Growing up I remember playing outside, coloring, singing and doing all the funs things that kids do. I also remember going to church everytime the doors were open unless we were sick. I also remember going to every Bible school in a 10 mile radius of our home. My momma, made sure that our summers were packed full of vacation Bible school. I had alot of fun going and doing those kinds of things. The church that we grew up in was a small church and I remember us having a bus. I don't rememebr much about soul-winning/door knocking. It is possible that I was just to little and therefore it did not pertain to me. However, it took me along time to be able to share the gospel with others because I had no training. I had a fear of speaking the truth. Not because, I did not want to share the truth, I guess it was becasue I did not want others to reject me or judge me or throw me under the bus, so to speak. When we attened our home church in North Carolina, we became active in sharing the gospel with others. It started as an invitation to our church and then the doors just opened to share the gospel. Now, that we are here in Honduras our ministry is the childrens home, however, everyones mission is to share the gospel if you are saved. You know, someone once shared the gospel with us and that is why we are saved. Someone took the time to tell us that there is a Savior, a God who loves us enough to leave HIS heavenly home, be born in a stable and surrender HIS life on a cruel cross. Should we all not share the same good news that changed our lives with others? The answer is "YES", yes we should, we all have that duty if we claim the name Christian. Here in Honduras we go out every Saturday and reach a part of our community here. We are gone for about 1 1/2 hours or so. We have anywhere from 40-55 people come out to pass out tracts. The group consist of the young and the more mature......We do have some kids that have placed their faith and trust in Christ and want to help out as well and they are in the 10-12 year old class. Some of those include the kids from Esperanza.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
We did Celebrate today by giving the kids Valentine's. We started out with sweet treats for breakfast....berry special muffins. Then, they each got a bag of chips which are a special treat. They also got a new pencil for school. They all loved them and we had a great day celebrating just being in a family where they were loved.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Today, as I was doing my devotion I read about "risky business". In Matthew 1:18-25 the bible lays out the story of the birth of Jesus. You see at the time the angel came to Mary to tell her that she was going to be the mother Jesus....the Savior of the world she was not yet married. The angel also appeared to Joseph to tell him of the plan. Can you imagine what must of been going through his mind. You see he was engaged but was just told that his soon to be wife was going to have a baby that was not his. Now, while this was a grand opportunity, responsibility,and a blessing it was also a risk. The world did not know the things that Mary and Joseph knew. The world we know did not understand who Jesus was. I am thankful that Joseph took the risk to marry and be the earthly father of Jesus.
Last night we learned of a sweet 13 year old girl that was shot here in Honduras. This little girl just graduated so to speak from the class that Mark and I teach on Wednesday nights. At first this little girl was a handful. She was a talker and loved to distract in class. However, we were able to lead her to the Lord one night after class and she began to grow and to change. She became a sweet girl who wanted to always read the first scripture when we started bible time, she picked the first song to sing. She became a joy to have. Yesterday, her life was forever changed as she got in the car with some of her friends. Her friend was turning 8 yesterday and they were headed to a birthday party for her. The little girls daddy(the 8 year old) owns a gas station on the far side of town here. While driving to the party they were forced off the road and they were all shot and killed. The little girl from our class took off running and they shot her in the back ...she ended up with 6 shot wounds. As the shots came, she fell to the ground. The bad guys left her..... thinking she was dead.....but a witness picked her up and drove her to a safe hospital. How risky........yes. Gangs here do not play. They are pure evil and are truly the laborers of the devil. They do nothing more than he...which is to seek and destroy. I can not give any names or any other information but the Lord knows. Please pray for her. Brother Matt was able to talk with her daddy. She was alert this morning her daddy said and she was sad that she could not be in church....PRAISE the Lord.....what a testominy she can have. The Lord has plans for her...but her life is now a risk.
My question for you is this....are you taking a risk.....are you obeying the call that God has laid on your heart? Being a missionary in another country is risky business. We are no different than anyone else here. We do know that we all would be very unhappy if we were out of the will of God. We do not let the risk keep us from trusting and obeying the call. I can not lie and say that at times we are all not concerned and even frightened by the things that we hear. However, we know that GOD himself has called us here and he will protect us if we only trust and obey.
"When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory HE sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
and with all who will Trust and Obey!-Sammis
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Shampoo/Conditioner ($4.00 a bottle)
Formula ($15 a can)
diapers ($36 a case)
Pledge/dust cleaner ($4.00 a bottle)
*toothpaste($3.00 a tube)
*deodorant(it is $4 here)
toilet bowl cleaner $10(2pk)
toilet paper $15(24pk)
*Tylenol/ (adult and Jr)
*Toddler Finger Snacks/Walmart brand or gerber
*Vitamin C tablets for kids
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STEP 2: Mail your contributions to Hope Childrens Home in Tampa Florida
C/O of Mark and Amy Coats Honduras Fund
11415 Hope International Drive
Tampa, Florida 33625
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