When Americans and Hondurans Unite For Ministry Instead of Wasting Their Youth

When Americans and Hondurans Unite For Ministry Instead of Wasting Their Youth

NOTE: For three Sundays, from July 19 through August 2, I’m going to tell you a story through video. No really…you’ll have to come back each week to see where we left off. TO WATCH PART 1, CLICK HERE!

There’s something about being young and already doing your part to further the Kingdom.

And that’s what I discovered during my two weeks in Honduras.

Yes, it’s common for teens to embark on mission trips during the summer or Spring Break, but it’s beautiful when you actually look forward to returning every year.

Even better? When you join forces with locals who are also around your age, and also care about being a light for their generation, and the next.

So in part two of my mission trip to Honduras series, I decided to let two young guys take over my vlog.

Last week, you met Kord, a North American from Arkansas, and Lesem, an identical twin who’s a translator for World Gospel Outreach, the mission organization I worked with in Honduras.

Letting these guys take over the series was probably the best thing I did! I watched playback of their footage, all I could think of was “Aww, how cute!” or just start laughing hysterically at some of their antics.

Too many times, teenagers and young ones use their age as an excuse to fall into sin.

And let’s be honest, we’ve all done things we’re too ashamed to admit, or wish we’d never done. Does some of it contribute to ignorance because of youth? Yes. And yes, the devil will keep reminding you for years to come (it does fade away eventually!). But what’s amazing about God’s grace is that that is exactly what it is; something given to us that we don’t deserve.

So instead of wasting one’s youth on temporary highs that will lead you into a bondage of sin you’d never thought you fall into, why not use your free time to help – or even find a job – in ministry?

Who you spend your time with will no doubt contribute to your character. And yes, when you’re at a young age, it’s tempting to have one foot in the world, and one foot in the Word.

But even at a young age, you clearly know right from wrong. And just because you made a mistake once, doesn’t mean you’ve failed for good and should continuously make that mistake again. Because that mistake is no longer a mistake, it’s now a choice.

So what am I getting at?

Choose your friends wisely. Choose who spend time with wisely. Get involved in ministry, because it becomes part of your accountability. And if you’re still hiding things you’re doing, find an accountability partner from one of your pals in ministry. Most importantly, find one who will tell you the truth…and do it in love.

When you have people looking up to you, or you have believers around you who expect more from you, it actually helps you with your walk. But you’ve got to use it to your advantage.

Most importantly, don’t forget who you serve. When you love someone, you naturally WANT to do good for them. So godly behavior comes from a WANT, because you love Jesus. It really is that simple.

Don’t forget the wise words found in 1 Timothy 4:12.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

So ya, I definitely want you to experience a mission trip if you haven’t. I promise it will be the best experience of your life.

By the way, if you find it in your heart to donate to World Gospel Outreach. please do so by clicking here.

Hondurans have been hit hard by Covid, and are only allowed to visit the bank/doctor/grocery store etc…once every two weeks. We are truly blessed in the states, so I would love it if you can help out! God bless you, friends!

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Brittany Valadez
Brittany Valadez

Los Angeles-based entertainment journalist who loves the Lord like no other! I also love my family, eating cake, entertainment news, watching Youtube, traveling (especially to Europe), the mountains, Big Bear Lake, learning apologetics, listening to Christian music, Christmas and fashion. I live in LA, but I’m not of it!

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