12/01/16 Intro to San Juan Pueblo

This week was the start of ministry to San Juan Pueblo.  We prayed and asked the Lord’s blessing on our efforts and went out by faith to minister to the gospel.  While making a stop at a local business, I asked the person behind the counter about the churches in San Juan.  I learned that there are a few churches here and actually one Independent Baptist Church.  Next stop was a private Christian School that we happened to drive past.  We felt led go inside to make an introduction and ask about their ministry and about local churches.  Turns out that the Lord was leading us.  The Baptist Church pastor worked at the school and we came by at the perfect time to have a good long meeting.  With the Holy Spirit’s leading in this meeting, we got off to a good start to minister the Gospel and further the steps toward the vision to plant a church in the area of San Juan.  Very exciting!  Would you like to know how to help?  Click the “Get Involved” button to make a donation.  If you would like more information about this ministry, use the contact us page.  Blessings – Rod (1 Cor.15:58)

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Listening to the Holy Spirit

John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”  God speaks in a still small voice that is unmistakably His.  Hearing the voice of the Good Shepherd is one of many of the blessings that a born again believer enjoys.  It is a necessity to pray for and develop a hearing ear, especially as a missionary.  Late one evening I heard His voice speak to me saying, “Get up and check for bugs.”  You need to understand that here we are subject to invasions of tropical critters and not just an occassional ant or roach.  That is why I responed to this voice immediately and went and turned the light on in the bathroom.  Expecting to see a roach, I was surprised to find a very large scorpion instead.    Even though I am still wondering how the scorpion came in, I am more occupied in my thoughts toward the encouragement of God speaking to me about it.   The scorpion was about 4 1/2 inches long.


10/16/2016 The Good News – Gospel of John

We hand out copies of the Gospel of John in Spanish.  On the inside and back covers there are some simple study helps for the reader to  understand the contents of the Gospel of John.  Jesus did many miracles, but only seven are recorded in the Gospel of John.   John 20:31 says, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”  I like to whet people’s appetite by talking about chapter one.    Get Involvedimg_1116

2016 092816 We preach Jesus.

People here in Honduras are generally very talkative.   I had a great witness to 3 teenage guys recently as an example.   I gave them each a copy of the gospel of John and began to direct them to a few chapters and verses.  They opened them right up and proceded to read and answer questions.  They were very respectful.  I know a person will be more likely to read, and actually do, the lessons that are in the front and back covers  if they are first guided into the the scriptures.


A Honduran pastor friend of mine invited me to preach his church’s 24th aniversary service recently.  It was a blessing to bring the message.   This is what we have to look forward to when the Lord supplys the funds.  We pray that day will come soon.

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9/01/2016 Pure religion and undefiled… James 1:27


Here I am meeting a couple of precious children at a nearby children’s home ministry.  We paid a visit to talk with the North American man who heads up the ministry to learn about the operation and the needs.  He has been working with rescued Honduran children for almost 3 decades.  I love these ministries when they have a gospel-first attitude.

Children suffer so much here in Honduras.  Many are born to unwed teenage mothers and consequently face a very bleak future.  The cycle of this type of life can only be changed by people coming to true trusting faith in Jesus Christ and leaving the life of sin.  Bringing this gospel message is what we do to bring about the necessary life choice changes.    Lord we pray that you will work through us to spiritually build Christian homes.  Time is running out.

James 1:27 says, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.“

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08/27/2016 Child’s Deliverance from Witchcraft. (Mark 9:21)

Here on the mission field we fight a battle against powers and principalities in the heavenly realm and not against flesh and blood.  I learned of one of these spiritual battles and I would like to share it with you so that you can know the power of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  There is a family I know that had their youngest daughter victimized by witchcraft through a domestic worker.   According to the father, the little girl was demon possessed for about three years and was only just recently delivered from the demon spirit by the authority of Jesus Christ.  The dad told me that the little girl could not sleep for more than 30 minutes a night before awakening screaming.  She would growl and use curse words that had never been spoken in their home.  In addition, the dad said his little daughter had super human strength and that he could not break her grip.  The dad told me that he and his wife did seek a therapist, but he knew in his heart that this was not going to deal with the real problem.  He knew his daughter was possessed and did not know how to deal with this.   With the situation going into its third year, the dad and mom began to pray for someone to help him.  That’s when he remembered a very humble Christian lady from his hometown that he was certain could help him get deliverance for the little girl.  Just a couple of weeks later the dad took a bus ride with his daughter back to his hometown and found the lady.  She invited two more of Christian friends to come over and help her pray.  After fifteen minutes of prayer nothing happened, but then the lady felt led to read a Psalm and then she proceeded to sing the Psalm.  The dad told me that the Holy Spirit manifested and with authority, in the name of Jesus, the demon was cast out.  I don’t know what Psalm was being read, but I want to make reference to Psalm 22:3 as an example to help understand what took place.  Psalm 22:3 says, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”  If they broke out singing a verse like this, it is easy to see how the Holy Spirit would manifest.  The little girl, who is five now, is very sweet and with great enthusiasm sings the children’s song, “I’m in the Lord’s Army.”  It is so awesome to have the victory in Jesus that gives us deliverance from Satan.  We proclaim the gospel of Jesus and pray that we will see people delivered from bondage to Satan.

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7/24/16 Preaching the message. Acts 17:30

Just as Paul preached in Athens, we too preach here in Honduras the same message of salvation and hope by faith in the atoning blood of Jesus Christ.  God is calling all men [all people] to repent and to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  The need for faith in Jesus is so obvious here.  May the Lord give us power in the preaching as we go out to evangelize.   Please contact us to find out how you can help win souls for Christ.

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6/09/2016 “The place was shaken” (Acts 4:31)

Prayer through the power of the Name of Jesus and in the Holy Ghost changes things both spiritually and physically.  After the believers prayed the place was shaken and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and they spake the word of God with Boldness.  Wouldn’t you like to have a prayer service like this?

Tonight we experienced our first earthquake.  The location was about 200 miles to the South in Nicaragua.  Sure would be awesome if we knew it was a church group’s prayer that caused the ground to shake.

6/07/2016 Extortion & Murder.

Extortion here in Honduras is a major concern to the population.  I can’t imagine anyone not being familiar with the problems of extortion in Latin America.  However, unless you live here, you’re going to feel a sense of separation from it.  Extortion has been here as far back as 12 years ago when I first came to this country, but it has increased in the last few years to an epidemic.   In order to help you understand the environment of the mission field that we serve in, I want to give you some details about the situation.

cristina 2016 060716The definition of extortion is the taking of something, such as money, by force or threats.  A bus company here in La Ceiba, called Cristina, was being extorted by a gang to pay about $10,000 per week.  That’s unimaginable.  When the Cristina company, perhaps, ran out of money and could not make a payment, one of the bus drivers was shot and killed by a female assassin who was posing as one of the passengers while the bus was full.  I saw the video posted by the news.  This happened in our city.  Just a few weeks before, I had used this bus company to send some personal documents to the another city.  The bus company shut down operations completely.   This should have been the end of it, but the bus company resumed operations just a few weeks later.  Today at about 6:30 AM, we were awakened by several gun shots off in the distance.   A Cristina bus was stopped by armed men, the passengers forced to get off and then the gunmen opened fire, wounding several of the people before setting fire to the bus.  The location appears to be right at a point on the highway that the police use as a checkpoint to stop traffic.  Strange location for the bad guys to choose because the police and military responded with their weapons and there were fatalities.   Think about this.  The employees probably did not know on the first go around that the company was being extorted and that their lives would be at risk if their employer did not pay.  They certainly would have been now.   This is happening to many businesses.  Now try to imagine if this were happening to your employer without your knowledge and they stopped paying the criminals, but did not tell you.   Your life would be in danger and you would not even know it.  In case you don’t know, these same gangs have a large presence in the USA.

We know an unsaved man who was supposed to be on that bus, but for what could only be the result of the mercy of God, he was not.  I would say it was is because God is granting this man time for repentance.  I will sure be talking to this man about this.  By the way, I want express my deepest gratitude to our faithful supporters.

Now let’s talk about neighborhoods.  Individual  neighborhoods have been abandoned because of extortion.  They come in and begin to extort residents and the people understand that if they don’t pay at the appointed time, they will be killed right then.  It’s that serious.  You might ask, “Can’t the police help?”  Not really.  There is, unfortunately, suspicion of corruption with the police that makes them unreliable.  However, you still have to deal with them according to the Word of God.

Extortion is not something new.  Jesus said to the scribes and Pharisees that they were “full of extortion” in Matthew 23:25.  They didn’t carry weapons, but their guards did.  Jesus confronted them and was delivered from them before they could touch him.

Now the Bible also talks about extortioners in 1 Corinthians 5 and 6.  In chapter 5, Christians are called to avoid anyone who is practicing extortion and calls himself a Christian.  We are instructed to choose not to be with them if they will not repent, and this is talking about repentance unto God.  Repentance unto God is where someone understands they have sinned against God and, after rejecting the sin, will make restitution to as many victims as they can.  Regarding the people who are extortioners and don’t claim to be Christians, the Bible makes it clear that our life in this world is going to be lived out in existence with unbelieving people who are in bondage to this sin (1 Cor. 5:10).   While practicing separation from the world, we preach repentance and remission of sins (these types of sins) in Jesus’ name (Luke 24:47).



5/24/16 Praying for souls.

Isaiah 55:8-11 is a great passage of scripture that brings to light the power of the Holy Bible, God’s word.  That word that was sown in me took a number of years before it sprouted into conviction of sin and the understanding of my need for the saviour, Jesus Christ.  As we share the word of God through evangelism, Bible study and preaching we are in continual prayer for God to open hearts up to this great salvation.  Pray for us and help us.

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Rod & Kristy Rudine: Missionaries to Honduras