Category Archives: Cains

Christmas Celebration In Honduras

imageThis week our teammates (intern Amy and the Cains) hosted a kids Christmas celebration in our newest church plant site, in the community of Las Delicias. The event was held inside the new kindergarten building that our summer short-term mission teams helped build. The kindergarten classes were being held in a 15′ x 20′ wooden shack with a dirt floor. The new facility looks great.

imageOn Wednesday the 25 kids made baby Jesus in a manger out of popsicle sticks and clothes pins. They created their own costumes and masks out of craft materials and then the kids performed a nativity play narrated by our mission team. They also made rainbow bracelets. The hands on craft making was a rare and precious treat for these kids.

imageThe true Christmas story is not well known among Honduran kids. Much of the biblical account of the birth of Christ was new to them and it as amazing to see much of the story told to many of the kids for the first time in its entirety.

On Thursday our team showed the video The Nativity Story in Spanish. Some adults also came out to is the movie of the birth of Christ.

This was an wonderful event for the kids of this super poor community.

Celebration With Honduran Pastors

imageOn Tuesday our mission team celebrated the birth of Christ as a group with our five Honduran pastors and each of the their wives. It was a wonderful party full of laughs, prayers and celebration. The event was coordinated by our teammates the Cains and the Troxells.

This was a rare occasion to combine our two cultures with the missionaries, pastors and spouses. While it was a celebration it was a continuation of our discipleship with the Honduran pastors. Even in social events we learn from our brothers in Christ the proper way a Christian behaves and demonstrates the grace and mercy of Christ to others.

During this advent season please pray for the growth of the Presbyterian Church in Honduras. Pray for our missionaries and their families. Pray for our national pastors and their families and pray the freedom found only in Christ is spread through these pastors and their congregations.

2014 Men’s Retreat

studyOn Wednesday Team Honduras concludes our second annual Men’s Retreat. Mike, John, Seth and Adam spent three days together praying, studying, planning for the future and relaxing.

The men talked in great detail about the leadership responsibilities that will be assumed by teammates when Mike and Erin go on furlough in June. The men of Team Honduras will divide Mike’s duties while our family is in the US.

The men took time to pray for each other. Each of the four men talked about their concerns and praises and asked for prayer. The entire group then prayed for each man.

Mike took the group through a three-part study in the book of Titus. They studied leadership qualifications, teaching sound doctrine and living to serve others.

Praise God for the opportunity for these men to get together. Pray they are good missionaries, leaders, fathers and husbands.

Can’t Tell The Players Without A Scorecard

Team Honduras has always been an amazing group of missionaries and we have been very blessed by our Father to be surrounded by incredible servants. But, in the immediate future there are some crazy changes going on. If you are a long time blog stalker and/or prayer partner the next few months may start to get a little confusing. We wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to all our current and future teammates and share with you their schedules.

The Pettengills – If you are reading this blog odds are good you know the Pettengill family. We started Team Honduras almost six years ago. We are leaving for a furlough back in the US on June 28th and won’t return to Honduras until the end of April, 2015.

The Clows – They arrived in May of 2010. They have served with us longer than any other missionaries. John leads our construction projects and Kathy runs about a dozen different ministries. They have five kids.

Shannon Innes Ordoňez – She arrived May of 2011 and runs Puerta de Esperanza, our home for teenage moms. She and her husband Lesther have three kids.

Kate deFuniak – She arrived November of 2011. She founded and runs the daily operations of the Peter Project, our ministry to streetkids. Kate will conclude a three-year stay in November of 2014 and will return to the US.

The Troxells – They arrived in December of 2011. The planted a church in the community of La Fe and run a daily ministry there. They concluded their two-year term at the end of 2013 and returned to the US to raise additional funds. They will return to Honduras in the next few months and will begin serving a four-year term.

Mandy Marcone – She arrived in March of 2013 and has worked with the streetkids in our Peter Project ministry. She returned to the US at the end of 2013 to raise more support. She will return in the next few months and will serve with us for an additional year.

The Cains – They arrived in August of 2013. They are working daily in Las Delicias with the purpose of starting a new church. They are working with us for two-years and prayerfully considering serving longer. They have two boys.

Ahnalies Vannette – She arrived in December of 2013 as an intern. She has been serving daily in Puerta de Esperanza and will conclude her term in June of 2014.

Amy Schuman – She is in the US raising support. She will arrive in the next few months and will serve with us as a one-year intern.

The McLaughlins – They are currently studying Spanish in Costa Rica. They will arrive in Honduras in August and will serve at least four years with us. Seth will run our seminary and Renee will run our second medical clinic. They have one son.

Kevin Mitchell – He is in the US raising support. He will arrive in Honduras in the fall and will serve with us as a one-year intern.

Lauren – She is in the US raising support. In July she will begin a year of studying Spanish is Siguatepeque, Honduras. After her Spanish studies she will work at least two-years with us and serve in our Peter Project.

The Halberts – Aaron and Rachel are currently raising support in the US. They will depart the US in early 2015 and will attend a year of language school in Siguatepeque, Honduras. After studying Spanish they will start a new church planting team for us in the capital city of Tegucigalpa.

Please be in prayer for all of our missionary teammates.

More Snowbirds From Pennsylvania

photo 1We are hosting our second short-term mission trip of the 2014. The team is a highbred group of friends and family from a couple of churches in Pennsylvania. The group consists of Pam Leathers of Bethany Presbyterian Church, Jose and Sue Reyes from Manor Presbyterian and four strapping young men. Pam and Jose have served with us in the past.

They all arrived late Saturday. On Sunday they joined us for Gringo Church where Shannon lead music, John lead prayer and Mike taught a lesson from Acts 15. After Gringo Church Mike took them on a tour of La Ceiba and our ministry and then to a Spanish language worship service.

photo 2On Monday they joined us out in Armenia Bonito. They spent the morning helping with construction on a new church building for our church plant. They helped to dig the foundation for the church.

On Tuesday and Wednesday they will join Adam and Michelle Cain in the community of Las Delicias. They will be doing some additional construction work and building relationships with the locals.

It is such a pleasure to have these servants working with us in Honduras. Please pray for their health and that they continue to have hearts of servants.