We are so thankful for what God is doing here in Honduras. Today I am at the hotel with Sis. Karla and the children while Bro. Finnicum, Bro. Geinrre, and Bro. Rigo go into Tegucigalpa. They are going to see if they can speed up the paperwork for Bro. Rigo so that we might get him a Visa to come to the U.S. He has made a lot of progress in his English, and we want him to come so that we might work with him in music and in the teachings of the Word of God. He has such a hungry heart. We are going to help sponsor him financially so that he might spend a lot of time with Bro. Geinrre, learning English to be prepared to come to be with us. He works all day, every day, and makes only $50 per month! We are so spoiled!!! They are also going to the United States embassy for an appoinmtent for Bro. Geinrre's Visa. His last one got lost, and they do not believe him when he tells them he left the U.S. when he was supposed to. It is so important for him to have a Visa so that he might come to meetings, as well as come to interpret when the other pastors come. Please pray! Also, please pray for Bro. Finnicum's throat and voice. He has gotten a cold, and the continual daily preaching has caused him to almost lose his voice. We are hoping that this day of resting his voice will help him.
Sunday night we had our first service here in Talanga at Bro. Misaels's church. The sign in front said "Beinvenido a casa" (welocme home!) I feel like that spoke volumes, as they have really welcomed us into their hearts. There is a big difference in "welcome" and "welcome home"!! As Bro. Finnicum peached, some of the men began to ask questions, and it is obvious that they have really pondered the things that they have heard.
On Monday and Tuesday, we had a pastors' seminar at Bro. Misael's church. This is a time of teaching from 10 am to 2 pm. They also ask questions whenever they wish. On Monday, he taught the lesson "Why we speak in tongues." It is so amazing that the churches here call themselves Pentecostal, yet few of them are baptized in the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues. At this meeting, there was a man present who has been attending Bro. Misael's church, but had not yet been saved. He came to Bro. Misael that night, and told him that he had really been touched by the messages, and he wanted to be saved. God is good!
We had no service scheduled for Monday night, so we drove to Tegucigalpa where we had to change the car for a van rental. We had been renting a car from Sis. Karla's brother, but needed to change it so we had more room to transport people. This was a real experience, as Bro. Finnicum had to drive the van to the brother's house while Bro. Geinrre drove the car. Those of you who have experienced riding in Tegucigalpa traffic understand why I say this was such an experience!!! (Of course, Bro. Finnicum loved it!) We met Bro. Cristian, Sis. Carolina, and the children at the Pizza Hut, and had a few minutes of fellowship with them. They hope to come be with us here in service on Sunday. Thankfully, Bro. Cristian now has a job selling memberships to Price Smart, which is similar to our Sams club. It is cute to see Moises interpreting for little Ethan.
The Tuesday pastors' seminar also went well. Bro. Finnicum told the story of the drainage pipes we put under our new building, but had to tear out with great difficulty when we found they were wrong. The pastors seemed to understand this analogy, and after he taught the Bible study, one said, "We have laid the drainage pipes very deep, so it may take us a while to understand all of this!" At least they are listening, and time will tell how open they want to be, and how hard they want to work to tear out those wrong foundations.
Tuesday night's service was with Bro. Betanco. This was the church where we were either in someone's home, or a very small building, but the Lord always met us there is a special way. The Lord has smiled on that little church, and given him a beautiful place to worship. He met a couple who had been fasting and praying for a pastor to come that could use their property for a church. It is in the middle of downtown Talanga, and a wonderful facility for the Lord to use. These people have remodeled it at their expense, and are charging him nothing- not even for electricity. The lady was born in Portugal, but is a Honduran legal resident, and an American citizen. She speaks some English after being there for 35 years.
Our time is already half over, yet it seems like we have hardly begun. God is surely doing a work here, and there is no questions that the doors continue to open to this message. The lady pastor that we had service with in the San Pedro Sula area is so hungry to hear more and for us to help her church. She asked Bro. Geinrre if we would still help her if the other pastors in the area were not interested. She was so excited about what she heard, and she felt like she was hearing right from God. I don't know what the future holds here in Honduras, but I do know Who holds the future, and we want to work with Him and for Him in whatever way we can! Thank you all for your prayers.