The Killarney Honduras Mission Team shared their many experiences with the communities of Killarney, Boissevain and surrounding area on Wednesday evening this past week at the Killarney Calvary Baptist Church.
The Mission Team hailed from the Killarney Calvary Baptist Church, and the Boissevain Mennonite Brethren Church, making up the 10-person team.
In spite of other events held in Killarney that night, as well as a wintery evening of snow and cold, the event was well attended with many of the supporters who helped to fill the humanitarian bags, and cash fund that went towards the mission needs.
$7200 was raised through various fund-raising efforts with 100% of the money going towards the mission of Manos Extendidas, serving in the capital city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Part of the presentation was to share how the money was allocated to the different parts of the ministry. $5000 was designated to go towards the building project of a Transition Home for those prisoners who have given their lives to Christ while serving time in prison. Once they have completed their sentence they need a safe place to live, away from the gangs and the violence, and to be mentored and taught a new trade. The Transition Home provides all of that, giving born again believers a second chance to be back in community.
The remaining funds went towards the Child Sponsorship Program, the Street Feeding Ministry, Prison Visitation Ministry and the Hospital Ministry.
The Central American country suffers from severe poverty, and gang control. Though they knew the gangs were aware they were there, and were watching, the team wasn't afraid as they were told the gangs had high respect for mission teams as they brought help and humanitarian supplies to help the people.
Team leaders, Ken and Marlene Buhler, were please with the turnout on Wednesday night. Sharing the different dynamics of the trip was important to bring the needs from the Honduran community to the communities of Westman.
"Basically we shared this evening because we recognized that the many people from the community and our churches were part of this mission. And, so we wanted to make sure that they were well-informed. Because they were part of it. We wouldn't have been able to do all that we did in our mission without them."
"We had such tremendous support from our church, the Killarney Baptist Church and the Boissevain MB Church," explains Ken, "and form this community and surrounding communities.. and because of that support it enabled us to do this mission work. We just wanted to show the people who supported us, what the mission was about and bring Honduras back to them and show what ministries are going on out there and the work of God and Jesus that we experienced and give them a little glimpse into that."
"I think everybody who came tonight were very much engaged in our stories," said Marlene, "and they all recognized that there were stories that we couldn't share with them."
For more on the Honduran Mission Trip from the team from Killarney and surrounding community, visit https://www.discoverwestman.com/cjrb-blog/mission-team-from-killarney-returns-from-honduras