Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Salemburg Baptist Church is Team Two at Las Delicisa



 
Salemburg Baptist Church arrived with excitement to be a fourth of this process for Las Delicisa church project.  God placed on our hearts to ask four teams to build a church.  So far two of the four teams have not built a church. They have built  homes. During the orientation,  Mike shared with the team, how they will be taking the scaffolding to the project on the first day.  Already this did not seem right.  Usually the scaffolding is carried out later in the week.  Everything about this project was not different by no means but unique in the way the week would progressed.  This team got out of their comfort zone of building a home in  Honduras and helped this community receive a church building. 
We all gathered together for introductions and opening with prayer as the second phase of construction was about to begin.  Pastor Amado and Pastor Nelson were excited this day was here.  They had a week between teams and was anxiously awaiting to continue the building process.  There is one member of the church who continuously wore a smile of excitement the entire week, Carlos.  As you remember by reading the former blog on First Baptist Church Southern Pines College Group, Carlos is the former Catholic, now Christian, who donated the property for the church.  He was doing all he could to help with whatever needed to get done.  Jesus glows off of Carlos mere being.  You can definitely see Jesus in his walk.  All God's people said AMEN.  We all need to be more excited about Jesus as Carlos' life exhibits. 
During devotions on the first evening Katie shared a song by Point of Grace who reflects the life of Carlos, "All the World". Below is the chorus of it:
All the world needs is to be your touch,
All the world needs is to be your feel,
All the world needs is to be your voice,
All the world needs is to give an answer,
All the world needs is to show your love,
All the world needs is to offer peace,
All the world needs to hold out hope,
All the world needs is to see how wonderful you are,
All the world needs is to shine your light,
All the world needs is for everyone to see you,
All the world needs is your amazing mercy,
All the world needs is your amazing grace.
The words may not be exactly correct but the message is strong.  Simply all the world needs is Jesus. Period.
Jack shared during God moments how flying in a man asked him why was he coming to Honduras.  Jack shared to build a church for a community.  The Honduran man added, "Is this how you get into heaven?"  Jack shared with him no.  The only way into heaven is through God's son , Jesus Christ.  So many folks out there do not know the story of Jesus' sacrifice for our eternal gift.  Please do not let a day go by where you do not let your light shine for Jesus to our lost and dying world.  All people need our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We all need to do God's good work and use our faith in Him to exhibit it by going to Honduras or by going to a local soup kitchen.  Wherever God leads you follow and share the most precious gift  a person may ever receive, eternal life in Jesus Christ.
 
"Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing unto God, this is your true and proper  worship".
Romans 12:1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Praying over Team Two's first block

 
 
We gathered around the first block, which is actually block 801, to give this week's work to the Lord.    Pastor Nelson laid the first block and placed his hand on it as others gathered around to share in this moment.  Pastor John, team leader, led us in prayer with the assistance of our translator Maida.
 
"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all of the Lord's people."
Ephesians 6:18




Construction continues




This week the team worked on the next five courses and painting the channels black.  The ladies job was to paint and they actually got 60 of the 80 channels completed.  The next team coming in will be grateful for this accomplishment.  Each person played an important role when the church's second phase met its completion. The first day moved rather slowly as always but the pace picked up as the week continued.  Carlos took care of the ladies while painting to make sure they were able to contiously work in the shade.  Carol, Lyndia, Sarah, Anna, Katie and Laura painted for two to three days on their project while doing other projects as well.  My friend Jack, alias Larry, met a friend in the block saw where Tim assisted him in the many different sizes of blocks which were requested of them daily.  Pastor John and John #2 worked on one wall together throughout the week.  While Charles worked close by on his corner to make sure every block was laid in place.  John #2 enjoyed mixing mesclar with the Honduran men.  He shared how the fellowship was nice.  This is probably the hardest job out there and they were laughing and having some awesome fellowship time together. 
First day on project Sarah prayed for a breeze and a cool day.  This is exactly what Sarah and the team received.  What a blessing for the team when normally it is 95 degrees to 105 degrees on a normal day.  Well, the blessing only last the first day.  I believe on the third day it was unusually hot. Pastor John prayed for an overcast day.  As the day progressed Pastor John was up on the scaffolding laying his blocks as cloud coverage surrounded the project area.  The wind picked up quickly and the sky got dark.  As the afternoon progressed so did the cloud coverage and the temperature dropped more and as the day was coming to an end the bottom fell out and here came the afternoon Honduran rainfall.  Pastor John did not take this lightly.  As the storm was coming he knew he had prayed for God to cool things off and this was what God did for Pastor John on this hot summer day in Las Delicio, Choluteca, Honduras. 

"And I will do whatever you ask for in my name, so that the Father will be glorified in the Son."
John 14:13

Mark and Mike work side by side for the Lord

 
Mark was able to be with the construction team for three full day.  On the first day of construction Mike and I hang around to make sure everything runs smoothly for the North Americans and the Hondurans.  I happen to catch Mark and Mike mixing mortar together.  It is really beautiful when we are able to work together for one common goal, Jesus Christ.  Mark and Mike enjoyed time of fellowship and fun as they sweated over the mortar pile.  Thank you Mark for spending some good quality time here in Honduras and enjoying a little of what the teams do on a daily basis. 
 
"Well done good and faithful servant."
Matthew 25"21

Preparation nightly for VBS

 
 
 
 
Pastor John, team leader gathered the entire team nightly to help the ladies prepare for the Vacation Bible School  materials for the children.  Vacation Bible School consisted of three to four stations dividing the children into smaller groups.  This concept works really great especially when you are doing Vacation Bible School under mango trees and the cow pasture.  The first lesson was on God's creation and they created their very own flower.  As some where making their flowers others were coloring a picture of God's creation and others were either jumping rope or blowing bubbles.  The bible story always went at the beginning after the children sang numerous songs with Maida, our translator.  They enjoyed the chicken dance as all the children do in Honduras.  Here in Honduras it is called "El Pollo".  It is a little different from the North American version.  They got to make a salvation necklace which the children wore proudly throughout the rest of the week.  The ladies had the children make a mobile which each and every one of them turned out perfectly beautiful.  The ladies had an awesome idea.  They brought flat sheets for the children to sit on as they worked.  Each children took off their flip flops before sitting on the sheet so as not to get the sheet dirty.  The children took great pride in their things as well as the teams' belongings.  They averaged 60 to 80 children daily.  The ladies did an amazing job balancing their painting in the morning and getting set up for Vacation Bible School in the afternoon.  Vacation Bible School ran around two hours daily.
 
Jesus said, "Let the little children come unto me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Matthew 19:14

Pastor John and Jack Get Out of Their Comfort Zone

 
 
 
 
During God moments the night  Pastor John shared how he was working hard up on the scaffolding while listening to the ladies of the team laughing and talking with the Honduran ladies.  He soon found out they were getting a lesson in making tortillas.  He said I was jealous of the fun those ladies were having while I was sweating for the Lord.  Of course he was joking about being jealous.  So the next day the ladies of the village of Las Delcico was making their tortillas for the day ahead.  Carol and Katie, wife and daughter of Pastor John asked the ladies could Pastor John make some tortillas.  Well of course they would love to teach him this Honduran tradition and daily staple for all Honduran families.  Carol, wife and daughter Katie called for Pastor John to come up to the house before he got too involved in his task of laying more blocks from the scaffolding.  To Pastor John's surprise he was invited to make tortillas.  With a little smirk of a grin he said, "Why not."  Maida went through the process of sanitizing his hands before he was allowed to make his first tortilla.  He went to great links to do a superb job and that he did.  Pastor John's tortilla came out perfecto!!!!  Actually the North American ladies were jealous of the beauty of his perfect tortilla.  Pastor John proceeded to eat his tortilla and head back to the scaffolding.  Job well done Pastor John.
 
 
 
 
Well Jack was not going to be out done by Pastor John.  He said I want to make one as well.  While he went through the process as Pastor John did, Carlos came out with some delicious cheese to go on the tortillas.  So everyone got to enjoy tortillas and cheese as their mid morning snack.  Actually if you would please read the next blog this delightful event led right up to the Women's Bible Study Carol had plan for the ladies of the church.  This was definitely my God moment on this day.  To see the men step out of their comfort zone and do something so uncommon for the men in this culture and for Carlos to add a little something extra by providing a block of cheese which he went somewhere in the area to purchase for the team.  The guys who decided to stay and work were treated as well.  Carlos fixed a plate of tortillas and cheese for the Honduran and North American men who were working on the church.  The ladies stayed at the house and ate theirs while waiting for the ladies of the church to arrive for their bible study.  Carol shared how this was similar to bible studies back home, having coffee and cookies before starting their bible study.  This was a beautiful day in Honduras.
 
"They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to  fellowship, and to the breaking of bread and to prayer."
Acts 2:42
 
 

Women's Bible Conference Begins


 
As I shared in the previous blog where Pastor John and Jack made tortillas, well here the ladies are enjoying them while waiting for the ladies to arrive for the Women's Bible Conference.  Earlier that morning Carol and Maida spent some time going over the events of the morning ahead.  Carol wanted to be sure everything she was going to say and do would be culturally correct.  She wanted to be sure the ladies would understand what she was trying to present to them.  It was a special treat to have the tortillas and cheese before the ladies started to arrive.  The Honduran hospitality is an amazing gift each of the ladies and gentlemen shared in this community.  Slowly the ladies started to arrive coming from all corners of this community.  They were traveling down different paths and from many different homes and families.  Carol and Maida opened the ladies up with prayer and sharing what to expect as the morning moved forward.  Carol provided a gift bag to each lady as they arrived.  When the last lady arrived they had 25 beautiful Honduran ladies ready to be treated special in many ways.  Throughout the morning each lady would receive a gift which would relate to the bible story Carol and Maida would share with them.  Let's continue our journey as we studied God's word in this beautiful little piece of heaven called Las Delicousa Honduras.
 
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
Ephesians 2:10

Women's Bible Conference

 
 
Ladies received their bags as they shared among each other and their enthusiasm was comical.  Carol and Maida had trouble a couple of times bringing them back together.  I believe one of those times I might had been responsible.  We were just having good ole fashion Christian fun!!!!  Who says being a Christian is not fun.  There was way too much fun taking place on the front porch of this home . Thank you God for godly women who speak two different languages but serve the same God.
 
 
 
 
There came with the 25 ladies children.  So quickly Katie took the children over behind where the Bible Conference was taking place on the porch.  She placed flat sheets on the concrete floor for the children to sit on and color pictures and Katie shared a bible story with them as well.  As the morning progressed Katie then resorted to bubbles for the children.  God had blessed us with their bubbles and bubbles our daughter had donated a while back.  God's provision exactly when they needed it.  Thank you Katie for providing the children some structure activities so their mothers and grandmothers could enjoy a few minutes without family responsbiltiy.
 
 
 
Let the activities begin.  First Carol shared with the ladies how special each of them were in the eyes of God.  Each lady was handed a mirror and were asked to look at themselves to see how beautiful they are in the sight of God.  Of course the ladies felt ackward doing this activity.  Eventually they smiled and laughed as they admired themselves in the mirrors.


 
The next event was talking about the Virtious Woman out of Proverbs 31.  Each lady works very hard daily for their families.  They gather the wood for cooking.  They make the tortillas daily.  They wash their laundry either on a pilla or down by the river on rocks.  They are contiously working all day to provide the physical needs for their families.  So Carol gave each lady a tube of hand lotion.  They were asked to get a partner and take turns giving each other a massage.  Well one lady got carried away and massaged the lady's arms then proceeded to rub down her face.  It was a joy to watch the ladies treating each other special.  Some shared they had never had this done to them before.  They definitely felt special after this activity.

 
The highlight of the morning was when the ladies received their homemade aprons.  The ladies of Salemburg Baptist Church made each lady an apron.  They were trying them on and exchanging if one did not fit or they wanted a different color.  They were modeling their new aprons with a joyful spirit of appreciation.  Carol used the scripture from Ephesisans 6 about putting on your armor of God.  The apron will represent their breastplate of righteousness.  Even though there is not a breastplate they will be protected by God through their daily activities for their families.  The ladies in Honduras all wear aprons on a daily basis if they are working around their home or going to the market. The next day as the ladies were making tortillas and lunch they were sporting their new aprons with pride.  Thank you ladies of Salemburg Baptist Church for  making these ladies feel special.
 
 

 
 
As the morning was coming to a close, Carol allowed the ladies to make a craft.  The laughter and fellowship continued as the ladies worked diligently on their special project.  It would be a place to keep their bible verse cards so they could easily see and use them as needed.  They took much pride in their project and walked away with a job well done.  Carlos' wife was heading home passing by the mango trees where I was sitting.  I asked her could I see her craft and she gladly shared what she had created just a few minutes earlier.  Now she was heading back home to get started on her daily activities.
Thank you Carol for bringing these ladies such joy.  Also thank you to Katie who played with the children, Lyndia, Sarah, Anna and Laura who assisted Carol in the hand-outs and making the craft.  A big thank you to Maida, our translator, who without her none of this would have happened.
 
First and foremost let's give all praise and honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who provides all we need all the time. 
 

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10 [a]A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

 

 









Enjoying the Honduran Culture

 
Each day the North Americans would look from afar at the delicious meals the ladies would prepare for the Honduran workers on the project.  Finally on the day of the fish fry a few of the North Americans placed an order for a plate.  They were very grateful they did.  They shared how the presentation of the plate and the heartfelt love which went in to the meal was such a blessing.  They had fried fish, fried green bananas, chismo and of course tortillas.  Pastor John nor Jack made the ones for lunch this day.  The Honduran ladies enjoy cooking and watching everyone else enjoy their cooking.  One observation we have is the ladies never sit and eat with the Honduran men.  But on the day of the fish fry we did observe how they fixed a table for their children and fed them before feeding any one else.  This did my heart good.  The children are generally fed last.  Thank you God for providing such a special meal from a group of special godly ladies who love you so much!!!
 
"And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household."
Acts 16:34

 

Second Church Dedication and Sunday Worship



On Saturday afternoon after lunch the two groups came together for their blessings to be placed on the church.  Pastor John gathered Pastor Amado and Pastor Nelson to share with them what an honor it was to serve beside of them this week.  Pastor John shared from I Kings 8:54-61 where Solomon prayed and dedicated the temple.  We all laid our hands on the temple as Pastor John prayed over the future of God's kingdom here in Las Deliciousa. 


Sunday morning we finished our visit with Las Deliciousa as Jack shared his testimony and Pastor John preached on how special we are in God's eyes.  We are his chosen ones, his prized possessions.  We had a special treat during the service as Pastor Amado and his lovely bride, Anna, sang a duet together.  Karen and Sylvia, two of our Honduran sisters sang as well.  We worshiped on the front porch of Anna's family.  They were so gracious to allow us to worship there but there was a problem.  We outgrew the porch rather quickly.  Carlos, Mike, Tim, Jack, John #2, and Charles were continuously  going to get more blocks and boards to make more pews for the people who were coming from all directions.  This was such a beautiful problem to have.  After it was all said and done there was over 115 plus people and children worshiping together.  All God's people said, "AMEN". 
Thank you Salemburg Baptist Church for coming and giving your all in the name of Jesus Christ.


"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
Hebrews 10:24-25



Sunday, July 6, 2014

Families coming together to Serve the Lord through NCBM

 
I would like to introduce to your Charles, Lyndia, Sarah and Anna who came together this year for the first time as a family.  Last year Lyndia and Sarah came together.  This year they brought dad and little sister along.  In talking with Charles, he came to Honduras many years ago and decided he wanted to come back with his family.  This family reminded me of Mike and our family fifteen years ago when we came down with our two daughters to help finish a church project which was our first project in Honduras.  I enjoyed watching this family work side by side serving the Lord.  They truly exhibit a Christian family who loves serving the Lord. 

 
We had another family join up with the Salemburg team this year.  We would like for you all to meet Mark and Ashley.  Mark is our boss and works for NCBM.  He comes to Honduras once a year to visit and see the progression of the ministry.  But our special treat this week was his daughter, Ashley.  It was a joy to see father and daughter working side by side for the name of Jesus.

 
Our team leader, John and his two lovely ladies, wife, Carol and daughter, Katie came back this year to serve together in Honduras.  This is a family who works side by side and willing to take any task placed before them and serve the Lord.  They wear multiple hats throughout the week to help the team and the project run smoothly. 

 
We all enjoy serving the Lord through North Carolina Baptist Men.  It is a joy to see families come through the ministry serving side by side in the name of Jesus. 
 
"As for me and my house we will serve the Lord."
Joshua 24:15
 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

In Memory of Shirley Shelley


 
In loving memory of Shirley Shelley
May 31, 1932 - June 6, 2012
 
God blessed Mike and I eight or so years ago when we said yes to our first and only Lay Renewal.  Our brother in Christ, Rex, asked us to do a Lay Renewal.  We prayed about it and decided this is what God wanted us to do.  We did not know at the time of our church location.  As time grew closer to our time to serve we found out it was Mike's home church, First Baptist Church of Hamlet, North Carolina.  As we arrived in Hamlet on Friday afternoon we met at the church to start our week-end of blessings beyond any words can describe.  Rex or maybe even a church member said your host family is Shirley Shelley.  So after the evening activities we headed to Shirley Shelley's home in Hamlet. We were greeted with a good ole fashion southern hello and welcome home.  At that moment we felt like we were right at home.  She definitely had the gift of hospitltialy. She took excellent care of us the entire week-end.  So after the Sunday activities we bid Shirely Shelley good-bye and wished her well.  Maybe we will see you again the next time we come to Hamlet to visit Mike's family.
Five years ago God blessed us once again when we got word First Baptist Hamlet was coming with a mission team to build a home, do VBS and evangelize.  We got the roster and there  was Shirley Shelley's name.  Shirley was 79 years old when she came to Choluteca, Honduras on her first and only mission trip. 
Shirley and two other friends, Clara and Dianna worked hard all week doing the laundry for the teams, washing the dishes and getting up at 5 AM each morning to cook a full course breakfast for the team members.
On the first day the entire team went to the job site to work.  Shirley learned how to lay blocks the first day and she helped keep her fellow team members hydrated.  After the first day Shirley, Dianna and Clara stayed at the house to do the daily chores I mentioned earlier.  Mike would take the ladies to the job site in the afternoon to do VBS with the children.
Shirley enjoyed doing VBS with the children.  She made one little friend which was somewhat of a handful but Shirley had just the right touch to love him unconditionally even when he was night behaving.  Each day this little fellow found his way to the front of the church to sit with Shirley as she gently encouraged him to participate in the singing and crafts.  I left the ladies one day in charge of organizing some clothes items previous teams had left behind.  There was not a task Shirley did not attempt during her 8 days in Honduras. 
One night during devotionals she shared how she accepted Christ at the age of 26 years old and she told God that day she wanted to be a missionary or go somewhere international to serve Him and His kingdom work.  It took her 50 some years but she kept her promise to God and came to Honduras. 
After returning home from her mission trip some time later she found out she had cancer.  Shirley fought and stood strong through her two year battle with cancer.  If you did know she had cancer you would never guess cancer was apart of her life.  She continued serving the Lord through her church family and through other activities in her community. 
Shirley and I became kindred spirits because while in Honduras she grew to love the people hear as Mike and I do. She got it.  Her first and only trip she got it.  How beautiful the lives of the Honduras people are and how much she learned about what is important in life.  After her visit Shirley and I stayed in contact with each other via telephone calls at least twice a month.  She wanted to know what we were up to and how were her newfound friends in Honduras were getting along.  She was genuinely concerned about the welfare of these people.  Shirley shared how she prayed for them on a regular basis and the ministry in Honduras. 
As time passed if we were at Mike's mother's home visiting Shirley came over just so she could catch up on all the activities of Honduras.  We would set for couple of hours over tea or coffee at Mike's mothers discussing and answering all her questions.  It was awesome for Mike and I because we love discussing the ministry the Lord has called us to serve.
Time was passing by for Shirley Shelley and she knew as everyone else her time on this earth was getting shorter.  One time Shirley shared with Mike and I what she had ask her family to do when she had passed.  Shirley requested a home to be built for a family in Honduras.  As tears poured down all our cheeks we were humbled by this act of service.  Shirley truly got it.
The last couple of months Shirley and I talked weekly.  I was more checking on her at this point and she never once complained or acted like any thing was wrong with her. 
Several times she and I would be talking, she shared with me how she wished her two grandsons could experience the joy and beauty of Honduras as she had gotten to five years ago. I said maybe one day Shirley God will honor this request.
Mike and I were due to go home in June of 2012 for our first grandchild's birth.  We were blessed during this time, we did not have a team schedule to come to Honduras.  Mike and I were busy the morning before flying out getting packed, I shared with Mike, "I feel my friend has gone home to be with the Lord."  Mike called his mother to check on Shirley and Nana, Mike's mother, shared she had passed earlier that morning.  We have had several friends go home to be with the Lord since serving here but there has never been one where we were home for the funeral.  God allowed me to say good-bye to my dear friend one more time.  Mike, our daughter Stephanie, Mike's mother and I were able to attend Shirley's funeral.  No one was expecting Mike and I to be there.  Pastor Randy was leading the service and he shared how much Shirley Shelley loved serving her Lord and serving others.  Pastor Randy learned from her  what an impact going to Honduras two years prior had played in Mrs. Shirley's life.  He said how she continuously talked about those beautiful people and how much they did for each other and how loving they were.  He also shared how we are never too old to go on a foreign mission trip if God has called us to go.  Mrs. Shirley was our example of a faithful servant.  As these words were coming out of Pastor Randy's mouth tears flowed continuously down my cheeks.  Pastor Randy shared with the congregation how Mike and I were there for the service.  We did not  know until this day how much Shirley Shelley truly loved Honduras. 
Two years has passed and Reggie, team leader from the first year got a team together to come to Honduras and make Shirley Shelley's wish a reality.  He called our friend Rex, who held the Lay Renewal 8 years ago also came with Mrs. Shirley in 2010 to build a home.  Reggie worked the entire team around two young men who I became to love as much as their grandmother, Shirley.  William and Mack Shelley were able to come to Honduras and complete Shirley's wish of them seeing, feeling and touching the beauty of what God calls Choluteca, Honduras.  As they worked along side of 7 other people who they did not know, William and Mack exemplified true characters I am sure they learned from their parents as well as their grandmother.  Shirley Shelley would have been so proud of each of them.  I jokingly shared with the young men one morning at the job site, "I bet you did not know what your grandmother was getting you two into this week."  The temperature each day ran in the 95's and up.  The young men worked as hard as any of the team members.  William preserved just like his grandmother where there was not a task he would not try.  Mack had a blast with all the children just like his grandmother did while serving here.  We all felt like there was a small piece of Shirley Shelley with us this week.  Rex had a plaque built in memory of Shirley Shelley.  After the home dedication, we gathered inside the home to present the family with the plaque.  William and Mack decided to hang it over the doorway inside the house.  During the entire week of construction our staff did not make the connection of why William and Mack were with us building this home.  William and Pastor G worked together on getting the plaque ready to hang and Pastor G turned the plaque over to read what it said he looked at me and said who was this person.  I shared it was the lady who came five years ago at the age of 79.  I shared William and Mack were her grandsons and they were making a wish come true for their grandmother.  Once he realized the connection he knew exactly who she was.  There is not many79 year old ladies who make their way to Honduras.  This was a God moment for me.  Since Mrs. Shirley God has blessed us with other 79 and up adults who come to serve.
Everyone loved Shirley Shelley when she came to Honduras her one and only time to be a missionary for Jesus.  We shared her story with the family and how every one fell in love with this godly lady.  She would brighten any one's day.  Shirley set the example for us all of being who God has called us to be and to give our all whenever He calls us to do His will.  She was an encourager for me on how to always persevere with life no matter how easy or hard it may seem.  Shirley had Hospice come in the last few weeks of her life.  I remember her sharing they better not be late because I got to be at the hospital to visit people from church.  Pastor Randy said he went by to see her one day and she was not at home. So he went on over to the hospital to visit his folks and who do you think he ran into Shirley Shelley.  This was about two to three weeks before she went home to be with the Lord.  Shirley Shelley I hope I grow up to be just like you and live my life as a godly example as your life reflected.  I learned one phrase during my short journey with Shirley Shelley and that is "Good Land".  So when I hear this phrase today I always reflect back on the beautiful memories of my friend and sister in Christ, Shirley Shelley.  Every time I ride by Fransico's home, the one Shirley help built, I reflect back on that week and how God blessed me with this special lady.  Her grandson, Mack was always the last one to get in line for breakfast or dinner and I shared the first night he was there "Last is first and first is last".  This was Shirley Shelley, she always put others before her self.  She was definitely the hands and feet of Jesus on a daily basis.
 
"So the last shall be first and the first shall be last."
Matthew 20:16

 The Wife of Noble Character

10 [a]A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

 


 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

An Unique Journey in Christ This Week


 
The team of First Baptist Hamlet came in on June 6 to build a home in Honduras.  As Mike and I watched them on the screens in the airport we shared with each other they sure are traveling light.  Well there was a reason they were traveling light.  After everyone had left the airport but us and they finally came through immigration the reality set in for us all.  Their checked bags were not sent.  Thirteen bags were still in Miami.  This team gets the reward for being flexible this day.  They all worked for two days without their luggage.  The day Diana was to do VBS was the third day.  So we let them borrow tennis shoes, toothpaste and whatever else they needed to function on the first two days.  Mike did not want to go back the first day of the construction to get the luggage because he wanted to be there for the beginning of the home who a very special person built.
This week First Baptist of Hamlet came down with a team from three different churches with one common bond, to build a home in El Porvenir, Las Cabasas, Choluteca, Honduras.  Those of you who follow this blog with realize we are in Las Cabasas.  We found out this week the name of Ingrid's, Joel's and Alida's community is El Porvenir.  It took us five years to figure this one out.  For me it will always be just Las Cabasas.  Now that we have the geographies of the location corrected let's journey down an amazing and precious week in Honduras.  Every week is very special in every way but this particular week was uniquely special.  This home is being built by a very special lady who was dear to so many of us, Shirley Shelley.  We were blessed this week to have her two grandsons, William and Mack, who helped build the home for Carlos, Glenda and their five beautiful children.  Reggie and Diana, Betty Lynn and Rex were on  the team Shirley was on five years ago when she came her one and only time to Honduras.  Shirley went back home in October and find out in January of 2011 she had cancer.  Before she went home to be with the Lord, she told her family to do whatever they wanted with all her stuff  but do one thing for her and that is to build a home for a family in Choluteca, Honduras.  Reggie, Diana and Betty Lynn saw this wish become a reality this week.  The blessing of it all was to have William and Mack here to work with us in memory of their grandmother.
The team greeted each other and Reggie did a phenomenal job introducing the team without a tear.  So proud of you Reggie. God was able to speak through Reggie the first day and allow Reggie to say all God wanted him to say.  Carlos introduced his family and how grateful he was to have them there to answer a prayer for his family, to receive a home.  El Porvenir had at least fifteen men and women daily helping in the building of their family and neighbor a home.  The team opened in prayer before laying out the ground work for the first block of the day.  It was a blessing to see how the day unfolded and how everything flowed ever so smoothly.
 
"Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with the Lord's people who are in need.  Practice hospitality."
 
Romans 12:10-13