I had announced that we would be taking a mission team to Honduras this summer, but after talking with Pastor Jose, it seems that we are better served at this point in working to raise the funds to purchase and have installed the concrete floor for the new church building. This church will be called the "New Jerusalem Baptist Church" and will be located on the island of Guanaja. This island is just off the east coast of Honduras and is part of the country.
Pastor Cruz has already purchased land and has secured a builder who will donate time and material to put up the church's frame. The only thing needed at this time is the foundation. The cost of having concrete transported from the mainland to the island is almost $10,000. At first, I thought it crazy to try to raise this amount of money. Then. . . well, I prayed about it.
Ryan Rouse was sent to the island earlier this year to scope out the area and bring back some images of the people and land. There is definitely a need for a Bible teaching church in this community. We have been given a great task and I believe with our "Be the Church" emphasis, we are expected by God to step up.
A few weeks ago I shared about Spirit Airlines. They offer very affordable rates to Honduras from Orlando. The only problem is that the airport Spirit flies to is far from where we are working. In other words, there's no cost savings in this.
We have had some show interest in an August trip, but to be honest, the number of folks who can go this August on such short notice as well as the intense labor that will be required makes it more feasible to raise the funds and have the floor put in.
Our plan is to then put together a work team, following the construction of the frame and roof, to finish out the interior and begin working with Jose to reach the people in the community.
So, if you were one who signed up to go in August, just wait. The time will come.
Now, we have set a goal for $6,000 for our first offering on June 13. We ask families (some families are individuals, others have many members) to pray about giving $150 each toward this offering. With this smaller goal, I am confident we will raise the $6,000 plus more. All monies raised through these occasional "Be the Church" offerings will go toward mission opportunities, trips and activities. We will not have many of these BTC offerings, but when we do, they will be for specific projects. Any extra funds raised will go toward our "Global Missions Fund" which gives us resources for mission work in the community and throughout the world.
Since these funds do not go into our budget, please, please, please do not give to the "Be the Church" offering until after you have given your tithes and offerings to the church.
The gifts, as always, are to be generous and sacrificial. Does God need your money? Absolutely not, but by giving with a generous heart (or "good eye") you can be a part of the bigger story. It shows that we truly trust God.