There comes a time for all good things to come to an end, so with the end of the Mission Trip for 2016 we realize that so much planning and organization came to an appropriately productive end. The missionaries all made it home safely, no Hondurans were harmed in the execution of the mission trip and World Gospel Outreach had no regrets to having us down to work with their program. Seriously, here is the summary, by the numbers:
The Hondurans received 2659 services. This includes children hearing the salvation story.
312 - Persons received dental treatments as teeth cleaning, extraction, or fillings.
1206 - Persons received medical treatments or medication.
853 - Persons received optical care to include glasses or sunglasses or both.
288 - Children heard the salvation story.
All persons with exception of children sat with an evangelist and was spoken to about their faith.
126 - Persons accepted Christ as their savior during the brigades.
84 - Persons were not believers, and decided to remain that way despite conversations to encourage understanding.
68 - Persons were found to have drifted from their faith and recommitted their lives to Christ at the brigade.
657 - Persons were found to profess Jesus Christ as their salvation and were encouraged in their faith.
This is great work for just 4 days in the city. We partnered with two great local churches in the process and they were given the results of the week so that they can continue to follow up with the new believers. WGO has missionary Louis Carrion who is in charge of pastoral development, and this effort helps the churches to better manage the faith conversions that were experienced during the week. Louis makes sure that persons that accept Christ are brought into a family of believers, for encouragement and follow up. We know that the Devil desires that persons fall away from their faith, so it is important that faith conversions are guarded and encouraged.
The entire mission team needs to thank all those persons that have prayed, contributed, driven, donated, made bracelets, or otherwise supported the missionaries. We cannot do these things without this support.
The thing that we need to all carry forward is the story of the mission. Those that went need to keep telling about the reason that they traveled. Those that supported need to keep telling about the reason that they supported. And those that prayed need to keep telling about the reason they prayed. In this way, the kingdom will be built.
I have attached pictures of the entire mission team, and us traveling back on Sunday, waiting to be picked up from the airport. I also attached pictures of several kids that were served in the children's ministry. The one having her hair fixed up is clearly wearing the bracelet that we helped to make at Christ the Rock.
Continue to look for ways to serve our Lord. We will assess if there is interest in preparing for a 2017 trip as 2016 progresses.