Advance Magazine
Winter 2019

IR Latin America Honduras

Reaching “the Least of These”

“Trusting in Jesus’s promise of protection and power, we have been going into ‘hot zones’ near notorious gang neighborhoods,” wrote Honduras missionaries Sam and Maria Conover. Earlier this year, the Conovers and their coworker, Ruth Coleman, delivered hundreds of gospel CDs, literature, and bilingual New Testaments in public schools.

After receiving the literature, at least one teacher began reading the New Testament to her class and praying each morning. The school principal gave the Conovers and Ruth permission for weekly readings and New Testament discussion. Multiple principals have invited Sam to speak to the teachers and parents on how to work with children. In each meeting, Sam has shared the gospel and given a biblical philosophy of childrearing.

In the neighborhood around one of the schools, the team distributed invitations to Sunday evening Bible studies that began in November. The school principal offered to promote it with a written notice at the entrance to the property. The team is praying God will bless this initiative and that a church will be established.

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English Outreach

The university setting is perhaps the most challenging place for the gospel in Brazil. When Jim and Julie Leonard searched for a significant ministry for a mission team coming from Hagerman Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa, they developed English Encounter. The project was a partnership with the Federal University in Cajazeiras and the Leonards’ coworkers Daniel and Sarah Ruley, who are starting a church in Cajazeiras.

In July, the Hagerman team put on a two-day English program for 124 university students, professors, and former students. The university granted a certificate for those attending. The Hagerman team sang, taught lessons, told stories, and served American snacks. All team members told about “My Life in America,” and clearly shared their faith in Jesus Christ and its impact on their lives. Students were very receptive, and Daniel is following up with the university’s language director and students. The contacts have given the Ruleys new opportunities to reach a difficult-to-reach segment of their city.

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