You know, those filled backpacks don’t distribute themselves! And that’s why a team from Lighthouse Church in Maryland is on the ground and hard at work in Western Honduras.
When setting up a sister church partnership, Allen and Russell spend a lot of time finding the right Honduran location to match the North American church. They factor in the current size of the church, as well as the potential for growth. Lighthouse Church is currently Sowers4Pastors’ biggest sister church. They are so large that, instead of working with a single Honduran church, they are working with multiple pastors, helping all of the children in nine separate schools! Every child in each school is in the sponsorship program. As more and more people at Lighthouse Church want to sponsor children, the program on the ground in Honduras can grow right along with them.
As we’re passing out the backpacks during this time of year, the schools are just starting a new school year (the Honduran school year runs, typically, from Feb 15th through Nov 15th). When teams come during the summer months, schools are in session. Team members are able to do a VBS type program in the schools. They schedule time for team members to play with the children and to even visit the children’s homes. Team members are often surprised when that means trekking up and down several mountains and fording a creek, frequently for 3 miles or more each way!
Let’s hope they can remember their downtime because Trish said they are all business now. The team heads out at 6:00 each day and comes home looking dirty and tired, but full of joy, each evening. There are a lot of kids in the program and they are determined they will complete the task before them.
Three more teams from Lighthouse are scheduled to come in the summer. Two of them will be doing VBS programs in the schools, and the third will be working on some construction projects. Lighthouse Church is assuredly sharing the Light with the people of Western Honduras.
- posted by Christi