Honduras 2013, Shanita's Account

Friday, July 26, 2013

I’m grateful you are back again to share in my reflections from Honduras! Many of you financially invested, prayerfully invested, and emotionally invested so I felt it was only fair to share as much of the journey with you as I can. It’s not easy to put into words every single moment that touched my life, transformed my heart, or brought me closer to the cross, but I hope from what I have shared over the last few weeks, you are able to glean a little and transform it into a lot in your life!

July 5, 2013 (Journal Entry)

Last night we had a great dinner, shared stories of the day, and popped fireworks to celebrate America’s independence. I thought for a while about the whole “freedom” thing…freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to vote, freedom to love, and the freedom to hate. Sometimes it seems like we have a freedom to judge…a freedom to impose.

The word impose came to my mind several times throughout the day. Are we imposing by serving in Honduras? What do they think of us? I asked the Holy Spirit to answer the question for me and believe it or not, He did. I had the opportunity to speak with my new friend Beautiful (name changed for protection of story). She has had a very interesting story like so many of us…abuse, rape, abandonment. Tough stuff. Since establishing a relationship with her, I felt comfortable asking her the question, “How do they view us as Americans?” Beautiful shared that many view Americans as Santa Claus because we come and give, give, and give of material things. She said, but the Americans who work with Marc (through Honduras Hope) are seen as lovers of Christ. She said they feel the love from us and they see Christ in us. What a breath of fresh air her statement was, but at the same time somewhat daunting, as I am American.

How do we change that view? Compassion. I wholeheartedly agree that if we come as the hands & feet of Christ to serve and not impose, we can change the way we are viewed. It’s our compassion that wins souls to the kingdom, not our gifts. Material blessings fade, spiritual blessings do not.

Last night during devotional, we heard rough stories about young girls being molested by grandfathers and brothers; young boys molesting each other. Tough stuff, but it’s happening every single day, not just in Honduras, but also in America and all over our world.

This mission trip isn’t about Melanie and I coming back with cool stories, this trip is about a spiritual mentality change. It’s not okay to be numb to the ills of our world; Jesus wasn’t. It’s not okay to just give to building funds and never see a building built to help the community, the poor, the rich, the orphans and widows, the singles, the married, our children. It’s not okay to “play” church.

We need a revival and it’s going to start with the church getting outside of our large edifices and getting off the pews to fulfill the great commission, our ultimate purpose. The world needs Jesus and sometimes it seems like in the church we try to keep Jesus to ourselves. Being in Honduras puts everything on a large scale because it’s right before my eyes. This has given me an open heart and mind to see the need in my community and have equal compassion to be the hands and feet of Christ.

On another note, my new friend Lasonia blessed me. She is 8 years old. She sat on my lap for what seemed like hours. She was so close to my face it was like at any time she was going to plant a big wet one on me…quite cute. She just gazed into my eyes, smiled and smiled and smiled. So in return, I smiled and smiled and smiled. It was pure, it was innocent; it was freedom. The freedom to love.

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  1. I love this so much!! Your heart is beautiful! Thanks for making a difference in my life every day! Love!!

    1. Kinsey, thanks so much for your continued encouragement! Love you so much sweet friend! ~Shanita

  2. This is so inspiring Shanita....May God continue bless you. Keep on working in God's vineyard. You are a beautiful angel sent by God...

    1. Thanks so much Debra Gilliam! You always bring a smile to my face. ~Shanita

  3. Just beautiful, moving, inspiring. I love it.

    1. Thanks Kenzi for your encouragement and support! ~Shanita

  4. Hello my dear sister's in Christ,

    Thank you for sharing your adventure with me. My heart has been so touched, that it brings tears to my eyes. I can just picture in my mind, you there in Honduras playing, laughing, singing, etc.. with the children and how happy you made them feel, that someone loves them. God is so awesome!

    Blessings & grace to you.

    Sis. Bernetta { IN CALIFORNIA }


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