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22 Jul / On the move

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Author: Matthew
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Hi friends. Well, the next chapter of the divine adventure is underway. Our personal belongings, on the other hand, are not underway. We learned that harbor traffic in the Port of Los Angeles and a U.S. Customs inspections have resulted in our container departure being delayed until July 29th! This is tough news as it will make our start in Honduras a bit challenging. We’ll be doing indoor camping for a while. The movers in San Diego were so quick that they loaded up things that we had intended to take with us on the plane. For example, they packed my Bible! (A Bible teacher really needs his Bible).

This blog is not meant to bemoan this inconvenience, but rather to ask you to pray. And also to give testimony of God’s goodness as evidenced through His people. Just as friends in San Diego shared houses and cars with me prior to leaving, the Church in Honduras is ready to help us with some of the challenges we will face upon arrival. One friend is willing to share his car with us, others have offered dishes, and Iglesia El Camino de La Vida is already preparing for our arrival. In the picture, you can see Pastor Melvin’s new truck, being loaded up lovingly my bruthas Luis and Nixon with mattresses for our entire family. These mattresses are being moved from El Renuevo to our new home for us to use. This is really cool as the mattresses where part of an investment made by New Covenant Bible Church, and will be a great blessing to our family as we arrive to an empty home. Even cooler, there’s an extra mattress for our friend Nathan who is coming down to join us to do some construction and repairs on our home.

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We know that we will not lack anything we need despite not having our things there on time. God is good and His mercy is seen through the generosity of His people.

Romans 12: 10-13 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.Practice hospitality.

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.