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Goodbye And Thanks To Kate

PeterOur teammate Kate deFuniak is leaving Team Honduras to return to her home in Alabama. Three years ago Kate moved to Honduras  to help us begin a StreetChild ministry to serve the homeless and near homeless kids of La Ceiba. Kate left a comfortable home, a family and a teaching job in the US to dedicate three years of her life to kids she never met.

Shortly after arriving in La Ceiba Kate started the Peter Project. She hired Honduran staff and began a daily ministry to meet the physical and spiritual needs of kids living on the streets.

kateKate posses a rare level of compassion for the hurt and forgotten. She spent three years showing God’s grace, mercy and justice to kids most of us would try to ignore. Kate greatly stretched herself and made herself uncomfortable so others could feel love.

Because of Kate dozens of children learned about Christ, read the Bible, received meals, memorized Scripture, received new clothes, heard Bible stories, received medical care and prayed in the name of Jesus.

The ministry started by Kate will now be run by Mandy, Lauren and a group of Honduran staff.

Thank you Kate for your sacrificial giving to Hondurans and missionaries and for allowing the glory of Christ to shine brightly.

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.

New StreetChild Drop-In Center Is Open

projectLast week we opened the doors of our new StreetChild drop-in center. For a year the daily ministry to the forgotten kids of La Ceiba has been meeting in our dorm facility on the same property. No longer do they have to share their space with other ministries.

The kids of the Peter Project now have their own hang out. Our gringo and Honduran staff minister daily to the 20-25 kids who escape the streets for a short while. Each day the kids receive a hot meal, study Christ, learn Bible verses, play games, learn structure and feel safe.

image (1)Our new StreetChild drop-in center has its own entry, bathroom, storage and more. The kids also have access, in the same building, to our new industrial kitchen and dinning facility.

Please pray that through our team Christ will touch the hearts of these kids and bring them to himself. Pray the kids find safety, mercy and love within the walls of our new drop-in center. Pray we continue to have the staff and resources to serve these kids.

Center For Homeless Kids

IMG_4275Our StreetChild ministry is run by Kate and Mandy. They work in conjunction with our Honduran staff; Hector, Roberto and Elsa. Together this dynamic group ministers daily to two-dozen homeless kids from the streets of La Ceiba, Honduras.

Our team is nearing the conclusion of our construction on a permanent ministry center for our work to these kids. Our StreetChild ministry will soon have a meeting room, kitchen and center complete with a shower and storage area.

IMG_4270Our StreetChild ministry is currently operating daily out of our dormitory. This facility has been a wonderful temporary solution, but the ministry has outgrown it and is ready for a permanent home.

This new facility is going to be great and will provide so many more options for this important ministry. Already, these kids are receiving daily meals, discipleship, biblical training, structure and the love and mercy of Christ. Soon they will have so much more.

Please pray for the safe and rapid construction of this facility and the funds to make it happen.

The Team God Put Together

For nearly five years our ministry in La Ceiba, Honduras has been serving the people and glorifying the Lord. This is a team that the Lord has handpicked and put together for his glory. Here is a quick introduction of God’s servants…if you don’t know them already…from right to left along the bottom:

DSC_1128Kate DeFuniak runs our StreetChild ministry. Lyssa Melonakos is an intern who works in the community of La Fe. Erin Pettengill is our resident nurse and runs a medical clinic in Armenia Bonito. Mike Pettengill is our Team Leader. James Bryars is an intern working in Armenia Bonito. Jennifer Derrick is an intern working in Puerta de Esperanza. Mike Troxell and Ashley Troxell are church planters working in the community of La Fe. Lesther Ordoñez recently joined Team Honduras when he married Shannon Innes de Ordoñez who runs Puerta de Esperanza. Mandy Marcone is an intern who works with the StreetKids. Kathy Clow runs our scholarship program and coordinates our short-term teams and John Clow manages all of our construction needs. And, of course, all the kids across the top.

Our team loves and fights and appreciates and supports each other like a biological family. God has been good to all of us by brining together our team.