WMF Missions in Honduras
The Great Commission of Jesus was taken seriously in ancient times. Subsequent generations, too, have taken up this divine charge. Untold stories exist in abundance. Church history is full of them.
From the late 1880s well into the first decade of the 20th century several places around the globe became sites of outpourings of the Holy Spirit. A few of the places had global effects: several persons felt led to go the nations. In years past, an old style of ‘faith-missions’, the pay-as-you-go method, was employed, a venture in which one trusted that daily provision from here to there would be given directly from God’s hand to the missionary’s mouth. A handful of countries benefited from the divine call of these anointed persons.
At the close of World War I the region of Central America was targeted by early Pentecostals. Open-air meetings were held, churches established, and natives (or host-country nationals) were empowered to fan the flames of revival through their preaching. The termination of World War II saw the initial rise of the Latter Rain and Voice of Healing movements. Again Central America became an area of interest. Many were healed and filled with the Holy Ghost as men and women ploughed the ground of new spiritual territories. The bulk of those who had gone forth until that time had been sent forth by their denominations.
The 1970s and 1980s saw national independence come to many islands. Citizens, freed from the yoke of stronger political powers, enjoyed a new-found liberty. Encouraged by the surging joys of freedom, non-denominational fellowships were born and thrived. Honduras was not left out of the moves of God sweeping the regions. The Spirit-filled message touched thousands of folk. It is for this reason that I am writing.
This month we would like to draw attention to the work being done by WMF member Jeremiah ‘Jerry’ Hardwick. Full of the Holy Ghost, he served as WMF’s first military Chaplain. His ministry and assignments have taken him all round the world. And through a series of divine providences while ministering in Israel the Lord opened a door for him to launch new efforts in Honduras, supporting pastors and aiding them in their efforts to reach their people. Anyone familiar with that region of the world understands the hardships, all too common also to other localities of the world, which rural ministers face. Traveling ministers understand that thousands of people can be reached simply by blessing those men and women who faithfully shepherd them. Effective national pastors and evangelists who sow in fertile fields reaped by the poorest of the poor still see God’s power and glory in various ways. This truth I know from first-hand experience.
One time I was ministering in the interior of Mexico. My wife and I were in an area where no nearby houses could be seen. I wondered if anyone would show up for the meeting. That night, while the stars shined overhead, people came from all directions: this church in the badlands was packed with hundreds of people. It was easy to preach to people so enthusiastic about Christ: they were earnest; afterwards, some were filled and others cried out from a keen sense of God’s healing power on them. Altar services like those kinds usually provoke questions. So I asked the pastor, ‘what is the greatest miracle that you ever have seen?’ He replied: ‘as far as anyone could search, on either side of his or his wife’s family, everyone had been won to the Lord.’ I never have met another human who could confess so plainly something we all long for so earnestly. However, this Mexican Apostle’s life was radically changed by one foreigner whose heart God had touched on his behalf (see Acts 16:14). The foreigner believed that this God-called minister serving quietly in his own wilderness was worthy of a few gifts to support his vision of ministering in rural districts.
Throughout in the history of missions the ‘silver and gold have I none…’ conviction has spurred on some of our most anointed ministers. Some construe ‘lack’ to be an impediment; others take it to be a stepping stone, thrusting one upward into greater blessings. At present, we simply want to encourage WMF membership to extend a liberal hand in assisting brother Hardwick not only with prayer, but as well with monetary gifts as he works to expand the borders of the Kingdom of God in Honduras, a Central American nation. Here at the office he has our full support, and offerings designated to him will be dispersed to him. In giving to the work of God, let us remember that anything is better than nothing. Still, let us not forget the words of Christ in Paul’s admonition: “it is more blessed to give than to receive” Acts 20:35. Last of all, as Jerry presses onwards during this mighty trial with his health, as described in the prayer request section of this email, let us believe with him that he is healed in Jesus’ Name, Amen!
- Brother Darrell Sutton