Work as a missionary is hard–with little reward. Weeks and months–sometimes even years–can pass without a single sign that God is working.
But we all know that God is faithful and he is working behind the scenes and engineers a situation that brings us great joy and hope.
Back in 2005 Brian was on his first mission trip to Honduras. This was WAY before Bibles for Honduras. He was with a team that was working on a church in the barrio of San Sula Pedro.
Now there’s something you should know about this barrio: children in this barrio are some of the worst off in the city. They are very poor without adult supervision. Most aren’t able to go to any type of school or church. Most just hang around until they join a gang. They kill time by sniffing glue or exhaust pipes. It’s a deadly place for these children.
But while Brian and the team were working on the church, many children kept coming to the courtyard around the church to see what they were doing. They kept looking through the fence and trying to talk to them.
Brian said, “They also wanted us to take pictures of them and then show them the picture (digital camera) as many of them had never seen themselves in a picture.”
Even though he took a picture of a lot of pictures of children, there was one boy who stuck out. And Brian wouldn’t see him again until seven years later.
It was July 2012 and Brian went to the new Christ Church (Iglesia de Cristo, Casa De Paz) and he saw the little boy who’s picture he’d taken. He wanted to talk to him. But Brian hesitated.
“Since Christ Church is not in the same barrio,” Brian said, “I wasn’t sure if it was him. Pastor Jonathan drives a bus through the barrio and brings many people to the church.”
So Brian asked his friend Eduardo. Eduardo said that the boy was from the barrio and did attend Christ Church, but he didn’t know his name.
Brian decided to say hi, and when he did the boy was leery that he had remembered him, but admitted he sort of remembered Brian, too. The boy was very cautious in what he said.
Even though that second meeting was awkward, it made an impact on Brian: “I was amazed that I saw him again, and that for the second time it was in a church, although this time he was an attendee.“
That’s encouraging news, indeed, because where churches exist, like Iglesia de Cristo, Casa de Paz, the people are spirit-filled and excited to get to know Jesus. However, the majority of people do not have a strong spiritual foundation.
This is one of the major goals behind Bibles for Honduras: to help build a strong spiritual foundation for the people of
“I want to put the Word of God into the hands of anyone who will take it. Even if just one person turns to the Lord after thousands are given away, then it’s worth it. We are sowing the seeds, God will make them grow.”
And as this story proves God does indeed make seeds grow.