Kid’s Crusade Every year we do a Kid’s Campaign (Crusade) for the kids at Iglesia Cristo te Quiere. This year, we chose to do a detective theme with a recurring inspector character every night. I was the inspector, and I had a blast! Every night, I would come in dressed in a trench coat, hat, and magnifying glass. I had detective theme music that would play while I snuck in and looked over people in my magnifying glass. The kids and adults alike loved it!
Our first night of Kid’s Crusade was about the joy of Salvation. Aaron’s character had lost the joy of his salvation. He was being made fun of for reading his Bible and praying, so he set it aside and allowed a bad attitude and disobedience to come into his heart. We searched all over for his joy, and finally found it in his Bible! The kids prayed well that night and we had a great time!
Saturday was our super busy day! We had the Guardianes at 9:00 AM in Danli, Soup Kitchen at 11:00, Saturday School #1 at 1:00, Saturday School #2 at 2:00, and Kid’s Crusade at 6:00. The Guardianes is a public school program run by the military to help keep kids out of gangs, drugs, and away from bad influences. It also gets the children interested in potentially joining the military. There were about 100 to 150 kids at the Guardianes program.
For our skit this Saturday, we acted out the story of the Good Samaritan with a modern day twist. Aaron was a street preacher preaching about loving your neighbor, and Bro. Peretic was the lawyer who came to him. I played the part of the man who fell among thieves. I had lots of shopping bags and was walking from the mall when Jeff and Ruth attacked me and took my things, leaving me for dead. Natalie was the priest who couldn’t be bothered to help, but would say some extra prayers for me at Mass. My mom stole the show wearing a feather boa, sunglasses, and a straw hat. I was too dirty for her to help, so she would scream every time I reached out for help. The kids loved her and thought it was so funny! Finally, Janelle was the Good Samaritan that came by, bound up my wounds, and told me about Jesus.
We had a great time with all of the kids at the Guardianes, Soup Kitchen, and Saturday Schools. They love to sing and they love the skits! It is so wonderful that the ladies from the church have a burden to reach the kids in their communities.
Saturday night Kid’s crusade was probably the best of all the nights. Our skit featured Aaron and Jeff trying to build houses. Jeff built his house out of cardboard and sparkly duct tape, while Aaron used the right materials like bricks and cement. When the devil came, he destroyed Jeff’s house while Aaron’s stood strong. We taught on spiritual growth that night.
Sunday morning was the last Kid’s Crusade service. Our theme was overcoming giants in our lives. The detective went over some of her biggest case files from the past. We talked about how David overcame Goliath with God’s help, how George Mueller overcame the spirit of fear and doubt with faith, and how the detective overcame the spirit of anger and bitterness through God’s love.
We had a great Kid’s Crusade this year! The kid’s loved everything from the footprints on the ground to the games and the skits. Many of the kids prayed, and overall it went well. I’m thankful for the opportunity to reach out to children and let them know just how much God loves them!
Busy week is always one of my favorite parts of the ministry here. There is nothing like going to military bases and police stations to share the gospel. It’s wonderful that the door is open here to minister to the military! They really do have a hunger and a desire to hear from the Lord. There’s always a few that choose not to respond, but the majority of the men and women do want to receive something from the Lord.
This is my third time to be with Bro. Alan on the South team. Due to some vehicle problems, only a few of us got to go south – myself, Ruth, Jeff, Rhoda, and Sis. Paula. We crammed into their Toyota Prado, strapped our luggage to the rack on top and made our way through Tegucigalpa!
Out of the many services we held, the military and police academies stick out in my mind. These two places are my favorite to visit! There is always such a wonderful spirit there. The cadets are pumped to sing the songs, especially at the military academy. Anywhere from 300-500 soldiers are singing, clapping, and praising the Lord! They love any type of songs, whether it be fast, action songs like Father Abraham or slow, meaningful songs like “Mi Pensamiento Eres Tu, Senor”. They will often request their favorites!
At the police academy, ANAPO, we were able to split the men and women apart and speak to them separately. There was a good response, especially among the men. It was Ash Wednesday, and many of the cadets had the ash crosses on their foreheads. This shows who the devout Catholics are. However, Jeff and I both spoke on salvation and deliverance in Jesus. There were two young ladies who really paid attention. I pray that the Lord spoke to their hearts and that they have truly surrendered all to Jesus. Through the divider, we could hear the men praying and singing “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”.
At the military academy there was definitely an air of excitement when the soldiers came rushing in to fill the amphitheatre. As we sang songs, they got in with all their might. Bro. Alan joked about Ruth and her big, ugly fiancé Jeff, and told them all that Rhoda and I were single and that he’d be taking applications after service. I had to get up and testify after that! Haha. Jeff preached a salvation message, and called for those who wanted to dedicate their lived to God to come forward. About 20-30 soldiers came up to the front and prayed! There was such a presence of the Lord in that service! You will never understand by merely reading what it is like to see soldiers in uniform pray for salvation. It truly is a wonderful thing!
Busy week went well despite some unexpected circumstances like traffic and miscommunications, but the presence of the Lord was with us. We are so blessed to have a small part in reaching the military and police in Honduras. Please pray with us that more of these men and women will dedicate themselves completely to the Lord and live for Him. How wonderful would it be to see a group of military and police that were on fire for God and filled with His Spirit!
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: It is wonderful to be back in Honduras again! This is my sixth time to visit Honduras with the SENT Team! Every visit has been life changing. The first year I went to Honduras, I was 17 and so excited to go on my first “real” missions trip where I would have the opportunity to minister. Six years later, I am still excited to come to Honduras and be a small part of the work going on here.
We arrived late Friday evening after an uneventful flight from Washington D.C. to San Salvador to Tegucigalpa. Even though we were only at the airport in El Salvador for an hour, I was thrilled to add another country to my list! The flights were uneventful, other than the normal rough landing in Tegucigalpa. The Toncontin Airport was once the most dangerous airport in the world, but they’ve made some modifications and it has moved down the list a few spots.
We hit the ground running Saturday morning with the Soup Kitchen. For those that don’t already know , the Soup Kitchen is a ministry that Bro. Jake Sumner started that feeds children in the area, but only after the gospel is shared. Many of the kids that come to the Soup Kitchen only get a few tortillas and salt a day. The Soup Kitchen serves the only real meal they will get all week. Some of the children live in the dump on the mountain and are the poorest of the poor.
The meal for the Soup Kitchen was hot dogs – but these are not your ordinary ballpark franks. These are hotdogs served in fresh baked buns with raw cabbage and a “secret sauce”, a.k.a, a mixture of ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise. It’s actually really delicious!
Also on Saturday are three of the Saturday Schools. Several sisters in the church had a burden for the kids in their neighborhood, so every Saturday they gather all the kids who will come and have a Sunday School type service with them. This has always been a blast! This year our skit was the story of the lame man that was healed in Acts 3. We put a spin on it by having different people come by the lame man. He would ask them for help, but no one would help him. He asked a rich woman (Sis. Peretic) for help, but she was too concerned with how dirty and despicable he was. He asked a businessman for help, but the businessman tried to sell him a cell phone. Finally, a shoe salesman (Natalie) came by and tried to sell him all kinds of shoes – soccer shoes, high heels, and Jesus sandals! Finally, the lame man came in contact with Peter and John and was healed by the power of God.
We had a great time at the Saturday Schools and Soup Kitchen! All of the Saturday Schools went well. One of the school's was a newer one that Sis. Suyapa had just started three weeks ago. Her house is on a steep hillside in town. After a bit of a struggle to get up the hillside, we made it to the top! Sis. Suyapa's grandson who is six years old ran through the neighborhood telling kids to come. They told us that he will go to kids and ask them, "Why aren't you coming? What's wrong with you?!" We ended up with about ten kids at that service!
Our final Saturday school had 78 children! That particular Saturday school has grown so much that they now have it on the side of the street. The kids responded well to the message and we had a great time!
On Sunday we left at about 8:30 to pick up people for church. I love riding the bus! You get to see the little boys and girls all spruced up, ready to go to Sunday School! The adults greet out with a smile and a "Dios le Bendiga!", Which means, "God bless you!”
Janelle and I taught the 8-12 year olds about living pure and defiled by the world. I told the story of Daniel and the 3 Hebrew boys and how they refused to eat the kings meat an later on they refused to bow to the image. I emphasized that Daniel and his friends had to make a choice to keep themselves pure from the Babylonians. Janelle gave an object lesson about how Jesus keeps us clean and used baking soda to remove food coloring from her hands.
Sunday night we had the chance to testify and sing, and Bro. Peretic preached on being present before the Lord and having the desire to be filled with the Holy Ghost. It was a great message! I always enjoy my dad's preaching! At altar call there was a wonderful spirit of desire and prayer. Sis. Maximina, one of the elderly women at the church, is desperately seeking the Holy Ghost. Another lady, Sis. Luz, was filled with the Holy Ghost! Praise the Lord! I was so encouraged to see many of the youth praying in the altars. Some of them I had never seen get in that good.
One young lady in particular was on my heart. She has been my buddy since I first came. She is 15 now and is really struggling spiritually. She seemed to be distant in the service, but as the altar call went on, she began to pray. Rhoda spent some time interceding with her and brought her to the front. She did pray for quite a while, but she still needs a greater touch from the Lord.
We have had a wonderful beginning to our trip! We've been blessed with a great spirit in the services. As we prepare to start busy week ministering to the military and police, I am looking forward to the Lord transforming lives and encouraging the men and women who serve the country of Honduras!