This is what you can see of the property as you fly into Puerto Lempira. The big house just to the right of Casa Del Camino property would be the house Roger and Katrina are building.
We spent the day (Sunday May 28th) riding around the Puerto Lempira area introducing Randy to some of our friends here. As they each shared some of their experiences, coupled with my own issues I am having with a two of the boys from my last visit, it has only been reinforced in me, the need for Christ to be authentically known and truly followed here.
First, Randy and I rode our bikes over to Dr. Marianne’s house to spend roughly an hour with her talking of her ministry to the Miskito people. She employs six full-time people in order that she may house six children and feed 90, two meals a day! God bless her. She is also running a home school of sorts, a program that intends to help some succeed in getting an education.
We then headed over to Mama Tara’s Orphanage and visited with Linda, who runs the orphanage. There too, have been many struggles over the past few months. I am praising our Lord for sustaining her through various storms. From Mama Tara’s we rode to Marcos’ home and visited with him. Please pray for Marcos to make wise decisions and to follow through with some Godly encouragement and advice that we shared with him.
By being here and hearing the stories, having to work through the process of being disappointed in some of the boys’ actions, but yet, needing to forgive them and by doing so, showing them God’s grace and love for them, my hope is that I am encouraging them to be different from the rest. Not to give into sin, but to fight sin and to make glorifying God their priority.
It is my prayer that each of us not take this life for granted and use what God has given you for His glory. We only have one life and time is short – it is easy to take life for granted, thinking you will always have more time, but then we die. What are you going to tell God when He asks you what you did with what He blessed you with? That’s a good question for us all to ask ourselves, as I know I take much for granted.
We headed from Marcos’ place over to the I.V.A. School for Randy to learn about the incredible efforts going on there. We discovered that Alex and Laura weren’t there because they were treated to a little get away in town to celebrate another blessed year of marriage. Congratulations! Aiden, their oldest son stepped in and toured us though the stages of the school – filling us in with some short-term visions for the school. By this time it was three o’clock and that was perfect timing to ride over and introduce Randy to our dear friend, Pastor Ludy Washington. We joined in with his scheduled church service that he holds in his house every Sunday at 3pm. This week he had a baby dedication and we all shared in the Lord’s supper.
Afterwards we headed back to the hotel. Upon arriving there we were met by Jerbin. So I spent another hour or so communicating with him. Amazing how quickly word gets around when a couple gringos come to town.
On a side note. Here are a couple pictures of progress at the property. I took these on Saturday just after our arrival. The crew has been hard at work. Also on the property there are lots of mangos, and I learned of five cashew nut trees! Apparently people pay good monies for the cashew apple jam you can make with them. Enjoy.
I continue to feel blessed to be a part of God’s work here in La Moskitia. Feeling that nothing should be taken for granted, especially our relationship with our Lord and savior. I can remember thinking as if I had nothing but time, plenty of time to do things I wanted to do. Now I am realizing that we have one life, and there will come a point where we live our last day. I find myself asking the question, “What have I done with what He gave me?” I think it would be good for each of us to ask that question. Being given the gift of salvation in Christ, I look to share that same hope I now live with, with those who have no hope. I pray this gets us all thinking and that it will lead us into action. How much must you hate someone to not share the truth of the gospel with them?
Romans 10:14 ” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”
Casa Del Camino, a home of refuge for boys in need.
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