The morning went pretty smooth for us girls as we packed up all clothes, cleaning supplies, and game activities for the week. We left the church at 1:30 then began to run into problem within the first half hour. The bus was overheating!
The guys had already headed into Teguc with the truck and didn't experience any more problems. The bus was trailed by the ministry's van and Prado. There were several mountainous roads which made travel more difficult for the bus. We began praying. We knew this was a way for Satan to try to keep these young people from going to camp and receiving a blessing and/or change in their lives. At one time we stopped along the road for nearly an hour as the men struggled to work with the broken fan that was causing the engine to overheat.
The journey that should've taken less than 2 hours took over 4 hours. We finally arrived to the camp ground with an hour to spare before church began. The Spirit of the Lord began moving in the song service as the young people began worshipping the Lord then they moved towards the altars. What a wonderful way to begin youth camp! -Sonia
Awesome. These past eight days have been the one of the most memorable days of my life. This being my first trip out of the country on a mission's trip , I didn't know what to expect. I had heard great things about the Sumners and the ministry that they have been doing for the Lord. We were welcomed cheerfully and treated with great hospitality. The Sumners are a great family.I love how they just enjoy doing the work of God. The day after we arrived Bro. Alan Sumner and I drove all over town running errands. First we filled part of the trailer with cans and bottles. Then drove to the house of a Church member to pick up some scrap metal to take to the junk yard in exchange for money. This money would go toward the youth camp fund. After that we stopped at several stores to buy some things for the camp.The next day Bro.Scott Sumner and his wife, Sarah, Sonia, Mayra, and I went to the soup kitchen to serve meals to the poor children in the area. Both Sumner families have inspired to try to do more to reach out in my community. Every time we went somewhere they would always point out someone on the street and almost tell me their life story in 10 seconds. It makes sense that they would know a lot of people because they have been working in Honduras for 25 years. God has given the Sumner families a special talent for ministering and witnessing to military and police members. Not only military and police members, but anyone they can witness to and share the gospel with. The last half of the trip was my favorite. Both the Trawick family and the Sumner families have been working really hard for the past several months to put together the youth camp. Monday,the first day of youth camp, was a busy day. We woke up at about 7 am,ate breakfast,and then started loading the vehicles.The truck was loaded with a golf cart, ping-pong table, corn hole boards, and sound equipment. The other vehicles were loaded with luggage and food supplies.
While Bro.Allen, Luke, and Titus went to the airport to pick up Bro.Abdias I went with Bro.Scott on the bus to pick up campers amd adults. As we we were on the way to the camp,the bus overheated.We stopped for about 45min, Bro.Scott and a few other young men made a temporary fix on the bus until they could find out exactly what the problem was.We arrived at the camp around 5, unloaded the vehicles, took our luggage to the dorms,ate dinner,and then went to the evening service.Youth camp started in the best way possible.Bro.Trawick started off the service with an introduction, then Bro.Scott led the congregation in singing. As everyone was singing the Holy Spirit started to move, and before long everyome was in the alter. There was no preaching, just praying. Although it seemed that we would have a rough day it finished well because the Holy Spirit had moved.Day 2 of youth camp. We all woke up at 7 am, got dressed,and then ate breakfast at 8. After breakfast the guys and the girls headed to their own dorms for devotions which were lead by one of the dorm counselors. After dorm clean up and devotions we all headed for the sanctuary for the morning service. Bro.Abdias preached all the morning services and boy did he do a great job. God moved in each and every service. About 13 people were saved and at least 1 person was filled with the Holy Ghost. I could really see the difference in peoples' faces. One young man in particular that I remember getting saved was a 17 year old teen named Spencer. It was the Wednesday night service when Spencer asked Jesus to come into his life. The Trawicks and others had been praying that Spencer would surrender his heart and life to Jesus Christ,and that night their prayer was answered. Later on in the in the the service Spencer gave his testimony. There was no preaching that night , just singing. The choir was singing a song and then people just started to come to the alters and pray. Part of the choir song said i want to drink more of you i want to praise you more and i need you more (you-reffering to God). In Spencer's testimony he said that after the choir had finished their song he had walked outside for a minute. While he was outside he had heard a voice saying come and drink of me. A minute later Bro.Trawick walked over to Spencer and talked with to him,then Spencer made his way down to the alter and gave his life to God. After that you could tell that there had been a change in Spencer's life. He had a better attitude, he was more friendlier, and just poured his heart out to God in the rest of the services.
- Tomas (age 14)
Sonia E. Vargas
Sonia's desire and hope is to write for the purpose of inspiring this generation, especially young woman.
Hannah Helm is a fun and outgoing young woman who loves to bring laughter and joy to anyone she comes in contact with. She is 24 years old and is a leader of Girl's Exalting the Master Ministry.
Paula is a passionate follower of Christ and loves to encourage others around her to do the same. She is 27 years old and is currently attending Free Gospel Bible Institute. She was a part of the Guatemala GEM team in 2014.
Kristyn is a sweet and gentle young lady from Trinity Holiness Tabernacle. She is 19 years old and is currently attending Free Gospel Bible Institute. She plays the piano and sings beautifully. She was a part of the Guatemala GEM team in 2014 and Honduras team in 2016.