Wow … God did so much in and through our Honduras mission trip this year … where do I begin? Here’s three lessons I learned through this year’s trip:
1) The value and importance of TEAM.
We took a team of 16 people, and met up with 2 others from Austin, Texas when we arrived that joined our team for the week. I was amazed at how God knit us together and used our individual gifts and abilities to serve hundreds of people collectively. I also feel like our team bonded almost instantly, enjoyed being around each other, and grew deeper in our friendships with one another. Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” We accomplished so much more as a team than any one of us could have individually. There was also a lot of laughs throughout the week – a good indicator that we enjoyed being together!
2) Evangelism is a WAY OF LIFE, not a station.
This idea came up several times throughout the week in our team meetings. It started with something Miguel, our brigade coordinator, said one morning about how the people at the evangelism stations are not the only ones doing evangelism. We were all practicing evangelism each and every day, whether we were washing hair in the children’s area or dispensing prescriptions at the pharmacy station. It was a reminder to all of us that we were tangibly showing the love of Jesus through everything we did and every interaction we had with the Honduran people. It’s the idea in Matthew 5:16 that no matter what activity we were doing, we were shining the light of Christ through our actions, not just through our words.
3) Jesus is BUILDING HIS CHURCH in Honduras.
One of the most impactful parts of the trip for me was worshipping in a local Honduran church on Sunday, and then working side by side with the people of the church during the week. The faith of the believers we interacted with was so real and genuine – you could see the JOY on their faces! It’s amazing to me that so many of the people we met have so little in terms of material possessions and things we as Americans would consider basic necessities. And yet their passion for God and their joy was off the charts. Seeing the churches in Honduras up close and in person reminded me of what Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 about how He WILL build His church, and the gates of hell will never overcome it!
Thanks for praying for us during the trip last week. Below is the highlight video we showed this past Sunday in church.