Other Mission News
February 10th, 2020
It was a very busy day but it was a good day!
We got up , had breakfast, morning devotions then we were off to church where the children from the home go. We saw our friends there and made some new ones.
After church, we went for ice cream and to a market in town with Melodie and our driver Betuel.
We headed back to the camp for lunch then we picked up our translator Nancy, and our friend Luis and went to Omar’s coffee plantation. It was really cool! He showed us the roaster and the grinder. It smelled so good!!
The land where the coffee plants are was so cool to see. There were row and rows and rows coffee plants everywhere, big and small. We also stopped to see some banana trees which was interesting. We saw a bunch of bananas that was ripe and Jay really wanted to climb to get them. Omar said no because they had workers for that and he would get very dirty.
On the way down the hill from the coffee plantation Nick, Jay, Keegan, Madison, Vicki and Luis sat in the back of Omar’s truck. They say you don’t have a real Honduras experience until you ride in the back of a pick up truck.
Nancy invited us to go to her church with her tonight. It was the 3rd church that we’ve been to and we’ve had amazing experience at all of them! They are all so welcoming and loving. We may not understand the message because it’s in Spanish but we could definitely feel the love and God’s presence there.
After church we went to a local restaurant with Nancy, Betuel and Nancy’s pastor and his family to try baleadas, which is a tortilla with cheese and refried beans plus what we wanted to add for other toppings. They were delicious!!!
Night time devotions, worship and some time for prayer and we were ready for bed!
We’ve tried many times as a team to try to speak Spanish, sometimes it works but other times no one understand us... we have fun trying!!
Much love to everyone at FBC from the Honduras team and see you when we get home!!!
Hello All! (Email Received Sunday Morning - March 29th)
It's Doug with a day 3 update.
Please excuse my poor grammer and spelling. Tracey's not here to proof read.
The struggle is real! Work or play?
We enjoyed another good day at the children's home. We tried to stay a little more work focused and got a start on the painting. Everyone missed playing with the kids.
Curtis and Melodie started their morning running to town to get supplies. The rest of us started on the painting. Shawn mixed the paint up, Sandra, Jay, Keegan, & Nick did the edge work and Shawn, Vickie and Madison where busy with the rollers.
I tried to take care of some crack filling with Alex (one of the smaller boys) who was on my back and eager to help. Literally.
Jay was able to make an instrument today and it was a hit with the kids. He hopes to make more soon.
Nick was also able to look at the generator and install a new solenoid. He also did some maintenace and is waiting on some oil and we praying it will fire up.
While cleaning and painting we also discoverd most of the sinks where leaking and a toilet tank need attention. Curtis was able to get what we need and when we left today the leaks were gone.
We capped off the day at Los Ferro, a near by restaurant. We had a beautiful meal with beautiful people.
Thank you! For your prayers.
Please continue to pray for those that are sick with cold like symptoms. Pray that everyone gets a good night sleep and recharges for what's next, but more importantly pray for the workers at the home. Pray for the children let them feel appreciated and loved.
Dear Church Family,
Today was a beautiful day in Honduras! We had breakfast at the camp (Cerro de Luz), and headed over to the children’s home for the first time. What an awesome time. The kids were very friendly and were almost immediately all over us. They clearly crave attention, and we were very excited to love on them. The challenge will be choosing to work over playing with them....not sure how much we will get done.
The biggest thing Melody would like is to paint the entire house! We got started taping the trim, and washing mildew in the bathrooms. It turns out that Doug is a wizard at washing bathrooms, as he bailed us all out of some big messes
Nick Beck and I assessed the generator to see why it doesn’t work, and we know what parts we need now.
In the afternoon we played soccer with the boys, who are all far more talented than us, and I think they enjoyed dribbling circles around us.
Truthfully we are having a great time! God have blessed us to be here, and we are so thankful for your prayers.
Several teams members are battling a cold ( Jay, Keagan, Sandra, Madison), so please pray for them.
Also the painting seems to be more then we can probably get done, so pray about that. It’s time for supper so I’ll send pictures later,
- - Curtis
Good day church family,
Thank you again for all your prayers and support for us and this mission. We arrived on schedule safely in Honduras!
Things went very smooth for us in Halifax we arrived early and got to our gate in lots of time. We had plenty of time in Toronto as well and that was a good thing as Sandra and Madison were extremely honest and claimed they were carrying fruit and nuts into the States so they were put into an extremely slow line. Sandra had an Apple in her bag which she actually ate while waiting in the line to claim it! Curtis ate his apple while comfortably seated waiting on the other side! Madison had some nuts in her bag and while she was claiming hers the rest of us were sharing trailmix and eating our granola bars while Vicky texted and taunted Madison as she stood waiting in line. It's fun to laugh!
When we arrived in Houston 7 out of our 9 totes were smashed. We went to our hotel and checked in at 12:15 am. We decided we had to go to a Wal-Mart 10 miles away that was open 24 hours and purchase some new totes because things were hanging out of the broken ones. Barbra the lady on the front desk was a God send for us! She made the airport shuttle driver drive us to Wal-Mart and wait and bring us back! He was not happy! We tipped him $10 bucks and thanked him very much!
Sandra, Nick and I volunteered for the job of getting the totes and repacking so we got 2 hours sleep!
Our drivers Betuel and Mcgill along with Nancy our translator picked us up at the airport and everyone enjoyed the beautiful 2 hour drive to Siguetepeque. We stopped and got ice cream drinks and snacks for lunch. We also stopped at a roadside fruit stand on the way and bought mangos, pineapple, guava, bananas and coconut.
They had cold coconuts they cut open for the cold coconut water and that was a big hit for Jalen, keagan, Madison,Sandra and our translator Nancy had two!
We got to Cerro de Luz unpacked the vans had supper and went to check in to our hotel rooms downtown we would stay in for the first night as Cerro was double booked our first night.
Then we were off to church from 6:30 till 8:00! The people were so welcoming to our team and showered us in prayers and gratitude! Nick and Jalen led worship for two songs it was amazing!
I presented the church our gift of the money we raised at last years cake auction and I think I got a hug and thank you from every church member afterwards! Pastor Medina said to tell you guys with tears gracias, gracias, gracias, gracias, gracias!!!
God has been so good to us!!
This morning we go to Vida y libertad! Can't wait to see everyone again and introduce our team!
Thank you all again!
God Bless, Shawn
Thank you all again!
Stewards NewsLetter - "Higher Ground!"
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As the civil war in Syria drags on, the number of people and regions within the country directly affected continues to increase. The Kurdish region of Afrin (Syria) is currently the focus of a Turkey offensive, which began late in January 2018. As a result, tens of thousands of Kurdish internally displaced persons (IDPs) were forced to leave everything behind and flee for safety; seeking refuge mainly in five other towns within Syria. Reports have come in that their homes have been ransacked and the local Christian church has been “booby trapped” to dissuade their return.
Travel out of or within Syria is extremely limited due to the ongoing conflict. Most of the Kurdish IDPs are women and children who don’t have the basic supplies needed for life. They have been forced to sleep on the side of roads, in tents, or rent rooms or apartments at extremely high prices.
FAIR is partnering with Operation Mobilization (OM) to provide relief to the villages where the bulk of the Kurdish IDPs have found refuge. OM has personnel currently on the ground and in direct contact with those in need as part of their ongoing ministry in Syria. Funds raised will go towards the purchase of food and hygiene packs to be distributed among those who have the highest need. Each care package costs $75 and provides each family with sugar, tea, rice, groats (whole grains), lentils, oil, thyme, cheese, soap (for hand and clothes), toothbrush and paste, shampoo, and a comb. The goal is to provide these families with the necessities so that they can find work and get their feet back under them in their new community.
How Can You Respond?
We ask you to prayerfully consider how you will partner with FAIR as together we seek to extend the love of Christ to those most affected in Afrin.
Please be in prayer for the displaced Kurdish people of Syria as they transition into their new surroundings. Pray that the love of Christ will impact those most affected and give them hope especially during this difficult time.
Sincerely in Christ,