Archives for September 2012

Medical Team to El Salvador August 2012

A small LENDAHAND team from the USA under the leadership of Dr. “K”  joined ranks with CBN Operation Blessing – El Salvador for a series of six medical clinics.  Dr. David, a dentist from Guatemala, drove to El Salvador to provide dental care for the people.  During the six days over 1100 patients were treated and over five hundred prayed with counselors to receive Christ.

Our team also joined with a ministry called Sus Hijo to feed the homeless.  Together we prepared 190 meals.  At about 9:30pm the team crammed into the rear of a pick up truck.  Destination was downtown San Salvador areas where the homeless slept on the ground, on cardboard, or under old rags.  It was one of the most heart warming scenes imaginable.

The poorly clad homeless, hungry, and sometimes helpless would hear the truck coming and run to get food.  LENDAHAND salutes Sus Hijos people who serve these people every week.

Pastoral Training in Costa Rica July 2012

July 2012 was a great time to be in Costa Rica.  Only one small earthquake, very little rain, and wonderful temperatures were the order of the weather.  The real impact, however, was the training for above twenty pastors.  Jim Kerwin taught on Biblical Hermaneutics (How to study and interpret the Bible).
Dr. Jeri Posey taught on Biblical Doctrine.  Glynn and Sonia Logsdon taught on Family Relationships, while Mark Fisher and Darrell Roland taught on Church Management.  The pastors received the teachings with eager anticipation.  They immediately requested our team to return again next spring for another series and further training.  While there, LENDAHAND received a request for the LENDAHAND team to teach/train near 100 young Methodist pastors.
It is the opinion of LENDAHAND leadership that training is the best form of ministry that we can offer.  As we train leaders, they train others, who train others.  Therefore the Kingdom of God grows.

Costa Rica June 2012 Youth Team

Watch out Costa Rica, Christy and the Youth team are coming.
Seven churches and a ministry to the homeless benefited from the team led by Christy Menear.  Pastor Kevin Mahaffy taught near two hundred youth leaders by providing them with inspiration, challenges and ideas.  Some churches will never be the same as the fired up youth pastors were determined to go home and change their world, or at least their areas of influence.
Can you imagine ordering thirty pizzas?  It is no wonder that the delivery boy was only one hour late.  Christy and her team bought the pizzas for the homeless or under privileged children at the Un corazion Samaritaino ministry.  The sad news was that some of the children had never eaten a pizza before.  What a delight to see them eat, but more importantly, it was a thrill to see them receive the Bible stories and teachings from the team.  Every night the team ministered in a different church.  Mikhael preached and several accepted Jesus for the first time.  The Spirit of the Lord was so real one night when Kevin preached that an unscheduled service was held the next day to continue leading people to the Lord for revival.
We have been invited to return again.

La Colonia/Sarapiqui Costa Rica April 2012

Twelve people from the USA went to La Colonia to help build a sanctuary.  Construction began slowly because the zoning taxes and the architect’s fees depleted the local funds which had been accumulated for the building.  However, friends from the Abundant Life church in Hopewell, VA assisted financially.  With an additional grant from LENDAHAND,  the building was begun.  The LENDAHAND team and the local congregation worked as one well trained team.  According to leaders from LENDAHAND, the La Colonia congregation was the hardest working group of people encountered anywhere on the mission field.  In addition to the USA team nearly thirty local people helped every day.  Over half of the thirty were female.  The average age of the locals was about twenty years old.
A lot could be said  for the twelve from the USA.  Al Strickland was an excellent construction superintendent.  Rodney, Roger, Ryan, Rusty, Van, Guy, Doug, and Bobby worked like true tradesmen by bending, cutting, mixing , digging, measuring and all the associated construction elements.  Nancy, Ashely, and Kathryn diligently prepared the delicious food daily.
After the USA team returned home, pictures arrived by Facebook daily showing outstanding progress made by the locals.  It was amazing to see them build “their church.”  Pastor Luis has developed a wonderful congregation that is well respected in the community.  Great reports will be coming from the La Colonia people in the future.