Other Mission News
March 27tH, 2019
Hola church family!
Today our team continued maintenance on the children's home; painting, electrical work, fixing the generator and El Flaco got to clean bat poop. Most importantly there was snuggling, soccer and laughs! Vicki, Shawn and I also got to go into town to the hardware store with Melody! (I know that may not seem exciting but it's all exciting in Honduras plus we stopped for coffee, which was better than Starbucks!!) We also picked up 130lbs of coffee to fundraise so be excited for that!!
Melody is joining us for a supper of tallapia, potatoes and gazpacho, and our devotions! So far during supper we have seen (and Jay cruelfully caught) a gecko, countless June bugs and a centipede. Tomorrow is our last day with the kids and we are all prepared to say yes to another week! Although tomorrow is one day closer to seeing our families we will all be heartbroken as we leave a peice of ourselves here in Honduras.
Thank you all for your continued prayers!
- Madison Faber
Today started like all our other days, breakfast at 7:30, followed by our morning prayer and devotion. We then took off to the home to paint, fix electrical, and fix more plumbing. That's all stuff God has blessed us with having the skills and means to do. However we have learn very quickly what means the most to God, Love. The feeling of love as you walk into the home is supernatural. The kids crave your attention and make it very hard to get work done, but being conscious of there need for love is a calling we all possess. The whole group has identified the greater need is in time spent with the kids over the work that needs to be done. We balance that by allowing them to help and showing we care enough about them to teach them something about what we are doing. It seems every time a wrench come's out you have the same cast of characters hovering to watch and lend a hand.
Time spent with these kids is valuable to them more then anything else. It is through that God's love shines through us. At one point Curtis and I went to the hardware store for supplies and kids flowed into the vehicle to tag along, neither of us wanted to say no they couldn't come but Melodie quickly became the bad guy for us, good thing because I drove with Curtis... Let's just say it's interesting, we don't need to put the kids through that. We also celebrate all the April birthdays with a huge Oreo cake Melodie made. Guess who got a corner?... that's right El Flacko ("the skinny one"). The day wrapped up with cleaning and games on the soccer/basketball court. With volleyball and football (Canadian football)
When it was time to go the van flooded with kids not wanting us to go. We thank God everyday for the patience of our driver because we are always slow to leave and kids again swamped the vehicle not wanting us to go or to miss the chance to say goodbye.
When we got back to where we are staying we ate and quickly showered because we would be having a special guest for devotion, Melodie joined us for some laughs, some tears, and some songs. Devotion time is always emotional but this one was especially so.
I ask all at home to pray for wisdom and guidance for Melodie as she helps care for these kids as well as care for herself. It is only through God's strength she can do her job and our prayers are always needed for her and Tina.
Each member of our team is different and plays a role flawlessly, I thank God for each of them. Especially our leaders who have guided us over every stumbling block with ease. Please continue pray for all members of the home and us as we continue to not work, but simply love one another and all the members of the home, work is just the by-product of the love we share for these people and children.
Signed. The Thin One, Nicholas
Well just wait. I need to tell you something about the very end of day five.
As we were doing our nighttime devotions on the back deck of the building in which we were staying, the sky was alive as it has been every night with lightning and quaking thunder. Shawn asked us if we would go outside with him and run around in the rain after devos. Most of us said no, but Keegan and I accepted his invitation.
To our disappointment, the downpour had ceased by the time we had finished devotions. The few of us who were disappointed in that stood on the deck for a few minutes to see if the rain would pick up again.
"C'mon God we wanna run around", Shawn said in a childish tone.
Eventually we decided to take a step in Faith and go out in our swimsuits anyways. We started walking and praying for a few buckets of rain, but it didn't come. Shawn jokingly suggested that we climb up a ladder and stand on a platform so we'd be closer to God. We did. So we three amigos started singing any worship song about water that we could remember! The maintenence guy who was patrolling the camp (who speaks only Spanish) walked up to the base of the platform and started laughing at us. He said we were "moi loco." But eventually he was trying to sing and dance along with us!
After about an hour Shawn and I were standing in a light rain praising God for all he had given us on this trip. It was a long time after we went outside that it started to rain again. But if we would've gotten the rain immediately, we would've been inside and in bed before we had the chance to worship alongside a foreign brother. And we wouldn't have spent an hour and a half praising God for all his wonderful ways.
Now, for Day 6.
We arrived at the home around 9:00 a.m. this morning and got to work at our painting again. We accomplished a lot for one day despite the heat and the paint fumes that made us all feel a bit... tingly.
Once we finished working, we spent time playing soccer. I'm sure there are many other hilarious stories besides Curtis showing the children good Canadian sportsmanship and punching Nick in the eye and splitting his eyebrow, and Nick earning the nickname "El Flacko" (which means the thin one)
The best part of the day was when we had a bonfire at the home. I had the amazing privilege of playing music with our driver, Betuel's son, Isaac around the fire. Shawn told a story (With the help of our translator, Nancy) about when he, Aiden, and Shae were ice skating on a cloudy night and asked God to show them the stars. He told of how the stars were shown to them and how important childlike Faith is. During his story the thick clouds that covered the sky rolled back to reveal the moon. Curtis also spoke about how snowflakes are all different, just as we are unique and of how God has a significant purpose in our time on earth. during Shawn's closing prayer for God to reveal himself in an unexpected way, Keegan's phone beeped and a verse was there on his screen.
Now, there were two things that made that an undeniable answer to prayer. First, there was NO possibility of internet connection at the home. Yet, Keegan phone had a brief connection to an unknown Wi-Fi network!
Second, the verse was Philippians 2:13. I ask that you read through all of chapter 2 if you want to understand the significance of this if I haven't already convinced you.
Altogether, it has been a wonderful day. The Holy Spirit is using and blessing this team in unimaginable ways. Melody said to us that the older children and teens did not enjoy attending church, but they said that they would love it if it was like tonight around that campfire.
Thank you for your prayers. Please keep it up and be praying for each of us to have overflowing Zeal, Passion, Love, and above all a Heart after God's own.
We love you brothers and sisters,
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,
The following is a list of supply items needed for the Honduras Trip.
Please have them at the church no later than,
SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2015.
Thanks so much for your participation!
Allergy Relief Medicine
Multivitamins for children
Toothpaste / tooth brushes
Bug Spray (non-aerosal
Towels for showering
Sunscreen (non aerosal)
Craft items for the older children
Donations will also be accepted toward guitar strings etc., that Jalen will need to make instruments for the children.
There are totes in the lobby ready to receive your cards and letters as well as any of the items listed above.