Thursday, May 25, 2017

Our Journey to La Criba with New Hope Baptist Church

Our church family, New Hope Baptist Church returned for another year of serving our Lord along side of us and our Honduran staff.  Their road trip was not a long one praise the Lord.  It was a rocky one once we got off the main road to head to La Criba where they came upon some very excited children. Aille the six year daughter was jumping up and down and clapping as we climbed the hill to get to the lot where her new home was going to be built.  Mike shared this was probably her very first Christmas ever.  She was finally getting a home where she will not get wet and will be safe at night while sleeping.  What a joy it was to see the excitement from the lives of these children.  This was probably the first time we ever had a greeting as humbling as was with little Aille.  Thank you God for allowing children to show us Your Grace and Mercy through their lives.

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father's Son, will be with us in truth and love.
2 John 1:3

Ron's God Moment

Team leader, Ron, arrived a very happy man.  The night before he said I pray those blocks are in the center of the foundation.  The morning of leaving for the project Ron shared how I sure hope those blocks are in the center of the foundation.  Ron arrives just simply beside himself.  God's provision of the blocks inside the foundation was an answer to Ron's several request of please let those blocks be inside of the foundation.  God takes care of all our needs if we only let HIM know what they are.  I said our needs not our wants.  This was huge need for team leader, Ron and he was forever grateful to God for listening to his prayer concern.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
1 John 5:14

Walter, Delsie and Children

We would love for you to meet the sweetest family from Arcola Oyuela, La Criba, San Lorento Valle.  Walter has a lovely wife named Delsie and they together have five beautiful children.  Their oldest is named Walter, Jr. age 12, Orlin age 11, Dani, age 8, Jason age 3 and their only little lady is named Aille age 6.  Every single one of these little ones have the most kind and gentle spirit well except for little Jason who was always into something or talking non-stop.  You could be anywhere on the property, says Lizzy, and you could hear Jason over all the rest.  They were proud of their new home they were finally getting after many years.  This is a community we did not get to go to often because it was so far out.  Now we are Mt. Horeb God has given us opportunities to go further out into many directions.  Thank you God for sending us to this precious family this week. 

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Introduction of New Friends

God blessed us as we gathered for the introductions and the one of may prayers to be prayed this week.  The circle was quiet large because of Walter and his many family members.  We brought along a lot of Honduran help along with the North Americans who were so eager and ready to meet the family they have been praying so earnestly for and now they got to meet their new friends. Walter proudly introduced his wife, Delsie and their children.  Team leader Ron allowed the team to introduce themselves as Mike introduced the extra Honduran help God provided this week.  This team was very blessed with a lot of Honduran help.  God is so good.Image result for God's provision bible hub

Mike's Block Crew

Mike hired out a few good North Americans to help get the special blocks cut while other stuff was going on around them.  Ron, Gordon, Ken, Lizzy Ken and Betty Lynn kept Mike very busy.  They laid out the blocks in rows of three so Mike could quickly get the blocks cut.  Betty Lynn came behind him knocking out the center nubs from the cutting.  Gordon, Ron, Ken  and Lizzy moved the blocks to another location ready to be laid as needed.  They continued this process until all the blocks were cut. Gordon came on board after Mike and I left to continue the special orders as needed for the home.  It takes a lot of different jobs to get these 800 blocks and 52 bags of cement into a home.  This is just one of many jobs the team worked at diligently this week.  During this process alone there is at least four jobs to do to bring a block to the size it needs to be and ready to be placed on the foundation of this home.

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
2 Corinthians 5:1

Christ is the Cornerstone

Pastor Carlos, Alex, Cristobal and Moses got to work setting the cornerstones for this home.  There was only one problem it was not level and there was not enough room on one of the walls to lay the blocks.  This was a first time opportunity for Pastor Carlos and Mike.  But they put their heads together and off they went correcting a small error in putting down the foundation.  Walter got out there with them to correct the mistake as well.  He worked hard to get it just like Pastor Carlos wanted with joy on his face. As the mistake became history very quickly the four corners became one.  This was corrected so quickly with a lot of hard work from the Hondurans we are so blessed to have had this week helping us make this house a home.

"I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
Jeremiah 32:27

Hard Work Mixing Mescal

The job site was such a tight fit they had to move the mescal crew to the bottom of the hill.  The Honduran men, maybe six total, were bringing water from somewhere down the hill to the location of the mescal pile.  The cement came from Carla's home, the mother and grandmother of all these beautiful folks.  There was materials coming from all directions to get this mescal going and ready to lay the first block.  These gentlemen worked hard all week for their family and friend Walter.  Walter worked hard right beside them carrying the bags of cement down the hill and turn around carrying the buckets of mescal up the hill.  Amazing energy level these Honduran men have.  Walter wanted this home so desperately he would of done whatever it took to get the job done.  This is one of many task Walter performed this week.  The team shared how he went behind them and others smoothing out the joints on his new home.  He took great pride in this project which was quickly becoming a home.

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
James 4:10

Praying Over the First Block

The family gathered around the first block towards their new home.  As I stood there watching all this come together above them was God's grandeur beauty of some very luscious green hillsides.  The family squatted down over their block with each hand placed on this block.  The team gathered around the block touching one another in praise unto the Lord.  Team member, Ken prayed the prayer over the first block, actually challenging the family through scripture to make this house God's house everyday.  As Ken concluded his prayer everyone shouted AMEN!!!

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people--
1 Timothy 2:1

Every Corner Had a Honduran

The first morning everyone had a Honduran working by their side at the very beginning or very close by.  We count Mike as a Honduran in these pictures just saying.  The Hondurans are so patient and understanding towards the North Americans who come here to serve their Lord and Savior.  Pastor Carlos is the most patient of all with us each and every week.  Pastor Carlos is an amazing teacher, humble and content in his work for the Lord.  He will tell you very quickly he serves the Lord first and then man.  It is so obvious in his mannerisms towards all he works beside.  Betty Lynn and Reba adventured out on their hon filling in the joints on the first row.  This was not these two ladies first rodeo.  They knew exactly what to do and did it well.  Mike and Ron were having a small problem on one of the corners because of the foundation was off a little but they persevered and got it fixed.  Moses worked beside Lizzy and on day two look at her and some come on Lizzy let's get to work.  Off Lizzy went to help Moses who is also a blessing to our ministry.  He has been with us since March 3 and does a phenomenal job.  Reba shares how she loves to hear him sing hymns as they ride to and from the project each day.  Reba gets to set in the front seat of the Land Cruser  and be so blessed by his gift of music.  Thank you to Alex and Cristobal who were work horses.  Alex was a quiet but steady worker shared Betty Lynn.  Lizzy had a hard time keeping up with Cristobal who worked quickly and efficiently and did a beautiful job as well.  We are so blessed to have committed helpers when needed to get God's work to completion.  Gordon, Ken and Ron were grateful for all the help God provided for them this week.  God is good all the time and all the time God is good

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
Psalm 118:8
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6
"But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
Jeremiah 17:7
Such confidence we have through Christ before God.
2 Corinthians  3:4

Ron and Mike Solving the Problems

Mike and Ron, long time friends stood there discussing the week ahead.  First of all how everything will flow throughout the week.  The team was surrounded by God's beautiful creation.  Gordon made a comment of all the times he has been here he has never seen it so green and lush as it is this year.  Everyone worked so hard the first two days.  People come from all around to watch and work beside Walter and Denslie.  Lizzy shared how it is so beautiful to come here and witness the sense of community and how everyone helps out a neighbor or a friend.  Ron said we need to do more of this back home.  And Ken shared he agreed we need to be the hands and feet of Jesus wherever we go. 
Ken is a construction worker by trade so we appreciate you coming Ken and being flexible and building this home the Honduran way and not the North American way.  It has to be a hard task to do your trade a different way for five days.  God was good by working through you this week. 

Then, Lord," Simon Peter replied, "not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!"
John 13:9

Fellowship and Food

Each day Betty Lynn and Lizzy, with the help of Reba one morning do to some unseen circumstances, got up at 5:30 to cook breakfast for their team.  They had scrambled eggs, bacon and toast each morning.  But one particular morning the team a true Honduran breakfast Pastor Brian.  Yes we had baleadas as and they were so delicious.  The porch of the multi-purpose building is a great place to drink your coffee and enjoying a lot of laughter and good conversation with friends.  This facility is such a blessing for this ministry.  There is so many beautiful moments shared here and Betty Lynn says it is like being closer to God sitting on the porch of the multi purpose building.  We can see all God's beauty all around us and feel close to Him while doing our quiet time each day.  It is a place of renewing of our spirit.  Ken shared it helps us get away from the fast pace back home. Ron concurred he always feel refreshed and closer to the Lord while here.  We are grateful to God He provides such a place for our North American families who come through.  Mike and I are blessed to get live this everyday.  I am forever grateful I said yes eight plus years ago.

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Revelation 3:20 


We now know where a lot of the concrete comes from that is repairing the roads from Choluteca to Tegus.  We road by the first morning to about fifty or more trucks parked one by one side by side in a huge empty lot waiting to get into the facility which makes the concrete mixture.  Each day they were lined up on the road waiting their turn to enter into the facility to load up and head back out to delivery the concrete to make the many miles of road which actually is going to be very nice once it gets completed.  There is a lot of folks involved in this process and praise God how many jobs this huge project is providing for the people from Tegus to Choluteca. 

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."
Matthew 21:22

We Have Guest

Our neighbor down the street ask if she could graze her cattle on our property.  We said of course you can.  The grass is so green and this will be some great food for our four legged friends.  Daily we here the moos going on over on the side lot of Mt. Horeb.  But the great news about her grazing her cows here she wanted to pay us for doing this.  Mike shared oh no this is not necessary but if you would like to let us have of these beauties we would graciously take one.  So we are now the proud owners of a cow and possibility her calf.  Now we have chickens, turkeys and cows.  Maybe one day we can get goats too.  Who knows what God has in store for Mt. Horeb.

The righteous care for the needs of their animals
Proverbs 12:10a