The Jesus Language...

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We arrived home last night! When our plane landed in Atlanta, we only had about forty minutes before our next flight took off. We went through customs slowly, and then literally ran through the airport trying to make it onto the plane before they closed the gates! Some of the team made it...and some didn't...and had to wait for the next flight. We arrived in Tampa to a wonderful, happy welcome from family and friends...and then waited for the next flight from Atlanta to arrive with the rest of the team! Thank Jesus we are ALL home, safe and blessed!

Any words that I write here, can never fully depict how this mission impressed my life. There was a distinct moment when I was bending over a bag of food, tying a knot to set aside as finished...and I was so moved with emotion over the thought that this was the moment that we had been working and praying towards for so long! The mosquitoes joined us as we met in the Pastor's front yard and set to work channeling a miracle! Pastor Alfonso hung the weight scale from a rope, and how amazing it was to hear, "ocho libras!"... "ocho libras!" as bags of beans, rice, or corn was passed through the assembly line... 

Everyone agreed at the close of our week, that although the food drive was clearly miraculous, nothing could compare to the joy of God's power, in watching young people walk to the front of the church to receive Jesus into their hearts! I sat there, and listened to five testimonies given by members of our team, and prayed for God to move in the hearts of the hearers...He did! There were tears, and hugs and an exchange of the little spanish, and english we each knew, but it didn't matter if we understood one word...it really didn't! Jesus was the only language we needed.

Thank you all, for lifting this mission up in prayer! They were greatly felt and answered. To those who gave toys, bracelets, clothes, and monetary gifts from Florida and Georgia, please know that what you gave, literally has changed lives. 

Treasure

Here are links to all the past Honduras posts.











Florida bound! I must confess, it was sad to leave!


Goodbyes are always so hard!


As you can imagine, Samuel was a huge favorite! Everyone wanted to keep him:)




Sweet Gabi  

Going through town and sending our Adios out the window. we got stopped and were given some going away pictures.

Once we got on the plane, all we wanted was a cup of ice!


Mrs. Pollock was a beautiful sight, when we got off the plane!

La Lucha

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Dear Readers!

We are now approaching the end of this momentous week in Cuyamel.....the team arrives home tomorrow evening. They will begin their travel in the morning from Honduras, switch planes in Atlanta and then arrive in Tampa AND acquire two hours (for the time difference)!

I call this post "La Lucha". It means "The Battle". This is what comes to mind as I review the days events. Consider these words from Charles Spurgeon:

Our kingdom is not of this world; else would God’s servants fight with sword and spear. Ours is a spiritual kingdom, and the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but spiritual, and mighty through God, to the pulling down of strongholds
A war against falsehood, a war against sin, is God’s war; it is a war which commends itself to every Christian man, seeing he is quite certain that he has the seal of God’s approval when he goes to wage war against God’s enemies. Beloved, we have no doubt whatever, when we lift up our voices like a trumpet against sin, that our warfare is justified by the eternal laws of justice.
Note the "FEELS LIKE" temperature! Water from little bags never tasted better!

Soccer balls were given to young boys...notice the faded ball Jon-Michael is holding?


Sharing Life-giving Words....

Children are receptive, honest, and hopeful!



"This little girl was named Sweet Miracle. She is eight weeks old and has already had a surgery. She has a condition, Spina Bifida. We were able to pray for her and her mom."

"Snook...preparing the fish for the noon meal..."


"Here's another from last night...All of us went up to pray with some young people...and the five of us about to share our testimony..."

Waging war with PRAYER...
Our prayer was answered when we asked God to move the hearts of young people for Christ.
Gabriel, Ariana, Cilicia, Ben, and Jon-Michael sharing their salvation testimonies as 
Pastor Santiago translates.



"Here is a group picture of some of the young people last night..."

Thank you for entering "la lucha" with us through prayer. God bless each and every one of you!
May the Lord grant mercy in travel tomorrow....
Ana

Happy Mothers Day!

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Happy Mothers Day, Mom! 
We love the way you love Jesus...We love the way you love Daddy...We love the way you love all of your children...We love how you believe in each one of us...We love the way you faithfully pray for us...We love the way you love your little grandson...and the way you show his picture to complete strangers, because you're so proud of him!...We love the way your eyes sparkle when you laugh...We love seeing you find joy in knitting...We love the way you kiss us on the cheek...We love the way you love turtles...We love belonging to you...there is no other person we'd rather call mother than you! We love you...

What If I Give All?

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Dear Readers! 

Today was, what the girls called, "Siesta Fiesta". Now for me, that would be a Nap Fest, but the team took their Siesta Fiesta to a whole new level.....

It involved a visit to the ocean, fresh coconut, and an iced Espresso. After such hard work, it was a day to enjoy some down time before the witnessing time would begin again....


"Enjoying our Siesta Fiesta! We're at Espresso Americano enjoying a cold coffee..."
Here's a rare Treasure sighting as she's usually behind the video camera. And Samuel enjoying life as usual!




"All the children love Treasure...she's behind the camera most of the time!"

"At the ocean! Looks like we're going to be swept away! Its so breezy and cool here at the water...gorgeous weather."

What happened next is definitely best told in Anita's words. Please have a tissue handy.
You WILL need it!


"Right now we are at Marco Rubi's house for dinner. It is nice and cool on their porch. All the night sounds are in full swing...the beeping, barking of dogs, and voices drifting in from the main road. We had a nice time eating lunch at the beach today and shopping in "town" and getting strong coffee from Espresso Americano. Since we were more in town today, I decided to wear my sandals and just put my covered shoes in my backpack, because I knew we also wanted to fit in more visiting. We visited Julio and Christina, and wow...what a visit. You know we had two pictures we developed to give Christina, so I was excited to give them."


She came out and met us in the doorway, and Julio crawled from the back to see Dad. I quickly followed Dad and got a few pictures of him picking Julio up and carrying him to his "troquito". He started to put his shirt on that was full of holes...thats when Gabriel and Ben disappeared around the van. Ben came back wearing Gabriel's button up shirt, and Gabriel wearing his undershirt, so that Julio could have Ben's polo. The whole scene was priceless when Julio put his new shirt on... Julio also wanted to receive Christ, so he is now our brother! 


"I remembered that I had my cheerful red shoes in my bag that looked like they would fit Christina's small deformed feet. Daddy helped me put them on her feet...they were PERFECT. It was very, very touching."




"We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as is is meet,
because that your faith groweth exceedingly,
and the charity of every one of you all
toward each other ABOUNDETH."

I Thessalonians 1:3

Blessings to you all.  May you weep tears of joy and enjoy His presence today......
Ana

The Voice of God

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"Did ever people hear the Voice of God 
speaking out in the midst of the fire
as thou hast heard....
and LIVE?"

Deuteronomy 4:33


"I am the Door: by Me if any man enter in, 
he shall be saved...
and shall go in and out
and find pasture."
John 10:9

Dear Readers,

For those just tuning in to our Honduras posts, I'd like to welcome you and to thank you for your interest, prayer, and joyful response! I am Ana....pastor's wife and mother to 14 great children. My daughter Alexis and I have invaded the blog in Olivia's absence....and we're having fun! 

Now onto the day's happenings with the team yesterday......

This day was largely devoted to visiting people from door to door, greeting people in the streets, and talking with those riding bicycles (EVERYONE rides bicycles) or sitting on their front stoops. Each member of the team (14) carries a backpack or satchel of some kind bearing gifts for those they meet: copies of the New Testament.....a big "THANK YOU" to the ministry, "Bearing Precious Seed" for the Bilingual New Testaments in Spanish and English. The Honduran young people love to learn English. Also, thank you to Andrew and Jessica Hersh for their gifts of Spanish Bibles. They also carry many tracts, bead bracelets, coloring books, crayons and pencils etc. Even soccer balls (thank you to Kevin and Denise Fitzgerald for the balls!) We take the balls deflated so that they can 'nest', making them easy to pack and transport. Of course, we can't forget the pump! Honduran boys love soccer but many little boys cannot buy their own ball. We watched them play with rags wound into a ball......

Here is a portion of a message from Anita:

"It's been busy....we walked the streets and passed out tracts, bunnies, candy, Bibles and whatever else everyone brought. It was soooo very hot today, but with buying water and PEPSI! we made it for about 4 hours. We had a lovely lunch at Gloria Margaritas and Fidencio's house. She cooked us chicken, rice and potato salad with two kinds of melon drinks. They asked if Dad could talk to their daughter and some of her teenage friends, encouraging them in the ways of the Lord. The youth here don't even attend church and live such a sad life....the girls all seem taken advantage of by boys and men and live a life like it's ok. So many young girls with babies here. The clothes and baby clothes sent by the Pollock family was more than a blessing! Everyone went crazy over it. So many stories I can't even think to write... so, I'll start sending pictures and try to describe them.....love and hugs, Anita."
"Packed van as usual!! Good ol' air-conditioning too...from the windows that is! This man was saved today!"

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"Learning a Spanish song in the van!"

"Our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with singing:
then said they among the heathen,
The Lord hath done great things for them!"
Psalm 126:2

"Bananas and Georgia grown coloring books!"
Thank you to Chechero Baptist Church in Clayton, Georgia for their many gifts and coloring
books! The children seem to really enjoy any kind of school supplies.
"The children LOVE the bunnies!"
The bunnies are toys sewn by Huron and Pollock girls. They also wear a hand knit scarf.
Thank you to Tanya B for coming over and spending hours stuffing bodies, arms, and legs!

"This young girl trusted in Jesus today...so special!"

"Jony gave the first soccer ball away today! He is doing well and picking up a lot of Spanish! 
He is his funny self!"
This is my son, Jon-Michael talking with some boys. He has been practicing Spanish a lot lately
and encouraging his grandparents to speak Spanish with us.

Samuel (our 13th born) is on the left. This was his very first trip and first time on an airplane. 
Mr. Pete H speaking to a man. Pete is VERY good with his Spanish and is bold to speak without
an interpreter. Gabriel, Ariana, and Olivia Pollock on the right. Their enthusiasm and hard work is infectious. You can't be sad around them!

Dear Gloria and her husband Fidencio prepared a delicious lunch for the team. Their hospitality is
humbling. How we love them! We may learn much about hospitality from our friends. (Hint: hospitality is not about big house and fancy food.) 

Umbrellas are SO practical! The girls wear the bracelets for ease in removing to give away. That's Jessica on the right speaking to a woman. I understand Jessica's college Spanish is coming back!

"It looked like it would rain, but it never did, but it did give us a MUCH welcomed reprieve from the intense heat. Thank you Jesus!"

Notice the barbed wire along the wall? The crime rate is high in Honduras.

"Cleaning clothes this morning! I love the soap and it brings many fond memories of past trips. I truly love it here. I wish I could stay. I know every place has its hard times and its ups and downs, but it is such a special place here. I'm loving every minute we have here."

My beloved first-born LOVES Honduras and the soap! She doesn't mind hand washing in the great
concrete basins, which is the way all the women wash their clothes. Notice the soap is shaped like a
cylinder. It's easy to hold and scrub. It really does smell amazing and really cleans clothes. Bring some home, will you Anita?

Well, this ends today's post. Perhaps, we may post again tonight. I hope you enjoyed the journey today. Please feel free to leave a comment. I leave you with a few prayer requests:

Safety in travel as the team heads to Puerto Cortez and Nuevo Horizontes.
A Youth Rally taking place on Saturday night!
For team members sharing their testimonies at the rally.
For discipleship and growth for the new saved Christians.


Lastly, I leave you with a text message from Pastor Huron:

"Thank you for praying. We had a special time last night at our church meeting. Many men and women were convicted of their lack of passion for the Lord and His work. They recomitted themselves to His grace. One young man and 3 young ladies were born again....revival could really take place if the leadership gets serious about discipleship. Pray for our safety in our travel today."

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