In a few minutes, Bro. Geinrre will be here to pick us up to start the long trip home. What a rewarding trip this has been! Last night's service was the icing on the cake. We had a good service, and thought we were ready to leave. But they weren't finished! First, the young people that Bro. Geinrre has been working with got up and they sang several of our songs! He's changing me, I will follow thee, and He's given me life for my soul. Then people began one by one to get up and express their appreciation or what they had learned while we were here. All of the young men got up- Bro. Rigo, Luis, Gustavo, Sis. Nancy, and several others= some whom we didn't even know were really recieiving anything! Bro. Misael said very kind words of thankfulness of what we had all done for his church; the family training, the example of the young people, it has all been so important this trip. This is something that has never happened before, In fact, most of these people had never stood in their church to say anything! It was such evidence of what God is going in this little church. Your financial donations are not in vain! Our time is not in vain! They are all begging us to come back soon so they can hear more. We took a picture of several men in the church who had worn their white shirts and ties that you all donated! When service was over, many of the women came up to me in tears- again something that has never happened. They know that we love them, and they are beginning to love us as well. Bro. Misaels's wife told me she felt like I was her real sister! Truly they are beginning to understand the family of God. We pray that they can all apply what they have heard, and that the Lord will continue the work in them that He has started, just as He has done in all of us.
See you soon! We love you all.
Our last day
We awoke this morning to a most exciting email telling us of the safe delivery of our new grandson, Malachi Hudson Finnicum. This makes number 6 for us, and we love them all and anticipate the time that they will be able to be a part of what we are doing here in Honduras. Welcome, Malachi!
Yesterday's last day of the seminar was very successful, with about 20 people attending. Bro. Finnicum taught about training the children in the home. That is a huge subject, and of course, he just barely touched the surface. There is such a great need for these kind of teachings here, and the Christians really want to hear it. Whether they will apply it remains to be seen!
We had a second service last night with Bro. Betanco. They are a very small group of people and they are meeting in a living roon, but the Lord has met us there in a mighty way each time. We sang 4 of our songs, and Abigail helped to bring in the Spirit of the Lord as she worshipped. We sang some worship songs, then "I will follow thee" and Bro. Betanco even got his guitar and helped us on that one! The spirit was just beautiful. He is one of the pastors that opens up the service at the end for people to get prayer, and once again, the people pressed in. Even Eunice was raising her hands! We have invited his church to join us tonight at our last service with Bro. Misael. It seems impossible that our time is up. The Lord has been with us in a great way. It is obvious to see which of the pastors and churches are hungry to hear more, and we know that there are some who will be walking this way with us in the years to come. To say that this work is fulfilling is such an understatement. I just have to stand back and watch the Lord directing our path.
We do look forward to coming home and seeing you all. Without your support in finances and especially prayer, we could not be here. Thank you for your investment in the Kingdom of God. We bring a little of all of you each time we come. Let's build the Body!
Hola my friends in America! I've been enjoying myself on this trip, learning and experiencing new things. More and more, I'm falling in love with Honduras, with the places, the people, the culture, THE FOOD! It's amazing what God has been doing for us. The churches we have been visiting are so friendly and beautiful. It's wonderful to see how hungry they are for change. I love learning the language, though I have had some flaws in that area. The other day instead of saying, "Dios le bendiga" (God bless you), I said, "Feliz Navidad!" Now they say "Merry Christmas" to me instead of "Good-bye." I've been starting my own traditions here! (Not sure if Bro. and Sis. Finnicum appreciate that, but I'll leave that in God's hands. I have to say that Bro. Finnicum was right when he said this trip would change my life. It's safe to say this trip will not be my last time visiting this wonderful country!
What a great day!
Today was day number two of the marriage seminar, and it was very successful. There were over 20 people there, and the teaching was so well received. Bro. Finnicum taught on the 5 signs of a loving family. These people are so hungry for this kind of teaching. It seems like they just soak it up. It makes for a very long day, sitting from 10 AM to 2:30 PM, with just a very short break. But understanding the need makes it all so worthwhile. We pray that by helping these families, we will help to save the next generation.
The church service for tonight was changed, and we were able to go back to service with Bro. Alexander tonight, in Bro. Geinrre's village. This church is getting more and more open each visit. Savana and I, (with a little help from Dulce), sang a few of our songs. We are just begiining to introduce them to most of the churches, but it is a start.
There is no doubt that we are making progress here. Hearts are being touched and the eyes of understanding are being opened.
Nearing the end
It seems impossible to think that we only have a few days left here in Honduras. It seems like we just arrived! Sarah will be spending the night with Bro. Geinrre's family tonight, and Sis. Karla will take her to the airport tomorrow. She will be greatly missed in our last services. Her testimonies are so filled with her love for her Lord. We have really enjoyed having her here again with us.
Yesterday was the first day of the marriage seminar, and several of the couples were unable to make it. Bro. Misael and Bro. Alexander were there, so Bro. Finnicum changed gears a bit and taught them how to help problem marriages in their church. Today, several more couples are supposed to come, so we hope that it will be a very profitable day. We have given out some of the clothes to specific pastors and other people, but yesterday we opened up the rest for the pastors that were there, so that they might help some of the poeple in their congregation as well. I think our "store" was a success, as everyone left with a smile on their face! Some of the men's shoes we brought were a perfect fit for some of those that we had hoped to help. Bro. Rigo was excited with his. We also brought a bilingual Bible for him and Bro. Luis, 2 of the faithful young men in Bro. Misael's church. It is so fun to watch them try to read the scripture in English during the services.
Last night we went to a church for the first time. It is near the village of Bro. Geinrre, and the church started as an outreach from Bro. Alexander's church for the people who had to walk so far. The pastor is Bro. Alexander's brother, Bro. Joshua. He had about 100 people there, and many obviously unsaved men were outside the church listening, as well. It seems that the "gringos" coming to their village for the first time was a big deal! Bro. Joshua was with us in every seminar last week, and he is so hungry for more. He told Bro. Geinrre that he did not want to be left out of this! We are going to write letters for some of these pastors for Visa appointments, so that they can prepare to come to the United States in the Fall of 2012. We hope to get them there in time for the Fall campground meeting, then stay until the meeting in Brownsville in November. Several of them have already gotten their Passports after the first time we talked about this meeting, and are really anxious to come.
Savana and Abigail are doing well. They testify every service, and their sweet spirits are such an example to these people. It is such a blessing to bring young people here who are a living example of what we are teaching.
Thank you for your prayers. We have 2 more days of the marriage seminar, and 3 more night services, so we
Hello to everyone!
So far all I can so I "WOW, WOW, WOW!" From the first get-go, the Lord has been here with us every step of the way. Visiting the churches, testifying, meeting the people, has changed my life forever. I see we have much work to do, but the Lord is helping so much. He's given me a total peace while I have been here, (even on the plane!) And I have fallen in love with the people. I thank the Lord for giving me the great privilege to come and lift up the hands that hang down, and for opening my eyes and causing me to fall in love with Him even more.
I love and miss everyone of you! Keep praying-- It's working!
Ready for week # 2
Our "tourist" days are over and we are ready for the next phase of services and seminars this week. We had an enjoyable day in Valle de Angeles yesterday, and we shopped until Bro. Finnicum dropped! We went back into the city where we ate dinner and restocked our drinks for the next week. It was another good day with a lot of fun and fellowship in the van. Bro. Geinrre's entire family was with us, as well as Nancy, Bro. Misael's daughter. She is learning English, so it was a very good opportunity for both her and Savana to practice their language skills.
The area we are working in, Talanga, is so very different from the city of Tegucigalpa. Here the traffic jams are not cars, but cows or burros! The people in the city are very pressured with time and money, while those here in the country live a more relaxed life, and seem to be less stressed. Certainly, we hope that the Lord allows us to take this gospel to the cities and other parts of the country, but for now, it seems that this is where the Lord is working, and we want to reach out to any who hunger for the truth.
Today we will have an afternoon service with Bro. Misael. We planned it earlier in the day so that Bro. Cristian could bring his family. We are hoping that some of the other pastors will bring some of their people and meet with us there. It seems that bringing them together would be a great way to reach the most people at one time. Today we should have the opprtunity to share more songs.
Please continue to pray for the Lord's will to be done this week. Tomorrow starts a 3 day marriage seminar, and we want to help these pastors with their own families, so they they might help the families in thier own churches
A day to relax
Yesterday was a fun day for the girls. We left early to go to the city to the American Embassy to change Eunice's Visa. What we found is that "Red Tape" is the same in every language. It seems that we will have to pursue it when we get to the United States. We had lunch at McDonalds, then decided to take a trip to Ojojona. Those of you who came with the younth group before will remember that this is the area that makes and sells the pottery. The girls were able to buy some souvenirs. The exciting part there for us is that we believe we found the shop and the little girl who is our "Cup of Love" picture. We took more photos of her, and gave her some lempiras. When we got back to Tegucigalpa, we went to Bro. Omar's new home, and spent some time visiting with Bro. Cristian and Moises, Bro. Omar and Sis. Mirna, and Sis. Heydi. The others were not able to be there, but we hope that they all can join us tomorrow afternoon in service in Talanga. It was a good day, and the girls enjoyed getting out to see a bit of the country, as well as the experience of Tegucigalpa traffic jams.
We love and miss you all!
God is good
It has been such a wonderful week here. The three days of pastors' Bible studies are complete, and we feel that it was successful. Bro. Finnicum taught for two of the days on the 3 phases of salvation. Today he began to teach on Resurrections. He barely had time to get started, but he gave them many scriptures to read and consider over the next few months before we return again. We had another service tonight in a little church with about 40 people. We had visited this church once before on our last trip. The girls are getting to experience such a variety of things. Tomorrow we are going into Tegucigalpa to the American Emabssy. Eunice is returning to Roanoke with us, and we are going to try to get her Visa changed from a tourist Visa to a student Visa so that she might be able to stay with us longer. We hope to be able to spend some time with Bro. Cristian and the family later in the day. Saturday will be the "tourist day" for the girls, and they will be able to mingle with the local people at Valle de Angeles and shop for some souvenirs to help them remember this trip. Our schedule has been very tiring, so I think they will enjoy these next 2 days. We have Eunice with us, and also Nancy, Bro. Misael's 16 year old daughter. They will both be with us through the weekend. We are confident that God is working on the hearts of the people here, and we anticipate what the next week will bring.
An encouraging day!
Wednesday was such an encouraging day here. There were even more men at the Bible study- which lasted from 10 AM to 2:30, with a 20 minute lunch break. Many of the men are really starting to listen. Their questions are very sincere, they just want to hear what the Word of God says. Although it is a long day, it is very rewarding. During the break, the young men go to the keyboard and practice our songs. They are not perfect, but it is so exciting to see them try to sing them. These 3 young men really want to go this way. Please pray for them: Rigo, Luis, and Gustavo. Some of them are skipping school to hear the Word of God.
Last night's service was the best so far. Bro. Betanco has a very small group of people, in fact, they meet in someone's living room. But they have such a sweet spirit. Their music is very sweet and worshipful. At the end of the service, we prayed with all of them, and the power of God fell in a mighty way. They were really pressing in. It was an exciting night for the girls, and they all once again testified.
Our bodies are beginning to weary, but there is much work to do for God here. Please continue to pray for strength for all of us. Bro. Geinrre has very long days, and he works very hard. He works so well with Bro. Finnicum as he translates both the words and the