i recently returned from a mission trip to honduras. it was a great week and i was blessed, as always, to be a part of God’s kingdom work.
i enjoy ministry in general so i knew i would enjoy the trip. when it comes to missions i’m open to hardships, discomfort, etc. going in, though i’ve never experienced REAL persecution or suffering, so my “openness” hasn’t really been tested. regardless, i try to keep the right perspective and remember why i’m there and what i signed up for.
our trip was multifaceted. we had a couple of pastors teaching a Bible institute where pastors were being trained, a handful of women holding a women’s conference, a couple doing a marriage/parenting conference and a big group doing general street/park evangelism. i was on the general evangelism team (and got to preach in a few churches!). we got to minister in the local park, a couple of schools, the mall, a colonia (lower class neighborhood) and in local churches. it was really cool seeing people work in their areas of giftedness (teaching children, singing, playing guitar, serving, etc.) across cultural lines. and it was cool seeing people step up into areas that weren’t as comfortable for them (public speaking, FTW!).
there were two main things that stand out to me the most from this trip. the first thing that i was impacted by was seeing first-time mission trippers fall in love with ministry/missions. there was a pair of teenage siblings with us on their first trip and while it was definitely a learning/growing/stretching process for them, they both were fired up to go on another trip by the end of the week.
the second thing that stood out to me was the need to continue ministry in places like honduras, even though they are “reached” nations. i had an inner tension with me on this trip because of a conversation i had with a good friend (and missionary) several months ago. when i told him we were going to honduras he basically said, “everyone goes to honduras. why don’t you come serve where i am? it’s staunchly muslim and really lacking for missionaries.”
his comments really stuck with me. he’s right in many senses. we saw several missions groups at the airport, on the plane and even in the town we were serving in! honduras is well reached in comparison to many places in the world. i found myself wondering if our work was really that impacting.
here’s why i believe it was: because honduras is well reached, not only has the gospel been proclaimed widely there, but FALSE gospels have been proclaimed widely there. we saw mormon churches and seventh day adventist churches, etc. so i believe it’s still crucial to proclaim the true gospel in honduras. and i think the pastor training our team did is invaluable so that they can make disciples with a clearer understanding of biblical truth.
i know my missionary friend doesn’t think we should ever stop preaching anywhere, so this IS NOT A COUNTERPOINT TO HIS STATEMENTS. but his thoughts stuck with me and i wrestled with them. and i think we do need to send more missionaries to under-reached muslim countries. but it’s ok to keep sending them to honduras, too!