Monday, February 23, 2015

Mega Puente sobre Rio Mejocote. Very large bridge over the Mejocote River.

I saw this fancy color brochure sitting on Allen's desk the other day . . . there's our bridge project, front and center! Just thought I'd share it with you, for fun!

In case you can't read Spanish, there is a list of people and agencies who contributed to the project, and the value of their donations. It also says that this project benefits the development of the municipalities of Las Flores, San Pedro Copan, Talgua, and Gracias Lempira. 

Wilfredo Caceres (top left corner) is the alcalde (mayor) we worked with in a government/ministry partnership. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Would You Sponsor Campuca, for $16 per month?

You've seen these child sponsorship pleas before. You probably think Campuca is the name of . . . 
this sweet young girl or this adorable little guy. 

But no . . . Campuca is the name of the village where they live. 

When someone sponsors "Campuca" through our feeding program, for $16 each month, they won't be sponsoring just one child. They will be sponsoring the entire feeding center in the village of Campuca - approximately 70 children!

Seems impossible, doesn't it? But through networking with other ministries and volunteers, both in the US and in Honduras, this is the amount we need to raise, each month, to continue the feeding program in this village.

The Campuca center is run by Dionisio Pineda, one of our very favorite local pastors. Pastor Dionisio grew up in Campuca and he knows and loves this village in a way no one from the outside ever really could. The feeding program is run as a ministry of his church there, and is staffed by himself and volunteers from his congregation and community - no salaries are involved. In addition to receiving nutritious meals twice each week, the children become a part of a network of caring Christians in their village. 

We're delighted to be a part of Pastor Dionisio's outreach to the village of Campuca. Perhaps YOU would like to help with this wonderful work, as well? Our ministry currently supports over 120 feeding centers, of various sizes, in Western Honduras. Individuals have been donating to the feeding program as a whole, but we have just begun to set up the sponsorship program, so very few centers have sponsors as of yet. Contact us to talk about sponsoring a village feeding center yourself - trish @!!!

And just for fun . . . here's a random glimpse of what it looks like, when you show up at the Campuca center with a video camera:

To donate to our feeding center program:

To Donate by Mail, send checks to:

The Foundation
PO Box 560233
Orlando, Florida 32856-0233

- Make check payable to "The Foundation"   
- Be sure to write "preferenced for Sowers Ministry - feeding program" on an enclosed paper 

To Donate Online:

Click on THIS LINK to donate online using credit card, debit card, or automatic monthly donations from your bank account. Make sure that you choose "Missionary Support" from the drop down menu, and type in "Sowers Ministry - feeding program" in the box requesting "additional specifics on how to use the gift."

If additional instructions or information are needed for donating online, 
please don't hesitate to call The Foundation for Missions, at 407-730-3364.

Thank you so much for being a part of this ministry!!!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Christian Radio Station Project, Part 2

We actually helped the local radio station with three different projects. The first project, helping build a residence for a full-time watchman, has already been explained, in Part 1.

The equipment to broadcast the radio programs needs to be kept cool, which is challenging and expensive during some parts of the year here! Allen and Russell looked into economical solutions for this problem. 

We arranged to have insulation installed in the ceiling of the radio station building. This may seem like a no-brainer to our US friends, but insulation is rarely used in buildings here! Hopefully this will help keep the equipment cool enough, and decrease the need for costly air conditioning. 

The final project was on the radio station property, but not directly for the radio station. Shannon wanted to install a large fish pond, to increase the sustainability of his ministry (similar to what we're doing by planting coffee). Some of the fish harvested from the pond will be sold, and some will be used directly in Shannon's feeding ministry.

The first step in the process was to dig the holes! Russell acted as the contractor/supervisor for this project, hiring the bull dozer and operator, and making sure that the work was done in a timely and cost effective manner, and that Shannon ended up with what was needed, in the right place! 

I want you to know that, although I've referred to this as "a project we've been helping with," in fact, this was Russell's project. Allen and I were involved here and there, but Russell was in charge.

As Allen and I get to the stage where we are starting to talk about what we will do when we're too old to continue ministering as we have been, it's such a blessing to know that two of our children, and their spouses, are already committed to carrying on the work of spreading the good news here in Honduras!