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Spring Break 2011: Rob’s Story

My 10 days in Honduras
by Robert J. A. Abel on Sunday, April 10, 2011

My 10 days in Honduras started at the beginning of last semester when I met Joey Soto in Lowry Mall. He had a giant map of the world and was asking for anyone who wanted to write something anywhere on the map to . . . → Read More: Spring Break 2011: Rob’s Story

Spring Break 2011: Stephanie’s Story

What’s Heavy?

by Stephanie Proffer on Sunday, April 10, 2011

Yes — Drage was serious when he assigned us all a two- to three-page paper about what we learned in Honduras.

After one week at home with much reflection and godly counsel, this is what I came up with.  This singular note cannot possibly contain everything I . . . → Read More: Spring Break 2011: Stephanie’s Story

Spring Break 2011: Stevi’s Favorite Pictures

Kids reading at Casa Hogar Vida

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Me with Rosiberta, Frances, Wendy, and Nicoll at Limon

Sixth & Seventh Graders at Great Commission School

Cynthia shows off her crochet practice

Carolina reading at Limon

Kids reading at Casa Hogar Vida

Hannah playing with kids at the . . . → Read More: Spring Break 2011: Stevi’s Favorite Pictures

Spring Break 2011: Stevi’s Story Part 2

Intentional: An Honorary Catracha’s Mission Experience

by Stevi Ferguson

My intentional conversations didn’t stop with kids. Over the last few years, I’ve made it a point to get to know more of the people in the church who are involved in the ministries we help. I’ve become good friends with Lilian and Daisy. This year, Daisy gave me . . . → Read More: Spring Break 2011: Stevi’s Story Part 2

Spring Break 2011: Stevi’s Story Part 1

Intentional: An Honorary Catracha’s Mission Experience

by Stevi Ferguson

All mission trips are different. Even now, having finished my seventh trip to Choluteca, trips to the same place are different every time. I think the theme word of this trip, for me, was INTENTIONAL. I’m not super-efficient at house-building or dirt-shoveling (although I do have some skills and energy to contribute). So when the tools are limited, and some people have to hurry up and wait, I took those opportunities to sit out from the physical labor and have some intentional conversations. At Sra Exodocia’s house, I spent time getting to know the two girls, Nayeli and Marjorie (aka Stefany). I always try to bring books with me, since I feel that a love of reading and learning can only be an asset to these kids, no matter where they are or where they end up. So we read. And we talked about school. And I tried to engage them in some critical thinking. Continue reading Spring Break 2011: Stevi’s Story Part 1

Spring Break 2011: Trip Video by Chris Kassing

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Spring Break 2011: John’s Story Part 3

Reinforcement
A Mission Trip Reflection
by Pastor John Drage

But the greatest REINFORCEMENT for me has come in the two elements to the solution that sometimes we could overlook.  The two MAIN THINGS we administrate are the Proclamation of the Gospel and the Operation of the Church.

This is what the church in Choluteca focuses on regularly.  I intend that the Rock would do the same!  That church is so beautiful.  Loving their hurting community in many special ways.

The Church and the Gospel must be foundational to all we do there and throughout this broken world.  The great need is not just for a meal of rice and beans.  But for the word of God and hope only found in Jesus.  Yes, by all means bring the rice and beans and probably some medicine.  But that is not our end! Continue reading Spring Break 2011: John’s Story Part 3

Spring Break 2011: John’s Story Part 2

Reinforcement
A Mission Trip Reflection
by Pastor John Drage

Personally, I have continued to struggle with our responsibility in this problem of poverty.  We certainly have some responsibility to do something!  But what?  How does one decide who to help?  How does one decide how to help?  What is it that we should help to do?  Are the solutions we propose really making life better for these people?

I often times, I get a bit lost and confused as I try to figure out an appropriate, God honoring next step.  The Lord is not confused over the matter, but our response is not haphazard or misguided.

As a strategist and thinker, I can hardly describe the problem accurately.  We must know the problem well before we get so busy creating and implementing solutions. Continue reading Spring Break 2011: John’s Story Part 2

Spring Break 2011: John’s Story Part 1

Reinforcement
Reflections on a Mission Trip
by Pastor John Drage

We just sprinted a 10 day marathon.  Gathering an eclectic collection of Gringos, we enjoyed a wonderful Mission Trip to Choluteca, Honduras March 25 to April 3, 2011,  It seemed best to write some reflections of the trip so that I can describe and digest what happened to me.   Maybe this little scratch sheet of thoughts will affect you as well?

The key word to describe my recent trip is “Reinforcement”.  You see, it was my 15th visit to Latin America.  I have participated in many, many trips and have seen many things in the more than 10 years that I have been visiting there. Continue reading Spring Break 2011: John’s Story Part 1

Spring Break 2011: John’s Significant Moments

Most impactful Moment- Sharing the gospel with the mom at the farm and her praying to receive Christ!  Runner Up- Seeing the challenge of water more clearly.

Saddest Moment- Hearing of more stories of fatherlessness again and again.

Happiest Moment- Giving the home to Mrs. Exodocia, saying “Move that bus!”

Most frustrating Moment- The construction manager the first two days at the house.  Poor management.  He did not seem to care to help us help him.

Most confused Moment- What to do with the dying man with diabetes. Continue reading Spring Break 2011: John’s Significant Moments