!! We have had a challenging year, but we have so much to look forward to. With the radical changes in our lives, we have pushed the Overflow date to October 18. This will allow us to reach out to as much of the congregation as possible through the different mediums available. We miss you all and look forward to the day where we can all worship together in person.
This last year we have made tremendous progress with BICA. We have added dorms for the married students as well as the single girls. This will allow us to house the students on campus where previously they were staying in off-site apartments. As you can imagine, this has many benefits.
So, what are the opportunities for the next year?
There is one more dormitory to build, which will allow us to have ALL students on campus, as well as the ability to increase the number of students. This is an amazing opportunity for growing the church in Honduras. The Assistant director at the church has been doing an amazing job of promoting the school on Facebook. If you have not seen it, I highly recommend it. This has been an amazing recruiting resource.
Additionally, there is an update that can be made to part of the school that will allow for an additional instruction area. The plans for this are still in discussion, but the general consensus is that it will be for specific instructions related to the operations of a well-organized church. We know that there is more to a healthy church than just preaching God’s word. We want to make sure that the students leave with a full complement of education to have a church that is growing to God’s potential.
Next is something that is closer to home for me. As you know, Marnie and I have recently been involved in the medical mission trips. The students who have gone on to churches, or have started churches, are our conduit for where we go for those mission trips. Last year, we had the pleasure of using a local doctor to provide service. We approached her to see if she would be interested in running a local clinic in the community where the school is located. Specifically, on the grounds where one of the Churches of Christ is located. This will provide continued local support, recognized as supported by the church, as well as traveling to the other communities to provide free medical service to those who would not otherwise have it. And yes, she would be there for our annual mission trips.
Lastly, Mike Johnson and Don Noblin made a trip to the churches that we support in Mexico City. And to be frank, they are doing a fantastic job. And there is an opportunity to help one of them to move out of their space, which has been too small for quite some time, to a larger and safer area. This will allow for growth for several years, which they are very capable of achieving.
We had been supporting the Mediterranean outreach, but have put that on hold for now, considering travel there has been restricted. We will reevaluate that work at a later date. It is a great opportunity to spread God’s word, but we need to have the ability to get that person in country to make it happen.
We know this has been a very trying year for all of us here. And our ability to reach out to our brothers and sisters abroad is a continued show of faith that God is in control and that we have already won. The question is how many people we can show His love to along the way. So, as we start thinking about how best to contribute, let us do so with humble and grateful hearts.