Our Honduras team has been back in the States for five days. Our team has had some time to continue processing all that the Lord did in us and through us last week. We wanted to share one final blog and give you the chance to hear from a few of the adults that went on the trip with us as well. Read below to hear about what the Lord is stirring in them since getting home.
It was great to see what God has been doing in and around Promise Home for the last couple years. I was reminded of the privilege of being a small part of what God is doing in the world. There were several highlights from the trip, but my favorite was probably the VBS we did at the school. Most of the people we met were very open and welcoming, especially the kids. On Sunday evening the pastor warned us about the dangers of comparisons. It’s easy to slip into the mode of comparing ourselves with others, but our ultimate standard should be perfection which we can’t achieve on our own. We don’t need to compare ourselves with others, we just need to be obedient to what God is calling us to do.Ephesians 2:8-10 says: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”Our group discussed the fact that God has us where we are for a reason. He has good works prepared for us to do, not just in Honduras but at home as well. We also discussed the fact that a lot of people will ask about our trip during Spring break, so it will be a great opportunity to tell them about sharing the love of Jesus with the people of Honduras. I am praying this leads to more gospel conversations for our team as we transition back into our normal rhythms.-Chuck Jensen
“Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country” — Proverbs 25.25As a member of the snack team at VBS, we had a fun time in the sun handing out juice, cookies, and candies. After everyone received their snack, we then became fine purveyors of tattoos and face paint. No skill required.There was a point in the day where we realized we were going to run out of water, juice, and Gatorade. We sent word to our missionary partner Bill, who we thought was out working on a wiring project at the church. We didn’t know when he was going to return with more bottled water, so we began rationing as we could. However, we ran out of water and Gatorade, and had just enough juice to give everyone in the current group something to drink (the students were divided into four groups to rotate through our story, recreation, craft, and snack stations). Just as we ran out of juice, Bill showed up with 20 gallons of water and 5 gallons of ice.While this may not be that big of a deal on the face, it was just another example of God’s perfect timing and His ability to provide. It was incredible to see God work to perfectly provide and show us His faithfulness to provide for His kids.
Having been to Honduras about six times now I’ve gotten to see quite a few things happen. However the Lord continues to surprise me each year and I think this year was the best trip for me personally. While visiting homes with rice and beans we met a wonderful lady who lived in a small one room home and yet had as much joy in the Lord as anybody I’ve met. It reminded me to choose Jesus over things.While at a local church service on Sunday the people all sang so loud and we could recognize the music of some songs and would sing them in English at the same time. This showed me a picture of all the nations praising God.While having our devotional time after dinner one night a student mentioned how we sing so many songs about the unchanging nature of God and yet we don’t expect him to act in big ways in our day and time. This reminded me to live with expectation and hope, knowing that God will prevail in all circumstances.Finally, to the students and leaders who let me hang out, talk, play hacky sack, throw the frisbee, laugh and pray with you, I love and appreciate you. Thanks for being part of this year’s trip and continue to bring the Kingdom of God everywhere you go.-Bill Ferrell
One of the moments from this trip that impacted me the most happened on Sunday afternoon as we were doing home visits. The small group that I went out with had five homes that we planned to visit. Two of the five families weren’t at home when we called on them. This left us with two extra bags and extra time on our hands. We asked our Honduran guide if she knew of any other families that would like a visit. Without hesitation, she said yes and led us to the home of a woman named Jessica.As we walked up to her home, I immediately noticed a clothesline jammed full of school uniforms hung up to dry in the warm Honduran sun. We were then cheerfully greeted from above, where some of her kids were playing on the roof. Jessica warmly welcomed us into her home and we introduced ourselves. As we got to know her, we learned that she had nine kids living with her. None of these kids are her biological children. They had either been orphaned or abandoned on the street when Jessica took them into her home and heart. She broke down into tears when we asked her how we could pray for her, sharing with us the medical issues she’s currently walking through and the fear she has of not being able to provide for the children she’s taken in to her home.In this moment, my heart was stirred with compassion and empathy toward Jessica. I cannot imagine all that she has walked through yet, I felt a deep sense of unity with her and the fears and brokenness that she feels, which I realize was the Holy Spirit at work in that moment. It was a joy to be able to pray with her and bring her before the throne of God. Because the two families weren’t at home, we had two leftover bags of provisions (rice, beans, corn meal) that we were able to gift her with as a tangible picture of God’s good provision for His children.As I’ve replayed the moments spent in Jessica’s home, here are the things the Lord has shown me–1) Many are the plans of the human heart, but God determines our steps; walk with open hands and hearts.2) The Kingdom of God is already, but not yet. Seeing the way Jessica is caring for the orphans and the least of these is such a sweet foretaste in the here and now of the eternal Kingdom of God that is to come.3) No matter the skin color, geographic location, material possessions–all of us are equally broken and in need of a Savior.-Mollie Tyler
The day after we got back, I talked to one of the girls that went on the trip and she asked me, “How do I re-enter back into my normal life in light of what I’ve experienced in Honduras?” This is the question all who leave their normal context to go on a mission trip find themselves asking, in some form or fashion, upon reentry into their normal lives. Our prayer has been that the Lord will continue to help us walk with eyes wide open to His presence and His kingdom at work all around us, no matter our geographic location. May the 2% of our year spent on mission internationally transform the rest of the 98% of our year spent on mission right here in Dallas at our daily crossroads–all for the sake of God’s glory!
Published on Mar 2018 @ 11:19 AM CDT