Who are the Lenca people?
- 125,000 indigenous people living in the mountains of Honduras
- Most are subsistent level farmers
- They hold animistic [belief that nature has a soul] and Catholic beliefs
- The Lenca people are under-reached by the gospel which means more than 2% but less than 5% are evangelized and there is very limited Baptist work to the Lenca
Lenca Mission Trip
November 10 - 17, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
Joe Grubb, Dave Kistner and Larry Johnson traveled to Gracias, Honduras without a hitch. Despite leaving at 5 AM we arrive safely in Gracias around 5 PM that day. Joe and Dave survived my Honduran style of driving with little complaint.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
When we arrived at the radio station, we were asked to dig a ditch for the septic line about 75'. Early afternoon we began the 260' water line, which we completed. Tuesday night we went to Las Flores for a Bible study.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
We spent a good portion of the morning in the hardware store. They don't have a Home Depot or Lowe's in Gracias. We were purchasing all the PVC pipe and fittings for the water and sewer lines we dug. It was very interesting for Shannon to explain and learn the Spanish for the ite ms for which we were looking. It is not terms he has used before. Once we got to the job site we glued the pipe together and laid it in the ditch. Then we covered the ditches up. Later in the evening we walked to Shannon and Kristy's house for a Bible study with the teachers of the Abundant Life School. These are recent college graduate from Christian Universities who spend one or two years teaching in the English school in Gracias.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
We began working on hooking up the electrical. We didn't know how this was going too happened so we asked. We were told we were going down the hill about 100 yards and cutting a tree down to make a utility pole. We though this was a joke. It wasn't. Joe and I dug a four foot hole while the rest of the crew went to cut the pole down. After lunch we all went down and picked up the pole and moved toward the house. After a rest part of the team debarked the pole. It was about a 25' pole and very heavy. Later we set it in the hole. We had a utility pole.
Friday, November 14, 2014
We began the painting of the outside as well as hooking up the shower, commode, sink, and stove. By the end of the day everything was completed except for some painting on the outside. We had a celebration time with the Honduran contractor, another Gracias missionary, and his crew. The building was almost complete. It looked very good.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
We had one wall to paint and part of another. There was high humidity so it was difficult to get the second coat of paint on the walls. We literally sat and watched paint dry. Although it is a simple one room house it will more than adequately serve our guard staff. Saturday evening we went to Isabella's 4 year old birthday party. She is the adopted daughter of Shannon and Kristy. She was Minnie Mouse. When we arrive we were met by five body guards. They were guarding the President of Honduras' niece. She goes to school and is friends with Emma, the Hopkins's other daughter. The President's home is about 4 miles from our hotel and is from Gracias. We also learned there was a bus strike planned for Monday, the day for our trip to Gracias. We made some change in plans for Sunday.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
After spending some time in the market on Sunday morning we left for Gracias to avoid the bus strike. The drive went well.
Monday, November 17, 2014
e flew home. The only glitch in all our travel was our bags did not make it to Dallas Love.
Radio Station Story
On one of my numerous breaks I went in to talk with Darwin, one of our announcers. Darwin told this story. It is one of the reasons why we have a radio station. It was story of a lady who called the radio station with pain in her leg. Darwin began to pray for her. He told us he prayed that fire from God would come down like in Ezekiel's time and heal her leg. He told us that as he prayed his right hand became hot and the lady told him it felt like her leg was on fire. When he finished praying, she reported that she did not have any pain. God is so awesome. She will soon come to the radio station and record her testimony of what God did during that prayer. The radio station does make a difference in people lives. Please pray for God to continue to bless the work of Radio Rio de Dios in the days ahead.
- Start 340 house churches in 1,196 villages
- Build into the DNA that each house church is responsible to start other house churches
- Our desire is “to teach the Lenca how to fish rather than give them fish”
- Evangelism/church planting
- Gospel saturation
- Discipleship/leadership training
- Meeting Human Need
Each month Shannon Hopkins composes a Lenca Ministry Update. This report is sent out to interested individuals electronically and a portion is added to our monthly paper newsletter. Shannon reports on many different areas so please click on the links below to read his monthly Ministry updates!.