God’s Surprise

September 26, 2013

Have you ever just felt that you were exactly where you needed to be? That God planned this exact date, time, and place for you? If you haven’t, I encourage you to ask God to give you one of these moments, because they are extraordinary. Ask God to surprise you. He loves to surprise us with his intimate love and plans.

This moment happened to me when we left Cacao for three days to venture out to a new village, called Mangulile, with Pastor Jugo. We had to take a 25 minute boat ride to get there because there we no roads to access the village. There was no electricity and no (what our part of the world would call) working bathrooms or showers. No missionaries had ever arrived there. It sounded very adventurous and I was all in!

Upon arrival, I was first surprised by the beauty of the village. It was breathtaking! The beach, the blue water, the jellyfish, the sand, the rocks, everything. Then you look up and all you can see is jungle covered mountains, right off the shore, the mountains tower over. (the only part was that everyday we had to climb a hundred-some stairs to get to church and then climb the mountains to get to the village’s homes! Talk about getting in shape!)

The second surprise was the house we stayed at. I was secretly hoping to live in a one rom stick house on the floor with spiders and pigs (that would make a great missionary story, am I right?), but the house we walked up to was lovely. It was cement and had multiple bedrooms. I had a slight sense of disappointment, although I am sure the rest of the team felt complete relief! Although the house was great, we still got to spend the night with the spiders and pigs. 😉 But I still couldn’t imagine who would have such a nice home in such a poor, remote area.

pig at mangulile

The next surprise was even more breathtaking and awe filling! I introduced myself to the lady of the house, Hermana Bachita. I greeted her with lots of enthusiasm as I told her how pleased and excited I was to stay in her lovely home. But she greeted me with even more enthusiasm as she said, “We have been waiting for you for six years! And look, you are finally here!” I was in shock, as I said, “Huh??” She went on to explain how six years ago with the sisters from the church, she saw a vision of missionaries coming to her village. Her exact words were, “There were so many Gringos that I didn’t know where they would all come from!” I was in awe of God. What? How? Why us? What now?

So we went to pray and ask God the specifics of these questions. We received three words from the Lord.

  1. We were there to bring joy to the church.
  2. We would see the church grow because of our ministry.
  3. We would come back to Mangulile again.

With that in the back of our minds, we continued for three days doing all of the ministries we had planned. On the last day we spent the morning in prayer with the some the our brothers and sisters from the church, and Hermana Bachita began to tell us that in her vision, three things were revealed to her. That we would bring joy to the church, and the church body would grow, and that we would come back! I was in awe. Oh how God loves to surprise us and use us for his glory!! Then she began to tell us that after seeing the vision, six whole years ago, she began to save all of her money. She lives alone, but she wanted to build the biggest house possible so that when the missionaries finally arrived, they could stay in her house. How amazing! What faith! I was in awe. I still am in awe. How did they not give up hope? How did they save every penny with no reassurance that God was going to send missionaries? And why us? Why were we able to fulfill the prophecy? I don’t know, but I am surprised and blessed to be God’s child, lover, and servant!

ppl up mountain

God has so many plans just like this for each one of us. Ask him to reveal them to you today! Ask him to surprise you with his love and his plan. It will make you step back and be in awe.

Toda la Gloria es para Dios!

-Kaitlyn Anjelica

Where is God Sending You?

September 26, 2013

Where is God Sending You??

Being a missionary has so many rewards. Seeing people grow is our paycheck. El Cacao is such a small town. There is a high school, but the few that graduate have a hard time going to university and the thought process of the people questions if education will really help them move forward. They don’t have much hope of ever leaving their village and definitely not their country. They don’t have a world perspective.

Four years ago, I lived in our village of El Cacao for the first time. God told me to hold a youth event and more youth than we were capable of hosting showed up, and praise God, fourteen youth accepted Christ. On this night, a young man that many of you know, Edwin David Romero Martinez, invited Jesus to be his Savior. At that moment, I knew God’s eyes were on the youth of Cacao and I was excited to start discipling them. It is a struggle to see youth from horrible situations try to break their chains and erase the lies, but when they finally do, it is overwhelming.

It is a missionary’s greatest joy to see someone’s journey from accepting Christ to living for Him and then to starting their own ministry. I can imagine Jesus’ delight when he for the first time sent out His disciples. “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” Luke 9:1-2. And then Jesus sends out the seventy-two. “The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” Luke 10:17. What pride Jesus must have felt in seeing His people be sent out to discover their own gifts and then use them for His glory. Such pleasure.

As I stood in the check-in line with my “Little Spiritual Son” Edwin, I felt what Jesus must have felt. To watch this young man accept Christ, fight to leave his old life behind, fall in love with Jesus, and decide to commit his life to serve his Lord, was my ultimate joy. As he watched his suitcase “float” away on the conveyer belt, he smiled in awe and looked over at me and said, “Wow! Look how the suitcases move, that is the next level!” Then he gathered his backpack and passport to board the plane to Panama City, to begin a new adventure with God in a Discipleship Training School with YWAM, I knew that he wouldn’t be the last youth from Cacao to board a plane with the desire to be a missionary. I knew that God has a plan, and it includes seeing Honduran missionaries going out to the nations. I knew that I am part of that plan and that Edwin is too. He will be a testimony to his village, that you can leave, you can find hope, and if God so calls you, you can encounter the world. I am so proud of Edwin and am excited to see where God will take him. And I am so excited to see what God has for the youth of Cacao. I believe HUGE things. Edwin has shared with me that he has been given a new heart for his village and wants to reach more of his own people for God and show them the joy of serving the Lord as well. Soon the seventy-two will be sent out! Amen?

Please join us in praying for Edwin as he experiences God in a life-changing way in Panama. Pray for his up-coming outreach phase and also his finances to travel where God calls him.

Gracias y desoe que entiendan el llamado de Dios para sus vidas. Adonde creen que Jesus les esten enviando?

-Kaitlyn Anjelica

Edwin with Kaitlyn and Cherise just before boarding the plane to Panama. edwin's dts    

Abide in Christ

September 26, 2013

Dear Family in Christ!

It is Kaitlyn Anjelica here, back in Canada after spending the past seven weeks in Honduras. It was a busy and exciting two months. We hosted 26 volunteers over the course of the summer. We spent our time teaching English, building a house, traveling to host free mini-medical clinics, treating patients in El Cacao at Project Hope Clinic, visiting the women’s prison, hosting children’s programs with a special focus for young girls, running our weekly youth group, sharing, worshiping, and preaching in churches, and leading evangelism outreaches. And those are just the beginning of the adventures God took us on during the span of seven weeks. God moved in such incredible ways that I feel compelled to share with my family in Christ everything so that they too can be encouraged in their spirits and be lead to pray. So over the next months I will be retelling the stories of God that happened during the summer.

My prayer is that God would speak to you through the stories. That he would reveal to you that he is God and he is good and he is moving and wanting to move in your own life. That you would catch hold of the passion and fire, and desire it for yourself. And ultimately that you would choose to make God the center of your life, so that all things would flow out of a heart dedicated to him.

Sometimes we get so busy focused on the “ministry”. What is ministry anyways? The Free Online Dictionary states that it is “the act of serving”. But sometimes we forget who and why we are serving. The logistics and organization get us all mixed up and we focus more on what games we will play at the youth group, and where to buy the best cement, rather than on Jesus himself. This summer the number of ministries increased, the people performing the ministries needed to be taken care of, and the people being ministered to always needed more ministry. I quickly became overwhelmed and looked to myself to get it all done. But all we really need is to make GOD the CENTER of our lives, and everything else will flow out of that. If we abide in the vine, then we don’t need to worry about the fruit. Thank God for this truth. It takes off all the pressure.

So as you continue in ministry (because we are all called to be missionaries) may you make God the center, and abide in Jesus as a fully time career. And then watch the fruit come, and ministry have impact.

My prayers go out to you, as I know your prayers are going out to me. Cherise and my mom, Florence are still in Honduras continuing the ministry I had to leave behind, so pray for them please! Thank you and keep looking for the coming blogs J

Con mucho amor,

Kaitlyn Anjelica