Our time here for this trip is very quickly coming to a close. God has helped us in so many ways during these 2 weeks. We are thankful for the obvious of health and safety, as both are a concern while here. But the spiritual growth that we have seen this trip is simply amazing. The church in Danli is open to all that God has for them. Some very exciting things happened while we were there that I can now report with great joy. On service on Monday night, Sis. Nancy (Bro. Misael's daughter), received the baptism of the Holy Ghost!!! It was such a beautiful thing to see! This experience, added to the time that she has spent with our girls, has made a great change in her! I know that she will never be the same. Please pray for her to learn English, as we would love to bring her to the U.S. to gain more experience in the things of God.
Thursday night, while making the hour trip back to the hotel, we had the unfortunate experience to hit a dog with the van. (a black dog, on a black road, on a black night, and he was laying in the road) We found that we had done damage to the front of the van. Here in Honduras, there is no such thing as rental insurance on your vehicles. We knew that the rental agency would overcharge for a repair, so Bro. Geinrre made 2 trips to Tegucigalpa to order a part, and then repair the van. Our dear friend, Bro. Omar, was our source of knowledge for this, and he was able to get us a part and the repair for a very reasonable sum. It was an unexpected expense, but a very common issue here with the bad roads and unique driving.We were thankful to get it taken care of so easily. While Bro. Geinrre was doing this today, we had a youth service at Bro. Misael's church. Some of their young people and some of the girls were able to share their hearts. Bro. Rigo did an excellent job of interpreting in Bro. Geinrre's absence.
Tomorrow will be our last full day here. We plan to spend some time packing in the morning. It was a pleasant surprise to us tonight as Bro. Misael announced that some of his people were being baptized tomorrow afternoon! We are excited to be a part of this special time with his people. We will have our final service with them tomorrow evening. We hope that Bro. Omar and Bro. Cristian's family will be able to join us for the service.We met Bro. Cristian and Sis. Carolina at a mall for just a few minutes, and we would love to have more time with them tomorrow.
We are so confident that the work here is the will of God. We know that this message is not for everyone. We know that not all who hear will follow. But for those who have an ear to hear, the future is bright with the promises of God.
Thank you once again for all who have helped in monetary support, prayer support, and caring for the needs of the Roanoke assembly in our absence. We are a many membered Body, and we are thankful for what each part has done to further the Kingdom of God in Honduras.
The birth of a new church
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!