Category Archives: Shannon

Team Honduras Preschool

kidsOur mission team is pretty special. They serve each other and allow themselves to be served. And, when they find a gap in their personal or ministry lives they plug it together. Recently our team has created an unofficial preschool. It might be called one of the most eclectic preschools around.

Twice a week Shannon hosts preschool at her ministry home, Puerta de Esperanza. There are six kids from missionary families, kids within our ministry, gringos and Hondurans. They are taught a Christ-first preschool curriculum in English. It is a truly communal effort to make sure the kids socialize and are being educated.

Please pray for all the moms and all the babies and pray the Lord keeps them all and grows in their hearts.

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.

When I Grow Up…

betteWhen I grow up I want to be a fireman…astronaut…ninja. These are common contemplations of a child. When does that fascination with the future end? In our case, never. Erin and Mike are two missionaries, in our mid-40s, serving in our dream job. Yet, we still strive for more when we grow up.

When we grow up we want to be…Bette McGee. Bette is the 82-year-old grandmother of our teammate Shannon Ordoňez. Bette took her first mission trip to visit us in Honduras two years ago. Bette loves Jesus and embraces the Great Commission. She loves to share the mercy of Christ with all. She serves on the Missions Committee of her local church and is an inspiration to all believers.

Bette wrote a great article titled “Funraising” For Missions in the most recent Network magazine. The article is enjoyable and we commend it to all. Bette shatters so many of the excuses we have for not serving Jesus and she is an amazing example of selfless, God-honoring, service to others.

So, we love being missionaries and are thrilled God has called us to this privilege, but when we grow up we want to be Bette McGee. But, for now, we are honored to have her as a friend.

Ministry To Single Teenage Moms

pdeWhen people talk about successful missionaries they talk about huge buildings or dozens of church plants or thousands of people impacted. Very seldom do we hear about ministries like our Puerta de Esperanza (PDE), or Door of Hope as it is called in English. Our PDE ministry does not touch thousands of people, but it is substantive and goes deep with a handful of people.

PDE invests in the lives of eight people at a time and alters their hearts. It is a messy relational ministry. It is hard and draining. But, we see great fruit from the work at PDE.

kidsPDE is a home for single teenage moms. Four young girls and their babies live in the home. These girls are avoiding abuse, prostitution and the streets. They receive mentoring and discipleship. The girls get plugged into the local church and they participate in regular Bible studies. They receive help with job training or furthering their education. They learn about Christ and parenting and gain the skills they need to raise their babies.

Each day our missionaries Shannon and Jennifer work in conjunction with the two house moms to show the residents of PDE the true love and mercy of Jesus Christ. This is no surface level work. It involves tears and fights and attorneys and Social Services.

The work at PDE with the girls and their babies is hard, messy, painful and truly life altering. It is not a big sexy ministry that gets talked about at conferences. It touches a small number of people more deeply than any other work we have seen.

To watch a short video and to get to know the residents of PDE go HERE.

New Addition To Our Family

IMG_4571Today we welcome two-year-old Elias into our home. For the next six months our family will serve as his primary caregivers. Until January 1st, 2014 this incredible Honduran boy will be in our care and sleep in our home. We couldn’t be more excited to care for this wonderful boy.

Elias was first introduced to us when he and his mom moved into our home for single moms back in March of 2012. When he and his mom moved into Puerta de Esperanza, our teammate Shannon, with the help of many doctors, quickly learned Elias’ mom was not fit to care for him.

IMG_4533In October of 2012 Elias’ mom voluntarily signed over legal custody of Elias to our teammates John and Kathy Clow. However, as is the case with all MTW missionaries, the Clows must now return to the US for furlough. The US government refused to grant Elias a visa to travel to the US with the Clows. On July 2nd the Clows begin their six-month furlough and Elias will be in our home during that time. Erin and Mike will assume temporary care for Elias while the Clows are in the US.

We are thrilled to have the privilege of caring for this wonderful boy, and simultaneously sad for him and the Clows as they are separated for six months. Elias will be loved and cared for like he is our own son.

Pray for Elias and the Clows as they separate. Pray for Elias’ mom and her health. And pray we can honor God with our rusty toddler parenting skills.