There is nothing more exciting than going to people that are off the beaten path for the sake of the gospel. It’s interesting to see how people live in places like the mountains. Folks figure out how to get by. As I take in all the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells there is an overwhelming desire to share experiences such as these with others. I am realistic in saying that a few pictures, or a video, simply will not be sufficient to explain to anyone just what it is like out there. I can hardly wait for a shipment of Bibles to come in from the BEAMS Bible Ministry so we carry them to these people. Would you like to know how you can help?
As we drew near to the end of 2016 we reached out to the children at a local children’s home. We presented the gospel by using the Abeka Flasha Cards. These really hold the little kid’s attention, as well as present the salvation message effectively. After presenting the gospel, almost all wanted to receive Jesus.
As the new year is getting started we are looking forward to what the Lord has in store and believing Him for great things. We are praying about an opportunity to use an old church building to have our meetings. We try to look at things through the vision that God gives. Ephesians 5:15-17 puts our thoughts and actions in perspective saying, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
This is a cute picture. The message and name of Jesus is so powerful, and to see it in the hand of this precious little Honduran girl is so moving. The sign says, “Jesus is the way out”, a reference to John 14:6 where Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, No man commeth to the Father but by me.” Are you in the Lord’s army? Would you like to be apart of this frontline battle? Click the Get Involved button. Blessings! – Rod (1 Cor. 15:58) Get Involved
My friend Willy, along with his congregation, put on a special event during the morning hours Sunday, 9 AM to 1:30 PM, to preach the Gospel to the community. They held the event at the municipal park located in the center of town where there are a lot of people. I joined them to help with witnessing. With only a few minute notice Willy asked me to take the microphone and preach. After just a short 25 minutes of personal salvation testimony and an evangelistic message from John 3:1-19, with a call to repentence, two people were pricked in their hearts to call upon Jesus to deliver them from their sin. We praise the Lord Jesus and give glory to God for the fruit that came from the preaching of the Word. This is a good start in San Juan Pueblo. I pray it encourages you as much as it does us. Please pray for us as we follow up. If you would like to help us, click the Get Involved button below. Blessings! (1 Cor. 15:58)
One vehicle is what we depend on to get back and forth to our ministry areas. You can nurse bad battery connectors and an old battery only so long as you wait for that special love offering that never comes. Eventually it catches up to you. It was after dark during an emergency grocery store run, when the battery just pooped out on me. Yes I had to call a friend to come and use my jumper cables for the first time. That got me home. I had to park on the street for the night in order to get a jump start from someone in the morning to go into town and get a new battery. In the morning I was greeted by a flat tire too. I got my jump start and used my air pump to breath life back into the tire and went into town. I got the new battery and terminals for $137. Fortunately the tire could be patched, although the leak was on the sidewall. I was so glad I was able to save the tire for now. It went flat on me twice before I was able to get it to a repair shop. I stopped as quick as I could to avoid ruining the tire. Being stranded with mechanical problems on the mission field is pretty tough. You praise the Lord no matter what, but especially for every little thing that goes in your favor. Every place I was stranded, or having to make an emergency stop, was far better than some. I praise the Lord for that. Now I am still praying for that special love offering. I think the truck is safe to drive to our ministry area for now. Thank you Jesus that you promise to never leave us, nor forsake us. Back to soul winning.
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)
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.
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 Involved
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.