In the first week of December we turned Kids Club over to our Honduran run church plant in Armenia Bonito. For over five years we ran this weekly ministry. It was our baby. From the beginning, our plan was to run the ministry until we were no longer needed. When we planted the First Presbyterian Church of La Ceiba in Armenia Bonito it became clear that it was time to relinquish Kids Club to the local church.
It was with heavy hearts that we stopped teaching the weekly Bible class and turned it into a ministry of the church. Honestly, we didn’t know what to expect. Certainly, there could be no Honduran national who could do the work as well as us (sarcasm). Pastor Jesús and his church began teaching the weekly classes without our help. And, can you believe it, Kids Club is actually functioning without us (more sarcasm). Actually, it is flourishing.
Sure, things are done differently. But, it is working. God can actually be glorified without us (continued sarcasm). Kids Club is an example of how ministry should be done…gringos trained Hondurans, gringos stepped aside, and now Hondurans are teaching Hondurans. The Bible is being taught, God is being glorified and there are no gringos involved. AMEN!
On Tuesday we closed out a major chapter in our ministry and opened another. For over five years we have been putting on a weekly Kids Club in Armenia Bonito. Kids Club is like a weekly VBS for the kids of this super-poor community. Through this ministry, thousands of children have played games, done crafts, memorized Bible verses, learned Bible stories, answered catechism questions, heard the gospel and prayed in the name of Christ.
Tuesday, we held our sixth annual kids Christmas party at Kids Club and it was our last direct involvement with this ministry. We have turned over all of our supplies and the responsibility of the ministry to pastor Jesús and our church plant in Armenia Bonito. The weekly Kids Club ministry will now be a weekly community outreach and ministry of that local church.
It is hard for us to let go of this, our longest running ministry activity. But, this was always our plan, to train Hondurans and turn our ministry over to them. Kids Club will look different, but we have done our job and we are confident God will continue to be glorified through this new Honduran run ministry.
To see a short video of our kids Christmas party click HERE.
In Honduras the Day of The Children is celebrated every year on September 10th. This is a huge day across the country. Schools, families, businesses and municipalities put on special events to honor and spoil the kids. On Tuesday we hosted a two-hour celebration for over 120 kids at our ministry center in Honduras.
Erin, Mike, Madison, James, Pastor Jesús, and Casandra (Jesús’ wife) all helped to put on the event. Our weekly Kids Club program was put on hold to dedicate all our resources to this special event.
Our party was a different one with lots of resources dedicated to honoring the local kids and a focus on the gospel. Games were organized for the kids including tug-of-war, beanbag toss, mummy wrap, crab soccer, water balloon fight and a racing game. In the middle of the event we gathered the kids together and Pastor Jesús prayed with the kids, gave them an evangelism message and told the newcomers about our weekly Kids Club. At the end of the event the kids all received a plate of junk food, an ice cream and a gift.
In a country that boasts the highest murder rate in the world and the 2nd poorest economy in the western hemisphere there is seldom much to celebrate for kids. Most of their families are not intact and their future doesn’t hold much promise.
Please be in prayer for these children as we continue to infuse into their lives the hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
The 19-person short-term mission team from Meadowview Reformed Presbyterian Church of Lexington, NC is serving with us in La Ceiba, Honduras. Our team has been very blessed by their service.
On Monday morning the team put on a medical clinic that served the StreetKids we work with in our Peter Project. The group treated 31 people in all. At the same time the non-medical missionaries helped move dirt for our new medical clinic in our downtown ministry center. In the afternoon the team helped us teach an English class to 35 students.
On Tuesday morning the mission team helped us do construction on our ministry center in Armenia Bonito. They also put on a medical clinic that treated 40 patients. In the afternoon they helped us teach two Kids Clubs.
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Houston Lake Presbyterian of Kathleen, GA and Phoenix United Reformed (PURC) of Phoenix, AZ have been serving with us since Saturday. With a combined 26 short-term missionaries our ministries are truly blessed.
On Tuesday PURC spent the day in the community of La Fe. They spent time with the kids of the community and focused on reading books and loving on the kids. They also continued construction on a new home for one of the residents.
Houston Lake spent the day in Armenia Bonito. In the morning they did work on our ministry center and also on a new home. In the afternoon they helped put on a Kids Club celebration for 55 kids.
Wednesday morning the group from PURC spent time in the river with the residents of La Fe. They spent the afternoon working on our ministry center in La Isla. Houston Lake worked on the ministry center in the morning and went out with the kids to the river in the afternoon. Both groups shared lunch at our ministry center with the StreetKids we work with daily. The water was out throughout day in the entire city of La Ceiba. That meant no showers or flushing toilets for our missionaries and the 250,000 residents of the city.
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