Saturday, October 11, 2014

Mt Horeb Team Becomes One

 
We had our last team of the year who chose to work helping build the dorms on the property.  This group came from three different churches from around North Carolina.  As soon as they gathered together in the Raleigh Airport they became a family immediately.  God hand picked these folks to serve side by side for HIS kingdom.  By the time they arrived in Tegus airport they were laughing and joking around as if they had known each other a life time.  God is good all the time.
We arrived on the property, Mt Horeb to do the final job blocking up the bathrooms and storage room for the North American dorms.  We gathered around in a circle and each person introduced themselves.  They started by praising God for this opportunity to come and serve beside their brothers and sisters in Christ.  Pastor Carlos was grateful for the help of the North Americans.  North Carolina Baptist Men is blessed with all who come together to work for the better of the kingdom of God.
      

So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Romans 12:5

 
 
 

Preparing for Praying Over the First Block

 
The team busily got to work finding where they needed to be.  This was very tight spot to work in so they paired up and prepared for the task at hand.  While they were prepping their locations the Honduran brothers were mixing mescal for the first block.
 

 
Gordon and Penny together laid the first block as Pastor Carlos prayed over the North American Dorms.  We all gathered close and laid hands on each other as God was given the praise honor and glory for this week ahead.  All God's people said AMEN!!!!
 
"Not to us, O Lord, not to us, But to your name we give Glory because of your loving kindness, because of your truth."
Psalm 115:1

Many Gifts and God's Word

 
I sat back one day and was observing all that was taking place on Mt Horeb.  I started writing down the different jobs as I saw them taking place.  By the time I got finished I had listed over 35 different jobs.  Those 35 plus different jobs is what is bringing this ministry campus together in ways I never could imagine.  God is so big when we allow HIM to use us and our gifts to fulfill HIS calling and will for Mt Horeb.  It was humbling to watch each and ever person busily at work, laughing and sharing in God's glory!!!! 

 
Maurice, a team member shared on the first night could we have a devotional after lunch each day with the Honduran brothers and sisters.  What an awesome idea!!!  So we suggested this idea to Pastor Carlos who was all for it.  The first morning we asked Pastor Benjamin, ceramic tile guy, to do our first devotion.  We asked him around 8 o'clock and he was ready after lunch to share God's word.  Each day we asked someone to share a devotional.  Pastor Carlos, Ezekiel, Pastor Darwin, and Pastor Carlos closed out the last day.  Each day the "devotionals" lasted at least one hour.  I felt like I was in a revival celebrating God's greatness.  These guys can really share God's word and take it to a whole new level.  I as well as the other North Americans felt like we had been spiritually fed as well as physically fed at lunch time each day.  The Hondurans gathered around each day eagerly awaiting to hear God's word.  There is a couple of our friends who need Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Please pray with us as we pray for their salvation.  The awesome part of this story after the North Americans left the Hondurans continue meeting after lunch for an hour to have a devotional together.  All God's people said AMEN!!!!
 
 -" But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God."
Matthew 4:4
 

Enjoying the Culture

 
The team worked very hard on the dorms bathrooms but also enjoyed the time to fellowship and take siestas.  They learned how to sit and share in love with one another.  The beauty of God's creation embraces Mt Horeb.  The mountains surround the property with a gentle breeze which comes through quite often during the day.  As the team sat on the porch of the bodega/kitchen area daily they reflected on their week and all God is doing on Mt. Horeb.  The Hondurans on the property who stay there around the clock take such good care of the trees and flowers which are growing over the 36 acres.  Thank you God for dedicated workers doing the work YOU have called us to do.
 
For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
I Timothy 4:4
 
 
 

Serving the Physical and Spritual Water

 
Maurice is our gentle giant who serves and cares for everyone who works on the property.  Each day he set his alarm on his phone for every twenty five minutes and delivered either water or Gatorade to all the men working on the property.  Even the men who were working on the multi purpose building received the physical water of life.  They were blessed with a couple of cool days but there was some days Maurice up his rotation to sooner than 25 minutes.  This is a job we should appreciate on a team.  The guys never had to worry about getting thirsty because Maurice took his responsibility seriously and we are grateful for a job well done.

 
His lovely wife Penny brought the spiritual water to the people on the property in two different ways.  The project she brought was making the little pockets out of canvas and placing a cross inside the pocket with the plan of salvation.  Penny needed help a couple of evenings putting the blue yarn on the border of the canvas material.  Ron, Joel and Mike were willing to assist Penny in her project.  They were able to get about 25 to 30 of these completed. Penny gave them out at the dedication to each guy on the property.  Hopefully our friends who don't know Christ will keep this little cross close by their side as a reminder of who their true living water is: Jesus Christ.
Also Penny brought 12 bible studies on the book of John.  God placed on her heart she needed to bring 12.  I told  her in the beginning she needed to bring about 6 for the guys staying on the property.  But since we had done the devotional daily this week, Pastor Carlos decided to continue the time after lunch to be in God's word.  So he gave each man and the one lady a bible study of John and after lunch each day they share the book of John and the questions to their study.  There is 12 studies and there is exactly 12 folks who work there on a daily basis.  God is good all the time and all the time God is good.  God wanted all the people on the property working to have a study and Penny listened to what God called her to do, bring 12 studies.  Thank you God for leading Penny in the direction you would have her go and thank you Penny for listening to God's detailed directions.
 
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in Him will not perish but have everlasting life."
John 3:16

 
One day the team enjoyed a fish fry with their brothers and sisters in Christ.  Suyamado was working hard without any help  We decided to let Rosa come spend the day with everyone on the property.  Rosa and Penny pitched in to help her, Maida and Arajella prepare lunch.  I was out front and could here the laughter as the ladies enjoyed time of work and fellowship with each other.  Rosa very seldom gets to have a day with the teams and a chance to see the property.  Rosa thanked us for a beautiful day on the property. 

 The gentlemen who work on the property daily are an amazing access to the ministry.  They work diligently each day and very grateful for the chance to have a job.  Anytime we ask for something to get done they do it and do it well and in a timely manner.  We never take for granted our staff on the property.
 
    
                           Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
                                                                       Colossians 3:23




         
 

The North American Dorms


 
As the five days quickly went by for this team so did the work.  It was humbling to watch as the walls for the bathrooms proceeded to go up.  About mid week they started the shower stall walls for the men and women's showers.  The toilet stalls became alive as well.  These guys worked so hard for the task God had called them to do.  The area they worked in was a tight location and God knew exactly how many folks he needed for this job!!!!  Thank you Gordon, Ron, Gray, Penny and Joel for working along side your Honduran brothers on this task to help draw the completion of the North American Dorms closer.  As the team prepared to leave the Hondurans were continuing to work on the completion of the dorms.  As I write this today the roof is getting prepared to go up and they are stuccoing the walls in preparation for painting hopefully next year.  Once again God is so good all the time.  Thank you team for coming and answering God's calling to work on Mt. Horeb.
 
"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
Matthew 25:23

Maurice and Penny

 
God blessed the ministry with a return visit from Maurice and Penny.  They brought so much spiritual blessings to the team.  They brought the bible studies and they brought the pocket cross for everyone.  But they brought with them the love of Jesus Christ first and fore most and then their deep love for the people of Honduras.  They compliment each other beautifully as they serve side by side in doing God's work.  Thank you Maurice and Penny for your return visit to Honduras.   We love you!!!!!
 
Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
Philippians 2:2
 
 
 

Dedication of the bathrooms

 
As the week comes to a close the team has prepared a very special time of dedication for the bathrooms.  Ron shared God's word.  Joel shared what a humbling time here this week working on the future of North Carolina Baptist Men's Ministry Campus, Mt Horeb.   Joel and Ron both shared how this facility will provide years of service for many North Americans as they return to this beautiful country of  Honduras to serve God and work beside their brothers and sisters.  We gathered inside the walls of the bathrooms and prayed a prayer of thanksgiving led by Penny.  Afterwards the team shared one more gift for the future of the spiritual blessings of this ministry campus.  Gray gave Pastor Carlos a bible to use as he and the men on the property share daily in God's word.  They made their way back down to the house Penny gathered the guys together to give them their pocket crosses.  Ruben immediately placed his inside his wallet to keep close.  I observed one of the guys reading very closely as Maida read a poem to them.  Please pray for the lost ones working on Mt. Horeb.  They will receive the most precious gift of all, Jesus.
 
I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.
Psalm 86:12

Worshiping at Las Delicious

 
As the week progressed we realized how much these six people had in common with Honduras.  Five of the six sent their youth from their church down here this summer to build the church in Las Delicious.  So we all agreed this is where we would like to go and worship God.  So we contacted Pastor Amado and he said please come. Pastor Amado had to work this Sunday so Mike was asked to preach.  Penny gave her testimony which was simply perfect for our audience.  The church service had more children than adults.  Penny shared about her childhood and how as a child she came to Christ and grew up knowing HIM as her personal Lord and Savior.  After worship the team got to connect with the help of Maida some of the church members who their church members knew.  It is a small world.
Also one of the two of the team members also built a SS classroom and a home in the same village.  Please remember this team consisted of three different churches in North Carolina.  There was two other team members who built homes in about a three year span in the same village.  As the week went by they realized how much they truly had in common.  Of course the most important common bond is the love for Jesus Christ and the love for the country of Honduras.  This group became one family in a very short time.  Thank you God for ordaining these people together at this time and place.
 
Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
Ephesians 4:12

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Our First Medical and Evangelism Team

 
We would like to introduce our very first Medical and Evangelism Team to Honduras.  A few months back Mike, Pastor Carlos and I went up into the mountains about three or four miles passed Mt Horeb, the property NCBM has purchased to see if they would like a medical clinic.  We met with a gentlemen, Erasmo Elvir.  The name of the village is La Castana, district of Santa Cruz.  Erasmo shared he had lived in La Castana forty years and this village has never had medical care.  We asked him does the community have an active church family and church building.  He shared no that La Castana has not had a medical brigade since he has lived up in those beautiful mountains. This community was a Catholic community.  This was an open mission field to share the good news of Jesus Christ.  We made a commitment that day to provide his community with a five day medical clinic and evangelism as well.  This was our first time doing a combined mission of two different ministries which are always one in the eyes of God.  Any time we are down here doing anything we are about sharing the most precious gift of all Jesus Christ.  It may be through medical or even construction but we always are about sharing the greatest gift of all, Jesus.  So we went by the property on the first day because the bus cannot go up there.  The Land Rover was loaded down with all the medicines the team needed for the week.  Some of the team had to wait for the truck to come back and pick them up on the second round of going up into one of the most beautiful communities we have ever seen to meet some of the most precious folks here on this earth.  Thank you Pastor Carlos for introducing us to such a sweet, sweet place.
 
"He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all the nations."
Mark 16:15
 
 
 
 

Setting up the Medical Clinic

 
As the truck went to pick up the second group of folks the others greeted their new found friends.  They did some small introductions and both Hondurans and North Americans started working side by side to start setting up the medical clinic.  Thank you to Bill and Kim who assisted Nicole, team leader, in setting up the pharmacy for the week.  The set up was perfect. Maida, translator was assigned to the pharmacy to assist Nichole throughout the week. They set up the clinic into one of the classrooms of the school.  Up the hill very close by was where they set up Dr. Brenda in her own little room to privately see her patients.  Orfilio and Lizzy where out on the porch of this building which was the old school they had abandoned years ago.  Orfilio and Lizzy would be checking in each patient, checking their blood pressure and taking their temperature to send along with the patient when they got to go see Dr. Brenda.  We are very grateful for all the help our Honduran staff gave this week to the medical clinic. During God moments one evening Nicole, team leader shared how beautiful it was to stand back and watch the Honduran staff helping tremendously with the clinic. Without you all the clinic would not have happened.  We are so blessed to have such committed staff in this ministry.  They work without complaining on a daily basis and jump in wherever needed to get the job done.  They teach us all what flexibility truly means.  God is good all the time and all the time God is good.
 
"Crowds also gathered around the towns from Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed."
Acts 5:16

Gathering to Pray and say Thank YOU

 
The team gathered on the porch to meet the ladies of the community who had put all this together which made their week coming in such an easy task.  Please be mindful this community has never had a medical team come here before.  The principal of the school shut down the school and orchestrated all the events for the week.  She had lined up women to cook for the Hondurans helping the medical clinic.  The entire week was prepared out to a tee by the Honduran folks.  They took so much pride in their new found friends and guests for the week.  They gave the North American a round of applause which we also have never had before.  It was a very humbling experience on that porch the first morning of our stay in La Castana.  They opened up their community with  open arms as the medical team introduced their team members and Dr. Brenda.  Dr. Brenda was their healing angel this week and they were very blessed and excited to have all of us up there in their community.  Please never take for granted how blessed you are and always I say always give God the glory for it all.  It was God's first and He is so gracious to share it with us.  Thank you God for all your many blessings you provide on a daily basis.
 

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians