Preparation for the 2018 Pastors' Conference in Danli, Honduras began at the close of the 2017 conference. The vision of supplying every pastor with an E-reader tablet was cast and prayer and planning began in earnest.
During the 2017 Faith Promise Missions Conference, just over $25,000 was pledged toward the conference and purchase of the tablets. An attendance of over 200 pastors was estimated, therefore at least 200 tablets were required to meet the need.
Our goal was to find tablets that would allow pastors access to large amounts of reference materials for Bible study as well as the ability to prepare sermons and lessons.
In addition to E-reader tablets, once again, whole Bibles, New Testaments and full-color tracts were to be provided to the pastors for their ministries and outreach programs.
22 participants signed up for the trip to Honduras. We praise the Lord for the Spanish ministry of Faith Baptist Church and the willingness of Spanish speakers to join the team. Their participation allows for greater outreach opportunities in the schools and communities in and around Danli.
The team was also excited for the opportunity to join in the celebrating of the first-year anniversary of the church they helped to start in Paradise, Honduras during the 2017 Pastors' Conference.
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:”
A budget of $100 per tablet was set for the tablets we planned to provide to all of the pastors attending this year’s Pastors Conference in Danli, Honduras. Many hours of research went into finding the ‘right’ tablets for the ‘right’ price. The temptation to settle for smaller tablets with limited application was overcome when we asked the question, “Would we use this tablet in our own ministry?” God blessed our efforts! Partnering with a company in China, we purchased tablets, Spanish keyboards, and supplemental battery packs at a huge discount. But, this was just the first step in the process of providing pastors with a ministry changing tool.
On Thursday morning, June 28th, after a Wednesday night prayer service, 220 tablets arrived. Over 40 volunteers participated in charging and loading them with just under 1200 Spanish resources including Spanish Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, concordances, and hymns etc. The tablets and accessories were boxed and ready to ship in just under 3 days!
On Sunday night, Missionary Clint Rardin, who helped us on our first churchwide missions project to Mexico City in 2000, was present to join us as we prayed as a church family over the tablets. The tablets shipped out on July 3rd and arrived in Danli on July 17, three days before a nationwide transportation strike closed the ports and stopped all incoming cargo.
Once again Bobby Lemmon and the Bible Literature and Missionary Foundation came alongside, supplying 2 containers full of Spanish whole Bibles and New Testaments. 750,000 tracts were also printed in Honduras for distribution among the attending pastors.
An advance team arrived in Honduras on July 9th; they were in place to receive the tablets and assist in the preparations for the conference. At the time of this writing, over 250 pastors are expected; sadly, more are now being turned away due to lack of space and funding.
On Friday evening, July 20, the additional 19 team members will depart for Honduras. They will be divided into two groups, the teaching team and the outreach team. Supporting them through prayer and finances are the family and friends of Faith Baptist Church. Your participation is needed and appreciated!
Friday - The team will get up early and load the bus and head for the airport in Tegucigalpa. They will travel all day and be home in Seattle that night.
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