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Food Distribution – April 2020

April 24, 2020
Food poverty – living from meal to meal and often going without, is very real and common in Honduras. As a part of Gathering Hearts for Honduras one of the ways we show the love of Jesus to our community is by distributing food to those who are in great need.

Below is a picture of Consuelo, our GH for H Nurse and a TEE church member distributing food and working in our community. Two doctors who have previously traveled to Gathering Hearts on medical missions helped us get a brochure to inform how to keep hand sanitized and stay protected during the current Covid-10 pandemic. Instructions were also sent down on how to make hand sanitizer from scratch.

Here is Consuelo again with one of our children’s teacher, Belmi, distributing food to some of our students.
Please continue to pray with us that at this time, many will see their need for Jesus Christ. Join us in prayer that God will protect the people of Honduras who have no medical resources if they contract virus and please pray for those who are distributing food, that they will be protected as well.
How to give … Thank you for your tax-deductible gift to support the programs of Gathering Hearts and to further God’s Kingdom in Honduras! Please send your gift to:
Gathering Hearts for Honduras 2220 W. Oak Ridge Street Broken Arrow, OK  74012. Or click the link below:

DONATE
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 If you choose to spend your life in the comfort zone you will never know for sure what you really believe about God.

Gary

Update – April 2020

April 17, 2020
April 16, 2020,

Dear Friends of Gathering Hearts,
 
We pray this update finds you all in good health and protected from the Coronavirus COVID-19. We also pray that God will draw people to the Lord at this time.
 
In the last update, we shared how a pandemic like this can hit a Third World country much harder than here in the U.S. In the rural area where we serve on the north coast of Honduras, testing is not available, so there is no way to be sure how many cases there are.
 
The Honduran government has put in place a mandatory shut-in; people are permitted out of their homes only one day a week to shop for groceries. In spite of this, Gathering Hearts for Honduras has been able to distribute food to the needy. Many of the people in the rural area have no food, nor the means to get it. As mentioned in the last update, there’s no such thing as stocking extra groceries, as they live pretty much day-by-day. This has given us a great opportunity to share the redemption of Christ, as we distribute food.  
 
We are amazed how our church, Templo Evangelico Emanuel, has stayed connected during this time, having long-distance prayer meetings, Bible studies and communicating the needs between members. Nelson Osorto, our pastor, has done a marvelous job of rallying them together to help take care of their needs and others.
Since there is no hand sanitizer or masks in this area, we received a recipe to make hand sanitizer, along with a pattern to make masks. We pray our folks can find the sanitizer ingredients and fabrics for masks. And we are hopeful Consuelo can make and distribute the items. 
 
We are so grateful to Denny Boersema, who stays in touch with the Computer/ Bible/English teachers, as well as several students. His idea of dividing the student body among the five teachers, so that they could call the students to check on homework, encourage them in the Lord, and share Bible study has been so productive. As we have mentioned before, many of the students have not excepted Christ yet, and this is another rare opportunity to share one-on-one. The coronavirus has gotten everyone’s attention; we know that God will use it and be glorified.

Blessings to you!

– Gary and Cheryl Kuney
 
No evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent, for he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. 
Psalm 91: 10-11
PRAYER REQUESTS  Please pray with us that at this time, many will see their need for Jesus ChristJoin us in prayer that God will protect the people of Honduras who have no medical resources if they contract virusPlease pray for those who are distributing food, that they will be protected, and that we could reach all the people who are in dire needOur desire is to keep our classes going, and that the teachers will be able to teach their lessons long distance. Please pray that will be possible.At this time, we are trying to find the little children that we fed on a regular basis when they were in class. Some have a family and some of them live with other people. We are trying this week to locate them and be sure they are fed.Cheryl’s surgery to remove a brain tumor a has been moved to May 13th. We so appreciate your prayers!
How to give … Thank you for your tax-deductible gift to support the programs of Gathering Hearts and to further God’s Kingdom in Honduras! Please send your gift to:
Gathering Hearts for Honduras 2220 W. Oak Ridge Street Broken Arrow, OK  74012
Or click the link below:

DONATE
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 If you choose to spend your life in the comfort zone you will never know for sure what you really believe about God.

Gary

Update – Oct 12, 2019

October 13, 2019

Well, we had the Gathering Hearts 20 years event Saturday and it was so special.  We invited 61 mayors and pastors from our villages with their wives, as well as special friends.   Of course, we also invited all of our employees and their spouses. The program consisted of several speakers, some music, and a video, very well done by a videographer from a nearby village.  It is a real blessing that Dennis Boersema from Michigan was here for the event.  He has played a very special part in this ministry.  After the program we had dinner for everyone, served by young ladies from some of our classes.  There are lots of good pictures on Facebook….. Norma Bonilla’s (our sewing teacher) sister died today; several of us went to the burial service this evening.

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 If you choose to spend your life in the comfort zone you will never know for sure what you really believe about God.

Gary

UPDATE – Sep 30, 2019

September 30, 2019

Dave the Bible is a big event in Honduras. Our church was part of the parade that ended up in Compana soccer field.

The parade ended in a field for an outdoor meeting where Gary talked, and Nelson gave the message, and 12 people came forward. 

UPDATE – Sept 24, 2019

September 25, 2019

Things continue to move forward quickly here at Gathering Hearts.  Plans are being made in both Honduras and in the US to celebrate in October the Kuney’s  20 years in Honduras.  Yes, we moved here from Tulsa in 1999.  We’re looking forward to seeing many people we haven’t seen in a long while. Denny Boersema will be coming down to Honduras on October 2; he has certainly played a big role in the development of Gathering Hearts.   After the celebration we will be leaving for the US on October 22….  This past weekend was independence day here in Honduras; the country gained independence from Spain 198 years ago.  The same day is also dedicated to education in Honduras.  Both Saturday and Sunday students paraded through the streets. 

Nicolas with son, Alexandro Pela and Carlos   Perla won Academia Excellence

Several of those who participated were ones that have been scholarshipped through Gathering Hearts. 

Perla carrying the banner

Probably the most familiar are Perla and Carlos… I am so  gratified at how the Gospel is being presented here every day.  For example, this morning started out with Nicolas giving an inspiring message to the carpentry class.  Then there were Bible classes for the children and young adults. Then at noon Cheryl gave a really good message to the teachers centered around Rick Warren’s materials.  Before the day is over I’m sure there will be more.

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Have you noticed?  The more you eat the more you eat; the more you pray the more you pray.

UPDATE – July 15, 2019

July 17, 2019

It’s now July 15; we got back to Honduras last Thursday.  We had two return dates set prior to that, but each time something popped up at the last moment that had to be dealt with.  Now that we have arrived it seems really good to be here.  The compound looks good, classes are full, and all the teachers are in place.  Our former student and teacher, Christian, is back for a break but will probably be heading back to the ship soon.  Jose is still here.  Before leaving the States we met with building experts who want to help with the sports park and the new classroom building; we received another project for the production center so these women have some temporary work; another couple that was connected with a well known evangelist wants to come down and minister; and someone with a master’s degree in teaching wants to come down and teach our teachers.  Our delays were not in vain; His ways are always better.  We had another direct answer to prayer this week.  We needed money to be wired right away to cover payroll and expenses for the mission center—and we didn’t have it.  We decided to go ahead and wire what we had and try to come up with the rest some other way.  Then suddenly our electricity went out and we had no phone or internet to contact the bank.  We continued to pray about the situation, and two things happened: 1) the electricity eventually came back on 2) we were then able to read an email from Donna, our treasurer, saying we had received a donation in the mail and she was on the way to the bank to deposit it in our account.  As you might expect, it was enough to meet to need.

UPDATE – May 13, 2019

May 17, 2019

Saturday (5/11) was a busy day.  The first event of the day was loss of our electricity.  Poor timing; it just so happened that Saturday was one of the hottest days of the year.  Furthermore, we had  parent’s meetings scheduled starting at 10am.  We had about 100 people in the conference room at a time—and it really got hot.   The purpose of the meetings was to keep parents informed and involved in what their sons and daughters are doing.  We also solicited their help in making sure the students do their homework, come to class everyday and on time, wear their uniforms etc.  Despite the heat, it was a very productive time….. Later on in the day we had Timothy Training for our youth leaders.  Saturday night we had been invited along with some other churches to attend a worship service.  The church that extended the invitation was very small, and I expected attendance to be around 25 people.  As it turned out, the service was outside; approximately 250 chairs had been set up in an open lot next to the church—and all were filled.  It was a real blessing.  On Sunday we went to church at International Christian Fellowship in San Pedro Sula; it was great to see friends we haven’t seen in a long while.  Today (5/13) we started out with a student’s meeting to discuss and distribute their new handbook.  Cheryl has done an amazing job with these students in choosing their curriculum, developing lesson plans, teaching their teachers, outlining student deportment.  The classes are much more effective than they were a year or two ago…. I am now being included in some pastor’s events.  They refer to me as Mr. Gary Missionary.  This noon we will be having a pastor’s meeting (including Missionary Gary) in our conference center.  This is a big answer to prayer.  Ever since we got here we have been working toward seeing cooperation among the Evangelical pastors in our villages.

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There’s a big difference between being called to stay and deciding not to go.

May 8, 2019

May 9, 2019

Dr. Jonathan Friend & Dr. Chris Stokes

Last week we had a medical “brigade” from Christ Presbyterian Church in Tulsa here at the mission center. This is the clinic established by Dr. James Green some years ago. There were three physicians, three nurses, a pharmacist, and a lens specialist.  They were in the village of El Chile on Monday, and Campana on Tuesday.  The rest of the week they were at our Mission Center in Los Portales. We had put out notices in the villages the week before, and  more than 500 patients were seen in those five days.  What a great blessing for all…..   This week is back to “normal”.  Cheryl will be spending much of her time with the students and teachers, both little kids and high school age.  I will work with the carpentry class; and spend  time in the villages.  We also have a couple of regulatory issues pending which are very time consuming.

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Have you noticed?  The more you eat the more you eat; the more you pray the more you pray.

UPDATE – April 17, 2019

April 17, 2019

Gary speaking at outdoor meeting in Campana

This past week we spent a lot of time in church meetings.  There were 3 outdoor revival meetings; one church members meeting; and a fast and pray service on Sunday. The average time for a church meeting here in Honduras is 3 hours.  That being the case, we spent 15 hours in church last week.  Our church attendance is growing, and we praise the Lord for that.  I have gotten a little more active in addressing groups in the Campana area.  Saturday night I shared briefly at the local pastor’s convention in Campana, and Wednesday night I gave the message at church.  I also meet with the carpentry class twice a week.  Thursday morning (4/11) Cheryl had physical therapy in San Pedro; and she had the women’s service in the church tonight. She spoke on bearing one another’s burdens. This is especially focused to the village women’s ministry leaders.…Yesterday afternoon our children’s group presented an Easter presentation, costumes, script, and all.   There were about 20 children involved.   The Jesus Passion film was shown for all classes of  older students. We had three showings to accommodate the schedules and capacity of the conference center.  It had quite an impact. More than several students accepted Christ. Honduras shuts down for Holy Week (Semana Santa). All stores, businesses and schools closed as of noon today.  Our church, Templo Evangelico Emanuel, will also show the Passion on Thursday afternoon with special services Friday and Sunday.    Christ Presbyterian Church from Tulsa will arrive the end of this month, we so look forward to them coming and pray that God will bless their time here.


English Bible Computer Class ready to watch the Jesus Passion film

                                                     
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If you choose to live your life in the comfort zone you will never know for sure what you really believe about God.