Greetings, Ministry Partners!
May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God. (Philippians 1:11, NLT)
I left off last month with the departure of the second team from the Harpeth Hills’ Youth Group on July 1.The next Sunday, one of my students made her public confession of faith in Jesus Christ. I am so proud of her and happy for her. I look forward to the day of her baptism. Thanks be to God!
San Antonio Mission Team
The next day, the mission team from San Antonio arrived. There were four new people on the team this year, who all came from Community Bible Church in San Antonio. They joined with their family from the Sunset Ridge Church of Christ to make a difference in Honduras.
The projects for the week involved building a house, replacing a roof, adding an extension to the stage in the church auditorium, and visiting sick or elderly people in the area and in San Buenaventura. I greatly enjoyed this opportunity to work with old friends, new friends, and even two of my students to build a house for the glory of God and show His love to so many neighbors. In addition, Eliezer drove some of us down to Nacaome to visit brother Santos and a couple of the area churches he pastors.
One Nation, One Day
The next week, as I was busily preparing for a new trimester of English classes, 1400 missionaries, primarily from the U.S., descended on Honduras to join the 600 who had arrived during the previous several weeks. They came to minister to the people, distribute food to the poor, conduct medical clinics, visit every high school in the country, and preach the Gospel. The week-long campaign culminated with massive gatherings on Saturday evening at the largest soccer stadium in each of the 18 departmental capital cities. I haven’t seen any “official” numbers, but I did read that an estimated one million people were in the various stadiums on Saturday and millions more watched on TV or online. This was the day Congress had declared a national holiday, “One Nation, One Day.” Lives were changed that week. My prayer is that God will continue to bring growth from the millions of seeds planted that week as new and young-in-the-faith believers are discipled and that it will soon be obvious to the world that this is the New Honduras.
On July 22, we started a new trimester of English classes. In addition to my returning students, I have two classes of new students. These will be the first students to start with Lesson 1 in the books we are currently using, so this will be interesting. In just the first two lessons, I see things in the books that confirm my decision to write a new curriculum for Latin American students. There should be more news on that next month.
The World Race Team
Final arrangements were completed for the arrival of a team of World Racers. They will be staying in the old church building, where they will be able to cook their own meals and interact with members of the community. Several members of the church live right near the building, so they will not be alone.
We were originally told that we would have the racers from Aug 1 to the 27th, but later were told they’d be arriving Jul 31st about 8:00 p.m. They did arrive in Honduras on the 31st, but were dropped off at Zion’s Gate Ministries around 9:15. Since Tony graciously offered to let the team spend the night there, we decided to let them do that and we would pick them up the next morning. Zion’s Gate is about a 25-minute drive from the church, so it would have been rather late and, of course, dark, by the time we got back if we’d picked them up that night.
For those of you not on Facebook, I won’t leave you in suspense for a month. Yes, we did pick the team up on Aug 1. We are looking forward to a month of wonderful experiences for the racers and the people to whom they will minister.
Please keep our racers in your prayers. There has been an outbreak of dengue fever in Honduras, so please pray for their good health, safety, and ever-deepening relationships with each other, and most importantly, with Jesus. The names of our racers are Amy, Erin, Liz, Andrea, Ken, Heath, and Derek. You can follow their 11-month, 11-country mission trip through their blogs at http://www.theworldrace.org/?tab=blogs&subtab=blogsearch&team=Mannafest.
Other prayer requests
Please also pray for:
- Eradication of the mosquitoes that carry dengue fever, speedy recovery of those who have dengue, and protection of those who don’t.
- Brother Moises as he pastors this church of 300 and travels through the various neighborhoods to minister to the residents.
- My students as they struggle with life’s problems. Please ask God to guide and protect them always.
- Me to be able to safely walk to and from the church building by this time next year.
- My health and safety, and God’s provision of my needs.
Thank you all for your partnership in this ministry. We are serving the Lord among some of the poorest people in Latin America through our partnership with Iglesia Misionera de Cristo. Together, we are distributing food and clothing, building and repairing homes, educating students, and increasing their knowledge of Jesus as we read passages from New Testament in English class. Thank you! Your prayers, donations, and words of encouragement are so needed and appreciated!
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Please keep praying!
With love from Honduras,
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The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. -Psalm 18:1