This morning we had the pleasure of premiering a virtual update from Simple Matters on Facebook and YouTube. Mario and Keila shared about the current state of ministry in Honduras, and we heard from 3 of Simple Matters’ Board members. You can join in this opportunity as well, by viewing the video at https://youtu.be/XFMsERHNiKE
Join with us ONLINE on Saturday, April 17, at 10:00 EDT as we hear from our missionaries on the ground in Honduras. Mario and Keila will join with us to share updates on the ministries of Simple Matters and how COVID has impacted the people of Honduras. Join on your computer or on your mobile device wherever you are to participate in this unique opportunity to hear from Mario and Keila up close and personal.
As we continue the Simple Matters Prayer Challenge, we want to thank you for your donations toward the COVID feeding program last month. Your donations helped to feed 60 families in the village of Chiquistepex, where there is church planting work being done.
On March 5th, the Simple Matters Board of Directors met with Mario and Keila, our Honduras “home missionaries,” with whom we’ve had the blessing of working since 2012. We were able to fellowship together and receive updates on what the current needs are in the villages where Simple Matters has ministries.
For the month of April, let’s pray together for the pastors in Honduras. COVID has made it difficult to minister to their congregations, and deciding on whether or not to open church services has been an ongoing issue. Pictured below are just three of the many pastors that are a part of the ministry of Simple Matters.
Thank you for joining us in April’s Prayer Challenge!
As we continue with the challenges of uncertain times, we shouldn’t underestimate the power of prayer. “When you come to the Lord in prayer, you trade fretting, anxiety, and worry for His peace that surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). We would like to invite you to join us in a Simple Matters monthly prayer challenge.
For the month of March, let’s pray for Elvis and Sindy. They were the first two children in the scholarship program at Camp Betel, have been patients of Dr. Antonio, and have now graduated from the University.
Elvis graduated from the University at the end of December 2020. Currently, Elvis is working a few hours a week at Camp Betel, and holds a temporary job with the Government which began two weeks ago, specifically with the National Congress. They send him to different offices and companies to perform a variety of tasks. This job is designed to give recent graduates the opportunity to get experience in the education field while they explore possibilities for full time work. Elvis would like to work in a high school and continue his post grad education.
Sindy graduated from the University in 2018 with a degree in computer technology. She was able to find employment in a clothing factory but had to leave the position due to allergies from the fabric dust. She has been unable to find other employment due to the pandemic. For now, she volunteers at Camp Betel each month, helping with the family and meal programs.
Let’s pray for Elvis and Sindy as they face the challenge of finding permanent employment. Unemployment in Honduras is very high due to the pandemic limiting opportunities for Elvis, Sindy, and many people in Honduras.
Though there have been many difficulties in 2020, one especially wonderful thing happened in December for one of our sponsored “children” at Camp Betel. Elvis Antonio Avilés Sierra graduated from university on December 20! He has been involved in the Feeding Program at Camp Betel since he was a young child. We are very proud of Elvis, and so thankful Simple Matters has been able to assist him in reaching this tremendous goal. Congratulations!
Please plan to join us on Saturday, January 27, 2018 as people from across North Carolina gather at the Piedmont Baptist Association gymnasium in Greensboro to participate in the annual Simple Matters Prayer Breakfast. This event will be a time of learning about the mission of Simple Matters, as well as a time of prayer for the work that is ongoing in Honduras. A special focus will be information on the launch of a mobile well baby clinic in several villages in rural Honduras through our partnership with Health Matters. If you would like to learn more about how Simple Matters is expanding its work in Honduras, this is the time! If you would like to partner with Simple Matters, you can learn more about ongoing or one-time opportunities. Join us! Contact any board member for details.
Simple Matters has begun new partnerships with two organizations that are ministering alongside us to the children of Honduras.
One of our new partners is Health Matters, an organization whose target population is pregnant women and children ages 0-3. Health Matters exists to provide accessible health care to these women and children in rural areas of Honduras. By offering services such as HIV screening, pregnancy tests, health education, prenatal care and well baby check ups, Health Matters is committed to provide much-needed medical care for this vulnerable demographic group resulting in better health and a decreased mortality rate.
The other organization is the Cookie Project, a project for malnourished children in rural Honduras. The Cookie Project works with Honduran families to eliminate malnutrition, providing nutritional supplements using resources indigenous to Honduras. Long term health and hygiene solutions are promoted through teaching nutrition and gardening classes, constructing concrete floors, building outhouses, showers and washing stations in and around homes with dirt floors, and administering deworming and Vitamin A programs.
We are excited about the way that God is working in the lives of children in Honduras, and how God has brought our organizations together to do His work. Join us in this exciting journey and experience what God is doing!
During our time in Honduras we began thinking about how we could help the children and families we met. Around this time we were reading David Platt’s Radical. In Radical, Platt calls believers to abandon American dream. He challenges believers to care more about serving others than buying lots of stuff or climbing the corporate ladder of success. We decided that we wanted to be, as Platt, says, “a people who refuse to gorge our spiritual stomachs on the entertaining pleasures of this world, because we have chosen to find our satisfaction in the eternal treasure of His Word.”
We decided to create Simple Matters because we wanted to start focusing more on others and less on self. Instead of being overwhelmed with the problems in the world, instead of being overwhelmed with what it really means to live in reckless abandonment for the gospel of Jesus Christ, we decided that simple changes would lead to long-lasting life changes. We decided we could give what we have and invite others to do the same.
God has blessed us not so that we may keep His blessings to ourselves, but so that we can help our neighbors and the nations come to know Him.
“Clearly, God does not command or expect us to meet every need. But the logic that says, “I can’t do everything, so I won’t do anything” is straight from hell.”
“Anyone wanting to proclaim the glory of Christ to the ends of the earth must consider not only how to declare the gospel verbally but also how to demonstrate the gospel visibly in a world where so many are urgently hungry.”
“If our lives do not reflect radical compassion for the poor, there is reason to wonder if Christ is really in us at all.”
“Are we willing to ask God if he wants us to sell everything we have and give the money to the poor? Are we willing to ask and wait for an answer instead of providing one of our own or justifying our ideas of why he would never tell us to do this? This seems a bit radical, but isn’t it normal and expected when we follow a Master who said, “Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple?”
“Why not begin operating under the idea that God has given us excess, not so that we could have more, but so we could give more? Now we’re getting radical.”
Outside during play time, Cristian held both ends of the string and tried to make the green button spin around fast on the string. Most of the children got the hang of it and Christian did too, with a little help. When someone gently moved Cristian’s hands close to the left side of his face, up next to his left eye, his spinning got faster. At home Cristian doesn’t wear his bandana, exposing the tumor that caused discoloration on his face, the right side of his face around the eye to swell and his right eye to remain shut.
Cristian lives in a rural area outside Teguicgalpa, Honduras. We met Cristian while on a mission trip in Honduras. He is one of about 30 children who attend a preschool hosted at Camp Betel. Betel is owned and operated by a husband and wife team who wanted to give local believers a place to come for retreats and conferences. Betel is also working to offer a feeding program for the children at the preschool.
Cristian and the children in this community often do not have enough to eat. Many do not have medical care and most will not finish high school because they cannot afford uniforms and books.
The poverty we saw in Honduras was overwhelming. After we left we knew we could not come home and continue with life as normal, knowing Cristian and the other children could not even eat three meals a day. We cannot change all the issues of poverty in Honduras. We know we won’t be able to change all the issues Cristian and the others in his community face every day. But we can do something.
We invite you to help us make a difference in this community. We are starting simple, with this one village in Honduras. Our prayer is that we will be able to take the idea of Simple Matters to other communities around the world.