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Zelaya - International Ministries The latest from Dilia Zelaya https://internationalministries.org/teams/375-zelaya.rss A Big Lesson for Me (Reflection) <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="line-height:115%" align="center"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin"><i><b>The following journal was written by Betsy Hart, a mission volunteer from Iowa. </b></i><br></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin">My time at Ministries of Faith was absolutely amazing. When we first arrived in the San Pedro Sula airport, 11 others and I from Prairie Ridge Church in Ankeny, Iowa were greeted by a big smile from Dago. I was so excited to experience Honduras and to discover what God had in store for us. The first day we started working on building a house for a widow and her three sons in Azacualpa. We were able to get all the walls up and put in a sewage system by the end of our week there. It was amazing to see how God could use us to build a home for a family; I would have never thought my weak self could be a part of something like that. But God is good, and gave all of us strength to work hard!<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin">I also got to spend a lot of time with the children who live in the children’s home and those from the feeding program. I loved getting to play with the kids after lunch! Tickle-attacking was one of their favorite things to play. I lost at that game quite a lot! It was so fun though, and it was a great way to build friendships. It is incredible how God does not let the language barrier stop his love. I came to Honduras knowing almost no Spanish, but I still was able to grow relationships with the people I met here. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><font face="Cambria, serif" size="3"><span style="line-height: 115%;">Through all of my experiences in Honduras, I realized how God is truly all we need in life. That was a big lesson for me. I knew I could trust Him with my whole heart coming into Honduras, but being able to actually experience how God provides was eye-opening. I did not know what I was going to be a part of in Honduras or what it was going to be like, but he used me in the children’s home and made sure all of the children and everyone in our mission group was provided for. It&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Cambria, serif"><span style="line-height: 18px;">doesn't</span></font><font face="Cambria, serif" size="3"><span style="line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;matter where we go or what situation we are facing. God is there and he will always take care of us. <o:p></o:p></span></font></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-family: Cambria, serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; text-indent: 0.5in;">I can’t thank Dago and Dilia enough for having us be a part of their children’s home for a week. It was truly incredible, and I loved every moment of it!</span><a name="_GoBack" style="font-family: Cambria, serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; text-indent: 0.5in;"></a><span style="font-family: Cambria, serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; text-indent: 0.5in;"> I hope to return to Azacualpa soon for another God-filled mission trip.</span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="text-indent:.5in;line-height:115%"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:major-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="text-indent:.5in;line-height:115%"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:major-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin">Love,<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="text-indent:.5in;line-height:115%"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:major-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin">Betsy Hart<o:p></o:p></span></p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/49776-a-big-lesson-for-me-reflection- https://internationalministries.org/read/49776-a-big-lesson-for-me-reflection- Are You Looking to Build Great Family Memories? <p class="Default"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin"><i><b>The following journal was written by a mission volunteer from Iowa.</b></i></span> <span style="font-size: 14.0pt"></span></p><p class="Default"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt">Are you looking to build great family memories? Full of adventure? A unique family vacation away from the usual tourist traps? One that your children will never forget? Then look no further; you have found your “fun in the sun” destination: Ministries of Faith and New Life at Azacualpa, Honduras! Come with me and let me share our experiences with this five-star family vacation spot! <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="Default"><span style="font-size:14.0pt">How do I sum up a family vacation dream come true?! For years I waited for the right timing. God had put a dream in my heart to go on a family mission trip way back when our two oldest boys were little in 1999. In Aug. 2001, Burt and I went with First Baptist (Marshalltown) with the exciting purpose of purchasing a plot of land in Azacualpa for yet another dream. This dream was one planted in Dago’s heart: to build a children’s home. On that trip, I had such neat experiences like touring the public school and traveling into the mountains one day. I wanted my boys to experience some of the same things, so I had a big list of expectations. Burt went back the first year and helped with engineering plans as the first two buildings became reality. In my mind, all I could remember was the plot of land being a field. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="Default"><span style="font-size:14.0pt">The years passed and over time God put a clearer target date in view, June 6-14, 2013! It was going to become reality! Daniel at 17, David at 15, and Stephen at 9 were going to Honduras with Mom and Dad. We put in our reservations with our travel agent, Dago. Oh, the anticipation as we ordered passports, purchased tickets, and bought up holiday clearance merchandise for pinata candy and crafts! We cleaned out closets taking from our abundance, ready to give to those in need. I had a mighty list of expectations for family experiences put on the altar! God is so good! He totally fulfilled all of those desires of my heart and gave so much more! Ephesians 3:20 says it all “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="Default"><span style="font-size:14.0pt">Our basic ministry included David using a puppet to sing along with the kids about King Jesus. Daniel taught “Jesus loves you (me)” in English and a few other phrases. Stephen and Mary shared the Gospel through our puppet, Scruffy the&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">dog, while Burt explained salvation using the Wordless Book. We provided a craft and ended with a pinata.</span></p><p class="Default"><font size="4">In five days of ministry we shared the Gospel with 440 different kids (and numerous adults standing around). For four days we gave the Bible lesson to the fifty feeding program kids. We passed out 272 party&nbsp;</font><span style="font-size: 19px;">goodies</span><font size="4">&nbsp;bags, sixty-five beanie babies, three hundred crafts, two hundred paint sheets, three hundred pencils, two hundred balloons, over eighteen thousand stickers and two hundred copies of the Body Blessing,. We used ten pinatas with nine groups of kids. God IS able to do more than we ask or imagine! <o:p></o:p></font></p><p class="Default"><span style="font-size:14.0pt">Besides helping with the Christian school and feeding program, we also were able to go to three mountain villages, Loma Alta, La Puerta, and a public school classroom at Piedra Larga. It was at our first outreach at Loma Alta that I will never forget. (Actually, I’ll never forget any of them!) We anticipated forty to fifty kids. We had sixty goodie bags but brought plenty of candy, pencils, balloons and stickers if we needed more. Well over one hundred children showed up. As it started to rain and I had a combination of hair spray, mascara, and sunscreen going into my eyes, I had what seemed like thirty to forty hands reaching in my face saying, “Lapiz!” It was a basic pencil, nothing fancy. I’m not sure that kids in America even would have been interested in a plain pencil. My heart is so broken for the kids there who have so little and for the kids here who have so much, not appreciating it or even realizing it. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="Default"><span style="font-size:14.0pt">At La Puerta we passed through two rivers and the most adventurous roads to share the Gospel. Olga, a teacher at Piedra Larga, graciously allowed us to come into her classroom to present our message. Twenty-nine of her thirty students came forward to receive Christ! Besides these mountain experiences, we presented the Gospel at El Eslabon and Sandres both near Azacualpa. We presented the Gospel in two classrooms at the public elementary school in town as well. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="Default"><span style="font-size:14.0pt">My most memorable part of our trip was praying a very special blessing over each child at the children’s home. God put this Body Blessing on my heart when my oldest boys were only four and two. I was passing on our family&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">tradition. For the girls I prayed this blessing and then presented each girl with a tiara, noting that each one was a daughter of King Jesus! It was so fun to see each girl’s reaction looking in the mirror and seeing herself wearing a tiara.</span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%">Is Ministries of Faith and New Life at Azacualpa, Honduras really a five star family vacation spot? It is a GOD-GIVEN “fun in the sun” adventure that your family will NEVER forget! God will take your mighty list of expectations for family memories and ZAP them into reality (plus give you a few more to show God is really in charge). Your family’s blessings come from God, so that your family can be a blessing to others! What are you waiting for? Call Dago today to make your reservation. You will be blessed beyond measure!</span></p> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 23:17:20 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/49586-are-you-looking-to-build-great-family-memories- https://internationalministries.org/read/49586-are-you-looking-to-build-great-family-memories- What were YOU doing New Year's Eve (Day)? <p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin"><i><b>The following journal was written by a mission volunteer from Iowa.</b></i></span></p><p> <span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">Now where were we?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Oh yes.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Here.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>At Victoria's. </font></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;"></span><font face="Calibri"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Hello!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>My name is Stephanie Taylor and my husband, Tim and I had the opportunity to be adult leaders with a team of youth from our church in Marshalltow</span>n, <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Iowa.</span> We arrived in Honduras on Friday, December 28 after very smooth travels.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>On Saturday morning we went to the home of Victoria, a woman in Azacualpa, for whom we would be building a house.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Our task for the morning was to tear down her old house.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The hard-working youth made quick work of it, and we returned to the children’s home to play soccer and prepare for the evening ministry.</font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">After losing badly to the Honduran soccer team, our team and the children from the home headed into town to do a program in the town square.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>We sang a few songs in Spanish, the youth performed a drama about how Christ saves us from our sins, and three on our team shared their testimonies with missionary Dago Zelaya translating.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The drama particularly drew a crowd, and we pray that those that watched it were touched by the Holy Spirit and open their lives to salvation through Christ.</font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">Sunday night we attended the church service, which included the kids’ Christmas program.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It was wonderful!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>All of the kids did a great job singing and doing their readings.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I wish we had programs like that here in the US!</font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">On Monday we went back to the worksite—it was time to dig footers!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Once the holes where ready; we started forming the first of many bucket brigades to get water to the cement mixer.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Later in the morning, half of the team stayed on site, and the other half went back to the home to help with the feeding program.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>That night we had a special meal with the kids and staff at the home, and then set off fireworks to ring in the New Year.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">A couple of the teens on our trip had raised “extra” support, and they decided to use the money to buy groceries to distribute in the community.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Through this support, God enabled us to provide 3 bags of groceries to help 15 families in the community!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>One of the families that received groceries included an older gentleman who had an abscess on his foot that had been there for years, causing him a lot of pain. We took time to gather around him and pray for him and his family.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I think that doing that was more of a blessing to them than the groceries.</font></p><p><font face="Calibri">When I went to Honduras, I expected to enjoy it, and I loved it so much more than I thought I would!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The hardest part of the week for me was leaving to come home!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I was so blessed by the staff and the children at Ministries of Faith, as well as the beautiful, loving children in the feeding program.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I know that they are used to teams coming and going a lot, but it did not hinder their desire to spend time and build relationships with us.</font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">I was also very impressed with the stewardship of our missionaries Dago &amp; Dilia and the ministry God has given them in Azacualpa.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>While there are a million reasons not to help others and thousands of obstacles to reaching those in need</font><a name="_GoBack"></a><font face="Calibri">, Ministries of Faith and New Life focuses on what <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">can</i> be done, and is generous with others in the community, while maintaining healthy boundaries and expectations for how the resources are used.</font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">To God be the glory!</font></p><p><font face="Calibri">Stephanie Taylor</font></p><p><font face="Calibri"><br></font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46742-what-were-you-doing-new-year-s-eve-day- https://internationalministries.org/read/46742-what-were-you-doing-new-year-s-eve-day- Team Azacualpa 2013: Honduras Home-Makeover <p> </p><div style="border-width: medium medium 1pt; border-style: none none solid; border-color: currentColor currentColor rgb(79, 129, 189); padding: 0in 0in 4pt; mso-element: para-border-div; mso-border-bottom-themecolor: accent1;"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 15pt;" class="MsoTitle"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin"><i><b>The following journal was written by mission volunteers.</b></i></span></p> </div><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri">Each year, the mission team does something a little different. This year is Honduras Home-Makeover. Located just a couple miles from the Ministries of Faith and New Life is a "house" where a woman named Victoria lives.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She has extreme health issues and suffers from severe asthma.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>A lot of this is due to her living arrangements. Because she is so poor, she lives in a house made of clay, sticks, and tarp. She has a stove just a foot or two away from her bed, and animal feces scatter the floor of the house which&nbsp;is nothing but dirt. The house is currently in the process of being demolished so that our mission team can build Victoria a brand new house and get her back on her feet with the necessities. </font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">Thoughts from Patty Goldsmith:</font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">I find that every time I come here I am reminded of things we have done. After seven years, I have lost some of the wide-eyed wonderment until I see someone new to Honduras have that awed experience and I see things through new eyes.</font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">I think I know what to expect and then God shows me and shares with me something I have seen before but haven’t taken notice of. Like, the mist raising from the ground up towards the mountain tops, the children kneelling and praying at the altar after breakfast. The sounds of Honduran children laughing, singing, people in conversation, music playing, the sounds of people working. Who could forget the sounds of barking dogs, crowing roosters, birds singing, a cacophony of sounds. And, the smells of Honduras-wood fires in the stoves and flowers; a smell that is Honduras. </font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">I am in awe of God who has created all this and continues to create new life here as He does at home. I wonder what God sees as He looks on us. I hope He sees each of us working to become more Christ like. One day, one person, one life at a time-a change that brings Him glory, honor and praise all the days of our lives.</font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">Thoughts from Dave O'Byrne:</font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">Today is our last full day here. Yesterday we finished our work on Victorias house. Our bodies are tired and sore, but our hears are full from the blessings we received from God through the gratitude of Victoria and many others. The neighborhood where Victoria’s house is located is called Nazareth. It reminded me of John 1:46 where Nathaniel says, "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" That's what the response of many people here would be of that neighborhood. The "Nazareth" in Azacualpa isn't the home of the Savior of the world, but it is the home of many people who love the Savior of the world. In spite of what we see as poverty, they have found treasure worth more than diamonds and gold.</font></p><p><font face="Calibri">Kelli &amp; Dave O'Byrne</font></p><p> </p><p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46517-team-azacualpa-2013-honduras-home-makeover https://internationalministries.org/read/46517-team-azacualpa-2013-honduras-home-makeover IM Announces the Appointment of Missionaries to Serve in the Philippines and Honduras <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> </p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;"></span><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Two missionary couples have been appointed as Associate Missionaries by American Baptist International Ministries (IM). Jonathan and Thelma Nambu were appointed for service in the Philippines, and Dagoberto and Dilia Zelaya were appointed for service in Honduras.&nbsp; </span><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">Associate Missionaries and Associate Development Workers are employed by a partnering agency or organization and are appointed to work in association with IM as well as their employing agency. This type of joint appointment along with standard missionary appointment enables IM to support the mobilization of greater numbers of American Baptists into God’s work throughout the world.<br> &nbsp;<br> Jonathan and Thelma Nambu are appointed in partnership with Samaritana Transformation Ministries, a Christian ministry based in the Philippines that for 20 years has ministered to and among women survivors of trafficking and prostitution. Jonathan and Thelma also provide significant leadership in the global Christian movement to address human trafficking. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;"></span>More information about the Nambus and their ministry is available on the IM website at <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/566-nambu">http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/566-nambu</a> and the current edition of IM’s print publication, <u>On Location</u>*.<br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">Dagoberto and Dilia Zelaya are appointed in partnership with the First Baptist Church of Marshalltown, Iowa, and are responsible for developing and supervising the Ministries of Faith and New Life in Azacualpa, Honduras. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;"></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">This ministry provides a home to sixteen children and has launched the Escuela Cristiana Vida Nueva (Christian School of New Life), a bilingual school that includes a classroom for students with special needs. The ministry also provides a meal five days a week to some 50 children in need and a soccer program dedicated to teenagers from the community. </span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;"></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">Dagoberto served on IM’s Board of Directors while a member of the American Baptist Churches (ABC) General Board. Having previously endorsed Dagoberto and Dilia for standard appointment, IM and FBC Marshalltown, along with the Zelayas, determined that Associate Ministry appointment better facilitates the goals for the Honduras ministry.</span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;"></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">More information about the Zelayas and their ministry is available on the IM website at <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/375-zelaya">http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/375-zelaya</a><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>and the current edition of IM’s print publication, <u>On Location</u>*.</span> </p><p class="MsoPlainText">*To request a complementary copy of the print publication, <u>On Location</u>, contact Catherine Nold: <a href="mailto:catherine.nold@abc-usa.org">catherine.nold@abc-usa.org</a></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <p></p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:38:50 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46020-im-announces-the-appointment-of-missionaries-to-serve-in-the-philippines-and-honduras https://internationalministries.org/read/46020-im-announces-the-appointment-of-missionaries-to-serve-in-the-philippines-and-honduras Sharing the Gospel in Honduras <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:black"></span><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:black"></span><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin"><i><b>The following journal was written by Kym Cameron, a mission volunteer.<br><br></b></i></span>How many programs do you know of that have the opportunity to share the gospel FIVE days a week?&nbsp; Here at the Children’s home there is a program that brings twenty-five plus young men to the grounds daily. <br><br>Futbol, or soccer for you Americans, is a national pastime here and is a sure way to get boys young and old to hear the word of God.&nbsp; Monday through Friday, boys between twelve and sixteen years old gather at the fence waiting for Dago to open the gate.&nbsp; They come by means of walking, riding their bike or any way they can.&nbsp; <br><br>Promptly at four pm they begin warming up for the day’s training.&nbsp; Jogging, stretching and practicing drills; all of it is worth it for the chance to put on a pair of cleats and play a game.&nbsp; This gives the unique opportunity to share the gospel with young men who come from a variety of backgrounds. 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mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";} </style> <![endif]--><br><br><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="justify"><font face="Calibri"><span style="color: black;">Kym Cameron</span></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="justify"><font face="Calibri"><span style="color: black;">Volunteer at Ministries of Faith and New Life</span></font></p><p align="right"> </p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:12:55 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/45666-sharing-the-gospel-in-honduras https://internationalministries.org/read/45666-sharing-the-gospel-in-honduras A Book Can Make a Difference <p> </p><p> </p><p style="background: white; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 10pt;">Every day is full of activities at Ministries of Faith New Life. The children and teenagers of both the Home and the feeding program are full of energy. Daily we ask ourselves, what does God want us to do for these children and teenagers? With this question in mind, I started thinking about a reading program.</span></p><p style="background: white; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 10pt;"></span><span style="color: black; font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 10pt;">Most of the children that live in rural Honduras do not have access to children’s books or fiction books. Story time is not something readily available to them and even at home story time is non-existent. There is no local library where imagination is encouraged. I took a small number of books from our small library and introduced them to the children. I asked how many of them would like to start reading some books, the reply was an overwhelming YES by every single child. We formed groups based o<a name="_GoBack"></a>n their reading level. Their eyes were shining with excitement. They were thrilled to read a book that was not a text book or a homework assignment. <?xml:namespace prefix = o /><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 10pt;">They read books like, “I Love my Shadow, Daniel’s Pet, Too Many Tamales, The True Story of the Three Little Piggies, My Grandma is Awesome, Jesus and His Friends, Pedro the Courageous, The Chest Vendor and a few other books. I can honestly say that I have never seen them so captured by an activity. Their hunger for reading was astonishing. To read a book is such a small thing but it has the power to make these children happy. I thought about when Jesus would sit and children would flock to sit by Him. What kind of stories did He have to tell? <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 10pt;">Working with young minds reminds us that we can have an impact on the future of this country, even if it is something as small as getting them to read. We want to encourage you, whenever you travel, to take an extra book or two with you and leave it behind to someone who has none. Even better, read a child a book and experience the happiness and excitement they feel. </span></p><p><span style="color: black; font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 10pt;">God be the Glory<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p> Sun, 09 Sep 2012 07:33:25 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/44569-a-book-can-make-a-difference https://internationalministries.org/read/44569-a-book-can-make-a-difference Aventura de Ninos Excepcionales <p> </p><p style="margin: 1em 0in; text-indent: 0.4in; vertical-align: baseline;" class="paragraphscx71356724"><br><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin"><i><b>The following journal was written by Rachel Schei, a mission volunteer.</b></i></span></p><p style="margin: 1em 0in; text-indent: 0.4in; vertical-align: baseline;" class="paragraphscx71356724"><span class="textrunscx71356724"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;;">&nbsp;Annual Adventura de Niños Excepcionales. It was a wonderful week of fun learning and new experiences for our campers and our team alike. This year a team of 7 occupational therapy students planned and executed a week of day camp for 9 kids with special needs.</span></span></p><p style="margin: 1em 0in; text-indent: 0.4in; vertical-align: baseline;" class="paragraphscx71356724"><span class="textrunscx71356724"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;;">The week included activities based on themes such as friendship, ‘letters &amp; numbers’, animals, fiesta, and water. The campers had fun participating in obstacle courses, playing with water balloons, making masks, bubbles and so much more. Each day of camp included; circle time, craft time, gross motor games, focused one on one time with a leader, snack time, &amp; play ground breaks. During the week our campers learned and practiced skills like taking turns, encouraging friends, recognizing and writing their names, following directions, making good choices, and manners.</span></span></p><p style="margin: 1em 0in; text-indent: 0.4in; vertical-align: baseline;" class="paragraphscx71356724"><span class="textrunscx71356724"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;;">We had all eight of our previous campers return again this year. Then Tuesday we had the blessing of a new camper joining our group. It was so much fun to be able to met Martha this year and get to know our newest camper. She is a fun loving young lady with lots of energy, a great smile a love of music, and wonderful addition to our camp group. We thank the Lord that she was able to join us this year. </span></span></p><p style="margin: 1em 0in; text-indent: 0.4in; vertical-align: baseline;" class="paragraphscx71356724"><span class="textrunscx71356724"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;;">All 7 of the team members are 1</span></span><span class="textrunscx71356724"><sup><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 8.5pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;;">st</span></sup></span><span class="textrunscx71356724"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;;"> year students in their Occupational Therapy programs; 3 were from the University of MN –Twin Cities campus, 3 from the University of MN – Rochester campus and 1 from the College of St. Scholastic campus. These ladies did a great job coming up with fun, exciting, creative and at times challenging projects and activities for our campers. </span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;; font-size: 8pt;"><!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--><!--?xml:namespace prefix = o /--><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <span class="textrunscx71356724"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;;">During our time in </span></span><!--?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /--><!--?xml:namespace prefix = st1 /--><st1:country-region><st1:place><span class="textrunscx71356724"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;;">Honduras</span></span></st1:place></st1:country-region><span class="textrunscx71356724"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;;"> we were also able to explore some of the area during our free afternoons. The team took an afternoon bus trip to Entrada de Copan for a little sightseeing, shopping and a stop a local coffee shop on the way back to the children’s home. They also enjoyed the local culture and experiencing a Honduran transportation experience on our visit to La Laguna, a nearby mountain community. One of our teams’ highlights during the week was an exciting water fight between our team and the children. It started out as water balloon toss that quickly turned into a drenching water fight around the pila – laughs and giggles could be heard all around. </span></span></p><p style="margin: 1em 0in; text-indent: 0.4in; vertical-align: baseline;" class="paragraphscx71356724"><span class="textrunscx71356724"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;;">As always on our visit to Ministerios de Fe Vida Neuva, we thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality, fellowship and generosity of our hosts. As stated by one of our team members “Most wonderful experience with children I‘ve ever had. Very happy, beautiful, and enriching week. Dago and Dilia are so full of kindness.” Blessing and muchas gracias to Dago, Dilia, Alex &amp; Marianna for all the hard work and thoughtfulness you put into each day of hosting your guests. <o:p></o:p></span></span></p><p> <span class="textrunscx71356724"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;;">Rachel Schei</span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;; font-size: 8pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:06:24 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/42520-aventura-de-ninos-excepcionales https://internationalministries.org/read/42520-aventura-de-ninos-excepcionales The Last Will be the First <p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 6pt;" class="MsoBodyText"><font face="Calibri">We were very happy to receive a letter from the first mission group of 2012, who had the opportunity to work with the feeding program and children around the community of Azacualpa. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Ministries of Faith is greatly blessed by each and every group that comes to work at the Home. We encourage you to be a part of this ministry by praying, visiting us with a mission group or by helping the ministry in a financial way. We look forward to hearing from YOU.</font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 6pt;" class="MsoBodyText">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 6pt;" class="MsoBodyText"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin"><i><b>The following journal was written by Tina Weber, a mission volunteer from Iowa.</b></i></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 6pt;" class="MsoBodyText"><br></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 6pt;" class="MsoBodyText"><font face="Calibri">Okay, so maybe this isn’t exactly what Jesus meant in Matthew 20:16. Our team from the <!--?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /--><st1:city><st1:place>Marshalltown</st1:place></st1:city> (<st1:state><st1:place>Iowa</st1:place></st1:state>) Evangelical Free Church had the privilege of being both the LAST team of 2011 and the FIRST team of 2012. We enjoyed bringing in the New Year in <st1:country-region><st1:place>Honduras</st1:place></st1:country-region> and hosting the <st1:place><st1:placename>Vacation</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Bible</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>School</st1:placetype></st1:place>: <strong>A Festival of Colors.</strong></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 6pt;" class="MsoBodyText"><font face="Calibri">Our team of seventeen included some that were able to experience cross-cultural missions together as family units. We had a family of seven, a mother-daughter pair, a father-daughter pair and a husband-wife-son trio. The Tweedy family sent their oldest son, Mathew, ahead by a couple of months to work with and learn from the Zelayas. Mathew was also able to lay some groundwork, literally, for the rest of the team. He worked with Dago and others to help get cement floors poured in the classrooms so that we could use them for small group discussion time during <st1:place><st1:placename>Vacation</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Bible</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>School</st1:placetype></st1:place>. He was also able to find or build several prop items we would need. </font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 6pt;" class="MsoBodyText"><font face="Calibri">Months before heading to <st1:country-region><st1:place>Honduras</st1:place></st1:country-region>, our team began preparing for the <st1:place><st1:placename>Vacation</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Bible</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>School</st1:placetype></st1:place>. We were unable to find a Spanish VBS curriculum that we liked and thought would translate culturally. Our team decided to take on the work of creating our own curriculum. We based our VBS on the Wordless Book and called it “A Festival of Colors”. Members of our team wrote the script for large group lessons and skits; wrote small group discussion lessons; created daily crafts to correspond to each color; researched, adapted, practiced &amp; learned to play/sing Spanish songs; and created games for each day of VBS. It was months of work, but with God’s guidance we were able to pull off a simple gospel message and an inexpensive VBS that can (hopefully) be used again and again. We left the materials with Dilia, who said she plans to use them for future children’s ministry. </font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 6pt;" class="MsoBodyText"><font face="Calibri">Our team arrived in <st1:country-region><st1:place>Honduras</st1:place></st1:country-region> on December 30. On December 31, we went into Azacualpa with three of our members dressed as clowns, candy to hand out and an invitation for children to come to VBS beginning on January 1<sup><font size="2">st</font></sup>. That night, our praise band played the music for the Children’s Home’s New Year’s Eve service. Then, we were treated to an encore of the children’s Christmas program; which our team thoroughly enjoyed! After the service, we were further treated to New Year’s fireworks <st1:country-region><st1:place>Honduras</st1:place></st1:country-region> style! </font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 6pt;" class="MsoBodyText"><font face="Calibri">On Sunday, January 1<sup><font size="2">st</font></sup>, we welcomed our first group of children to experience the “Black Day” of our Festival of Colors. Through lessons and skits, the children learned how sin entered the world and that we are all sinners. On Day 2, the “Red Day”, we learned that God requires the shedding of blood for the forgiveness of our sins and Jesus’ death on the Christ met that requirement. Day 3, the “White Day”, we learned that when we accept the gift of Christ’s sacrifice we are made white and clean again; the blackness of our sin is erased by His blood. Day 4, “the Green and Gold Day”, we learned that we have new life in Christ, we are able to grow in our faith during this life and that Jesus has prepared a place for us in heaven. Each day, the lesson was taught in a large group format and reinforced by skits, small group discussion, songs, memory verses, crafts and games. The children were given “points” for each day of attendance, participation and learning memory verses. </font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 6pt;" class="MsoBodyText"><font face="Calibri">Keeping with our theme, “A Festival of Colors”, we hosted a carnival on the last day of VBS. The carnival included: clowns, carnival games, piñatas, popcorn and juice. At the carnival, we had a store where the children could spend their “points” to buy prizes. </font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 6pt;" class="MsoBodyText"><font face="Calibri">Our team was also able to participate in and attend two other worship services while at the Children’s Home. Our praise band played and our pastor brought a message (translated by Dago) at the regular Sunday evening service and at a special service in the Azacualpa town square. We thoroughly enjoyed breaking God’s Word, worshiping and fellowshiping with our Honduran brothers and sisters. We were also privileged to be able to purchase and distribute groceries to some families in Azacualpa. Our last day in <st1:country-region><st1:place>Honduras</st1:place></st1:country-region>, we were able to relax and have fun at the beach. </font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 6pt;" class="MsoBodyText"><font face="Calibri">The team from the Marshalltown E Free Church wishes to express our sincere gratitude to Dago, Dilia, Alex, Mariana and everyone at the Children’s Home for their gracious hospitality to us. We count it a privilege to have served with you and we look forward to years of continuing ministry with you.</font></p><p> </p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:36:32 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/42419-the-last-will-be-the-first https://internationalministries.org/read/42419-the-last-will-be-the-first Wonderful Changing Moments <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="NoSpacing" align="center"><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"><!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--><o:p></o:p></span> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="NoSpacing" align="center"> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="NoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"><i><b>The following journal was written by members of a mission team from Minnesota.&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></i><o:p> <br></o:p></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="NoSpacing" align="center"> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="NoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"><br></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="NoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;">On January 13-21 the Fillmore Group of eleven had the privilege of spending the week at the Children’s Home.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Our week consisted of doing a VBS for the feeding program kids, ministering at three churches, doing food distribution and some light construction.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>One of the highlights of our week was praying with a group of several children as they came forward to receive Jesus in their hearts. <br></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="NoSpacing"><br><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="NoSpacing" align="center"> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="NoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">We a</span>lso went into a neighborhood to share the Gospel through giving out gospel tracts.&nbsp; We pray this will plant seeds that will some day be harvested. <br></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="NoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"><br></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="NoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;">Our experience at the Home was incredible as are the kids there.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>We are thankful for Dago &amp; Dilia being missionaries in Azacualpa and the love they show to not only to the kids, but also to groups that come there.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Once again, we feel as we came to Azacualpa to minister to people, that we were the ones ministered to.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="NoSpacing"><br><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="NoSpacing" align="center"> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="NoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;">Thank you and God bless the Children’s Home,<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="NoSpacing" align="center"> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="NoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;">Dave O’Byrne for the Fillmore Group<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="NoSpacing" align="center"> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="NoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 14pt;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="NoSpacing" align="center"> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="NoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;">The mission to </span><!--?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /--><st1:country-region><st1:place><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;">Honduras</span></st1:place></st1:country-region><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;"> goes down as one of the most amazing weeks ever in my book. The "please see-me" stare that the kids so often delivered with a heart melting smile and long enduring hug, will be with me for a long time to come.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="NoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"><br></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="NoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"> </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;">Life-Changing Moment: I had just finished silently praying over each of the children assigned to me in the VBS rojos (red) group, as we sang praise songs with all the kids. Not knowing what Dilia was about to do, she asked the children in Spanish to come forward if they wanted to commit to Christ. Not knowing what had been asked, Dave asked me to come forward and stand with the kids. I asked, "Why?" He said these are the kids that just accepted Jesus as their Savior. I was speechless, as 5 of the kids from the red group came forward. <br></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="NoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"><br></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="NoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;">As we delivered the kids home that day on the school bus, I looked out the window at a beat-down soccer field where 5 boys were playing. The smallest boy, maybe age 6, barefoot and wearing shabby clothes, saluted the bus full of joyful VBS kids with both hands held high with the middle finger extended. I looked at the girl next to me, pointed to the boy on the field<a name="_GoBack"></a>, and held my hands together as a signal to pray. She nodded without any words spoken, as if she knew exactly what to do. In addition, we did. We prayed for that boy. This solidified the urgency in my heart to support the ongoing mission in Azacualpa. <br></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="NoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"><br></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="NoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;">Whether it be the orphanage for the "throw-away" kids, or the feeding program for Azacualpa's poorest children, or the outreach and education developments, the need remains. Let's see to that need as a community of servants. As James 2:14-26 reminds us, Let there be both faith and deeds.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"><br> </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;">Justin Gilbert---team member<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="NoSpacing" align="center"> </p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/41498-wonderful-changing-moments https://internationalministries.org/read/41498-wonderful-changing-moments My Amazing Experience <p></p> <span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin"><i><b>The following journal was written by a mission volunteer from Iowa.</b></i></span> <p></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;">My name is Matthew Tweedy and I am from </span><!--?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /--><st1:place><st1:city><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;">Gladbrook</span></st1:city><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;">, </span><st1:state><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;">Iowa</span></st1:state></st1:place><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;">.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>After being blessed with the experience of a previous one-week mission trip to Ministerio de fe Vida Nueva,<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>during which I and a group from E-Free Christian Church of Marshalltown assisted in the construction of the bilingual Christian school, I was filled with excitement at being able to be a part of what God is doing in Honduras.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Wanting to get a better feel for how individuals are serving God in missions and to gain perspective from living in a developing country, I asked if I could return, but this time for longer.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Dago gave his permission, and the eight weeks of </span><st1:date year="2011" day="13" month="11"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;">November 13, 2011-</span></st1:date><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;"> </span><st1:date year="2012" day="6" month="1"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;">January 6, 2012</span></st1:date><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;">, were scheduled for my stay.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></font></p> <p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">Right from the start this trip was different from my previous stay.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Instead of staying in the dorm building, I got to live in the boys’ house.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>While there, some of my responsibilities included leading the boys in prayer, helping make sure the chores were done and the house was clean, and getting them to bed on time.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I also got to share in the responsibility of maintaining and developing the Children’s Home.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Mowing the lawn, working on the school, and helping Alex or Leo with whatever needed done made up most of my day.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The rest of my day was filled with playing soccer, teaching the kids English (or them teaching me Spanish), and washing sweaty clothes. </font></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;">Through all of these activities, I <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>developed new friendships with the kids and staff of the children’s home.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I was also blessed with being able to see more of Azacualpa and the surrounding area.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I especially enjoyed trips out of the compound because it provided me with a chance to see what </span><st1:country-region><st1:place><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;">Honduras</span></st1:place></st1:country-region><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;"> was really like.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>All-in-all, I would consider my volunteer stay at the Children’s Home to have been a hundred times more rewarding than my amazing one-week experience.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I would highly encourage anyone who has a heart for service or wants to experience what God is doing in missions to consider spending any amount of time at this amazing place.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p> <p></p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 06:53:16 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/41317-my-amazing-experience https://internationalministries.org/read/41317-my-amazing-experience A Year of Blessings <p> A YEAR OF BLESSINGS</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">The year 2011 has been a time of harvesting blessings. First off, we would like to thank the creator of the universe, the provider, and the great I am. We would also like to thank everyone who in one way or another has contributed to Ministries of Faith here in <!--?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /--><st1:country-region><st1:place>Honduras</st1:place></st1:country-region>. Daily we put out trust in His promise, “my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:19. <!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--><o:p></o:p></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">Time is an incredible thing. It has been three years since we came to <st1:country-region><st1:place>Honduras</st1:place></st1:country-region> as full-time missionaries. When we arrived, we had many dreams and goals for Ministries of Faith. One of our dreams was to have our own water well. This year, thanks to the help and collaboration of the Rotary club in <st1:place><st1:city>Champaign</st1:city>, <st1:state>Illinois</st1:state></st1:place> and <st1:place><st1:city>San Pedro Sula</st1:city>, <st1:country-region>Honduras</st1:country-region></st1:place>, we have an abundance of clean quality water. Praise the Lord!</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"> After moving back, we quickly recognized the need for Sunday school rooms. We wanted a place where we could teach the children the word of God. In January, we began building the classrooms in faith. God has been sending construction teams and providing monetary help. We hope to have the Sunday school classrooms finished by spring 2012. To God be the glory. Our desire for this building is for it to function not only as Sunday school classrooms but to be a bilingual Christian school. We want to enroll children who would otherwise have no financial means of attending a bilingual school. We pray that once the school opens we will have the ability to give scholarships to these children. <o:p></o:p></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>The feeding program has been a tremendous blessing to our ministry. Around 80 children ages 5 to 14 are given a daily nutritious lunch during the year. This part of the ministry has been a success because of the church members and churches who have supported us financially and prayerfully. The children are taught the Word because they need spiritual nourishment as well as physical. It is heartwarming to see how the children love Ministries of Faith. They enjoy and look forward to an afternoon here. Right now, they are thrilled to be practicing for a Christmas program. <o:p></o:p></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">The children and teenagers that live at Ministries of Faith are on break from school. Here in <st1:country-region><st1:place>Honduras</st1:place></st1:country-region> the typical American “summer vacation” is during November, December and January. The young ladies have been busy learning how to cook and the young men have been working in the fields. They have also been working on the sidewalks that connect to the classrooms. It has been a great experience to see them grow and mature both physically and spiritually. All the children are having English classes taught by two interns who are currently at the Children’s home. <o:p></o:p></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">We give the glory to God because every day we can serve Him through the many little things that happen here.<o:p></o:p></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has prayed, visited and supported us financially. God Bless you.<o:p></o:p></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">Dago and Dilia Zelaya <o:p></o:p></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p>&nbsp;</p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p> </p> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/40872-a-year-of-blessings https://internationalministries.org/read/40872-a-year-of-blessings Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off To Dig We Go <p> </p><p> <span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin"><i><b>The following journal was written by a mission volunteer from Minnesota.<br></b></i></span></p><p><font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;"><br></span></font></p><p><font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>We just finished an amazing week here at Ministerios de fe Vida Nueva. It was 7 days of fellowship, laughter, work, &amp; service.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Our team of 14 individuals, ranging in age from 14 to 65, worked on a couple different projects during our time in <!--?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /--><st1:country-region><st1:place>Honduras</st1:place></st1:country-region>.</font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The majority of our team worked on completing the installation of the new water system. The well had been dug and the water pump installed before our arrival. Our crew did lots &amp; lots &amp; lots of digging with the pick axes, spades &amp; shovels.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They dug trenches for the waters lines to spread out across the children’s home campus.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The crew then laid over 1300 feet of new pipe in the newly dug trenches. This new system will allow them to still have water available when the city water shuts down and to irrigate their crops.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span></font>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The remainder of our group worked with 8 children with special needs who attend<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>the annual<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>La Adventura de Niños<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Excepcionales, a day camp for kids with special needs held once a year at the children’s home. Throughout the week, we completed a variety of educational evaluations and observations to make an accurate assessment of each child’s strengths and weaknesses.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This information is very helpful in guiding our future work with each of the kids. </font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"></font>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>During the week, the team also enjoyed helping with the feeding program each day, whether they were serving the lunches or playing with the kids after they finish their lunch it was a fun experience for all.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It is amazing to watch how smoothly the staff and kids at the children’s home can seat, feed, &amp; clean up after approximately 80 kids every day. Everyone including the kids coming to the feeding program do their part in the process.</font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Our team had an experience we will never forget. Stepping outside your comfort zone is hard for everyone, but the rewards are tremendous when you do. I believe this quote from one of your team members sums up how we feel as a team. “E<span style="color: rgb(42, 42, 42); mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma;">veryone wants to be happy, to have peace and joy. But it is not possible unless you are reaching out of yourself and helping other people. That is&nbsp;how I felt helping in </span><st1:country-region><st1:place><span style="color: rgb(42, 42, 42); mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma;">Honduras</span></st1:place></st1:country-region></font><span style="color: rgb(42, 42, 42);"><font face="Calibri">. It was life changing for me, and seeing what Dilia and Dago are doing for the children is amazing. The work of the Lord going on, big time.” <br></font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: rgb(42, 42, 42);"><font face="Calibri"><br></font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: rgb(42, 42, 42); mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma;"><font face="Calibri">Linda Lang<br> </font></span><font face="Calibri"><st1:place><span style="color: rgb(42, 42, 42); mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma;">Mission</span></st1:place><span style="color: rgb(42, 42, 42); mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma;"> team from </span><st1:place><st1:city><span style="color: rgb(42, 42, 42); mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma;">FBC Clarks Grove</span></st1:city><span style="color: rgb(42, 42, 42); mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma;">, </span><st1:state><span style="color: rgb(42, 42, 42); mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma;">MN</span></st1:state></st1:place><span style="color: rgb(42, 42, 42); mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma;"> </span><o:p></o:p></font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><o:p><font face="Calibri">&nbsp;</font></o:p></p><p> </p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/39312-hi-ho-hi-ho-it-s-off-to-dig-we-go https://internationalministries.org/read/39312-hi-ho-hi-ho-it-s-off-to-dig-we-go Summer Mission <p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; line-height: 115%; text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">July was a busy month for us as we were blessed by having two youth groups here – one from Columbus, OH and the other from Champaign, IL.<span>&nbsp; </span>It is exciting to see young men and women from our churches in the United States who have decided to experience God by working here for one week.<span>&nbsp; </span>Participating on a mission and experiencing new things is one of the best ways to spend part of summer vacation.<span>&nbsp; </span>During their stay here, the group from Columbus, OH blessed us by painting the multi-purpose building and helping with construction on the Sunday school classrooms.<span>&nbsp; </span>They also served the meals to the children in the feeding program.<span>&nbsp; </span>The feeding program was a great blessing to the youth – to see a smile and get a hug from one of these children really touches one’s heart.<span>&nbsp; </span>The youth group had the opportunity to share a bag of food with the children who then took it back home.<span>&nbsp; </span>The feeding program children are from an extremely poor area of Azacualpa and for them to bring home a bag full of food meant a lot to them and their families.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The youth group from Champaign, IL was able to visit two public schools close to the children’s home.<span>&nbsp; </span>During their visits to the schools they presented the Gospel message through skits, dances, and dramas.<span>&nbsp; </span>The students greatly enjoyed the presentations.<span>&nbsp; </span>We thank God that in Honduras we have the liberty to present the Gospel in public places!<span>&nbsp; </span>In the afternoons, they were busy with bible school where the feeding program children learned about God’s armor of Truth.<span>&nbsp; </span>They also enjoyed making crafts that they were able to take home.<span>&nbsp; </span>Each day the children were happy to learn about the Word of God.<span>&nbsp; </span>The Champaign group had the privilege to be here during the inauguration of the well which the Rotary Club from Champaign, IL and San Pedro Sula funded.<span>&nbsp; </span>We give glory to God because soon we will be able to connect the whole children’s home plumbing system to the well!</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; line-height: 115%; text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">The groups also have some time for fun with the children and teenagers that live here at the home.<span>&nbsp; </span>There is a water park in Azacualpa? Yes!<span>&nbsp; </span>A time to swim and have some relaxation after a week of work is always fun.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; line-height: 115%; text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">We would like to thank our brothers and sisters in Christ as well as the churches who have collaborated and supported us financially and with prayers for this ministry.<span>&nbsp; </span>Glory be to God who day by day pours His blessings on us!</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;Dilia</span></p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/38590-summer-mission https://internationalministries.org/read/38590-summer-mission We Love Celebrations!!!! <p style="margin: 0in 9pt 0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(42, 42, 42); font-family: Tahoma;"><br></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 9pt 0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(42, 42, 42); font-family: Tahoma;">During the year there are many patriotic celebrations in Honduras. One of them is “Dia de Lempira”where the children wear different folkloric dresses. This celebration is on July 20th. Every year, the schools around Honduras celebrate this day with traditional food such as Tamales, atole, yuca con chicharron and dances and festivals. It is very important to have the election of the India Bonita (Beautiful Indian Queen) - the girls participate in this event. All of them want to be the India Bonita of their school. <br></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 9pt 0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(42, 42, 42); font-family: Tahoma;"><br></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 9pt 0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(42, 42, 42); font-family: Tahoma;">Students from different schools participate in dances and presentations with colorful Indian custom. The music and dances make the children very happy as it is part of the culture. <br></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 9pt 0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(42, 42, 42); font-family: Tahoma;"><br></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 9pt 0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(42, 42, 42); font-family: Tahoma;">Vanessa, Alexandra, and Lisbeth were excited to wear their dresses to school and be a part of the great celebration!</span></p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/37823-we-love-celebrations- https://internationalministries.org/read/37823-we-love-celebrations- The Beginning of Sunday School Classrooms <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin"><i><b>The following journal was written by Kelli O'Bryne, a mission volunteer.</b></i></span></p><p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;"><br></span></strong></p><p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;">After a week of being back home I feel like this past trip to </span></strong><strong><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;">Honduras</span></strong><strong><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;"> was the best experience for me yet. When you make plans and head out on a mission trip it’s all about what God is going to do through you and your group to help others to see Jesus in you. However, I was blessed and saw Jesus all around me in the lives of the people in </span></strong><strong><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;">Honduras</span></strong><strong><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;">. What a week we had.</span></strong><span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;">As a mother of four grown children I remember living on a very meager income and it was always a satisfying feeling when our kitchen cupboards were filled with food to feed my family.&nbsp; So I was very excited to be able to take money with us this year for the sole purpose of buying food for the families in surrounding neighborhoods. We were able to take two large bags and one frozen chicken to 60 households. Praise God. Our prayer is that these families will see that as a gift not from Americans but from God.&nbsp; Seeking Him for their lives is our prayer.</span></strong><span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;">For four days we held a VBS type program for not only the children at the Home but children who come for the lunch feeding program. Our theme for the week was, “God has a plan for me.”&nbsp; We used the Bible story of Joseph. Many times it appeared that God had no plan for Joseph but like Joseph we need to be faithful to God and He will reveal that plan. Ten little boys came forward and asked Jesus into their hearts the last day. YAHOOOO!!!!&nbsp; We were overjoyed at this first step in their walk with God.</span></strong><span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;">The four men in our group were able to get the footings poured for the new building project. The building will be a </span></strong><strong><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;">Bilingual</span></strong><strong><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;"> </span></strong><strong><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;">School</span></strong><strong><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;">.&nbsp; How exciting it is to watch God’s plans come together.&nbsp; Dago shared his testimony and vision with us one morning and it’s amazing to see what God is doing in just this little part of the country. </span></strong><span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;">Manuel, Elsa, Alex, Marianna, Dilia, Dago and all the children are family to Dave and I. We love them and look forward to the next time we can be with them. I was blessed to be able to serve in </span></strong><strong><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;">Honduras</span></strong><strong><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;">.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></strong></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;"></span></strong>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;">Kelli O’Byrne</span></strong><span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/33051-the-beginning-of-sunday-school-classrooms- https://internationalministries.org/read/33051-the-beginning-of-sunday-school-classrooms- School Classrooms <p>Our BIG project this year is the construction of Sunday school classrooms. Our church congregation is growing and we have almost 75 children who attend Sunday school classes. Currently, the children receive their Sunday school class outside because space is limitted in the multi-purpose building. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/33050-school-classrooms https://internationalministries.org/read/33050-school-classrooms 2nd Annual Special Needs Camp <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Tahoma; COLOR: #2a2a2a; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Tahoma; COLOR: #2a2a2a; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">This past week, we were blessed to host a day camp for nine children with special needs. The purpose of the camp is to provide fun, therapeutic and educational experiences to kids with needs that cannot be met in this area of Honduras. Most of the children who attended have Down syndrome and cannot attend the public schools. This was the second time the week-long camp was held and this team included a number of occupational therapy students, a speech therapy student (all working on their masters degrees) as well as a nursing student, and an art instructor. The team is organized by a woman from a church in Minnesota that supports our mission. She has child with special needs and has a heart for children who do not have access to the services her daughter enjoys.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Tahoma; COLOR: #2a2a2a; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Tahoma; COLOR: #2a2a2a; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">Each day of the camp, the children engaged in multi-sensory activities designed to develop their base of knowledge about how the world works, using their senses of touch, sight, sound, and smell. Group activities were designed to teach them appropriate social skills and they spent time listening to picture-book stories, dancing to music, eating snacks and playing together. They had daily crafts using a variety of materials with lots of colors and textures. They made such things as musical instruments, hand puppets, masks, and jewelry, and did lots of drawing and painting. Team members spent one-on-one time with each child, emphasizing the use of their senses and trying to improve their communication skills. Some of the one-on-one activities were painting with fingers and brushes, molding playdoh and moonsand, working on puzzles, playing catch, constructing with various types of building blocks, and squishing shaving cream which was one of their favorites! They practiced their visual skills with flashcards which help to develop not only their identification of letters, numbers and various animals but also their verbal skills by saying the words out loud. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Tahoma; COLOR: #2a2a2a; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Tahoma; COLOR: #2a2a2a; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">The campers' parents were very thankful that their children could attend this once-a-year camp and be with others who have similar needs. This camp is the only local program designed for children with special needs and it also provides an opportunity for the parents to meet and support each other. The members of the team were quite encouraged with the progress each of these children made during the course of the week, especially noting the improvements made by those who were attending the camp for the second time. A third camp is already in the works.</span></p> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/31808-2nd-annual-special-needs-camp https://internationalministries.org/read/31808-2nd-annual-special-needs-camp Graduation!!! <p class="ecx">The effort that Ministries of Faith – New life is doing is not in vain.<span>&nbsp; </span>Four of our children graduated from sixth grade and one from kindergarten.</p> <p class="ecx">Yeiny is one of the girls at the children home; she came to the Home when she was in fourth grade, three years ago. She has been a good student with outstanding grades. Yeiny was determined to maintain high grades throughout the school year. She succeeded on having high grades, and achieved an overall grade of 96% in her classes! Her goals are to continue getting excellent grades. We are thrilled with Yeiny’s success and encourage her to keep working and doing her best to reach her goals. </p> <p class="ecx">Milton, Brayan and Keidy also graduated from sixth grade.<span>&nbsp; </span>Next year they will be attending the middle school which is close to the Home. Their goals also are to continue studying in order to achieve something great in their lives. </p> <p class="ecx">Vanessa is the youngest in our Home, she is also happy because she graduated from Kindergarten.<span>&nbsp; </span>During this school year, she attended a bilingual school in town. She is so eager to learn English. Vanessa came to live at the Children’s Home when she was two years old.</p> <p class="ecx">We would like to encourage you also to help our kids to reach their dreams. Your prayers and support are much appreciated.</p> <p class="ecx">Dagoberto and Dilia </p><br> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/30744-graduation- https://internationalministries.org/read/30744-graduation- We Are Blessed Through Them <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 5pt 0cm;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;"><br></span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 5pt 0cm;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">We give thanks to the Creator of the universe for all the blessings we receive every day. One of the programs we have here at Ministries of Faith is a feeding program. This year our feeding program was able to provide meals for 50 – 60 children between the ages of 3-15 years. </span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 5pt 0cm;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Who are the children that we serve? They are kids that live in a poor neighborhood where most of their families do not have an income. Every day these children wait in anticipation for their next meal. They are unsure if their parents will be able to provide any food that day. The children live in mud or wood shacks approximately two miles away from our ministry. </span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 5pt 0cm;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Most of the children’s mothers work washing clothes for people in town, who pay them a minimal amount of money. For example, Doña Reina is the mother of one of these children. Doña Reina goes to a small creek to wash clothes. While her children attend school, She spends most of the morning trying to earn some money in order to buy food for the day. She shared with us that she is trying to save some money in order to finish her house. Imagine how difficult it will be for her to save money with the small amount of daily income!</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 5pt 0cm;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">We would like to thank all our friends and churches that have been supporting our ministry and also the feeding program. Through your prayers and support the children from the feeding program receive a nutritious meal five days a week. Our goal for next year is to increase the number of children to at least one hundred. God is our provider and He will provide the resources necessary for us to continue to be His servants.</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 5pt 0cm;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">God bless you!</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 5pt 0cm;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Dagoberto and Dilia Zelaya</span></p> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/29629-we-are-blessed-through-them https://internationalministries.org/read/29629-we-are-blessed-through-them New Sidewalk We have been working with the older children in the construction of a new sidewalk. The children greatly enjoyed this project. The sidewalk connects the multi-purpose building and the missionary building. During the rainy season it is difficult to walk from building to building without getting muddy. The new sidewalk is now ready for the upcoming group in November. We hope the group enjoys it as much as we have enjoyed it! <br> Fri, 22 Oct 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/28139-new-sidewalk- https://internationalministries.org/read/28139-new-sidewalk- IM endorses new missionary couple for service in Honduras American Baptist International Ministries (IM) is pleased to announce that Dagoberto&nbsp; (Dago) and Dilia Marleni Zelaya&nbsp; have been approved as endorsed missionary candidates for service in Azacualpa, Honduras.&nbsp; The Zelayas will be jointly appointed by International Ministries and their home church, First Baptist Church (FBC), Marshalltown, Iowa. They will be the first commissioned American Baptist missionaries to serve in Honduras, and will focus on Education and Evangelism.<br><br>The Zelayas oversee the Church Feeding Program and the Children’s Home which serves poor children and families in Azacualpa.&nbsp; At the Children’s Home, the children learn academic basics and Bible verses to help them to develop a faith belief system. Dago and Dilia are also leading the new congregation. Seventy people attend the Sunday evening service and 60 children attend Sunday school. Additionally, 16 children reside on the site and are cared for by the Zelayas and two house parent couples. Occasionally the Zelayas host mission teams who come to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.<br><br>Dago and Dilia are excited about the many ministry possibilities. “We want boys and girls, men and women to come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We have taken the Great Commission as a priority goal in our lives,” commented the couple. <br><br>The Zelayas are not new to this ministry.&nbsp; The couple has been working with the Asociacion Ministerios de Fe Vida Nueva (Ministries of Faith and New Life Association) for the past year and a half, supported solely by their home church, First Baptist Church (FBC).&nbsp; IM is pleased to partner with the Zelayas, FBC, and the wider circle of American Baptists to strengthen this important ministry in Honduras. According to Dr. Reid Trulson, IM executive director, “International Ministries’ experience of nearly 200 years in global mission, its personalized support through Missionary Partnership Networks (MPNs), along with the caring oversight and skilled guidance of IM’s area directors will help strengthen and grow the ministry of the Zelayas and Marshalltown First Baptist in Honduras.”<br><br>“Dagoberto and Dilia are highly capable and respected Christian leaders,” commented Marshall Peters, executive minister of Mid-American Baptist Churches. “They gave evidence of their abilities and dedication to Christ while serving at FBC, and now will carry that same passion as they continue their work at Fe Vida Nueva Children's Home in Honduras.” In addition to his ministry at FBC Marshalltown, Dagoberto was a member of the IM Board of Directors from 2006 – 2009 and represented his region on the General Board.<br><br>FBC Pastor Dick Sipe commented, "We're excited that God has expanded the ministry of the Children's Home in Honduras to include more of the ABC Family.&nbsp; We expect God to do great things in the years to come with the leadership of Dago and Dilia Zelaya.&nbsp; FBC welcomes our new ABC partners to join our mission to spread Jesus' love in Honduras."<br><br>The endorsement phase of the new missionary recruitment process means that the couple will form their Missionary Partnership Network (MPN). The size of an MPN varies, but the goal is to maintain 1,000 or more individuals who are supporting the missionary in important ways, including subscribing to the missionary's print or e-newsletters, hosting them at their churches or regional gatherings, and supporting them through prayer, volunteer work groups and personalized giving. During the endorsement phase, the missionary couple will also form their Missionary Partnership Team (MPT), which is typically comprised of no more than 10 individuals.&nbsp; Members of the team are invited by the missionaries and are usually close friends or family members who will work closely with the endorsed candidates to help ensure a vibrant ministry.&nbsp; <br><br>For more information on the Zelaya’s ministry or about their newly-forming Missionary Partnership Network, please contact them at their new <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/375">profile page</a>.<br><br>American Baptist International Ministries is the first Baptist international mission agency formed in North America, and the second oldest Baptist mission agency in the world. More than 1,800 short-term and long-term missionaries are served annually, bringing churches and individuals in the United States and Puerto Rico together with partners in more than 70 countries in holistic, cutting-edge ministries that tell the good news of Jesus Christ while meeting human need.<br> Tue, 06 Jul 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/23645-im-endorses-new-missionary-couple-for-service-in-honduras https://internationalministries.org/read/23645-im-endorses-new-missionary-couple-for-service-in-honduras