A Word From Steve Jones
December 10th, 2018
Greetings to everyone from FBC family! (April 26th)
Once again I want to thank you, from Tina and I, for sending us a caring and passionate group from the church. It was so good to be able to reconnect with people who feel like relatives of the home, and as well to get to know new people that have now been added to the family! The kids, staff, Tina and I had a wonderful time and were greatly blessed by the visit.
So much was accomplished! All of what we had planned to do was done, as well as extra projects (touching up of the soccer field, entrance garden, ). We are happy that the group was able to get new connections to be involved in the home and work alongside. Our "gas tank" shed is ready, the kitchen walls are up (will send pictures of the kitchen once we paint, etc, so that you can all see the final result!), the safety equipment (detectors, extinquishers, emergency lights) are all set, the concrete pad for the generator is ready (need to let it rest for 10 more days before we can put the weight of the generator on it), the soccer field is a safer area, and our main entrance is starting to look beautiful (can´t wait for everything to grow and bloom)!. We will be sending pictures as details finish up.
It was also really nice to see the kids engage, once again, with the team. To work alongside, from the youngest to the oldest, boys, girls, everyone. It's always uplifting to see the kids get dirt and sweat and feel like they are contributing to the work, and proud to be doing so!
Another thing that was great is that we had been planning a trip to the pool with the kids for a while but weren't ready because of short staffed, or just didn't find the time. So, because Monday was a Holiday in Honduras, we took advantage of the team being here and asked if they could help us out. We were able to take every single one of the kids to the pool, (and get them out of the way of the construction) and appreciated the supervision everyone from the team added to this. Tina and I both agreed that it was one of the most "relaxed" experiences we have had in the pool, as responsible people, because of the extra pair of hands and eyes that were there. The guys came later, after the work day, and were also greatly appreciated by the teenagers and kids, since our kids always welcome a bit of rough play when male figures come and visit!! This could become a tradition..... HAHA!
As for me, personally, it was uplifting to have the team come. Thank you for this. Thank you for reminding me that we are not alone in this fight. For the encouragement, the prayers, for feeling like there are people backing us up and reminding us that God is working and loving through us despite our flaws and failures. And we know that the rest of the year, we are covered by your prayers and support. Thank you for choosing us, our little ones, to be loved and cared for.
God bless you,
I really don't know how to start. It was a great day but.... we had to say bye!
We all started our last day early. We had breakfast, prayed and we're ready and waiting for our drive. We decided to go shopping and buy the coffee in the morning so we could be at the home for the whole afternoon when the kids were all back from school.
We had our shopping and coffee picked up by 11:30 so we ate our lunch on the way to the home. We got the retaining wall back-filled, the fence up, the generator slab formed up with the rebar in it. We cleaned up the yard and back-filled the sidewalk. Got the roof welded together on the propane storage and ready for the steel roofing. The drywall is all crack filled in the kitchen and new plugs and light switches installed.
We didn't get the concrete poured in the generator slab because we ran out of gravel and they didn't deliver it until 4:00. We still needed to say good bye so Eve's, Michael ?and Gabriel and the boys are going to pour it tomorrow. The steel still needs to go on the roof of the propane shed, the door installed and the tank moved in. The boys welding up the soccer nets were helping us with this project and they are going to come finish it the first of the week.
Our team worked well together and we organized and accomplished way more than we expected!
Saying bye to everyone was emotional and the kids didn't want to see us go. There were lots of tears! Chris lead us all in prayer! When we got in the van, 6 of them climbed in with us. Our van had to wait for an hour for us to finally get away.
We had a grand finale! We had 17 of our Honduras friends over for supper and a night of singing praises to God in a melody of Spanish and English praise! We all hung out together and spoke encouraging words to one another, prayed together and sang. Lots of new friends made, new connections, we were truly blessed.
We are up tomorrow at 5:30 and start our journey home! Thanks for praying!
Your team in Honduras
This morning was tough! We all woke feeling a little discouraged! Autumn and Alisha are feeling a little nauseous, Chris's whole body is aching, Shania woke with a head ache and I woke with my ribs hurting again. Buck and Emma are holding us together.
We rallied together at breakfast! We all held hands and prayed for God to give us the strength and the help we need for the day. Then we sang praises to God as we packed our lunch and we continued singing for the whole drive to the camp and we got out of the van at the camp singing to God! We sang throughout the whole day till Alisha's phone went dead! It picked us all up! The joy of the Lord is our strength and that's how we got our strength today! Thank you Lord!
We had another large day! We got some wiring finished in the kitchen, we got the mulch on the flower garden, white washed trees and rocks in the garden, we got the posts all stood for the fence along the soccer field, we got the block retaining wall stood on the end of the soccer field, we finished pouring the concrete walkway to the propane shed and we got the walls built for the propane storage!
The kids are a great help! They helped with the mulch, they helped mix and wheel concrete, they helped screen sand and they helped white wash. Eves and Michael, two locals have been a God-send helping us with the concrete and the block! Gabriel the caretaker has been a huge help as well. It's a busy spot, there is a lot happening every day.
We had supper at 5:30 and our driver Bittwell joined us because he was waiting to drive us to church. Emma Chris, Buck and I went to church, the rest were too sick to go. It was an awesome time worshiping with our brothers and sisters in Honduras. They asked me to introduce the team and then asked us if we wanted to sing!?! The pastor was with us earlier in the week when we were all together in the van and we were singing! I guess we must have sounded Ok?
Any way we agreed but we told them you guys would never let us sing on stage at home! ;) We rocked it! (truthfully Chris rocked it) They invited us back up to sing it again with their band singing in Spanish. It was a spirit filled night! We needed it! We returned home and prayed together for tomorrow. It's our last day and it’s a busy one. The girls can' t be sick. Please keep praying for us!
We have an exciting Friday evening planned. We have six of our Honduras friends coming over with their families and bringing their musical instruments for a night of praise and worship together! A celebration before we head home!
Your team in Honduras
You will notice the wall that had to be made to stabilize the bank and plus the soccer nets / basketball nets in the background.
Another great day in Honduras! I jumped out of bed in the morning! Everyone was eager to get going! Alisha and I went with Angel and Kory to pick up all the plants for the flower garden. Alisha, Autumn, Chris, Emma and Shania got the plants all in the ground before 10 AM which is what is recommended here. They got them all watered and fertilized with hen manure. The mulch will be here today to finish it. It looks awesome and Melodie's smile was huge, it's been on her wish list for years!
We got the concrete poured on the propane pad, generator moved over and reconnected, fridges and freezers moved to new locations, new walls studded up in the kitchen and one side dry walled, generator pad leveled up with selecto and the fire extinguishers installed!
It was so awesome for us to be here to see the kids and staff get trained in the use of fire extinguishers! Such a great feeling!
We headed back at 4 o'clock and we cancelled our van ride so some of us could get the Honduras experience of riding on the back in the truck box! Took us back 35 years!
We ended our evening all dining out with Yeffri and Melodie at an outside restaurant.
This morning we need your prayers, we have a little sickness starting. Please pray for a return to good health and strength for our bodies. We still have a lot to accomplish in 2 days!
Your team in Honduras
Day 7b from Shawn
It's 12:30 AM and I am lying awake in bed. I have tears streaming down my cheeks and I am in awe of God our Healer!
Chris had been in so much pain Sunday that he couldn't stay with us when we toured the coffee Plantation. He couldn't stand! When we returned for supper he wasn't sure if he could stay for the devotional time. That night we all laid hands on Chris and prayed! Monday Chris worked all day standing and lifting and carrying brick! Dancing and telling us how good he feels!
At 2:00 PM Chris, Buck, and I left the home and went to the water park to meet the kids and the girls so we could play with the kids also. We played hard! Throwing kids, dunking kids, helping the little ones float in the deep end and race! Then Chris jumped off the diving board into the water not realizing he was jumping into about 4' of water off an 8' high board. He smashed his heal on the bottom and ended up in the hospital to get a cast put on.
The other part you might not know is the teens were all going down the water slides that were there and they all wanted us to go with them. I went up with Karla and went down the biggest one. Well you all know when you re doing a water slide you lay on your back and ride up on your shoulders to get the most speed. So I thru myself in and right onto my shoulders only to next realize I just entered what I now call the human blender!! By the time it spit me out (at 100 mph) I had blood in my mouth and cracked ribs on my left side. I didn't go to the hospital, because they can't do anything for ribs anyway, but Buck and Chris got me some pain killers while they were there.
Day 7 was a hard day with Chris on crutches and me with my cracked ribs, but the team pulled together with the help of some locals and we got the last emergency light wired in, all the smoke detectors installed in the bedrooms, the walkway and propane storage ready for concrete, the center of the circular driveway all loosened up with holes dug ready for plants, the dangerous drop off at the end of the soccer field prepared for steps, and 30 chickens and 3 new roosters ordered! Thank you Lord! We were a sorry-looking bunch at the end of the day! The ride out the bumpy gravel road just about killed me! We got home at 6:00 PM ate supper, did a devotion time and were in bed with lights out by 9:00!
Now Monday night we had again prayed for Chris and now me too to be healed of our new injuries, but we both woke up in the same shape as when we went to bed! Now I m lying here, as I said, at 1:24 AM now having wakened to realize that my ribs have been completely healed up and ready for day 8!! Once again in awe of our God!! When I woke finding myself free from anymore pain I started praising God!! I opened my Bible to the Psalms to praise Him and He led me right to Psalm 28:6-7. Here it is:
Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
What's God going to do next? Will I find that Chris is healed up also? We prayed for a renewed strength for everyone for day 8! Will we all awake feeling refreshed?
To be continued!
God Bless ,
Shawn and your team in Honduras
PS- God is soo good !!
A pretty wild day on Monday. Not only at the home but also at the water park and even the hospital.
Things are really coming together at the home. The emergency lighting is 90% complete and all of the smoke detectors will be in place Tuesday morning. The wheel on the generator is fixed and back on. We will likely get the pad poured for it Tuesday. The walkway and pad are well underway despite a setback when the water line and sewage lines were ruptured. This is the area that we are moving the propane tank to when it is finished. And the final materials have arrived to start the kitchen remodel. That should start Tuesday as well.
But by far the most amazing things happening are the relationships being created. Our group is standing strong together against the enemy and getting closer all the time. We are seeing God working in our hearts even more than we could have imagined. He is renewing our minds! (Rom 12:1-2)
Continue to pray for us. Chris ended up in the hospital with an injury. He will be fine but will be out of commission for the rest of the week. Not to worry though. God is giving him a separate project to work on.
We will also be visiting at least one more church this week. God is using us there as well. So much happening with only a few days left! We can't wait to see what else our awesome Father has in store for us.
- Buck (More Photos of form for pad; emergency lighting and fire detectors below)
Hola church family,
It's day 5 already! It's Sunday! Our day started with a meeting with Francisco, he came over to cerro de Luz the camp we are staying at and we went over the projects we are planning to complete and looked at budgets and time schedules. Things look like they should come together better than we thought!
Next our driver Bittwell picked us up and took us to church. We went to the childrens church. The church has 150 kids in their Sunday school program and it was standing room only in the sanctuary after the kids left for Sunday school! The message was on integrity. The kids were so glad to see us at their church. Christian sat up on my shoulders as I danced to the songs ( he had a dad for a bit), Riccy clung to Alisha and she hugged her and ran her fingers thru her hair ( she had a mom at church with her today), Emma sat and held Cindy's hand ( Cindy had someone who cared sit beside her today). We all felt used by God today to love on all those kids with every hug and high 5 it was awesome.
Bittwell picked us up after his church got finished and then we picked up Luis, his sister Ani, his father at their church and Bittwell's wife and we took them all out to El Chef restaurant for lunch as a thank you for their willingness to help us. The food was awesome!
Bittwell had to preach a message at a church in the afternoon and he knew we wanted to go see the coffee farm so for the second time already on this visit he lent us his van. So after dropping off Bittwell at his house we drove to Omar's house and picked up him and his daughter Gabbie and they took us way up the mountain to the coffee farm and gave us a tour and explained how things work and their hearts for the people and how they use the farm to do God's will.
Our Devotion time this day was amazing! We sang 3 or 4 songs of praise and prayed and then we quieted our hearts and all asked God to answer three questions for each of us;
#1 what did I do today that really was pleasing to you God and brought you joy?
#2 what did I do today God that disappointed you?
#3 if I would give you the time God what would you like to do with me in the near future?
We have some life changing testimony that came out of this time that we will share with you all when we get home!
Tomorrow we hope to start building the new kitchen walls, install the remaining emergency lights and install the forms for the concrete pads. Melodie and Tina planned a day at the water park for all the kids well we are here to help, so the girls are going tomorrow with them for the day and Buck, Chris and I plan to join them at 2:00 for the last couple hours! Should be a big day!
Thanks for your prayers! God is amazing!
Your team in Honduras
Day 4 - April 17
God is good all the time. Dios es bueno, todo el tiempo.
These words are repeated frequently as God shows us over and over again we are not on our Mission, but on HIS mission in Honduras. HE has prepared the wAy for us. When we step out in faith God shows up. Everything is coming together in ways we never imagined but God knew.
There are many examples but here are a couple. Our translator Luis, from 3 years ago, has a sister Ani. Her friend korrie is our new translator. Her brother is Ani's new boy friend and has a truck to haul gear for us. In addition he is an electrician, which we need to wire in the emegency lights and the kitchen remodeling. He is a forrester and can get the garden out front looking great for a very low cost. His name is Angel we think he is our Angel sent from God.
Luis himself is such a God send he purchased the emergency lights and smoke detectors in Tegucagalpa and brought them to us fridaynight.
Yesterday he connected us with a guy that does fire extinguishers. He will install them, and check them every 3 months and annually change the chemical for a small cost. In addition they will do training on how to use them.
We handed out the letters to the kids. They were thrilled to get them, it was just like Christmas. Thank you everyone.
We ended the day with a trip to get supplies and ice cream. Then topped it off with the best BBQ ever at Jeffries' father place, Melodie's friend. It was so awesome. None of us have ever tasted a better BBQ.
God is good, all the time.
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. "Todays Photos" below:
Good morning to our wonderful church family back home.
As I sit here in the early morning light I am settled in my spirit knowing God is with us and you are praying for us. We are under God's authority and is he ever moving here. I don't have time to share everything that happened yesterday but here are three areas where God worked on Thursday.
1. Encouragement. We had an incredible meal last night with the camp director. Not only does he work here, but is working the worst parts of the city streets. He has a great message of being prudent in all you do, walking in your calling, and claiming John 17:15.
2. Love. I can't even begin to explain the love we have seen. Even when we are looking at things the wrong way Jesus is loving on us and bringing us closer together.
3. His authority. So last night when we are trying to have our devotions there are distractions everywhere including the neighbor's dogs who love nothing more than to growl, bark, and how. That and among other things were making it next to impossible to focus. We prayed about it and it was silenced. Now for those who have been here I am talking nor only about the dogs, but there was no noise from the city either. God is amazing!
As for things at the home, most of our supplies arrived late in the day yesterday. We did the deconstruction of the kitchen and now are ready to start working on building the new space. We have our plans in place and the ground ready for the new walkway and shed that will house the propane tank outdoors. Much of this work will really start moving today.
We did run into a few snags. We needed to find a gardener and an electrician. Oh how God provides! Our driver works as a gardener/landscaper, and our interpreter's brother is an electrician.
Dios es Buenos. To do El tempo.
Keep praying and thank you.