There and Back Again

  • June 24, 2013

In just over a week (on July 2) eight men and women from our church (me, Amy, Stella Valentine, Claudette Rudolph, Sue Howson, Erica Stoffregen, Hannah Cummings, and Tyler Jenkins), along with over thirty other men and women from around the United States, will be on a plane flying to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We will be there for a week working with Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International to proclaim the gospel and provide for physical needs. So what will we be doing? Well, let me give you a short walk through for a normal day while we are in our work village:

1. Some ladies will be getting up between five and six and preparing breakfast for the morning.
2. Around 7:00 am me and my dad (Kent) will begin preaching a series of evangelistic sermons to the crowds who have gathered under the main worship tent. Everyone must first hear a short gospel presentation and receive a stamp before they are admitted into the different mission stations around the village.
3. While we are beginning the morning’s preaching, the rest of the group will eat breakfast and begin their day with a morning devotion led by a team member or a local missionary.
4. Around 8:00 am most of the team will report to their work stations where they will be serving for the day. Around 9:00 am my Dad and I will come back for our breakfast while the first waves of people who have heard the gospel begin to spread out into the various stations. After breakfast my dad and I will spend time at different sites counseling, doing street evangelism, and maybe meeting with local pastors or church leaders until after lunch when we will once again preach a series of gospel-presentation sermons.
5. Throughout the day (8:00-5:00 pm), except for an hour off for lunch, team members will be working at a variety of sites that include:
A. The medical station where villagers will be met, registered, and be able to see a doctor.
B. The dental station where villagers will receive basic dental services (particularly having teeth pulled).
C. The eye-clinic where villagers may have their eyes checked and receive glasses.
D. The pharmacy, where thousands of prescriptions will be filled by volunteers.
E. The give-away center, where large storehouses of clothes and food will be provided to villagers.
F. The VBS camps, where local children will be taken through sessions of backyard Bible club events complete with Bible stories, music, games, and crafts in the mornings and afternoons.
G. The veterinary team which will be off site making visits to check on local animals, especially horses and cattle.
6. At each of these work stations men and women will be sharing the gospel, talking with villagers, and seeking to share the love of Christ as we meet needs in the process. The work day will last from about 8:00 in the morning until around 5:00 in the afternoon, and will be in operation regardless of the weather (which could include heat, cold, or rain).
7. When our workday is over we will return to our quarters for dinner together as a team and then prepare for the evening worship service.
8. Around 7:00 pm all of our team members will be present for the area-wide evening worship service, with worship led by a local praise band and my dad or I preaching through a translator. These services might last up to two hours in length each night.
9. Around 9:00 pm we will head back to our quarters and have a debriefing meeting with the team to talk about that day and the day to come.
10. By around 10:00 pm most of us will be heading back to our rooms to sleep before we get up the next day and do it all again.

All said and done we will spend four days working through this schedule. Two days will be used traveling from the village to the BMDMI mission house outside Tegucigalpa, and one day of the week will be spent visiting a local children’s home and a marketplace for purchasing local Honduran products and gifts.

The motto for BMDMI is “more than medicine.” That’s why we’re going. Yes, we want to provide for the physical needs of men and women and children who desperately need it. But our purpose is to glorify God through the proclamation of the gospel. We are praying that even now God will begin drawing to himself those who are his.

We hope you’ll join with us, united together for this mission trip. How can you do that? How can you be involved with the Honduras Mission Team at this late of a date? How can you participate? Here are a few suggestions:

1. Encourage our team members. Letting them know that you love them and will be praying for them is an amazing gift.
2. You can still give. Our church has been awesome in the way you’ve given to make this trip happen. All of our needs have been met. The team fees and the travel expenses have been taken care of. But maybe you’re thinking that you haven’t yet given anything for this trip. So can you still give? Absolutely. There are three ways to give that I would encourage you to think about.
A. First, maybe this week God wants you to simply provide a small gift to one of the team members to allow them to purchase some souvenir or snack while they are in Honduras for.
B. Second, many of our team members will be taking off work for up to two weeks and will not be paid for their time off, and our mission fund that we raised through our church isn’t going to offset that expense. So maybe you’d like to give a small private gift to a team member to help with their expenses or money they will be losing by going on this mission trip.
C. Finally, in addition, we are in the process of planning ways to work with churches in Moore, Oklahoma, and so if you haven’t given to Honduras, we’d love to encourage you to give for the purpose of taking relief to that city that was ravaged by deadly tornados. However you give, we’d encourage you to do it cheerfully and unto the Lord.
3. Pray for our team members. This is the most important and most valuable thing you can do for us. Make a commitment to pray every day this week and every day next week while our team is away. Pray that God will use them for his glory. Pray that people will believe the gospel. Pray that lives will be transformed.

We’re all looking forward to this trip. We’re looking forward to going there and back here to Henryville again. Thank-you for all you’ve done to make this trip possible. Thank-you for your prayers. Thank you for your love. It is our honor and privilege to represent FBC here in our community, in the villages of Honduras, and to the rest of the world.

In Christ,

Pastor Cade

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