// the Zelayas come to the big SD

Date: 22 Apr
Author: Matthew
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By now, you are familiar with Pastor Melvin and his lovely wife Carol Zelaya. Sometime I will blog about how God placed them in our paths, but I wanted to tell you about their recent visit to San Diego! Melvin and Carol are tireless servants of the Lord, who embody what I’ve read about in Ted Tripp’s book Instruments in the Hands of the Redeemer. The Zelayas are gifted teachers of Scripture, but have also have taught Jennifer and I a lot about pastoral ministry. Melvin is constantly in homes, hospitals, radio stations, and other places seeking out people who need to hear of Christ in a moment of crisis. This work is non-stop and knows no days off. For that reason, it was our family’s please to bring Melvin and Carol up to see us and take a forced vacation.
Despite Melvin’s prowess behind the steering wheel of his trusty old pick-up truck traversing the rugged mountains of Honduras, he didn’t want to take on the challenges of 85MPH navigation of Southern California’s superhighways. As such, the Zelayas humbly submitted to our plans for them to enjoy 10 days with us. We enjoyed taking them to the world famous San Diego zoo, for hikes at Torrey Pines, and to walk by the ocean at Sunset cliffs. We expanded their culinary horizons with meals like In-n-Out burger, the California burrito, and Indian food. Of course, Carol made sure that meals and conversations included Coca-Cola. (Melvin likes to refer to Coke as the agua negra del imperialismo yankee).
It was really special to get to share our present context with Melvin and Carol. On many wonderful occasions, we have visitors come down to Honduras, but this was a first for us to fellowship with Melvin and Carol on this side of the border.
It was a joy to introduce them to friends at Pacific Hope Church and others who God has placed in our lives. They were glad to greet the Jensen family and introduce their newest family member into the world. Our visit was full of talking about the friends we share with them in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, California, and Honduras. We prayed for lots of peeps by name and smiled as we see how God has truly woven together His Church in Honduras with His Church in the U.S.
Hope you enjoy a few photo highlights in this gallery:


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