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.
Our mission team knows when we are doing things right. That is when Satan attacks. Last summer we were all simultaneously bombarded with attacks that really tore us down. If Tuesday is any indication, here we go again.
On Tuesday our eight-person mission team collectively had two cell phones stolen, two car accidents and one other car problem. To put that in perspective our team has had zero cell phones stolen in nearly four years, yet two stolen in the same day. Really?!?!
This, beloved reader of our humble post, is where you come in. It is time for you to pray. We do not again wish to be buffeted by Satan. We appeal to you to pray for us (Romans 15:30), at all times (Ephesians 6:18), for your prayers have power (James 5:16).
Pray we have dependence on God (Proverbs 3:5-6). Pray we give glory to God (Matthew 5:16). Pray we posses a spirit of unity (Romans 15:5). Pray we stand firm (2 Corinthians 4:17). And, pray we are willing to sacrifice even more. (Romans 12:1-2).
We love Team Honduras. Now please understand, when we say Team Honduras we are not simply describing the eight adults currently laboring in Honduras or the four adults on their way here. Team Honduras consists of everyone praying for this ministry and writing checks to support it. You, the beloved reader of these words, are just as much a member of Team Honduras as those who live and work daily in country.
It is time for you to do your job for Team Honduras. The coming month of May is an exceptionally active and stressful month with lots of excitement and change for Team Honduras. We are asking you to join us in praying through the month of May for the Lord’s ministry in La Ceiba, Honduras.
Please download THIS PRAYER CALENDAR and use it to pray daily for Team Honduras in May. Print it and tape it to your refrigerator, computer or dashboard. Get others to join you. E-mail it to friends, pass it out at church or post it on Twitter or Facebook.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” – Matthew 9:37, 38
Each summer we bring short-term mission teams down to help us with projects. Each summer we use those teams to help us build houses for the poorest families in Armenia Bonito. Our goal this summer is to build brand new homes for the three most needy families in Armenia Bonito.
Mike and our teammate John went out looking for the poorest of the 300 homes in Armenia Bonito. We saw some incredibly sad situations. There are so many families in need and it is painful to say “no” to anyone. But, the reality is that this is one small aspect of our ministry and we don’t have the time, manpower, or financial resources to build more.
Each house we looked at was no more then a shack of sticks or scrap metal. They have dirt floors and often have families of four or five sleeping in one room together. Some have no running water or electricity.
Through our experience and John’s design we have refined our house building so that we can build a new 400 sq. ft. home with a cement floor, cinderblock walls, doors, wooden windows, electricity, water, a septic tank, two bedrooms, an indoor toilet and a small living room, all for only about $1,400. It takes inexperienced short-term mission teams about a month per house.
Please pray for John and Mike as we attempt to narrow our choices down to three. And, please pray for the families who don’t get a new home this summer.
Would you take just a couple of minutes out of your busy day and pray for each of the members of our mission team by name?
There is nothing earth shattering or urgent that needs to be addressed today. Our team is very busy and I know they would love to know you are praying for them. We were called to go and you are called to pray (James 5:16, 1 Timothy 2:1, Colossians 1:9 and Romans 15:30). We’d love it if you’d pray for each person, their physical, emotional, and spiritual health and their ministry.
The Clow family. John and Kathy and their kids, Abigail, Rebekah, Josiah and Evan. John is designing and building our two ministry centers. Kathy runs our scholarship program, mentors teammates and coordinates hospitality. Their four kids are attending Honduran school.
Shannon Innes. Shannon created and runs Puerta de Esperanza a home for teenage girls and their babies.
Kate deFuniak. Kate started our StreetChild ministry and works daily with homeless kids.
Mike and Ashley Troxell. The Troxells are church planters working daily in the super-poor community of La Fe.
The Pettengill family. The Pettengills are church planters working daily in the community of Armenia Bonito. Mike is Team Leader and Erin, a Registered Nurse, runs our mercy ministry. Their daughter Madison attends Honduran school.
Thank you so much for taking the time to glorify our Father by praying in his name.