It’s hard to believe that this week is coming to an end. Christ has put himself on display in ways that will forever bring memories of awe. Hearts awakened to the truth of the gospel, tears of joy knowing that grace is real, smiles of children at gifts of love, bright eyes of wonder when disciples reach out to image bearers of God, and friendships based on faith alone that will never be fully realized until heaven.
This morning we took a tour of the bible college on top of the mountain. Such a joy to be with these servants.
Then we journeyed into San Pedro to a market for some cultural exposure and single handedly stimulating the pure vanilla extract industry by depleting the available reserves.
This evening we put on a feast for the Faith Home kids. Hundreds of pizza slices filled bellies, a river of soda pop flowed down every throat, and a sugar high was had by all. It was a small glimpse of the feast around the table of saints were we will all tell stories of Christ’s work in and through us for eternity.
The gospel was portrait through our team in a beautiful picture of how scripture defines a deacon.
diakonos is a servant, and often a table-servant, or waiter.
This evening food, drink, and grace was served by a group of disciples filled with affection for Christ and his children.
In the morning we will begin out trek home, praying that Jesus will use us in the boredom of travel.
Today was our final day of church distributions. Our first was at El Banano, a community next to a Chiquita banana plantation.
The second was at La Pimienta. This church has moved in the community since last year and is in the middle of constructing their new building. It was the hottest location of the trip, but still an amazing time of watching Christ shine in the eyes of his children.
We awoke dragging a bit as a team, but that quickly passes. A well oiled machine we are….. (that should be read out loud in the voice of Yoda). Today found us at two churches we went to last year. Both have seen some great changes in their meeting places, standing out in the community as places of hope.
At Emmanuel, the team worshipped with a community that last year felt hostile to our presence. This trip, God awakened 7 hearts to the glory of his name right before our eyes. Words can’t express the awe of watching tears of Repentence and Joy flow down a grandmother’s face as her eyes are opened. I love when Jesus puts himself on display like that, knowing it was all Him and not a bit of those 7’s or our effort.
After serving over 30 families at Villa Italia, the team took a walk through the town, and of course picked up some local flavor:)
Tomorrow is our last two church distributions. The week is coming to a close rapidly, so pray for our energy, our ability to serve well, and for lives to be changed by Christ’s gift of grace.
Like anything else in ministry and life in general, you must learn to roll with the punches and adapt. Today we began our journey to the first church, via a stop for gas. It is common to see guard/sniper towers at gas stations to prevent pump and dash crimes from occurring. Not a big deal really, just a bit unnerving at first sight.
Soon after topping off, the bus made a loud hissing sound and billowed thick black smoke from the exhaust. Upon inspection, and Cody’s Power Team inspired mechanic wizardry, the bus was repaired……… Ok, Jeff Howell came up with a hose clamp outa nowhere, and we were on our way.
Our first stop was Emmanuel Church, which is located in a squatters community, with often primitive dwellings even by Honduran standards. The Gospel was proclaimed, 6 lives were changed for eternity, and God was lifted high.
Afterwards, we began to pour blessing & relief on some precious image bearers of God.
After lunch, we headed just down the road from Faith Home to the community of El Barro. After a short hike there, we got back into our rhythm of setting up and supporting the amazing Kingdom Work being done by the church planters.
It’s hard to describe the Roller Coater of emotions that flow through each member of the team. The living conditions may be a shock, but the joy of smiling children leads to laughter. The heat of cramped space is stifling, but the wind of hope in Christ, in the church is refreshing. Weary muscles from lifting and organizing, but a desire to serve all who seek a touch from the hands & feet of our Lord.
I was reminded of a quote from the “Prince of Preachers” today, as I watched old and new friends on this team shine the glory of God.
We serve Christ out of affection because of what he’s done & is doing for his children. On the cross he proved his love for us and then promises to actively prune us in our sanctification.
As we move in obedience to the great commission at each outreach location in Honduras, the Gospel is proclaimed to those who have never heard. In turn, we are slowly being transformed from one degree of glory to the next.
Today was an amazing day in Honduras! We saw the culmination of months of organizing, shopping, and gospel charged love of neighbor pour onto the church plant pastors. Thank you FBCW family and friends for blessing these pastoral families with bikes, clothes for the families, but most importantly…
After hours of travel and hundreds of pounds of supplies carried through customs, the team arrived at our destination at Faith Home. Such a great testament of the Gospel moving in the lives of rescued children and the hearts of all who support Kingdom advancing work in this mountain valley.
Thinking about gospel reconciliation in concentric circles, we are reconciled first to God in Christ, then to one another in covenant community, and third to what God is doing in the renewal of all creation. To put it another way, think of the gospel as a stone landing in a pond. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus are the cause of many ripples; they are the epicenter of God’s work in the world. The first ripple is our personal reconciliation to God. The second ripple establishes the body of Christ, as we are reconciled to each other. The third ripple is the missional posture of the church as we mobilize to proclaim the fullness of reconciliation in the gospel. In essence, we are reconciled to reconcile.
I’m in Atlanta with over a dozen students from the MOV, at Passion 2012. I’ve got so much to share and so much bubbling up inside, but it’s hard to articulate God moving in 44,000 hearts.
So, as I work on putting emotion in watching Christ lifted high, pray.
(from Desiring God)
The Passion movement began in 1997 when Louie Giglio and Jeff Lewis headed up a gathering of college students in Austin, TX. The movement has since met annually around the United States and the world under the banner of Isaiah 26:8.
Right now some 45,000 college students are gathering in Atlanta for Passion 2012 (watch the live-stream). John Piper is scheduled to speak tomorrow night. When asked about the event and how we should pray, Pastor John writes:
What do you say to 45,000 college students?
You say: Jesus Christ is supremely to be preferred above all things. For he is supreme over all things. As the Creator is supreme over the created. As the sustainer is supreme over the sustained. As the end is supreme over the means.
"All things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent."
Pray with Us!
We ask that you would pray with us for a mighty movement of God at this event, and for a ripple effect that reaches through this generation to touch the nations. These students represent 45,000 lifetimes that we pray would make an impact on this world for the glory of Jesus.
With Joshua, we ask the Lord, “And what will you do for your great name?”
As we feast on Turkey today and enjoy our families, we’d like to suggest continuing this thankful posture for another month. Specifically, we’d like to center our families during the next month around the celebration of Christ’s birth. Emmanual, “God with us” is a concept many don’t understand. Yes, kids in church and outside of church may get the basic concept of celebrating Jesus’s birthday, but how many really understand exactly what it means to worship a creator that comes bodily to redeem his rebellious creation?
As a church family, we are always driving ourselves, our families, and our communtities towards the gospel. That isn’t always easy, as I’m sure “Black Thursday Night’s” effects will be televised, proving the fight we are up against.
A few weeks ago, through the power of Twitter, several people saw that a church in Dallas had put together a resource for Advent. In addition, Sarah Farish shared her thoughts about tradition and making new ones on her blog. A Different Christmas
I think it is a great resource for us all to walk our families back to the heart of the season, which has always been about the incarnation of God, coming to dwell flesh as his son Jesus. What better gift has ever been given?
My family will also be going through “The Village Church’s” Advent guide, walking through Christmas with the expectatin that Christ is coming to rescue us. I hope you’ll join in by downloading the Guide from the FBCW site. You can find it on the Upcoming Events page of the church site.
Time To Get Packing! National Collection Week is Nov. 14-21. The most important ingredients in every shoe box are prayer and love. What else are you putting in your shoe box this year? American Idol winner Scotty McCreery shows how to pack a box Scotty style.
Follow Your Box Find out the destination of your shoe box by making your donation online. Before dropping off your gift, print out the special shoe box label included in your email receipt and attach it to your box so that we can track it.
2011 Call to Prayer Nothing is more critical to the work of Operation Christmas Child than dedicated prayer support. Please join with us and others around the globe in focused prayer during National Collection Week. Share this link via email, Twitter, and Facebook, so that your friends and family may join in as well. Every prayer is vital! Sign up for the 2011 Call to Prayer
This summer, FBCW sent a motley crew of people to Honduras to be a small part of what God is doing to spread the gospel and draw people to the glory of his name. His story has been unfolding for all time, and we got to play an amazing part in helping some local Honduran pastors reach out to the communities they serve.
These pastors are amazing men of God, called to the neighborhoods they live in, relying completely on God for their provision, while pouring themselves out each and every day. We took down some resources for them, with the hope of better equipping them to share the gospel to their congregations. The gratitude over materials and books was hard to handle, considering how many books I personally own.
We learned so much during this project and before we left, the brainstorming sessions began. How to pack a container more efficiently, how to distribute in villages, what to collect, how many people can we pack into the team house next year, knowing a dozen more will want to come:)
One of those conversations surround how to again equip these pastors. Quickly we realized that there was a need for affordable transportation, and a way for the pastors to carry the supplies they often carry to people in need. Which leads us up to the point of this post.
We want to equip each pastor with a bicycle, a backpack, a hydration bladder, and a headlamp.
In our world of multiple vehicles per family, I don’t think we grasp that most of the world walks to their destinations or uses public transportation. A bicycle would allow these pastors to reach more people, get to training more frequently, and spend more time with their families.
The Berry Care Group purchased the package in the picture and we want to challenge each Care Group to do the same. All the items are from Wal-Mart and total about $250. A member of our group works for Wal-Mart and can gets it all with his discount, but more importantly, we can get the bikes still in the box. This translates into getting them to Honduras in tact, and provides a small project for the vocational students at Faith Home.
If your care group wants to be part of serving these driven pastors, get the funds to me and I’ll take care of it. We would like to get a picture of each group, and in turn take a picture of each pastor when they receive it this summer. Then, each group can begin to pray for their sponsored pastor by name, and he and his congregation can pray for us.
Now That’s a Picture of the Global Church
Of Course, we don’t want to exclude any of you who aren’t currently in a Care Group so…..
You can still support these pastors by getting us some funds for these packages
Let’s talk about getting you into biblical community through a Care Group:)
Christ renown is made huge when we follow his command to "make disciples"
This tent will help connect you to the 2 hands-on ways we do missions at FBCW: Operation Christmas Child and The Honduras Container Project.
If you haven’t noticed already, there’s a giant Easy Up tent dominating the foyer of FBCW with fake leaves dangling from it. And in case you missed last Sunday or were serving in the children’s ministry in some capacity, I wanted to take some time to catch you up to speed.
We at FBCW want to rally together hand-in-hand, driven with a passion to glorify God with these two AMAZING opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ! So what do YOU need to do?
Check this out:
STEP 1: Find this card and list of supplies located at the guest services desk next to the tent. This card was also in your bulletin last Sunday morning.
After filling out your contact information on the front, consider each of these ways to serve on the back.
PRAY – We ask that you make the commitment of prayer the highest priority in these efforts. We are far more desperate for God than we are the physical efforts of our congregation. We want God to be glorified most of all and intend to lean on him to see these efforts through to the end.
SERVE – This is your chance to get involved HANDS-ON!
We need help collecting shoeboxes.
We need help filling shoeboxes.
We need help packing the box truck with shoeboxes.
We need people scheduled to pack supplies for the Honduras container.
We need organizers to help pack the container.
We need people to go to Honduras in July to distribute the goods.
We ask that you be specific in how you wish to serve so that we can contact you with details that will plug you in.
COLLECT – This is your opportunity to fill us in on your ideas, connections, or efforts to collect as many items in the most efficient and cost effective ways possible.
Some people are collecting clothing from yard sales.
Some people have connections with department stores.
Some people have access to boxes needed for packing.
Some people may work at a place that can contribute in some way.
There may be some couponers out there who want to help.
You may have a way to collect that we haven’t thought of yet and this is your chance to fill us in.
STEP 2: After you fill out your card, attach your commitment to a paperclip in the tent between now and Sunday October 9th. Upon gathering the commitments we will start having conversations about how and when we can work together to make this effort GREAT!
Pastor Saul just sent me an email that said 20 more boxes of clothing have been distributed in and around Tegucigalpa, Honduras. In addition to the churches in Tegucigalpa, they went to a very needy community called Santa Barbara.
Pastor Saul said, “The blessings are still running and reaching a lot of people.PRAISE GOD FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!GLORIA ADIOS GLORIA A DIOS!!!!!!!!!AMEN.AMEN.AMEN Thank you guys for blessing my people, we can not pay you for do it,BUT YOUR GIFTS ARE COMING FROM HEAVEN ‘“GOD”“
Only 4 boxes of clothing remain in the container! Please be in prayer with us as we discern how we are to serve in this coming year.
Ok, I’m about to make a lot of students upset and some parents uncomfortable.
So, before you read this, know that this post is completely rooted in love and birthed from a heart that wants to see families thrive. On one hand cell phones have become an essential tool that allows parents…
I know I’ve spent way more time trying to come up with just the right title for this blog than I should have. I mean, everyone knows how important the right name is, right? I just knew that I could come up with just the right A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. or numerical Scripture reference, but alas….I failed. So…
On July 26 Jamie Greathouse was diagnosed with a very advanced stage of cancer and is currently seeking treatment at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. To help Jamie and her family with expenses, Jamie’s friends are having a benefit spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, August 16 at 5:30 at the American Legion in Williamstown. Jamie was the preschool teacher at FBCW’s Small Wonders Preschool and is a friend to many in our Faith Family. For the meal to be a success, several items are still needed:
If you’d like to donate any of these items, please text, call, or email Sarah Farish (304.991.0785 / email@example.com) to arrange for pickup, bring the items to the Welcome Center at church this Sunday, or make arrangements with the American Legion for drop off. Thanks!
Pastor Saul has sent me several pictures in the last couple of days that I wanted to share with everyone. He has been HARD at work passing out the remainder of the clothing to people in need. Saul, his wife, and several other pastors have taken the clothing to communities near and far, as well as hospitals!
Below is an email I just received from Saul about the clothing distributions!
Hey buddy!!!!!!! i hope this email find you doing well,we wish you the best blessings from our Lord! I wanted share with you this pictures,the clothing distribution continue for us, we served three churches more!!!!!!. and please let jeff now i gave the phones to the pastors, and i have more churches to do. One of my pastors came from Danli and send cloth to them
Thanks for your support to my ministry,tell the team members we said hello!!!!!!!
The things we didn’t have a chance to mention on Sunday
One Sunday morning isn’t enough time to describe all of the amazing things that we were able to be a part of in Honduras this year. However, I wanted to share just a few more ways in which these supplies were a blessing to this wonderful ministry we’ve been a part of in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Below are just a few more ways in which we were able to serve them in addition to the 8 food & clothing distributions.
Medical Supplies: We donated somewhere around 12 boxes of medical supplies to Faith Home. These supplies will be used for the 90+ kids at Faith Home and in the coming medical clinics that Faith Home will host this year. The medical supplies included everything from band-aids and bandages to cough medicines and various medications. They are now well stocked on campus and better prepared for the coming clinics!
School Supplies: We donated somewhere around 15 boxes of school supplies to Faith Home. With 90+ kids going to school, you can imagine how desperate they usually are for this. Faith Home has a school (K-6th) on campus and the older kids go to high school in town. However, we donated so much that they feel like they will be able to even give school supplies to local villages, schools, and families around them!!! Praise God!
Faith Home Toiletries: In addition to the toiletries donated in the clothing and food distributions, we also donated toiletries to the kids at Faith Home. And since one house of 10 kids and 2 house parents can go through one bottle of shampoo in a week, THEY NEED IT! Their shelves are now stocked with shampoo, conditioner, deodorants, pads, and more.
20% to 30% of the container still has packed clothing inside: As for the clothing that we still had left, Saul will be transporting it 5 hours south to Tegucigalpa. There are an additional 5 church plants in Tegucigalpa that will now be able to host clothing drives in their own communities!!!
$200 of wood and materials donated to the vo-tech center in Faith Home: Our team took up a collection and donated $200 for wood and materials needed in the vo-tech building in Faith Home. Faith Home uses the vo-tech building to teach students how to use tools and build things, just like a shop class in high school.
Arts & Crafts materials: We also brought materials such as beads, yarn, and various other materials at the request of Faith Home. They use these materials for the older girls to make crafts and jewelry to be purchased by the teams that visit the orphanage. The money generated here becomes a small allowance for each of the older girls who participate in this program. This allows them to start learning how to manage, make purchases with, and save money on their own.
Thanks again for being a part of this amazing experience everybody!