On day 7 we took the kids from the shelter and the farm the local water park. The kids had a great time playing in the pool, sliding down the slides, playing soccer and just hanging out. It rained on and off but that didn’t slow any of them down! We all had a great time hanging out with them outside of the shelter and the kids loved it. It was a great way to end the week! We can’t wait to go back next year!
Last week over 70 students at Main Campus sacrificed three days of their summer to partner with surrounding organizations in the Charlotte area to do local mission work. The students went out of their comfort zone to reach people through the CUP Ministry, LA Food Bank, Jackson Park, Alexander Youth Network, Inspiration Station, Queens Grant and Hickory Grove’s Day Camp VBS. God used the students to spread the gospel and bring people to Christ. Watch this video recap of the week and like HGStudents on Facebook to see more pictures.
Our team woke early again and headed to the first of two privet Christian schools. We led worship for over 100 students in high school. We also did our chicken skit which they enjoyed. After the skit our translator Bruno presented the gospel to those in the school. We then sang some more songs before we finished. Before the students were dismissed the one of the principles told the students that the gospel had been presented to them and they had no excuse and say they have not heard it. We then ran across camps to do a puppet show for the kindergarten students. Our team was in shock as the fifty or so students walked in silently and in a single file line. Our worship team did one song before we started the puppets. We then went to another school where we had another service for the students around high school age. Our worship team did a great job leading worship and then Evan taught.
The last stop we had before we headed to the airport was the orphanage. It was a great way to end our trip. We started with a tour of the facility and the intern gave us more background on the orphanage and the children there. Our worship team started out with a few songs in Spanish and then a few in English. Then a few games were played with the older kids while some of the girls took care of the younger ones. Evan taught once more after the worship team sang another song to calm down the kids. After our service we handed out candy, toothpaste, and toothbrushes to the kids and left the extras with the leaders of the orphanage.
The orphanage was the best way to end our trip. The team finial made it home Saturday night around 9:30 after some delayed flights and missed connections. God had his hand on our team while we were traveling and he showed our team that he is sovereign over the airlines. Thank you for praying for us while we were there in Peru. Please continue to pray for Peru, for those we were in contact with, for the churches and pastors we worked with, and for us. Pray that God will continue to work and move in their hearts and in ours. Pray that God will provide in unexpected ways for the believers in Peru. Pray that God will call more people in Peru to him self and to the harvest because the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
Today we had some down time and got to experience Honduran culture from another perspective. We went shopping in the Valley of the Angels. We bought a lot of goodies to take back home to our supporters and our families. After shopping in the morning, we went and had an authentic meal in a Honduran restaurant, it was delicious! It was a nice time to hang out with our team and have some fun. After lunch, we visited the girls shelter. They were so excited to see us and we were equally happy to hang out with them. Some of us left with braided hair and all of us left exhausted! Tomorrow we are taking the kids to the water park and they are very excited!
On day 5 we made our third and final trip to the dump. We fed almost 400 people and passed out hygiene bags and food to those who came to eat lunch. The people from the dump were truly such a blessing to us. After lunch we went to the church by the farm to see the rest of the boys in the ministry. We held a Youth Day that consisted of prizes, a presentation of the Gospel and some hilarious skits. It was really fun getting to spend time with the kids in the village.
On day 4 we did something a little different than we had done the preceding days. We went into a local village to pass out beans and rice. In addition to beans and rice, we gave out candy to the children, Bibles, and bracelets. We discussed the plan of salvation with those we encountered which led to a few people being saved. It was an awesome day. Those we visited were gracious and very willing to let us into their homes to share the Gospel. One woman offered us snacks! The Honduran people are so welcoming. After visiting the village, we went to the farm that holds the rest of the boys from FCM. We had two devotions and made cord bracelets with the boys. They were really excited about the bracelets!
Today our team got a taste of the third world. We went to three churches on the out skirts of Pedregal. We pulled off the single paved road and traveled down dirt streets lined with houses made with whatever material that was available. The first church we went to we bought food to help out the pastor and his family who are struggling to get by each day. God called this family to move from Lima to Pedregal. The pastor is pouring everything into his ministry and into the growth of the church. His family lives in a one room shack in the church compound. It is apparent that he is pouring everything into his ministry. Please pray for Pastor Oliver, his family, and his church that God will provide when it is needed most.
The second church we went to was in the same condition but was just a bit larger. After we finished our service, Pastor Gustavo took us around the block to another compound. Pastor Gustavo is trying to obtain this compound because it is twice as big as his current one. His church has outgrown his current location. Please pray that the paper work comes through and his church has the ability to grow.
The final church we visited was the smallest of them all. Pastor David has been doing a great job leading his church even through difficult times. A Pentecostal church moved in a few months ago across the street. This new church stole all the parents away from his church. The children of Pastor David’s church did not like the new Pentecostal church and preferred the Baptist church. Because of this, the parents have been moving back to the Baptist church. His ministry needs prayer for strength in the faith of its members and for growth.
Each church was filled with children who we sang songs to, did some skits with our puppets and Evan Philips taught on Jonah. These children were the most active ones we have experienced all week. They were excited to see us and enjoyed everything we did. Just a high five, that we pretended hurt our hand, would put the biggest smile on their face. These kids were wearing anything that would stay on their bodies but were some of the happiest children we have seen all week. It really has humbled our whole team in how even when they have nothing they are still so happy.
Tomorrow we have the opportunity to work in two schools and one orphanage. We will be working with over 500 children tomorrow. Please pray that our team shows love that can only come from God. Continue to pray for the Pastors Oliver, Gustavo, and David whom we worked with today and for their ministries. Pray for our team as we head back home tomorrow night. We have a long 24 hours ahead of us.