Before going to Honduras, I had been praying Matthew 9:38 with many others that follow what is happening with 61 Isaiah. We all have been challenged to set our phone alarms to go off at 9:38 am. Shannon had expressed a need to pray for God to send workers into the harvest. It has been exciting to hear multiple phone alarms chiming to signal faithful praying people to call upon the Lord of the Harvest. When I arrived to Honduras, I witnessed those prayers being answered. Many students from the school where Shannon and Kristi teach are working with the teams in the villages as translators. Pastors are responding to the call to lead their Churches in their villages. Shannon and Kristi Hopkins along with Frank, Melyssa, and Dr. Melissa are working daily to respond to those who are answering God’s call to the “Harvest.” I have also witnessed churches partnering with 61 Isaiah and local villages. Prayers are definitely being answered.
One thing really stood out to me during my visit. Shannon, Frank, and myself had just finished a visit with pastor Trini. This visit consisted of looking at Trini’s new cow and his coffee operation. Shannon also led Trini in a study of Revelations. After leaving Trini’s home we went to a cliff above Trini’s home in the village of San Pedrito. The view was incredible! Frank and Shannon called the view “the Harvest.” From that point, a majority of the villages that 61 Isaiah is praying to reach is in view. I asked Shannon and Frank if I could get a professional photo of “the Harvest” to hang up in my home. The two replied that the only way to capture this image in its entirety is in person.
Shannon has challenged me for some time to come and share Honduras with him. I am thankful for the opportunity to see “the Harvest” in its entirety. Some places were up close and personal, and others were very distant. I challenge anyone who has been touched by this ministry to go and “walk” with the team in Honduras. You will see “the Harvest” and witness the change taking place in the Lenca community.”
“Having gone to Honduras on several mission trips, my experience in the village of Chemis is my favorite one. Several folks went that year and for some reason we divided up into groups to go to different villages to preach and share God’s love. Pastor Jose Maria accompanied me to the village. We were supposed to canvass the neighborhood and invite folks to attend a service that evening. However, we arrived there late and were only able to visit two families before it was time to start the service. We asked them to call all their friends and invite them to the service.
We met at the front entrance to a home with limited space. We began to sing coritos ( choruses) and before we knew it there were about 40 people gathered around outside. As I brought the message to the group, there was a man that was lying down on the ground very drunk and was making disruptive noises as I preached. I ended my sermon and offered an invitation and no one responded. Just before I dismissed the group, this drunk man came into the small area of the porch and told me that he wanted to ask another man who was with us to forgive him for some wrongdoing. The other gentleman responded by saying that he too wanted to be forgiven. Pastor Jose Maria brought the two together and they prayed together and then embraced each other. The drunkard accepted Christ as his savior and we continued the invitation. Several more accepted Christ that night because they saw a miraculous change take place.
The next day we arrived in Chemis, just in time to have a service. We asked a woman who had a larger porch connected to a pulperia (convenience store) if we could have our service there and she agreed. That night we had over 70 people show up. The man who was drunk the previous day was present. He was clean shaven, well dressed, and very sober. Several more accepted Christ that night. Those two days were the beginning of a new church that is thriving today and guess who is one of the church leaders? You got it.
God performed a miracle in just two visits because 40 people showed up for church! The norm is that if you invite 10 only 2 show up. There are so many other experiences I have had there that have revealed God’s power in a mighty way. I am privileged to support this ministry.”