Our Beloved Friends and Family,
Greetings from Honduras, where we are so thankful for all of you! Your prayers, financial support, and words of encouragement have blessed us and enabled us to bless the lives around us as a result! It is humbling, but we are truly grateful to God for the amazing people who support the ministry here in Honduras and our family.
Fall 2011 We enjoyed a typical Honduran fall this year – just the way the Indians would have spent it – with home grown coffee, corn, and beans! A lot of work, but tasty rewards. The corn is not as sweet as the corn we are used to eating in the U.S., but it is used to make tortillas. It is quite a process. Daniel and Samuel helped with getting all the kernels off of the cobs; then it is cooked with lye and ground into the dough that tortillas are made from. The coffee is also quite a process, and we were blessed to have students that knew how to do it. First it is sun-dried, then ground to get the shell off, then toasted, and then ground again, to be ready to make our morning pot of coffee! The students also spent many work hours chopping the weeds around our new coffee plants. We plan to use the profits from the coffee to help support the student’s internships and future missionary graduates from the Teen Missions in Honduras Bible School.
Chico taught the book of Acts during the fourth term of Bible classes. He loves teaching any class, but that class is particularly exciting, because it teaches all about the first Christians and the first missionaries! The students were good learners and asked lots of questions.The term was ended with separate essays on the ministry of a missionary.
The students did several different types of ministry this past fall: their normal weekend ministry, promotion for Boot Camp, and a one week trip to Nicaragua. During the weekend ministry, they were doing door-to-door evangelism to lend a hand to two local churches. Although there were only two people who prayed to accept Christ as Savior, we know their witness and testimony was a huge light and God’s Word was planted in the lives of many children and adults. As staff and students travel to different parts of Honduras each year sharing about the ministry of Teen Missions, it is normal that we are blessed as we try to be a blessing as well. The surprise for us this year was that two teenagers prayed to receive Jesus as their Savior after one of our presentations! We praise the Lord for that extra blessing! Finally, the students were able to go on a short mission’s trip to Nicaragua in September. They did dramas in parks, gave away clothing, and did door-to door evangelism, with the result of four new people who are now part of God’s eternal family! When we get to heaven, we will get to meet all these people, from all over the world, who came to know Jesus because somebody reached out to them. You are part of the “somebody”, because we would not be able to go without the prayer and financial support that you give! Thank you and please continue to pray for these people, that they will stay faithful to the Lord, and for all of us to always boldly proclaim the gospel with love. (Eph. 6:19)
After all of our praying and all of our promotion, we did not have as many people come for Boot Camp this year as WE had desired, and it was discouraging at first. But then we realized that we did have just the number that GOD desired and we became thankful. We had 33 team members and 12 leaders, that made for three teams of 11 team members and four leaders on each team. God brought the volunteers that we needed as well. We did not know ahead of time who would come – this is a real faith-builder! But God did answer many of our prayers. The leaders were all spiritually mature Christians who were good examples for their teams. The members were great, they were interested, obedient, and had good attitudes in spite of the rain. We heard some testimonies of lives that were changed by God’s power. One example is Moises. He has been angry with his mother for years, because when he was a young boy, she left her family to live with another man. Now Moises wants to go talk to her and forgive her and share Christ with her.
Another example is Gabriel. He has always felt looked down on because he didn’t go to school past first grade and cannot read. Now he has given that over to the Lord and feels the Lord wants him to goto Bible school and be a missionary! We have decided to accept the suggestion of our director, Mr. Bland, to allow him to stay one year with us while he learns to read and then he could begin as a Bible school student after that. The volunteers that God brought were hard working and cheerfully accepted each task that was asked of them. Wow, what a difference that makes from previous years when I remember dreading to have to ask someone for help, for fear of the response. Finally, we are so thankful to God for the way He worked it out so that we could have many special guest speakers this Boot Camp. It was great for the youth to be able to hear from Hondurans who are missionaries. We had an older man who is a missionary to China, and a young man who is preparing to go to Indonesia. We also had two men who are working here in Honduras; one in local communities and the other in tribal villages. It was a blessing to have a staff member from TeenMissions International, Steve Petersen, who shared about what Teen Missions is doing around the world. We even had a representative from IMB, whose job is as a mobilizer here in Honduras. He shared that there are so many opportunities available in missions right now for Latino young people! While they were here in training, we impressed the need on their hearts – the majority of the world is dying and going to hell. Who is courageous enough to
take the gospel to them? Now they are out on their projects getting a chance to put their training into practice. God will call some of these young people to serve Him full-time on the mission field. Please join us in prayer that they will hear God’s call and be obedient to answer. Some of them may choose to get further missions training here at the Bible school, so we pray that God will make it possible for as many as He would call to come.
There will be a big change at Teen Missions in Honduras this year, because, if all goes as planned, Benjamin and Ana have accepted the invitation from Teen Missions International and will be going to Ecuador to run the Teen Missions base there – wow! We will certainly miss them, but after all, that’s what we are all about – we are training people to take the Gospel all over the world. They are a couple with a passion to reach the lost – so who better to send to spread that passion on to South American young people? God’s timing is amazing, because as Chico was teaching the Acts class, God was teaching him about letting go (see Acts 13:1-3). So, they are scheduled to go at the beginning of February (yes, 2012!) If any of you would like to support them, please let the main office know (Teen Missions Int’l in Florida). Amidst the excitement, please pray for them as everything will be very new and there will be difficulties, but God’s grace will be sufficient.
There will be some differences for the Chicas family this year, also. For one thing, we will not be leading a Teen Missions team over the summer months. However, we are tentatively planning a visit to Oregon near the end of August/beginning of September. We sure look forward to seeing as many of you as we can! Another difference is that Chico will be attending a Theological training school for the next two years. It is located an hour and a half south of the Teen Missions Honduras base and he will be there approximately two weeks out of each month of the year. The purpose for this is to fulfill the changing laws in Honduras requiring that Bible schools are run by someone with a degree in Theology. (Not a bad idea!)
Finally, we would like to share with you that Daniel has it in his heart to go on a team to Africa this summer.
Interestingly, the team is to the country of Malawi, the “warm heart of Africa” where I first went as a team member 20 years ago! If any of you would like to donate specifically for Daniel to go on the Malawi pre-teen team, please make a note of it when sending the donation in to Teen Missions International.
May God bless you with peace and grace, and keep you holy and without blame before Him in love (Eph. 1:1-4).
Together with you for the Kingdom, Francisco, Kathy, Daniel, Samuel, and Abigail Chicas