The Parable of the Sower was an integral part in what we brought to the children through our VBS presentation. We certainly feel like we planted seeds, as seeds were planted in us.
We started the morning off singing, “Jesus Loves Me” during our early devotion time. This song carried us through the day.
“Little ones to Him belong … .” In the boys and girls of Tejeras we saw His children.
We big ones are also His children. “For the Bible tells me so.”\
After early morning devotion and a scrumptious breakfast, we headed up the mountain road to the school at Los Panales. Our first activity was a four part hygiene clinic: hand washing, deworming pill, learning to properly brush your teeth, and a fluoride treatment.
After over 50 children participated in the VBS Parable of the Sower, it was time to have some outdoor fun.
Jeff Wallace and Dominic Martorana are both on their first Honduras mission trip. Jeff has lived most of his life in Aiken and is a retired editor of the Aiken Standard. He attends St. John’s United Methodist Church. Dom (pictured below) was raised in New York City and was a career carpenter. He is a member of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Aiken.
Los Panales request from the team was to help construct three badly needed bookshelves. The principal and teachers thanked us many times for all the work that has been done at the school, including today’s shelves.
“We know that for those who love God, that is, for those who are called according to His purpose, all things are working together for good.” Romans 8:28
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6: 9-10.
Sometimes God’s plan trumps ours. The plan to drive up the mountain on a rain-slicked paved road to a school at Arena Blanca was quashed by unsafe conditions.
The team’s schedule for the day was altered.
A quick decision was made to visit the school in Tejeras where we presented a skit on the Parable of the Sower to eighteen precious children.
Coloring sheets and crayons were handed out, and the children used their creativity to bring the picture to life.
The time concluded blowing and popping bubbles to delighted laughter.
Before lunch we traveled to the community of Milpa Arada and visited Jose Santos Guardiola school to deliver fans.
While there the team presented the skit to a class of 3rd and 5th graders. They were then given a booklet and coloring pencils to illustrate the message. The class was given school supplies and a Frisbee to enjoy for the rest of the year.
Everyone loves a success story and Dr. Laura’s is a remarkable one. She was one of AP’s first students and completed her dentistry education in Honduras. Last year she opened her first office in Quimistan in a recently built structure with new equipment. If you need to schedule a cleaning, call 8823-3608.
Tranquilidad Foundation sprang out of HAF and serves abandoned children in the Quimistan area. The team got a brief tour from founder Roxanne Turnipseed and learned of its proposed mission to place children in homes with loving families.
Team leader Cindy Fuller is in her fourth mission trip to Honduras. She is a retired United Methodist preacher and lives in Aiken, South Carolina.
Chuck Scarton is on his second Honduras mission trip and is a member of Saint Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Aiken. He is a retired engineer.
With the birds calling in the distance, the team met on the front porch for a devotion about feeding the hungry and taking care of the needy. And thats what we did.
The squatter village of Tejeras is located along a busy highway with the church just yards from the semis roaring path. That does nothing to dissuade more than 80 children from learning about God’s love for them.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink …” Matthew 25;35.
The Sunday School children were fed and served drink by our team. The children receive a similar meal by Honduras Agape Foundation (HAF) three more times a week.
AP students in the middle school and high school meet in their own groups and at separate locations where they worship and share with their leaders and one another.
We enjoyed fellowship and food with both groups bringing us back to the Bible verse that started our day.
The team realizes the impact HAF has on these students and their religious and educational growth. Our team is humbled to play a small part in God’s plan for them.