We are wrapping up a great week here in Honduras. Our construction team was kind of like the team under Nehemiah as they came together and built the wall. Instead of the wall around Jerusalem it was the four cinder-block walls of a church in a small neighborhood in Honduras. Inside of those walls many people will get to hear about Jesus, worship God together, and pray for one another in a community that desperately needs the hope of the gospel.
The VBS team was amazing to watch as well. They helped bring smiles to the faces of many kids through building little boats, tops and bracelets. In a community where children are forgotten, abused and wander aimlessly, we had a chance to let them be kids this week. They got to color, sing songs, play games, laugh together, and experience the love of God through a caring hug or quality time spent together. Our team was also able to clean off an old slab of concrete that was piled up with trash, needles, and junk and transform it into a soccer field for the community. People donated money to get two soccer goals built and put out on the field.
I was especially challenged by the Christians here in Honduras. They live in such poor conditions compared to me and yet their generosity and compassion for others was extravagant. Yesterday at the work-site the ladies came together and prepared lunch, cake and pine-apple juice for our whole team to simply thank us for coming. These people barely have enough to feed themselves. Our partner church prepared a meal for our whole team and conducted a whole appreciation service on our behalf. This same church regularly puts together sacks of food and goes and feeds the extreme poor who live along the river. They truly live selfless lives that seek to glorify God in all they do. I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 10:31 that says, ‘ So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.’