Right now I'm lying on a hammock enjoying some warm sun and a heavenly breeze... So why not blog? It may sound like a vacation but actually this is the first time I've had time to sit and do nothing in the twelve days I've been here. The whole time we've been here we've been so busy but I can't complain. There's just something satisfying about hard work, especially when your doing it for the Lord. Our work has ranged from teaching children to housecleaning and yard work. We've gone to bed late and gotten up early every day and have been running on less sleep than we like yet some how we still have energy. All I can say is that the Lord has strengthened us. Over the course of time I've gotten attached to this place. I've made friends that I hope to see again! I've learned much from the Sumner family and I've been so encouraged to take their passion home to our ministry in the states. There's SO much more I could say but it's just one of things that you have to be here to understand. I'm actually very sad to leave now but as some say, "ya gotta do what ya gotta do." I'll definitely be happy to see my family and church again. Even if I never get to come back to Honduras, it will remain in my heart forever. Thank you God for such a wonderful experience!
A very thankful Krissy
Where do I even begin? This missions trip has been quite eventful to say the least! But it has been such a blessing and God has been so faithful. This is my second time to come to Honduras and stay with the Sumners. The first time here, God put a special place in my heart for these people. This time around, my love for them has just grown and grown. Especially for these young people! We were privileged to go along with the Sumners and their youth group to the Light of Life Youth Camp on Roatan Island this year and what a great time it was! Getting there was not easy for sure! We left Sunday night after church and about two hours into the drive, we began to have van troubles so we had to pull over into a gas station and stay the night there in our vehicles. The next morning we all hung around the gas station until the vehicles were fixed and ready to go. It was probably a funny sight for everyone else coming in and out of the gas station to see over 40 young people all sitting around outside the gas station and I'm sure the people that worked there were probably happy to see us leave already. Now we were ready to make it to our next stop, the ferry that would take us over to the island! We stopped at a gas station near the ferry and again slept in the vehicles that night outside the gas station. In the morning we made it to the ferry and got aboard. You'd think it would be smooth sailing from here, but on the contrary, we had a very rocky ride! The waters were not by any means calm that day but the captain decided to set sail anyway. At first all the young people were excited and taking pictures and standing at the back of the boat looking over the edge, and the next minute almost everyone on the ferry was grabbing bags left and right as sea sickness set in. I'll spare you the details, I'm sure you can imagine just what was happening all around us! When we finally reached the island, everyone was more than ready to get off that boat. While on the ferry, sister Paula Sumner also had an unfortunate mishap. Definitely keep her in your prayers as she had to have surgery on her shoulder from this. But anyway, we had finally reached the island and were so ready to get to the hotel where we could freshen up and get ready for service. You can just imagine how we looked, and probably smelled, after spending two days in our vehicles outside of gas stations! It was not a pretty sight to see! But we praise God that we finally made it and were able to go to camp! And what a camp meeting we had! I would not have enough time to tell you all that the Lord did in the youth camp! The enemy sure was fighting us, but what the Lord did was greater than any hinderance the enemy may have tried to put in our way! Every day we heard such anointed preaching by several brothers who you could tell came with a burden and a message for this youth camp. The Spirit of the Lord was so rich in every service and so many young people stood and testified to how God helped them and ministered to them. I believe many young people had life changing experiences in those altars this past week and we give all glory to God for it! I can't help but think what great things He has planned for these young people's lives and how He can use them to reach their country. We serve such a mighty God and there's no end to what He can do! I'm looking forward to seeing the work God continues to do here in Honduras and praying I can be a part of it again! The Sumners are doing such a great work here in this country. I learn so much from this family every time I'm around them! They are true examples of dedication, sacrifice, and service to the work of the Lord. I pray the Lord just continues to bless their ministry here and gives them the strength they need to go on! I know I've said it over and over, but it has truly been a blessing being here again and I can honestly say I'm not ready to go home, but Lord willing, I'll be back again! :) God is good! All glory be to Him! ¡Dios te bendiga!
Through this whole trip I've been awed to see God's provision and power. He has without a doubt been with us each and every step of the way! We saw His beautiful works of creation in the mountains of Danli, His provision as we traveled across the country and then to Roatan, and His power as we prayed with the youth in the alter services during youth camp. We live in a country that has turned their nose up to the Gospel and stopped their ears. In Honduras, you can walk into the school yard and tell them about Jesus, you can go to the courtyard of the military and police academies and share with them their need for a Savior and people are responding, souls are being saved! We were blessed to see so many things and had so many oppurtunities, and so much happened in the two weeks. It was hard to say goodbye to the church on Sunday and then to the Sumners yesterday but I know that God is with them and us and Lord willing we will meet again, if not here on earth, then in Heaven one glorious day. Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus!
Each of us have been blessed by every experience and opportunity here. Of course, we've loved our time working with the Sumner and Trawick Families. It was very sad for us to think about going home.
The Sumner brothers had 2 military services to do in Teguc before dropping us off at the airport so we took off at 5 am. We reached the Cobra Special Forces at 7:30 for the first service. Each one testified and we enjoyed singing several songs with the men. Afterwards they invited us for breakfast and we discovered that there would not be a 2nd service after all. We headed to the mall for coffee and downtime then to the airport. Such a sad moment when we had to say goodbye!
We love Honduras!
I don't feel that I can truly put into words how amazing camp has been...the power of God has been so real and so strong in the last couple services that it feels hard to stand at times! Souls have been touched in so many ways, tears streaming down our faces as we worship and pray along side the youth. God has moved so deeply in the altar services that it is completely unexplainable. The Devil fought us so hard getting to this camp and since we've gotten here, but we know that God is mightier than anything the Devil can throw at us! When we feel we don't have the strength to fight another battle, to make it through another trial, or to even put one foot in front of the other, God gives us strength and the victory we find in His presence is greater than any problem we faced. These girls here have grown into our hearts, as if we have always known them, it is going to be very difficult to say goodbye! Through it all I've learned to trust in Jesus, I've learned to trust in God. Through it all I've learned to depend upon His word. Gloria a Dios!
This was supposed to be a simple trip, long but pretty basic. The plan was to take the big bus after Sunday Night Service and drive about 8 hours to catch the morning ferry, which would take us to Roatan Island. That plan started to fall apart on Sunday morning when the bus stopped cooperating. The men had put so much work into it after it had sat unused for about a year. When they tested it on Thursday it worked fine. After getting to the church at a turtle crawling pace, worries began to arise. Could we really trust this bus to carry us all the to the ferry, especially after the trouble it gave us last year with just a 3 hour drive?
Bro. Scott Sumner tested it again on the way home and it seemed fine until the engine started to cut off again. The afternoon passed in a flurry with preparations to have everything packed and ready before leaving for the evening service. As the women put lunch together, the men began to work on making other arrangements. We now had to take the smaller bus and the trailer for luggage, of which needed 2 new tires. We had nearly finished the dishes when the electricity went out! The men then had to stop on whatever work they were doing. I was then unable to print out the scripts for my Drama class. (So looking forward to writing them out by hand!)
Fast forward -- we had a great service and was able to for everyone in the mini bus, a van, and the Prado. We traveled without any problem on the bus and I had just finished thanking God for that when we had to stop at a gas station in Teguc. It was there we found out the clutch in the van had gone out completely and we were not going anywhere for awhile. Even then, God was faithful to provide needs around us and protected us from harm. The van could have quit functioning in the mountains or near a cliff but we were right where we needed to be for help and nourishment.
We spent all night at the gas station parking lot and all morning while the van was worked on and the bus received 2 new tires. We finally left around noon, had a lunch break at McDonald's, then headed for the road again.
However, we've missed all chances of catching a ferry today and will need to spend another night on the bus once we reach Ceba. Morning can't come soon enough!
We're learning more and more on this trip how important it is to put our full trust in God, even when everything isn't going as we planned. Today was a day to see the need for trust more. We started off the day picking up kids and parents in the bus for Sunday School. It is such a joy to see their smiling faces and receive their hugs as they climb aboard the big yellow bus. Church started off with songs, then we separated into classes. Krissy taught Sunday School in Spanish and did an amazing job! She shared with the kids the importance of accepting Jesus as their Savior so that they may have the gift of eternal life. We got to spend some more time with the kids as they took turns saying memorized Bible verses. After church we went back to the house for lunch. Unfortunately we started having trouble with the bus that we were supposed to take to Roatan, even after much work we weren't going to be able to take it. The guys were fixing things up for the trip all afternoon then we lost power at the house. It is during these times we need to trust God more because He still had a plan. He didn't forget about us, and He wasn't going to abandon us. We got all loaded into the vehicles we were taking and headed to church for service. We got the opportunity to sing and Tomas testified. I am continually amazed as I see God's hand through out our time here! The song we sang lined right up with the great message that Brother Alan preached, about God receiving the glory. We had a great alter service, hearts were touched and we were able to pray with the youth that are going to camp. After church we loaded into the vehicles and headed for Roatan. I am excited to see how God is going touch lives, as I know He will, at camp this week. Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to learn to fully trust God, even when things aren't going as planned.
Hey everybody, Krissy here... still. As you may already know we were supposed to be on a ferry to Roatan by now but the clutch gave out in our van, and we've been stuck at a service station for about twelve hours. (Just let that sink in for a second.) Needless to say, our trip has been greatly delayed and we'll probably be in Roatan almost twenty-four hours later than planned. Anyway, everyone's worn out but in good spirits. We're all thankful for God's protection. We could have broke down in a mountain with no resources nearby but instead He graciously allowed us to wind up in front of a gas station with bathrooms and plenty of food and drinks. Although delays tend to bring frustration, I'm clinging to the fact that even though I don't know why this had to happen God does have a purpose. So to end on a happy note, we may be arriving way late but at least we're still going and nobody was hurt along the way! I hope you all are having a wonderful day. God bless!
~a very tired Krissy
We got to sleep in just a little bit after arriving in Teguc and a full night of events at the church. Sleeping in meant to be able to sleep past 3 for those of us traveling in. Most of the girls traveled with Bro. Scott Sumner to a service at the Police Academy early in the morning. They sang and testified before the message. The rest of the day was spent planning for camp, running errands, cooking, or hanging out with the Sumners.
After a rough time this morning navigating through very icy roads (Thank you, Pastor, for getting us to our destination safely!) we made it to our first flight. We are now on our final flight to Honduras and are anxiously awaiting a reunion with the Sumner Family. We will be working with them to prepare for the youth camp on Roatan Island next week, where we will meet up with the Trawick Family and another group. Thank you for the prayers! They are greatly appreciated.