The 20th Anniversary of the First Adopt a Family Fund Mission Trip.
It is incredible to think it has been 20 years, but it has. Thank God for the hundreds of volunteers that made an positive impact on the people of Honduras. As you know, our mission trips were very different from many others. Volunteers pay their own way. The hours are long, work is much, and the sun is hot. But the rewards are many as the people of Honduras are special.
How we Choose Honduras
In early 1998, God placed Honduras on our hearts through His Holy Spirit. We did not fully understand why but obeyed His voice and traveled to Honduras. Later that year we discovered why. Hurricane Mitch unleashed its fury on the country.
Details of Hurricane Mitch
In late October 1998, Hurricane Mitch struck Central America, leaving more than 11,000 people dead, destroying hundreds of thousands of homes and causing more than $5 billion in damages. It was the deadliest hurricane to hit the Western Hemisphere in more than 200 years. Honduras and Nicaragua were especially hard hit by the hurricane. In Honduras, floods and mudslides brought on by heavy rainfall washed away entire villages, and the majority of the country’s crops and infrastructure were destroyed.
Much Devastation brought Much Love
The devastation we saw in early January 1999 brought us to our knees. Our feeble ability to make an impact allowed us to focus on making a long-term commitment to specific neighborhoods in Honduras. God answered and we have been there ever since. Some of the children were between age 1 and 5; are now 21 to 26 years old. Some of the teens are now in their middle 30’s. Thank God for YOU our wonderful volunteers and consistent donors throughout the last two decades.
- Thank you to so many (Cannot list everyone, but we truly appreciate and remember everyone). Edgewood, Fall River, Ware, BCC, Southbridge, Upper State NY (William’s Family), Tucker, Tremblay, Harnett, Linden, Norman, Rural Hill, UNA, Susan Beale, Lisa, Janet, Mary, Becky, Tommy, Mike, Aaron, Dr. Hearn and Family, King, Andre… we could go one and on. And thank you to all the Hondurans that have helped and continue to keep the mission thriving.
Please Share how the Mission Trips made an Impact on your Life
We would love to hear how the mission trips made an impact on your life. Also, please forward this blog to anyone that went on one of our journeys or contributed in any way. There were so many tremendous volunteers over the years.
Please consider helping with this 20th Year Reunion by doing the following:
- Comment! Tell us how the trips made an impact on your life
- Share: pass this blog onto anyone that has contributed and/or volunteered on one of the trips
- Pray: please pray that the work will continue for another 20 years. Pray that Gold Almighty will remain at the forefront of what we do.