God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)
Honduras Mission is Growing
The Honduras Mission is growing quickly. Earlier this spring I had the opportunity to visit the various mission sites throughout the country. What a joy to have the opportunity to witness the baptisms of two young ladies while in Comayagüela! The congregation is served by Missionary Pastor Junior Martinez from Nicaragua (below left). LCMS Missionary Pastor Herb Burch administered the baptisms.
Here are a few more photos from the mission in Comayagüela. What struck me about the congregation is that they came together to build the little church with no outside assistance. It was built with love and care on land given by the members.
This mission was so beautiful I had to add just a few more photos.
While in Honduras I visited a newly purchased worship facility in Choluteca. It needs some work, but will serve the needs of the community for many years.
Trafficking of humans and illegal drugs is an ongoing problem in Honduras, which is situated between El Salvador and Nicaragua. The overloaded little van we were traveling in was stopped twice by military men who checked our passports and asked a number of questions before letting us continue.
We visited another possible mission site in Los Chagüites, which is in southern Honduras, near the border of Nicaragua. One Lutheran man lives nearby, and does outreach to the community. Since he had not had the opportunity to commune for an extended period of time, we had an impromptu communion service under a small shelter.
Working from Home
I love my work, but in the past many weeks, I have been even more thankful that I do the work that I do, as much of it is online. From writing stories and editing photos, to posting content on social media and websites, I am able to do those things from anywhere that has an internet connection. Meetings and training sessions are all being done online. An app on my phone allows me to even do audio interviews and podcasts from anywhere in the world. (Below is a link to a recent podcast that I did from the United States, just using my phone)
When the virus began spreading in the Dominican Republic and lockdowns began, all non-essential businesses were closed, as was our regional office. I knew I would be working alone from my home for as long as it took for things to open back up again. After just a few weeks of looking at the walls and visiting with myself, I made the decision to return to the United States to ride it out near family and friends, where I would have opportunities for hugs and in-person conversations. Travel to other countries to take photos is obviously not possible, but I have quite a stash of recent photos that will have to suffice for the time being.