Continuing Effective Change
by Louis Deas
God is doing something special within the HOI community. He is releasing resources, broadening our borders, and dispatching disciples to support His mission in Central America through innovative and exciting means. Kristin Corbin is one of those disciples and HOI’s first ever 5K Walk/Run was birthed out of this God-given call to action.
Kristin became involved with HOI through Georgia College and State University (GCSU) as a member of the medical team in 2013. Since that first trip she has fallen in love with our long-term mission, community-led approach, and emphasis on the continued partnership between North and Central Americans. Her new found passion for HOI and its ministries compelled her to get involved in deeper ways. She joined our medical committee and began searching for ways to continue making an impact long after her week of service had ended. Soon, God led her to use an avenue that with which she was already familiar and to reach out to those who may be unfamiliar with the mission that had impacted her so. Thus, the first annual 5K was born.
Thanks to the combined efforts of Kristin; HOI board member, Fran Lewis; and HOI Water Projects Coordinator, Morgan Leary we have produced an exciting event that extends the existing partnership between Honduran and Nicaraguan communities and mission teams to other North Americans. Through the HOI 5K Fun Run/Walk for Health, we not only raise money for the newly launched Family Health Partnership, we also raise awareness and show our ongoing support for continued change in the areas where God has called us to serve.
Kristin’s story demonstrates that HOI’s mission trips are much more than a week long service experience in a distant country. Our trips are much more meaningful and impactful. They serve as an open door to long-term engagement with God’s mission where resources are scare and opportunity is needed most. Moreover, these opportunities create a space for God to speak clearly to everyone that would listen. Kristin heard the calling of the Lord and is following His leading toward continued service.
I challenge you to look for new, exciting ways to continue making an impact for God’s Kingdom. First, look to God for direction as you search within yourself to discover new possibilities to make a continued difference. Second, partner with your family, friends and your faith community to extend the reach for your cause. Lastly, invite others outside of your immediate peer group to engage with you and learn more about what God is doing through you and HOI’s long-term mission through community partnerships in Central America. You’ll soon find that God has already provided you with the resources necessary to make a continued difference.
Thank you for supporting HOI with your prayers, service, and giving. We’re looking forward to hearing about how you and your community have rallied together to continue supporting change in Honduras and Nicaragua. We aslo look forward to seeing you on April 16th for the Fun Run at Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville! If you haven’t already registered you can do so by clicking here.