This week we are hosting Calvary Presbyterian Church of Raleigh, NC. Calvary is our 5th (of 16) short-term mission team of the summer. This team of 14 missionaries will serve the entire week in La Fe. They will be only the second short-term mission team to serve with The Troxells in La Fe.
On Sunday they attended our team’s Gringo Church as well as Honduran church. They received their orientation and were trained in Darkness to Light, a child abuse prevention program. The team brought lots of personal and ministry gifts to shower on our fulltime mission team. We are so very fortunate.
If you want to keep track of Calvary’s great work in Honduras check back here often or follow our frequent updates on Twitter.
For almost four month Mike and Ashley Troxell have been ministering daily to the community of La Fe (which means The Faith). They are loving on and serving this community with a desire towards starting a church plant there. The Troxells have been hosting weekly Kids Club events and English classes.
They’ve also been hosting special events. Mike has taken boys to watch professional soccer games and played soccer with them. Ashley has taken girls to the beach for a day out and to the river for a beauty day. The Troxells are building relationships with the 100 families that live in this community.
La Fe is one of the poorest communities in all of La Ceiba. They have no flush toilets or running water and most homes have dirt floors and tin roofs. The families of the community have numerous health issues and few resources to address them. The Troxells are providing a great blessing to this community by offering free medical clinics.
Starting Saturday we will begin hosting short-term mission teams and half of them will be serving in La Fe. We pray our efforts in this community demonstrate the mercy of Jesus Christ to these people.
With the pace we are leading these past few days one might think we are trying to do harm to our visiting short-term missionaries from Manor Presbyterian Church of Cochranville, PA. This is simply not true. We just want them to have plenty of chances to serve the people of Honduras.
Monday began with a medical clinic in the community of La Fe. Erin, the Troxells and the guys from Manor hosted a clinic in a dilapidated home and treated 48 people. This was our second clinic in the community of La Fe and the people were very appreciative.
In the afternoon the guys from Manor joined Mike in Armenia Bonito for English class.
In our weekly ESL class our 25 students reviewed greetings and the alphabet. The guys from Manor had given us some Spanish/English flashcards. Those came in handy as we reviewed colors, clothes and body parts. At the end of class each of the kids took their oral exam by going over vocabulary and reading a line from the book of John.
Tuesday saw a little rain, but nothing that would slow us down.
In the morning the guys from Manor worked alongside our Honduran employees at our ministry center in La Isla. They worked on the floors of our soon to be church, kitchen and StreetChild center. Lots of dirt was shoveled, moved and packed to create a solid foundation for the floor.
In the afternoon Erin, Mike and the guys went out to Armenia Bonito for Kids Club.
Over 40 kids attended Kids Club. They played games, did a craft and watched a bible skit. The kids continued in their verse memorization and answered catechism questions. The guys from Manor helped quiz the kids. This was a special day. The kids who had attended 6 of 8 Kids Club classes and had memorized the verses and questions (19 kids in all) received recognition, a certificate, a gift and a plate of food.
It has been a busy few days. We are fortunate to have the guys from Manor helping us.
Ashley arrived in La Ceiba on December 13th. She and her husband Mike joined our team for at least the next two years. Ashley earned a bachelor degree in Education. She is from Phoenix, Arizona where worked as a special education teacher.
Before serving fulltime in Honduras Ashley first visited us in June of 2009 when she participated in a short-term mission trip from her church. She previously participated in three mission trips to Washington State, North Carolina and Guatemala. She just completed a year studying Spanish at a fulltime language school in Costa Rica.
Ashley is gifted in the areas of teaching, missions, leadership, intercession and service. The Lord has been preparing her for years for her work in Honduras. She and her husband will serve as Church Planters in La Ceiba. They recently began serving fulltime in the community of La Fe, one of the poorest communities in La Ceiba.
Our team and the people of Honduras are very fortunate to have Ashley serving in La Ceiba. She genuinely loves serving others. Ashley has a great desire to provide Christ’s mercy and justice to the poor.
Please pray for Ashley and Mike as they battle the emotional roller coaster of starting a new ministry so far away from home.
Dr. Greg and Pastor Mike had a busy couple of days. These two are from Trinity Presbyterian of Harrisburg, PA and are working with us for the week.
On Wednesday Dr. Greg, Pastor Mike, Erin and our Mike went to Armenia Bonito. The big event for the day was Kids Club. We put on a great bible study for 40 kids. They played games, did a craft and heard the story of Noah. The kids were tested on their catechism question and their verse memorization. The guys from Trinity were super active and involved.
All day Thursday we helped Mike and Ashley Troxell kick off their ministry in our new community of La Fe. Mike and Ashley have begun daily ministry in La Fe and are working towards a church plant there.
Greg and Mike helped us put on our first ever ministry event in La Fe. It was a medical clinic that treated more than 60 people. Since this is one of the poorest communities in La Ceiba there were lots of sad cases and really sick people. Showing God’s mercy and love to these people was a great way to introduce our team to this new community.
It was a great past two days.