Friday, May 14, 2021
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Friday, March 26, 2021
On March 15, we picked up Pastor Matty Ponce de Leon at the Tegus airport with excitement and anticipation as we get ready to hold the first Pastor's conference. Pastor Matty has been several times before with teams from his church in North Carolina to evangelize in communities around the Choluteca area. This time he came by himself prepared to teach, share and learn from local pastors in southern Honduras. Most of his week was spent reviewing and preparing for his conferences which would start on Friday. He also worked on campus as needed, and went out one day with us and Pastor Carlos to visit families in need of housing to see the process of how it works.
Friday morning arrived and it was getting time to start the conference. As the men starting arriving we came to realize how far some had come and the time it took to get there. Two gentlemen rode 5 1/2 hours on back of trucks and buses to get here. Another man 79 years old rode his horse for 3 hours to get there. Others rode on motorcycles and taxis to get to campus.
There were 3 main topics for the conferences that Pastor Matty was to lead.
First was "Doctrine of the Church", which included 3 one hour sessions which included topics of "Purpose of the Church", "Purity and Unity of the Church", "Power of the Church". These sessions had two translators assisting Pastor Matty, one directly translating and the other reading and writing down all the scripture references to go along with his teachings.
Second was "addictions" which included 2 sessions, "Understanding Addiction" and "Discipleship and the Addict". These sessions were focused on what the bible said about this and how the church should minister and accept people with these problems. A lot of times we as church members do not understand this but through God's word and pray, compassion for these people we can begin to understand and begin to help these people overcome their addiction.
Third session was "Major Themes in Acts, Part 1". This was one session with a major focus on Act 1:8 - But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.