12/28/2020 Missionary Assistance Update #3

As Christians, we find that to “do good” is so many times a conscious choice made in the face of adverse circumstances. OPPORTUNITY, when presented usually involves sacrifices of money, time, and energy. The Apostle Paul encourages us…. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10

This report, on just one of many projects underway, highlights the thankfulness of the Honduran mountain people for the financial sacrifices of believers in North America who are willing to lend a hand. Coordinating your giving with the love and care of fellow believers in their own country is making it possible to reach out to the Hondurans in this time of need.

The Journey

Brother Maldonado reported that his 8-hour journey down-river was difficult but successful. The level of the Patuca river had receded sufficiently to allow the boats to safely pass through El Portal del Infierno [The Gate of Hell]. Landing safely at
Saca Clavos [The Nail Puller], supplies were un-loaded for the 8-hour hike into the mountains. The mountain people provided mules for much of the transportation over this treacherous terrain. As you can see, the path is not a pleasant trail.

The trail led up over one mountain and to the top of the next mountain to where the repair work could begin on the 2 houses.

Storm Damage

In this typical home are 2 rooms constructed of adobe bricks with an open-roofed over the area between them. Chickens, pigs, dogs, and turkeys share this open space with the family. At least half of the roof of this house was lost in the storms. Translation: “Notice, we are “inside the house”. “Thanks be to God that we can help this family.”

Tools for the Job

Brother Maldonado said: “God bless you Brother Rigo. For my part I am happy to be a part of the project. This (chainsaw) is for this project and your future benefit on behalf of Brother George Smith and the saints in North America.”

Brother Rigo responded: “ I am very thankful. God bless you. I am happy to be here with these brothers in the Name of Jesus Christ.”

Lumbering in the Tropical Rain Forest

Dangerous Paths

Brother Rigo demonstrates how he kills a Barba Amarilla Snake. The Barba Amarilla [Yellow Beard] is the most feared pit viper known in Central America. Considered one of the 8 most deadly snakes in the world, it is dangerous because it is often found near human habitation and if threatened is quick to attack.

A Primitive Way of Life

The believers living in these mountains are subsistence farmers. Using primitive methods known to us only in history books, they raise corn , beans, plantain (a type of banana) and sugar cane. The young people in this video are extracting the sap from a stalk of sugar cane, their only source of sugar.

The Ultimate Goal

The most important aspect of this type of missionary work is that we have the opportunity to preach the gospel by demonstration: showing by our actions, the care, and concern which true believers have for each other.

As our Lord promised… By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have love one to another. John 13:35

Brother Maldonado regularly visits these mountains 3 or 4 times a year, mainly to serve as pastor. He holds services in a home for believers who walk up to 4 hours to attend.

During this trip, 8 souls were added to the kingdom and baptized in the nearby river.

Planning for Another Trip

Here is an additional opportunity. Although not due to damage by the hurricane, these children must continually carry water from a stream about 200 yards from their home. We can help them by providing NFS poly pipe by which they will be able to supply water directly to the house. These sisters were telling Brother Maldonado that their home also needs repair. He is planning to return in January with supplies to repair 2 additional houses.

Thank You!

The brethren in Central America are working and traveling under very adverse circumstances. This project is going to be lengthy due to the fact that communication is poor, and travel to outlying areas is tedious and time-consuming. We appreciate you, the saints who are giving to this missionary effort and will continue to provide updates as the work progresses.