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IM Discovery Team - Honduras



Caron Cramers , a member of the Baptist Church of West Chester, shares these reflections on a recent mission trip.

Twelve of God's servants from DC, NY and PA were part of a special Discovery Trip earlier this summer, to support the ministry which Dilia Zelaya is co-facilitating in Honduras. There were six teenagers and six adults being led by Dr. Cynthia Falk (she is the daughter of Jim and Betty Layton). They went to be the hands and feet of Christ for nine days.  

Here are Caron Cramer's reflections about the summer trip:

"Go, Be, Love" summarizes what God put on my heart to carry back to "my world" in the United States. I have to say that God was preparing me to hear this message before I went to Honduras. Our pastor preached on the subject and I read, Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity by Jen Hatmaker which speaks to this very subject. While spending 9 days in Honduras, I had the privilege of witnessing and participating in that way of living. Dilia is an amazing mentor, friend, and servant of our Lord. She lives the gospel of Jesus at the mission site, in the community, and spreads it with love worldwide. I was one of many who were touched and hope to continue to spread Jesus' message to our community in Pennsylvania and beyond. My family and I helped rebuild a woman's home. We worked with kids at schools and with their feeding program, shared God's word, prayed, and delivered food and supplies to the community in the mountain. We loved all whom we met. I opened my arms. and heart to LOVE. I grew up in the church and have been a born again Christian since age 9. Things around me changed, and I wasn't changing the way I should. I was willing to sit in the pews and let people come to worship; come to Jesus. Since my trip to Honduras, I realize that I need to show the Jesus in me. It's time for me to get out of my comfortable pew and be Jesus' helper. To Go, Be, and Love. 

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General ~ Date: 8/31/2017

2017 Love Unlimited Worship


Mark Mahserjian-Smith joined in morning worship at Love Unlimited. It was a great time of worship with the Praise team leading the singing and Minister Curley Jett delivering the message. It was also Communion Sunday and Pastor Wiley Anderson assisted Minister Jett in serving the elements. Following worship the church family came to our house for a picnic with lots of delicious food. The kids spent spent time in the pool and everyone had a relaxing and joy filled afternoon. We have such amazing partners in ministry.



by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 8/21/2017

Upland Baptist Church Summer Ministry


Kevin Walden was asked by Pastor Brenda Shaw to give the Bible lesson at Upland Baptist's summer ministry program. The kids walk to the church for the program and are also given a free meal. It's a part of a larger community program. The church received an ABCOPAD grant to help with the funding. We talked about Jesus feeding the 5000 (men) and their families today. The blue sparkle table cloth was our "pretend" Sea of Galilee. And yes, we had 5 loaves and 2 (dori) fish. I also pointed out to the kids that this is the only miracle in all four Gospels.






by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 8/21/2017