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Called to Honduras: The Welton Family Journal

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“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 en Kindergart

Dear Friends,

at Ebenezer

Academy

April 10, 2009

“Buenos dias. Quiero ayudar a los ninos de Honduras” means “Good day. I want to help the children of Honduras.” We don’t know much more Spanish than that but we will soon learn a whole lot more!

First, a little history: God has always been active in our lives, but over the past 18 months, the Lord has been seriously working on us. We have known for years that God wants us in some sort of full-time ministry, and we have been waiting for God’s specific direction. We thought it might be in worship ministry – and He has certainly used us there. We thought it might be through teaching the Bible to children – and He has used us there as well. But God has a much bigger vision. We recently traveled to the Central American country of Honduras to investigate the ministry of World Gospel Outreach (WGO) and specifically one of their programs called “Rancho Ebenezer.” We immediately fell in love with the children on the ranch and the ministry happening there. Soon after we returned from that eye-opening trip, we responded to God’s call and accepted the position of House Parents at Rancho Ebenezer. We are very excited to begin the work that God has for us to do there!

And now for the future: We will be a foster care family, providing a

Christian environment for Honduran children in our home. Our primary role will be to love and nurture these little ones and to raise them to know and love the Lord Jesus Christ. As foster parents, we will have the privilege of modeling Biblical values and principles to our children. Jim’s ability to be a role model is particularly significant, as 93% of the homes in Honduras do not even have a male presence in the household. In addition to our ministry

as house parents, Jim will be helping to develop IT services and leading worship at the ranch. Wendy will be working in the home full-time as the children come to live at the ranch long before they are old enough for school. Imagine – six boys age 5 and under! Our hands will be full! There is a great school on the ranch, and all of the children (Hondurans and missionary kids) attend Pre-school through 12th grade. When we arrive at the ranch, Jesse and Alex (our twins) will join the kindergarten class for the 2009-2010 school year. We are extremely excited about the opportunity to provide a Christian home for Honduran children so that they can know and respond to God’s love for them. In turn, they will enter society as adults who can be a light in a very dark world, beginning to change Honduras one person at a time. In order to begin this important work, we must raise 100% of our financial resources. Our expenses will include Honduran residency fees, moving costs, language school, ministry supplies and materials, as well as ongoing living expenses. As you can probably guess, we are inviting people to come alongside us as we begin our journey.

Would you consider partnering with us in this work? The ministry

God has called us to will not be accomplished without faithful support from others. We deeply desire your prayers for us both now and for as long as God calls us to this ministry. We also ask that you prayerfully consider making a monthly gift of financial support or a special one-time gift so that we can pursue God’s vision for these Honduran children. We would be sincerely grateful if you would consider taking this step and becoming part of our support team. Please return the enclosed response form by May 15th to let us know how you would like to be involved in this ministry.

Blessings in Christ, Jim,W endy,

Jesse & Alex Welton

The Weltons: Alex, Jim, Wendy & Jesse


More about World Gospel Outre ach:

WG O has responde d to the biblical ma ndates of caring for wido ws, or phans and th e po or and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ wi th the world. The practica l needs of the po or are addressed throug h evangelistic me dical clinics in the capi tal city of Teguci galpa. However, WG O’s larg er objective is to bu ild into Ho nduran soci ety a biblical mode l of the family. Like th e adage claims, “A s the family go es, so go es the nation.� Ho nduras is a place where th e breakdown of th e family has left parents wi thout resources or resolve to care for their ch ildren. As a result , they are abando ned to the streets by the th ousands and pose a great ch allenge to the coun try. At Rancho Ebenezer, missio naries rece iv e these children into thei r ho mes, evangeli zi ng and equipping them to one day beco me le aders in both their famili es and their co mm unity.

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Welton Family Newsletter April 2009