Honduras 2019: Whatever It Takes
On Sunday, July 7, the volunteer group from Wellspring will depart for a 7 day mission trip to San Francisco, Honduras. While they are there, we invite you to check in for daily updates and learn more about the exciting work that is being done there. This year’s team is made up of 25 volunteers (19 are returning team members!) and they are excited to share their journey in the hope that you will be inspired by the amazing things God is doing.
Our theme this year is inspired by the story in Mark 2 where friends of a paralyzed man take some pretty drastic measures to share Jesus with their friend. “Lo Que Sea Necesario” is translated as “Whatever It Takes”; relating to the powerful illustration of these men, their friend and the deep faith that brought physical and spiritual healing. That is the type of faith we want to live and inspire with this trip. We want to do whatever it takes for God’s love to be shown and the gospel to be known. We in turn pray for our Honduran friends to have the courage themselves to do whatever it takes to know Jesus, live for Him and share with their loved ones.
For the past 5 years, Wellspring has partnered with missionaries, Andy and Carmen Castillo, serving one of the neediest communities. Many years ago Andy was given a vision for a ministry project that would provide education, health care and dental work for the community. It is amazing to see how quickly God has provided all three of those things for the community there. Over the past 4 years, we have watched as they were provided with land, started building and C.A.F.F.I.N. ( translates to ‘Assistance Center of Integral Family Formation Complex) became a reality. The programs of CAFFIN also provide significant opportunities to build relationships and share the Gospel message with patients, students and interns.
Much of our time is spent organizing and hosting a VBS program for younger children (4 days), investing time to connect with teens through two teen nights and providing a special Women’s day for the many women in the area. Our team has been working together through prayer and planning for months as these initiatives require so much attention. Over the years we have seen attendance at VBS increase from 250 kids to over 400 - making those days very hectic and sometimes unpredictable, but very fun. Our goal, of course, is to be the hands and feet of Jesus; to reflect his love to the people there and ultimately share the Gospel.
Although our team (and other groups that come to assist Andy and Carmen) is only there for about a week on average, our presence provides additional opportunities to plant seeds and reach people who seem uninterested in hearing about ‘church stuff’. Every year, we hear about another family or person that was a bit doubtful of Andy and Carmen’s message until their kids come home from VBS or teen night and share their excitement. Over the years, many team members have returned multiple times and have built relationships with the kids that have transcended more than the week we are down there. Social media has made the world much smaller and we’re able to exchange conversations and even send gifts for the holidays.
We’re excited to return and are thanking and praising God for what He will do on this trip. Thank you to everyone that is praying for this trip and have helped financially. Please continue to check back daily to follow our journey this week!