Saturday, January 24, 2015

Julio, Dulce, Gabby, Gabrielle and Amber Get a Home

I would like to introduce to you Julio and Dulce.  They are a young couple with three beautiful daughters.  Two of them being twins, Gabby and Gabrielle.  In December of 2014 on the 22nd Amber was born into this family.  Mike and I met the family last year and Dulce was excited to find out she and her family would be getting a new home.  Especially since there was a newborn coming along.  Julio is a gentle, humble, meek, godly man who is not ashamed of sharing his love for the Lord through numerous emotions of tears.  He always gave God the glory for his dream come true.  Julio had a job last year in a local hardware store.  But like so often here he got laid off at the end of the year.  Julio took his earnings from the end of the year and was able to put in his own foundation.  Mike and I rode by one day to check out his foundation and he was working diligently on making it just right for the upcoming week.  At that time tears flowed down his cheeks.  Tears of joy and gratitude for the opportunity of receiving a home to keep his girls safe at night.  To God be the glory for this opportunity to bless another family who is so deserving of a home. 
"As for me and my house we shall serve the Lord".
Joshua 24:15

Coats Baptist Arrives with a Warm Greeting

The team arrives one day late to Tegus airport.  They actually went the night before to spend the night in the RDU airport preparing for the ice storm coming.  They were on the second flight out but were about two hours leaving Raleigh which caused them to miss the only flight out of Atlanta to Tegus.  So they spent the night in Atlanta and started their journey a day later.  They came prepared to build a home and opted not to go shopping on their free day.  They spent five days glorifying the Lord through the construction of 800 blocks.  To God be the glory for this team and their willingness to do what God called them to do, build a home.
The team arrives greeting and getting to know the family.  Pastor Carlos goes to investigate an opportunity on the construction site.  The structure is up against another structure within a few inches of each other.  Julio stands close by as he watches Pastor Carlos check out what may be ahead of him and the team.  Team leader gets to know our new translator, Santos and discusses with Maida the week ahead.  This team came with enthusiasm ready to serve wherever needed. 

The team gathers around and introduces each other and Julio thanked them for accepting the calling to come to Honduras and help build his home.  The team gathered together and prayed for the day ahead.  The team gathered each morning after this to start their day with giving it all to God through prayer.  They may have started a day late.  But God knew the plans He had for each of them this week.  They were obedient to the calling.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Giving God the Glory

The family, team members and Honduran helpers gathered around the corner of the house.  As we all gathered around getting prepared to pray up the first block the family wore a huge smile.  What a beautiful way to start our work as to pray giving God all the glory for each and every person there, every block which will be placed on the foundation, every shovel of mescal put into a bucket and every joint which will be smoothed to perfection.  There is so much which follows the opening prayer of the first block.  So much sweat equity put into building this family a home.  So many other jobs which go unspoken.  We thank God for everyone who played a part into making this house a home.

Four Families Come to Serve

Amy and Callie came to serve God together.  Callie came on the total strength of God.  She had several obstacles to overcome on her journey to Honduras.  God blessed her and standing up to all those obstacles and she was able to serve HIM to the fullest through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Amy was one proud mommy!!!!!

Scott came a couple of years ago with his daughter Tori.  This year God blessed him with his son, Josh.  Scott and Josh worked side by side throughout the week.  Scott works for FCA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was able to do a week of Sport Camps and his son, Josh led one of the session.  What a joy to come side by side serving the Lord.  The two got up on the roof with Mike and Pastor Carlos to put the roof on together.  Well done gentlemen.  God is good!!!!

Welcome our first time friends, Ken and Suzanne.  They are a precious couple who love the Lord.  They love to serve HIM in many ways.  Ken also helped with the Sports Camp while Amy helped with VBS.  Ken was always looking for a way to share the gospel with others.  While Suzanne helped nurture and love the beautiful children around her.  They took their God given gifts and shared them with others around them. We are grateful for both of you and all you  brought to make God's plan work so beautifully this week.

Welcome Jimmy, Diane and Gracie.  They all three have been to Honduras before but not all three together.  What a gift from God to serve with your spouse and then an added perk, your lovely granddaughter.  Gracie was a quiet spirit but when you gave her the guitar she let her light shine brightly for Jesus.  Jimmy and Diane were a seasoned team with a lot of love for each other as well as the people of Honduras.  Their excitement of being here working for the Lord was contagious throughout their team members.  Jimmy thank you for your strong leadership skills you provided for your team and for Diane's gift of prayer for everyone.
"He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly."
Acts 10:2

Coats Baptist Young People

There is not words to describe how amazing these four young people were this week.  Josh, David, Callie and Gracie exhibited strong skills of maturity, work ethics, leadership skills and maturity in their spiritual walk.  They got to work and did what was needed.  Also they spent time quietly preparing for their day in God's word or singing praises unto HIS NAME.  They were ready to help wherever you put them.  There was not a job to hard or challenging to these four.  They gave their all to the Lord.  During the dedication a couple of them quoted scripture to share with the family.  David led Carlos, the young boy to Christ through the Sports Camp.  David and Josh tagged team the last day of the Sports Camp while Callie and Gracie played the guitar and sang with the children.  Thank you for being such role models for all who were around you this week in Honduras.
"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."
Proverbs 22:6

Why We are One

This group spent numerous hours daily in God's word.  They were grounded in God's word to be able to go out into the mission field to spread the gospel.  David, 19 year old, led a fellow teenager, Carlos to the Lord with the assistance of our translator, Santos.  It was inspiring each day as I came through the dining area to folks studying the word.  God's word is our protection, our provision, our purpose and our prayer for each and every day.  Those of you who are reading this today, I pray you are first of all a believer, a follower of Jesus Christ.  I pray you are not just a fan of Christ but you are living out your life daily glorifying HIM through HIS word and then going out and sharing the GREAT NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST!!!!!  HE IS ALIVE!!!! 
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior today I pray you will find out about the greatest gift of all, salvation through the blood Jesus shed on the cross.  But HE also was buried and arose three days later to join HIS heavenly Father.  Take the time today to read God's word, the best book you will ever read.
"And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe."
I Thessalonians 2:13


A House Became a Home

After a week of working together as one, the time arrived where it is so bitter sweet.  It is time to dedicate the home and say our good-byes.  They gathered around the home as team leader, Jimmy lead with opening words and shared Joshua 24:15.  What followed Jimmy was simply breath taking. Just about all the team members stepped forward and shared something from their heart.  Some quoted bible verses which were special to them and applied to this very special family.  One touching moment was when Kent spoke and one of the twins went to him and hugged him ever so tightly.  God moment all the way folks.  Another God moment was when Julio shared from his heart his gratitude to God first then to each of them for coming such a long way to help build his home.  Julio shared mi casa, su casa.  He said my home is your home. Jimmy gave Julio the family bible and the key to his home.  They laid hands on the home as Scott led the praying of dedication.  Once Julio got the door of his new home opened the twins, Gabby and Gabrielle ran in and jumping up and down.  The team joined them and they all sang "Oh Happy Days".
"As for me and my house we will serve the Lord."
Joshua 24:15 

The Beautful Faces of Honduras

There is not words to describe what these little faces bring to each North American who arrives on Honduran soil.  They will brighten anyone's day.  Thank you little ones for just being you.
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Matthew 19:14

Thank You

North Carolina Baptist Men are blessed with these folks.  Thank you Pastor Carlos, Maida, Santos, Jose and Ezekiel for making our job so easy each and every day.  God is good all the time and all the time God is good.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100:5

Saturday, January 10, 2015

First Home for 2015 Hola to Andres, Suyapa, Maria and Lupa

October of 2014 Mike and I made a road trip to Cedeno to visit a family who had prayed for many years for a home.  Upon arrival without the family knowing we came upon the entire family on their front porch.  Andres and Suyapa were helping Maria and Lupa with homework.  I knew right away we had come upon a huge blessing in this four member family.  We asked them would they like a home in 2015.  Suyapa immediately started crying sharing how long she had prayed for this day to come.  We shared what all they needed to do before January 6, 2015.  We decided to place Pittsboro Baptist team with this family.  God's choice in connecting these two groups of people together was the making of a beautiful week.  Before we left on that October afternoon we gathered around and prayed with Andres and family.  Suyapa was still crying and feeling overwhelmed with the unexpected news on this October afternoon.  God humbled my heart that day.  The solicitation forms we receive from the pastors is so much more than a piece of paper with the information of the families on them.  It is emotions rolled up into a need, sometimes a dire need for a home where you can be safe dry and comfortable each day.  These are privileges we sometimes take for granted.  God's provisions should not ever be taken for granted on any level.  We are all blessed with our needs daily and need to thank God for them.
"And my God will supply every need of yours according to HIS riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:19

Praying for the Week Ahead

Pittsboro Baptist Church arrived to introduce themselves as well as Andres introducing his family.  The team proceeded to open in prayer as they did each day before getting to work.  This was the beginning of many blessings for all involved.  Thank you God for the power of prayer which brings family of believers together for one common bond: that is to serve you and give you all the praise, honor and glory.  All God's people shouted "AMEN"!!!!!
Let's begin a home for Andres, Suyapa, Maria and Lupa.
Pray without ceasing.
I Thessalonians 5:17

Prepping for the first block

I stood back and watched how many folks it took to get the preparation of the first block to be laid out on the foundation.  There was folks placing the four cornerstones.  Folks sifting and mixing the sand with the cement.  Hunter got chosen to cut the blocks for the channels during the week.  Each team member found a place to serve and tried several different jobs before finding their place for the week.  Nicole, Kristen, Hailey and Danielle all sifted the sand and helped Hunter with the block cutting.  Mark, John and Chris helped Pastor Carlos and Ezekiel with the cornerstones.  Andres was working everywhere to get all done which needed to get done for the first block of his home.  Andres had cousins and church members there to work along side him to the completion of this home.  Jose helped supervise the ladies on the sand sifting.  While all this was taking place Suyapa was in her corner of the world, her kitchen area, cooking balendas for breakfast.  Yum,yum.....  I knew this was going to be a special week.  My favorite Honduran breakfast on the very first morning.  God is good all the time and all the time God is good.  All the hard work paid off that morning as we prepared for the ceremony of the first block.
"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
Matthew 25:23

Prays for first block

We all gathered together as we prayed over the first block of this home.  Suyapa smiled as she bent down to dedicate her house to the Lord.  This house will become a godly home where others will truly see the love of Jesus Christ, as Andres and Suyapa exhibit on a daily basis.  We praise God from who all blessings flow for this first block of this home.
To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  Ephesians 3:21