The past 2 days have been very successful. On Wednesday, we traveled back from Danli and spent several hours price shopping for the needs of our home here. We have decided that it just makes more sense to buy here, rather than send the things from the U.S., due to the cost and difficulty of shipping. We purchased a refrigerator, and mattresses for all 3 rooms. It was a long day, but we felt that we got the answers that we needed. Yesterday, after a good night's sleep, we purchased a few more things in Talanga, enough that Bro. Edwin and Br. Rigo are able to live in the house. Bro. Edwin is a carpenter, and he is going to make bed frames, closets, and cabinets. Last night, we made history as we had the first service in our new home. the Body of Christ has been birthed in Los Charcos! The house is only 2 houses down from Bro. Geinrre's, so we have family as neighbors! We had a sweet service, with several people sharing their heart, and voicing committment to go this way with us. There is a lot of work to do, but we pray that these young men will be up to the task, with God's help. This morning we are up bright and early, and preparing for another day Bible study with Bro. Misael. Our time is drawing to a close, but we know the work will continue!
We are sad to be leaving our precious family of God here in Danli, but our hearts are so full of thanksgiving for what God has done here in these few short days. Monday and Tuesday found us here at the hotel with day long Bible studies. Bro. Victor and Sis Claudia drank in the Word of God with open hearts. Three of the men from the church were also here with us. Two of these young men missed work to be baptized on Sunday, and were fired from their jobs because of it. These people are willing to pay a price to receive this gospel! The services at night have been above all we could think or ask. They asked us to do the worship each night, so all the girls have sang with me in Spanish, and done a wonderful job. As the Lord began to move in the service, and the people began to press in, the girls would go one by one to help pray with different sisters. The first night, they all ended up praying with people, leaving a young girl from here (who Bro. Finnicum had nicknamed "Ezzie", short for Esmeralda,) to sing "Raising my hands to you". She is a sweet young girl who usually leads the music here. Bro. Victor wants her to learn these songs. I know that at least two people have received the baptism of the Holy Ghost during these 2 nights, and the Spirit of God moved through the church in such a powerful way both nights. Truly, our girls will never be the same after experiencing this. Many of the people here are extremely poor, but they are so rich in the Lord. We feel so loved and welcome in this place. We hope to bring Bro. Victor to the U.S. sometime in 2014.
We will be leaving this morning to travel back to Talanga. While going through Tegucigalpa, we will be shopping for some things to equip the house.
Thank you so much for your prayer support. Once again, God has heard our prayers, and He is opening the hearts of the people of Danli with the love of the Body of Christ, and the truth of the Word of God.
This has been such an amazing day!! We met with the people from Bro. Victor's church at a nice little rustic setting with 2 swimming pools and an open air building for service. We began the day with 2 band songs, and worship in Spanish with all the girls singing. Bro. Finnicum then explained to the people the importance of what they were about to do. Then we proceeded to the pool area, where we baptized 15 men and 13 women from Bro. Victor's church, as well as Bro. Geinrre's son David, and Bro. Misael's daughter Nancy! It was such a wonderful experience! Afterwards, many of them swam for a while, had their lunches, and fellowshipped all together. Right before we began the second service, I walked out to the sitting area and saw all the young people working in their gifts. The girls had a group of sisters around them. They were testifying of the overcoming life, with Sis. Dulce translating. Bro. Edwin was talking to a young brother, and Bro. Rigo had several young men surrounding him as he was explaining the things of God. We went into service, and began to worship. It is a slow process to teach the people all these new songs, but they quickly feel the power and spirit of the words. As we sang "Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary", they all began to press in and many of the young people reached out to pray with different brothers and sisters. What a blessing it is to see them all use their gifts to work with people and show them love! I am so thankful for this battalion of God's army that is here in Danli with us. Bro. Rigo and Bro. Edwin are both so serious about this path of God they are walking. They and the girls radiate the love of God as they worship and pray with people. Bro. Victor and his wife are so excited about what they are learning.
Tomorrow we will have Bible study here at the hotel with Bro. Victor, and a service at his church at night.Everyone is healthy, and very full of the good things of God. We are trusting God to continue to help us as we reach the people of Danli with His gospel.
Today has been a very full and rewarding day. We once again had the 4 hour Bible study with several people from Bro. Misael's church. They are receiving the teachings and asking many questions. After the day meeting, Bro. Misael joined us for dinner at our house, where Sis. Karla had prepared a beautiful meal for us. She works so hard taking care of us while we are here! After practicing again, our new little church band was able to play 2 songs to open tonight's service. They all did a wonderful job, and we were able to show the church what we hope to produce in their own children, as they grow to work for God! Bro. Gustavo continued the worship music. These people are really learning how to press in! It was so exciting to see the sisters of the church, for the first time, begin to put their arms around each other and worship together. Bro. Geinrre also gave a beautiful testimony of the process that God has brought him through as he has made the total commitment to walk this way with us. We thank God every day for sending him to help us. He is a very gifted, godly man, and we so appreciate how hard he works for the Kingdom. Bro. Rigo is so excited to be home. He was able to be the interpreter tonight, and he did a great job. You that know him can be sure that he hit the ground running, as he "has work to do" here for the Lord.
Tomorrow the girls get to play tourist for the day, as we visit Valle de angeles on the way to Danli. Sunday is our big baptismal day, so we are anticipating that! The girls have been busy loving and praying for people. What a blessing to have them here with us! Oh, they even had time to teach Bro. Edwin how to play "Spoons!" They have all gotten along so well, which is not easy with 5 girls in 1 hotel room. Of course, at times they have hit that "too tired" stage, and the giggles have nearly overtaken the van. They have a song in their hearts at all times, and not a daily trip goes by without singing from the back of the van.
Please pray for the next segment of our trip as we travel to Danli to spend the next 4 days with Bro. Victor and his church.
Yesterday was a full, busy day. We had a 4 hour Bible study at Bro. Misael's church. Many of his people were there with listening ears and hungry hearts. After the Bible study, we went to Los Charcos where Sis. Karla had prepared our dinner in our newly rented home. This house is going to be a blessing in many ways. The kitchen is large enough for functions such as this. We set up two long tables in the living room, and we had ample space for the 14 of us. After the meal, we had our first official practice of the Body of Christ band in Honduras! The girls and Bro. Rigo did very well playing along with my "cheater piano!" We practiced several band songs, then sang many songs that we have translated. Everyone was there learning the songs in Spanish. How exciting it was! This house is going to be our church building in Los Charcos, and it was so awesome to "christen" it with a fellowship meal and a sweet spirit of the music of the Body of Christ! The girls are all healthy and having a wonderful time. I am so thankful to see how they work in the Spirit as they all reach out to pray with the sisters during the night services. God has placed a real love for the Honduran people in all their hearts.
Good morning from Honduras on our second day.
we were so excited to be back in Talanga last night with our dear family of God at Bro. Misael"s church. Savana and Emmy were able to play their instruments along with Bro. Gustavo as he played the keyboard for worship. It was such a beautiful move of the Holy Ghost! Beth testified, and Bro. Finnicum was able to share his heart with these people that we so dearly love. We are off early today for an all day long Bible study there, then service again tonight. More later!
We arrived safely into Tegucigalpa yesterday afternoon. After our usual stops for a phone card, drinks and snacks at Wal-Mart, and Pizza Hut, we were on our way to our hotel. Bro. Misael, Bro. Gustavo, and Sis. Nancy came to the airport and picked up Bro. Rigo for his reunion with friends and family. This morning we have been relaxing and getting organized. After dinner, we will be off to our first service with Bro. Misael. We are really anticipating the move of God for these next 2 weeks. The girls are all fine, enjoying the pool here, as we get ready to start a very busy schedule. They were quite amusing on the flight. Imagine 5 young women with very little sleep........ But we all survived the flight! We miss you all, and so appreciate your interest and prayers. I will update when I can.
It is time once again for us to make another trip to Honduras. We are excited to be taking with us five very special young ladies: Emmylee, Savana, and Abby Grace Hale, and Abigail and Beth Hummel. This is the first trip for 2 of them, and we know it will be life changing. We are very thankful to be able to take young people that so well represent the lifestyle and godly character that we hope to help produce in the hearts of the young people in Honduras. These girls are all gifted in many ways, and we are anticipating how God will use them. We will be concentrating our efforts this trip on Bro. Misael's church in Talanga, and Bro. Victor in Danli. In Danli, there are over 30 people ready to be baptized when we get there!
We are sad here in Roanoke that Bro. Rigo will be leaving us to go home.We will miss him so much! It has been a wonderful year of growth and learning for him, and he is much better equipped to do the work that God has called him to do. He and Bro. Edwin will be working side by side as they try to reach the young people of Honduras with the truth of the Word of God. We have also rented a house where the 2 of them will be living, and we will have a place to stay when we are there.
Please be a part of our work in Honduras by praying for us.We will be there for 2 weeks., and I will do my best to update this blog when I can.
We are so excited to be preparing for another trip to Honduras! The past year has been a very eventful one for the work in Honduras. Last August, we were blessed to bring Bro. Rigo back to Roanoke with us. The Lord made a way for him to be with us this entire year, at least until August of 2013, and it has been a year full of wonderful experiences for him. He has been in several meetings across the nation. Each day he works on English skills for several hours, and he has advanced so much that he is able to preach in English. Please join us as we pray for God's will for his future.
Last September, our interpreter ,Bro. Geinrre, and one of our pastors, Bro. Misael, met us in Shepherdsville, KY, and joined us for the campground meeting there. One of the high points of the meeting was the night that Bro. Misael received the baptism of the Holy Ghost! We were privileged to have them in our home and church for several weeks until the ministers' meeting in Brownsville, TX in November. They have since been back in Honduras working hard to teach and minister to the people there.
Bro. Finnicum made a 10 day trip to Honduras in January. He was able to make some new contacts, some of which we will be visiting this trip.We leave on Saturday, April 6th, for our 2 week trip. Sarah Hummel, our faithful "seasoned" missionary will be with us the entire trip. Additionally, our son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Ashley Finnicum, are joining us for the first week. We will be venturing out to 3 new areas this trip, in different parts of the country. We are counting on all of our prayer warriors back here in the U.S. to uplift us as we travel, and to pray for God's anointing each day. As always, the costs of these trips are monumental. Anyone wishing to help financially and sow seed in the Kingdom of God would be greatly appreciated!
I will do my best to post as often as possible, depending on our internet availability there. As they say in Honduras, Dios le bendiga!!! (God bless you!)
Bro. and Sis. Finnicum
Trip number 12 was completed at 6 AM this morning after a very LOONG, but successful day. Saying goodbye to all our wonderful friends was, as always, very hard, especially for Bro. Rigo. The flight home was uneventful until we were almost to Atlanta. We were in a holding pattern due to bad weather in Atlanta, and we soon had to divert to Augusta, GA to refuel. When we made it back to Atlanta 2 hours late, we knew we had a problem for the rest of the trip. Our first concern was getting through immigration for Bro. Rigo. We are so thankful that God gave us favor and they gave him a one year permit to stay in the U.S. What an answer to prayer!!!! What a mighty God we serve!!! We raced to the gate where our flight to Roanoke had been delayed. It was still at the gate, but they had closed it and we were not able to board. Eventually we decided just to rent a car and drive the 450 miles home. Now comes the fun part..... tracing down 6 pieces of luggage!
Thank you all for your support and prayer during this trip. We see much progress, especially in the hearts of the pastors with whom we are working. On our last service with Bro. Misael, he said that even if we never came again, he could not remain the same. The pastors were all very moved by the example,love, and testimonies of our young women Our plan is for Bro. Geinrre, Bro. Misael, and perhaps 3 other pastors to be with us this fall for 2 months. some of them will join us for Fall Campground meeting, and others at the Brownsville meeting. We are excited for them to be able to see and experience first hand the spirit of the Body of Christ. Until next time, Dios le bendiga!