Thursday, January 30, 2014


Doug and Deborah Duty

Cofradia, Honduras


Today I want to focus not on those who we are serving but on those who came to serve.

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying – “Whom shall I send, who will go for Us? Then I said, “Here am I, send me!”  Isaiah 6:8

 The text has always been a great testament to me. God calls, He calls for ANYONE. Isaiah overhears the conversation and simply responds. The writer even put an exclamation point on his response. This was not a timid reply, this was not a reply that had hesitation. Isaiah replied quickly and emphatically. When he responded he did not know the details, he didn’t question what he would have to do or insist on what he would or would not do.

That is what I have seen in the days here on this trip. Men and women of all ages, all cross sections of life and from various states. As I walk around I drink in the wonder that is this team.

Everyone doing their “thing” but also pitching in to lug boxes, unstack and stack chairs, carry tables and help anyone that needs help. It is a beautiful sight to see brothers and sisters working together.


These great people answered the call regardless of anyone else. They didn’t tell the mission what they would or would not do… they said – HERE AM I! I will go! I want to go! Not only that they paid for the privilege of serving. They set aside their own vacation time, they save for months just to be able to say – HERE AM I.

I thank God for people like this. I am impressed by their humble serving hearts. Working LONG hours and still laughing. Smiling when I know good and well they are extremely tired. That is how you answer the call when God says – “who will go for Us?”   Doug

Returning to Honduras for the second time still has me in great awe!  I love seeing how everyone works together to serve as many people as possible.  At the end of today, I find myself thinking it is just not enough. Everyone was still working frantically to see every patient as the sun sets. 

Mother’s on the other side of the fence begging for medication for their children.  A humbling reminder that I have never had to do this.  And that I am truly blessed.   It amazes me how God always gives you what you need exactly when you need it!  I was asking the ages of children and mothers were yelling out ages and I understood.  No one was complaining, just trying to continue to serve.  How do you turn people away as they have stood in line all day, not one of us wanted to!  What a humbling experience!!!   Deb

Each one here has answered the call and I know God will honor what has been done in this place.    

Notes from a Newbie:  (Larry McCullough)

Although I have traveled extensively throughout Latin America, this was my first medical missions trip in over 40 years.  It was wonderful to see people come together with the purpose of being God’s hands, feet, and ears to a needy people. 

I was especially impressed with a group of older high school and young university students (national Honduran youth) who worked tirelessly by our side --- serving primarily as translators for the doctors and nurses, and medical support staff.

In the book of Malachi, we are exhorted to look and see all that God is doing around the world.  This mission trip helped us see how God is at work in the country of Honduras.  I wish that more dedicated and committed people (those who want to serve God in some way) could experience a trip like this.  And, it was not the trip per se, but the people that God brought.

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