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!