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!
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!
We arrived safely in Honduras around 11 this morning. After having a quick lunch, we visited a government-run orphanage. At the orphanage we had the opportunity to love on a few dozen precious children. We sang songs, served them pizza, and presented the Gospel. It was a wonderful experience, we all fell in love with the kids. It was a great day! I have attached a few pictures depicting the events of the day.
We will send you an update tomorrow!
-The Entire Honduras Team
The Peru team is scheduled to be commissioned tonight at Main campus. David Millsaps will lead this 13 person team to Arequipa, Peru and they will be serving in three churches, two schools, a children’s home and a nursing home. Please pray for them as they travel August 3-11, 2012. The flags for Peru will be on the stage in the Sanctuary as a reminder for us to pray for the Peru team.
The Honduras team leaves Sunday, August 5-11 please pray for them as they travel. The flag will also be on the stage in the Sanctuary as a reminder for us to pray for the Honduras team.
Whisper of Hope:
Whisper of Hope Ministries have a team led by Kit and Kat Woodell traveling to Virginia August 3-5 to distribute book bags, schools supplies and bibles. Please pray for them as they travel.
THANKS so much for all your prayers over this past week! We had nice, smooth flights to Honduras, and some of us even got to fly first class! (Saw it as a God stop…) We tried to not carry more luggage than the allotted amount for a family of five, but we had a few extras by the airlines standards. Therefore, it was cheaper to upgrade to first class then to fly coach. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the unexpected surprise!
Since our arrival we have been purchasing food, small appliances, and all the necessary items to make our home function. We are also trying to acclimate ourselves to the city & the city driving as well…much different picture here in Honduras, it’s quite the challenge! The other missionary couple, Richie & Lori Womack have been phenomenal as they are helping our family get settled. Their presence here should help make our transition much easier, especially as we learn the ropes of running teams, working in the ministry, and driving around the city. We attended our future home church, which is called Impacto last Sunday. While the preacher seems to speak well, we still cannot understand his sermon in it’s entirety since it’s all in Spanish 🙂 However, the church does offer tape recorders each week for those of us still struggling to comprehend the sermons. This church was started 11 years ago by Belleview Baptist in Memphis, Tennessee. We have seen other “gringos” (or North Americans) in attendance but we have yet to meet many people. We do know a few couples from language school in Costa Rica, so that is an added blessing. We look forward to getting more involved in the church and making new friends. Please pray for us as we continue working on the language and as we all make new friends.
Most days lately have consisted of homeschooling in the mornings and organizing our home in the afternoons. It always takes a good deal of time to set up a home, yet we are thankful for all we have accomplished thus far. We have also used this time to get to know our fellow missionaries that we will be serving with in the ministry. We have yet to drive out to the boys and/or girls shelter, or the farm but we hope to get there very soon! We also are looking for a sports center or sports league, where our boys can get involved in soccer or perhaps even football…our oldest, Jared hopes to anyway! We know this is another great way they can make friends and help them feel more settled here as well. Please pray for us as we look for a place to get them involved in extracurricular activities.
We are getting excited as we think about the upcoming team which will arrive in Honduras on Saturday, March 17th. This is a new team from Alabama. They have also allowed other people to join their team from various areas, so please pray this team will be of one mind & spirit as they serve with us and FCM staff. Please pray for Gordon as he assists Richie in leading the team (his first one!) and as he uses his new language skills. (Pray for me and the boys as well as we take part in working with the team!) We are excited that our boys can take part in some of these mission trips since often times children from the States do come and serve alongside their parents. We think this will be a great way for our boys to be a part of the ministry and we look forward to seeing how God will use it to do a work in their lives while we are here on the field.
We will send more updates to keep you all informed. Thanks again for your support & prayers!! We appreciate you all more than you know.
God bless you!
Gordon, Christy, Jared, Zac, & Wil