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Honduras Missions Trip
Honduras Missions Trip
David Livingston, the great missionary to Africa, said, “God only had one Son and He made that Son a missionary.” I just returned with my teenage son and daughter from a mission trip to Honduras. This was their first trip to a foreign country, definitely an eye-opening experience. I’ve been blessed to take mission trips to Costa Rica, Mexico, Russia, Siberia and Canada. I’ve also been fortunate to preach in over thirty of the United States. Our church supports missionaries in Honduras, Kenya and Nigeria, so I get occasional invitations to minister overseas. A week in Honduras reminded me:
1. How great America is. With all of its flaws, America is still an exceptional place. Crime is rampant in Honduras. In fact, it ranks near the top for most murders per capita in the world. There is an armed guard at the entrance of nearly every store and business. Most houses have a fence or wall around them with electric, razor or barbed wire on top to keep out intruders. I went with the missionary we visited to buy bags of concrete for a building project. We stood at a locked iron gate looking into the hardware store run by a pastor and his wife and placed our order. You cannot enter the store due to the threat of theft. A man brought our order to another locked door and loaded the bags of concrete on our truck. Thank God, here in America, you can still actually walk into a hardware store.
2. How fortunate we are. We drove past many Dole pineapple fields and banana tree groves. The average worker toils for about $5.00 per day. The really well paid workers might make $10.00 a day. Here in America, our sheds are nicer than many people’s houses in third world countries. Our pets eat better than many people do. Take time to appreciate the blessings God has given you and never forget that He is the source of those blessings. Remember, we didn’t choose to be born in America, the bread basket of the world, but we are supremely fortunate that we were. Statistics show that a large portion of the world’s population survives on $2.00 per day or less. We are truly blessed. Don’t take it for granted.
3. How God is the same everywhere. We drove up into the mountains and then hiked three more miles on foot carrying rice, beans, candy and Spanish tracks to some remote villages. We held impromptu church services in those villages and the people stopped everything they were doing to attend at the spur of the moment. They were receptive to the Gospel and visibly touched by our kindness and by the Holy Spirit. I saw a particular teenage boy who had been skillfully riding a horse (showing off) when we arrived, come and stand in the back of the church. He gave me the impression that he was a tough guy, too cool to participate. At the end of our service, he was crying. I went to him and prayed for him personally. God was dealing with him. The power of God transcends all ethnic, language and cultural barriers. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
4. You don’t have to visit another country to do mission work. Jesus, said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). You may not literally go into all the world witnessing, but you can be a witness in your world—to your circle of friends and in your sphere of influence. There’s plenty of mission work to do right here in our own neighborhoods. We need to dismiss the notion that you have to go across an ocean to do mission work when we probably just need to go across the street. As one author put it, “Every person in the world is either a missionary or a mission field.” Let God use you right where you are. For too long we have confined evangelism to the four walls of the church. May we all adopt the spirit of John Wesley, who said, “All the world is my parish [church].”
Ben preaching at the Goodsprings Full Gospel Church
Ben at a recent book signing
Ben Godwin grew up in Tampa, Florida. He was struck by a car while riding a bicycle as a boy. Then he received a miraculous healing. He began preaching at the age of thirteen. He has been involved in full-time ministry since 1987. Ben served as an evangelist from 1987 until 1994, when he began pastoral work. For the past fourteen years he has served as the pastor of the Goodsprings Full Gospel Church, thirty miles west of Birmingham, Alabama.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from Christian Life School of Theology, based in Columbus, Georgia. He has been blessed to preach in over half of the United States as well as Russia, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico. He has shared his miracle testimony in hundreds of churches, schools and youth camps. His testimony has been featured in several magazines and on numerous television and radio programs. He also hosts a weekly TV program called The Word Workshop.
Ben's book, God's Strategy For Tragedy, explores the following themes:
- Do miracles still happen today?
- Why does God allow tragedy?
- How should we respond to tragedy?
- How can you receive a miracle?
God's Strategy for Tragedy provides solid answers to these and other questions and illustrates, both from Scriptures and real life, how God can turn tragedy into a testimony.
Watch our weekly TV program The Word Workshop.
If you live in the Jasper, Alabama, area or in Walker, Winston, Fayette or Jefferson Counties, you can view our telecast on Jasper's new digital TV 16-1 or Charter Cable channel 10 or Galaxy Cable channel 8. The program airs on Mondays @ 9 p.m. and Tuesdays @ 12 (noon). If you live outside the viewing area, you can watch via live stream at TV16HD.com. Our show features Gospel music and Pastor Ben's Sunday sermons. The program can also be seen in parts of Jefferson, Cullman, Fayette and Tuscaloosa counties. DVD's of each broadcast are available upon request.