Hello to one and all,

Today we spent our entire day at a school for 1st through 9th graders in El Progreso, the city we are staying in Honduras. We held a VBS for the children in the morning and afternoon with different stations to eat snacks, play football, hear the gospel through the story of Jonah, and make a craft. God worked powerfully among us! It was a great sight to see God’s power and love at work through the smiles, hands, and feet of our team. Here is what one student had to say:

Today we went into a school for the whole day and did snacks, games, crafts, and a story. I was part of the story team and after the story had finished for some of the older kids our translator began to tell the kids more about Christ. The rest of the team and i were waiting in the back for her to dismiss them so we could paint faces and hangout when a group of about 8 kids stood up. We were all wondering what was happening when our translator told us all those kids had just accepted Christ! It was such a cool thing to witness and as we were praying over them I was reminded of Gods power to be able to move in a Honduran school on a normal Tuesday morning through a simple story and explanation of the gospel. Throughout the day our team got more and more tired but we all continued to play and try to communicate with the kids and through this whole day I was being reminded of Gods purpose for the team being here and how important it is for us to be present in the times where we were hot and tired because God is doing an amazing work here every second and it’s such a privilege to be able to sacrifice our comfort for His plan!”

Lydia Britten, student

Our time at the school may have looked like some Americans playing games with kids to the natural eye but there were huge spiritual shifts and transformations in that 8 kids have begun their new life in Christ! Praise God! The fact that this school opened the doors to us is also a huge point of praise! Another student said:

One thing I learned today is that I am surprised we got to do a VBS in a public school in Honduras! I also heard our translator Franklin said that most Hondurans are Christians so that really catches my attention because we don’t get this type of opportunities in the US. We would get sued if we were to do that in the US but over here everyone is welcoming and accepting of us and what we do.

Angelo Valdivia, student

Our ministry in Honduras has become a special place for our students and leaders who have come here in the past. It’s not just another trip but a place of friendships centered on the gospel. One student said:

I can full heartedly say that the past few days on this trip had been some of the best days of my life. Seeing my team work together to serve the lord in this place with both spiritual and financial poverty has been so uplifting and encouraging for me and my walk with the Lord. I have already gotten so close to so many people and have begun building the foundations of relationships that will last forever, yet we’re only just about halfway through the trip. My favorite part of this trip is without a doubt seeing all the kids I poured into just two years ago on my first Honduras trip. The first thing I did when we got to the church this year was look at the land next to it and see if my friend Marvin was there, and there he was staring at this great blue bus that held people that would impact his life forever. Children like Marvin that I continue to see grow up in this place gives me such joy and hope for our future, and it gives me a sense of awe as I see the opportunities God has allowed me to achieve and will continue to let me strive for. Samir, a child at about the age of three at Promise Home was the child that I specifically spent my time investing in both this year and freshman year. I can’t even put into words how amazing it is seeing Samir grow up and showing him pictures of us together in the past. I am so excited to see what he will become in the future thanks to God’s great love and the benefits of Promise Home Orphanage. Traveling all this way to Honduras reminded me of Ruth 1:16-17 as God continued to push me to be uncomfortable and take advantage of opportunities He gives me. (But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you, Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people are my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.”) I am prepared to go where he pushes me and I am so excited for my next chapter of life and what he does here in Honduras later.

Treyson West, student

We read this morning in our devotional “The Parables of the Weeds” in the gospels. Matthew 13:37 describes Jesus as the one who sows the good seed that is the righteous who will shine like the sun in the kingdom of the Father. We pray that more people we interact with this week will come to know Christ, walk daily with him, and will one day shine like the sun. Pray with us!