Estamos aquí – We are here!!! It is day two in Honduras and we are settling in. We have already seen the Lord work in may ways. He proves faithful over and over again! What a great God we serve!
We started our trip super early at 3:45 in the morning on Saturday, June 20th. We said our goodbyes and piled into the 12 passenger van, headed for the airport which would eventually land us in Honduras. From the beginning I knew this trip would be special. Miguel and I have a team of 6 others. One of our team members, Will Ray, has never flown before and was really anxious about the flights. What a way to break in your flying experience- flying to another country!
Will is the one who looks a little scared. While I’m the one with my head down. I find the fastest way for flights to go by are to sleep through them! Despite a little turbulence the flights were smooth. Our nerves were calmed because we saw the Lord’s work even on the plane. Many of us were able to have very intentional conversations on the plane. What a perfect way to share the Gospel when you are inches away from a stranger for hours! Miguel and I were able to have a great Gospel-centered conversation with a man named José from Chicago. José was on his way to Honduras to get married. It was a great opportunity to tell him about Christ and his love for His bride, the church. We exchanged Facebook names and can’t wait to follow up with our new friend- José.
As soon as we arrived in Honduras the Pirkles greeted us with loving arms. We were piled into another van and on our way to Balfate. It is so encouraging to see faithful sisters and brothers in Christ, giving up the comforts of “the states” to give their lives to the work that needs to be done in Balfate- for the sake of the Gospel. The place we are staying is from a postcard, with views of the ocean and mango trees in the back yard.
It is great when the trip leader is 6’5, we can get all the mangoes! We were able to tour the hospital and see where Dr. Pirkle and the other missionaries work each day. It’s incredible to see the how this hospital has impacted Balfate, and the surrounding cities. The workers in the hospital share the gospel with everyone that comes through the door.
We are reminded in Isaiah 55: 10-11 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
God’s word will not return void. He is mighty to save and by his grace, He is using the hospital Loma de Luz to save people from their physical aliments and to bring people from darkness into the light.
We also had some fun in the sun. Sarah Pirkle showed us the way to the beach. The water was warm, the waves constant and the sand dollars were plentiful!
We are all excited to be used by the Lord. We can’t wait to grow by God’s grace. Grow in our own walks, grow in sharing the Gospel, in service, in all that we are commanded to do. Today marks the first day that we are going to teach English. We have never done anything like this before so we will be stretched. We are excited to share the Gospel with the nations and we are thankful that we were sent! Because as Romans 10:15 says, And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
In Chacos, of course!
1. Pray that we will be faithful and effective in our English classes.
2. We are teaching the kids Romans Road in English and Spanish, pray they will take hold of these verses and use them in their communities and that their lives will be impacted also.
3. Pray that we will be bold in sharing the Gospel despite the language barriers.