I am so humbled to have been able to spend January 20-28 in Honduras with a great team doing great work. Ken and Connie Heiberger led this team, and I cannot say enough about their superb leadership. I always think that every mission trip is the best one – and I have to tell you truly that this one ranks up there with the very best I have ever been privileged to be part of. This team had GREAT team chemistry, no egos, just a great “get it done” for the Lord Jesus attitude. I love the kingdom workers I got to be with for those days.
The first priority and best and most meaningful part of the trip was interaction with the Honduran people. They are gracious, friendly, and hospitable. We had great fellowship with them and worked side by side with a number of people. We had the opportunity to work with some men who are in the category of “not yet Christians” and we did our best to be a good influence for Jesus Christ. What a blast!
We did a VAST amount of work, exceeding the scheduled expectations. Here is a summary (by no means all inclusive) of some of the work we did. We poured the floors to an addition to the church building. This was accomplished by mixing the concrete on the ground in a volcano and pouring it. (This requires a lot of site preparation with a pick and shovel and wheelbarrowing the gravel and sand for the concrete up the side of the mountain.) Here a couple of shots of that:
When your church building is on top of a mountain you need a road to get there. One of our assignments was to build a section of that necessary road. This was accomplished by bringing in pavers, carving out the area with pick and shovel, setting the pavers and applying a concrete slurry to keep them in place in traffic.
One of our team members, Kenny Nichols, has a passion for distribution of water filters that allow people to drink water that is free of solids, biologicals, and bacteria. What a valuable ministry! Kenny is still in Honduras distributing filters in the churches. The filter is manufactured by the Sawyer Company. Untreated water goes in the white bucket, gravity takes is through the hose and filter into the blue water bottle. The filter is guaranteed to do 1 million gallons. It is a Godsend for these folks and their health (not to mention that Jesus is the “water of life” and that he came to give “living water). We were able to help Kenny a little in distributing filters.
Did I mention that no one on the team went hungry? On our final night we had a traditional Honduran FEAST that was incredible!
This was a great trip, covered thoroughly in prayer, and a great experience. To God be the glory!
PS – Thank you, Connie Heiberger, for bringing up school supplies. That was a huge thing to leave out! My bad. MANY backpacks filled with supplies to MANY children. Take a look at these two: