Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,
Merry Christmas! While I was in the States, I got a lot of great ideas. When I got back, I really focused on the teenagers. When I was in the States I said to myself, “Why can’t we have in Honduras what we have in the States?” I have tried to reach the adults and it was really hard and slow because of the culture differences. I realized I have to reach them before they are adults if I want to change anything. That is exactly what I did! We celebrated Thanksgiving with 23 teenagers in the church. For a great majority of them, it was the first time they tasted any food that we cook at Thanksgiving. I told them that I want to make it a yearly thing and they were excited. This coming Christmas, we are going to have a youth choir for just one service. Having the youth in our services, has made them more exciting.
We want to start a campaign in order to start building our church building in February. We need to raise $50,000 and we want to encourage each of you to give $1 for each cinder block. Some could give more and some could give less. The more articles that I read about Honduras, the more motivated that I am to see God do something here. Gangs have taken over schools, even the teachers are obedient to them. Miss Honduras was gunned down and reflected the mindset of many of the young people. People are living in fear and they are losing their young people to delinquency. Giving to our building would be a very noble cause. People are now seeing what we are doing with the young people and they are liking it.
In the midst of so much hopelessness, this building is something that is really giving them hope. I am seeing the people’s faith increase daily. We do have about $250 so far that is from the Hondurans. When I was a boy, I could remember crying for God at night when I didn’t know him. I didn’t know what I wanted, I just didn’t want the life that I was living. I didn’t want the poverty, the violence, the drugs, or the anger. I asked God to please do something. I was asking for hope. Praise the Lord at 17, I accepted Christ as my Savior and my life has never been the same. Instead of just one, there are thousands of young teenagers that pleading to God for the same reason. They are crying out for hope. Would you help these teenagers to see that hope? They are loving the Christian life. They are anticipating February just as I am. How many of you would be able to help with one $1 for one cinder block?
We want to say a big, “Thank you!” to each of our supporting churches. On December 9, we celebrated 5 years in Honduras. This is a great accomplishment. I know that your giving is not in vain and that the Lord will bless your faith. I remember when we came to Honduras with two kids and now have 4. Thank you to the churches that have stuck with us from the beginning. Your faith is greatly appreciated. Also a big thank you to the ones who picked us up as your missionaries later on in our ministry. I am thankful to know that there are still churches that care about world evangelization. I hope that each of you could see the work here. God is doing something special in Honduras because of your giving.
Your missionary in Honduras,