On Monday our short-term mission team had a great first full day working in Armenia Bonito. This mission team is from Rincon Mountain Presbyterian Church of Tucson, Arizona and Covenant Presbyterian Church of Paso Robles, California.
We all started the day on a construction site. We began the building of a new indoor kitchen for the home of a Pastor. For years the Pastor’s family has used a rickety, leaky outdoor kitchen made of wood and a dirt floor. The team started construction on a new kitchen with cinderblock walls, a cement floor and a tin roof that will all be attached to the house.
The afternoon saw our group put on a successful Kids Club for 32 youth. Following 30 minutes of games out on the field we took the kids inside and sang the Spanish version of Father Abraham. The team then treated the kids to a puppet version of Daniel in the lion’s den. Finally, our team helped the kids make their own lion puppet with a Bible verse on the back.
A hot, productive and fun first day in Armenia.
Our visiting short-term mission team just completed their first full day in Honduras. The missionaries come from Rincon Mountain Presbyterian Church of Tucson, Arizona and Covenant Presbyterian Church of Paso Robles, California.
In the morning Mike took the team through the 2 ½ hour Darkness 2 Light child abuse awareness program. It is a very difficult subject to talk about, but well worth it.
In the afternoon the team joined us for “Gringo Church” in our home. This is our chance to worship in English. Hearing the new voices sing and pray was a joy.
In the evening we took the team to a church in Armenia Bonito. The worship was all in Spanish and in a very different style, but the team enjoyed it. They were introduced and afterwards thanked for serving Christ and the community.
On Monday we hit the ground running with a full day of ministry work.
Our short-term mission team from Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church of Elk Grove, California and Faith Presbyterian Church of Sonoma, California has just left. After nearly two weeks of service they are headed home.
On Monday and Tuesday the team added a new roof to Pastor Melvin’s house. Melvin is one of the local Pastors in Armenia Bonito. This was a blessing for him and his family.
On Monday the team lead a Kids Club for 50 kids. After a few games out on the field they lead the kids in a couple of Spanish children’s worship songs. The team then performed six skits for the kids all demonstrating examples of good trees and bad trees baring their fruit. The Kids Club concluded with watercolor art crafts…a new medium for the kids.
Tuesday afternoon was the second English class taught by the team. The class began with examples of how to answer a phone then moved to reading comprehension. In the second half of the class each member of the short-term team took one or two Hondurans into a small group and worked on vocabulary, pronunciation and reading. The students all practiced their reading from the book of Luke.
We are sad to see this team leave and greatly appreciate their efforts. Now it is time to prepare for our next team that arrives on Saturday.
On Saturday our visiting mission team took a well-deserved day off. The team from Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church of Elk Grove, California and Faith Presbyterian Church of Sonoma, California has earned every minute of their break.
For their off day the team took a boat ride out to Cayos Cochinos, a small group of islands off the coast of La Ceiba. After a 50-minute boat ride the team took a tour of the 13 small islands. They did a little snorkeling in the turquoise water and then ate at a grass hut restaurant run by the local Garifuna people. After a walk on the beach it was back home.
A fun and sunburn filled day.
On a very rainy day in Honduras our short-term team had another great day. These missionaries from Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church of Elk Grove, California and Faith Presbyterian Church of Sonoma, California are working hard.
In the morning our team continued work on a new house for Ramon’s family. They spent most of their time working on the septic tank. On Friday we will work on constructing the bathroom for the house. Ramon works with the youth in his church. This work on his new home is a great blessing for him.
In the afternoon the rain came down and changed our plans a bit. Two hours of heavy downpour doesn’t seem to impact the Hondurans, it slowed us down a bit.
For five hours we ran a medical clinic for the citizens of Armenia Bonito. We provided free care for 38 patients. Each person received prayer and evangelism. The short-term team provided a great blessing for these people.