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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.

Two Clinics In Two Communities

pic 1On Monday and Tuesday of this week we put on two medical clinics and served nearly 150 people. Greg and Tom from Trinity Presbyterian in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania have been great in helping us serve so many people.

On Monday Erin, Madison, Dr. Greg, Dr. Roger, Tom and our teammates Adam and Michelle Cain put on a huge medical clinic in Las Delicias. This is a new community where the Cains have been doing daily ministry. The clinic was put on in a small house in the community. They served 81 people, including 17 with Dr. Greg’s portable ultrasound machine.

pic 2Tuesday the group headed out to Armenia Bonito and treated 46 patients in our medical clinic. Dr. Greg treated 19 with the ultrasound. Abi and Rebekah joined the crew to help lighten the load. When they arrived before 8am the clinic was packed. Many patients were turned away due to the large numbers. The same crew will be in Armenia Bonito the rest of the week serving the community with more medical clinics.

pic 3Also on Tuesday Mike and Tom went into town and purchased 50 plastic chairs. They then drove around to each of our four church plants and gave the chairs to the pastors. Mike and Tom visited each church site and visited with the pastors. After spending some time with the pastors Mike and Tom prayed for them, their families and the churches.

Many people have been blessed and served these past few days.

A House For The Pastor

photo 1On our two-acre plot of land in Armenia Bonito we are building a church building for our first Honduran church plant, the First Presbyterian Church of La Cieba. We have now started simultaneous construction on a parsonage for the pastor of that church. The pastor’s house will be located just 100 feet behind the church. When the house finished pastor Jesús and his six-person family will move in. In the picture to the left John and pastor Jesús are marking the location of the house.

For fear of upsetting economic equilibrium, our ministry will maintain ownership of the house. The person occupying the position of pastor will be able to live rent free in the home as long as they are serving the church.

photo 2The modest three bedroom, one bath house will be 660 sq. ft. and will come with running water and electricity. It will have a concrete floor, cinderblock walls and a tin roof. The home will be equivalent to a midlevel house in the community.

Scriptures tell us we are to honor and care for the servants the Lord has provided for us (1 Corinthians 9:14, 1 Timothy 5:17, Hebrews 13:17). Pray this is a home that brings great glory to the Lord. Thanks to our fellow servants at Meadowview Reformed Presbyterian Church for making this parsonage a reality.

Church Building For Our First Church Plant

photo 1A little over a year ago, on January 2nd, 2013, pastor Jesús Caseres held the initial church service of our first ever Presbyterian church plant in Honduras. For over a year the First Presbyterian Church of La Ceiba has been meeting on wooden benches under the tin roof of our indoor soccer field in Armenia Bonito. We are now constructing a church building that this congregation will soon call home. The building will be on the same two-acre property as our high school and medical clinic.

photo 2As our Honduran construction workers finish their work on our high school they are moving one by one up the hill to work on the church building. Right now the workers are digging the trenches and hand-tying the rebar to create the foundation of the church building.

Our denomination, the Presbyterian Church of Honduras, started three new churches in La Ceiba in 2013. One church is renting a building in Danto and the second church is building a simple roof-only structure in La Fe. This church building in Armenia Bonito is the first church our denomination has built from the ground up.

When complete the church will be big enough for 150 people to worship. It will have a raised stage, an industrial kitchen, a storage area and an office for the pastor. Our teammate John Clow has designed the building and is supervising the construction. This will be one of the most well built churches in the region.

Please pray for the safety of our construction workers and please praise God for using Naperville Presbyterian Church to make this church building a reality.