Kids Ark News from Honduras
We wish to thank all those who support Kids’ Ark International Youth Camp with your prayers and support. Without people like you, our work here would never happen.
Honduras is a land of 8 million people, and currently there are more then 4.5 million under the age of 20. We feel that our work in Honduras is just beginning. We've been here since 2001 with a few short trips home.We started Kids’ Ark Camp in 2004 and its growing everyday. During most of 2009, we will be home for a 1 year furlough. It will be a time to strengthen our support base and widen our contact list for the sake of bringing teams and donors to see what Kids’ Ark International Youth Camp is all about.
We have had over 3500+ children visit the camp in just the last 2 years. Over 1000 Royal Rangers enjoyed the camp last week for three full days. We enjoyed seeing the children at the camp and they are planning to return every year.
We are still in the construction process building dorms, a gymnasium, a cafeteria, and much more. Because locations for children, church teams and youth groups to recreate are so few, we receive request continually from churches, local boys/girls organizations and several schools to visit Kids’ Ark Youth Camp. The plan is for any group of boys or girls to enter the camp and enjoy the grounds regardless of their denomination. The camp will send a message to all the children that their faith in Christ is the most important aspect in their precious life.
We have several Christian icons for the visiting children to dwell upon. One of the icons is “Calvary’s Hill.” Calvary’s Hill is located on the northwest side of the camp. Three crosses that tower 120' over the main playground meeting area. At the base of the crosses a platform to share the Gospel and share stories of the Cross and other biblical stories. Near the fresh water stream that starts on the property, we have a treated wood Noah’s Ark shaped pavilion with tables for lunch and hearing stories about the Ark. We compare “Noah’s Ark” of the old testament to “Jesus — the ark of safety in today’s world.”
Down from the crosses, we completed “The Tomb.” The Tomb is 28' by 36' and large enough for 35 people to stand inside. The Tomb is a very close replica of the Tomb of Jesus in Israel. The Tomb is designed for the rock to roll away and back for Easter Dramas. Inside the Tomb is a platform made where the body of Jesus will lay during Easter dramas. We plan to build several more Biblical icons for children to see to have a Biblical visual experience.
In the face of a crumbling world economy, we plan to hold on to the calling we know God has laid on and in our hearts. We know God is bigger then the world’s financial burden. We will continue to push forward no matter what the world’s point of view is for the present time. God is in control and we know that the “Souls” of the children are far more important then the “sounds” of a crumbling financial market.
We are thankful for all the prayers and support from You. Without the family of God, it just wont happen!!
During 2009, I will be available to visit churches and individuals to share the Vision of Kids’ Ark International Youth Camp. Also, If anybody knows of a church team that may be considering to conduct a mission team from their church, or a group of volunteers that would like to come and work on Kids’ Ark Camp, please let us know.