Calvary Presbyterian Church has concluded their work in La Fe. This 14-person mission team from Raleigh, NC is scheduled to hike the rainforest on Friday and fly out on Saturday.
Wednesday the team started the day by going to La Fe and learning the finer art of washing clothes in the river. The local ladies taught their skills with a bar of soap, a river rock and a dirty pair of pants. Several from Calvary also took some time to wash the hair of some of the kids in the river.
Wednesday afternoon the team went back to the dorms to have lunch with a few homeless kids who are associated with our StreetChild program. After lunch the team did some work around the dorms.
Thursday the team went back to La Fe to continue construction on a concrete walking path up a dirt levee. In the afternoon some of the Calvary team helped to teach an English class to 20 kids from the community.
Calvary is our 5th (of 16) short-term mission team of the summer. We will not host any short-term teams next week, but the following week we host two teams.
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.