Susan Hlas – Feb. 2010

Reflection of a Honduras Mission Trip
June 7-14, 2008

My motive and prayer in going on the Honduras mission trip was to give my children this experience in hopes that it would leave a life long spiritual impact on them. As a parent, I know I am very inadequate in being the Christian role model God wants me to be.

No one in the family was excited to go except me when we signed up in January. As the week before leaving approached us, the kids got more excited. I was no longer excited, ready to bail out, scared, and clueless as to what we were in for.

My prayers about my kids being around Christian role models were certainly answered. Within the first day I knew it was going to be an awesome, worthwhile trip as our family was surrounded by mature Godly people. You could see and feel God’s love & grace pouring out of them every minute of the day, whether it was devotion time, working in the clinic, or in the little bit of free time we had. Certainly God had put this team together.

The devotion time we shared with the team was such an important part of our day. Not only was it a learning & worship time, but it developed a strong unity, a spiritual bond between all of us. It was especially good for our family. When the kids were younger, we were pretty good about having a family devotion time, but as they got older and involved in school activities we became lax in it. Jim and I are convinced we must once again make this a priority, and keep encouraging our kids to have their own personal time in studying God’s Word on their own as well.

Once we felt competent in the tasks we were assigned in the medical clinic, we felt good about the work we accomplished. The Hondurans’ were gracious and grateful people. It was good for our family to experience another culture, and see that joy and happiness do not come from material things.

The highlight, what touched me the most, was when Dago gave his testimony, told us of his childhood, being saved, and how the orphanage came about. What a powerful message of how God works through those who have truly surrendered their lives to Him. To see the smiles, the joy in the hearts of the orphan children is such a witness to what God has done there. I was so impressed with how the children are truly a family. They live as a family, helping and loving each other. They were so responsible, each having their own jobs to do, washing their own clothes, doing the dishes, keeping the orphanage buildings and grounds clean. And, they still have time to laugh and play together. Most importantly, they are in God’s Word everyday, led by their Christian house parents, growing up to be mature Christians. They are all so cute & loveable.

The ministry that Dago has in Honduras is remarkable, truly the work of God Almighty! Through this experience, God has showed us what love for fellowman and servant hood is all about, and what He can accomplish through faith & trust in Him.

I would highly recommend families and individuals to take the opportunity to be a part of a mission trip. I can’t quite think of a word to describe it. It was more than awesome; maybe I would say “priceless.” It was worth every penny and more than we spent on the trip. You can’t put a price tag on what we experienced. Our family was truly blessed beyond measure!

Ephesians 3:16-20: “I (Paul) pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in you inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations.”

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