Thursday, August 18, 2016

Two Years Later

God blessed Mt. Horeb once again with the ability to start the foundation for the Honduran Dorms.  But the blessing of this it is coming exactly two years later to the date of the start of the North American Dorms.  God is good.   God's provision for the start of the foundation was able to employee six new men who will be able to provide food for their six families.  Thank you God for providing us the means to continue serving YOU here on Mt. Horeb and throughout the Choluteca, Honduras areas. 
The six men arrived at 7 on Monday morning and worked diligently cleaning up the area where the foundation will be developed.  They cut, they majetted, they hauled off wood and crack up huge rocks or I might say boulders all morning long.  These six gentlemen were so grateful for work and this was evident by their work ethics.  Mike, Pastor Carlos and Manuel worked on the engineering part of the foundation.  Arnold, young man in red was busy hauling off the wood over to the multi purpose building for Senovia to use for cooking her tortillas daily.   The view from the porch was priceless:  The prayer rock and underneath the prayer rock grateful men doing their job they were hired to do. 

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

Engineering Work

After being on the place where the Honduran Dorms were being placed, there had to be some slight changes to the blue prints.  Mike, Pastor Carlos and wanting to learn Manuel looked at the blue print Mike had produced for the Honduran Dorms.  This project will be quiet different from the last dorm construction because of the lay of the land.  But how beautiful it will be to see these dorms being created underneath the landmark called the "Prayer Rock".  What an amazing gift from God.  One day our brothers and sisters of  Honduras will have their own place to come and worship and praise the Lord with their church families.  They can have sports camps, retreats for men and women and pastor conferences.  This will be a huge blessing for our fellow brothers and sisters.  All God's people shouted "AMEN".

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  John 4:;23


Now while the foundation was being produced something else was being produced as well.  There is always something great happening on Mt. Horeb.  Rudy's corn produced an abundant crop.  Rudy has been so kind to share his fruit fruits with us from his labor.  Rudy has already shared his green beans with many teams in the past.  As I was observing the foundation going down I turned around to go and their they all were on the front porch of the three young men who live on Mt. Horeb.  Rudy, Wuilmer, Manuel, Alexia, Naun, Arnold and Adrian is working hard to prepare the corn to become a delicacy here called Tamales.  They had lots of fun, fellowship and producing some great food to eat later.

Off Manuel and Alexia go to Pavana to get the corn grounded up for tamales.  Upon returning they took the mixture to Senovia for preparation of the tamales.  Meida and Alexa assisted Senovia in the preparation of the tamales.  After they were completed we all gathered around the table in the breaking of bread with our brothers and sisters.  Everyone was full of joy as they all played a huge part in making our lunch possible.  Thank you God for such an amazing staff at Mt. Horeb.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Welcome Our First Intern on Mt. Horeb

On June 27 of this year God blessed the ministry in Honduras of North Carolina Baptist Men with their first intern.  We would like to introduce you to our friend and brother in Christ, Justin.  Last year during Justin's devotional one evening the maturity of his sharing the gospel with his peers took Mike and I back a little.  We had been praying for an intern one day once we got on the ministry campus, Mt. Horeb.  Well God answered our prayer that evening.  Later in the year we asked Justin if he would prayerfully consider coming and serving 3-4 weeks with us in 2016.  The next year 2016 he gave us the answer we were hoping.  He said yes!!!
So on June 27 he arrived with some strangers from Salemburg Baptist Church.  They did not stay strangers for very long.  They received Justin with open arms and he worked beside them for their eight day visit almost daily on their construction site.  Justin made some new friends in Christ and learned so much from both teams he worked with. He also got to work eight days with Floyd's Creek Baptist Church.  Justin was a huge blessing for this team as they were low in numbers this year.  The extra hands and feet was a blessing for Floyd's Creek. 

Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, when he said to me, "Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children."
Deuteronomy 4:10

New and Old Friends

Justin was able to reunite with some old friends and working with two teams he was able to make new friends as well.  I believe his favorite friend of all during his four weeks with us was Lassie.  He and Lassie spent a lot of quality time together.  This helped Justin hopefully not miss Jake, his dog, so much.  Justin blended well with whatever age or gender the person.  He was very out going and friendly to all on the teams.  He learned a lot he shared from the teams got placed him with.  He grew closer to the Lord by working with the different teams.  He shared they did not know me personally and learned the "Me" who is in Honduras.  Justin shared how he liked himself much better while he was serving and whenever he comes to Honduras.  Justin has made his third trip to Honduras and his parents between the two of them have been here 13 times.  So Justin knew coming into this summer what to expect and meeting new friends was definitely a perk for him. 

"A friend loves at all times."
Proverbs 17:17

Justin's Meals and Sleep Time

As I observed Justin throughout his stay with us I knew he slept every night in a hammock he purchased his first day here in the gift shop of Mt. Horeb.  I really did not think too much about it.  I even joked about how long Justin was going to last sleeping in a hammock.  Well he proved me very wrong.  He slept his entire stay on Mt. Horeb, four weeks all but two nights when he stayed with Mr. Mike.  This is not all Justin did while living here for a month.  Justin decided coming in he wanted to truly live out the culture which explains the hammock.  Most of our Honduran brothers and sisters and friends sleep nightly in a hammock.  This is why Justin chose to sleep in a hammock.  He wanted to fully feel the culture and live it out while here.  As you can see there is a huge bowl of lizard soup in one picture and tremendous amount of food, hot dog, beans, etc on another plate. The beans rice and tortillas on another plate.  The entire time Justin lived here he ate small portions of food.  Under half what he would normally eat.  We take the teams to a Pupusa Restaurant on Sunday after worship for some Honduran cuisine.  Everyone would place their of some type of plate, chicken, a typical plate, but not Justin.  Justin ordered one pupusa and a soda.  That is all he would eat.  He wanted to experience what about 62 percent of the people get a day, which is one meal.  Justin wanted to feel and live out how so many here live on a daily basis.  What we can learn from our young people. Justin quoted something Mr. Mike says quiet often, "Hondurans eat to live and North Americans live to eat."  Justin took that to heart while he stayed with us those four weeks.

Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
Matthew 4:4

Justin and the Children

Justin was asked by both teams to help with VBS.  He did not have a problem with saying yes to this request.  Justin loves children and they love him.  On Sunday morning he and Mrs. Carol from Salemburg Baptist, led the Sunday School lesson while the adults worshiped.  They had help from Pastor Iinocente who led the story about Jonah and the Whale.  Justin helped Mrs. Carol by translating for her.  Another perk to having Justin he speaks Spanish.  So Mrs. Carol and Justin made an amazing team that Sunday morning.  Justin found himself on the floor with the children during their VBS activities.  Justin brought huge smiles to all children whom he met.  They were blessed to have him as he was more blessed to meet them. 

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Matthew 19:14

The Pulperia and Gift Shop

Justin was a huge blessing for me during his internship.  On July 5 I left with Salemburg to go help our daughter with our third grandson.  Justin ran the pulperia and gift shop daily while I was gone.  He opened after working all day on the construction site and opened again after devotions for the team to get ice cream or coke.  Justin did an amazing job while during my absence.  Thank you Justin for running a very efficient shop for Mt. Horeb Ministry Campus.  Job well done.
After I returned with our church family, Justin continued working the pulperia and gift shop until he left me on July 27.  This was a sad day for me to see my assist leave.  But all good things must come to an end.  Until next time Justin, Adios!!!

"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
Matthew 25:23

Many Jobs

While working with the teams he attended church with them and gave his testimony on several occasions.  Justin learned a lot from working beside Mike and Pastor Carlos.  When he was not working he could always make time for a game of street futbol or go sift sand.  Justin was always able and ready to assist wherever the need occurred. 
Justin shared during his testimony how a gust of wind literally changed his life.  He was sitting on the ground with his bible open one summer afternoon I believe and a gust of wind came by and turned his bible to Ephesians 1:15-16.  He said this scripture forever changed his life.  He accepted Christ as an eight year old not knowing what he was doing.  He said he did it because his friend Sophia did it.  But as he became a teen he realized the importance of the decision he made at the age of eight.  But he did not follow the path he should have been on.  He knew Jesus but did not know him personally.  There is a big difference and at a young age Justin knows the difference.  As a young teen Justin tried to be encouragers as a Christian to his friends, but they would have none of it.  Justin allowed these friends to pull him down and doubt his beliefs and faith in Christ.  Until that one summer afternoon, God revealed to him what his problem was, he needed to be living his life for Jesus and not man.  He needed to give his entire being to Jesus Christ and at this time on July 1, 2015 Justin rededicated his life to Jesus Christ and started living his life of encouragement for himself and others who God places in his life.  Yes, he said, "I will make mistakes but I have a God bigger than those mistakes."  Justin now relies on Christ for all things in his life. 
Folks this comes from an 18 year old young man who got closer to Jesus while serving HIM in Honduras.  Thank you Jesus for the life of Justin and for Justin being obedient to our Lord and Savior this summer and the summer of 2015.  All God's people shouted, "AMEN!"

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Some Favorite Memories

Justin made many memories during his internship with North Carolina Baptist Men.  One of his favorite was of course Lassie.  He enjoyed watching the sunsets on Mt. Horeb.  The sun sets daily here at 5:55.  When he was possible for Justin he would climb up on the rock and baste in the presence of the Lord's creation. 
Another favorite past time was the Honduran version of baseball.  Once again Justin likes himself better in Honduras.  He had never really played baseball at all until arriving in Honduras.  It is a tradition with most teams to play baseball on their last day.  Justin looked forward playing baseball with his Honduran brothers and North American brothers.  On his last day playing baseball here he got a chance to say good bye to Edwin, the star baseball player of  Honduras.  It is not baseball unless Edwin shows up.  I am glad Justin was able to speak and say good bye to his new friend who has just recently learned how to play baseball as Justin did this summer.
But last but not least it did our hearts good to see Justin being still and reading in God's word.  He spent a lot of his free time getting closer to the Lord while he served HIM here in Honduras.  Justin was able like I said earlier to share in devotions and God moments along side the teams he served with.  Justin is an inspiration and hope for the future of our young people.  He sets the standards high for his peers.  Justin shared one of his friend who came down with his home church question him after a couple of hours of being with him.  He said Justin was very different and it was a very good different.  Justin shared with his friend, "I like myself when I am in Honduras." 

Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
Luke 9:23

God's Examples

As we worked daily with Justin we saw a lot of his dad in him.  But we also saw God creating Justin to be like HIM.  We can have amazing parents which Justin definitely has and they have raised him in a strong Christian home leading by example.  Parents sat the ground work for their children, pray they could only be who God has called them to be.  Justin had hands on experience this summer in so many different areas.  Justin shared he had been here before two other times but the experience he had the four weeks he was here in Honduras he said was more than he could ever have asked for.  In Honduras I see God at work everyday in the lives of the Hondurans and North Americans. He wanted their teams and making him feel like part of their families. This summer has definitely changed Justin for the good.  He drew closer to the Lord and helped open his eyes to what God has planned for his life. 

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Welcome First Baptist Church Jacksonville

We are grateful to God first for allowing us to work beside these folks this week.  This is all of their first time to Honduras except for team leader, Ray.  Ray has been coming since 2010.  He came with another church for about four years and look at me last year and said, "Do you think I could be a team leader and bring folks?"  I said of course Ray.  And he went back to his home church and talked to his church family about the thought he had and the rest is history.  God planned and ordained this team along time ago maybe even before these young people were born.  He knew they would be here this week and at this time in Honduras.  Ray started promoting Honduras.  At one time at 14 signed up but due to circumstances beyond everyone's control and obviously wasn't in God's plan this was not the first 14.  As God took out and replaced folks several times this is the masterpiece HE came up with.  During God moment's one evening Ray shared honestly how one evening he could not sleep, so he got up and went to his living and got down on his knees and said God please take this from me.  Immediately God gave Ray the peace he needed and the team God had planned out all along.  Thank you each for accepting God's calling to come and serve our beautiful brothers and sisters of Honduras.

"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
Matthew 25:23

A Precious Family

First Baptist Church Jacksonville got the honor and prividege to bless this beautiful family with a home.  We would like to introduce to you Mariel, father and husband, mother and wife Esmeraldo, their two boys Kevin age 5 and their little man Alexander one years old.  They live in a community God recently introduced to us in March through a medical clinic, Los LLanitos, Marcovia, Choluteca, Honduras.  We met this Mariel about five months ago and shared he and his family would receive a home.  The smile on his face was one of gratitude and a prayer answered.  This little corner of our world this week was a huge blessing for all of us and Mariel and his family got a dream come true, their home where they will be safe and dry.  Thank you God for all you did to make this opportunity come available for so many of us.  All God's people said AMEN!!!!

He said: "In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.
Jonah 2:2
Mariel cried out to the Lord for a home and God provided in HIS time.