Hope in Time Newsletter

It’s been a while but Hope In Time Ministries is back online.

Needless to say, the COVID lockdown really put a dent in our initial ministry plans. Not to mention that Josh got stuck in the USA when the borders closed. The economic impact of the COVID lockdown has been hard on an economy that had only recently begun to thrive following the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in 1998. You may have seen pictures of Brian and Cathy’s kid ministry and mountain outreaches while Josh was gone.

“Feed my sheep!” continues to be a recurring motif.

Josh finally made it back from the US just in time to get sick and for Eta to hit. 

Now Iota is on its way. 

The true extent of the devastation is hard to depict or predict. Hurricanes are brutal enough in the first world where people have plenty of food, good medical care, insurance, social services, a National Guard, and FEMA, etc.

Honduras has police.

I am told it’s also never been hit by two storms back to back.

At this time the total death count remains unknown. However, it is estimated that at least 200,000 Hondurans have been displaced by Eta.

People in La Lima and San Pedro Sula had just a couple of hours notice before the government was forced to release water from bursting reservoirs into the already flooding city below. Several pastors we know told us that they and their families almost died as they watched the floodwaters rise in their homes. Some Hondurans were rescued by helicopter.

Still, others were rescued by boat only to be robbed by MS13 and 18th Street gangs as soon as they landed on dry ground. The next day the government sent dump trucks to rescue some and take them to higher ground. That meant the median on CA-5 which is the Transamerican Highway. It has since become home to hundreds if not thousands of desperate people.

Again, there’s no HUD in Honduras
The next storm is about 3-4 days out as I write.

Hope in Time is only getting started with relief efforts.

If COVID wasn’t bad enough, Honduras doesn’t have first world sewage systems. Sewage strewn mud carries its own set of health risks.

But God. Mk 16:18

Our first food delivery included 400 pounds of rice and beans, Maseka,(cornmeal for tortillas) Sugar, Manteca (lard) as well as 25 prepared bags of food donated by the City of Refuge. They all went to a Christian school housing 15 families.

The people housed there asked our permission to take the bags to 100 children from an orphanage that was destroyed in the flood.

There is a tendency in the contemporary body of Christ to always pursue Mat 17 Mount of Transfiguration type experiences. We sing “we want more”. But do we really know what we are asking? The mountain top is the place where God reveals Himself as the anchor to which we tether our faith as we venture into the muck below. The valley is where we come face to face with our own weakness and true recognition of our dependency on God. It is in the midst of our desperation that we encounter Him more.

“His strength is made perfect in weakness.” is not a metaphor. When we are weak, then we are strong. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10

Not only did Eta kill people and render them homeless. It also destroyed a large portion of crops that were due to be harvested. That’s not good. The price of corn and beans is going up fast in many areas according to their scarcity. We just spent two whole days searching for and buying supplies.

We were able to purchase six hundred pounds of beans and rice as well as beds, tarps, and other supplies. Adult clothing is desperately needed and is sold in bales. We are still looking. Right now we need to watch and see what Iota does. Its current track is further north than Eta. A fair number of missionaries got blindsided by Eta and are now in need of help. We need to avoid becoming casualties so that we continue to be a help.

We know that amidst all of this that our God is sovereign. We know better than to cry “Why Lord?!” But rather “What are you doing Lord?” We know that whatever happens, fiery trials are not strange. They refine our faith and produce patience. Furthermore, tribulation is the seed of hope and is ultimately for our good because our demonstrated endurance helps to ensure the

“manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord”… Eph 3:8-12

These will be some of the foundational scriptures in any messages we give.

We just wanted to touch base with all our prayer partners and financial supporters and let you know we are alive and kicking and will continue until the Lord says otherwise.

“If you don’t quit – you win!”

-Heidi Baker-

If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation to support our relief efforts click here.

Here is an approximate cost breakdown for how all donated funds are being used at this time.

  • FOOD SUPPLIES
    • Beans – $40 – $50 per 100 lbs
    • Rice – $30 -40 per 100 lbs
    • Maseka – $30 per 100 lbs
    • Manteca Lard – $40 per 100 lbs
  • ESSENTIALS
    • Tarps – $12 – $15 each
    • Cama (bed) – $30 -$50 each
    • Clothing – $200 per 100 lbs
  • TRANSPORTATION COSTS PER OUTREACH $40 -$50 PER VEHICLE.

Please Pray for Honduras

MARANATHA!

Growing Down in Honduras

There is a common tendency to believe that answering the Mat 16:24 call is most clearly evidenced by a person laying down the comforts of a first world life for the sake of the gospel in the third. While this often results in the most accolades from peers. It is only a beginning.

The next step involves the death of our own significance and maybe our heroic self image. It is a gradual purging of pride ridden assumptions about ourselves and those we claim to serve.

Much of the focus in the contemporary first world church remains on one’s personal identity in Christ. It emphasizes the smartest and most gifted as being the most grounded in their identity and presents them as a model for others. It exalts numbers and size, profit, progress and prophets, healing, signs and wonders. The greater the oration- the bigger the project, – the flashier the show…

…the greater the authority, anointing and commission.

Some even call themselves apostles.

But the kingdom of heaven is upside down. And the apostle Paul referred to himself as the offscouring, the scum of the world, the refuse of all things. 1 Cor 4:13

You’ve probably heard of Mother Teresa.

Meet Mother Maria

We hope that blessed you.

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That way regardless of what Google and Facebook do, you can stay tuned for more updates as our little ministry unfolds according to His will rather than our goals and plans.

We love you and God bless.

Brian and Cathy Gray – the elders-

Water

And all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.

1Cor 10:4

Water is a recurring motif in God’s word and represents different things at different times. For example, the Bible mentions water as a symbol of repentance, faith, salvation, and provision. It also represents troublesome times and enemies that must be overcome. Jeremiah likened Yahweh to springs of living water, and deep calls unto deep at the noise of His waterfalls in Psalms 42.

When we first visited Honduras as short-term missionaries in 2008, we were met with a manmade water shortage. Our host ministry had worked themselves to the bone building and preparing a new home to house children they’d rescued from the streets. Then they had to pay the fire department to truck in enough water to flush toilets because the city, we were told, refused to turn the water on. Water in one form or another is almost always an issue in Christian Missions. What we have learned along the way is that sometimes our best most impassioned efforts in the natural result in God waiting patiently on the proverbial sidelines while we wear ourselves out enough to recognize our poverty of spirit and our desperate need for Him.

One of the many paradoxes in the Christian walk is that while we are His workmanship and He created Eph 2:10 good works beforehand that we should walk in them, He is the almighty, all knowing, omnipotent God. He is sovereign. He does not need the almighty “I” or “us” to do anything. Our pride may recoil at this. Yet God’s purpose was in the beginning and still is relationship with His creation. The ways in which He facilitates relationships are as many as the number within His creation.

We began 2020 in prayer and worship at our first annual retreat near Taulabe Honduras. Our purpose and goal were simple. We were there to seek God Himself for Himself and to ask Him for His 20/20 vision for 2020. Thy will not ours be done was our theme.

Of course, we have ideas about impacting what we see as the four biggest issues that negatively impact Honduras, namely education, alcoholism, domestic violence and marital infidelity, we are nevertheless moving slowly. If Jesus only acted in accordance with what the Father was doing, we figure we probably should as well. We have seen too many ministries fall into Gal 3:3 style error whereby what begins in the spirit ultimately gives way to the flesh, then fear and pride as the ministry goes the way of fleshy humanitarianism with a lite coat of Jesus for appearance’s sake.

All of us bring different perspectives to ministry. We each have our own gifts and callings that help to shape those perspectives. We all see as in a glass darkly.  Each has their own view of non-essential 1 Cor 8 type issues and doctrines.  However, one thing about which we are uncompromising is the pursuit of Truth and the embodiment of integrity as manifested within the context of individual and organizational transparency and authenticity. Truth in our postmodern culture has become increasingly relative and rooted in narcissism such that many of the most anointed in ministry have grown complacent and completely comfortable with comprise. We understand as we grow in our ability to love God and our neighbor, that Love, and Truth can never be divorced from one another. We believe that if we can’t be transparent about our “what”, “why” and “how” then we should not be doing it at all.  Therefore, we resolve to honor our financial supporters with the sacred understanding that the money they give is nothing less than their own monetized lifetime laid down for the sake of the Gospel. We resolve to fail if necessary, rather than lie.

“Let not mercy and Truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so, find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Prov 3:3-6

We don’t know what God will do next. Suffice it to say that He came through big time during the retreat and in ways we never could have imagined or expected.  We are completly dependent on Him.  He is connecting the dots as we acknowledge Him.

We’ll update you with the details as He orders our steps to bring hope in time.

 

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining us!

If I look at the mass I will never act. If I look at the one, I will. -Mother Teresa

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Thank you for your interest. This is where you can find and read our deeper thoughts and lessons learned along the way as we serve God’s people in Honduras and venture deeper into His heart.

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May God bless you!