In the tiny remote village of El Portillo, Honduras lays a population with many needs. Marshall Baptist Church is helping fill those needs.
Eight members of Marshall Baptist left for Honduras on Jan. 31 and return on Feb. 7. During their time in El Portillo, the group will build chimneys, roofs, a village latrine, pour cement floors and hold Bible School for children.
According to John Prater, pastor of Marshall Baptist, the involvement in the trip came about quickly. Five people signed up on the week the trip was announced.
"We had been talking about doing an international trip, and we were thinking somewhere out in the future, but this just came together instantly," Rev. Prater said.
Last year, Marshall couldn't find enough volunteers to conduct a mission trip within the United States, but the idea for this trip came out of the church's involvement in the recent 40 Days of Purpose campaign, according to Rev. Prater. The program is aimed at helping churches balance their five purposes, one of which is missions.
Several other churches are also participating in the mission trip. First Baptist Newnan, Tabernacle Baptist in Cartersville, Cornerstone Methodist in Newnan and First Methodist of Newnan are also sending participants on the Honduras Outreach sponsored trip.
Participating in the trip didn't come cheap either. Members had to pay $1,200 each to go. But according to Rev. Prater, the team members from Marshall only paid a small portion of that themselves. Others donated to the cause.
"It's just really neat because all of the money came in," Rev. Prater said. "We had some people that that's all they paid was the (deposit.) And before we knew it all the money was in."
The purpose behind going on the trip is simple for those who chose to participate. They want to assist others that need help and spread the word about Jesus to those who may not have heard.
"I am very excited about this opportunity," team member Kym Snyder said in a church bulletin story about the trip. "I look forward to being used by God in a way we aren't usually used. I welcome the chance to see how others live and to really learn to appreciate what we have in America. Most of all I look forward to growing as I trust God and get out of my comfort zone to reach out to His children."