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Life and Ministry

I don’t care if you are in ministry or not, when you have 7 kids, life is always interesting. With 3 teenagers and 4 adolescents, my house is like a hormonal milkshake. All of you parents out there who have lived through it to tell the story have my respect. I love my little peeps like no one´s business, but sometimes raising them is downright challenging.

The other week we had the chance to send some of the older ones to a sleepover at our church in the village. It was an all night event in which they played games and studied the Bible with some of the other teenagers in the church. Jennie and I stopped by at 11:00PM with a grill in tow. We cooked up some hotdogs as a midnight snack for the group of about 20.

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Nemi helping dig a hole for a telephone pole.

This past weekend Obi, Nemi, and I (Tim) helped dig the holes to install a telephone pole. We needed to install the pole so that we can run electricity to a well that is being installed at our church in the village. A ministry that specializes in installing wells is coming to do the work free of charge. They are also paying for the pump and pressure tank. This is exciting as we will be able to provide water to a community that only receives water twice a month for 1 hour at a time. Imagine only having running water for two hours a month! We are hoping that being able to share a little H2O with the community will open the doors of their hearts to share some of the Living Water of Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately for us, our house that we are building up the mountain a ways still lacks a decent water source. I did run gutters along both sides of the roof that feed into a large holding tank. I am thankful rainy season is upon us, which will help with the cost of buying water. One decent storm can fill the 2000 gallon tank and can last about 3 weeks if my kids take reasonably short showers. Kids are weird….one will shower for 30 minutes twice a day and another you have to force to shower once a week….hahahaha!

Been helping finish up the small house we are building for a friend of ours who works at a Christian orphanage. We received the money from CFC to finish his small house which will hopefully be done within the next month…been fighting for the time to get over there and get it done. I’m thankful for Hondurans like him. He has a good heart and really cares about the kids he works with.

Jennie and I got tired of pop-starting our car and brought it to an electrical mechanic who fixed a bad solenoid. Listen, it is pure BLISS now when I turn the key and she turns over….seriously…Pure Bliss! No more looking for hills to park on so when it gets time to leave we can roll her for the pop!

Trips to the city have been pure torture lately. You have to add 3 hours to every trip for sitting in traffic. Road construction is going on 24 hours a day and has made city trips an absolute nightmare. The one benefit of traffic is that now I can turn my car off while waiting and experience the pure bliss of starting it when traffic starts moving again.

We lost a good helper last month. Dionna, a young lady from NY who had been staying with us, returned to her family stateside. She helped Jennie with homeschooling some of the younger girls. We really appreciated her help.

I can´t write without saying thanks to all of you who support us with your prayers and finances. We couldn’t serve without your faithfulness.

We love and miss you all!

Tim

 

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Do good to all!

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Gal 6:10

As a Christian for over 30 years, I have tried to live out this verse as best as I know how. As a missionary for the past 5 years, this verse has become the backbone of my ministry here in Honduras.

This verse takes on many forms…it goes from sharing a cup of cold water to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ!

You don´t need to look around for very long to realize that we live in a world in which lots of people have needs. The verse says, “as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people.” That means we need to be looking for opportunities to do good, opportunities to serve others, opportunities to help others, opportunities to bless others just as our Lord has blessed us.

Ive learned that all we need to do to spot these opportunities is to open our eyes and look past the end of our own noses…the opportunities will abound.

This past month was a huge blessing for me as we had a group from Connecticut come and do good to a poor Honduran mom. This group of believers from a small town in New England built her a house with running water, a cook-stove, beds and a roof that doesn’t leak.

Many of the Hondurans who live around me couldn’t understand why they would do this for a woman who they didn’t even know, but as we presented her with the keys to the house I spoke these words, ” The reason these men came to build you this house is because of the love of Jesus in their hearts. It doesn’t matter that we have different skin color, it doesn’t matter that we live in different countries and it doesn’t matter that we speak a different language. In Jesus we have the same Spirit…In Jesus Christ you are family…In Jesus Christ you are a sister!” This is Gal. 6:10 lived out in a practical way.

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Thanks CFC for your Love, thanks for doing good unto all people.

Some people say short term missions trips cause more harm than good…Personally I have never experienced that. Not only did this group bless Carla, but as they worked and saw the many needs of the people living in poverty, they left me with over $1000 dollars to do more good unto all men. That money went into helping a man get an operation, food for 6 families, clothes for a poor teenager, financial support of a local pastor and a brother who serves in an orphanage.

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Food purchased for 6 poor families in our village…

Doing good unto all at times can be very difficult, especially for someone who doesn’t appreciate the sacrifice. This was not one of those times. The joy that came from the hearts and faces of the people who received these gifts made it more than worth the effort. Serving God isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it!

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Lillie enjoying sharing her watermelon with our new neighbors.

Thank you for allowing us to experience the joys of missions work here in Honduras. Without your faithful support we could not serve the people of this country. You are appreciated and you are a crucial part of this ministry. You play a role in doing good unto all people and some of who live in Honduras.

With much Love, Tim

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

End of year Blog!

For me the end of the year is a time of reflection. Looking back for me is always a time in which thankfulness overwhelms my soul. God has carried me through another year by his faithful hand.

One of the great joys of looking back is being reminded of what was accomplished in ministry. My role here has become very multifaceted. I preach, I teach, I build, I am a taxi driver, a consultant, a businessmen manager, a bank lender, etc. You name it and I have probably attempted it. As I reflect back, I am reminded that all of the things I do here in ministry comes from the power of a group effort.

If I could say “Thank you!” a million times, I would. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! To all of you who have supported our ministry here in Honduras. Thank you for you generosity! Thank you for your sacrifice! Thank you for your compassion to see the Word of God preached in all parts of the globe.

We usually try to send out personal thank you´s to all who give to our ministry throughout the year, but due to the poor mailing system here in Honduras it was not possible for us to do so this year, but know for sure you are not forgotten or overlooked or unappreciated. Every month as I look over our finances I read down the list of who gave and praise God for everyone of you…You are a huge part of this ministry…Never think we are not appreciative of you sacrifice. Without you we would not be here. To me you are family.

Some of the highlights of my year was finishing the church in Ukemupe. We had about 200 people come to the inauguration service in which the Gospel of Jesus Christ was preached. The new building has been a blessing and we have been using it for the past 5-6 months. Hoping to finish up a few small things in 2017, a porch, some ceramic and a little painting and landscaping.

I have a desire to purchase a small piece of land which would extend the church property and give the kids some room to play and also give us the opportunity to have soccer tournaments in which we could evangelize local youth. Soccer here draws out the youth like honey to a bear.

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Getting involved in local culture and events is important to us. When the people see a genuine interest in them they are more apt to open up to you. Holidays, parades and special events are almost always attended by our family.

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Carla´s baby boy

This February we are going to be building a small house for a single mom of four named Carla. We have a work team coming down from CFC in Connecticut to help with the project. Carla has been faithful in the church for the last 4 years. Her baby above would regularly get woken up in the night from raindrops in his bed which her dilapidated roof couldn’t keep out.

Please continue to pray for us and our family as the dynamics of missions life can be challenging.

Again I want to thank all of you for you generosity in giving to our ministry. We felt especially loved this Christmas with some giving extra one time donations. Without extra one time gifts we wouldn’t survive financially. We appreciate your love for us and the ministry here in Honduras. You are loved and appreciated!

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Honduras Update!

As always, life has been busy. Busy is good if you like to work. If you don’t like to work you may not want to work in the ministry.

Last week I helped a brother (Naum) in our church replace his roof. We tore off the old roof and replaced it with a new one. Last week was extremely windy and one of the pieces of metal roofing was lifted right of the ground by a gust. The corner of the metal sheet landed on the foot of Naum’s wife. It cut her foot wide open. I jumped off the roof to take a look at her injury and it definitely needed stitches. I called Jennie to pick her up and take her to the clinic. She didn’t want to go because she had no money to pay the bill…I told her not to worry about it…we would take care of the cost.

I saw her at church last Sunday. Her foot is healing up nice.

Before that, Jennie’s old roommate from WOLBI came to visit with 3 daughters in tow. It was nice to have some other Gringos for my kids to play with. It was nice to catch up and have them help out with some ministry. They even sang for the church one Sunday morning.

Thanksgiving is always a time of reflection for me. A time in which I praise God for all of His provisions in my life. I thank God for all of you who support us and our ministry here in Honduras. God is using your generosity to bless us and this country.

This thanksgiving we celebrated like North Americans. We bought a turkey and ham and made pies and stuffing…It was wonderful! We invited a few families from our local church to experience the feast. They were fascinated with the stuffing…Yeah, it’s not a normal dish here.

I’ve been preaching through the book of 1 John. Usually preach about every other week.

For the Day of The Bible, we made a large sign and the whole church marched through the village carrying the sign and singing Hymns. Some stuff we do here is so different.

Our church van motor just blew. The church has been trying to raise money to get it fixed. It is used to transport people to church, funerals, the hospital and all kinds of other places. Hoping it is fixed soon as some people need to walk over 4 miles to get to church.

Funny to see the reaction to the US presidential election here. I’m certain some Hondurans had more interest in the outcome than I did…They are not looking forward to the wall…..Hahahaha!

Thanks for all you do for us! You are appreciated…

Tim

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

No Ordinary Sunday

This past Sunday was no ordinary Sunday for us. Usually, Sunday is a day for our family to sleep a little later in the morning and get ready for church at our own leisurely pace. Church here doesn’t start until 10:30am. And even then, that is a “Honduran” 10:30am which could mean closer to 11:00am. It is our only day to sleep in, since the work week here is full days Monday through Friday with a half a day on Saturday. We cherish our Sunday mornings.
This last Sunday morning began with an early phone call from our Pastor. A woman in our congregation had passed away late the night before. Funerals here are very different from what we are used to in the States. They usually begin at the moment the person passes away and last for about 24 hours until the burial. Close family and friends will stay all night, and during the day other friends from the village will come to pay their respects. And we are not talking about just the adults! Entire families with children of all ages arrive. The family of the deceased, no matter how poor, is expected to feed everyone who shows up. It is a great way for our church to act as the hands and feet of Christ, donating money to help with the cost, cooking, serving, consoling the family. So our usual Sunday was going to be a day long funeral instead.
I quickly got ready and walked down the road to a friend’s house. We usually give their family a ride to church. I wanted to warn them that this was not going to be a normal Sunday. We were probably going to be out for most of the day. When I arrived, my friend informed me that there was going to be another funeral that day as well. Two teenage boys had been shot and killed within a block of our house. As he’s telling me the story, I realized that I had heard the shots that had killed them. The morning before, gun shots echoed very close to our house. I had told my kids to go shut our front door, since we usually leave it wide open when we are home. It never occurred to me that the shots were aimed at people. It was 10:00am and broad daylight when they went off. How could that be possible!
As we headed to the funeral, I couldn’t stop thinking about the young boys. I don’t know how many of you remember that our house was broken into a little over a year ago. The police caught the people who did it. They were just kids, a 14 year old boy and his 9 year old brother. The authorities had tried to bring them to a juvenile detention center to get them help. When they arrived, they were told the center was too full and were sent home. Our house was only one of many that they had robbed. Yet, there was nothing the police could do about it and the kids learned that they could get away with it. Why not steal if you can’t be punished? A friend of ours even approached the boys and urged them to change their ways. He warned them that stealing from the wrong person would land them an early grave. Why not hand your life over to Jesus and let Him change your ways? Yet, they didn’t heed the warning. The older brother was one of the two teenagers that had been shot and killed that morning. They had crossed the wrong person and their chance to change was over!
Knowing that death is a natural part of life didn’t make the hurt any easier to bear. As we laid hermana Remelia to rest, I praised God that she had lived a long, beautiful life. Her kids and grand kids, although hurting, had a lifetime of memories and love to cherish. And I prayed for the youth of Honduras. In a country where violence and crime is the norm and many children grow up without knowing the love of a parent, what does their future hold? Pray for them! Pray that the church can reach the youth of Honduras. They are the future of this country.

Love Jennie

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Honduras Update!

So as many of you know, last month we had the grand opening of our new church. It has been a huge blessing. The extra space was desperately needed. Just last week we had over 100 people come for our special kids service”Dia del Niño.” It would have been uncomfortable trying to squeeze everyone into the old church. Would have felt like a can of sardines.

After the church build, I took some time to finish the walls and install a metal roof onto the house we are building for our family. It’s been a slow process, but we are making advances little by little.

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Metal Roof Installed on our House

Last week I played Mr. Mom as Jennie and Patience left for the week to help out with a ladies conference. They helped decorate and teach. Jennie said they had over 220 Honduran ladies attend the conference. All I know is that I am not meant to be a stay at home mom…just happy the kids survived my cooking for the week.

Was nice to get Patience back from WOL NY. She left a hole when she was gone and we missed her. She came back with Cheri Stimson who visited for the week. It’s always good for Jennies psyche when we have guests even though its hard when they leave.

Hoping God provides the funds for me to start a new project soon. Carla a lady in our church with small children needs a new house. You can read more about it under the projects tab. Jennie really has a heart for her and would love to see her living situation improved. Carla works as a maid and gets paid about $0.76 cents a day…”A DAY”…plus food.

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Carla’s current house

There is a real joy in helping out someone who has very little. Even though Carla works full time, she will never be able to improve her financial situation without help. If you make minimum wage…consider yourself blessed…Many…Many, can only dream of income like that.

Pray for our kids who have been struggling with missing life in the USA. It’s been really difficult for some to adjust to life here.

Pray for Jennie as she home-schools the children.

Pray for funds to continue doing ministry.

Thanks for all of you who support us with your finances and prayers. You are a blessing and we appreciate you.

Blessings

Tim

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Grand Opening!

Ministry:

This past month was exciting! All of our hard work on our new church build finally came to an end as we celebrated with a grand opening ceremony. The ceremony drew folks from all of the surrounding villages and we had 190 people show up to see the new church and participate in the inauguration service.

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Where’s Pete? See if you can find Jennies Dad.

Thanks to all of you who helped with this project. God is using your generosity to reach the people in this country.

It was nice to have Jennies folks with us for 3 weeks. They put in long hours of work to help us finish. They were a huge help during the last push.

Also wanted to give a “shout out” to all who donated for the chairs. It came down to the wire but y’all came through! Thanks for your faithfulness.

While it is nice to have this project under our belts, I miss the comradery of working together with my Honduran brothers. Need to start another church plant soon so we can get back to it.

Had a baptism in which 5 people followed in the obedience of Jesus. Always a blessing!

Personal project:

After the inauguration ceremony, I spent a little time taking apart my broken Pick-up and turning it into a trailer.

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Turned the bed of my Ford ranger into a trailer.

I tend to find myself doing things I would have never considered doing in the States…But  here, when life gives you a broken truck, you make a trailer.

Family:

The kids enjoyed having their grandparents here for 3 weeks.

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Lillie teaching the oldies the art of “The Selfie”

Patience is still working at WOL Island. She comes home in about 3 weeks. We’ve missed her but are super proud of her for giving up her summer to do ministry.

Future:

Looking to buy a piece of land for a new church plant in the mountains of Izopo. I have about half of the funds needed to buy the land. Pray for us as this will be a challenging plant due to poor access to the village. The roads wash out during rainy season which makes bringing materials very challenging.

Also hoping to get a roof on our house soon. The rain has been reaking havoc on the foundation and has caused it to sink a little.

Thanks:

Thanks for all of your support. Your prayers and financial gifts allow us to minister here. There is not a day that passes in which we are not thankful. You are this ministry.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2016 in Uncategorized