Last month, my wife and I went on our first mission trip together and my first mission trip ever. I was a little anxious because I did not know what to expect, do not speak Spanish, and was unsure how God could use me. What I found out was that hugs, smiles, high-fives, laughter, and the love of Christ are universally understood. I do not have enough time or space to write everything that I witnessed, but I will share a few stories.
Jubilee Centers International School was co-founded by Emily and David Romero. The school is built on the top of a hill in La Era, a poor community in Tegucigalpa. Like other cities around the world, there is some danger nearby where gangs, drugs and crime can be found. On the Sunday before school was to resume, the local neighborhood decided to dig a deep trench for sewer pipes down the entire road leading to the school. Emily and the rest of us were concerned how the children and teachers would be able to get to school. What was already a narrow road, was now a small and very difficult-to-navigate path. However, the school schedule went on as planned because the children were not deterred, and the people of the community who live along the broken road assisted the children by offering hands and guidance. The entire neighborhood understands the good things that God and the school have brought to the community.
The second story is just a brief reminder of how the Lord has a way of keeping us humble. Our mission team was proud that we were able to share 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 from memory for the teachers at Jubilee. At a school assembly, the children recited the first four chapters of James from memory!
Our entertaining and gracious hosts from Orphan Outreach, along with Emily and David, made us feel at home. They introduced us to Honduran food at most of the meals. During a lunch with the entire mission team and hosts, my wife was pointing out one of the dishes we were eating. She said, “This is yucca.” Being the wise-guy husband, I jokingly replied: “Honey, that is not a nice thing to say about the food in another country; we are in Honduras and you should be more polite.” After receiving the initial look of disbelief from my wife, she smiled and for the rest of the week we all laughed at the thought.
My point here is that there was nothing “yucca” about the entire mission trip and what the Lord is doing in Honduras and at Jubilee School. God is working through the Romeros and the school to do amazing things. Prior to the trip, I prayed that I could show the children, teachers, and staff at Jubilee how much we cared for and loved them. I hoped that I could bring some joy and happiness into their lives by helping out, teaching, and playing with the children. It turns out that I was the one who was truly blessed to be with them, not the other way around. I was filled with joy seeing the smiles on the students and teachers’ faces. The love of Jesus is so readily apparent at Jubilee School. My prayers now are for the safety, protection, and provisions for everyone in Honduras and that these children will continue following Christ, being beacons of light in their communities.
In His service,