Honduras!

I was disappointed that my oldest daughter and I couldn’t go on a mission trip to Kenya this year because of the political instability there.  We’re praying that things will settle down and that we can go next year. 

I’ve been looking for other possibilities but with summer ballet camps (uh, for the girls, not me) and all it is very hard to find dates that work.  My wife is keen on going on a mission trip as well, but having to start school a week or so before the kids get there complicates things for now.

The good news is that my youngest daughter and I will be going on a trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras!  She loves to speak Spanish and may get to to assist with some medical-mission activities that interest her. 

I’ve had a heart for Kenya in part because we’ve been corresponding with one of our World Vision sponsor children there for almost 10 years.  Visiting Dennis and his family in person has been one of the great joys of my life. 

We also have a sponsor child in Honduras, so we’re hoping that we can arrange a meeting with her and her family.  Details are currently a bit murky.  One letter said they were 10 hours from where we’ll be staying, which would make the visit unrealistically long.  I’m hoping they meant 10 hours of walking and that with a vehicle we can get there and back in a day.  I’d really like for my daughter to be able to meet Sindy.

Here’s a little background:

A few of our activities will be a daily feeding program, house construction/dedication, children’s Bible class, women’s class, youth class and loving on people.

Tegucigalpa is the capital city of 1.2 million people located in the mountains at 3250′ above sea level. The weather in August will be in the mid 80’s during the day.

Why: Even though Honduras’ official religion is Catholic, there are few people who actually practice or attend church at all. After fleeing Hurricane Mitch in 1998, many people were forced up the mountainside where they built homes with whatever materials they could find.

We will be working along side missionaries, Ron and Shelley Jones, in the small colonia of Mogote, where we will get the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We will be reaching out to a community where the average weekly wage is $5. Jesus calls all of us to go.

Isaiah 52:7 says, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!”

Also see Hope for Honduras

9 thoughts on “Honduras!”

  1. Thanks, all. I really just like to share the joy and fun of missions for people who are thinking of going on one but are not quite sure. They aren’t for everyone, and there are countless other ways to put your time, talent and treasure to good use. But if you are thinking of one then just watch and pray for the right time and place.

    Re. tutus – ha! I only get onstage with them for the Nutcracker, and then I hardly ever wear a tutu.

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  2. Mission trips are definitely life-changing experiences and they really make you appreciate what you have.

    I went on one last year with my youth group to seminole oklahoma where we rebuilt houses. It was an unforgettable experience and I wish you the best in Honduras.

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  3. Am thrilled you’re going to Honduras. I lived there from ’87-’89 (teacher in a private school), which was before Hurrican Mitch. At that time I had made a profession of faith, but didn’t really “get” the whole Christian thing, don’t even think I owned a Bible then. But God used Honduran Christians to witness to me (!) through their lives — in both places I rented there, my unrelated landlords lived above me and held housechurch meetings. I often met Christian individuals, store clerks, who just had such a radiating “glow” and loving spirit. On another occasion, trying to help an alcoholic I took a street guy to a place I’d heard about (think it was just outside ot Tegucigalpa — La Tigre ), they didn’t have much, but what they did have was funded by U.S. Christians.

    Maybe the strongest impression I have about Honduras, all these years later, is the vibrant, joyful, loving Christian community I met — individuals, small groups, no protestant churches that I recall, but yet they were everywhere. Now I have what I saw in them, and I thank them for their witness!

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  4. Hi Orde – thanks for sharing that! I had similar experiences in Kenya. Many of them live with an authentic joy in Christ that would make most Americans quite envious.

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