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.Get Involved
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.Get Involved
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.
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.
The 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).
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.Get Involved
Here is a picture of me sharing the gospel with a parking lot attendant. Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” Every chance we get to share the gospel, we take it. It’s a mindset we have to always have. Evangelizing for Jesus is the number one thing we live for. I find that many people here are willing to listen and at least this gives me opportunity to sow the Word in them. If we sow abundantly, we will reap abundantly. Could you please pray with us for funds to obtain gospel tracts?Get Involved
The heartbeat of the living church of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ beats froms Acts chapter 2 all the way to today here in La Ceiba. The Spirit of the Father is calling out a people unto himself. High above the city from a small house with a big view of the ocean, I met with my new friends and Christian family members to worship Jesus and bring a message from the Bible. It’s my prayer that God will birth a church through this meeting.
The early church as mentioned in Acts 2:46 “[continued] daily with one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house…with gladness and singleness of heart.” They were in prayer every day and were in agreement as they shared the Word of God. One of the true evidences of the working of the Holy Spirit is when people are in agreement and in submission to the Lord. God truly makes his children understand the “mi casa es su casa” attitude in Latin America. To experience this is to know the most incredible love – perfect love in Jesus Christ. Get Involved
Let’s face it, even though the Latin American culture is known for having a family focus, there exists an enormous amount of dysfunction in a large percentage of the families. I know it’s true that there is not much divorce here, but that’s because many relationships are conducted without exchanging the vows. Make no mistake about it, that kind of relationship is only fornication. We are trying to minister to a number of the youth that have had a parent up and leave. Pray for us to be able to help bring them into a relationship with Jesus.
In the book of Acts, the early church’s meeting places included peoples’ homes. This is a common practice even as yet today for missionaries working to plant churches. We are witnessing the beginning of our first house church. One of the employees of a local business that I visit regularly was prompted by some things that I said to him to commit to using his home for the start up of a church. His work schedule was a hindrance to church attendance, but he decided to make a commitment to a certain time on Sunday evening any way. The Lord is blessing it by causing others to join in. I can’t begin to express how exciting news this is. We already have four families involved and will be having services weekly. We praise the Lord for using us to get this going. Hope to have some video of an upcoming meeting. Please pray for us for safety and anointing for ministry of the Gospel.
The warm climate makes this country teaming with ants of all sizes. Everytime I see them I think of Proverbs chapter six, starting in verse 6 that says, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” I am not lying around thinking about the ants, but usually dealing with them while busy doing things such as in this case.
One night we were in the middle of cooking and happended to notice a really, really large ant of about 3/4 inches appear crawling on the floor. Not so unusual to have an occasional visitor like this. The fly swatter takes care of them and you keep right on working. But, it was not long before there were more and more popping up. I looked up to see where they were coming from and they were crawling through the seams around the acoustical ceiling tiles. I knocked them down and swatted them until there were no more. My suspicions of a march going on up in the attic space were confirmed when I saw a string of them running along the top of the wall in our kithchen/living room area. After I filled up the dust pan with the dead ants, I called my neighbor to come and look at them. He came, saw them, and told me there are actually bigger ones than that here in Honduras. Interesting. After he had left to return to his home, I got a phone call from him about 10 minutes later. I could tell immediately from the sound of the smacking fly swatter in the background that the ants had marched over to his house. He was laughing and calling to tell me about it. We’re not sure what those ants would eat, but we’re glad they didn’t find any thing here. As far as the Proverb 6:8, I already had my food and no plans to share with the ants.