In July, Ken accompanied itinerant medical missionaries Dick and Leota Watterson to Honduras to help with construction needs at a seminary there. Our church in Michigan supports three national couples who are graduates of this seminary and who are now church-planting among the Lenka people group. On Sunday he was able to travel into the mountains by bus to visit a church service among one of their newly-planted congregations. On weekdays he worked with concrete and cinderblocks to expand the pumphouse for the seminary’s water supply; eating local foods with students and contributing to their evening English class were fun perks.
Ken’s favorite story from the trip came at the end of Sunday’s sermon. The missionary was finishing up his message in an outdoor setting, when someone obviously drunk ambled to the front of the meeting. Ken rejoiced to see the maturity of this young pastor as he spoke graciously afterward, encouraging the drunk to trust Christ as Savior and turn to Jesus for healing from his addiction. Sadly, the man declined, but Ken learned later that his son was the one who had invited the missionaries to work in his village.
It was really humbling to see God’s hand at work making this trip a reality. When the Lord first laid this on Ken’s heart, it looked impossible. We did not have funds for extra travel, and the seminary did not have funds for its own maintenance needs. But God worked through His people to provide, and we all rejoiced together that “with God, all things are possible.”