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Here’s a little trivia about yours truly: I am passionate about knowing God’s Word, caring for my family, and am addicted to cycling! I love riding my bike, and have explored so many mountains, trails, and desolate roads during my Mondays off here in Honduras. The past two years, I have participated in an international race called the Trifinio Trinacional Montecristo organized by Guatemalan Carlos Lopez. The first day of the three-day stage race begins near the Mayan Ruins in Western Honduras and continues to Esquipulas, Guatemala – an area rich in history and culture. Racers stay the night in Guatemala and ride across the border back in to Honduras for day 2. Then, day 3, we struggle up a rugged range of mountains through Central America’s largest Starbucks coffee farm and then descend into warm, tropical El Salvador.

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Since arriving in Honduras, I have managed a Web site called Cabra Rides.com aimed at promoting mountain biking and eco-tourism. Through this site, several friends have accepted our invitation to come down and do some epic adventures via mountain bike. I’ve also managed to recruit local businesses to sponsor our race team for the past two years. This year, I’m going really big. Some friends from a Christian biking club in Indiana (2nd Mile Adventures) are coming down to race across these three countries with me.

 

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This race fits into our big picture in several ways. The drive to the western extreme of the country has allowed Pastor Melvin to come along as our professional driver, and he visits radio stations while my friends and I pedal to our heart’s content (and sometimes well past contentment). Likewise, I have to opportunity to interact with and share my faith with cyclists from El Salvador, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. This year, we are “sponsored” by El Camino de La Vida and hope to use this race to raise funds for a much needed new ministry vehicle for Pastor Melvin.

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I would like to invite you to consider sponsoring me in this race:

  • Sponsor our ride in El Salvador: $250 sponsorship
  • Sponsor our ride in Guatemala: $500 sponsorship
  • Sponsor our ride in Honduras: $1,000 sponsorship
  • Sponsor the whole race!: $2,000

As a very small token of appreciation for your generous sponsorship, I will arrange to send you a bag of coffee from the country (or countries) that you sponsor!

This amount will be used by the radio ministry to purchase a new vehicle to be used for serving the 4 congregations here in Honduras, and also to promote the Gospel via radio throughout the region, including into El Salvador and Nicaragua.

All donations should be sent to Spanish World Ministries (El Camino de La Vida) and are tax deductible.
Give on-line or via snail mail: Spanish World Ministries
P.O. Box 542
Winona Lake, Indiana46590

Please note that your gift is for Honduras Vehicle.

Take a look at this Flikr site if you’d like to see pictures from the previous race. Also, drop by Cabrarides.com to get inspired to come ride with us.

 

 

 

14 Nov / Trip to Peru

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In addtion to our work with Iglesia El Camino de La Vida, Jennifer and I have also had the chance to support the evangelistic radio outreach of El Camino de La Vida (known as Spanish World Ministries in other countries).  Both Pastor Melvin and his younger brother Ernesto are missionaries representing the Spanish World Ministries evangelistic radio outreach. I have had the opportunity to travel extensively to deliver DVDs with MP3 programming to radio stations throughout Honduras. Melvin and Ernesto’s efforts have resulted in evangelistic teaching being broadcast on nearly 150 stations throughout the country, including AM, FM, shortwave, and Internet broadcasts.

Because of our involvement with Spanish World, Daniel Sandoval, the international director, invited me to be a part of a special gathering of national missionaries that took place from November 2-12, 2012. I traveled with Pastor Melvin, Carol, and Ernesto to Lima, Peru, to attend the conference. The conference served to provide Biblical teaching, strategic direction, and team building for missionaries in countries like Paraguay, Argentina, Guatemala, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, Venezuela, an unnamed (for safety reasons) island off the coast of Florida, and others.
All of the missionaries are Latinos, so I had the special privilege of being invited along as a North American ministry team member. Boy, did my Spanish get stretched and expanded this week! I learned that a word that means something innocuous in one country can be extremely offensive in another country. I also learned that some accents were alot more difficult for me to understand than others. But, I did see a group of men and women united by the desire to share Christ’s Gospel with others in their countries. I heard of political and social opposition to the Gospel message, and saw tears shed because of the spiritual condition of people in their respective countries (much like the prophet Jeremiah did in Lamentations 3:49-51).
prepared to share with brothers and sisters in a Peruvian church
on the Pacific coast of Lima with Cornelius Rivera, the O.T. scholar and voice of the radio programs
aside from the well-armed Police officer, it reminded me of La Jolla, Ca. Had to think of my friends Dominic and Ryan in SD…
While most of the time was spent in meetings, I did have the chance to visit Peruvian churches, since the missionaries were invited to preach from God’s Word and share about the radio ministry. We had one afternoon to sightsee, and I was surprised by how much the beaches of Lima resemble my former home-town of San Diego. Complete with the surf schools. The city, with a population of over 10 million inhabitants, is remarkably modern and clean, even by comparison with big U.S. cities. No luck getting to Machu Picho, but my time in Lima was both productive and enjoyable.
I am very grateful to have had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit Peru, and moreso to have heard how the Gospel is being advanced throughout the Spanish-speaking world.
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Live from Tegucigalpa, on Stereo Luz and HRVC, Pastor Melvin, Ernesto, Mateo, and Josué.

HRVC has a legacy of over 50 years of Christian broadcasting, and has powerful repeaters throughout Honduras. The station has some affiliation with HCJB radio ministry, and shares in the purpose of Christ-centered programming.

The interview took place during a half-hour news program during the noon hour. I had done into the radio station to purchase some concert tickets for young Josué from Casitas. He is so excited to venture into the city to attend an upcoming concert. He asked me to get tickets, and also to make the very big request of allowing him to meet and interview the Puerto Rican artist who will be performing here. So, I went to at least ask at the radio station.

It helps that this station regularly broadcasts the two programs produced by Spanish World Ministries (called El Camino de La Vida which is 14 minutes long, and Reflection for Today, which is 3 minutes long). Jennifer and I were received well by the station management, and while they did not guarantee us an interview with the singer who is coming, they did ask to interview us. Apparently, our story of being called to serve in Honduras was of interest. So we kindly accepted coming back two days later for an on the air interview. Pastor Melvin and Ernesto Zelaya, Josué who came via bus to the city from Thursday church, and I were interviewed. This gave us a chance to give a testimony about what God is doing in our 4 churches, and to promote the radio ministry.

While I do not have the whole interview, here’s a brief clip of Pastor Melvin sharing.
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