Honduras Missions Project 2014

- Written by Marlyse Jonfe-Quinto

Buenos Días! As I was thinking about what to say, my heart started pounding really fast and nervousness came upon me. I am reminded of something John Piper shared in his sermon, “Doing Missions When Dying Is Gain.” Did you know that he was terrified of public speaking before he became a pastor? This gave me hope! I had this fear of failure and people that crippled me and hindered God’s work in my life. I can say that I’m here by God’s grace, sharing about a glimpse of how He spoke to me in Honduras.

This is my second time going, but I felt that God wanted me to step up a little more. Every day I was challenged and all I could say was, “Ok, I knew this was coming; here I am God.” If He got me through translating and ministering to people in Honduras, sharing to a group of 400 girls, teaching Spanish to the team, breaking my comfort zone in skits, playing soccer and basketball when I felt like I was dying, and now sharing with you guys, what can’t I do with God. Stepping up, to me, means, “Am I willing to overcome these fears and take steps of faith for the sake of the Gospel?” I don’t want to miss opportunities because it’s not about me, but it’s about Christ.

Having integrity in all aspects of life is another challenge that was evident from Honduras. As Pastor Guy said, “Most callings come in small steps of obedience”. How can God entrust me to do greater things for His kingdom, when I can’t be faithful with the little things? I was reminded that I need a daily purification of my heart and renewal of my mind because I am prone to wonder. God allows me to stumble and fall, sometimes because He wants to wake me up from complacency, but He does not condemn me. Instead He lifts me up with His love and grace.

I believe that this season is a training ground for what’s to come, wherever God leads me. It was evident that during this journey, my heart for God’s people and missions increased. I saw the passion and joy that these missionaries and servants had in Honduras. They could have been anywhere else, but they followed God’s calling and devoted their lives to serving Him and His people. I really admire that. Therefore, I am open to wherever God leads me. I am far from flawless. But God doesn’t call those who are perfect. He calls ordinary people, like you and me, to do extraordinary things for His Kingdom.

This season is filled with hope and faith. I trust that He will care for the people we ministered to, that He will continue to move in my pre-Christian family, and that He knows the best for me in His timing. “But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand,” Isaiah 64:8. God continue to mold me into the woman you want me to be and use my life for your Glory. You are sovereign and worthy of praise. Thank you!