I woke up this morning feeling so very, very thankful for what God is doing here. It is such a great honor to be a part of it. I want to express my thankfulness also for our interpreter, Bro. Geinrre Valladares. When God gave him to us, he gave us a great gift. He does an awesome job as our interpreter, and works hard to keep us safe on the roads. And most importantly, he has a vision of what God is doing and is running the race with us!
What an amazing time this is for the Body of Christ in Honduras! It has been over a week since I have had internet service in order to post on the blog. But God has been doing a great work. We were able to finish the painting of the house in preparation for the men coming. On Tuesday, the 22nd, we had service in our home. Wednesday night was service with Bro. Misael. The services are going well. People are growing and learning. On Thusday we picked up Sarah. She has been busy, helping me much in the natural at the house and working with some of the young people as they learn band instruments. We are so thankful to have her with us. Bro. Finnicum had Bible studies in Talanga while we were at the house with music students and meal preparation. Our Sunday services were outstanding in both places. Bro. Cristian brought his family and sisters to service. Our night service at Bro. Misael's was amazing. The worship was so powerful. A lady in a wheelchair was prayed for. After the preaching began, she continued to cry. She stood up and began to walk around the church with help. She had a stroke 8 years ago and her leg had been numb since then. She had feeling in her leg and was able to walk in shoes that she could not walk in before. What a mighty God we serve!!!!!!
After some flight cancelations and delays, we were so very excited and honored as Bro. Daves, Bro. Emmons, and Bro. Dale Beck flew in yesterday to be with us for 5 days. We had a beautiful service last night with Bro. Victor. Right now we are in an all day Bible study at the hotel. Bro. Misael, Rigo, Edwin, and Gustave traveled to be here for this historic time. We pray that other brethren will join us here in the months and years to come as we build the Body of Christ in Honduras. Please continue to pray!
We have been here in Honduras for 6 days, and things are going well. We have had to spend a lot of time doing some natural things to get our house set up for our visits, and the visits of others who will come in the future. In the past 6 days, we have installed a hot water heater and a water pump in the bathroom, and painted the interior walls of the house. We have also spent a lot of time in the process of getting the van. Four months after we purchased the van, we are awaiting Bro. Geinrre's arrival later this afternoon as he brings the van back from the port in San Pedro Sula. This is a big answer to prayer, as there were many things that could have gone wrong in this process. This was an expensive investment, but a necessary one, as we were renting a van each trip that we made. This will also enable our ministry to travel from church to church and do the job that God has called them to do.
We have not been able to have many services yet, but after today, our natural work schedule should be easing, and we will be able to concentrate on the spiritual things of the kingdom of God. We have had one service with Bro. Misael in Talanga, and 2 services at our house church with Bro. Rigo and Bro. Edwin. We plan to have many hours of personal ministerial training with Bro. Geinrre and these young men.
Having a house here is a great blessing. While we really enjoyed the hotel where we stayed, and felt very comfortable and safe there, the drive twice a day was expensive, tiring, and at times, risky. Now we have cut down our travel time and our gas expense. We are able to make our own meals in our home, which allows us to plan our own menus and "Americanize" our food as we wish. Living with our 2 young sons in the Lord is a beautiful experience. They are hungry to learn, and willing to change as they are taught. There is such potential in both of their lives.
Tomorrow we will have a service in the house, and we are excited that Bro. Cristian and his family will be joining us. Sarah Hummel will be flying in next Thursday, and her gifts are always an asset to our services.
We are grateful for your prayers. We hope to have many exciting things to tell you as the weeks progress!
We are preparing to embark on what may very well be the most exciting and productive trip that we have taken to Honduras since our vision began in 2006. We have been traveling to Honduras for 7 years, having completed our 15th trip in August of 2013. At times we have been frustrated by our progress. At other times we have seen the hand of God work in a mighty way. Several different people have told us that many ministries see the most fruit and positive results in the 7th year. We have found this to be true as well. The past year has been one of growth, both in numbers of churches who we are working with, and personal growth in those who have been hearing and applying this Gospel. Bro. Finnicum has felt that at some point, we need to spend more time there in order to be more effective. So we have chosen this month to begin a 6 week long trip to Honduras, working with the already established churches, as well as meeting new pastors who are eager for their people to hear life changing truths that have the potential to change not only their life, but the lives of generations to come. If you are not familiar with our mission work, please check out our website at fathersforthefatherless.org.
This trip has some new and exciting aspects for us as well. In July, we rented a home in the village of Los Charcos, near the home of our interpreter, brother, and friend, Geinrre Valladares. This trip will be the first time that we have been able to stay in the home, rather than a hotel. Bro. Rigo and Bro. Edwin, 2 very special young pastors, live in the home. Not only do they watch over the house for us, but they also pastor a small congregation that meets in the living room of the house. Another added benefit will be the van which we recently purchased here in the U.S. and had shipped for our use and the use of the pastors as they work with the people there. The van is due to be in port shortly before our arrival, so we ask for your prayers as all the details are worked out for the taxes and paperwork upon delivery.
We will also have others joining us for parts of this trip. Our faithful missionary companion, Sarah Hummel, will join us from January 23rd to February 9th. Sarah is an amazing help and blessing to us in the services. We are also anticipating the possibility of some other pastors joining us for a portion of the time. This is a huge encouragement to us and we are excited about their help and support as they use their gifts to reach out to the people of Honduras.
We would greatly appreciate your support as we make this trip. As always, financial donations are needed and greatly appreciated. Donations can be made online at fathersforthefatherless.org. Each trip is very expensive and we often need to feed and house the Honduran brethren who are traveling around the country with us. Most importantly, please pray with us for safety, health, and a special covering of God's wisdom and power. We will be in Honduras from January 12th to February 25th. Pray for the Body of Christ in Honduras!