There is just something so beautiful about pure, child-like faith. This trip showed us so many areas where the Lord blessed our simple faith and trust in Him.
From start to finish, our week in Honduras showed us again and again the faithfulness and goodness of our Father. Down to every single detail, both big and small, His hand was so evident on each of our lives.
From the very first moment in the airport, God had already begun to work on our behalf. Our flight was at 5:45am out of NJ, and because of prior events, we were running extremely behind. We had to check on 10 bags of supplies between the three of us, and 4 of those bags were tied together. When we went to check them on, they told us we would have to separate them, which would have cost us hundreds and hundreds of extra dollars. Thankful, our attendant knew we were going on a missions trip, and let it slide. Not only that, but we all got a free check on as well, saving us hundreds of dollars! Once we got through, we had about a half hour until our plane left and we were stuck in a huge line for security. We knew we couldn’t miss our plane, so we prayed and asked God to work. Literally less than a minute later, a security office came over to our line and right in front of us, he cut the line and allowed us to go to the front to form a second line. Although the people in front weren’t happy, we could only smile knowing that the Lord’s favor was so evident already!
Our week in honduras was filled with much joy, love, and gratefulness. Throughout the week, we got to spend each day at the Orphanage with around 25 amazing kids. We had two big projects for the week. First, we were able to build 2 soccer goals to create a field for the kids! I can’t even explain to you the excitement and joy the kids showed again and again and again. Throughout the week, the boys spent hours and hours out in the blazing heat playing soccer with the kids. It was simply amazing!
We also had the privilege to paint a house on site. This would be the future home of boys at the Orphanage, so we all felt very honored and humbled to get to paint the walls of the home where these boys would grow up. Our prayer for them that week was that those walls would be a safe place for them. A place where they would always feel loved, protected, and cared for. It was a very big project, but the Lord definitely gave us the strength and endurance to complete it. In total, we had to sand 4 big rooms by hand (Which was quite a project in 90+ degree weather and humidity), and then paint them the following days. We also were able to paint one side of the front of the home as well! We are thankful for all of you who donated to allow us to complete this project!
It was definitely an amazing experience to get to spend the entire week there with the kids where you could begin to build relationships and friendships. I know every child there holds a very special place in our hearts!
The other huge part of our week was partnering with our AMAZING missionaries who live in Honduras, Barbara and Rosemary.. I don’t think there are adequate words to describe just how highly we think of them or how much they inspire us. They truly are two of our heros! Day in and day out, these two faithfully serve the Lord and the beautiful people of Choluteca, Honduras. It is always a special experience to get to be apart of their ministries for the week.
Each night, we got the chance to go to their bible studies to minister to and bless lots of people. Every night, they hold a bible study at a different location throughout town, and people from the community get to come and be blessed. They are able to hear the gospel, and also get food when they leave as well. Every night, our missionaries provide these people with a sandwich, a drink, a cookie, lollipop, and an orange. For a lot of these people, this might be the only real meal they get to eat all week.
We had the honor of getting to pass out shoes, as well as other small gifts to each person! Being back in Honduras and getting to see the smiles, joy, and love these people have for a simple pair of shoes reminds me why my heart is so passionate about our ministry, and why I believe the Lord has always been so faithful in providing for all of our needs. I truly believe that the Lord smiles at the sight of His beautiful children around the world receiving a new pair of shoes.
To us, it is not just about giving them a pair of shoes. It’s about so much more than that. It’s about the hope and love that a pair of shoes can provide someone: hope in knowing that people in the United States, in the small state of Pennsylvania, loved them enough to bring them shoes and bless them with gifts; hope in knowing that they are loved, and prayed for, by not only us, but our entire church family and faithful supporters of our ministry back home. To them, these shoes show them that they are so much more than their situation or current issues. It’s a momentary joy in knowing that they are loved and cherished. Most importantly, it’s about the fact that we both serve the same amazing God. And because of Him and His love and blessings in our lives, we are able to freely give to them. Our prayer with every pair of shoes is that it points people back to HIM. Back to the father who is above all and in control of all things.
You see, sometimes it takes you traveling to another country to really put things back into perspective. Even though some of these people have absolutely nothing, they are still loved and cherished by Our Father the exact same as you and I are. We are no better than anyone else. In the end, all that matters is our hearts. My heart rejoices in knowing that my brothers and sisters in Honduras who live in such extreme poverty, have an eternal paradise in Heaven awaiting them one day.
And even though my heart will always break and wonder why certain people have to live in such difficult situations, I find peace in knowing that God sees them, and loves them. He created them, and cares for every detail of their lives.
Coming home from this trip, I think we are all inspired to do more, give more, and love more. There is a world out there that needs to know they are loved by God and that Jesus is Lord. Often times I would look out into the crowds at our nightly services and make eye contact with people and my heart would just break. I could see so much pain, hardship, and often hopelessness in their eyes. These people have been through so much, and so often they carry so much pain within them. I want to be apart of the change. I want them to know there is more to life. They can have hope! I want my life to count for something, to make a difference for the Kingdom. I want the Lord to smile at the works we are able to do through this ministry, and know that at the end of my life, I have served Him with all that I have.
We are so grateful for each one of you that has partnered with us in our ministry. YOU all help us to provide hope and love to so many. Without you, this wouldn’t be possible at all. I hope and pray that you are blessed by seeing these precious children smile knowing that your donations and support helped put those smiles on so many faces!
Above all though, we thank God for all He does, and all that He is going to continue to do. We are believing BIG things are ahead for Honduran Soles. Day by day, we are challenged and encouraged to continue trusting the Lord in all things, and serving Him faithfully with all that we do.
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God Bless you all!
-Andrea, Brandon & Daniel