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Including Young Adults in Mission Work: Inspiring and Refreshing

Updated: May 16, 2023


 

... And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”


Every great journey has a team. Teams are what make things work. “Teamwork makes the dream work” as they say, couldn’t be more accurate. Ministry works the same way, God designed it this way. The Manos de Dios Ministry has teams in place to make all of the ministry’s endeavors a reality. These teams consist of “Goers” and “Senders”. “Goers” are the team members that travel to Honduras and participate in the activities and works that have been planned and prepared. “Senders” are the team members that pray, support, give and help with the planning of the trip. This model has been an integral part of the Manos Ministry and it is this same spirit of teamwork that makes the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas work. All across the Diocese, ministries and church families help support each other by planning change, providing support, maximizing resources, and volunteering work.


Presently, our latest partner in this mission has been the DWTX College and Young Adults Missions Program. They were able to answer the call for providing the funds necessary to send young adults as part of the mission trip in January of 2023. This generosity gave new life to Manos ministry work as it allowed the ministry to bring on board young adults of many backgrounds and talents to connect and serve the youth in Honduras. Bringing onboard two young adults as Goers to our mission trip was not only a blessing to them, but also to the Manos team. They brought spiritual energy, passion, and a renewed perspective to our mission.

Honduras mission trip scholarship recipients: Daniel Jaime & Colin Besch


The following are excerpts from their own writings about their experiences:


“After the service, we said our goodbyes to the church and our new friends of Danli. We shared contact information, followed each other on social media, and took our last pictures together. It was hard to say goodbye to all my new friends, but I made sure to tell them how much of a pleasure it was to visit their country and get to know them.”

(Colin Besch, age 19, from San Antonio, Texas, studying Communications as a sophomore at the University of Houston).


“I was eager to meet the people of Honduras and Iglesia Manos in Danli. Every day was full of ministering to the locals, but what I didn’t expect was that I would be getting ministered to as well. As it turns out, the people we came to meet were just as eager to receive us. Friendships were formed, bonds were born, and relationships were realized. I experienced the warm embrace of Godly people.”

(Dani Jaime, age 26, from Brownsville, Texas, graduated from UTSA with a BA in Communication).


Thanks to all of the support across the Diocese, many lives were changed. Including the lives of young adults who were blessed with the opportunity to go abroad and serve. None of these good works could have come into fruition without the providence of God coming to life through the teamwork of everyone involved.

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