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.

Not wasting time

While waiting on the second shuttle, Ken and Bobby went to work on the property helping Eber.  The two young men learned a new trade while waiting for their ride up the mountain to La Castansa.  Eber taught them how to wrap wire around the metal that goes into the dorms to provide a firm structure for the building.  They worked diligently for about forty five minutes which Eber appreciated.  Eber works on the property along side others.  This is one of the jobs Eber does on a daily basis and with a huge smile on his face.  Thank you God for our guys you have provided on the  property to assist in advancing your kingdom here on earth.
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.
2 Corinthians 8:12

After pray still last minute details

After we were greeted the team waited for a few last minute details of the clinic.  Pastor Carlos was assessing the situation and gave the clinic a thumbs and God the glory for this huge blessing.  Nicole and David made friends with one of the little ladies of the community which was only the beginning for what lie ahead this week.  Once again there was another sign welcoming the team to their community.  Such a humbling gesture we could all learn from.  Be so grateful for all which is done for us.  Let others know how grateful we are for whatever it is being done for us.  There was plenty of shade to be found on this little mountain town.  Folks setting around waiting patiently to be able to see Dr. Brenda.  Nicole, Bill and Kim wanted to secure the pharmacy and make sure all items were placed for disbursement.  A lot of thought and time goes into setting up a medical clinic to give these folks the most affective care which can be given.  Once again thank you Kim and Bill for your assistance with Nicole in getting the medical clinic up and running.
"So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
I Corinthians 10:31

Where is Dr. Brenda?

Dr. Brenda was busy up in her little world setting up her room to bless these folks with her gift of healing through medicine but also through home remedies.  Dr. Brenda loves and adores serving the Lord through North Carolina Baptist Men.  She is grateful for the work and does it with such compassion and joy.  Dr. Brenda's patients are more than a number, they are a human being who needs to be touched and loved through the care of medicine.  Can you imagine being up in age and have never seen a medical doctor?  This community was so grateful for Dr. Brenda and what all she brought to the table this week.  Dr. Brenda will prescribe them meds for the most urgent need and then proceed to share with each patient a home remedy for this condition and their other needs as well.  This beautiful folks do not have means of getting more meds once the medical team leaves so Dr. Brenda educates them on what they may have around their home which could help them a little.  Dr. Brenda has seen well over two hundred patients in five days with the help of all her colleagues on board.  The week has flowed beautifully.  The village put up signs to welcome the medical and thanking them for taking their time to come and serve them.
"I thank my God every time I think of you."
Philippians 4:3

Marty shares God's word

The Medical/Evangelism Team shared in worship with a sister church.  A few years back Nicole learned a song in Spanish and was able to sing it with Ezekiel one of our brothers in Christ.  God used words Marty had prepared in advance to share with the people of Honduras.  He thanked them for having us and for allowing us to come serve in their beautiful country.  Marty shared God's word is a book of joy and promises.  We need to always have our eyes open to bringing people back to church.  Your vision is to teach others about Christ and serving the Lord should be a joy for all of us.  Our heart should be giving us the vision for Christ.  Out of Hebrews 11:1 faith is the biggest part of our vision.  God equips us to serve HIM.  We serve a big GOD and we should have a big vision.  Our vision is to the key to our future.  Future lies within my.  What is my/our vision?  Let's put our feet to our prayers.  Jesus said I must be about my Father's business. 
 In the center of the bible lies a verse, Psalm 118:8 "Trust in the Lord instead of confidence in man."

Sharing the good news

While the medical clinic was taking place, three friends were sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the folks waiting their turn to see Dr. Brenda.  We have two new friends to Honduras, welcome Annie and David who came along with Marty which they thought was going to be door to door evangelism.  It turned out all their prospects for Christ came to them.  They never had to walk off the property of the school to evangelize.  Annie shared one evening how she connected with an older lady. She found this kind of odd since she enjoys children so much. But this was God's plan for Annie this day.  The lady was a Christian and by the looks of her bible Annie said she knew she read God's word on a daily basis.  The little old lady asked Annie could she please have a new bible so she could continue reading it.  Annie with tears of joy  gave her new friend a brand new full King James bible to take home to read.  There were many more stories just like Annie's but Annie has a story of her own.  Annie is a born again Christian since March of this year.  She had accepted Christ but did not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  She shared with me how she knew Him but did not know Him.  There are so many folks who know Jesus but truly do not know him.  Once Annie rededicated her life for Christ she found the hunger and desire to share this with others.  This is her first international mission trip and she came not knowing what to expect.  She had many fears coming into this but God removed them all and used her to share his good news with others who some had never heard of Jesus. Thank you for stepping out of your box, out of your comfort zone and sharing with these folks your story and leading many to Christ this week. 
 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace.
Acts 20:24

Frist Worship Service on Mt.Horeb

The team got up and started their day with a big breakfast.  We were told to be there by 9:30 and j9:45.   Worship would begin around 10 am.  Off we go and arrived with only the guys on the property.  We asked Pastor Carlos where the bus of folks were.  He shared they were on their way.  Pastor Carlos got a bus to go and pick up his church congregation and the folks where the medical clinic was held this week.  So we found us a spot and chilled.  Enjoying the quietness and freshness of the morning.  The day was beautiful.  We could hear birds singing and a breeze was blowing.  It was simply a beautiful morning.  We were able to relax and be still which we had not done all week.  Let me share one small detail.  Rainy season has kicked in finally and it has rained all week long a lot.  Around 11 we asked Pastor Carlos where the bus was.  He said it is coming.  Finally we got word from the bus driver he picked up the first group from Pastor Carlos' church in Las Uvas but could not get to the other village.  The road was washed away.  So the bus had to back out of the mountain and get turned around to come back out of the mountain.  These folks had been on the bus for quite a while and was determined to get to Mt. Horeb for worship.  At one o'clock the bus arrived safely with about 80 excited folks ready to hear their pastor preach for the first time at Mt. Horeb.  As the bus came over the horizon tears rolled down my cheeks and several others as they arrived safely and the excitement they had for being at Mt. Horeb.  The bus quickly unloaded people and chairs and set up the sanctuary for worship.  By 1:30 Pastor Carlos was sharing about how we are the light of the world. We need to let our light shine daily for Jesus Christ.  We need to make our light shine in our hearts.  There was amens and amens continuously throughout the service.  We chose not to let Maida, our translator help today and let this be about the Honduran congregation.  There was songs sang and praises shouted throughout the mountains.  The music sounded beautiful coming through the multi-purpose building.  The acoustics were perfect for worship.  As I sat back and looked at each brick that was laid in this place in the last six months how humbling this was to know how much sweat equity was placed here for many generations to come.  The hard work daily by many committed men who give there all for the name of Jesus.  The pride these men take in working on Mt. Horeb is a blessing to Mike and me.  We are grateful for these gentlemen.
After worship the children were allowed to have two pinatas for Day of the Children.  This is a church tradition each year.  They recognize and acknowledge the children on Sept 10.  But all churches recognize them on the Sunday afterwards.  This day was a special day in so many ways.  God allowed his grace and mercy to shine upon this place.  Thank you God for allowing us to worship you in a mighty way.
35 Then Jesus told them, "You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. 36 Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light." When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them. 
John 12:35-36         

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Coats Baptist Church Works on Mt. Horeb

We are excited to share Coats Baptist Church is our second team to volunteer on Mt. Horeb to help with the North American Dorms.  They arrived full of God moments before every going out to the Mt. Horeb.  Katie did a phenomenal job sharing God's word from the book of Acts.  She used several references when she shared and we discussed "What is an apostle?"    An apostle is spreading the gospel world wide to the ends of the earth. Men of the early church were called out by God to go and spread the gospel.  We are the apostles this week in Honduras.  We are here to continue the book of Acts.  I like the concept of all Christians sharing the gospel are the continuation of the book of Acts.  The book of Acts did not end on the last page.  It is still continuing today in this broke world we live in.  We are the light of the world, the hands and feet of Jesus.  We shared how we all need to surrender to God's design because we all have been called by God to be the apostles here on this earth.
We went into God moments, OMG....  Before the team every landed in Honduras they were blessed three different times and it happened to three different team members.  When North Americans travel to Honduras most of the time they are coming on a mission trip but this time one of the ladies, Susan met a kind young man, from Korea, who was coming to work here in Honduras.  He asked her was she a Christian.  She shared she was and what she was coming to Honduras to do.  He shared he was too and he will pray for her and the team this week as they share the gospel of Jesus Christ.  One of the Stewards ask Jimmy what he was coming here for and Jimmy shared to build a dorm for other mission teams to come stay in and serve the Lord as he is doing this week.  The steward thank him for serving the Lord.  The TSA questioned Anita about her trip and Anita shared they were going to Honduras and she also shared she would pray for her team.  This is the first time I have ever heard of a team being lifted up in prayer before ever landing in Tegus.  God is good all the time.  Dear sweet Julie said her entire day was a God moment.  She was petrified to fly before boarding and told God two other times no to this mission trip.  This year when the opportunity came around to sign up for 2014 she said I better not tell God no again.  I may never get another chance to serve HIM in Honduras.  Julie prayed and prayed as she flew through God's clouds.  As she continued to pray and fly a peace came over her she could not explain.  A peace only God can provide.  She shared how God is capable of taking care of all our needs if we would just let go and allow HIM to do it.    The Holy Spirit can lead our every step if only we would let go and let HIM...   I am grateful Julie listened to God and came to serve HIM in this beautiful country called Honduras.
This was only their first day in the country.  All God's people said AMEN!!!!!
kBut you shall receive power lwhen the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and myou shall be 3witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and nSamaria, and to the oend of the earth.”  Acts 1:8


First day and Scaffolding

The team preceded to the project after their introductions and prayer.  Their first job was to put up the scaffolding.  They brought each piece to the foundation and putting it together just like a puzzle.  Once the ladies finished  helping  get all the pieces to the location they proceeded to bring the blocks into the foundation and placing where they needed to go.  This took the team quiet a while to get set up before laying the first block.  But with abundance of team effort this got completed in record time.  Oso our pet rock wilder helped Wilmur sift the sand for the mescal.  Immanuel, Wilmur and Jose, our bus driver mixed the mescal this week for the blocks being laid. Each day a neighbor from down the path came with his two oxen hauling sand/rocks up to the multi purpose building for the floor which was going in as the team was working on the dorms.  A lot of good stuff is going on this week in the name of Jesus.  The first day was particularly hot, very warm actually,  but the second day God provided an awesome overcast with a gentle steady breeze blowing all day.  Thank you Coats Baptist for your perseverance as each block kept going up and up and up. 
2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.
1John 5:4          

Second Prayer of Blessing Over the North American Dorms

Time came to pray over the first block of the second team working at Mt. Horeb's dorms.  The group asked Pastor G to pray because like the last team the Honduran workers place their hands on the North Americans as Pastor G prayed a pray of thanksgiving for all the North Americans are doing for his country and people.  Tears flowed down my cheeks as Pastor G prayed for each of our children and grandchildren.  The love and gratitude these people have for others is definitely something I and others learn each and every day we serve beside our brothers and sisters in Honduras.  Laura shared during her devotional one evening how loving and serving the Lord should never be a burden to us.  Serving our Lord should be a honor and privilege each day.  Loving others is our way of abiding in God's will for our daily lives. 
2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.
1 John 5:4          

Thank you Laura

Laura, the team leader is a huge blessing to her team.  She brings love, laughter and lots of other stuff to the table.  She is a delightful and giving soul who loves serving her Lord and Savior.  She is an encourager for her fellow team mates as she leads the team this week.  Thank you Laura for all you do for others as you follow God's will for your life.  Many are blessed because of you and "whose you are."
"Well done good and faithful servant."
Matthew 25:21