Missionary Update: Willene Byrd

Bobby and Willene Byrd moved to Guatemala in August of 2010 to establish World Reach Missions and further the Gospel in Central America. Last week Willene became ill and was hospitalized in Guatemala City. After tests, the doctors found kidney stones. Willene flew to Charlotte on Saturday and is receiving IV antibiotics at home as the doctors evaluate her recovery over the next couple of weeks. A decision on removing the stones will be made in the near future.

Please keep Willene and the Byrd family in your prayers as they move through the recovery process. Also continue to pray for those who have been touched by World Reach Missions as God uses this to further His kingdom.

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Ukraine Missions Commissioning

Wednesday, September 5, 2o12 the Ukraine mission team was commissioned at North Campus during the evening service. Continue to keep this team in your prayers as they are serving this week. They will be gone September 6-15th doing evangelism and discipleship throughout the cities in Ukraine.

Honduras Team Update: Day 7

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!

Peru Team Update: Day 7

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.

Honduras Team Update: Day 6

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!

Honduras Team Update: Day 5

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.

Honduras Team Update: Day 4

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!