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August 24th, 2012:
De: "gina roblero"
Asunto: Re: fotos materiales aula de computo escuela paso tempisque

Hola estas son algunas de las fotos de la instalacion electrica,
se esta haciendo por partes ya que al electricista solo lo mandan dos dias
a la semana.

El 2 de julio de 2012 14:34, gina roblero escribio:

Estas son las fotos de los materiales que entregaron,en cuanto tenga
las del proceso de inatalacion del electricista se las envio.gracias

      
      
      




July 22nd, 2012:
Dear John,

Thank you for making my Happening Honduras Trip possible! Our trip was 7 days Thursday May 31 thru Thursday June 7, 2012. I feel very honored that I got to represent your son Andrew on this mission trip. The trip exceeded all my expectations. My heart has defiantly changed and I feel like I am a completely different person from this experience.

Explaining how amazing this trip was is almost impossible. However, after we reached out to so many people, the coolest kids ever, built a house, spoke to families with faith so great that mine feels almost miniscule in comparison, and brought two people into the Christian family, all in the name of God and in the space of one week, I don't think there's much of anything for me to say. WE Serve an Awesome GOD!

-Mary




June 13th, 2012:
Another funded mission trip from Andrews Mission

Dear John Bond,

My name is Shane Waller and I am a member of the youth group at St. Matthew's. You know my father, Scott Waller, who works with MEC.

I am going to Costa Rica in July on the St. Matthew's youth summer mission trip. You and I talked briefly at the last fundraiser about what we do when we are in Costa Rica, and you stated that you would be happy to help. I am currently raising money to pay for my trip to go and was hoping that you could be of some assistance to me by giving a donation to help fund my trip.

As I mentioned when we talked, while we are in Costa Rica we will be working with Rice and Beans Ministry. We will work different activities during the day such as, building projects and participating with Vacation Bible Schools in the different villages around the area where we are staying. In the afternoons we will deliver rice and beans to different homes. At night we will participate in a group worship with others from our group and the Costa Ricans. It is an amazing experience.

Any support you could provide would be greatly appreciated. I can answer any questions that you may have. Feel free to call me anytime.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Shane Waller




June 12th, 2012:
I just returned from Costa Rica on Andrews Mission first leap into the missionary world. What an experience! This is the preschool that Andrews Mission is reinforcing the kitchen doors and windows because people keep breaking in and stealing their food! We are also fixing the roof and replacing all the windows in the classroom. I have more Pictures coming from the other projects we are doing in the area!

- John




May 29th, 2012:
John,

I want to invite you to the last meeting for Happening Honduras. It will be at Madison UMC at 6:00 on May 30 the night before they leave. I thought this might be a GREAT time for us to get some pictures!! It will mainly be a praise and worship time, but hopefully we can answer any questions too.

Please keep them all in your prayers while they are on the mission trip. They will be delivering food bags and evangelizing to the people below:

Maria Griselda Rivera, Orvelina Garcia, Lidia Esperanza Ortiz, Maria Tomasa Garcia, Clementina Rivera, Rosa Delia Ferrera, Gloria Suyapa Castellanos, Barbara Caballero, Rosa Cardona, Abigail Hernandez, Luisa Hernandez, Digna Cardona, Norma Caballero, Gloria Esperanza Ramirez and Lesly Escobar.

Please pray for these households also. In Honduras the household is listed by the wife's name instead of the husband, so these aren't all single women. I imagine there are husbands in most of them and children also.

When they arrive in Honduras and get loaded on the bus Cathey will call Connie Bush and then she will post on the Honduras page that they are all there safe and sound. They will only be at the hotel with wi-fi early in the morning, before 8:00 and at night. They will try to post on the Happening Honduras facebook daily, so if you are not on that facebook, get on it so you can see the amazing things they will be doing .

The group leaves Jackson Airport @ 5:00am on Thursday May 31, all of the teens will be staying the night before, with someone in the Jackson area.

Everyone is really excited about the trip!!!! Please email or call if you have any questions before then.


Love in Christ,
Mary Martha




April 29th, 2012:
Dear John,

This is Reid.... I just want to thank you for helping me pay for this Honduras trip. It means more than you know for me to go on this trip... I feel god wants me there.. I even went so far as to translate a song I wrote into Spanish for this trip... I'll put the lyrics below....(English version). Thank you again for helping pay for my trip.... I want nothing more than to spread the love of Jesus through building these homes and singing these songs to the people of Honduras.. God bless you for what you have done through your mission work....

Here's the song

We Will Go

Verse 1
There are children around this world
Without a place to sleep
There are children around this world
Without any food to eat

Pre-chorus
We are the hands and feet
We are the hands and feet

Chorus
We will go
Feed the children
We will go
Spread your Word
We will show
Your love to the broken
Let the whole world know
We will go

Verse 2
There are places around this world
Where a babies have no name
There are places around this world
Where there's no medicine for the lame

Pre-chorus
We are the hands and feet
We are the hands and feet

Chorus
We will go
Feed the children
We will go
Spread Your Word
We will show
Your love to the broken
Let the whole world know
We will go

Bridge
We will Disciple all the nations
Lifting high our mighty god
Knowing you are with us always
Father sprit son (2x)

Chorus


Peace, Reid




April 13th, 2012:
To Andrew's Mission,

My name is Anna-Marie Foster. I am John and Doris's older sister and Jeff's oldest daughter. I am a freshman at Mississippi University for Women. I am exploring the medical field as a career in order to show others the nurturing, loving, and serving mission that my God blesses me with.

I would like to tell you about myself a little bit. I graduated from Starkville Academy in 2011. I was very active in volunteer work, along with Junior Auxiliary Crown Club, Pilot Club, Anchor Club, Relay for Life, and March of Dimes. I received several scholarships to MUW, and I was inducted to the Starkville Academy Hall of Fame. At MUW, I joined a social club called Lockhearts. We encourage young ladies to be their best while leading, volunteering, worshiping, and socializing. I also am in the Honors College and serve in the Hearin Leadership Program. During my childhood, I remember my daddy explaining to me, my brother, and my sister about his trips to Honduras. I did not understand why he was leaving, but I remember him telling me he was going to help kids just like us. He told us they would love him because they knew God sent him there. I never understood how they could love him so much until I experienced the love from children.

God presented me with a wonderful opportunity to visit Honduras. I raised money to send my brother, sister, and myself to Honduras. Our dad got to go with us. This trip was honestly the best trip I've ever taken. I learned more things about how spiritually strong I was as well as all of the other members of my church family that attended. God touched my heart in so many ways that week. He showed me how wonderful my life is, he showed me how strong He is, he showed me how to unconditionally love people I just met, and He showed me how close he actually is to his followers.

Honduras touched my heart. I could feel God blessing my life from all of the children I met. Honduras showed a different light on the world. I started to understand more of God's creation. Honduras made me a better person. I truly appreciate all the ways I've been blessed. Honduras made me fall in love with God again. I felt God enter my heart in a way I had never felt before. Honduras taught me to not to fear the unknown and to live in the present.

My favorite part of Honduras is Santa Clara. There are so many things I could tell you about Santa Clara. Let me first tell you why we go there. This story also tells the story of how I fell in love with God again. Arturo and Suyapa lived an extremely comfortable life in the US. Arturo had a dream about a huge rock, and someone was talking to him on the rock. He kept having the dream and realized God was talking to him standing on the rock. He was confused about this, while he and Suyapa packed up and moved to Honduras. They both continued to pray to God about what to do. They found a piece of land and purchased it. Arturo told a group of us his testimony while he drove us to his land. While we were walking he continued his story. He told us he had the land surveyed. Just about this time, we walked up to an enormous rock. The rock in his dream. The rock in his dream where God talked to him. Hearing his story while seeing the rock brought tears to my eyes. Right then God pulled on my heart. I remember riding back to the school and asking myself what have I done with my life. Have I spent every day of my life serving God with the best of my ability? I feel like God told me I have not failed him and that I have so much more to give to others.

Arturo and Suyapa have started a school in Santa Clara called White Dove. They started out in a little hut. They have since then grown to multiple grades and multiple buildings. Our church has been a major part of building those buildings. My daddy has been a major part of these projects.

White Dove is my favorite part of Honduras, primarily because we do not need translators. Every child is bilingual, English and Spanish. Some of the children are trilingual, English, Spanish, and French. The memorize bible verses, the Pledge of Allegiance, multiplication tables, and many others things that I memorized in grade school. Arturo, Suyapa, and the teaching staff help the children memorize the school's motto. During this motto, the children have a line that says something to the effect of we go to school to get an education, we need an education to help become leaders to change the nation of Honduras. I remember when I was little, and I was told I could be anything I wanted to be. I am pretty sure I changed from being a mommy and who knows what. I never imagined of "changing the nation". The children of White Dove truly believe that they will change the government of Honduras, and I personally know that each of those children will go on to do great things in the name of the Lord.

While we were in Santa Clara, the children of White Dove took us walking in their village to distribute bibles and clothing. I am going to be completely honest- I was extremely scared. I was with a child that was just learning English. The verse from Psalms 145:18 says, "The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth." I said this over and over in my head while walking alone in the village with the young girl. Needless to say, I returned back to the school with no harm done. And I thanked God for that. I remembered that if you have God on your side, you are completely safe.

I would really love to go back to Honduras. Arturo and Suyapa hold a dear place on my heart. In fact, Suyapa flew to the US to visit Starkville and her family up north. I got to see her for lunch, and it felt as if I had not been away for 6 months.

It would mean the world to me, if you could send us to Honduras again. I really appreciate all that Andrew's mission has done. I read through the website the other day, and I know God is blessing your family and all the people that donate to the fund.

In Christ,
Anna-Marie Foster



Andrews's Mission,

Last year I went on a mission trip to Honduras with my church. It was a very inspirational trip. I learned several things in Honduras. I learned that people in Honduras don't have it like we do in America. The majority of people in the villages we visited live on an incredibly small amount of money. They are constantly living on nothing in Honduras. These people were living in dirt homes with chickens running around in a fenced tiny plot of land. These families would sleep in one great room. It amazed because I have my own room, while their whole family sleeps in a room the same size as mine.

On our last trip, we went to a small village that depended on a very old and dangerous swinging bridge to get to and from town. It was over a huge river that constantly floods. When the river floods the members of the community have no access to food. This leaves the community have to walk over 15 miles to get to the market place. My sister Doris is so afraid of heights, and she pretty much freaked out when she found out how long the bridge was. It was really funny to me.

While we were visiting the "Swinging Bridge Community" we brought much needed clothes. The mothers and children meet us, and we tried to distribute all of the clothes we could. While we were visiting, we put on a bible story play about how Jesus calmed the water. The kids really got into the play because they experience the same fears the disciples. They fear the "sea" because it can and has torn the bridge apart and it has cut them off with the village.

While we were here, we saw 2 children that really spoke to me. One little girl had a really bad looking open wound on her head. She had not received any medical care and the worst part was that we saw bugs squirming and flying around her wound. I felt horrible. This little girl looked pitiful. It hurt my heart. We also saw a little boy that had cut his foot wide open. He had a little piece of medical tape to hold it together. He was walking around on his foot in the dirt and ground. The sad thing was that he didn't have a doctor to help him. Even when I just a little cold, my mom forces me to go to the doctor. I wish my mom was there to take him to the doctor. It hurt me because I wanted to help these children, but we only had fluoride treatments and de-worming medicine.

It was funny when we gave the children the treatments. We gave them the nasty de-worming medicine at first. This medicine looks like oil and is almost as thick as syrup. It is really hard to get the children to drink it. The fluoride treatments are fun. The kids swish around the fluoride and then get to see how far they can spit it out! After each treatment we give the children a sticker. Just to make sure we give every child two medicines.

I also built a lifelong friendship with a man named Arturo. He is a true statement of a person "giving everything to someone else". Arturo and his wife lived in America and had very successful careers. They prayed about moving, and God wanted them to move to Honduras. There, school built a school in Santa Clara. The school's name is White Dove. They teach kids how to become better people. The really neat part about White Dove is that they teach English. Arturo and his wife are devoted to the children, and they truly love and need extra help at the school.

I hope you will be able to sponsor me on this trip. I hope to see Arturo. He is like family to me. My sisters, my dad, and I would do anything for Arturo. I hope to meet you and thank you for all you have done for Andrews Mission. You all are doing really great thing.

Sincerely,

John Foster




April 4th, 2012:
Thanks to the generosity of a lot of people the Andrew's Mission trips have begun! We have been able to send eight young men and women on successful mission trips. I want to share the story of the first trip to the Bahamas by Chad Akins from Valdosta State Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The original plan was to send young people to places where Andrew had spent time doing missionary work. Although that is still a goal, fate intervened in this particular instance.

Andrew grew up in Valdosta so it was easy to decide that would be a location to find some of the participants. The question was who and how to find them. This was too much of a coincidence!

One afternoon I was leaving the office for lunch and our receptionist, Gail Lynn, asked me how I determined who to send on the mission trips. I said, "Right now it is mainly word-of-mouth and the foundation's website." Then she started telling me a story about a family that goes to her church whose son was looking for a sponsor for his mission trip. He played basketball at Delta State and is now a graduate assistant and wants to go on a mission trip during his spring break. I asked where he was a graduate assistant and she said, "Valdosta State." All I could say was "WOW"!

Here is his story as it appeared in the Valdosta Times:
http://valdostadailytimes.com/sports/x1284940939/Former-Valdosta-resident-funds-mission-trip-for-VSU-graduate-assistant

And this is the story from Chad:

Mr. Bond
I have attached photos and written my appreciation and testimony to the trip below. Thank you so much and God bless.

Over spring break, I went to the bahamas for a mission trip with FCA. It was amazing to see how God worked not only in the local community, but me as well. While over there, we focused on 1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. As we were doing different services at the schools (painting the walls and basketball court, making new benches, sports camp, performing skits, etc.), God always presented an opportunity to build relationships with the students. There would be times when a young student would come up and just want to talk. While building these relationships, God presented the opportunity to talk about the gospel and Jesus. The students responded with much interest and many kids came to know Christ by the end of the trip (I have a photo with all the kids that accepted Christ at the high school-photo35). As for me, I was very humbled to see how God can use me to spread His Kingdom. It is amazing to see the work that God can do not only in the local community and in each us, but in countries all around the world. I'm so thankful for the work that God has done in me and I'm looking forward to growing in Him and hopefully going on many more mission trips near and far. Mr. Bond, thank you for all your help, support and prayer. Your donations to FCA have made a huge different and we are so thankful for your contribution. They were much needed and a true blessing for the trip. Sorry that it has taken so long to get this to you. I had trouble getting the pictures from the trip. But I have pictures that I will be attaching to this email and ones to follow. Thank you so much once again. I will continue to pray for you and your family. And I hope that if you ever need any help, you won't hesitate to contact me. I will do whatever I can. Thank you and I look forward to meeting you in person one day and keeping in touch.

Thanks,

Chad
Colossians 3:23 "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men"




February 16th, 2012:
Hey Mr. John,

I have attached my information letter for the "Happening Hondurus" mission trip that I hope to go on this summer. I also attached a picture of the Rivera family and there son Oscar who is standing in the family kitchen. We will refurbish there home while we are in Honduras( I am assigned to working on there house!), we will also hold vacation bible school and minister many families while there. I pray that this mission trip becomes a reality for me.
Thank you so much for considering my request.

In His Grip,

John Taber Shank

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January 24th, 2012:
John,

Are y'all planning another mission trip to Honduras next summer? Are you looking for people to send through Andrew's Mission? Ever since I returned home, I want to go back! I will pay my own way, but I would love to go with people who are associated with Andrew's Mission. It makes it much more personal to honor Andrew. Words cannot describe how awesome it is to see people's lives changed. I know that it isn't easy to organize flights and teams, advertise your foundation, and get donations, but I assure you it is so worth it! Be encouraged and be blessed!

My personal experience: Andrew's Mission does more than sustain life by feeding people and supplying their needs. It brings faith, hope, and love to the brokenhearted and the weary. Even if you don't speak the language of the families you are helping, you can see the sparkle of hope in their eyes and the gratitude in their smiles. We tend to get caught up in material things, and our selfish, shallow desires are never satisfied. My cousin, Andrew, didn't care about extravagant possessions; he cared about people. I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate Andrew's life than this non-profit organization.

Matthew 25:40, "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'"

Sending lots of love your way,
Suzanna




April 25th, 2011:
Thank You's To -

  • Bo Bilbo
  • Bridgette Rieffel
  • Stephanie Coop
  • Mark Heidmann
  • Jill Conner
  • Craig Fleishman
  • Eutaw Construction
  • Rudy Warnock
  • Lyle Machinery
  • Burns, Cooley & Dennis
  • Wayne Kelly
  • SRW Chemical
  • Casey Skelton
  • Dewayne Boyd

You guys have made it possible to send Andrew's brother, Wesley, on the initial mission trip. We are still working on getting together enough money to send Suzanna, their cousin, on the same trip.

They will be going to Honduras for a week with a wonderful church. The Bellwether Church has opened up two spots for them to get involved. Go to www.bellwetherchurch.org to find out more about them.




March 24th, 2011:
Thank you to everyone that helped in this process. It took a while but last week I received the official letter from the IRS confirming that we are a tax deductible non-profit organization! This took over a year and a lot of hard work from Maribeth, Anthony Romero and Bobby Culumber...Thank you guys! Looking forward to working with yall in the future.

John