Semper Gumby- Latin for “always flexible” - is the motto for the Mission to the World (MTW) team from the Cary/Apex area that is heading to Honduras on August 18, 2012.
The 12-member group, led by Rick Chapman, plans to stay through August 25 to continue work on construction projects that other teams began earlier this summer in La Ceiba.
“We are the last team of the summer and the needs of the area are many,” said Chapman, a 55-year-old IBM worker. “We are told to be flexible and that we could be completing construction work on the community center, working in the medical center and helping with La Puerta de Esperanza (“Door of Hope”), a home for at-risk teen moms and their children.”
The goals of Puerta de Esperanza is to teach young mothers to be self-sufficient. “We are breaking a cycle with these girls who all come from broken families and have each suffered some form of abuse,” said Shannon Innes of Cary. Innes served as the Peace Presbyterian Church Youth Group Intern for five years before becoming a MTW team member in 2010.
The Cary MTW group has a special connection to work in Honduras through Shannon. The youngest team members - Michael Haigh and Jonathan Haire, Apex High School seniors - were in the Youth Group when Innes worked at Peace Church.
Bette McGee is Shannon’s grandmother and at 80 is the oldest team member. Innes’s father, Bruce Innes, is also a part of the group; he will stay an extra week in Honduras to spend time with his daughter.
“It is a huge blessing to have my home church come and participate in the ministry that we are doing here in La Ceiba,” said Shannon Innes, who hopes to stay in Honduras for at least two more years. “They have supported me in so many ways - finances, collections, prayers, and encouraging notes. It means so much to have them now be able to come and see in person what the Lord is doing here.
The ministry in Honduras began with disaster relief efforts in 1998 after Hurricane Mitch killed 6,000 people and left more than 200,000 homeless in that country.
In 2008, Mike Pettengill became the team leader for the work in Honduras, which now includes a wide range of medical and mercy-related ministries.
"The heart that Shannon brings our work in La Ceiba is such a blessing. She has impacted so many lives in such a deep way." Pettengill siad.
Picture of Shannon Innes and her grandmother, Bette McGee
Published August 1, 2012 in the Cary News
“Many the Miles” blog written by Shannon Innes: http://shannoninhonduras.blogspot.com
Puerta de Esperenza on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VL_z0wB-mk.
Support checks may be mailed to: Mission to the World, Attn: 13520, P.O. Box 116284, Atlanta, GA 30368-6284 or online at www.mtw.org/Pages/LOC_Honduras.aspx.
Liza is the Faith Filter columnist for the Cary News. Her stories of faith and lives changed by trusting in God are published about four times a year.