Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday

Day 2! We head back to the same church to minister to more neighbors.  A brief time of worship and prayer to call the Holy Spirit down to guide us.  Its always amazing to see how many have the same issues here.  We are so lucky to be able to change our habits and have fresh water to keep our health.Today we were able to paint another home and install 2 water filtration systems. Its a radical idea to have clean water to drink. Many only drink sodas, gatorade, or kool aid type drinks. No wonder that diabetes, rotten teeth, and many other health problems are prevalent.  
Evangelism is one of the main things we work on here. Its rewarding and very emotionally draining. Please keep up with your prayers for the whole team, we all are doing God's work in all departments.  Well some more wonderful stories at the debriefing, praise reports of choosing Christ, and personal growth and learning. Well a day of rest and fun tomorrow, but we'll tell you about that later.
Also please pray that we all stay healthy, lots of sickness out there and we've all been up close and personal.  Good night all!





Monday, Monday,

Just love that day!!  Up at 5ish to be ready to start at 6. Devotions and prayer to get the Spirit moving in our hearts. A great breakfast to nourish our bodies, coffee to start the engines and brain function. A bus ride that rivals any thing the amusement parks have, not to worry folks our divers are experts! A brief stop to pick up translators and Drs. For some this is a reunion of friends, and some new faces. Every one jumps in to get optical ready, dentistry up and tools out, pressure cuffs and meds. We have a time of prayer with the church volunteers and then its " Lets get to Work".  Many come from long distance by foot to see a medical, optical, or dentist Dr.  Kids have a fun time with the children's ministry. The gospel story is told that matches their new His story bracelets. Team A had a crew paint a room in a house. Looked very nice and bright in a off white.  After a very eventful day we load up and bus back to the hacienda. Well traffic is the same every where, a lot of it. Construction is every where here too!  Team B was stuck in a traffic jam that took them 2 hours to make it back. Threw the schedule off just a bit. A time of debriefing after dinner to tell stories of the day, things to pray for, and a shift in where we are assigned tomorrow so we all get to experience a different job.
Sleep tight, its too cold for the bed bugs to bite!


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Good Sunday,
A windy night sent us to sleep or kept us up.  Had a brief devotional and breakfast, then loaded up the buses. We stopped at Plaza de Spana before church. Group photo op. and some shopping too. Off to our respective churches. Warm reception, hugs, and wonderful worship.  Lunch out family style.  Got back to the house and loaded up the trucks to take all the equipment for our serve teams. While the able bodied loaded trucks, others gathered and counted and bagged pills. With lots of help it gets done real fast. A time of fellowship and games, quiet time or a short nap. Dinner, briefing for tomorrow, and for most of us to bed for a early start and a very busy day! God bless and keep up the prayers.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

We Made It!!!
After long hours of travel the team has made it to the mission house. Meeting up with old friends and meeting new ones. We are getting ready for what God has in store for us. Its going to be a fantastic week of growth, challenge, and comedy!



Sunday, January 7, 2018

We are packed and ready to go! Saturday the team packed trunks full of all kinds of medicine, canes, shampoo and other supplies that we will put to use in Honduras. Sunday we held our last team meeting to go over some final details and now it's time to go.

Besides our contingent from Illinois we have team members coming from Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin. We are truly a national team! We are looking forward to coming together in Tegucigalpa on Saturday. We have team members flying through Houston, Atlanta and Miami to get to Honduras.

Please keep us in your prayers! We are seeking God's blessing on our travel. We are really hoping to have everyone and all our luggage arrive on time next Saturday.  We are also praying for good health leading up to our trip and while we are there. And, most importantly, we are praying for God to accomplish His purposes in and through us through this great adventure. 


Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday - Final day of serving

From the Ranch Team 
Friday was the culmination of the concrete project, as the guys worked with Ken (our ranch team leader) and Manny (a terrific ranch kid), to mix, pour, and finish off the stairs beautifully. Ken tells us this is the first step (no pun intended) in a larger project, so who knows what we'll see next year!

The gals finished up the Scripture verses in one more home. It was especially fun when the electricity went out for a while, and Karen finished up by iPhone flashlight!

We were blessed to enjoy a bonfire under the stars with Ken and his family as a wrap-up to a busy week.

All that being said, the true highlights of the week were the smiling faces of all the ranch kids, who are experiencing the love of Jesus every day through the giving hearts and caring hands of the Rancho Ebenezer staff. We've been privileged to serve them this week ... and we're already looking forward to next year.  Join us!











Psalm 16:11 "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand."






Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday - Day 4 The week is going by fast

Thursday with the Ranch Team: 

Chapel with the ranch kids was the perfect way to start our day! 

God blessed us with beautiful weather again, which the guys were thankful for as they tackled several projects. Along with painting the new plywood siding they installed on Wednesday, they also replaced the old gutter - although Bob got baptized with some mud when he took it down!  The guys also braved major dirt and impressively large spiders to clean out a storage room that will become a useful sports equipment space.

The gals continue their project of painting Scripture verses in the family homes. Today's house features 2 Corinthians 13:11 and Romans 5:12. Look them up!

We enjoyed a mid-day break by having lunch at a small local restaurant owned by a former ranch employee.  On the drive back to the ranch, we encountered about half a dozen logging trucks loaded to the max. Honduran drivers are amazing - we were literally inches apart.

We're thanking God for hard work, good fellowship, and His constant provision.

Morning Chapel

Last touches on this project

It's not as easy as it looks!

Having lunch at a former ranch worker's new restaurant!

A tight squeeze

Too close for comfort!

Thursday with the Mission House Team

It's us again! We all went to churches that were new to us today. There were many "God" experiences shared with the group during our evening devotions. No matter what we do, the Hondurans are always extremely thankful. Please pray that we finish strong!










2 Corinthians 13:11 "Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you."


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday - Day 3 some work and some play

Hello from the mission house teamToday we had beautiful weather, and a relaxing day, either visiting the Valley of the Angels to shop or to tour Rancho Ebenezer. And a few of us stayed "home" and counted pills, and perhaps had a nap. Long bus rides, but there is so much to see on the way. After our day off we are anxious to get back to the brigades tomorrow to serve these precious people of Honduras.

Some members of the team toured Rancho Ebenezer

Hearing about all the wonderful things going on at the Ranch. 

Learning about the coffee process. 

Coffee plants growing on the Ranch

Part of the mission team at Valley of the Angels




There was no rest for the Ranch Team but the day did seem like a variety show! The first act was the Scavenger Hunt where we had to search the workshop for plywood, 2x4's, screws, nails and assorted tools. (This act repeats itself throughout the day!)

The second act was Demolition. We tore off the plywood siding from the porch behind the ranch office. and removed broken bleacher boards at the soccer field. (This act also includes instruction in power drill usage for the team novice.)

For Intermission, some of the Mission House team visited Rancho Ebenezer. There were lots of hugs and good conversation! 

The third act was Construction:  We attached new plywood siding on the porch, installed and sanded new bleacher boards (just in time for an upcoming soccer game between the ranch kids and another mission organization), and started painting Bible verses in a second family home. Finally, we shoveled gravel into the stairway form built on Monday.

The Coming Attractions for the rest of the week: Paint the plywood siding. Keep painting Bible verses. Mix and pour concrete for steps. Discover what else is on Ken's list for us. Sleep hard every night!

Thanks to God for a great week so far at Rancho Ebenezer!

New plywood siding on the porch. 

The new bleacher boards were done just in time for soccer!

The steps are looking good! Lots of hard work. 

John 8:32 "And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free."