Adventures In Honduras
Posted on Nov 21, 2013 in Faith Updates
By Brian Martin, Director of Children, Youth, and Family
Dear Church Family,
I recently returned from my trip to Honduras with Agua Viva, where I traveled with a handful of other amazing people from (and not from) FCC. Some of you have also had the pleasure of experiencing a trip with Agua Viva, or similar experiences that required you to confront the realities of what it means to love God and love others in a cross-cultural, poverty-stricken situation.
As usual on a trip such as this, God was working and moving in ways that I never knew or would have anticipated. For me, I saw God moving in incredible ways. Indulge me briefly as I share my favorite story from the week.
On our second day of trenching work (we were digging trenches to lay PVC pipe that will eventually bring water from a clean source to homes that have never had access less than a long walk away), a group of men showed up to work. They were not from the village in which we were staying (La Vainilla), but another village (La Providencia). This was not a next-door-neighbor village, but one that was about an hour walk through the mountains from where we were. The men had come to work for the day, to help a community they knew nothing about and had nothing to do with. Why? Because the men visiting from La Providencia were from a village that was blessed by an Agua Viva water project last year, and they heard that the North Americans were back to help someone else.
The men from La Providencia worked all day on Tuesday, having walked away from their own families and their own farms for the day – a big sacrifice. And at the end of the day, they let us know they would back again. Again on Thursday, they worked all day to bless strangers. On Thursday night, there was a town meeting, and the leader of Providencia got up to share. He said (in Spanish, of course) “We came here to help you because we experienced God’s love through our water project, and we wanted to show you God’s love, too. All we ask is that if one of your neighbor’s needs help, that you will help them.”
It was an amazing moment. God was present, and in this case, his hands and feet were represented by ten men from a remote Honduran village who had simply experienced God’s love through the service of others.
When Christians actually act like Christians, it is the most beautiful thing in the world. How are you serving this week to show the love of God to someone who needs to experience his love?
And now, here are some things happening around FCC. Get out your calendars, people!
Worship Night – Friday November 22
This last Easter we were blessed by a woman named Shelby Makay, who led worship with Jon Oney. Shelby has agreed with her band to lead a free worship night celebrating with us the joy of Thanksgiving. This is a opportunity to come together as a church and worship the God who gives us acess to unsinkable joy and what we have been talking about in this series. It is going to be a great night. Starts at 7pm and doors open at 6:30pm. See you there!
Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service
Join us on Wednesday, November 27 at 6:30pm for our Thanksgiving Eve Service and Hymn Sing, then stay for pie and fellowship in the Legacy Chapel afterwards. Childcare available for children under age 4.
Advent Event – December 1
Everyone is invited to this year’s Advent Event. Make plans to join us Sunday, December 1 in room 100 as we mark the beginning of the Advent Season. The morning is “open house” style beginning at 9:30am and ending at 12 noon. Drop in before or after you attend service, but leave enough time to participate in all the fun activities. The event is free of charge and no registration is required, so remember to bring a friend along. We look forward to seeing you!
Hope Sunday – December 8
We are joining the greater circle of Covenant Churches and World Vision in taking a serious look at how we might help children in the poorest country in the world: the Congo. During this Christmas season as we participate in Hope Sunday, we encourage you to join with us. There are three major areas we are focusing on to prepare our hearts for this event: 1) personally take a “Do Something” card and consider something you might give up to sponsor a child in the Congo; 2) as a small group watch “58: The Film”; or 3) support a single-mother family by supporting our M.O.M.S. ministry bake sale in the lobby. For more information stop by the Hope Sunday Table in the lobby