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Since we arrived in the U.S. of A. last week, I (Jen) have had the chance to reflect on the ways the Lord’s hand was evident in the 2 teams we hosted recently. In mid-June, 23 youth and adults came from our sending church – New Covenant Bible Church – and, by coming, brought us a little piece of home. It was so wonderful for us to have members of our home church experience our life in Honduras with us and get to know some of the people that we minister to and alongside!The “plan” for their 10 days with us was to stay out at the El Renuevo church, which was why this cleaning day took place. They worked on benches (pews) in the mornings for our church with a dirt floor and no seating, and the afternoons were dedicated to Bible school activities with the Honduran kids. The team also had a chance to spend a day at Casitas and two Sundays teaching at our church in the city. We hope they received a well-rounded picture of the ministry, since they were able to be a part of all 4 of our churches!Humanly speaking, this trip was NOT the smoothest that ever took place.

Many somewhat major things that could have gone wrong did. Our car full of people caught on fire 2 hours from the nearest tow truck. The bench project was completed very quickly with few hands, leaving many people with absolutely nothing to do for long periods of time. I punctured a tire on the rental van on the way down to church one day. The heat was unbearable for some and the water supply very limited. Then the clutch on our car broke on an overwhelmingly busy street in one of the worst neighborhoods in Tegucigalpa.And those are all reasons why I have to praise the Lord, who’s loving-kindness towards us is steadfast! The car caught fire, but no one was hurt! The periods of down-time for the team allowed relationships to be built and deepened, with one another and especially with some of the Hondurans. The tire blew out right as I was exiting the freeway and someone changed it for me right away. Even with a few days of terrible heat, the Lord provided a few overcast days as well – and we did have SOME water, which there had been NO water in the church for weeks prior. And with all the terrible things that could have gone wrong when the car broke down in a gang-infested area, nothing did. The Lord’s hand protected us from all harm.Some things that really stood out to me that week:
1. The joy of reconnecting with friends of mine that I hadn’t seen in over a year and a half
2. The excitement of my boys – Joshua having his good friend Will on his turf, Samuel hanging out with Joel (one of the teens), and Simon loving being able to be a clown in English
3. The sense of family that the team felt with our Honduran friends. I loved watching how well they connected especially with the Zelaya family!
4. Witnessing the work of the Spirit in my wonderful hubby’s life, as he dealt with all the details, questions, and logistics, and took the brunt of the problems that arose
5. An overwhelming sense of the Lord’s presence through consistent peace and joy in all situations. Here’s a fantastic sermon on being overwhelmed, in the good sense.Thank you, New Covenant, for sending a piece of you down to us – it was such a joy! We are grateful for your partnership in furthering the Gospel among the Honduran people that we dearly love.Highlights of time with the kids:
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Benches/pews being “installed” and used!
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The leaders of the trip:
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We did have a little bit of fun in there too! 🙂
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I Peter 1:3-7 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Author: Matthew
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A few weeks ago, we had a lot to do to get ready for the youth of New Covenant Bible Church to join us for 10 days. One major task was to take all of the materials and food down to the church in El Renuevo, organize it all, and CLEAN the church thoroughly. It’s a BIG task! So, we threw out the invite to serve in this way to our congregation in the city. We were so touched by how many wanted to lend a helping hand! We ended up having 14 of us from the city make the long trip to create as clean of a space as we could for the team we were anticipating. We are thankful for our friends who are willing to get down and do the dirty work of service – sweeping, wiping down every surface imaginable, cleaning out appliances, scrubbing toilets, killing and cleaning up rats, etc.!

We were also touched by the fact that the members of El Renuevo not only pitched in, but provided lunch for all of us. With the little that they have there, they wanted to bless us. It really was a beautiful picture of how the Lord wants us to serve others – joyfully, humbly, generously, and without recognition from man.

I Peter 4: 10-11 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

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