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Jerry Lutz, executive secretary for the Chesapeake Conference, baptizes a seminar attendee during a mission trip to Roatan, Honduras.

Chesapeake Conference Spreads Hope in Honduras

Story by Andre Hastick

Earlier this year, a team of 15 Chesapeake Conference pastors embarked on a mission trip to Roatan, Honduras, to share the Adventist message of hope. Daily meetings were held at 16 sites throughout the island, where each pastor delivered sermons from the Revelation Today series, sharing the hope and promise of Christ’s return. Pastors visited and prayed with members and visitors, held nightly meetings sharing biblical doctrines, while calling all in attendance to give their hearts to Jesus.

The trip also gave pastors opportunities to do outreach and mission work outside of their usual district context. “My biggest takeaway [from this trip] is that God is still working in miraculous ways! Going to Honduras has greatly revitalized my passion for ministry,” says Babawale Adepoju, pastor of the Prince Emmanuel All Nations church in Bowie, Md. “Being among the people and serving alongside the congregation greatly touched my heart. The mission field is great and the laborers are few. I hope God will continue to use me to serve his people both domestically and abroad.”

The coordinated evangelistic meetings resulted in 48 baptisms with more than a dozen more who are studying the Bible in preparation for future baptismal commitments, but the work is not yet considered done. Eli Rojas, ministerial director and Roatan mission trip coordinator, shares that the conference plans on returning to Honduras in the future. “We have three mission sites we are partnering with on a three-year cycle, visiting one per year. The local Roatan church leadership have plans to renovate and expand their schools and build new churches. There are sufficient mission projects for us to be engaged with on future visits,” says Rojas.

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