Engage Honduras: Chosen Vessels of Grace
Mar 2017 11:10 AM

Engage Honduras: Chosen Vessels of Grace

Mar 2017 11:10 AM
Mar 2017 11:10 AM
Team prepping supplies to lay concrete.

It’s our last full day in Honduras and it’s been a great way to round out this trip. This morning we went to Promise Home Tilapia Farms and filled up 40 bags of sand and got all of the tools we needed to install two pilas. Pilas are outdoor sinks that provide a place for families to wash their dishes, clothes, etc. to make the usage of water more accessible for the whole family. Our teams worked together along with some of our new Honduran friends to install two pilas for two different families. It was cool to be a apart of God’s provision for these families. We prayed with each family, asking God to continue to use these pilas as a reminder of His character and faithfulness to provide for His people. Check out these stories below to hear what God’s been revealing to two students this week–

Today I had a lot of time to reflect on the week and on how God has been working through me. When I first arrived in Honduras, I didn’t truly believe the brokenness and poverty that I was seeing so it was hard for me to try and be fully involved with the children and families there. I had a hard time shifting my perspective from ‘what can I do for you’ to ‘what can God do for you through me.’ As I spent more and more time with the children and saw how joyful they were with how little they had, saw what poor conditions they have to live in, saw how welcoming and generous and loving they were towards us Americans that they had (for the most part) never met, I realized several things: that we were not only there to show and share the love of God with them, but we were also there to have the love of God shared with us in new ways through these children.”
Alivia Smith, senior at Plano Senior High School

This being my second trip to Honduras, I’ve been given the opportunity to see how God turned the foundations of Promise Home and the orphanage into full buildings and homes for children. Seeing what’s become of this place since my last visit moved me to tears of joy, because God remained faithful to His promises. Getting to see how the community and even those outside the community have been touched by what God has done, AND is doing at Promise Home made me realize how big God is and how small we are. God doesn’t need us to go on mission trips, build orphanages, feed the poor, give our time and efforts to those in need of it, etc.. He is very much able to do all these things well on His own, but the fact that he WANTS US AND CHOOSES US to be a part of His plans is what blows my mind. There is a community of adults, young adults, children, and infants who now know and will come to know of their Father who meets them in their hurt and brokenness, takes them as they are, and loves them wholeheartedly and unconditionally, because of the plans that God had set for them. The journey at Promise Home and the orphanage has just begun, and I know it’s going to be a fruitful one.
Tino Charuma, senior at North Garland High School

Transporting supplies to a home for pila installation.
Mixing concrete from scratch.
Laying foundation for pila #1.
Laying foundation for pila #2.
New pila.
New pila.

Tomorrow team 2 heads to the airport, finishing out our student ministry’s spring break ministry in Honduras. We leave, knowing that none of this has been about us, but all about God being glorified in us and through us. We have been humbled and filled with gratitude for getting to experience His grace and love in fresh ways through our time in Honduras. He’s taught us much about our identity as ambassadors of Christ wherever our feet fall. He’s impressed on us steps of obedience to take in response to what He’s taught us while in Honduras. And now we head home, praying with crazy faith, asking Him to continue helping us process all that He’s taught us and to use us for His glory! Thank you for your faithful prayers and support while we’ve been here! Excited to share with you more specifics from our trip when we get home!

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