I was blessed to be able to celebrate the New Year by spending a week packed full of ministry, service, and love at New Desire Honduras. When I say the week was packed, I mean it was packed. I have been blessed to have been able to travel to Honduras eight times over the past six years of my life and out of all of my trips I had never had a planned schedule as full as this one. Every single day was full of serving in a different aspect than the day before; all with the same goal in mind which is to share the love, mercy, and joy of Christ. I truly have no words to describe how grateful I am that God has allowed me to be a part of New Desire Honduras from the very beginning and has allowed me to experience His presence at work, His divine appointments, and faith in action like I have never witnessed before. This ministry not only touches and changes the lives of the people in La Ermita, Honduras, but has challenged me to grow in my faith, to love more, to listen and trust God’s will for my life, and to know that we serve a God who is good and can make even the worst of situations display His majesty and sovereignty over our lives.
I am so excited to share with you all what was accomplished in the week I was there. A small team from Alabama, along with the help of New Desire, took on the task of raising the funds to buy a bicycle for every family that attends New Desire Church. For most people in America a bicycle is simply a toy for kids, but it is so much more for families in Honduras. It is most people’s main source of transportation to and from: work, errands, church, and anywhere else they need be. We surprised the people at their homes with these new bikes, along with a big bag of food and basic necessities. Through many generous donations New Desire Church was able to give out sixty of these brand new bikes and bags of supplies to the people of the church; the looks on the people’s faces were priceless. Who would have ever thought that a simple bike could lighten a families load and brighten their day so much? We were able to partner with a ministry out of the capital city of Tegucigalpa who are able to build brand new, safe and sanitary houses in one day for people in need for around $1,800. There was about twenty-five men and youth from the church who came to help this family in need. It was so amazing to me to see everyone pull up on there new bikes and get straight to work; giving up their Saturday to serve others without expecting anything in return. These people get it! That as Christians we are not called to sit around and wait for someone else to do something, instead we are called to serve, to go, to be lights to others. As I took a step back and watched everyone work together I looked around at all the families in the surrounding houses who may or may not know Jesus or be plugged in to a church. I realize how this house being built for the family in need snowballs into an opportunity for the people in the village to see an answered prayer from a family coming to life right before their eyes. There is a very strong stereotype in Honduras that makes it extremely hard to get men to come to church, and seeing these men serving made my heart so happy to know that they have truly got it, and are shining their light for Jesus in this community. We put on a one night youth retreat on new year’s eve and day. The youth absolutely loved this time together to get away from everyday life to be able to let loose, have fun, and focus on Jesus. Our new year celebration was filled with singing, dancing, teaching and powerful prayer. Through all of these things God’s spirit was ever so present. One of my favorite parts was the prayer stations. We set up different prayer stations that helped us focus on a certain area of prayer. The stations included: thankfulness, encouragement, lost friends, Christians/missionaries in persecuted places, and sin controlling our lives. I loved seeing everyone slowly making their way around the room spending personal time with God, truly thinking about and taking advantage of the amazing gift of prayer that God has given to us.
The people who make up the New Desire Christian Church are some of the most loving people you will ever meet in this world. It never ceases to amaze me how willing they are to serve and give to others in order to spread the light of Jesus even when they themselves have so little. I know God is at work in this church. You can feel His presence throughout the service and can see the joy and peace that only comes from truly knowing Him radiating off the faces of the people of the church. They are so eager to serve and evangelize, something that is lacking in so many churches today in America. I ask you to join me in prayer for these people, even though we are many miles apart we are still part of the same family, the same church body, and serve the same almighty God. I can’t wait ti see what the future holds for New Desire Honduras, and I know it will be great because God is working in the lives of the people in and through this ministry.
I am Will Spears and I just love Jesus.