Honduras Mission Update 3

September 29

Dear Family and Friends,

8After a bit of a restless night spent listening to local partying and early morning evangelism from a loud speaker mounted on a car, our day kicked off with a discussion of Philippians 3:12-16. Gary talked about striving to “lay hold of that as Jesus also laid hold on us” and discovering what “that” is for each of us. What is the prize that we are striving for?

Next, we headed back to church for the children’s service. All the children from the village were there and we had a chance to meet a few of the newest ones. The youngest one, Naiomi, was not feeling well and fell asleep in Leslie ‘s loving arms. As you heard from Leslie previously, five new children came to the village yesterday. Please pray for them and for this ministry as they try to determine where the funds will come from to care for these little ones.

9After church we drove out to the village for lunch with the kids. As we waited for the food, a few of the boys enjoyed a competitive game of bean bag toss provided by Trinity ‘s own Crafts For a Cause. The other boys devoured a stack of children’s books provided by Sharon Tanner, our dear mission friend from Florida. We have seen a remarkable improvement in the children’s reading skills, and English proficiency since our last visit. They love their new school and are learning rapidly. Please pray for all the wonderful volunteer teachers who are making this possible.

10Later, at the girls’ house, we jumped rope, colored, read more books and enjoyed getting to know these wonderful young ladies. All too soon it was time to head back to our hotel for dinner and bedtime. Tomorrow we will try our hand at helping the teachers at the school.

So much joy and so much sadness. These children have very few material possessions by our standards but they are rich in friendship, love, and smiles for us all. Several have remembered us from previous visits, what a joy for us!

Until tomorrow,

Chris(tine)

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Honduras Mission Update 2

September 28

Frisbee, athletics. Not my usual thing. Sweat. Not so much either. Watching a mother drop off her children at an orphanage. Definitely not.

Our group of 14 started our morning early with a devotional lead by Sharon, a brave, loving woman who is a long time missionary-friend of Dan and Chris. As she encouraged us to seek God’s strength to carry us through the heat-exhausting day and thank Him for the blessings we would receive, she also reminded us this is not our only mission field. There are as many, or more, opportunities to share God’s love and grace back home as here in areas of physical poverty.

Once at the Village, everyone jumped into their work for the day. Chris and Sharon played with the youngest children, colored with the tween girls, and made S’mores for all the kids (minus the fire since everything was melting in the 100° heat). Dan, Bill, and Chris replaced broken fans throughout the buildings. The tireless aquaponics team from Washington state spent many log hours digging, building, sawing, and pouring their sweat into the repairs at the fishhouse. I worked alongside two of the housemothers, chopping veggies and chicken to serve arroz con pollo for lunch. Later, I played a mean game of frisbee with a couple of boys who might go home in my suitcase!

Everyone who visits Honduras quickly learns to be flexible and ready for anything. As we played with the children today, a pickup truck entered the yard with a mother, her five children, and two workers from INFA (a kind of Honduran child welfare). The children, all under the age of 6 at best, were overwhelmed and frightened. The toddler, a girl about the age of my youngest daughter, wailed every time her mother put her down. The group was ushered into a community room where I was watching Narnia with a group of 20 boys, giving me the opportunity to help serve lunch to the mother and her babies. I could not help but notice she completed the required paperwork in a businesslike manner and seemed almost detached from her errand. In short order, she left her son at the boys’ home and set off to deliver her daughters to the girls’ home. No fanfare, no long goodbyes.

My heart grieves for this mother tonight, and the countless others being forced to make wretched choices like this. This mother has watched her children abused by their father and set out to find a better place for them, a children’s home. Our team has been praying for her and for her babies as they transition to their new home tonight. Please join us in lifting these precious children whom God loves as deeply as all of His children, and thank Him for caring that not even one should perish.

For the mission team,

Leslie

12“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? 13And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! 14In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.  (Matthew 18:12-14)

 

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Honduras Mission Update 1

September 27

Dear Friends and Family

Pic 2We arrived late yesterday. Flights were pretty good, no issues. However our ride from airport was a bit ” slow”. The pick-up truck loaded with our bags had a mechanical issue that kept it moving about 15-20 mph , backfiring the whole way to Cortes. The normal hour or so ride turned into 3 hours as we followed in a 14 passenger minivan with 14 of us elbow to elbow in 100 degree heat. The 6 of us from East who came through Miami joined up with 6 more folks who came through Houston. The 12 of us plus Gary and Sylvia Thacker, our good friends who are leading us in country, became “close friends” pretty quickly. We arrived in Omoa about 4 p.m. and enjoyed showers, and a nice meal and then bed.

This morning’s devotional was led by Sylvia. We talked about the last paragraphs in Matthew – Christ’s Great Commission, and how we are all part of that call to serve all the nations – 2000 years later.

After a nice breakfast of eggs, refried beans, plantains and fresh orange juice we loaded up the van – and a borrowed truck- and headed to the Children’s Village.

The 6 folks from Washington State who we are teamed with are here to repair an Aquaponics facility at the Children’s Village. Aquaponics is a closed loop system that raises fish (talapia) and fresh vegetables in a very interesting way. More another time… but since providing food, especially protein and fresh vegetables to the children is a costly challenge, this system hopes to be part of a plan toward self-sustenance.

Most of the children were at school in Cortes when we arrived at the Children’s Village. They are bussed there – about 40 minutes – from the Children’s Village. But the preschoolers were there and they greeted us with loud whoops and excitement. Pretty quickly they were being held and sitting in our laps and the fun was underway! They were sucking on frozen chocolate milk and quickly offered us some (powered leche with Hershey’s syrup frozen in baggies!).

After an hour or so with the kids, Chris, Leslie, Sharon, Sylvia and I drove about 5 miles to a small market where we loaded the van up with groceries that the Children’s Village really needed. Fresh carrots, cabbage, onions, mazola oil tubes, sacks of rice, beans and flour, and many frozen chickens were loaded in the van. We then distributed the food to the 3 kitchens (Boys’ House, Girls’ House and Baby Rooms).

While we were shopping, Bill and Chris replaced fluorescent lights and began some other maintenance tasks that we will be working on this week.

Pic 1The school bus pulled in about 2:30 and the girls and boys jumped off. They were happy to see us and we had an hour or so of just talking and interacting with the children.

A special treat for us was that the three third year business students from The Leadership Center, Alex, Yanetzi and Olga, were on the bus! They had arrived a few days ago and were interning for 10 days at Heart to Heart, at the medical clinic and school. It was wonderful to see them with the kids and we were able to talk with them for a while and catch up. I am looking forward to working with them a bit on their entrepreneurial plans while we are here.

The Aquaponics folks worked very hard today – they were working in what is effectively a green house in 100 degrees. They are re-plumbing the system , among other tasks. When we got back to the hotel about 4:30 – they enjoyed the cool showers the most!

We just finished a dinner at a small restaurant down the street – chicken, plantains, rice and beans. Very tasty and a special Mora juice drink – tasted like blackberries.

It was a wonderful first day. We just love seeing the many smiling faces and meeting old and new friends. There are many challenges here – certainly through out the country but particularly in this ministry. They are short on volunteer teachers at the school. They are really short on funds right now. But the problems will all be overcome with God’s help and in his time.

Please pray for these children, our mission team and the Heart to Heart Ministry.

For the Mission Team,

Dan

Fundraising for Ethiopian Mission

In many nations, including Ethiopia, in order to go to school, children must have tuition, books and uniforms paid for by their families. As a result, a very large percentage are unable to attend at all. This is so important in helping children and entire families who have been raised and are living in severe poverty to find the potential for a way out. Moriah Development of Ethiopian Children (MDEC)is sponsoring 100 children in the current school year that is just getting underway.

TurquoiseI’m doing a fundraising project to help the Moriah Development of Ethiopian Children ministry to street boys in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They are selling Ethiopian scarves at a cost of $25 each to raise money that will assist with education, housing and food costs for the children in their program.

The children are helped in several ways:

  • Live in two homes operated by MDEC,
  • Receive various forms of education and training as well as weekday breakfasts while still living on the streets,
  • Receive assistance to attend school.

If you are interested in any of the scarves seen here, or others, please e-mail me. I have a variety of colors of the scrunchy scarves and several colors of some Assortmentof the others not shown. Most, other than the ones in the style of the one made into a belt in the attached photo, are a gauze type of material. As you can see, you can be creative with how they might be worn.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to MDEC, but due to the international transfer of funds when it comes time to do that, it will be best to pay me directly with MDEC written in the comment line of the check. I can send you an acknowledgement of receipt.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the scarves, this ministry, or whatever else may come to mind regarding this project. Let’s lift these boys and the leaders of this ministry up in whatever way we can. Buy a scarf…say a prayer…send an e-mail of support.

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Karen

Orange & White with Braided Tassles Orange Scrunchy Scarf into Belt  Purplish with beadsSilver with Lace

Prayers for Mission

Trinity’s mission team is ready to follow Jesus’ command, “‘34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’” (John 13:34-35 NRSV). The team leaves early tomorrow morning to spend 10 days loving the children at Heart 2 Heart Children’s Village in Honduras.

Please pray for our mission team: Dan & Chris M, Chris A, Leslie V, John G, and Sharon T.

And we also pray for the people in Honduras who the team will meet.

Be a Part of Our Ministry

While we get ready to return to Honduras next week, we are also continuing to offer ways for all of the church to participate in this mission ministry.

  • Pray for the people we serve
  • Pray for the mission team members
  • Contribute to the collection trailer

This summer, the Trinity Community filled a trailer with household items, clothes, furniture, etc. and shipped it to Honduras. The contents of the trailer that left the Trinity parking lot in August will find its way into the hands of the Hondurans by Christmas.

The trailer is back through mid-October and it is accepting donations of used clothing and shoes, non-fragile household items (in good condition), tools, office supplies, used laptops. Questions about specific items? Please contact Dan Moore.