Joe Denton & Steven Rice in front of a lake in Honduras
The following was written by Joe Denton describing the trip:
I am back from an exciting week in Honduras. This was my seventh and last exploration trip. The purpose of this trip was to finalize where I will be living when I move to Honduras in August. And thanks to the Lord, that goal was achieved!
My flight arrived in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on May 31st and I was greeted by my old friend Steven Rice
. Steven is a missionary in Guatemala where we met when we served together in another ministry in 2003 and 2004. Steven now has his own ministry called, “In His Steps International Missions
.” Steven’s vision is to pioneer new works, help people like me get going, and reach out to youth with things like extreme sports and skateboard outreach. I was extremely blessed and encouraged to be able to spend the week in Honduras with Steven, and I learned many valuable things from him and his expertise gained from living the past 10 years in Central America. I’m grateful to him for taking this week with me.
Steven and I travelled to many cities, and met with many different people. Some visits were planned, others were led and orchestrated by the Lord. In Siguatepeque, Honduras we connected with the family of friends of mine in Huntsville. We were welcomed into their home, but soon it was apparent that the Lord has us there to minister. Steven spent two hours with a passionate young man who had been rejected by churches and religion and had given up on faith in God. Steven was able to instill hope into him and at times the young man was in tears. This was a big change from when he first walked up to us with a gang-member friend of his. Had this been on the street, our lives could have been in danger, but because we were in the home of mutual friends, this young man opened up and soon could see we had something different to offer…Jesus.
And while Steven was ministering to the young man, I was also ministering to an older man and member of the family who was struggling with bitterness and anger against injustices he felt he had experienced. It was a blessing to share with this man and encourage him.
Then after visiting three or four major cities, and not sensing any one was the place for me to live, we headed to the capitol of Tegucigalpa. Honestly I was feeling a bit down because I had not sensed specific direction from the Lord yet about my home and where I was to live. But as we drove around Tegucigalpa I began to feel the presence of the Lord upon me and literally had to hold back my tears from the emotion I felt. It was obvious to me and to Steven that the Lord was saying Tegucigalpa would be my home.
Then while in the Tegucigalpa area the Lord connected us with more people. One was a young man, a skateboarder, interested in Steven’s ministry. This young man lives in a rough neighborhood and it was interesting hearing his story. We also had a divine connection in the nearby city of Valle de Angeles, where we were connected and made friends with a brother and sister that run a restaurant. They are Christians and try to reach people that come into their place. Lastly, I was able to meet with my lawyer Arturo who is working on my residency papers. And so, overall, it was a productive trip and many doors were opened. I will look forward to sharing next time about what is to come.
PRAYER REQUESTS, CURRENT NEEDS:
I have two special prayer requests and needs this month: 1. While I was in Honduras , I began the permanent residency process with my attorney. All of the documentation and steps necessary to gain my residency, as well as to form the Casa Arbol de la Vida ministry will cost $1,700.00. In addition to this I will have moving expenses in just a few weeks that I estimate will be around $4,000.00. Thank you in advance if you would like to help with these needs. 2. Please continue to pray for my daughter Bethany. She is now in Africa where she will be spending all summer ministering with Nehemiah Teams. And, please let me know how I can pray for you.
For more information about my projects, prayer needs, etc. please click here to go to my personal website; there you will find many more details as well as more information about how you can pray or get involved.
May the Lord bless and keep you and make His face shine upon you, and give you peace,
c/o Outreach Christian Fellowship
P.O. Box 7637
Tyler, TX 75711-7637