This past year has been an interesting transition for me and Lukas. Last year we traveled a ton while I was pregnant. Then having a baby. Becoming parents.
As we have been seeking God’s will for our future, the Lord has given us an awesome opportunity to serve Him that I’m so excited to tell you about!
In just one month, we will be leaving for a two month trip to help some of our friends at a church plant in HONDURAS!!
Our friends the Pattersons have helped plant a church in the small village of El Buen Pastor (The Good Shepherd). There are approximately 1,500 people living in this farming community, and the average annual household income is $1,300.
Just to give you an idea of what it’s like there – the homes are constructed of adobe and are usually built with two detached rooms. The first room is a kitchen with a wood burning stove made of clay. The other room is the bedroom. Everyone in the family shares this room, but it might have cardboard or curtain dividers. Usually the parents and one child will have a bed. The rest of the children sleep on the floor.
The village just received electricity in June 2012. This year the government added classes for the children up to 8th grade. If children want to continue their education, they move to another town and live with friends or relatives.
There was no evangelical presence in the village prior to 2011 when the Pattersons and another church helped plant a church, and started teaching the Bible, and building relationships. The Lord has graciously saved a handful of people!!
Lukas will be helping with some photo needs, carpentry, and discipleship. I’m excited to be teaching and loving on the teen girls in El Buen Pastor each Sunday. Wilder is excited to bring joy to everyone around him and serve in that way. 😉 We will also be exploring some coffee plantations and orphanages.
People have been asking us if they can donate to help with our trip or give money in some way. While we are super blessed to be able to fund this trip ourselves, we want to help raise support for a need in the community.
We would LOVE to help raise money to build a church building in El Buen Pastor! And possibly have a clinic and Children’s Nutrition Center in the future.
If that is something you would like to be a part of, you can check out their support page here!
We are looking for other ways to help raise money for this project so if you have any ideas or want to help please let me know! We appreciate your prayers.