Hike with Hope has been given an incredible opportunity to sponsor Kim Butler who is joining an incredible organization called “The World Race.” Here is a little about Kim:
“I’m what they call a type A personality. I’m a perfectionist… I’m even trying to perfect not being a perfectionist! (a work in progress). I’m also an over committer, I always have multiple things going on at a time and as soon as something comes off my plate I find something else to replace it. I’m excited to spend 11 months committed to nothing except God and sharing His love with others.
I’m 24 years old and I graduated from Berry College in May 2008 with a degree in Business Management. I’m currently working in property management, an industry that I am less than passionate about, I coach a women’s crew (rowing) team at Brenau University, something I am overly passionate about, and I’m almost done planning a wedding for my oldest friend. God has used each of these things and more, even the job, to prepare me for this trip and grow me up in Him.
So, how did I come to make the decision to go on “The World Race.” Well, it started with my sister who mentioned that she thought it might be something I would be interested in. We didn’t talk much about it, and honestly I forgot about it. A few days later the idea came back in my mind, and again and again for a few weeks. At that point I said, “God, are you trying to tell me something?” So I went online and looked up this elusive trip. I got really excited about it after reading just a few things and decided I should shut the computer. I tend to get my hopes up about things and then they become about me and not about God’s will for my life, and I wanted this to be ALL God if it was His will. I made the decision to not actively think about the trip and only pray and surrender it to God anytime He brought it to mind. For about 2 more weeks the Spirit continued to speak to my heart and remind me of all the events that He had used to lead me to this place. He began to confirm that this was not my own voice but rather His still small voice leading me to this place. After looking more deeply into the trip online I decided to pray more intentionally for God’s guidance and spoke with my mentor who advised that I begin walking through the doors God opened. Not 100% confident, I decided to take a vacation alone, something I have never done. I ended up going to 4 cities in 4 days and God revealed to me more about Himself and His desire to fulfill my desires. It was a sweet time to get quite and alone with God and He confirmed even more that I was to lay down my desires and trust Him to give me life to the full!”
To Keep up with Kim or to partner with Hike with Hope in supporting her please visit her site HERE!
Thanks Kim for all that you are doing for the kingdom and we are looking forward to reaching the world with you!
As many of you have heard the Hike with Hope team is heading back to Delicias, Honduras on April 25th. We do want to announce that we still have a couple of slots available if this is something that interest you.
Here is a little about the trip:
This is a 6 day trip in which we will leave on the 25th and return on the 30th.
The cost will be about $700-$800 pending on plane tickets between then and now
You will need to be able to Hike for roughly 6 hours through rough terrain and climate change.
During this trip we will be living among the Lenca people and providing for some of their immediate spiritual and physical needs (such as but not limited to Food/Water/Shelter/agriculture)
Before you email me with a desire for a slot you will need to make sure that you can have $700 by March 1st
Be able to meet with me or a team member by February 6th
Passports are required to leave the country, but there are no immunizations needed
If you are at all interested to come with us on our next adventure to Honduras please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the last month we have been building relationships with a village that is down the street from my house. It has been such an eye-opening experience for me and everyone else involved with Hike with Hope. This village consists of 15-20 residence living in tents and shacks, Women and Men and even a dog name Sadie. We have went in a couple of times a week for a while now and have gotten to the point of being on a name to name basis. The idea of this process is to restore dignity, to love the unloved and to bring hope to the hopeless. Ultimately we want to bring awareness of the need and give you the opportunity to get involved. Be the Change.
Last week we got the opportunity to bring in a meal(thanks to Project Axis) and not just serve these people but actually sit down and have Thanksgiving with them. As we set up this feast on the makeshift ping-pong table, the eyes got big in the woods! It was such an unbelievable feeling to be able to sit down and do life with these people. Be the Change
The most incredible thing happen the other day while we stopped by to visit, a guy named Scotty came up and handed me several pairs of pants and shoes and expressed his desire to be apart of this movement and he wanted to help clothe and meet the needs of people too. How ridiculous that generosity comes natural to those who have nothing to lose. You and I are rich, Be the Change.
Here is a list of things we need for these people
Tarps, Tents, Long Johns, shoes(Men/Women), Personal products(Men/Women), Work Opportunities, Gloves, Coats, toboggans, Hand and Feet Warmers, Shoes, batteries, candles, plywood, Sponsorship/Partner. Be the Change
Here is one of many videos put together from our hike in Honduras
By now many of have heard about our friends from Delicias and Benigno in particular. Benigno was the gentleman who gave his life to Christ during one of our services within the village. Since our visit the village has encountered episodes of persecution and no doubt public rejection. The Hike with Hope teams heart is very heavy for Beningo and other professing believers within the village. We’re thankful for the persecution as it confirms to us that God is at work. Specifically and intentionally God is at work within the hearts of this village. This is very evident through the resistance being shown and the thickness of a religion that is depending on man rather than relationship with the Father, through Jesus Christ. Our prayer here is anything. Anything it takes God for your glory to have maximum exposure in my world. That’s a tough prayer but we’re thankful for Benigno and his stand for the Gospel and glory of Jesus Christ.
We encourage and beg you to pray for Benigno. He didn’t accept Christ amidst a loving congregation that would accept, equip, and love him. He accepted Christ amidst the stares, whispers, and soon coming persecution. He’s likely to be shut out from the inner circles of the village. Maybe not allowed to walk a certain trail or share in a meal. We really don’t know the truth of it because truth is our world is different. But is it all that different? How well do we rejoice when one soul comes to Christ? How well do we come along their side to equip, accept and love? Maybe a quick hug or pat on the back and then it’s back to our usual routine? Truth is those who accept Christ often have to backslide or “calm down” before they’ll ever fit in at an average American church, and that’s sad. So this is post is both an encouragement and challenge. Be encouraged, thankful and mindful of the freedom we have here. Bondage exists within religion but freedom is there for those in Christ Jesus. Walk in that freedom! Be challenged to pray for Benigno and resist religion. Stand strong with those around you to be the hands and feet of Christ as we possess His mind.
As I pray for Benigno and the people of Delicias this is my prayer, this is my hope, and a great reminder of how specific and intentional our prayers should be for Benigno and those around this world, even within our own communities:
“For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, the you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills in all.” Eph. 1:15-23