Category Archives: McLaughlins

English Church In Honduras

imageEnglish Church for Team Honduras has grown into an amazing church-like worship service. Ten months ago Team Honduras welcomed Seth and Renee McLaughlin. Seth is the first real live, ordained pastor (Teaching Elder for you PCA people) our team has ever had. Seth took over what used to be called Gringo Church and raised the quality and depth of worship.

imageWhen Gringo Church started back in 2008 it was just our family of three worshiping together. As we added teammates it got bigger. For years we hosted Gringo Church in our home every week. Two years ago our team got too big to host Gringo Church in our home and we moved it to the dorms. At that point we also added kid’s Sunday school. It was a wonderful way for our team to worship in our heart language. Mike lead most of the studies over the years and the music has been done by a rotating cast of characters. Our team did a great job for a bunch of lay leaders.

imageToday, the new and improved English Church feels like a real church service. The liturgy, responsive readings, catechism, and Seth’s preaching have all been a massive improvement from the past. Seth, being ordained, also allowed Team Honduras to add the Lord’s Super. It is such a great blessing for our team to be able to worship like this.

Gringo Church used to be good, but English Church is now so much more. Thank you God for this amazing weekly blessing.

McLaughlins Arrive In Honduras

imageThe McLaughlin family have arrived in Honduras. On Thursday Seth, Renee and Gavin arrived in La Ceiba and joined Team Honduras.

Seth is a Pastor in the PCA and will be working with our church planting and theological education efforts and Renee is a Physicians Assistant and will be working in our mercy and medical ministries.

Now seems like a wonderful time to remind you we have a matching grant that is about to expire. If we can raise $15,000 by the end of August it will be matched with an additional $7,500. The matching grant is for the medical ministry that Renee will be part of. If you would like to make an online contribution to our medical ministry click HERE.

Please be in prayer for the McLaughlin family and Team Honduras.

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.

McLaughlins Here For a Visit

mclOur teammates, Seth and Renee McLaughlin, are here in La Ceiba, Honduras for a week. They have spent the past nine months in Costa Rica learning Spanish. In August they will arrive in La Ceiba to work with us fulltime.

The McLaughlins have a busy week with us here in La Ceiba. Seth will join Mike and the rest of the men of Team Honduras participating in our second annual Men’s Retreat. Renee will join Erin in our medical clinic all week. Erin will be training Renee how our medical procedures work.

Renee, a physician assistant, will ultimately run the second medical clinic we are building in downtown La Ceiba. Since we leave for furlough on June 28th, a month before the McLaughlins report for duty, Erin needs to take this time to show Renee the ropes.

It is exciting to have our teammates here for a week. Please pray for the three of them.