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The Next Picasso

Hello, my name is Helga Sierra and I grew up in Tegucigalpa. When I turned 18, I moved to the United States to pursue a college degree in business. I knew I wanted to study in a different country when I was 14, the new places, cultures and possibilities in education were exciting to me. Not many people, in the world, get the opportunity to travel to the United States to get an education. I would say I fall in the 2-3% of the Honduran population, probably less…

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Sponsoring Bevely

Eight years ago, Megan Frost-Smith went to Honduras and fell in love with the country and the people. Living in Missouri at the time, she went with her church, The Rock, and visited Choluteca with about fifteen other people. She worked with an AIDS orphanage and a malnutrition clinic. “I was overwhelmed by the kindness of all the people.”

She couldn’t stay away. She went back every year after that for three years in a row on her spring breaks from college. After graduating she moved to Memphis, and even though she couldn’t go with her former church, she made a trip by herself one year to teach material she had learned in Downline.

Last year, Megan went to Tegucigalpa with POI for the first time. She had already fallen in love with Honduras, but on this trip she fell in love with the work of POI. “I have seen people consistently pour into improverished neighborhoods [like POI does], but I have never seen someone try to bring emotional health and healing to impoverished neighborhoods. I have a lot of respect for POI and I wanted to continue to partner with them.”

20160615_104239It was on this trip that Megan met Bevely and her whole view on sponsorship changed. “I had always thought that I should be doing the work myself. I wanted to have a hands-on approach to giving to the people I cared about, but what I realized was that I wasn’t nearly as effective at knowing what people needed or how they needed to get it as the people who lived and worked in Honduras were. I realized I could trust them to use my money to advance the Kingdom in ways I never could.”

Bevely’s athletic bent and independent spirit resonated with Megan and she formed a bond with her during her visit. Bevely would seek Megan out and spend time with her when she was working at the project. They played and interacted as much as they could. “Having seen how POI worked so hard in the neighborhoods to share the Gospel and love the people, I knew I wanted to sponsor a couple of the girls. When I found out she didn’t have a sponsor, I knew I wanted to be that person for her.”

Three weeks ago, Megan got a chance to go back and see Bevely. Bevely knows that Megan is sponsoring her and it has deepened what was already a sweet relationship. “My affection for her has grown since last year. Bevely shared some things with me about her life that surprised me. I didn’t expect her to open up like she did. It was a little awkward hanging out with someone I’d only seen once before, but it was so sweet. I cried like a baby when we said good-bye.”

Megan plans to go back as soon as she can and serve with her presence, but she is grateful that she can continue to love Bevely and the ministry of POI when she’s not there. “Sponsoring is a great way to consistently invest in the life and future of another person.”

Go Therefore and Make Disciples

As believers in Christ, we can find so much hope in the fact that no matter what the world throws at us, no matter what we endure in life, we know how this whole story ends. King Jesus will return, he will gather those he calls his own, and believers from every nation, tribe, people, and language will dwell with him forever.

Revelation 7:9. That is the endgame. There is no question about it.

Really, the only question for us is: Are we living our lives to that end? Is the way we are investing our lives in line with God’s ultimate plan for the world?

This is why Jesus calls us to “make disciples of ALL nations.” It is not enough that we just think locally. It is not enough that our focus only be at home. We must have on our hearts what God has on his, and that is nothing short of the entire world and the creation of a people for his own possession made up of believers from every tongue, tribe and nation.

He has called us as his followers to go into all the world, proclaiming his name and teaching others to follow him. The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 is the mission statement of every single believer, and though we will all live out that calling differently, none of us are excused. We all get to play a part in God’s redemption of his people.

Fellowship Memphis has always been committed to this mission. At last count, Fellowship Memphis members have served in over 40 different countries over the past 12 years. The longer I am at Fellowship Memphis, the more I am blown away by how God continues to use our people to further his kingdom. Hundreds have gone overseas and thousands have supported through prayer, fasting, giving financially, training, and so much more. It is such a picture of the Church, the body of Christ, working hand-in-hand with one another to accomplish the mission that has been set before us.

So, with that in mind, we want to go, yet again, to do what God has called us to do – make disciples of all nations – and when we do, we go as a family. Some will stay and some will go, but we will all have our part to play in living out this mission God has given us together as a family.

This summer, in partnership with Point of Impact Ministries – an organization started by Fellowship Memphis members David and Ruth Hamilton – our prayer is to see 100 men, women, and children from the Fellowship Memphis body go on mission together to serve, love, and minister to the people of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Written by: Josh Weiss