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

North Carolina Baptist Men Breakfast

The gentlemen on the team, Danny, Jimmy, Jimmy G and Wallace got up each morning and cooked a good ole fashion Baptist Men breakfast. The fellows cooked a few pancakes, bacon, eggs, grits, toast and some delicious Honduras fruit.  It looked like buffet line at Golden Corral each morning.  But the blessing of all is while they guys were cooking, Katie came in behind them cleaning up the kitchen.  By the time breakfast was on the table the kitchen was clean accept for the utensils and cups being used during breakfast.  They enjoyed good time of fellowship as they ate each morning.  This was quiet a treat to enjoy a good ole fashion breakfast with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.  While the breakfast crew was working hard Anita and Julie were making the sandwiches.  The ladies were done and cleaned up before the breakfast crew brought their feast to the table.  Thank you everyone for providing such a delightful way to each morning God had given us. 
Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, watching over them--not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;
I Peter 5:2

Showers of Blessings

While the team was here last year Katie, one of the ladies on the team asked would I like some new linens for the mission house.  She came up with the idea of having a shower for the mission house.  So I gave her a wish list.  This year Coats Baptist returned with 20 bed pillows, twin sheet sets, full sheet sets and numerous dish rags for the kitchen.  Katie wanted to surprise Rosa with the many new items for the mission house.  We asked Rosa not to leave until the team had arrived in the afternoon.  Rosa waited patiently not sure why she had to hang around but was willing to wait and see.  Katie brought two suitcases of items for Rosa to check out.  Rosa was not quiet understanding what was happening until the tablecloth appeared.  She took it out of the luggage and wrapping went over to the dining table removed the dingy white one to replace it with a beautiful floral print table cloth.  This table cloth lighten up the dining area and Rosa all at the same time.  Mike and I received new towels for our bathroom with our very own names on them.  We have never owned any towels in our 35 years together with our names on them.  It was like Christmas in August.  Thank you Coats Baptist Church for such a generous blessing for the mission house in Choluteca.
 Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "
Acts 20:35b

Doing our laundry

Three of our lovely ladies learned how to do their laundry Honduran style. Susan, Julie and Katie got out in the breeze way and Maida, our translator and jack of all trades got out there and gave them a  quick lesson.  The ladies got their socks whiter than any bottle of Clorox could have gotten them.  The breeze way was smelling fresh and clean after these three ladies got through doing their laundry.
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
Psalm 51:2

My name on my favorite drink

Mike and I were in the grocery store one day buying groceries when we came upon the coke bottles with names on them.  We looked for names of our staff the only one we found the first day was Carlos and it was Coke lite.  The Coke man was there working and was helping us look for more but none to be found.  A couple of days later we went back to the grocery store to pick up some more food and was in the line checking out when the Coke man came from the back of the store with a coke bottle with Pastor G's name on it.  I got so excited and could not wait to give it to Pastor G.  Of course it said Guerillmo not Pastor G.  As you can tell he was one happy boy this day!!!!  The small things in life that bring a smile.
I thank my God every time I remember you.
Philippians 1:31

Team pushing it in the heat


Coats Baptist worked diligently in the scorching heat.  They were not quiet as blessed to have three days of a breeze.  But the days God gave the breeze they gave HIM total praise and honor.  The team laid over their five day period over 1500 blocks.  They spent most of the first morning getting the scaffolding up and running.  This building is looking more like a dorm for North Americans.  Thank you so much Coats Baptist for accepting the calling to come to Honduras and work on the property we call, Mt Horeb.  We are grateful for each and every one of you,  Team leader, Laura, Danny and Katie, Jimmy and Anita, Susan, Wally, Jimmy and Julie.  They worked so well as a team, as one in Christ Jesus.  It was evident as you watched the walls go up.  They were also very flexible and what to do and where to apply their energies.  Praise God for all the worked completed this week.
4For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly .
Romans 12:4-5


Two families serving in the name of Jesus

Welcome back Danny and Katie to Honduras.  This is their second time back but there first time together.  We were excited and blessed to find out they were getting to come back and work side by side.  The first time they were suppose to come together Katie had an emergency surgery done and could not come.  Last year Katie came without Danny.  So God blessed them both to be together this year.   We were grateful for Danny and Katie and all their many gifts they brought to the table.  Mike is especially was grateful for Katie and her freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.   

Welcome back for their second year Jimmy and Anita.  They worked hard together in the name of Jesus.  Thank you Jimmy for your amazing job during devotion one evening, "How important are foundation."   Mike shared with Jimmy how the foundation of the security fence around the property was, how strong it was and then Jimmy elaborated on the mission house is the teams foundation.  It is where all the activities revolve around. But how this will be changing one day.  The fence on the property will become the teams foundation for many years to come. This foundation will allow so many people to learn more and more about the gospel of Jesus Christ.  For many years to come this foundation will spread not only over Honduras but to other countries as well as the United States. What the North Americans are doing is opening up the gospel to the country of Honduras as well as the Hondurans opening up the gospel to North Americans.
46 "Why are you so polite with me, always saying 'Yes, sir,' and 'That's right, sir,' but never doing a thing I tell you? 47 These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on. 48 "If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last.   
Luke 6:46-48

Laura always willing to help

One of the workers had blisters on his feet to the point he could not wear his shoes.  Laura was so gracious to climb down off the scaffolding to bandage and apply ointment on this young man's foot.  We appreciate the help of our employee Digno as he assisted Laura in her endeavors of using what we had to help out a friend.  Thank you Laura for your nursing skills during this week.
Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you.  Exodus 23:25

Sunday Worship was Amazing

This team opted to work on the property so we went to visit a church in another community.  We contacted Pastor Pedro in La Ero Blanco.  It was excited about our visit to their church.  Team arrived and Pastor Pedro and Maida prepared the layout of the service.  We walked in and within five minutes the "bulletin" was complete.  The order of service was amazingly smooth and filled with the Holy Spirit throughout the entire morning.  The team during their commissioning service in North Carolina sang "How Great Thou Art" in Spanish.  So I encouraged them to do so here in Honduras.  They practiced each night in the mission house before singing on Sunday morning.
The congregation greeted the team as if they had known them for years.  It was a heartfelt morning.  After praising the Lord through music we led into testimonies.  The first testimony was Julie.  Julie is our first timer but not last to Honduras.  Julie agreed to share her testimony after we heard her devotional one evening.  Julie over came so many fears coming into Honduras.  Mike and I hear of folks fear of flying into Tegus but Ms. Julie's was different.   She denied God four times before accepting the call to come to Honduras and serve a "mighty God".  Our God is so big and Julie found out this week just how big our God really is.  So as she started sharing her testimony she had the full attention of the young people in the congregation.  Julie did not elaborate on the part of flying since our Honduran friends have never flown before.  Julie has many fears: heights, leaving her family behind and public speaking.  She claims she has only shared one other time in public and this was about one week prior to Honduras.  The opportunity came about two years ago to sign up for Honduras and Julie saw it in her church bulletin.  God had been tugging at her heart to go to Honduras.  She let that opportunity pass her by and two more before she came to Honduras.  She had done a bible study on Jonah where she felt like she was Jonah.  Julie was running from God and saying no to his calling to serve in Honduras.  On the fourth chance to sign up to go to Honduras, Julie finally took the plunge.  She shared on how she almost missed out on the sweetest blessing, coming to this beautiful country and to serve by the most amazing godly people.  She shared on much she had learned by working beside her brothers and sisters in Christ while here in Honduras.  Her many fears of heights, she was up on a scaffolding laying block with team leader Laura and she did an amazing job sharing her testimony.  Like Jonah she ran from God because of her many fears gripping her life but like Jonah God spit out all those fears and allowed Julie to overcome them with great confidence.  Julie got out of her box and allowed God to use her this week.
Wally shared a simple but profound word.  God built this church many years ago and today we are serving and worshiping HIM here today. 
Jimmy was saved for last as the "guest speaker".  Jimmy shared about God's word being a love letter to each of us.  God is doing mighty works here in Honduras. He sees God's love all around him as he served for his first time in Honduras. God's word shares we need to love our neighbors.  Our neighbors can be next door or they can be in another country.  How do we demonstrate HIS LOVE.  First of all by speaking HIS LOVE daily to others, a small act of  kindness, or simply by touching someone gently with a hug.  Our jobs as Christian is to show the love of Christ with who ever we come in contact with on a daily basis.  But if we really want to show God's love put those who are unlovable before us in front of us.  Those are the hardest to love but through God we can do this.  One day when we are called home and walk through those pearly gates and we do not see anyone we shared the gospel with, the love of Jesus Christ,  what a sad day this will be.  Go and share the love of Jesus with everyone we see today.  What a testimony for all of us.  Have you shared Jesus with someone today?  Do you know Jesus today as your personal Lord and Savior today?  If you are reading this today and you do not know this God who calms your fears, who builds His kingdom here on earth and who exhibits the most amazing love of all time I encourage you today, before it is too late, accept this free gift God offers, JESUS CHRIST.
After all the testimonies they saved "How Great Thou Art" for last.   What a beautiful way to end a time filled with the Holy Spirit.  The team encouraged the congregation to sing along with them as Katie sang the verses in Spanish and the team came in on the chorus.  Tears formed as this beautiful act of love was shared on this day at this time in the presence of our Lord and Savior.
I encourage you to read the book of Jonah and see how Julie overcame her fears
1 Corinthians 13 is our love letter from God

God is in control

On our way back to Tegus we realized how flexible this team truly was and is.  We got almost to Jose's home town, about forty minutes outside of Tegus, Choluteca side, and the Kia overheated.  Overheated so bad we could not continue to drive it.  So while the men were trying to fix it the ladies were coming up with a backup plan of how we were going to get the entire team and luggage in the bus.  God is good and it was done and we made it to our home in Zamorano.  We arrived to our home to "no power".  Once again we accepted what was given to us and moved forward.  The restaurant across the street did not have power either but had a generator so they could cook.  So we ate pizza and went back to our home for devotions.  As we were sitting in the dark with flashlights and candles burning God was in our presence.  God's words were shared by Susan and the team listened and then suddenly the power came on and all God's people said AMEN!!!!  What an eventful day and everyone had a great time through the entire experience.  Thank you Coats Baptist for showing flexibility today as we had opportunities beyond our control.  But as always God is in control.
Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.