On Saturday we were joined by Trinity Presbyterian Church of Murfreesboro, TN. Trinity is the 4th (of 16) short-term mission team of the summer. This 16-person team will work with us in Armenia Bonito.
On Sunday they joined us in Gringo Church where Mike gave message from 1Timothy 1. After a tour of La Ceiba they were trained in Darkness to Light, a child abuse prevention program. Sunday evening was concluded by attending Honduran church, dinner and hearing a devotional from Mike.
Trinity has a busy week ahead of them. Among many other ministry opportunities these folks will help us with construction on a new house for a poor family and construction on our two ministry centers.
If you want to keep track of Trinity’s work in Honduras check back here often or follow our frequent updates on Twitter.
The 11-person mission team from Faith Presbyterian Church of LaVale, MD has done wonderful work this week. Despite the oppressive heat they have worked hard.
On Wednesday morning the team did some construction work on our downtown ministry center in the morning and took 30 kids to the river in the afternoon. A little rain fell on the river trip but those kids were still happy to receive adult interaction.
Thursday morning the medical crew hosted their third medical clinic of the week in Armenia Bonito. In their three clinics in this super-poor community they treated 215 patients. What a great blessing for these people to receive such high-level care and evangelism in their own community.
The construction crew completed their work on a new house for a poor family of eight. On their final day they laid enough cinderblocks to raise the exterior walls of the house to chest level. They will now pass the work on to the next short-term mission team which arrives Saturday.
Faith has been an incredible blessing to the community of Armenia Bonito and our ministry. Thank God for their willingness to serve.
This week we are hosting an 11-person mission team from Faith Presbyterian Church of LaVale, MD. There must be something about Faith, because they are drawing crowds of Hondurans wherever they go.
On Monday and Tuesday their Spanish speakers and medical personnel hosted two medical clinics in Armenia Bonito. In those two days they treated over 120 patients and turned away 50 people.
Monday afternoon the team helped teach an English class to 40 students. The students learned fruit, greetings and vocabulary from the Bible passage about the good Sheppard. The team from Faith helped the students with proper pronunciation and then they helped administer the end of class oral exams. The students individually read the good Sheppard passage to our short-term missionaries.
Tuesday afternoon was crazy. The team from Faith helped us host our largest Kids Club ever. Over 90 kids attended our weekly event. They played games, saw a skit performed by the Faith team, memorized a Bible verse and completed a craft. Not sure what we would have done had they not been there.
Both mornings the team helped us build a new house for a super-poor family in Armenia Bonito. They have been pouring the foundation and laying the first few rows of blocks.
If you want to keep track of Faith’s great work in Honduras check back here often or follow our frequent updates on Twitter.
We are hosting our first two (of 16) mission teams of the summer. Naperville Presbyterian of IL and Wellington Presbyterian of FL have been serving well in the 90-degree heat and 90% humidity. This has been our biggest week of ministry ever in the community of La Fe.
Tuesday in La Fe the team from Wellington hosted a Kids Club. They played with the kids, read to them and gave a Bible message. In the afternoon the team continued with the construction of a cement-walking path up a dirt levee that becomes impassable in the rain.
Wednesday morning the group was back in La Fe playing in the river with the kids. With absent fathers and laboring mothers these children seldom receive quality time with adults. In the afternoon the group hosted a hot dog lunch for Kate and some of her streetkids and in the afternoon they did some construction work on our ministry center in La Isla.
Our team has been so blessed this week. The group from Naperville has been working side by side with John and Kathy Clow helping them finish dorm projects and really serving our team. In addition Gabe, a diesel mechanic from Wellington, has spent some time under the Clow’s van trying to bring it back to life.
Thursday will be a busy day. In La Fe there is more construction in the morning and an English class in the afternoon and in Armenia Bonito we will host a medical clinic.
On Saturday our four summer interns arrived in La Ceiba. We are very excited to have them here. They will be a great blessing to our team and our ministry.
Keilah Holliday and Jeff Harvey will work primarily in the community of La Fe and Allen Hawkes and Becka Sipma will work primarily in Armenia Bonito. They will work directly with Hondurans and also serve the many short-term mission teams we have this summer.
Our interns are top notch. Mike maintains a high standard for the many applicants we receive each year and he interviews dozens of potential candidates to select the perfect interns for our work.
They will live in our dorms with the teams and the will work daily with us through June and July. Please be in prayer for their health and ability to serve.