“…that at the name of JESUS every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD!” Philippians 2:10-11
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
It truly is a blessing and a privilege to work together with you to further God’s kingdom! At the writing of our last newsletter, the teams from Boot Camp had just left for their projects. So now, it is with great praise and honor to the Lord, that we can report the results of the last Boot Camp! With two teams hiking in the mountains, one team biking in the city, and one team doing a construction project, God used all of them to reach the Honduran people with the Gospel message. Through songs, puppets, dramas, clowns, and testimonies, the teams were able to give presentations in parks and marketplaces, and they talked to people one-on-one in their homes. Besides the 13 team members who accepted Jesus at Boot Camp, 184 children and adults prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior during the three-week project time! Hallelujah! Thank you so much for your prayers, and please continue to pray – that these new Christians will be able to find good churches and will remain faithful to the Lord. Also pray that those who were team members will continue strong in their walk with the Lord. On the last day of Debrief, 61 of the 76 team members and leaders, made commitments to give their lives in service to the Lord in some type of ministry. Praise the Lord for that!
While there may be many who can go on missions trips and see large numbers of people praying to accept Christ, there are not so many who are going to the most remote and difficult parts of the world. That is one of the reasons that Teen Missions exists. We give a hard, difficult training so that when you are out in the mountains, and the mosquitoes are biting, the mud is all over everything, there’s no supermarket to buy your food, there may not even be electricity, but you stick it out and you don’t give up. And that is just the short-term training. Long-term missions may have greater trials; the people could spread rumors to ruin your reputation. Do you give up then? Or do you maintain a testimony that eventually draws them all to the loving arms of the Heavenly Father? Our goal is to train missionaries to have such strong character and faith in Jesus, that they will be able to go to the most difficult places and stay long enough to make a difference. Most of the team members hate Boot Camp and want to go home, but of those who finish, almost every single one will tell you how much their lives were changed and how thankful they are for the ministry of Teen Missions. We would like you to be able to read one of the testimonies:
“My name is Melbyn Sauceda. The 10 days of Boot Camp were really hard for me because I was lazy, but God began to work on me. Then we went to the project, and it was difficult because it was uncomfortable and cold, but God continued working on me. He was breaking down my pride and a wrong way of thinking that I had before because when I used to go to church, I was just keeping a bench warm. I didn’t talk to anybody about Jesus, but on our project, we visited a lot of people, and even though they were not Christians, they opened their homes and were so friendly to us. I could see that we brought happiness to the hearts of many children and adults through our testimonies and sharing about Jesus. This changed my life, my heart, and my way of seeing Christianity. Many people accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. My heart is overflowing with joy because I could work for the Lord, putting aside the comforts that I had in my home. It has been worth it. God has dealt with my heart, He has opened my spiritual eyes, and I want to continue doing the same as I have learned at Teen Missions.” And He did! Keep reading…
During Debrief, Chico talked to many of the team members who were interested in coming to the Bible School. Thank you to those who were praying because, after the two week break, the term started up with SIX new students! Some of you will remember the students who were here last year, Ramiro, Elmer, Jose, and Gabriel. The new students are Stephanie and Mary, Bryan, Eleazar, Jesus (a common name in Latin America), and Melbyn—yes, the one whose testimony you just read! Jose and Gabriel are two boys who did not go to school, but they wanted to come to the Bible School. We made a first-time exception last year, allowing them to live and work here while they attended a GED program. This year, they continue with the GED program on Saturdays, but Monday through Friday they are students here at Teen Missions Bible, Missionary, and Work Training Center. The students’ time is divided into three parts: class, work, and ministry. Besides Chico, there are pastors and others in the area who volunteer their time to teach classes. For the work time, we have been focusing on gardening, including the coffee which is doing well. Daniel and Samuel have been working with the animals. We now have five cats, two ducks, five goats, 16 chickens, and 29 baby chicks! Having babies around is always fun, be they human or animal! And finally, for ministry, we have divided the students into several groups this term. Jose and Gabriel continue to work with a church in Santa Cruz. They have been doing evangelism and meetings with people in their homes on Saturday evenings and then a Sunday school with the kids on Sunday mornings. The other eight students are divided into groups of three (with staff girls Dunia and Karina taking turns going with them) and working with three different churches in San Isidro. This year we are trying something new by inviting kids who normally don’t go to church to come on Saturday afternoon. We play one or two games and then give a 30-minute Bible Study and finish off with a snack. So far, each group has had 20 and 40 children each week! Some might think that 30 minutes for Bible study would be boring for kids who usually don’t go to church, but our prayer is that we would be able to share vital truths from God’s Word that will take root in their hearts, and their lives will be transformed! Please pray with us that these kids will eventually change the community and the country by the power and grace of God. With Honduras being one of the most dangerous countries in the world, there is a great need for change! Unfortunately, many of those who call themselves Christians are too much like the world to be able to make a difference.
Chico has continued attending classes at the University in San Pedro Sula and by God’s grace, he is doing well. To save time and money, he stays with a friend there from Wednesday to Saturday. God has opened many doors for him to take advantage of the time when he is not in classes. Besides the men’s group once a month, he is also going to be sharing in a home group each week. Chico’s father, who has been here as a volunteer for the past three years, is in Tegucigalpa right now because he needed some medical work done. He had cancer detected and so we would appreciate your prayers for him—he IS a Christian! Birthdays came around so Daniel is now 14, Samuel is 12, and Abi is 4. Thank you for those who were praying for her leg that was broken as it has healed completely and we are so thankful for that! Daniel and Samuel keep busy with school, Awana, and taking care of the animals and their garden. They are also getting excited about the teams they are signed up for this summer. The Preteen trip to Israel was canceled due to security issues, but Samuel was able to switch to a team that is going to South Africa. It should be a humbling experience as their project is to wash the feet of children who live without shoes and then give them shoes and socks! Daniel is learning about trusting God as he must first get a visa before he can go on the team to Russia. This team will be helping out with Teen Missions Boot Camp for Russian youth! Please join us in prayer that God’s will be done, whatever that may be.
God’s grace and your prayers and financial gifts work together to allow this ministry to continue. We are grateful both to God and to you for allowing us to be a part of it. We pray that you will be blessed to know what God is doing in Honduras and that He will use you mightily to be a light where you are. May He cover you with His love, protection, and provision and fill you with His peace and wisdom.
With great love and appreciation,
Chico, Kathy, Daniel, Samuel, and Abigail
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