This blog was written by Megan Eastabrook, a very special young woman who has faithfully come to serve alongside us for one week every summer for six years now! We are so thankful for her servant’s heart and passion in furthering God’s Kingdom in Honduras!
On the morning of our first day in Honduras, we walked into the Jubilee school building where church was being held. The sights, sound, and smell were familiar to me because it was my sixth time in Honduras. But, what really made my heart swell when I walked into that room were the faces of people. An overwhelming joy flooded me, and I couldn’t help but smile….especially when I saw a fourth grade friend, Astrid. She was sitting in a seat facing away from me when I walked in, so I went and tapped her on the shoulder. She turned, and her face was full of surprise as she exclaimed “Megggannnnn!!!!!”. She tackled me, and that hug lasted for quite some time! More and more people entered the church, and the reunions with teachers, parents, and students were so, so sweet.
What I’ve learned most from my time in Honduras is that people are made for community and that the Gospel is the one thing that has the power to unite people no matter where they live. The Gospel is the one thing that can penetrate boundaries of time, location, and cultural differences. People who live thousands of miles away from me are my brothers and sisters because of Jesus. The Lord has continued to show me just how sweet His grace is as He has given me friendships in Honduras. Going on these trips has made my heart long for the day when all believers will gather to worship our risen Savior in every language.
If you’re considering going to Honduras or any other nation, I would tell you that this is an opportunity of a lifetime, and it’s incredibly important in the Kingdom of God. The Lord commands us in Matthew 28 to make disciples of all nations, and getting to be a part of that in a nation other than your own is simply incredible. Everyone is in dire need of the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and you get the chance to share that. You get the chance to come alongside people and share parts of your story. You get the chance to encourage and be simultaneously encouraged yourself. But most importantly, you get to make the name of Jesus known, and what could be better that that?
Now back to my most recent week in Honduras: As my time in Tegucigalpa started to come to a close, my heart became heavy as I thought about leaving. The familiar feeling of heartache as I got on a plane to return home flooded over me. Distance from people you love hurts. But on this final day in Tegucigalpa, I was reminded of John 14:1-4 when Jesus tells his disciples “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms…And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, that where I am you may be also”. The disciples had been following Jesus, learning from Him, and trusting Him with everything. They gave up everything they had and left their old lives behind to follow this man. Then He tells them that He is going to leave, and I can only imagine the confusion and pain they felt.
This passage reminded me that a day is coming when we will see Jesus face to face with believers from all nations. A day is coming when there will not be separation any longer. This is why going to the nations right now is so important. God has given us the undeserved opportunity to be a part of what He is doing around the world. He has commanded us to make His name known, and that is such a beautiful thing. If you go to Honduras, the beauty of the Kingdom will captivate you, and you’ll build relationships that most often make it incredibly hard to leave when the time comes. Praise God for His faithfulness and His promise of a day when His people will gather together from every country!