Unfortunately, Friday was the last day in Honduras. However, the trip to Honduras has really challenged me and it just showed me what God can do not only with a man but with a family that gives themselves to the work and will of God. The Sumner family have been a blessing to me and to all of the sent team. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to go. I learned that I need to set my aim higher because God can and wants to use us to our full potential. It amazes me the sacrifice and the dedication and the burden of this family. There is nothing that God doesn’t use them to do. They preach, they Pastor, they have a bus ministry and a soup kitchen and they can fly! God has blessed them richly and it has really challenged my heart to really be used by God no matter how glamorous or unglamorous it may be I just want God to use me for His glory. Thank you so much Sumner family for the challenge you have set before me and thank you Lord for the opportunity to go to Honduras.
Thursday was more of a relaxing day. We started the day off with breakfast at the Sumner’s and then we took off for the Valley of Angels! The Valley of Angels is about 2 to 3 hours away from the Sumner’s but it was a fun trip while in the back of the truck. The Valley of Angels is the place to go to buy merchandise and souvenirs to take back home to supporters, family and friends. The stores were full of people and the shop owners were hungry for Limpidas. Many of us bought knives, machetes, jerseys, and other small trinkets to take back with them. It was a successful day in the Valley of Angels. Then when we got back to the house we enjoyed playing volleyball and cornhole. The mudhens went undefeated in volleyball although some of the games were close they pulled it off! Cornhole was also a lot of fun and Brother Aaron and James won every game of cornhole that night. The food was great! The fellowship was amazing! I hope to be able to go back and minister in Honduras again! I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to go.
Wednesday was our final day to minister at a few of the military bases. Three people preached that day and many testified. The preachers that day were Daniel, Jacob and myself. It was a blessing to get one more opportunity to share the gospel message with the military men in Honduras. Brother Daniel preached on being prepared for the Lord’s coming, Brother Jacob preached on “While It Was Yet Dark” and I preached on the one lost sheep. The Lord’s presence was felt at every service once again. The one place we went to was an English service so instead of having to have an interpreter we could just preach. That was a great experience to be able to talk to them in our language. Later that night Brother Alan took us all out to eat at meat plates. The food was absolutely amazing! We ate pork and sausage and beans, man, it was gooood!!! Honduran food is amazing. This was the last day of preaching and as I look back on it I am thankful to have the opportunity to have been in Honduras and to help for about 12 days.
Tuesday was the last night of youth revival and the Lord challenged the hearts of the church to press towards the mark. Brother John and Brother Pahlman preached that night. The church was very hungry for the Lord and many people prayed great that night. The girls testified and Brother Hough testified as well. The Lord’s presence was once again really strong there that night. It was a blessing to see the hearts of every church member touched. The Lord even ministered to me and spoke to me that night and it was a blessing not just to be there but to be blessed as well. God is faithful and it was a great way to end the youth revival. At the end of service we had a testimony service and many of the church members testified about what God had done for them! It was amazing to hear the things that God had done and how he used us to minister to the Hondurans. Then right before dismissal we prayed for the Sumner family and the congregation prayed along with us. It was great to be able to see the Lord strengthen them as well as their congregation. Then of course Brother Aaron and I had a blast with the young people on the bus!
Monday was a great day! We started off by working in two different groups. One group stayed at the house and did some welding and the other group went to the soup kitchen and did some cleaning and painted the tables. We also had a blast driving the kids around on the golf cart while we had some down time at the soup kitchen. When the workday was over, we got ready for the night service. Service started that night at 7 pm. Brother Alan started the service off with prayer and you could feel the Lord’s presence very strong that night. Sister Amanda testified that night and the Lord really helped people through her testimony and the testimonies of the other girls that night. The group again sang a song that night. Then Brother Jacob Vaughn preached on the parable of the 10 virgins and challenged everyone there that night to be more filled with God and to be ready and not to be foolish. Then I got up and preached on “The Blood, The Boundary and The Beauty.” The Lord once again proved himself faithful and helped many people around the altar. Some people took the step of faith and came to the altar before the altar call was given. God really helped people and on the way home we got to enjoy the fellowship with the young ones on the bus.
Sunday was an amazing day! We started off at about 8:30 AM and went and picked up the kids for church. We finished up the last skit of the kid’s crusade. The service was very powerful and the message really came across to the people in the church. God really moved that morning and a young boy was filled with the Holy Ghost. Then Sunday night came and the Lord’s presence was very strong. Sister Amanda had some of the girls testify and the group sang a song together. Brother Daniel and Brother Hough preached that night. Daniel preached on “Thank God for Jesus.” After he preached, the Sumner girls got up to sing and the Holy Ghost fell and some people came to the altar then Brother Hough went up and exhorted while God was moving and some got saved that night and the church got a lot of help. The Lord moved in a mighty way and it was a great way to start off the youth revival. It was a blessing to see the people be helped and to pray for them.
Saturday was a very busy day but it was a very productive and the services were amazing! We started off early in the morning and we helped at the soup kitchen. We served food and drink to every person that came to the soup kitchen that morning. No one left hungry. Before they ate, we preformed the Nehemiah skit about building up the walls and allowing God’s Word to help us do that. We prayed and then the children ate. It was an amazing experience to get to help in the soup kitchen. They serve a meal every Saturday and you can tell that the community is so blessed by the work that the Sumner’s are allowing God to do through them to help the people of Honduras. When we left the soup kitchen, we moved on and went and preformed the skit at 3 other places. The services were called Saturday school. There were several children at each of these locations and you could feel the presence of the Lord through the songs, the skit and the closing prayer. Although we may not always see what it is doing in the hearts of the young ones we pray God will give the increase in time to come. After Saturday school was over, we had some free time and went and got on the internet. Then we left and went to the church and prepared for that evenings service. The service went really good! The altar call was so far the best we have seen. There were many older ladies that came up and got prayed for and you could tell God was helping them. They were just weeping and worshiping the Lord. It has been a blessing to be here so far and we are looking forward to the final kid’s crusade service Sunday morning and the youth revival following that.
Friday was a very busy day but it was very beneficial. We started out at a military base at 730. Sister Rachel led song service and then Sister Amanda, Sister Bethany, Brother Pahlman and I testified. Just from the testimonies you could tell that the message was going to be on salvation. Brother Jacob Vaughn preached on “While it was still dark.” The message was really good and some of the soldiers actually got prayed for. Although some may have not responded the way we had hoped, we know that the word has gone forth and that the seed has been planted and we pray that God will give the increase. Later on, we went to the church to set up for the first service that night! We got the memory verses taped to the wall and we had all of the skit and game materials set up and ready to go! Service started around 7:30 that night and before that I was privileged to go with Brother Alan Sumner and pick up kids in the bus. By the time we got to church the bus seats were overfilled and kids were standing in the isles! It was amazing how many kids came out! It was also amazing to see the love and compassion that Brother Sumner has for these children. The love of God was just burning through him towards these children. We started service and we went through our skit and games and the children really had a good time and we did too! Then Brother Alan got up and made the altar call. Many children came flooding the altars and prayed for a good 15 to 20 minutes. We are really looking forward to what God will do in the upcoming services!
Well on Thursday we went to one military base. It was the last base till we got back to the Sumner’s. Brother Hough preached this service and he preached from Psalm 23 about the Lord being our shepherd. There were hundreds of soldiers there that morning. Sister Elizabeth led songs and a few of the girls testified that morning. As all of the other services, the presence of God was so strong there. It amazed me how the soldiers got in and helped sing the songs. You could tell that the Sumner’s have really impacted these people’s lives for God’s glory. Brother Hough preached about how the Lords rod and staff comfort His sheep and how God is able to restore and able to save and able to keep His sheep. The soldiers were very attentive and it appeared that many of them really received the word that morning. When we went to leave the Colonel wanted to speak with all of us. I was so blessed to hear what he said to us. He said he was thankful for us coming and he said that we are more than welcome to come back and that the door is open to minister there. He said he is wanting to go into pastoring and he has been studying and hoping God will use him to do so. His burden is that his soldiers get serious with God and that they raise their hands and worship the Lord. It was amazing to here this. Even in the stated are military Colonel’s don’t speak like that, I was surprised and blessed at the same time. I really hope, Lord willing that I get the opportunity to minister there again someday. Then from service we started are long voyage back to the Sumner’s house.
The Lord blessed us on Wednesday with some great services. We went to 5 different military bases and the Lord used us to speak to the people in songs, testimonies and preaching. Two services stuck out to me that day when you could really feel the presence of the Lord. We had an afternoon service when Brother Hough preached and there were many young men that came up and prayed! However, in particular there was one young man who was weeping and praying really good! It really touched my heart and we were all blessed by the way that God dealt and helped the people at that base. The other service that stuck out to me was our last military base of the day. It was night time and the preacher preached on the light in darkness. You could feel the presence of the Lord as He was helping people. Many soldiers had their hands raised and prayed at the altar call. It was a blessing to see this. God truly is good! Then after that we ate at Denny’s!!!!!