Monday, October 5, 2015

Mt. Horeb Ministry Team

God blessed Mt. Horeb with three gentlemen who are always willing to help when needed.  Welcome back the tres amigos Ron, Gorden and Joel.  They are all from Raleigh but not all go to the same church.  They have three things in common, they love serving their Lord. they love Honduras and they love coming whenever we need them at a moment's notice.  They came in prepared to put 1.300 ceiling tiles.  Mike had started the men's side the week before their arrival.  They came in and completed the men's side rather quickly on the second day.  Ron, Gorden and Rudi worked together as a team, while Mike and Joel teamed up to move those tiles.  At one point they all worked together in the women's dorm getting the beams in place before placing the ceiling tiles.
These guys worked diligently daily to get their task completed.
"Well done good and faithful servants."
Matthew 25:23

The Mt Horeb Team

The tres amigos had a lot of help this week.  Maida assisted Alba in cooking lunches daily.  Manuel, Rudi and Wuilmer worked as they could.  They have job duties daily on Mt. Horeb, but finished they found their way to help the North Americans get their job.  Three days Ezekiel came out as a volunteer wanting to help the progression of the ministry campus. Joel shared this was a blessing from God on day two day.  Pastor Carlos worked on getting the air vents put up into the ceiling of the dorm building.  Mike was there to assist as needed.  This was a God ordained team this week who worked very well together.  God blessed each one of the hands and feet of Jesus this week.  Thank you each for giving your all to Jesus.
For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD; I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
Psalm 92:4

Lunch Anyone

Each day God provided the gentlemen a hot meal.  Joel shared how each day God blessed them.  Well on the second day heading to the job site we passed a truck selling fish in Pavana.  Mike stopped and walked back to see if he could buy some for lunch.  Well as you can see God blessed us with a fish plate that was absolutely delicious.   On our last day working God provided a fried chicken plate.  The other days was lizard soup, bean soup with egg and beef soup.  This is one of the perks of volunteering on the ministry campus. Joel shared how the lizard soup was his blessing the first day and the fish plate was a blessing on the second day. Thank you God for this special blessing.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people.
Luke 9:16

Different Job Duties

There was several jobs to get this job done.  Ron busily cut the end pieces to measure for Gorden as he placed each one in their appropriate place.  Joel and Mike went to the bodega (storage building) on the back of the dorm placing the support channels in place before Ron and Gorden got to them.  Ezekiel worked on washing the walls for painting later in the week.  Ezekiel also cleaned up the trash as I swept the floor.  As all this was taking place in the dorm area I looked out over the porch to see Manuel working on cutting the property with a push mower.  He worked on this project for two full days.  Because God finally sent Honduras some rain and it has not stopped which means a lot of work for Manuel.  Everyone was busy doing something all day long.  We are all getting excited about all the work which continues to take place on Mt. Horeb daily.  Thank you God for all your provisions for your kingdom.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:33

Honduran Siesta

These three guys learned quickly to take their siesta time daily.  They had a beautiful view from the front porch of the North American Dorm.  Everything if beautiful now with the rain God has provided.  The mountains are flowing with different shades of green.  What a relaxing place to reflect on the beauty of God's creation surrounding them and share about their love for their Lord.  They had some amazing conversations this week sitting around and taking time to be still. 
He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
Psalm 46:10

Work Continues

As day three and four arrive the boys finishing putting in all their ceiling tiles.  All 1300 of them.  By the third day they had a rapid system figured out.  They did over 4600 square feet of ceiling tile.  Let me share with you there was only three to four gentlemen doing this each day.  They worked very hard and diligently without a complaint.  As the ceiling tiles went in the dorm rooms would become somewhat cooler.  But this was still a very warm job.
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6

Painting Anyone?

On the afternoon of the fourth day and the fifth day the boys prepped the room for painting.  Joel, Gorden and Ezekiel scrapped the mescal off the walls and then washed the walls down with a sponge.  Mike and Ron prepared the paint for the walls.  The color chosen for the dorm walls was antique white or Ezekiel called it creama.  This was another task which took time and patience.  It took three coats of the paint to get the walls completely acceptable.  These three gentlemen were flexible and ready to do whatever God put before them.  There was never a complaint.  Gorden shared how he enjoyed staying busy for the Lord.  He is a Martha personality he shared one evening.  Thankful for his eagerness to work and continue with whatever the task as well did Joel and Ron.  They worked side by side never skipping a beat as the walls became a beautiful antique white finish.  It is becoming more and more like a place for friends to come and lay their heads down at night after a long hot day on the mission field.  Each step as we get closer gets more exciting.  We are grateful for these three gentlemen who were willing to come down and help out with these tasks.
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.
Romans 1:8


One Last Task

Maida shared with Alba, lady who works for Mt. Horeb she was going to sweep the front porch and bathrooms of the North American Dorms after lunch.  She was asking to borrow the broom from Alba.  Alba shared yes and I will go help you as well.  Alba and Maida both went beyond their job description that final afternoon.  They swept diligently for at least an hour or so to get all the dust and dirt off the floor.  They used water to wash down the porch.  At the completion of this task the dorm floors looked brand new.  It brought a whole new look to the front porch.  As the team sat around after their day everyone was grateful for these two ladies and their hard work.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7

Ron's Biggest Fan

Before arriving to the ministry campus the first day Ron was asking was their going to be a fan.  Well Mike has already decided to get an industrial fan to try it out for the front porch of the dorm.  After purchasing Ron's fan off we went to work.  Well the fan was only on the porch when Ron was taking
HIS siesta.  The fan seemed to follow Ron wherever he was working.  The fan became a dear friend to our friend Ron this week.  So Ron's biggest fan this week was the industrial fan which kept most of us comfortable all week and kept Ron cool all week.  Thank you Ron for sharing "your" fan with us this week.  This fan is amazing on the front porch as you sit and rock and rest your tired and aching body.  It was truly a bit hit.
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
I Timothy 6:18

Friday, September 25, 2015

Welcome Hopewell Baptist Church


In April of this year North Carolina Baptist Men held their annual conference.  Mike and I were asked to lead a break out session on the ministry in Honduras.  God blessed us to be home during this period for a short time.  Well God blessed us that Saturday morning when team leader, Julie, came to one of our break out sessions.  She came up to meet after the session and shared she was bringing a team in September.  I never knew how blessed we were going to be that Saturday morning until this team rolled into the airport at Tegus.  There was seven team members all who had been on an international mission trip except for one, Josh, who is sixteen years old.  They arrived eager to get down South and "assist" the Hondurans in the building of a home for a family.  They were not aware they would be building the home along side their Honduran friends.  But without any delay they were ready to start the next morning to build our "accident" Marie a home. 
We told Pastor Carlos earlier in the year to go find Marie who husband was no longer in the home and there was four children.  So he ask around and God sent him to this Marie.  When we went to assess Marie's situation I questioned where we were going.  I remember Maida sharing it was down another road.  But I trusted Pastor Carlos and off we went.  Well folks God is not in the business of accidents and this is the Marie we were suppose to go visit on this day.  We arrived to assess her existing dwelling and found her son, David, and her mother, Marie, greeting us.  Marie was at the hospital with her five year old daughter, Cindi who had gotten burned with an overturned pot of bean soup.  Marie's mother shared how she had lost her second son to dengue two months prior to our visit.  Marie's life was full of despair every way she turned until we accidentally went to her home this day to tell her she was getting a home.  This was the most precious accident we had ever made.  Marie, the mother of Marie showed us the papers for the property and we shared with her and David, her son, they will be getting a home on September 17th.  Marie's ;mother started crying as we shared how God had led us to them today and told us this Marie was to receive a home.
As we gathered on September 17 to meet and greet each other Marie shared with tears in her eyes how she had been praying for two years for a home.  God got the glory first of all and she thanked God for sending Hopewell Baptist Church to Honduras to build her home.  This was Hopewell's first mission trip to Honduras and we are grateful for Julie picking Honduras to come and serve the Lord this week.   God blessed each of us this week in so many different ways.  To God be the glory for this accident on this week.  The scripture below was quoted by team leader, Julie on one of the last evenings of God moments.  This is so true for this week.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.
"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Isaiah 55:8-9


Six Hundred Blocks

We arrived to seeing all the blocks out in the dirt road behind two piles of sand and rock.  All I could think is oh no!!!!  This group who thought they were going to assist got to start their week off my moving six hundred blocks from the dirt road up to the foundation.  They never skipped a bit.  They literally moved those blocks for one and half hour while Pastor Carlos and Ezekiel laid out the corner stones.  I believe it was team member Sandy who shared, "Let's make an assembly line."  They spread out along this span of space to send each block to the foundation.  During this time Sandy and Julie were spread rather thin between each other along with Rodd and his wife, Rita.  So we got David and his best friend Miguel to get between Sandy and Julie and Rodd and Rita.  This made it much simpler for everyone.  Everyone was working diligently to get this task done while the cornerstones were going up.  Marie and her husband, Augustine, were helping out as well.  They got about two thirds of the blocks inside of the foundation when Mike shared you can get the rest tomorrow.  This group of folks came in with the word "FLEXIBILITY" under their belts.  Thank you Hopewell for stepping up to the plate and doing what needed and had to be done so we could soon start Marie's much needed and prayed over home. 
"for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Do everything without grumbling or arguing,
so that you may become blameless and pure, "children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation." Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky."
Philippians 2:13-15


Marie and Family

Marie and her husband, Augustine with their three children, David, age 11, Cyndi, age 5 and Diego, age 3 along with her mother Marie won the hearts of our team serving in Pavana this week.  Cyndi's smile you will see continuous through out this blog was contagious of all who came across her path.  David and his sad eyes became open with joy on the second day as he saw these many blocks becoming a home for him and his family. He became closer to the  North Americans as the days progressed.  His sad eyes became full of laughter and joy.   Diego was a pistol from the get go and he kept everyone hopping with his very presence.  Marie's mother would watch from afar as her daughter was getting a much needed home.  The pile of wood above was the first home and its remains.  Marie made a make shift home while her new home was being constructed.  This is where they stayed up until a few days ago.  God blessed her with a home where they all will be safe and dry during the rainy season.  What a blessing this family was to each of us North Americans.  We saw true joy in this family you cannot find back home.  Thank you Marie and family for exhibiting true joy.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Romans 15:13 

Sandy Building Relationships

In the midst of mixing the mescal for the first block and the cornerstones going into place, Sandy stopped the task of getting the job done to spend time with the children.  Sandy allowed the children to be children.  She simply pulled out some coloring sheets and crayons for each of the children to color.  They all had been working or in Diego's case getting in trouble or getting in the way.  Sandy spent one on one time with these three sweeties.  Each one of them got so excited over this piece of paper handed to them and did their very best. Rita came over to join in on all the fun as well. We were all called over to the pray over the first block and they did not want to leave their coloring.  But once the block was prayed over they rushed back over to finish coloring their picture Sandy had taken the time to share with them.   Sandy you allowed these children to be children for a little while the first morning on the site. This was my God moment  on the first day. 
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