For the past four years members of our family have had the opportunity to experience God on the mission field in South America. Mission Trip has been the highlight of each year and "Being on Mission with God" is the lifestyle the Lord has directed us to lead according to Mathew 28.
Jessica and I recently traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras as part of the Frontlline Missions planning team, to scout out our accomodations and make contacts for Mission Trip 2011. We were welcomed by the family of God who invited us into their home and shared everything they possessed with us as if we had been friends all our lives. Tegucigalpa, with a population of near 4 million, is the capital of Honduras and is located in the mountains of Central America.
Jessica will leave for Honduras June 5th to help with final preparations for our groups arrival. After mission trip, she will travel directly to Colombia, South America with Elizabeth Jambor. They will be involved in various outreach activities over a four month period. First they will spend time in Pairera with Kevin and Christine Cunningham, helping with evangelism efforts during the Under 20 World Cup Soccor Tournament. The remainder of their time will spent in Barranquilla, where we ministered on mission trip last year. Magdalena, a woman we have relationship with through Mission Trip 2010, has offered them accomodations and everyone is very excited that they will have the opportunity to live in a home and experience the culture first hand.
Tony and I, along with the four older children will travel to Tegucigalpa, Honduras June 24 - July 5 and participate in city wide evangelism through school and street ministry as well as partner with Evangelism of Earth in a three night crusade featuring DC Reto and Steve Fatow. Our teams will be involved with food ministry and building a playground in a very rural, impoverished area. Our time in the city also coincides with a youth event expected to draw thousands of young people from several Latin-American countries.
On July 8th I will leave for Buffalo, New York with the three younger kids. Buffalo is the third poorest city in the United States and is home to a great number of refugees. We will work with the Dream Center and John Tasch Ministries to share God's love with the nations living within the inner city. Sidewalk Sonday School is a highlight for children of all ages in the community, Adopt a Block is a practical way to bless the neighborhoods. Janna and Joyannah, who have participated with the Knoxville Inner City Kids Outreach program in Knoxville, are especially excited, as this will be their first out of town mission experience.
The preparation season for these trips is intense with prayer, training meetings, drama practices, and various other activities. Please pray for the Lord to direct us and make our hearts ready to reach out to the people with His love. Pray for our teams to work together in unity. Pray for the people of Tegucigalpa to receive the love of Jesus and salvation, also for churches to be planted.
As we have been anticipating these trips, everyone has been involved in fund raising activities of various types throughout the fall and winter. Even Janna has earned the first $110 toward her trip. As a family we have raised nearly $4000 of the approximately $10,000 needed. This amount excludes Jessica's five month expense budget. Please prayerfully consider how your family can participate in sending us to the nations. If you are able to support us financially, please write checks to Trinity Chapel in order to receive proper tax credit for your donation, we can also receive personal checks. Any monetary gifts should be sent directly to our home address:
Evan's Family 935 Corning Rd. Knoxville, TN 37923.