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.
Honduras has more of the special recognition days than you could ever imagine. This month they recognize Day of the Americas, Earth Day, Spanish Language Day, and Day of the Family. For the Day of the Americas celebration, the students at the school we work with had a special event at the central park area. Each grade was responsible for a booth that featured information and food from one of the countries in the continental regions of the Americas. Nine countries were represented. The reason why the school put this event on is not necessarily to enrich the knowledge of the students, but rather because the Department of Education actually requires schools to do things like this or the school will be fined. (I should write a separate post about that.) Because this event was designed to have interaction with the public, I expected to have some evangelistic opportunities. I was not disappointed. A North American always attracts people, so I came with the Spirit for ministry. Here are some photos from the event I want to share before I get into the story of what happened next with the ministry to a crack addict.
I spotted a man sitting on the edge of the park behind the students’ booths and he was obviously high on something. He was acting very foolish. I have to say I was not at all surprised when he saw me and got up to come over and speak to me. May I say that I was ready to see what Jesus would do for this man whom I will call William. This is where it gets a little funny.
William came close enough for me to see that his eyes were dialated. This meant that he was under the influence of crack and that he was demonized. Let me interject that this ministry was actually conducted in English for the most part, because William was bilingual. As he began to ask me questions, I responded as the Spirit led with questions back to him about his life as relating to things like sin, judgment in hell, and the salvation of Jesus. When I proclaimed to William the truth, that he was in bondage to sin and demons and that the Lord Jesus was calling him to repent, the power of the Lord was present. He confessed his sin and his addiction and expressed his desire to trust Jesus to deliver him. He also gave consent for me to pray for him to be delivered from demons. I don’t think it was a coincidence that he put on his blue t-shirt as soon as we finished praying. That was an evidence that he was changed a little. Although William may have been clothed, he was still a little ways from being fully in his right mind. Kristy and I were very encouraged by this little ministry event. These are some pictures she took. (Consider Luke 4:18) Please continue to pray for us for the protection and anointing of the Lord Jesus to preach his gospel.
Blessings and greetings in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus. Here is a little update on what went on this week. We had our meeting with the leaders of the school to discuss the details of the new curriculum and the cost. The leaders have decided to commit to the purchase of the new curriculum. This is a step of faith seeing the school has to trust that the funds will come in to pay for it. As the school sanctifies itself unto the Lord Jesus, with a goal of excellency, the Lord can work on their behalf. The cost estimate is looking to be about $25,000. What a blessing this will be to have Christ-centered text books to help in the task of reaching these kids for Jesus. Please pray about helping out with a donation and contact me for how to do it. I can hardly express how impacting this will be. We are battling Satan as we go forward with this planned purchase.
Kristy had the opportunity to share her testimony with the seventh and eighth graders. It was very impacting. These kids need to hear about Jesus and God’s plan of salvation. They also need to hear testimonies like this one of how God gives his children standards of proper dress, proper speech, and deliverance from destructive people and habits. I am sure the Lord will use it.
1 Thessalonians 1:7-10
7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.
8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.
9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1
What a week! Ephesians 6:12 tells us that our battle is in the spiritual realm. Things that go on in the physical realm are connected to the spiritual. While praying last week for insight towards ministry here, the verse 2 Cor. 7:1 came up strongly. Let me briefly discuss this verse. A person who has experienced genuine repentance and begun a new life in Christ should then become active in removing all sin and the appearance of sin from their lives. Many are led in a prayer and perhaps baptized and told they are now going to heaven, when in reality, they are not really saved because they have not had genuine repentance. After genuine repentance, we willingly and proactively must avoid sinful things and pursue godly things. When this is our state of being, then we are prepared to have the Spirit of the Lord Jesus come and dwell in our hearts. What we observe here in Honduras and have been told is that many who lay claims to Christ do not have a life that testifies of Christ. Our work this week was to be used of the Lord to expose sin. We did not go hunting for this, but it came to us.
The use of social media is one of the biggest problems that Christian’s face. It is as if just having it is the sin itself, but by using it you see not only less than godly standards of supposed Christians, but things that are abominable to God. It’s not God’s plan for us, so we refrain from it.
We’re in position to be used of God to help bring higher standards to this school. I have come to understand that our timing in coming to this ministry is at a key point to change curriculum as well. It’s actually not uncommon for Christian schools outside the US not to have Christian curriculum and that is mostly because of the costs. I am putting together a budget for the school and praying we can see it happen.
Please pray for us to be protected from the criminal activity. We have some gang wars that are affecting the city. It’s so serious that in some of the neighborhoods last night anyone that went out of their house after 6PM would have been shot. These criminals almost always make good on their threats. If you would like more specific details as to how to pray for us, please send me a message through the “Contact” page. Blessings, Rod & Kristy
Like throwing a net into the water, you don’t know what you will catch until you cast your net and pull it in. We pray and go out to see what the Lord will do. Your flesh may tell you not to do this, but the Spirit drives you on. We always have that hope that we will see someone repent and receive Christ. The first step is to just go.
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Cor.4:18
The souls of people going to heaven are our concern and not the soles of our feet standing on beaches. Being delivered by Jesus from the bondage of Satan has forever changed my view of the world from that of serving self to being a bondservant of Christ. I am saying this so you will understand my perspective as I write about this experience.
After several days of rain during semana santa, the sun came out. It coincided with a day of free time so I decided it would be okay to take a day trip boat ride through one of the local services to the Cayos Cochinos to see a truly unique landmark. A fifteen minute drive to where we launch from the beach gets us on our way. Thirteen small islands are grouped together and surrounded by reefs. If the color turquoise is NOT apealing to you, then you won’t like this place. Enjoy the short video.
The people that live on the island are a small community that live a very dismal life, in my opinion. Tourism on a low budget scale is their main source of income. I didn’t see evidence of Jesus in the lives of the islanders at any point during this trip. A minister to these folks will face a long road with a lot of spiritual warfare.
“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.” PROV. 19:17
There are many in La Ceiba that beg, of which some are questionable. There are many here, just like in the States, that are given over to demon spirits of alcohol and drugs. Then there are the truly needy.
I would like to introduce you to Isaac. When I first met Isaac, over a decade ago, he was scooting around on little cart pushing himself with only his hands. He hung out most of time in front of the same grocery store. I didn’t think he had any legs because of the way he had tucked them away. I realized after seeing him on different occassions he actually does have legs, but he is paralized in some way from the waist down. One thing about Isaac, he is always cheerful.
Consider the story in the Gospel of Luke found in chapter 16:19-31 about the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man had his reward in this life and died and went to hell. But the beggar, Lazarus, who was laid outside the rich man’s gate, died and was carried by angels to Abraham’s bosom. Had the rich man had a heart for God and concern for poor, it would have been easy for him to minister to Lazarus because he was right outside the door. Can’t you just imagine the line that the rich man refused to cross to reach out to Lazarus? When we bring this thought around to a little self-examination, we should not neglect our oportunity to minister to the poor and truly needy. Nor should we be dishonest in thinking that we might not be on the same side of the imaginary line as the rich man. Have you truly surrendered everything to Jesus? Isaac always makes me think about this question. He will make you think about it too.