The Seeds Have Been Planted and Fruit is Coming Forth
by: Jerry Eickhoff
I hear a lot about fruit around my house. “Don’t eat the chips, eat an apple! Maybe then you could see your feet,” or something subtle to that effect. God spoke to us about His expectations and our role in the growth process using fruit as a metaphor. He still speaks to us today in the same way, and we see it evident in our work in Central America.
It’s been a busy summer so far for the HOI staff, missionary teams, and the people we serve in Central America! 35 groups, with a total of 605 team members, have already traveled to our three locations across Honduras and Nicaragua, and we have almost 700 more scheduled to travel with us later this year. These are an amazing number of volunteers for whom we are so grateful, and a reminder of the importance that thousands of people place on our work in Central America and also the responsibility we have in coordinating and supporting teams.
The spiritual dimension of who we are and how we serve is really at the core of our long term “success”. It’s becoming more and more evident in everything we do. We’ve written about our seminary and the over 150 pastors we’ve trained, and also about how Young Life is now taking firm hold in the Valley with 19 of our local youth recently accepting Christ at the YL camp. These developments will have profound effects on the population for the rest of their lives, and as the truth of the Gospel accelerates and spreads, the country and its people will be transformed.
Through the tears we remember that there is also hope and joy. Joy in knowing the One who cares for us all equally, the One who has told us to put aside our fears, the One who reminds us to not be anxious in our troubles, is there. As we’re instructed in Isaiah 41:10:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
We’ve heard dozens of stories from team members who come away from these visitations in what was anticipated to be an “uncomfortable” experience that turned out to be soul-centering encounters with Christ.
6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
Thank you all for saying “yes” to this call by being and important part of our ministry through your active participation with HOI, supporting us with your traveling to our overseas locations, generous financial gifts, and undergirding us with your prayers.
Thank you and may God bless you,