Category Archives: Mission Teams

2015 Short-Term Missions Review

photo (3)In 2015 Team Honduras hosted nine short-term mission teams comprising 103missionaries. Since the summer of 2008 we have hosted a total of 85 short-term mission teams consisting of 860 short-term missionaries.

Much concern has been expressed about the violence in Honduras, and rightfully so, Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world. However, no short-term missionary we have ever hosted has experienced a violent crime or theft.

photo 2Our team does not host short-term mission teams out of obligation or because we are mandated. We host mission teams because they are a blessing to our ministry and us. In 2015 we hosted three medical brigades and other teams who did lots of construction, discipleship and built lots of relationships with Hondurans. Our mission teams came from PA, IL, SC, FL, CA, AZ, and NC and included missionaries younger than 10 and older than 80.

photo (1)The Apostle Paul was a long-term missionary who advanced Christianity through short-term missions.  It is widely accepted that Paul seldom stayed longer than a few months or even weeks in a single location. What about Jonah, Jesus, the 12, the 70? We can say short-term mission principles were used throughout the bible to expand the early church.

With a Christ-centered, servant’s heart short-term missions can be used to aide the needy, educate fellow believers and expand God’s kingdom in all corners of the globe. Short-term missions has and will continue to have a healthy role in the advancement of Christianity.

Here are a few articles Mike has written on short-term missions:

Send Me Your Short-Term Missionaries

How To Prepare For A Short-Term Mission Trip

You Are Back From A Short-Term Mission Trip, Now What?

 

Trinity And Rincon Mountain Still Going Strong

This week we have been ministering with two of our long-time supporting churches. Rincon Mountain Presbyterian Church from Tucson, AZ and Trinity Presbyterian Church of Harrisburg, PA are here with 24 short-term missionaries.

imageThe heat and humidity have been pretty rough this week and it has taken its toll on the teams, but they are doing well.

The teams have spent the past two days ministering to communities where we have church plants. On Tuesday they worked in the community of Eden and on Wednesday they were in Trejo.

imageThe teams ministered and played with local kids and they put on medical clinics in both communities. At the medical clinics they treated over 200 patients each day with general medical consults, pharmacy, dental and ultrasound.

These two teams have been a great benefit to our church plants and the communities they serve.

Two Supporting Churches Here For A Week

imageTeam Honduras appreciates all short-term teams and is thankful for their service and sacrifice. But, we really love to serve alongside short-term mission teams that have a long history of supporting our family and ministry. This week we are ministering with two churches that have been great to us for a long time. On Saturday we were joined by Rincon Mountain Presbyterian Church from Tucson, AZ and Trinity Presbyterian Church of Harrisburg, PA. They brought 24 missionaries in all.

imageOn Sunday the group joined us for English church, took a tour of La Ceiba, had an orientation and attended Spanish Church.

Monday was their first full day of ministry. The group divided into two. Some of the group went to Armenia Bonito to help on construction of our church and pastor’s home. They also helped with an English class for students of our Presbyterian high school.

imageThe other part of the team went to the community of Las Delicias and helped us put on a large medical clinic. The clinic hosted health education, an ultrasound, a dentist, a pharmacy and several doctors for private consultation. In all, the clinic served over 250 people from the community. This was a huge blessing to the residents. This poor community is where our teammates Adam and Michele Cain have been working for nearly two years.

It was a very hot day and many people were impacted by the heat. It is not expected to get any cooler this week. Please be in prayer for a balance of proper rest, shade, hard work and hydration for all the missionaries.

A Week Of Ministry With No. CA And FL

imageThis week we had the pleasure of hosting two short-term mission teams. The teams, one from FL and the other from Northern California, totaled 23 people. The first team was seven people from Wellington Presbyterian Church from Wellington, FL. The second team was a combined team from the Northern California Presbytery, our home Presbytery. The No. CA Presbytery team consisted of 16 missionaries from three churches. The No. CA churches represented are Covenant Presbyterian Church, Indelible Grace Church and Redeemer Santa Rosa.

imageThis week the team helped with a mobile medical clinic. They did lots of construction and maintenance at our ministry center in Armenia Bonito. They passed out fliers in several communities promoting our medical clinics next week. They hung out and ministered to street-kids at our Peter Project. And, they put on two successful VBS events at our church plants.

The two groups return to the US on Saturday. We are very appreciative of their care for us and our ministry.

No. CA Presbytery Mission Trip

imageOn Saturday we received two short-term mission teams. The first team consisted of seven people from Wellington Presbyterian Church from Wellington, FL. The second team was a combined team from the Northern California Presbytery, our home Presgbytery. The No. CA Presbytery team consists of 16 missionaries from three churches. The No. CA churches represented are Covenant Presbyterian Church, Indelible Grace Church and Redeemer Santa Rosa.

imageOn Sunday morning we enjoyed English worship with the teams at our downtown ministry center. They were then given a driving tour, orientation and then Spanish worship at a local church.

This week the team will be working with us mostly in the community of Armenia Bonito. They will do some construction on our church and pastor’s house.

We are looking forward to a strong week of ministry by their sides.