Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Micah Project

On the second day of our trip we went to the Micah Project. One of the workers at the Micah Project is actually a Malone graduate. Today for whatever reason the Project has been heavy on my heart. I ask that you join me in praying over their ministry. They are doing some incredible things.

One of our team members (Jeb Ford) wrote the following post on his own blog. I loved it so much I decided to re-post it for all of you! Also feel free to check out the Micah Project blog at



Here are some of my thoughts from day two of my trip to Honduras.

So, day two has pretty much come to a close and it is feels good to sit and relax. Today was a good day. We had a lot of fun and were able to visit a great ministry going on here in the city. We spent most of our day with the missionaries from the Micah Project, who focus their ministry on street kids. These street kids are for the most part homeless, many of them orphaned or from families that are unable to support them.

Glue huffing is a serious issue in the streets of Honduras, as well as throughout the world, especially in developing countries. The street kids huff glue from a coke bottle in order to get a high. They basically stay high all day. Drug addiction is a major problem in all parts of the world, whether it be in the streets of Kenya, or in suburban America. The sad thing about the glue huffing is that it becomes these kids entire lives. I heard someone say that smoking weed steals a person’s dreams, well, I guess you could say that glue huffing steals a person’s ability to make any decisions at all. These kids become enslaved by the desire to get high. The good folks at the Micah Project are working hard to give these children the opportunity to live life. Their mission is to develop relationships with the street kids and eventually bring them off the streets into their home/school where they are able to get the education needed to have a chance to do something with their lives. I loved to see the kids already living in the Micah Project and how happy they were to be there. They even sang us some songs that they wrote themselves.

It was evident that the kids had a relationship with Jesus. You could see it in their actions. You could sense it in their smiles. They were truly being transformed in the image of Christ. Mike Miller, the founder of the Micah Project, said something that many Christians and missionaries need to realize. He said that we cannot save anyone by our own power. Only Christ can save these kids. I think too often we try to “evangelize” others, and we try to do this by our own power. This is not biblical. Our job is to show them the love of Christ. Once I realized that this is not in my control I have been able to focus on what Christ has really called me to do, which is to be a light in a world of darkness. I pray that throughout the rest of the trip I allow Christ’s light to shine through me.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

State of Emergency: Dengue

I avoided blogging about this while we were gone because I didn't want to cause panic in the hearts of the friends and family of our team. However, now that we are home I think it is safe to ask for your prayers.

President Pepe Lobo interrupted the news this past week for a national cadena, in which he declared Honduras to be in a state of emergency because of a dengue epidemic (a very serious mosquito-borne flu-like illness). Ten people have died from dengue hemorrĂ¡gico, which can be a fatal form of the disease if not treated. Police and military will be ensuring that all hospitals stay open 24-hours per day.

The Minister of Health has been authorized to contract for whatever supplies and with whatever personnel are necessary. The sad truth is that these states of emergency are usually just a license to steal. Will anyone audit the expenses or the personnel contracted? How many will be hired for their family ties rather than their medical abilities?

dengue epidemicA few interesting facts not mentioned are:

More than 10,200 people have been affected by dengue classico, and 400 by dengue hemorrĂ¡gico (DH) so far this year. In 2009, there were almost 13,000 classic dengue cases and more than 500 cases of DH. This year 70% of the cases have been in the Tegucigalpa area.

No government has declared a state of emergency for dengue since 2002, when there was 32,000 cases.

The hospital personnel union has been on strike since June 11 and have "taken" hospital buildings and health centers, which may have something to do with the police and military being involved.

An announcement was made yesterday that one or more of the large hospitals are out of IV fluids, something that is crucial to keep DH patients alive.

Please continue to pray for our team. The incubation period for this infection is 3-14 days so some of our team could still be affected. Please be praying against that.....and please be praying for the country of Honduras. It is rare for people to die from it in the states. However, that isn't always the case in Honduras.