Our teammate Kate runs our StreetChild program. This project ministers to the large number of homeless kids who live on the streets of La Ceiba. While she has done a great job it has been a daunting and emotional job for Kate. It has been a priority to try and get Honduran men to help Kate with this often-intimidating ministry. God has responded with two great guys.
Jansen is young man who lives in La Ceiba. He is a Christian who works a warehouse job. Jansen has no experience working with homeless boys, but he has gained a heart for this work. Several days a week he has been volunteering to spend time with Kate ministering to the boys. He is demonstrating that a little love and consistency go a long way with these kids.
Hector lives in the capital city of Tegucigulpa. He himself spent much of his early years living on the streets. Hector found Christ and came off the streets. He has been working with homeless boys for several years. We just offered Hector a job to work fulltime with our ministry. In June Hector will move to La Ceiba and help to expand our ministry to our city’s homeless kids.
God calls us all to care for the poor (Luke 12:33) and homeless (Isaiah 58:7). It seems like God is really providing us with the tools we need to serve the homeless kids here in La Ceiba.
MTW’s StreetChild program produces a quarterly newsletter that promotes the StreetChild ministries to thousands of churches throughout the U.S. Several of our newest ministries are featured prominently in the latest issue of the StreetChild newsletter. To download your copy of the newsletter click HERE.
This issue features three short articles about our work in Honduras.
The first article talks about our “house grandma” for our teen girls home. Oneyda Ortiz is a Honduran who lives in our Puerta de Esperanza. She is the rule enforcer and Christian mentor for the young girls living in our home.
The second article talks about the launching of both our StreetChild ministry to homeless kids and our teen girls home, Puerta de Esperanza.
The third article talks about two of our missionaries attending the Pavement Project training in Mexico. Kate and Shannon attended this training that helps them to better understand and serve kids who have been abused. They have already implemented this in Honduras.
Recently Mike went out with our teammate Kate DeFuniak in search of elusive homeless kids. For nearly five hours we drove around downtown La Ceiba and talked with kids who live on the streets.
Some interactions ended with a nervous kid running from the scene. Many of these kids crave the independence and don’t trust adults. Perceiving that we were there to take them back to Social Services, inject them with medicine or worse, they ran.
But, other kids felt more comfortable with us. They talked through the window of our truck and some even jumped in back for a short ride. Slowly as the kids felt more comfortable we would park the car and slowly emerge. With several kids we purchased them lunch, had long conversations, gave them medicine and even hugged and loved on their dirty, skinny little bodies.
The Bible clearly commands us to care for these homeless kids (Isaiah 58:7, Luke 14:13-14, Leviticus 25:35-36). They are the destitute and forgotten souls in a culture full of destitute and forgotten souls. In the long run God has great plans for these kids. But for now we are happy to give them a meal and a hug where we can. As you and your family settle down this evening after a long day, please take a moment to pray that Ronald, Bryan, Jimmy and Melvin are safe on the streets of La Ceiba.
MTW’s StreetChild program produces a quarterly newsletter that promotes the StreetChild program to thousands of churches throughout the U.S. Our two newest ministries and our two newest missionaries are featured prominently in the latest issue of the StreetChild newsletter. To download your copy of the newsletter click HERE.
An article is written about Kate DeFuniak and the work she will be doing in Honduras. Kate is starting a StreetChild program in La Ceiba to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the kids living on the streets.
Another article talks about Shannon Innes and her new ministry to teen mothers. Shannon has opened Puerta De Esperanza (Door of Hope). She will be providing a home, job training and spiritual discipleship to moms that are trying to escape violence, substance abuse or life on the streets.
These two new ministries allow us to act as the hands and feet of Christ and show His mercy and justice to the poorest and most needy in La Ceiba.
Kate arrived in La Ceiba on November 19th. She has joined our team for at least the next two years. Kate earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education: Spanish and a master’s degree in English as a Second Language. She is from Birmingham, Alabama where she worked as an elementary school teacher.
Before serving fulltime in Honduras Kate previously participated in several extended mission ventures in Mexico and Peru. She is fluent in Spanish and has been walking with Christ for 11 years.
Kate is gifted in the areas of missions, teaching, mercy and service. The Lord has been preparing her, even before she was a Christian, for her work in Honduras. Her primary ministry in La Ceiba is to work with homeless kids. Kate has started and will run our new StreetChild program.
Our team and the people of Honduras are very fortunate to have Kate caring for the children nobody else cares for. She genuinely loves the less fortunate. Kate has a great desire to provide the Christ’s mercy and justice to the poor.
Please pray for Kate as she battles the emotional rollercoaster of starting such a difficult ministry in a foreign country.