The title of this post comes from 1 Timothy 3:15. I am so glad that the Bible is so clear about how the believers are to conduct themselves. As a missionary I pray for the Holy Spirit to bring conviction and godly sorrow to people when the gospel is preached. We long to see the fruit of righteousness being brought forth in people. Many don’t want to listen and turn to the Lord Jesus. Many don’t want to leave their sin behind. You know that after preaching to large crowd the truth about “repentance from dead works, and faith toward God” (Hebrews 6:1), only a few may come back the next week. Oh but how sweet the fellowship will be in that smaller group.
Without a doubt 1st Corinithians 15 is a very powerful chapter of the Bible, and describes exactly what we do here in Honduras as missionaries, and me as a preacher. Every day we preach the gospel that we ourselves have received (1Cor.15:1-3). We don’t do it in our own power, but in the power and grace that God has given through Jesus (1Cor.15:10). Every day we have a new commitment to preach Jesus, because he is worthy. Luke 9:23, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
When a Honduran couple wants to get married it’s going to be costly. The only recognized marriage is through the government. In Honduras, the couple has to go to the local municipality office with birth certificates from their place of birth. Some have to travel by bus a couple of days to obtain the birth certificate. Once they have their documents and go to the local municipality the couple will come away legally married regardless of whether the couple has a church wedding or not. This is the only recognized wedding ceremony. It will cost the couple $335.00. That might not sound like a lot of money, but let me put this into perspective. The Honduran mimumum wage is about $2.00/Hour. That means the cost equates to an entire month’s salary. Remember, if they have to travel somewhere to get their birth certificate, the cost goes way up. To make matters worse, most workers don’t even earn the full minimum wage. As I thought about this and considered what to think about it, I realized that the Bible verses in Romans 13:1-2 is applicable saying, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” My perspective is that marriage for the underemployed is achievable, but requires a lot of resources.
The Honduran government has finished processing our request for formation of ministry. We praise the Lord for it. Alcanza Honduras Para Cristo exists for the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the planting of churches.
Service is not how you become a Christian. Service, however, is a part of the life of a Christian. In Matthew 25:31-46 we learn there will be a judgement with eternal consequences related to how well we’ve served others. Matthew 25:33 speaks of a separation of the sheep from the goats. The group that represents the sheep have done some things for the needy, but the group identified as the goats have not. Jesus says in verse 40 that ministry to the poor is as unto Jesus himself. To neglect this ministry is serious and results in eternal damnation. My life is dedicated to serving the Lord Jesus through ministry to the impoverished country of Honduras. We not only want to share the Gospel that sets the captive free, but we also want to want to minister to the basic needs of folks. Either way, we want to urge Christians to see their service as if they are serving the living Lord Jesus. Think about that long and hard.
Living in Honduras is an adventure. We do not set out for it to be, but it just happens. On Sunday, November 26, we had a swarm of bees show up early before Sunday School. The bees were busy trying to serve their queen while I was busy serving Jesus, the King of Kings. These bees were located close to where we minister to the children, but I felt it was okay to go ahead and have Sunday School. The children were not in danger at all, but they sure were nervous walking past the colony. After we had a great Sunday School and the kids left, I sent out a call for help to see if any of my Honduran friends knew who could remove bees without killing them. Every option I was given turned out to be a dead end. On the third day, we just prayed to God in a strong prayer that He would remove the bees and that we would not have to kill them. We left our home for a night and when we came back the next day the bees were gone. Friends that is just how God works and answers prayer.
Also on this same Sunday Honduras had its presidential elections. Honduras has a lot of distrust of its government and this really came out when the opposition party saw its candidate’s lead go away and the incumbent finish with a lead of less than two percent. Claims of a stolen election caused riots to breakout going into the weekend and the country is now in a big mess. I have been talking with other missionaries in other cities to stay on top of the problem. Chaos like this is what you would here about in the news of some other country, but we’re right in the middle of it. Right now there is a nightly curfew. There is not any gasoline and food is running out. Everyone is affected because the supply lines are shut down. In the midst of this, we are continuing to minister the Word of God to the people. God is working in it. We are going to treat this just like the colony of bees and pray that God will resolve and remove this crisis. (Above is a picture of a roped off gas station and some soldiers keeping the peace by a bridge that was once blocked by protestors and fiery baracades. ) Would you join us in prayer and send us a email at <email@example.com> to let us know you’re praying for us? Blessings in Christ.
It is such a joy to see children and adults responding to the invitation to worship the Lord and study the Bible. We’re seeing souls repenting and trusting Christ through the preaching and the street witnessing. Our needs are great to respond to this growth. We’re busting at the seams. Consequently, we spend a lot of time in prayer for the Lord’s help. I am encouraged by Acts 2:41-47 and Acts 6 as to how the Holy Spirit works to add to the number and then increases the workers. We’re praying for the provision of God for needs.
Friends, one of the signs that someone is truly receiving or responding to Jesus is when they repent and start changing their life. Question for you. Is it your opinion that Jesus was just using a figure of speech in Matthew 5:30? Do you think that surely Jesus (the one who gave His life on the cross for the sins of the world) would not really mean that anyone should cut off a hand or gouge out an eye? Friends, the answer is yes! YES! Hell is as real as God has declaredl. Therefore you would be wise to believe Jesus, and repent. The man in this photo is taking steps of repentance. Here is a man that is repenting. He lives in a very gang infested area, but through him I have gained permission from the gangs to minister in his neighborhood. We can’t wait to see what God is going to do in these people’s hearts.
After several months of planning and a few weeks of rain delays, we were finally able to drive into the mountains with a team to minister to a large group of families living above San Juan Pueblo. One of the locals traveled through the region days in advance to invite the people to come down and meet us at a building that serves as a community center. My friend’s church receives packages for kids from Samaritans Purse. We planned to preach the gospel first and give out the gifts last. Jesus is by far the most important gift. God forbid that we should not preach Jesus.
After a hard drive we arrived at our destination to find a large crowd. We greeted the friends and got started. I preached the gospel and my friends followed with ministy to the children. They did one of the best childrens ministry events I have ever witnessed. Of the 45 children, 12 expressed a desire to trust Christ as saviour. The Samaritans Purse gifts were very appropriate and practical for these kids. Good job guys!
Some weeks went by and messengers are coming and asking us to come back for the preaching ministry. Please pray with us for the funds to come in to continue this outreach. It is our hope to have a regular ministry to this community and the many others like it that we are discovering. We know this will eventually take an all terrain vehicle, so we are praying for the funds for such. May Christ continue to be exalted. If you would like to help and become a partner with us, you can contact us through the Contact Us page. The fields are white unto harvest, but we need your help. Get Involved
We had our biggest turnout this past Sunday evening. What’s surprising is that it was actually raining. Unfortunately we did not have enough chairs. That did not seem to be a problem, but it will be if we keep coming up short. We’re praying for the Lord’s help to buy more chairs.
We are so excited that we have an opportunity to go to the mountains to share the gospel with the unreached people there. We are partnering with a church in a nearby town, San Juan Pueblo, to accomplish this outreach. There will be five adults and two teenagers going. We will have six river crossings in our journey to reach these people. We are currently praying that the rains will hold off so the rivers will be low.