Below is Part 5 of our series of virtual updates. This update affirms that change is possible, and that change brings hope to those in need. Take just one minute of your time to learn about how you can be involved in helping children find change…find hope.
Simple Matters works to help meet these needs in the lives of children in several rural villages in Honduras. You can give to help fund educational, medical, nutritional, and gospel ministries. What can you do without?
As we continue our prayer challenge for the month of October, let’s reflect on a fruit of the spirit, love.
Love is the foundational fruit of the spirit. Throughout scripture we read about God’s unfailing, unrelenting, and unconditional love. The love of God is what rescues us from sin through the cross. This redeeming love is what ties the scripture together from Genesis to Revelation. Love comes from God, and in our own strength we don’t automatically love others unconditionally.
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
This passage tells us that Christ’s love compels us. Let’s ask God to expose this love with our family, friends, coworkers, and in our everyday tasks.
Please pray for Francisco. Since Pastor Oseas has retired from the church at El Naranjál, Francisco has been a great support in the church, teaching and providing leadership. Francisco is also supporting a mission that the church is currently helping with, located in the village of Suyapa about 30 minutes from El Naranjál. In the photos below, you can see Francisco pursuing his ministry in the Lord. Pray that he can faithfully preach the word.
Your valuable support through prayers and donations is what helps continue the mission of Simple Matters. This benefits individual communities in Honduras and allows God’s redeeming love to be spread throughout Honduras. THANK YOU!
As COVID-19 continues to affect life in the United States, so it continues to affect the ministries of Simple Matters in Honduras. As our case numbers are beginning to decline, so are those in Honduras. Below is the latest graph of cases in Honduras.
The government of Hondruas has extended the national curfew until October 3, with essential activities being permitted from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. Business are operating at 50% capacity. Indoor gatherings may not exceed 10 people, and masks and social distancing are required in all situations.
These are hard circumstances under which to minister to communities! However, at Camp Betel food distributions and medical care continue. Each family receives a month’s supply of staple foods. Since Dr. Antonio is unable to visit the Camp personally, each family also receives a supply of over-the-counter medicines along with monthly medications for those older family members with chronic conditions. Posted below are the photos from the latest food and medicine distribution. Families receive their food and medicine bags, as well as an encouraging word in Bible study.
Our brothers and sisters in Honduras continue to suffer in poverty, with COVID continuing to impact every aspect of life, from hope for jobs to access to education. Simple Matters continues to assist children and families. If you would like to participate in this ministry of serving the least of these in Christ’s name, please click the button below. A one-time gift will make a difference; a monthly gift will make a lasting difference.
Give what you can. Simple does matter. What can you do without?
Below is Part 4 of our series of virtual updates. This update is about three factors that help children to rise above poverty in Honduras. Simple Matters works to help meet these needs in the lives of children in several rural villages in Honduras. Take just one minute of your time to learn about how you can be involved in helping children be supplied with these three factors.
If you would like to participate in meeting these needs, please click the button below.
I was recently reminded once again of the importance of prayer, listening to a song by Maverick City Music that sings:
“Every prayer today is a seed for tomorrow Keep praying, keep praying Hold on to the faith and the blessing will follow Keep praying, keep praying”
This is such a beautiful reminder of the power of prayer and how talking to God will help us through any challenge or circumstance that comes our way. Our problems may not go away immediately, or we may not get answers when we expect, but holding on to the faith after each prayer is what will keep us pressing on.
The song continues:
“And He sees every tear that’s falling And He can feel the pain and burdens And He hears every cry to Heaven So let it rise”
As we continue with this month’s prayer challenge, in your conversations with God please pray for those who have lost jobs in Honduras due to COVID and hurricanes Eta and Iota, which struck Honduras last November. COVID and effects from the hurricanes continue impacting the people in the villages. COVID cases are once again rising due to the Delta variant. In August, vaccines were available for those 18 years and older. The downside is that many people are having to wait 3 weeks or longer for the next dose due to not having the second dose readily available.
Thank you for your continued support!
Denise Teeters is President of the Board of Directors of Simple Matters, and is a wife, mother of two, and works with Odyssey Scholars at Elon University.
Below is Part 3 of our series of virtual updates. This update is about education in Honduras, specifically the educational scholarships granted by the John Cook Scholarship Program. Simple Matters funds educational expenses for several students in a rural village in Honduras, but COVID-19 has interrupted the studies of many. Take just one minute of your time to learn about how you can pray for students who need to return to school in Honduras.
As if dealing with a pandemic was enough, Hondurans in 2020 and 2021 have dealt with two major hurricanes, Eta and Iota, followed by little to no rain, ushering in drought conditions. The rainy season usually begins in May, but in July the Honduran people were still waiting for the rains to begin. In the words of one friend in Honduras, “Everywhere we go what we see is the same sad reality, sickness, devastation, and hunger. In the last year the situation of our country got worse for two reasons: a world pandemic and the devastating hurricanes Eta and Iota. Our reserved food for the country (beans, rice, corn) was used during the lockdowns because of the pandemic, and then hurricanes wash away the few crops that people try to do, and then the lack of rain takes us to a drought that we face until today.”
Helping to provide food is an important way to help these friends bridge the gap between what they need and what they are able to attain. Simple Matters helps provide food in these desperate situations. The following photos are of the food distribution at Camp Betel in July.
“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
How can you help ease the suffering in Honduras? Simple Matters sends all monies donated to Food Relief directly to partners on the ground who purchase and distribute food to those in need. Only $20 will feed a family for a month. All that is needed to add to the equation is your generosity. What can you do without this month?
We want to thank you for continuing to join us in the prayer challenge. We are five months along, and it has been very helpful in being specific about how to pray for Honduras. Scripture talks about being specific and clear in our requests. This is illustrated in the story of the two blind men in Matthew 20:30-34.
30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want Me to do for you?” he asked. 33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” 34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed Him.
When Jesus asked, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He did not answer their prayer until they specifically told Him they wanted to receive their sight. Most people present that day knew what these blind men needed most from the miraculous Healer they were following. But “Have mercy on us” is probably how these two blind men begged of all who passed by. Jesus wanted them to make it clear that they were asking for miraculous healing rather than money. As God, Jesus knew exactly what they wanted, but He asked them to be specific. Only when they publicly declared precisely what they wanted did they receive their sight.
For the month of August, please pray specifically for Pastor Oscar, pastor of Emanuel Church in Tegucigalpa. Pastor Oscar had COVID last year and is struggling with lingering effects and complications with his diabetes. A few months ago, he was having health concerns regarding his kidneys and is currently recuperating. Pastor Oscar’s entire family was diagnosed with COVID. Many have recovered since, but his mother-in-law passed away due to COVID last year. The family is at peace knowing she is enjoying being in the presence of God, having devoted her life to the Word.
The ministry continues and we are grateful for God’s provision. Thank you for your support!
We started a new series of virtual updates last month, and we continue with the video below. Take just one minute of your time to begin to learn about how ministry is continuing in Honduras despite COVID-19.
A new month is here, and July is typically when our NC missions team is gearing up to fly to Honduras for a week of ministry. Although in the summers of 2020 and 2021 our physical presence in the villages has been missing, your continued support has allowed for the mission to continue with Mario, Keila, and the local pastors and churches. Everyone has adjusted and found new ways to continue spreading the gospel and serving others.
The pastors and local churches play a key role in ministering to the villages because they are permanently there on mission to their community each day. One of the churches we have the honor to work with is the Iglesia Evangélica Bautista Renacer del Naranjál. Please pray with us during July for Pastor Oseas and his wife, Martha. They officially retired in June after 20 years of ministry with the Iglesia Evangélica Bautista Renacer del Naranjáll. Pastor Oseas will be 80 years old next year. The church was able to celebrate Pastor Oseas and Martha with a special church service. Below are some photos of the celebration. Their genuine heart to build relationships with everyone in the Village of El Naranjál has made a positive impact. Their service to the ministry has been a blessing and they will surely be missed by the community. Pray as they enter a new phase of life in retirement. The ministry in El Naranjál will continue as they have left a mark in the people and church there. Simple Matters is very grateful for Pastor Oseas and Martha.