On May 27-31, we were asked to help a mission team from Warrior Church of God in Warrior, AL with a week long “Kids Krusade” at the church in Pandy Town. We took our boat over to the church each evening and some of our youth kids joined us to go help. The 1st night we were headed over, the Lord put a beautiful rainbow in the sky above us as we traveled.
The church was full of kids each evening and the theme of the Kids Krusade was a sports theme with a focus on “being on God’s team”. The kids got to play a sports-themed game as they arrived, they learned a Bible point for the night, they heard a Bible story and sang lots of high-energy songs too.
One of our favorite parts was toward the end when they would do the worship song and prayer. The song was “Your Love is Deep”. The words to it were pretty repetitive but were so powerful. It talked about how deep, how high, how long and how wide is the love of Jesus for us. The kids quickly caught onto the motions and were singing along with us after the first day.
On Friday night, they hosted a big block party at the basketball court at Pandy Town. There was music, food, games and each family that came got a soccer ball and a bag of clothes to take home. Sorry we didn’t get pictures that night because we were busy playing and having fun with the kids all evening!
We enjoyed getting to know the folks on this mission team also. They are from a town not far from where David grew up so it was fun having some “folks from home” to spend the week with. Of course, hearing “Roll Tide” repeatedly was sweet too. We had a wonderful week serving with them and thank them for taking time to come bless the kids in our community and teach them more about God!
On Wednesday, May 22, David was asked to preach at a men’s meeting at the French Cay Church of God. The Lord gave him a very clear message of what to preach. It was a call to be Godly leaders of their homes, churches and communities. There were about 42 men in attendance that evening. They sang worship songs, prayed, David preached, they had a time of prayer and then enjoyed a delicious meal of conch soup, sandwich, rice cake and sodas.
On Sunday morning, May 26, David preached at Coxen Hole Baptist Church. Every 2 months, the Baptist Association does a “preacher swap” where you go to one of the other churches in the Association and their pastor comes to your church. We really enjoy these times because we get to worship with other churches on a Sunday morning and see how they do their services. It’s always interesting how each church is slightly different in their format and worship. The church asked us to lead 3 worship songs during the service also and then David preached on “We Must Hold Fast”.
After service, Pastor Glenn and his sweet wife Aminta invited us to their home for lunch. Pastor Glenn is the current President of the Baptist Association here on the island. We enjoyed delicious Chinese food and a wonderful cake for lunch. Most of all, we enjoyed sweet fellowship with them. Their home sits high up on a hill and overlooks the island with beautiful views.
We thank God for the ways He uses David to spread the gospel and especially encourage men to be leaders of this island. David feels called to work with youth/children and raise up Godly male leadership in homes, churches and communities here on Roatan. We thank God for every opportunity He gives us to do those things.
Mother’s Day began a day early for us because Sunday’s at church are always super busy. So David and the kids took me out for a Mother’s Day dinner on Saturday. We went to Creole Rotisserie Chicken in West End and enjoyed a most delicious meal and a tropical carrot cake for dessert. On the way back to the car after dinner, we couldn’t help but take a few pics with the beautiful sunset.
On Sunday morning, the church held their traditional Mother’s Day program where the kids and youth all recite poems or sing songs for their Moms. Abbey did a song with some of the youth guys and Wyatt and Abbey both recited a poem. Sidney did not want to participate in the program this year and we told her we would not make her do it.
After the kids said their parts, they presented their Mom with roses and a daisy. Daisies are my favorite flowers and of course, the roses smelled really good also.
After the program, the church hosted a Mother’s Day luncheon of BBQ chicken, rice, macaroni and cheese and a roll with a piece of cake for desert. 2 ladies at church had also decorated a wall of the church so beautifully with handmade flowers to make a photo spot for families. It was a blessed and very special Mother’s Day weekend!
We were invited to go for a private tour of the newly opened Eco Caribbean Culture Park in Hottest Sparrow here on the island. John Nelson is a fellow Pastor with the Baptist Association and he and his sweet wife recently opened this new tourist spot.
It was not only an extremely beautiful place to visit but also very educational. John was a wonderful tour guide as he walked us through the park and taught us so much about the flora and fauna of the plants and flowers that are native to this island. He also told us how some of them were used medicinally and how you could cook with others.
He even gave us “samples” of some of the things we got to see such as cashews (picture above in the top middle and top right pictures). We also got to eat “miracle berries” that are from China (bottom left picture). It was all delicious too! One of the other interesting things found in the park is the rock carvings. Men here on the island sculpted rocks to tell stories of the history not only of Roatan but also of mainland Honduras as well. All throughout the park, you can find various rock carvings and every rock tells a story!
We enjoyed such a wonderful morning touring this amazing Eco Cultural Park and highly recommend it if you are visiting Roatan because not only will you be amazed at the beauty of it but you also will learn so much too. Thank you John & Sandra for treating our family to such a blessed time at your new place!
We were blessed to enjoy a wonderful Easter weekend here in Honduras. Gretta and Abbey flew back in late Thursday evening and we were all happy to be all together again just in time for Easter.
On Friday, the church held their yearly Good Friday worship service from 10:00AM – Noon. They sang songs and David preached a message on the cross.
Sunday Morning began with sunrise service at 4:30AM (yes, you read that correctly…4:30AM). 10 people gathered to sing praise songs, read scripture and pray as the sun came up on Easter Sunday.
During the children’s Sunday school class, they told the story of Easter and how it’s not about the Easter bunny but about Jesus Christ, our living Savior. Then they hosted an egg/candy hunt for the kids. They filled the front yard of the church with candy and plastic eggs filled with candy for the kids to hunt.
At the worship service, the kids did their traditional Easter program. The kids and youth all said poems and Bible verses and David shared a short message of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the gospel message.
That afternoon at 4:30PM, we hosted an Easter egg hunt and fellowship for the youth group. We hid 8 prize eggs with cash prizes of lempiras ranging from 1 lempira to 500 lempiras. There was also candy bags of “American candy”, chips, sodas and Gretta made jelly bean cupcakes. They also played several games and enjoyed being together.
We had a very blessed Easter this year and thank God for such a beautiful weekend remembering that the grave was not the final destination of Jesus and that we serve a living Savior and have an eternal hope of heaven!
We were blessed to have a mission team from Calvary Baptist Temple in Savannah, GA come serve with us for a week. The ladies on the team worked at Vessel’s of Mercy Clinic in French Cay and the men on the team came to our house to work each day.
Some of the men worked on some plumbing issues in our house and were able to install tankless hot water heaters in our showers. Now, sometimes a cold shower feels good because it’s so hot here most of the time but in the morning, at night and especially during rainy seasons a cold shower feels REALLY cold. If you get a shower in the middle of the day when the sun has heated the pipes, the water feels good but other than that, it can be pretty cold. We were so thankful for all the hard work these guys did to get us some hot showers to enjoy after 17 months of living here!
A couple of the other men worked on building us a chicken coop so we can have our own eggs! They let Wyatt be their “right hand man” during the build and they taught him so much about building things too. Wyatt loved getting to help them and it made him want to build something else. We are thankful for their hard work to bless our family with being able to have our own chickens and farm fresh eggs to enjoy. A dozen eggs currently runs us about $4.50 at the grocery store and being a family of 5 we can go through some eggs, so having our own to collect will be a true blessing.
Gary, who was on the team, brought lots of Bibles that he wanted to hand out to school children in 4th-7th grades. He & Gretta were able to go to the local Christian school and give out Bibles one day and the kids were so excited to get them. Then the next day, the Lord opened the door for them to be able to go to the public school and hand them out there as well (pictured above). These were personal size New Testament Bibles in Spanish and for most of the kids in the public school they had never had their own Bible. Please pray that these kids will read their Bibles and that the seeds for the gospel will grow in their hearts.
On Thursday, the team treated our family to an afternoon of fun at the resort where they were staying. They took us to lunch at Herbie’s Grill and then let the kids and David enjoy the 3 swimming pools at the resort. Gretta went with the ladies to visit Vessel’s of Mercy medical clinic as she had never been there and they wanted her to see it and see the services available there since she has been volunteering at the medical clinic in Oak Ridge.
On Friday, Gretta and Abbey flew back to the States for 2 weeks for Gretta to see an orthopedic doctor and also get everything ready for Abbey to move there in July to attend Blinn College. Wyatt got to go with the team on their day of fun at the Baptist Boy’s Orphanage. The team took the boys lunch from Bojangle’s, loaded them up with groceries and then played some games with them. Wyatt enjoyed being with the team by himself that day also and they treated him to some special things too!
We are so thankful for the time we had with this wonderful team from Savannah, GA and thankful for the new friendships we formed through it. We can’t wait for them to come back too!
The Lord gave us an amazing ministry opportunity to host Christafari, the #1 Christian reggae group in the world, for a Friday night concert here on Oak Ridge Point where we live. Christafari are musicinaries which means they travel to over 80 different countries a year using their gifts of music to share the gospel and they raise their own support as missionaries. This end of the island had never had a concert like this before so it was a huge event for everyone!
We were asked to coordinate all the logistics and event planning for this concert in Oak Ridge and we also had the privilege of hosting the band in our home for the day as well. We had an amazing day with the band and enjoyed getting to know them personally, fellowshipping and having fun with them at our house, praying over them before the concert and then worshipping with them at the concert that night.
They did 3 concerts across the island over the weekend but our concert in Oak Ridge was the largest crowd of the 3! On Saturday, the band invited us to come to the music festival where they were performing that night. They invited Abbey to join them at our friends house where they were staying that day. She got to spend several hours having fun with them, playing music together, they talked to her in great detail about life as a musicinary, and they made lots of great memories together. Then we all got to enjoy their concert that evening as a family.
Then on Sunday afternoon, Christafari gave Abbey an incredible opportunity and they asked her to be their opening act before that concert. She literally played on stage right before Christafari took the stage. She performed 2 Christian songs she had written herself and also did a few covers of Christian songs. Abbey plans to study music in college and hopes to one day be a musicinary like Christafari. The way Christafari poured into her over the weekend was such a blessing! They literally allowed her to do life right with them, answered questions and gave her lots of helpful thoughts and tools, and even gave her hands-on experience by allowing her to open for them.
On Monday morning, Christafari invited us to join them for a day of fun at the beach. We got to go snorkeling with all the band, ride kayaks and paddleboards, enjoy a delicious oceanside dinner, and just enjoy relaxing and having fun together after a very busy but extremely blessed weekend together.
Most importantly, Christafari clearly shared the gospel at each concert. Not only are all their songs Christian songs but the band members even shared their personal testimonies throughout the concert as well. Lives were changed through their concerts and it was a beautiful way to evangelize and share Christ in a unique way. There are people that we can invite to church over and over but they will never step foot inside a church building. So having unique ways to evangelize and share the gospel like was done with this concert are an incredible ministry tool. People came to this concert who have never been to church…and they heard the gospel, they heard how Jesus changed lives and redeemed and restored and broke chains of sin and bondage. Seeds were planted and God will continue to water them. We LOVED getting to know Christafari and pray that the Lord will continue to use them as mightily as He did during their time in Roatan as they travel around the world singing and sharing Christ.
If you aren’t familiar with Christafari, check out their YouTube channel. Also, the video Love Supreme was filmed here on the island of Roatan last year too!
March 9-16 we were incredibly blessed to host a youth mission team from Central Church in Bryan/College Station, TX. There were 12 youth who were all high school seniors or college students and 4 adult leaders. We had an incredible week with them and they did so much ministry to bless our community, our church and especially our family.
2 mornings they went out and did food distributions and shared their testimonies to 2 different areas in our community. 2 mornings they did painting projects at the school where we teach, 1 small group also painted and put traction on a wheelchair ramp, and every afternoon they did a 2 hour VBS for kids ages 6-12 at church. On Friday morning, we took them out for a fun day and they go to visit the Sloth & Monkey Hangout, the Iguana Park and swim in the ocean. We also took them on a boat tour of the mangroves in our area as well. We loved having them with us and they were truly a blessing in every way as they served here.
You can watch a YouTube video of their mission trip by clicking here!
School here started here on February 4. David & I were invited to opening convocation as we are both teaching at the school this year. David was given the opportunity to share a word of encouragement and pray over the kids and faculty also. David is teaching 2 Bible classes for 6th-9th grades and Gretta is teaching 3 classes (1st-3rd grades, 4th grade and 5th grade). Please pray for these students and the faculty as their school year goes from February – November.
This tree is so unique in both its roots and markings.
Iguanas are a pretty common sight here on the island. There are several different kinds of iguanas found here too. This iguana was just hanging out on the side of the road one day.
Our dog had puppies a few months ago and we decided to keep 2 of them so we have plenty of security around the house. Wyatt loves the puppies and claims them as his own. They are named Zeus and Athena. Every time Wyatt gets in his hammock on the back porch, the puppies think they are supposed to be in it with him.
The Lord recently provided some funds for us to be able to get some much needed repairs done on our vehicle (like new brakes, new shocks, electronic dashboard repaired, new tire rods, etc.). We took the car to the mechanic on February 1st and the mechanic got the repairs completed on March 2nd (nothing happens fast around here). During the month, the mechanic sent us an “update pic” of our car. To be honest, when he sent it, we were a little scared but when we got the car back, it was in perfect condition and everything worked great. We still need to get the timing belt repaired and some new tires but we are trusting the Lord for the necessary funds for that.
We got to spend the morning with some dear friends of ours from our church in Los Fresnos, TX! They came in on a cruise ship and docked here for the day. These precious friends and their children were so special to us when we lived in Los Fresnos and it was so encouraging and exciting to get to be with them again. We also got to practice our Spanish language acquisition with them too and had lots of laughs and good times together that morning.
Abbey turned 18 years old on March 8. It seems like just yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital as a tiny blessing from God and learning how to be parents. She has been a gift from the start and we know that God has great things in store for her even though it’s hard for us to let her spread her wings and fly into this next season of life as she leaves for college. We are incredibly proud of everything she is and everything she is going to be as she continues to put the Lord first and follow Him.
David turned 42 years old on February 7 and I asked the ladies at church to help me throw him a surprise birthday party. These precious friends went above and beyond for him and gave him the biggest and most special surprise party ever! They wouldn’t even let me do anything to help with it other than letting people know about it. They took care of decorations, all the food, etc.
David had NO idea and was completely surprised! We were supposed to have youth Bible study that night so I asked a couple of the youth to show up for it and the rest went on to church for the party. During the Bible study, a lady from church called to tell David they were all at church for prayer meeting but the power went out and they couldn’t get it to come back on. The church had some electrical work done recently so it wasn’t super suspicious for David to hear that. He quickly headed up there and walked into a dark classroom only to be surprised by about 50+ friends from church and the community including fellow evangelical pastors and their wives from our area. .
David said it made him think of how amazing heaven is going to be and he felt so loved and special by their outpouring of love and kindness. We are incredibly blessed to be . part of such an amazing church and community here in Oak Ridge.