These past few weeks we have been praying for a place where to plant a new church. In the beginning of July the Lord led us to Las Tusas in the departamento (state) of Atlantida. Las Tusas is a small village, close to the city of Tela in the north coast. Two weeks ago we connected with someone that has been to that community so we decided to take a visit ourselves. We walked around the community and met many of the locals. We explained to them what we where doing there and they expressed their desire for us to start a church and wanted us to comeback again. They were friendly and fed us a delicious meal. We saw the need to start and plant a new church and we told them that we would be back. Last weekend we went back and invited people to our first church service. On Saturday, July 28th, 15 adults and 11 children came to hear the message. On Sunday, July 29th, we celebrated the first Sunday school, which was taught by Sonia my wife. I also preached to the about 20 adults that showed up. Many committed their lives to the Lord and others consecrated their lives to the Lord’s service. We are very thankful with our Lord for this new opportunity to expand the Lord’s Kingdom in the northern part of Honduras.
Three years ago, I became the pastor of the San Cristobal Church in Danli. One of the first things that I did was to identify someone from the congregation that could be trained to become the local pastor. After much prayer and searching, we identified one person with the right qualities and gifts of a pastor. His name is Delmer Rodriguez, 32 years old, married with two kids (a teenager and a one year old). With the support of people from our churches In the U.S., he received a scholarship to attend El Seminario Teologico Centroamericano (Central American Theological Seminary), in Danli. After two years of working side by side with me he became my assistant pastor while continuing his studies at the seminary. On Sunday, July 15, we installed him as the new San Cristobal Church pastor. Praise the Lord! Thank you so much for your faithful support of our pastors through scholarships.
In El Arca news, we recently had another addition to our animal family. Our cow Florida gave birth to a beautiful calf which we named, Turquita. We are very excited, for this beautiful calf and for the fresh milk.
Currently we are in need of funds for many of our ministries including: student scholarships, administrative costs and our missionary's monthly expenses. We encourage you to partner with us and help us to continue with the Lord’s work in Honduras.
Dr. Hector Newman