Did you know that three members of our church, Jennifer Taylor, Lauren Eichler, and Rev. Andy Nelms, will be attending a conference led exploratory mission trip to Honduras September 9-13? Bishop McKee, who is the Bishop of the North Texas Conference, is also the episcopal leader for the Methodist Churches in Honduras. Because of this, the Bishop has asked if Prosper UMC would consider creating a one-to-one relationship with a Methodist church in Honduras. This relationship would not only be a financial investment, approximately $3,000 per year for 3 years, but also a relational and time investment as well. The exploratory trip will include meeting some of the Honduran churches and their leaders, learning about the greatest need for the churches in Honduras, and praying for the Spirit of God to speak to the team of three, our missions committee, and our church as we discern together the possibility of this partnership.
Once in Honduras the team will visit Ciudad Espana and Juan Wesley Educational Center. This center is an example of one of the ministries Prosper UMC could partner with in ministry to the world. Prior to 2014, there was no secondary education in Ciudad Espana, Honduras. Students had to either travel 45 minutes by bus to Tegucigalpa (oftentimes a dangerous trip) or if they couldn't afford it, had no educational opportunities past the 7th grade. This led to teens joining gangs or working at a manual labor position due to no secondary education. The Juan Wesley Center partners in ministry with its community to reach out to these at-risk youth and save them from a life of violence. This type of ministry is of interest to the missions committee as we seek to build relationships with those in need.
In the future, the majority of ministry done through the missions committee will be done for this purpose—to create relationships with those in need. What we see in the life of Jesus is that our Savior built relationships with those who were nothing like him so that they might experience his incredible love. Our ministry is no different. We are commanded by Jesus to, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35). As we seek to love those Jesus love we will inevitably come into relationship with those in need. We look forward to doing ministry with you!