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Celebration With Honduran Pastors

imageOn Tuesday our mission team celebrated the birth of Christ as a group with our five Honduran pastors and each of the their wives. It was a wonderful party full of laughs, prayers and celebration. The event was coordinated by our teammates the Cains and the Troxells.

This was a rare occasion to combine our two cultures with the missionaries, pastors and spouses. While it was a celebration it was a continuation of our discipleship with the Honduran pastors. Even in social events we learn from our brothers in Christ the proper way a Christian behaves and demonstrates the grace and mercy of Christ to others.

During this advent season please pray for the growth of the Presbyterian Church in Honduras. Pray for our missionaries and their families. Pray for our national pastors and their families and pray the freedom found only in Christ is spread through these pastors and their congregations.

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.

A Mission Team In Training

Training and preparation are very important for the mission field. Studies have shown the more a missionary is trained and evaluated before they begin doing mission work the higher the probability they will complete their first term and return for a second term. It is important for our ministry that each member of our team receives the valuable tools they need to bring God glory.

Even with that, this week is a little odd. Currently our team has eight missionaries in other countries receiving valuable training and nine missionaries working in Honduras.

MandyMandy Marcone and Lauren are in Belgium concluding their month of cross-cultural training. Our sending agency (MTW) requires this month-long Cross-Cultural Missions Internship. Mandy is transitioning from intern to two-year and Lauren is raising support before leaving the US to join us in La Ceiba.

Mike and Ashley Troxell are in Atlanta, GA for a mandatory week-long reentry counseling. Each time a missionary concludes a term of service they are required to attend this event. It is a chance for MTW to check a missionary’s emotional and spiritual pulse. Mike and Ashley are currently on furlough. They just finished a two-year term in Honduras and will return in May to begin a four-year term.

Adam Cain and Aaron Halbert are in Orlando, FL for the four-day Global Church Advancement Conference. This is a church planting conference that will give them tools to be better church planters. Adam is already serving with us here in Honduras and Aaron is raising support before leaving the US to start a new church planting team in the capital city of Tegucigalpa.

ReneeSeth and Renee McLaughlin are in Costa Rica attending Spanish language school. They are halfway through their one-year of language training. In August they will join us in La Ceiba.

It is our prayer that each of our teammates is able to absorb that knowledge which helps them to better serve the Lord on the mission field. Please be in prayer for all of teammates.

Our Presbyterian Church In La Fe

photoLa Fe is one of the poorest communities in all of La Ceiba. Our teammates Mike and Ashley Troxell worked daily in La Fe for two years until they left for furlough in November. Before the Troxells went on furlough they selected Ovidio as the pastor of our church plant in La Fe. Mike Troxell spent lots of time praying with and discipling Ovidio. Those weekly discipling duties have fallen on Mike Pettengill until the Troxells return to La Ceiba in May.

Ovido’s new church is called Iglesia La Fe de Hermosa (Beautiful Church of La Fe). Ovidio is leading three services a week in the humble building he constructed out of tree branches, 2”x4”s and corrugated tin. He preaches and plays the guitar at each service. Last week 40 adults and photo 2children attended one service. It looks like we may need to expand their humble little church building only weeks after it was constructed.

We have supplied the church with dozens of Bibles, chairs and the materials needed to construct their temple. Pastor Ovidio has been given dozens of Spanish language theology books written by Piper, Sproul, Spurgeon, etc. Mike helps Ovidio pray through and talk through theological, logistical and personal issues.

This is a humble beginning in a super-poor community. Please be in prayer for pastor Ovidio, our Presbyterian church plant and the people of La Fe.

Construction Starting On Our Church In La Fe

On Friday Mike had a weekly discipleship meeting with our newest Honduran church planting pastor. Pastor Ovidio was brought on board by Mike and Ashley Troxell, but while they are on furlough Mike P. will continue their work with Ovidio in the community of La Fe.

OvidioBefore discussing theology and music ministry Mike and Ovidio visited the site of Ovidio’s future church building. At 225 sq. ft. this structure will be meager by US standards. It will have crude wooden posts (already anchored into the ground) and will have no walls. The roof will be the important part as it will protect the congregants from the oppressive heat and the 130” of annual rainfall in La Ceiba. The roof will be a simple design with 2”x4” wood beams and a corrugated tin covering.

We are purchasing the materials for construction. Until then, Ovidio will continue to lead his 12-person study out of a neighbor’s home. They are meeting three days a week. Ovidio leads the studies and plays the guitar. He is actively looking for future church leaders from within the community of La Fe.

Please pray for our newest church plant in La Fe. Pray for pastor Ovidio and pray for wisdom as we continue to support and guide this new church.