Wow! The days just keep getting better and better in Namasigue. The Medical Team treated another 223 patients for a total of 475 since Sunday afternoon. This team continues to amaze me!
The Evangelism Team also had a very productive day. We started the day preaching to the people who where waiting to be seen in the clinic. These consisted of both individuals who were members of the local church and those who were not Christians.
Preaching to people waiting for the clinic in Namasigue…
After Dondi and I got a chance to teach the people at the clinic, we headed out into the community. Today my father, Pat Agee, was able to go with us.
Our first study was with a mother and two of her daughters. Javier and some of the young Christians from the community had already been studying with them, but they were hesitant to commit due to their father/husband.
Studying with the mother and her two daughters…
The two daughters made the decision to commit their lives to Jesus Christ, but the mother could not be persuaded due to her husband. Javier will continue to study with her in the coming days.
We traveled down to the river, and my father was blessed to be able to baptize these two young ladies into Jesus Christ! Praise God!
My father Pat with our new sister Sindy Castro…
…and our new sister Yerika Castro
From there we visited the home of Dunia, one of the first converts in Namasigue three years ago. With the help of her father, and the local church, Dunia was able to move into a new house yesterday. She had specifically requested that we come by and offer up a prayer of thanksgiving for the house.
Praying with Dunia in her new house…
In the afternoon, we studied with a lady who had never attended the local church or been involved in a Bible study. When we arrived, Javier encouraged some of the younger men from the church who were traveling with us to also participate in the study along with us. This was incredible to see, because Javier is training these young mean how to teach the Word of God, and indeed these young men are already active in evangelizing the community.
Studying with Mari Oneyda Fuentes…
We studied with this lady for quite a while, and over time her heart began to soften. All of us had an opportunity to teach, including two of the young men who were with us, Janier and Arnold. She ultimately responded to the Gospel, and wanted to be baptized into Jesus Christ.
Again we went down to the river, and I was blessed to be able to baptize her into Jesus Christ. Praise God!
Praise God for our new sister in Christ…
Finally, we were able to study with three teenagers. The father of two of these young men was already a Christian, and active in the local church. He is also the uncle of the third young man.
Studying with Osman Peratia, Selvin Cordova & Emilson Cordova.
We studied with them until very late in the afternoon, and they also decided to commit their lives to Jesus Christ! Again we went down to the river and Dondi was blessed to be able to baptize them. Praise God!
Praise God for our new brothers in Christ…
There are several things that stood out to me today.
1.) It was an incredible blessing to be able to spend the day with my dad. This was the fifth day in our last two trips to Honduras that I have been able to evangelize in Namasigue. However, today was the first day that my dad was able to go with us. It was really powerful to see him baptize two new sisters into Christ, and to be able to share in this incredible work with him.
2.) I am incredibly thankful for Espartaco Alonso. Espartaco is the preacher for the church in Choluteca, and has been translating for us all week. Not only is Espartaco a great preacher and evangelist, but he has also been very patient in translating our teaching, our prayers, during baptisms, etc. It has been great to get to know him this week, and I hope to be able to work with him again in the future.
3.) I am impressed at the way in which Javier (preacher in Namasigue) is training the young men who have been traveling with us this week. They are very active in making contacts and in evangelizing the community. Also, they are already planning to begin follow-up work with all of the individuals we have baptized this week beginning on Thursday, after we leave for San Marcos Wednesday night. Having a team in place to do follow-up work is critical for these new Christians, and what a blessing these young men are for this community.
4.) As we were walking down to river for the baptism of the three young men this afternoon, I was able to have a conversation with the father/uncle, who speaks pretty good English. He said that he was incredibly thankful we had come to Namasigue to teach, and hoped that we would considering coming again and again. That really touched my heart, and it was pretty neat to be with a father as his two sons and nephew were baptized into Jesus Christ!
The evangelism team rejoicing with our new brothers in Christ…
As we finished the baptisms, the sunset was beautiful over the river. It seemed like the perfect ending to an AWESOME day!