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THE GIFT OF VOLUNTEERING

POI Honduras is a Christ-centered ministry that gives the opportunity to reach the Honduran people through different programs such as: medical clinics, churches, after school programs, feeding centers, and house homes, among many others.  Whether you are a young go-getter or a seasoned ministry volunteer who has been there and done that, Point of Impact welcomes all those whom God is calling to partner with our ministry in Honduras.  Over the summer we were blessed to have many teams from the U.S. and Honduras, come serve our children and communities. We are humbled by the impact each team member makes in the lives of our children. As we near the end of the year, we have taken some time to reflect on some of those volunteer trips.

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Our projects at Crucitas, Villanueva, and February 21 got visits from a Honduran team of dental students, who at no cost worked entire mornings tending to the dental health needs of our children, and staff. This is the second year that Dr. Juan Carlos Aguilar has been leading teams to work with POI.  Aguilar say’s: “It brings me joy and happiness to serve others. There is a big need for dental health services in the communities where POI is, and it is seen as an “unaffordable luxury”.  That is why I am always assembling teams to raise funds, supplies and give their time in order to provide our services for free.”  The Dr. and his team give interactive dental hygiene lessons and fluoride treatments for children, as well as tending to different dental needs. He adds: “With two years of coming and seeing the kids and their families I can already see improvement and it proves that our time and effort are well invested.” Although it is common for people to avoid dental visits our children and their parents are extremely appreciative and take advantage of the opportunity.

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Last week the Honduran Christian bilingual school, Pinares, had a group of students led by their Spiritual Life counselor, Mr. Orlando Lara, visit our project.  The high school students ranging from ninth to twelfth grade, took time from their busy academic schedule and served our children. They played, sang, gave out snacks and gifts but most importantly they came to share the gospel. Mr. Orlando Lara say’s: “I teach an elective class based on Stephen’s life. Stephen is described in the bible as a man who was unusually full of faith and the Holy Spirit and  he served others. Through our class we encourage our students to learn how to serve others whole-heartedly. We truly appreciate POI opening doors and allowing us to come and serve POI.”  What a joy it was to see the Pinares students serving and giving their best to our POI kids.  The POI kids were beaming with joy as the Lord used students to invest in them.

President George H. W. Bush once said: “the greatest gift we can give is ourselves”.   POI knows that volunteering has the power to inspire change and impact lives. There are no age restrictions when it comes to making your mark on the world through service. We are continually blessed by people who go above and beyond to make sure our ministry keeps impacting lives.  We want to encourage you to serve because you can make a difference! Log on to our website or email ajenkins@poiglobal.org to find out how you can serve through POI.

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Never Too Young: Sarah’s Story

Eight-year-old Sarah Dow went on her first overseas mission trip to Tegucigalpa alongside her mother, two sisters, and two older cousins. As the team delivered food to the dump, played with street children, and delivered water to poverty stricken neighborhoods, SD, as they call her, tagged right along.

It was an eye-opening experience for this young girl, and she was frequently overcome by confusion and brokenness because of what she saw throughout the week.

I couldn’t help but picture myself as I watched SD pilfer through these complicated emotions. At 6 years old I made the same trip Sarah did. I still remember the sadness that ached in my heart as I looked around and saw something so very different from my own home.

One evening at dinner SD skipped up to me and tapped me on the shoulder,

I’ve been saving up my money…and I want to sponsor Bessy!

Bessy is an 8 year old from one of the POI neighborhoods where SD and her team spent time leading a VBS for the children. Their friendship was sparked despite their language barriers and diverse backgrounds. There is no doubt Bessy will remember Sarah’s friendship forever.

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The last evening of SD’s trip, her team was having a time to share about their experiences. The room fell silent for a moment and Sarah stood up in a chair next to her cousin. Tears streamed down her tiny face as she paused to arrange her thoughts.

This week my Mom has been teaching me what it means to be a disciple. I know that I can be one too…

There wasn’t a movement on that rooftop as our team watched in joy as Jesus transformed the willing heart of one of his precious children.

Nowadays you’ll find 8-year-old SD eagerly pursuing her desire to be a disciple, just like her mom taught her. She has decided to make jewelry and sell them to her classmates—but this time she’s saving up money to donate to the children who live in the Tegucigalpa dump.

SD knows without a doubt that God doesn’t need a particular age, maturity, or income to make a difference. He simply needs our hearts. That week Sarah taught her teammates and many others, that no one is too young to change the world—even an 8-year-old.

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Who is blogging?

Hannah Hamilton is the daughter of David and Ruth Hamilton, founders of Point of Impact Ministry. She first traveled to Honduras at 6 years old and has been passionate about advocating for the impoverished ever since. To read more, click here.

 

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POI Needs Your Prayers!

We have recently been notified that Larissa is in stable condition! Her test results will be available Monday; we are praying for good news!

However, we now have four of the POI orphanage boys showing flu-like symptoms. Please pray for Helton, Isaac, Kevin, and Andre. Edgardo, husband to Mary, and father to our boys, is also sick. He has received medication and is doing his best to help the boys recuperate.

We know that satan hates what is going on in this ministry and in this country. So we please ask that you would intercede on behalf of these precious people who are so dear to our hearts.

We have a team of families from Presbyterian Day School arriving this Friday to serve alongside POI in the four neighborhoods, the city dump, homeless shelters, and the government-run orphanages. As they prepare for their upcoming trip please pray for these volunteers that their hearts would not be discouraged but willing.

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The spiritual warfare is overwhelming and incomprehensible for the POI family but we are confident that God will move mountains no matter what.

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