A Word from Chris

Imagine – imagine a life with no power, running water, mules for suitcases and suitcases for houses. imagine a land abundant yet enslaved, a people full of smiles but no hope within. imagine a child dirty and unclothed but laughing all the while. imagine a bondage that was invisible and a mystery untold by man. imagine if they knew what we know and they lived what we so timidly attempt to live.

Now imagine you have an opportunity to change that and you’ve just placed yourself in my shoes. Why would God send a 36 yr old son, husband, father and youth pastor on a 6 hour hike to be an ambassador of Him? Grace. There is no earthly reason why I should be the one to go and speak broken spanish to these people in hopes of giving them something that was so freely given to me. But that’s grace isn’t it? Me getting something that I don’t deserve. In fact Paul spoke of this in 1 Cor. 1:26-27, “For consider your calling, brothers; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in this world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.” So here I stand, arms high and heart abandoned in awe of the one who gave it all. I have no other response but to go, to tell, to share. I go that their smiles may have hope, a deeper meaning. I go that children, though poor, would have an inheritance man cannot fathom or create. I go that they may have a power given to them that would create a light all of Honduras may see. I go because He went. For me it all starts and ends with grace.

For the last year I’ve been thinking about this date in October. My body has been put through stress to deal with the hike. My mind has been prepared through conversation, reading and prayer. My heart has been prepared through a reminder that someone once told me of this gift of love. The motivation is not far from me, neither is conviction. It’s more than a trip and there is nothing I want to do more than go to Delicias, Honduras and hike up and down 2 mountains, sleep in a hut, go without a shower, razor or decent food, coke or snacks to tell a people group that redemption has come in the name of Jesus. Sacrifice? No, a calling, one that will cause “wise” people to share their heads. But more than that calling is my calling here, home. You can join this movement to help people in Delicias and unreached parts around this world hear the Gospel by buying a simple bracelet, that’s easy. But you can also join this movement by telling people every day, where you live, work and play that there is hope, there is redemption, there is grace, and it’s found in Jesus Christ. Join us by praying, perhaps giving, but beyond that, join us by going in the name of Jesus with your story of hope, grace and mercy. Confound the wise and walk with hope!

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