Veteran missionaries Mike Starling and Shawn Sullivan, the Directors of Mission Quest International, brought a group of nine to Honduras. They arrived in Tegucigalpa on May 21st and left San Pedro Sula on the 29th.
The purpose of this ministry is to expose believers to the mission field. Included in the group were students of Arlington Baptist College.
Missionary Jason Tate agreed to accompany them to visit the church in Ceniceras. The children and adults enjoyed the presentation of the Gospel through a puppet show and the message. For a total immersion in the culture it was planned for them to stay the night in that rural community. The guys slept in the church building while the girls were housed in Pastor Roberto Garcia’s home.
That Saturday they arrived in La Esperanza. There were fifty children who came for the “special service” in Santa Catarina. This excellent attendance enabled us to show the believers they can fill the building.
On Sunday morning they attended the morning service in Lempira, located in La Esperanza’s sister city of Intibucá. Following the afternoon service in rural Buena Vista walked an hour to where they presented the Gospel to 129 students in Duraznito´s local school. This rural community has no church.
After passing the night in tents they returned to the Camp. The group came to the house to see our studio and then go to the radio station. After supper we shared the history and needs of our multifaceted ministry in Honduras and internationally.
One member of the group was Roland Cuevas. He is the pastor of the Blanding Boulevard Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, that has supported us since 1968. When he presented two project needs to his people after returning home they sent an offering of $2100.
Sharing the Seminary ministry with both directors made them realize that the studies would be beneficial to pastors each had on the mission field. Mike Starling will take the courses to a pastor in Guachichil, Mexico, and Shawn Sullivan will take copies to a Spanish pastor in Kiev, Ukraine.
The group then took a day for sightseeing before their departure to the States. The Mayan ruins in Copan are an archeological treasure that draws visitors from around the world.
Statistically 80% of missionaries currently on the field were burdened due to visiting some mission field. Pray God continues to use Mission Quest to raise laborers for the vineyard.
Dr. Philip Gagnon was privileged to participate in the formal graduation of eleven students held in the First Independent Baptist Church of Puerto Cortes, Honduras. Five of the graduates pastor churches.
During their years of study the students served in their local churches. The credits for their studies, plus the Practical Application, earned them the right to receive an Associate Degree of Bible Studies.
Present in the graduation service were members of seven sister Churches of the same Fellowship of Churches. Besides honoring the graduates, the pastors wanted to stimulate interest in Seminary study. All five graduating pastors are going to begin a Seminary Extension in their respective churches.