to the teaching videos in particular. This is a surprising departure from our experience while we were out in the schools almost daily, when our music and and character-driven comedic videos would get the most traffic and engagement. We are blessed to see people responding to the teachings we are posting, and also to know that these teachings are reaching people in different parts of the Spanish speaking world.

As of this writing, we have a subscription base of 4,159 on YouTube, and 3,947 followers on Facebook. Below, a description of each video that has been posted during the period since our last update in May…

  • GUARDA TU OJO || Mateo 5:29
    • Concept: This video focuses on the “eye gate,” and how the things we see and hear are processed by our minds to affect our hearts and eventually, our words and actions. This message offers a practical approach to guarding the mind, a topic on which we posted a teaching in April based on 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.
    • Teaching/Bible Verses: Mateo 5:29 (as well as many others throughout the teaching
    • Views: 2,915 as of this posting

    • Concept: Filmed in our home’s garden with my ‘band,’ this is a cover of a popular upbeat Spanish worship song that we
    • Teaching/Bible Verse: We hope to encourage people that worship at home is just as valuable as corporate worship, and that in these circumstances we must still own that God is good and give Him thanks and praise wherever we are.
    • Views: 236 as of this posting

  • GUÁRDATE DE LA APOSTASÍA || 2 Pedro 2:21-22
    • Concept: This teaching focuses on the apostasy that we are seeing in the modern church, and asks us as believers to shine the light of God’s Word on the established celebrations, customs and traditions we treasure.
    • Teaching/Bible Verse(s): 2 Peter 2:21-22 and many others
    • Views: 2,478 as of this posting

    • Concept: Both Paco and Jenny lament the current situation, and each have a master plan to get back to doing what they love most: bringing God’s love to groups in communities, schools and churches. This comic-book-style video focuses on the importance of waiting on the Lord for direction rather than carrying out our own designs to be seen and applauded by others.
    • Teaching/Bible Verse: Matthew 6:1
    • Views: 97 as of this posting

lacking no good thing

We are grateful to the Lord for continuing to confirm His calling on our family during this unusual time. While we and our boys very much miss going out to meet new people and bring them God’s Word face to face, we understand and see that the Lord has set up our ministry to still be effective during such a time as this.

Thank you to those of you who pray for and support this ministry. We enjoy reading your notes of encouragement, and want you to know that your prayers and support are availing much.

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When Thou Sittest in Thine House

I thought the title of this post might resonate with…well…everyone…since we’ve all been ‘sittesting’ (not a thing) for a while now, and many of us will continue to ‘sittest’ for the unforeseeable future.

But that’s not the only reason I chose this title. It is actually found in God’s Word. In Deuteronomy 6:6-7 we read:

And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.


While it is a major change of routine for most families to be home together all the time, God’s Word encourages us that there is plenty we can do to redeem this time, and that it is not only possible, but necessary, to use this time to establish new and edifying routines and habits for growth in Him.

Our Bible study time has always taken place in the morning, whether it be at home or during car rides to ministry events, which vary from 20 minutes to 3 hours on any given day. This would qualify as ‘walking by the way’ in the scripture mentioned above.

One of the practices we have been able to be more consistent with is that of digging deep into the Word with our boys. Mornings for them still start early (wakeup time is 6:30am), when they gather with me in our living room for prayer and study of the Word. Ricky uses this time to study and prepare for his next teaching for YouTube.

We use a Matthew Henry commentary to explore the deeper meanings of the text. As Matthew Henry died in 1774, this has been a great vocabulary builder for the boys, introducing them to the King James Version of the Bible and exposing them to words like thy, thou, thine and…sittest. Children understand way more than we tend to give them credit for, and they are not shy to tell you when something is over their head. My youngest will stop me with, “Wait. I don’t get it,” in a bid for me to slow down and offer further explanation, which I am happy to do.

We stay on a piece of text as long as it takes for them to grasp it fully before moving on. This ain’t no ‘Bible-in-One-Year.’ More like ‘Bible-For-As-Long-As-It-Takes’ for them to understand it. What good is finishing any book in record time if we don’t know what we read?

After the boys finish their study, Ricky wraps up his personal study time, and he and I spend another hour or so studying the Word together (currently in the book of Ezra). We have been doing this since our boys were very small, so they know they have to retire to their room to play until we are finished.

This time has allowed us, as a family, more time to enjoy our at-home routine, which we have always cherished for its slower pace, but which now, of course, is the default. Ricky writes out a white board schedule for us at the beginning of each week, no different than he did before, minus events outside of our home (I’ve mentioned before his affinity for lists, schedules, spreadsheets and the like). There are homeschooling/video editing days, as well as filming days, a cleaning/housework day and a day off, when Ricky goes hunting and gathering grocery shopping.

Work days include time for exercise before dinner. A day off involves family time in which we do whatever the kids want, like play in their kiddie pool, shoot hoops, or literally just watch them complete some races on MarioKart. They spend tons of time drawing and are getting better everyday, with their creations wallpapering their entire bedroom.

Sunday mornings we gather as a family for church in the living room after study of the Word. Ricky and I take communion, and review for the boys the significance of this ordinance, stressing the reverence and understanding with which we must approach the Lord’s supper. We also talk about what we have been learning in God’s Word throughout the week.

We do not take a day off from prayer and early morning study of God’s Word, nor do the boys get a day off from their morning routine of making their beds, tidying their room, personal hygiene and feeding our three dogs (yes, three), among other basic household duties and responsibilities.

We adhere to certain parts of the routine everyday, no matter what, in order to teach and model to our boys the importance of being consistent in certain disciplines that are important for spiritual growth, as well as preparing to run a home of their own one day. A man who loves the Lord, knows how to wash dishes and scrub a toilet is to be praised, and a woman who finds one finds a good thing.

He who is slothful in his work
Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.


Just for fun, below is a side-by-side of our youngest lady pup. Some of you may remember I first posted the photo on the left when we got her a little over a year ago. She still likes to hide under the same big chair in our living room. She’s very playful and mischievous and gets along great with our boy dog, who we’ve had for some time. We refer to our oldest dog as ‘our cat,’ as she keeps to herself like an angsty teenager.


During this time at home, we have continued to create new content for our YouTube channel, where we post a new weekly video since 2017. Below, a summary of videos posted to our channel throughout March and April…

    • Concept: This series focuses on integrity in the life of a believer as it relates to our private lives, and the kind of influences we allow into our home through music, television, movies and other media. These choices greatly influence not only our own walk with the Lord and interaction with the rest of the world, but also the hearts and minds of those under our charge. This comedic series features new music and an important message for people of all ages.
    • Teaching/Bible Verses: Psalm 101:2-3 (as well as many others throughout the series)
    • Views: 4,046 collectively between all eight episodes as of this writing

    • Concept: This video is one in a series that we started a while back, basically making fun of the mistakes that make it into the final edits of our videos. The premise is Doña Jenny in her house as she deals with the new reality of social distancing from the pandemic. In it, Jenny encourages viewers to submit to local government mandates put in place for our safety and the safety of others during this unusual time. Unless government asks us to sin, we are to submit to its leadership, lest we be in rebellion and resist Almighty God, who allowed them to be put in their leadership positions to begin with, whether we like them or not.
    • Teaching/Bible Verses: Romans 13:1-2
    • Views: 3,141 as of this writing

    • Concept: This video centers on finding joy and contentment in the most difficult of circumstances, and trusting the Lord to meet our needs when we seek to honor Him. God has a purpose in and through this global situation, as well as for each one of His children on earth at this time. A global pandemic does not offer us the excuse to complain or cease to be fruitful for God’s Kingdom.
    • Teaching/Bible Verses: Matthew 6:25-27 and Jeremiah 17:7-8
    • Views: 443 as of this writing

    • Concept: This comedic and fast-paced video shows the exchange between Doña Jenny and an ‘old-timey’ burglar, a recurring character on our channel who never seems to have much success when trying to break into Jenny and Paco’s house. This time, we see how Jenny’s time in social distancing makes her overly chatty with her intruder, as she scolds the burglar for not taking safety precautions while doing decidedly non-essential work. Doña Jenny’s lecture seems to work, as we see the burglar come back at the end of the video to disinfect the doorknob where he broke in. This video includes footage of our Zoom session with some students from a school we have visited. We got to encourage them with the Word, and they got to see a little of the process of how we create our videos.
    • Teaching/Bible Verses: This just-for-fun video features El Pillo (the burglar), who has appeared in previous videos where we teach about the 8th commandment found in Exodus 20:15.
    • Views: 1,765 as of this writing

  • GUARDA TU MENTE || 2 Corintios 10:3-5
    • Concept: Ricky shares a biblical teaching about the battle that every believer must fight daily: the battle of the mind. When we do not ground our hearts and minds in daily prayer and God’s Word, the enemy of our souls takes advantage of our weak points to gain a foothold in our thoughts, which, when they take root in our hearts, eventually become dangerous actions that have far-reaching effects.
    • Teaching/Bible Verses: 2 Corinthians 10-:3-5, among many others.
    • Views: 2,808 as of this writing

the upward call

Our commitment continues to be with the Lord, and as such, we have experienced that those whom He calls, He equips, prepares and provides for. Above all else, the experience of a global pandemic should teach us that when we put our hope in the world…in science…in government…we will be disappointed. The systems of this world will fail us over and over again; that is a guarantee. But, God never fails. I once heard a pastor say, “If you believe that God has ever failed you, something is wrong with your theology.” Praise God that our greatest Hope sits on a throne that cannot be shaken. As our oldest son, who we call our Gentle Giant, said recently, “If I didn’t know God, that would be worst day of my life.” Amen, pal.

For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.

Hebrews 13:14

We have seen how our King has gone before us in so many ways to help us navigate this new way of life. This has been a time of increased gratitude and faith for our family.

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Below, a link to the above-mentioned teaching recently posted to our YouTube channel about guarding our minds based on 2 Corinthians 10:3-5…

The Book and Its Cover

Please note: The photos contained in this blog post were taken during the period between early February through March 14th, just before Puerto Rico began an island-wide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have not left our home since the lockdown, except for Ricky, once a week to buy our groceries. We are taking all the necessary and mandated safety precautions to keep ourselves and the people we serve safe and healthy, and all scheduled ministry activities outside of our home have been postponed until further notice. We praise God for his provision for our family, and for going before us in many ways to prepare us for this unusual circumstance.  We pray that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy as well. 

We pulled onto the church’s property after circling around on a country backroad several times, only to find an abandoned cement foundation that had not been built upon. Just behind the foundation stood a trailer-like structure where we were told the services are held. Bathrooms have no electrical power and are located outside, across the cement foundation. We soon realized that our car would have to serve as our ‘dressing room,’ since there was no other place to safely put our items where they wouldn’t be exposed to the elements.

Already weary from the long journey south through winding mountain roads in driving rain as dusk fell on a Friday night, it was hard to think about the late night drive back without being discouraged. We have a long night ahead of us, we thought.

Trying to stay upbeat, we unloaded our things from the car and prepared to serve where the Lord had brought us on this evening. Our concerns multiplied when the service started, and we realized that the tone of the evening may not be suitable to the message Ricky would bring. Still, we knew it was our duty to press on.

To our great surprise, the congregants present, including the church’s pastor, received the Word with joy. When the service ended, we were immediately handed plates of food and scheduled for a Sunday morning service to minister to the full congregation.

Long after the service ended and after the parking lot had cleared out, we were still standing on the old cement foundation talking with a young family about the things of God. They shared that they had been struggling with the husband’s job, and how much it was demanding of his time. Many nights he would come home well after the scheduled quitting time because of a last-minute overtime request. He didn’t want to upset his boss or colleagues, so he was obliging them each time, leaving his wife and two young children waiting at home. Since Ricky’s message includes a deep dive into the biblical responsibility of spouses and parents, the husband had been trying to incline his ear to the message through a Facebook Live feed on his phone from the church’s makeshift outdoor kitchen, but found it difficult because he was responsible for preparing the food for fellowship time.

His wife had called him over to us when he was done cleaning up the kitchen, and Ricky encouraged the couple with a biblical exhortation about their duties as husband and wife, and as parents. Ricky also shared about our own personal experiences with work and other factors encroaching upon home life; how this threatens the well-being of a marriage and household, and the importance of drawing boundaries in order to protect what the Lord has put into our hands to care for. Anything that comes up against a marriage and household, he told them, is not of God, and has to be dealt with accordingly. While we talked, our children played with their two young children nearby.

We stood on that cement slab in the countryside, far from home, under a starry night sky until almost midnight, not thinking about the long drive home even once. We had arrived discouraged, but we left completely energized.

Over the years, we have served in countless churches. Some receive us early with joy and a warm welcome. In these times, we have assumed that all will go well and that the message will land on good ground. We have been wrong many times and seen smiling faces drop once Ricky gets into the meat of the message. On the other hand, there are times when we arrive at a church, and things seem disorganized and chaotic. On these occasions, we have often mistakenly assumed that the experience will be disastrous, only to find that people there are hungry for a thorough, convicting message.

Since the night described above (which happened to fall just shy of our 6th anniversary serving on the island), a new foundation has been cemented in our minds and hearts about how we regard the opportunities presented us to bring the Word: We are to never judge a book by its cover. Sounds obvious, but the things we have seen and the experiences we have had often make this elementary teaching much easier said than done. Yet God’s word teaches us:

For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

1 Samuel 16:7


During the months of February thru mid-March, we had the pleasure of ministering in 8 churches, 7 public schools, 4 private schools and 2 community organizations in the 15 municipalities where you see a red star below. Some municipalities were visited more than once.

storms. earthquakes. now pestilence.

Children in the public schools of Puerto Rico have had one of the most uncertain years since just two years ago, when they dealt with extended school closures after Hurricane Maria. On January 7th of this year, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook Puerto Rico, which led to the requirement of each individual school building to receive an ‘apt-to-open’ certificate after inspections by engineers. This took quite a while, so there was only a small window of time in which students have had on-site classes in 2020. Some, closer to the epicenter in the south of the island, never re-opened. Others re-opened only the parts of their school building that were deemed safe.

You can see some yellow ‘Caution’ tape on a small staircase in the background, letting students and faculty know this is area of the school building has not been cleared to house them.

Below, some photos of our time spent in the schools during the short span of time in which they re-opened before closing again because of the pandemic. The first group of photos was of a school in Jayuya (smack in the center of the island) that had us with them for their very first day after the earthquakes. The teachers whose classrooms lay beyond the yellow ‘caution’ tape (see photo above) had to set up their classes on the basketball court.