Today we head back. I trust in the future I will be able to make it back to Honduras to minister again. It is good to be heading back to the States, but this has been a very rewarding trip. God not only used us as a team, but I know many of us were challenged to have a greater vision for the Kingdom of God. How small many of our plans are. God can work miracles. We are coming back to the States with testimonies of salvation, baptism in the Holy Ghost, and healings that took place. How great it is to see that God is still working all over the world! Through this trip I have personally been challenged and as a result made some new commitments. I look forward to see what God will do in the future. For the last time signing off. God bless!
Today was an easy day. We went shopping and sightseeing. It was the first and only stress free and easy day. After we got back to the house we played a few games of volleyball and corn-in-the-hole. I would not tell any of the other team members this and ask that you not say anything about it either, but I never lost a game all night. I played every game as well. Lol! Anyway, tired but can’t wait to see Micah A.K.A. “Lil’ Man” again as well as my beautiful wife and daughter.
Today we went to three different bases including the Language school. Services at the language school were all held in English. It was amazing to see the people respond so well and be able to communicate back and forth with them. I think they had as much fun as we did. There were times when we ran into trouble understanding one another and had to get creative with explaining what we were trying to say. We managed and established new friendships.
Love it down here but can’t wait to see my family again soon. Love you Micah, Moriah, and Victoria!
Today we finished working on the benches and tables. Finished everything except for the painting of the tables. I think we were all pleasantly surprised with the amount of work we accomplished in a short amount of time. God gives strength to labor when we need it the most.
Tonight was the last night of the youth revival that started on Sunday night. It was a bitter sweet night. I think we were all a little sad to see it come to an end. Bro. Pahlman preached excellent tonight. I had been praying with a young man that didn’t seem to be getting anywhere. Tonight for the first time tears began to run down his face as he prayed. God is touching hearts.
Today we put together frames for benches and tables that will be used in the soup kitchen. It took longer than I was hoping. Tomorrow is the last day we will have to work on them so hopefully we can get a lot done.
Tonight James preached a great message about coming out of the box. It really seemed to challenge some of the young people. They really responded well and spent some time in prayer. James, “el-manoSantiogu” (I don’t know if the Spanish is spelled right as I’m still trying to learn it) rode on the bus with me. We played with the kids all the way home.
Thus far it has been a really great trip. Bro. Pahlman said that it has either been the best or right at the top of all the trips here. The Lord has really been moving mightily.
Wow! What a day! The morning service closed out the kid’s crusade. It ended with an altar call for those needing the Holy Ghost. The young people flooded the altars. One young boy received the Holy Ghost! Bro Sumner said he watched kids get in and pray that had never really prayed so fervently before.
I was scheduled to preach the evening service. Before the service ever got to me it was extremely high. Right when Bro. Alan Sumner motioned me to the platform, some of the ladies started shouting. The moment I stepped on the platform I felt the anointing so strong. I exhorted for a few minutes and called them into the altar. Many of the young people cried and prayed for quite some time. God was doing a deep work in the lives of these Honduran believers all day.
In the morning and afternoon we traveled to various Saturday schools. We put on a skit about Nehemiah for several children at each school. They loved it and really seemed to get into the story. The first place we acted out the Nehemiah skit was at the soup kitchen. After acting out the skit, we had the privilege of giving soup to over a hundred children who were hungry along with a few adults as well.
This evening’s crusade with the children closed well. Sis. Amanda felt a burden to pray for the sick. Bro. Alan Sumner gave the altar call and a number of people responded. We began to pray for the sick and several of them really got help. Some of them shouted. It was good, but seemed like an odd way to close out a kid’s crusade.
Today we had one service with the police in Danli. They were very receptive to the message Jacob Vaughn preached as he shared his testimony. Several hands went up as the officers invited Christ into their hearts. We went to the church after the service and set up for the kids crusade we would be having the next three days. Wasn’t sure what to expect. About one-hundred kids gathered into the church building for service. We had a lot of fun, played games, got to know a few of them. Some of the little kids won’t leave me alone now. Lol! I guess that is a good thing. Praying tomorrow night goes even better as God reaches down and touches their lives.
This morning we had one service with the soldiers. Several hundred soldiers gathered to hear the Gospel preached to them. They listened attentively as we testified, sang, and preached to them about their need of a Great Shepherd. Some of them laughed and interacted as they seemed to get the message at the beginning. As the service progressed, many were serious. When the altar call was made, many raised their hands and asked Christ into their hearts. After the service was over, the Colonel who was over that entire base, Colonel Coca, met with us and thanked us greatly for bringing the Word of God to his men. We were invited back anytime we wanted to come. He was twice a soldier; first in the army of the Lord, and second in the Honduran military. The open doors here are absolutely amazing. It seems like everywhere we go, there is an open door for the Gospel.
On the way home we felt like real missionaries. Bro. Scott Sumner and his wife took us to a fish restaurant overlooking Lago de Yojoa which is one of the well-known lakes in Honduras. James Hardy joined me in living the life of a missionary as we ate fish eyeballs and fish brain. (Actually, truth be known, I ate one eyeball and spit the brains back out.) Once home, we joined up with the South Team and after eating supper, rested and prepared for the next day.
Looking for God to do so much more!
Today we had some very good services. In the afternoon I preached an illustrated message from Romans 7:20-25 and spoke of the body of death. As the message came to a close I could feel the presence of the Lord. I could tell He was dealing. At the end I let Bro. Scott pray and give the invitation to come forward. Several young men came and stood across the front of the church. One of them in particular, wept as he prayed. He attempted to stop but his entire frame shook as he prayed under the conviction of the Holy Ghost. The Sumners told us that it is very unusual to see a Honduran express emotion so openly. May God be glorified! It was such a sweet presence that filled the entire place as the service was closed.
Praying for greater things yet. May God’s will be done.