The year 2018 has been one of the most amazing years I’ve experienced as a missionary. This year we’ve had the privilege of witnessing 36 souls give their hearts to Christ. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!! Nine of them were youth saved during our second annual youth retreat in July. That in itself was an experience like none other. The Holy Spirit began to work and one by one the youth started coming down saying they wanted to be saved. We even had kids that we all thought were saved come down to tell us they needed to be saved. There is absolutely nothing more exciting than watching the Holy Spirit work in the hearts and lives of our people.
In May, we had a group from Alabama come down with Dan and they baptized 19. Hopefully, when Dan comes back in December, he will be baptizing more. We had one girl that wanted to be baptized so bad but her mom kept telling her that she couldn’t. The day of the baptism, this girl came and decided she was going to be obedient to the Lord and face the consequences of her mother later. We prayed with her and told her to have faith and that God would take care of her mom. You can imagine the excitement this girl had when she came to church the next service and her mom was with her. Instead of getting mad, her mom decided to come to church with her daughter. Oh, if we would all have that child like faith. We continue to pray for a Pastor for our church but have been thrilled at the men of our church that have stepped up and have been preaching for us.
We are so thankful for the group of guys that came down in May to expand our church building. They worked hard all week to give us an absolutely beautiful pulpit and stage area. We are all so proud of the church building God has blessed us with. Since then we have been able to lay tile on the floors. We are truly blessed to have this amazing temple to worship in. Special thanks to each and everyone that had a hand in making this possible.
We have been blessed with quite a few visitors this year. We had a couple of groups of people that had never been here before, but I’m pretty sure that it won’t be their last trip down. We had a blast, and God blessed in so many ways. We love for people to come down and see for themselves just what God is doing in this ministry. Nothing like seeing God move and feeling Him work in your own life as well as others. We encourage you to pray about coming down. In Lamentations it talks about how “mine eye affecteth mine heart.” So if you are ready for your heart to be affected then let me invite you to come see God’s work in Honduras. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or contact our home office at (770) 684-8987.
We continue to feed the elderly and kids every Tuesday from our kitchen. We are currently up to 50 kids and on most days we have around 25 elderly. Several months ago we had an elderly lady show up that I hadn’t seen before. I started asking around and found out she lived several miles away from us and she had walked all that way to come eat. That afternoon, I drove her home and once I realized just how far she lived I told her that Jessica and I would bring her and her husband food each Tuesday so she didn’t have to walk that long distance. Most days, her husband would meet us at the gate to get their food. This one particular Tuesday she met us at the gate and I asked her about her husband. She informed me that he was sick and for the next two months we did everything we could do to care for Grandpa Blass. One week before he passed away, one of Grandpa Blass’ family members came to carry him back to his hometown. At the time, I was so upset because I had become so attached to him after caring for him for two months. That same week God allowed us to move Blass’ wife and all their belongings back to their hometown. That day I was able to see Blass one more time. I knew then that more than likely I would not be seeing Grandpa Blass alive again. He passed away two days later. Little did I know just how that relationship with Grandpa Blass would open up a door for this ministry and our church.
On September 22nd, along with 20 others from our church, we drove 5 hours to the community where many of Grandpa Blass’ family live. Since meeting them before Grandpa Blass passed away, they had voiced interest in us coming and starting a work there. On this day, we divided the kids, youth, ladies and men into groups. We had around 150 people there. Our leaders taught each group and gave their own testimonies of how God has changed their lives. After about an hour, we all came together and had a worship service. I taught on the plan of Salvation. Four ladies got saved this day and many others came forward for prayer. I was so proud of our church and the way they represented God that day. Weeks before this trip, I asked our church to bring food, clothes and shoes so that we could bless these people the day we were there. I was beyond excited to see how our people responded. Our truck was packed full of clothes, shoes, food, medicine, eye glasses, school supplies, and Bibles. It thrilled my heart when I heard one of our young people say that we are teaching them to be missionaries to their own people. We have had four of our church go and stay a week evangelizing this area and the local schools. I’m not sure what the future holds for us in this community but I do know God is definitely working not only there but in the lives of our people here. Please help us pray for God’s direction concerning this new community.
I want you to know that I am so grateful to God and to each one of you for your faithfulness to pray and support me and this ministry. God has blessed me with some of the best supporters who believe in what God is doing in this ministry in Honduras. I am honored to be your missionary. I truly couldn’t do what I do without your love and support. I covet your prayers. We all know when God is blessing a ministry, like He is this one, that our enemy will do all he can to destroy God’s work. Please keep us in your prayers.
Until the last one hears,