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About A Heart for Honduras

Pray for us as we prepare to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in Honduras.

Transitions

As I walked into the fellowship hall at our home church in CT, Jennie called to me from across the room and said, “You need to talk to your son, I just caught him peeing outside in front of the church.” For Gideon, no big deal, after all, all little Honduran kids pee outside in the grass. Here in the states, public displays of urination are frowned upon. I quickly explained to him that this church actually has indoor bathrooms. He said, “Really!” Transitions are inevitable when you serve in missions.

We have spent a lot of time running around to doctors and dentists, getting the kids caught up with physicals and planning for braces. Many of you know that my kids have some special dental needs that needed to be addressed. We spent last week with an orthodontist to try and figure out how long the process will be to correct what needs fixing. A timeline was very important to us as we needed to figure out how it would affect our ministry in Honduras.

After talking with the orthodontist, it looks like we will need to stay planted for at least 3 years.

At this point you are probably asking the question, “Does this mean you are leaving the mission field in Honduras?” The short answer is yes, for now. There is no way we can get the proper care we need for the girls and stay in Honduras.

Over the next 5-6 months we will begin our transition from living abroad to living back in the USA. During that time I will be taking periodic trips to Honduras to transition the ministry slowly over to someone new and to sell some of our belongings that we can’t take back.

This has been one of the hardest decisions for us to make as a family, but we felt like it’s whats best for the family.

Our hopes are that you would continue to support us until we get re-established here in the states. When we left for Honduras in 2012, we sold everything we had here. We are literally starting over again. Please keep us in your prayers as we once again transition into a new normal.

It is going to be hard for me to find full time work during this transition phase as I need the flexibility to travel. Our goal is to complete the transition by the end of April 2018. Your continued financial support until then would be a huge help. I will work part time when my schedule permits.

We are so thankful for all we were able to experience and do in Honduras because of you. Your support and prayers have been a blessing beyond words can express.

With  much Gratitude, Tim

 

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Back on North American soil

Despite a very hectic and busy September in Honduras, we were able to make our flight out of Tegucigalpa on time…Barely! Jennie and I frantically rushed through airport security to make the flight. We had sent our kids ahead of us with our friend Lauren as we tied up some lose ends with a baggage inspection agent. I almost thought that they were going to be leaving with out us. They almost did.

 

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Some of the crew at the airport in El Salvador

September was an absolute whirlwind as Jennie worked hard preparing for a conference while packing and hosting a group of fine ladies from CFC. I worked at preparing our house for departure, building my neighbors a roof while running around finalizing many undone errands.

We had just moved a month prior into our new house in Honduras and now we were packing again to head back to the USA. My wife is a saint and now also a professional packer. God bless her!

This past week we have worked at settling in here. I got a phone, internet hooked up and we now have a small passenger vehicle. Jennie has worked at unpacking, setting up our insurance and medical exams for the kids while ordering new home-school materials. We are still in the hunt for a family vehicle. If we were in Honduras still, I would attempt at putting all 9 of us in the Accord, but I’m pretty sure that they would frown upon that here.

We hadn’t been back for more than a week when we got word that someone in Honduras attempted to break into our house there. A window was broken and half pried out. Thankfully the metal bars we installed prevented them from getting in. Crime is rampant there…sad!

Many have asked me what our plans are for the future in ministry. Honestly, right now we don’t know for sure. Right now we are missionaries on furlough. Our future ministry plans may change depending on the dental needs for my girls. If the orthodontists and oral surgeons can do what they need to do in a relatively short amount of time, we will head back to our ministry in Honduras. If the procedures needed are pushed into multiple years, we will plant ourselves here and look to serve in another facet of ministry. We will keep you informed once we have a plan for them and if or how it will impact our ministry.

Please continue to pray for us as we adjust to a very different culture. Pray for my kids as they also adjust.

I can’t write without saying thank you. Thank you for your support and prayers over the last six years. We could not do what we do without your support.

In Christ, Tim

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Moving again!

My poor wife! She once again is packing up a house to move. This time we are moving from a house we have been renting to a house that we are finishing up building here in Honduras. About three years ago we purchased a piece of property for the purpose of building a house/ministry headquarters right here in the beautiful mountains of Honduras. The house is a short 5 minute drive from the church and townspeople we are working with. The only down part is that our new house is without a well and internet.

Moving is always stressful and my poor wife has done it 8 times since we have been married. I think she is getting ready to settle down. God willing the Lord will provide and answer her prayers. She is always the one who packs and organizes the move.

Sometimes I forget how different the culture is here. Last Sunday instead of a church service we spent the morning fixing the road that our church is on. We spent the morning filling in parts of the washed out road with rocks and dirt. The road had gotten to the point in which the church van could no longer pass through the ruts. Not only did fixing the road help us, but it gave us an opportunity to help out the community and show the love of Christ to the people in the village.

The older I get the more I realize how crucial it is for the body of Christ to be unified in its effort to share Christ and make disciples. I will be 41 this year and I can honestly say that the pride I once had to be the one who does it all has diminished. I openly welcome the help. Yes, the desire to see results is just as strong as ever, I just don´t need to personally be the one who hammers every nail home. We all have gifts and we need to work together for the Glory of God.

We may be entering into some changes in ministry as we head back the the States for an extended furlough. We are still working on the details and will let you know as we solidify things on our end. Currently we are still fully invested in our ministry with the community and church here in Honduras.

Praise God for generous people. The last 2 months we have had full support due to the generous one time gifts from people who support what we do here. Thank you! Thanks to all who have labored with us through financial giving.  We could not serve here without you. Our family of nine have not gone one day without food in our bellies. Praise God.

Our Rottweiler had puppies which we have been selling to pay for the ceramic tiles we are installing into our house/ministry center. We have been working like dogs to get it to a point in which we can use it to host teams or small groups who have a desire to do short term mission trips. If that is something that interests you let us know.

August is family month here. Lots of people preach on the importance of family and many spend extra time taking vacations together. I think its a great idea that the States should adopt. The family is Gods ordained institution for society and should be held as sacred. We tend to lose that focus all to often…Guilty as charged!

Just had the clutch barren replaced in our car. I would love to leave our vehicle for the church to use for ministry during our extended furlough, but unless someone donates 10,000$ (hint, hint!) for us to buy a new car stateside we will be forced to try and sell it to purchase a vehicle there. It would be a huge blessing for the church whose only vehicle is a dilapidated van.

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Mercy and Violet made their own see-saw.

Mercy and Violet decided to make their own see-saw out of a plank they found in the yard and a homemade sawhorse. They even decorated it with soda caps. I think I have myself a couple of future builders here.

Well, time to wrap this up. God bless you and may He receive all of the honor and glory and praise, for He is worthy.

Dios Le Bendiga

Tim

 

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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