Mission Ministries: Honduras
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and You gave me something to drink...
Over the years we have learned that when we serve the Honduran people, food is a priority. Clothing is useless when the body wearing it is starving. In response to that need, every family we deliver a family box to or build a house for is given a large supply of food.
Through donations from various church members we are also able to feed entire schoolrooms of children every day. The impact one solid meal a day has is incredible: the children are happier, able to focus, brighter and simply more child-like. The change is beautiful.
...I needed clothes and you clothed me...
When Mission Honduras was first taking off, our clothing ministry was...unorganized. The clothing runs consisted of taking suitcases stuffed full of random clothes and shoes into the mountains, where we would hand things out to the crowd that inevitably formed.
After we grew closer to the Church of Zion we were able to locate specific families in need. During the pre-trip the families are visited. In those visits the families are measured for shoes and clothing, the children are counted, the family is asked what they need and the information is brought back home. Once here various Life Groups will adopt a family and pack a box to be taken to them. Clothing for each family member, toys for the children, household supplies, Bibles and other items are packed with love for each family. Opening each box is a joy for the family and for the delivering missionaries.
...I was sick and you looked after me...
In the mountainous regions of Honduras doctors are a rarity. The lack of medicines and of healthy living conditions results in sicknesses that are easily cured in America but become problematic here.
Each year our medical teams treat hundreds of patients, ranging from the very young to the very old. Many of the children are malnourished and in desperate need of vitamins. Also, many children have worms which compounds the problem of malnutrition. Simple medications take care of the worms and allow the children's bodies to take full advantage of food.
Many cuts and scrapes that people acquire have never been treated and infection sets in. Our medical team is stocked with medications to combat those infections and ointments to treat surface of the cut.
Our church also helps stock clinics in Honduras so people can have somewhere to go anytime of the year.
...I was in prison and you came to visit me...
Every year new souls are saved. Souls of men who are living in the worst conditions, men living in a Third World prison.
One of the most powerful ministries we take part in is the Prison Ministry. There is a jail in Santa Barbara that we visit each year and the gospel is shared to men who need to hear, more than anything, a message of hope. The message of Christ.
...whatever you did for one of the least of these...
VBS: Spending time with the children in Honduras is always an incredible experience. Watching their eyes light up when you hand them a ball or a frisbee makes everything worth it.
As the trip grew VBS has become an integral part of our Medical Ministry. In Honduras, whenever a group of Americans sits still a crowd of curious people forms. This quickly became overwhelming for our medical teams, the crush of people became too intense. Now, when the medical teams head out, another crew of people armed with all sorts of arts and crafts and all sorts of toys goes along to serve as crowd control. Often times the missionaries are having just as much fun as everyone else.
Each person on the trip will have some sort of VBS experience, whether it is going with the medical team or making paper crosses with a mob of kids.
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..."
In Santa Barbara we travel to an orphanage filled with 47 lovable, energy filled children who can't wait to pour all their love on us.
The children at the orphanage are starving for love. With so many children and too few workers it is impossible for the kids to have a family or receive all the attention and affection that they need. When we visit them it is one of the few times that they can feel as loved as they need to be. Because we continue to go back year after year bonds are formed between orphans and missionaries which allows the children to know that someone does love them and they will never feel left behind because we do return each year.
However, there is only one who can truly be with the orphans all the time and as a team we do what we can to make sure that the kids know about Jesus.
...you did for me."
One of the most physically challenging and most rewarding ministries is the Construction Ministry. Not many things can compare to building someone a home.
Every year several families will move out of a run down mud house or a tarp shack and into a house of block with a metal roof. Because we go on these trips and build houses familes can sleep thorough thunderstorms, they don't have to worry about their house falling down or blowing away. We also do alot of roofing for houses that need some overhead protection.
In addition to building homes we have helped build steps in Las Mesas and helped in the construction of the new Church of Zion.
Matthew 25:35-36, 40
Finally, at many of the medical clinics we set up and at least once in Copan's square we show the "Jesus Movie" in Spanish so that any passerby can see and hear the Gospel preached in their own language.