Santiago, Chile 2017

Jim and Ester Mazurek: Assemblies of God Missionaries to Chile since 1984: Ester is founder and Director of the Santiago Children’s Ministries Outreach Center. The ministry focusses on “Reaching Children, Raising up Leaders” in Santiago, Chile (pop. 7 million). Ministry includes: evangelism, discipleship, hot meals, educational reinforcement, rescue from child prostitution, shelter, medical and foster care. At this time the Mazureks are building the campus of the Outreach Center. This facility will include a church, a school, an athletic area, and the offices for the overall ministry.

The Team at Dulles Airport: Sam, Jordan, Matt, Henry, Bob, Nolda, Demar

About the Center

The lot where the Children’s Ministry and Outreach Center is located was purchased from a Muslim man. This lot was on the market for $350,000. He had an offer for that amount from a party that intended to build a brothel. Jim Mazurek was out of town at the time, so Ester approached the man and said that her group wanted to buy the lot to build the Children’s Center, but that they can only offer $155,000 (less than half of what had been offered). The Muslim man was not keen on having his land used as a brothel so he asked if they had the money. She said no, but that their God would provide the money. The seller gave her a period of time (I think it was one to three months) and said we will see how great your God is. At the appointed time Ester and her group came with the money and they bought the lot. The Church building is the first structure of the complex to be built.

The area in which we worked was a hard-hat area. This was required by the local building codes. The building codes also require a substantial use of rebar in the concrete that is to be poured, as well as sound structural steel because Santiago is in an earthquake area. Jim made sure that they met or exceeded the code requirements for the building materials.

Our Activities

Of the seven team members, five (Demar, Jordan, Matt, Sam, and Henry) were from Centerpointe Church and two (Bob and Nolda) from Word of Life International Church. Our work was to do finish work on the interior of the church building. The interior of the brick walls is going to be the finished view. In the construction process they had been marred with mortar and cement drippings from pouring concrete above the brick walls. The cleaning process was to use muriatic acid and bristle or wire brush. Other duties involved carpentry and masonry work. We worked with the local folks, all were from the fellowship of the believers.

On our fun day we toured the Naval museum and the waterfront and harbor of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. There also was time to see the city of Santiago and do shopping.

Missionary Paul Hoff, Jim and Myself

Jim arranged for me to see our friend Paul Hoff. He is 93 years of age and has been a missionary to South America from early on. Paul is doing fairly well. He and his late wife Betty started the Bible School in Santiago that was designed to serve the independent Pentecostals that are numerous in Chile. Paul expresses his thanks to Centerpointe Church for the financial and prayer support for him. Our church has supported Paul since around 1990.

On a Personal note

I was able to give out a number of Gideon Personal Workers Testaments, (PWTs) 10 in Spanish and five or six in English. The PWTs have the New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs; also a help section. On the way home at the Santiago airport, a couple sitting near me noticed our team shirts resulting in a conversation. At one point I offered the man one of my English New Testaments. He received it and I was able to share the Gospel with him. I mentioned that the Gospel of John was a good starting point. I drew his attention to John 3:16-18, mentioning that verse 18 was crucial as it states that not accepting Jesus is what condemns us. In support of that, I mentioned John 14:6 where we read that Jesus is the only way to God. I should mention that he was Jewish. He was very interested in what I said. The part about accepting Jesus is what drew a sad confession from him that that was the part where he comes up short. But the seed is sown.

On behalf of the team and, for the King and His Kingdom, I submit this report.

Henry Weigel, Missions Coordinator
Centerpointe Church at Fair Oaks


The Combined Chile-US Team


Bob- Master Builder

Nolda- Cleaning Bricks


Demar- Masonry Work

Matt- Gravel for Concrete

Jordan- Carpentry


Sam- Masonry


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Posted by on March 19, 2018 in Uncategorized


Haiti 2017

Haiti Trip Report

Missionaries: Richard and Kelly Green – July 2-9, 2017


Haiti is the Western third of the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea. It is somewhat smaller in size than the state of Maryland. It is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere with a population of about 10,500,000 people. The official languages are French and Haitian Creole.

During the horrific earthquake in January 2010 about 300,000 people lost their lives and another 1.5 million were left homeless. The devastation was great, and tent cities sprung up throughout Port-au-Prince and the surrounding rural areas for the many people who lost their homes, forming impromptu villages with dirt roads. One such area known as Canaan is where we were involved in building a church and conducting Vacation Bible School (VBS) for the local children.

Our Host: Richard and Kelly Green

Having served on a construction missions team to Haiti in January 2011, I became acquainted with Richard Green and his wife Kelly. Richard is a Construction Missionary, having had a construction business in Kentucky when our Lord called him to serve on a continuing basis building churches and related structures for the Kingdom of God. His call was not to a particular country but to the World. The need was great in Haiti, so that is where he sensed he needed to be. Richard’s wife Kelly was not able to be in Haiti during our stay as she was in US attending to a family need. They both have a heart for the people of Haiti and a great understanding of the Haitian culture.

The Team and Accommodations

Richard and I had stayed in touch; as a result he invited me to bring a team to Haiti. At first it did not seem like a desirable place to bring a team used to the luxuries of air-conditioned homes and modern facilities. As Stephanie Edwards had approached me about doing a children’s ministry missions trip, I approached Richard about this. His response was something like, “We have 350 – 400 kids here that you could minster to.” The result was to form a combined Construction and Vacation Bible School team. To my surprise the response of volunteers to go on this trip was overwhelming. Our team consisted of 22 members, eight of which were teen-agers. Altogether we had 18 people from Centerpointe Church.

We stayed in the missionaries’ home that Richard adapted to provide private quarters for each of the three married couples, and separate dorm-style areas were arranged for the other men and women. He can accommodate over 40 people. The weather tended to be hot (106°F on one of our days) and humid. Unfortunately, the electric power was unreliable thus providing little air conditioning in the common areas. Also, the Wi-Fi was unstable.


In the rural area referred to as Canaan, our construction effort was to work on a Church Building that had not been worked on for a year. The building was still in the beginning phases, and as such, the pastor did not have a clear vision of just what the structure of the building would be. We worked alongside local workers pouring concrete for columns and laying cement blocks. It was a blessing to work side by side with the local people and see their enthusiasm to work and learn new skills. The youth assisted in construction work in the afternoons after their VBS ministry ended each day. They formed a bucket brigade for pouring concrete, did shoveling work and assisted in laying block learning some new skills in the process. At the end of our week, the result clearly showed the outline for the church building and helped the Pastor envision the footprint of the building. He shared with the team how blessed and encouraged he was by this and thanked and prayed for the team. Richard Green was also pleased with the progress made during the week and was hopeful about finishing the building in the near future.

Vacation Bible School

I had asked Stephanie to coordinate the VBS activities with assistance from Pastor Brandon in sporting activities and Kristen Luck for group games. Richard Green provided 4 interpreters who were as excited about VBS as we were and who were very effective with the kids. With the 4 interpreters the VBS team went to work: songs, stories, puppets, skits, sports, games and lunch. As we did not know exactly what to expect prior to our arrival, plans and ideas were revised a little after the first day and throughout the week as needed. Richard offered some supplies he had on hand, and our creative team made the week a success for the kids. Our team was the first to provide lunch for the kids in this community. Richard acquired the food, and we assisted the local volunteer ladies in its preparation and disbursement. Melanie Van de Riet was key in making this run smoothly and developed a beautiful rapport with the ladies.

Those kids were hungry for affection as well as food. Our teens were constantly deluged with hands reaching for them to cling to them and receive affection, and they openly responded with love and compassion. This form of ministry left an indelible mark on our ministry team. The hearts of our people (especially the teens) were touched, and many sensed a call to return again to minister to those kids.

Team Devotions

Every evening and Sunday morning we had team devotions. Several people took turns leading and we had a great time of sharing. Melanie Edwards and Malcolm Van de Riet (III) had brought guitars and with Stephanie led in worship. What a delightful time of being in the presence of our Lord Jesus. One team member invited Jesus into her heart after having been “angry with God” for 20 years after the death of her mother. She shared with the teens that their worship and service on the trip reminded her of the girl she used to be when she was walking with the Lord.

The teens especially were moved by this missions experience – many sensing a call to ministry in some way. Richard invited us to return next year. Trying to avoid the hot weather, I suggested that we come in cooler months such as February or March of 2019. What I witnessed then was what I would describe as a “Holy Rebellion.” The teens, en-masse, cried out, “we are coming back next July.” Well, well, well, we are scheduling a missions trip to Port au Prince, Haiti for early July 2018.

Fun Day

The Saturday before we departed, we went to a beach resort called Wahoo Bay to enjoy the Caribbean beach and water sports. This was a great time of relaxation, fun and refreshing. One person encountered a sea urchin’s stinger in her foot. First aid was applied, but after arriving home she had minor surgery resulting in a couple of stitches. Kristen you are brave!


A great thank-you to our church family for providing funds for travelers as well as project funds for materials and equipment. Thanks also to Chuck Luck for providing chauffeur service to the airport on our departure early Sunday morning July 2.

Mission trips have a four-fold benefit. 1. We go to bless people with our work and witness. 2. The missionaries are blessed to know they are not forgotten. 3. The team members are blessed from the experience. 4. We go home and share that blessing with the Church family.

On a personal note, I was especially blessed as my daughter Chris with two of her daughters, Holly and Lauren, came with me on this Missions Trip – what a delight to have them along and experience a taste of a missionary’s ministry. Being a member of The Gideons, International, I like to take Gideon New Testaments along to give out. On this trip a number of people were open to receiving the Word of God.

On behalf of the team and, for the King and His Kingdom, I submit this report.

Henry Weigel, Missions Coordinator
Centerpointe Church at Fair Oaks
Chris Cravens Contributed to this report.

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Posted by on January 30, 2018 in Uncategorized


Lithuania 2016

Construction Missions Trip to Vilnius, Lithuania
Missionary: Bob and Bette Sue MacIsaac; August 20—28, 2016

Bob and Bette Sue MacIsaac (Aunt and Uncle to Pastor David Baltes) are Assemblies of God missionaries in Lithuania since 1997. Ministry includes overseeing three Teen Challenge (reaching drug and alcohol addicts) Centers (TCC), among other activities. They are in their last term (ending in Spring 2017) and desired to complete several projects before departing. We worked on the Men’s Center, a four-story building.

The Need

Bob MacIsaac indicated that there are three main jobs needed to complete the Men’s Center. In order of priority:

1. Reconstruction of the roof, which would include both wood trusses and metal roof material replacement. This also includes the scaffolding that has to go up around the building by code to roof replacement.

2. Tile and hand rails three levels of stairs inside the building.

3. Repaint the interior.

The Team and the Activities

Centerpointe Church (CP) responded to this need by forming a team and raising the necessary construction funds. Our team consisted of seven people: Bob and Nolda Dooley, David Baltes, Shelly Holtz, Patricia Jones, John Reynolds and Henry Weigel. We concentrated on painting the interior walls and we gave the roof replacement task a jump start.

This trip was put together by our Great God. Yes we did what we could, but God did what He does. He put it together. He laid it on the hearts of people to go on this trip. He laid it on the hearts of Churches and people to contribute towards the project funds. He gave us the weather in which we could do the work, and a professional roofer, Bob, to work with us.

The TCC project project was a tall order and will take a bit longer to complete. But I believe our part was to do the interior painting, provide the materials and to give the roofing project a jump start, that, we trust will lead to completion in the near future. We are grateful to have had a part in this. Although Centerpointe Church provided the bulk of the funds; I want to thank Pastor Bill Fout for the financial support he and his Church rendered.

The team enjoyed working on this project and enjoyed the wonderful hospitality provided by Bob and Bette Sue. We had a fun evening at their home on Friday enjoying the game, discussion, and tasting the delicious treats (especially the apple pie). We appreciated them taking us around to enjoy the culture and cuisine of Lithuania. It was a real treat.

The Ministry of the MacIsaacs

They have been in Lithuania since 1997 ministering to the people suffering from addiction caused by drug use and alcohol abuse. The Men’s Center provides a one-year program that focuses on their particular needs. The main cure is turning their lives over to Jesus Christ and learning, studying the Word of God and related subjects that will help them to face their problems. With Lord’s help this is possible. The TCC affords about 20 hours a week of organized Bible-based studies in the context of group studies. They also have personal life studies focussing on specific needs such as forgiveness, self image, … . Teen Challenge has its own resources but also use Global University resources.

The candidates cannot be forced to come; they must want to come. The cost is about $180 per month; but no-one is turned away. Some sources for funds exist to help those that are unable to pay.

Ministry Opportunities

Every morning team members took turns to lead in a devotional. One evening Pastor David Baltes gave a sermon in a combined meeting of of present and former residents as well as the leaders and team members. On a personal note, I, as a member of the Gideons International, took along a number of New Testaments (in modern English, with Psalms and Proverbs) and gave them out. These were generally received with gratitude as well as surprise that they were free. Now we pray Isaiah 55:11 that the Word will accomplish that which the Lord pleases and achieve the purpose for which He sent it.

On behalf of the team and, for the King and His Kingdom, I submit this report.

Henry Weigel, Missions Coordinator
Centerpointe Church at Fair Oaks


The Teen Challenge Center


Lunch time in Trakai, Lithuania, on Saturday, our fun day after having worked at the Teen Challenge Center for a week.


A fancy gelato treat in Trakai.


Part of the Ten Challenge Center work team.



The entire team in front of the Teen Challenge Center. 


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Posted by on September 1, 2016 in Uncategorized


Kenya 2015

Construction Missions Trip to Kenya
Missionary: Andy and Stacey Whitman; June 19–29, 2015

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The Potomac District Team

The team was organized by Bobby Basham, Men’s Director of the Assemblies of God Potomac District. We worked in the city of Kitengela (south of Nairobi) on a building the primary use of which will be for Royal Rangers and related functions. The Kenya Royal Rangers includes boys and girls. The Kenya Assemblies of God (KAG) also reaches out to homeless, abandoned children – even two babies were rescued. This program is called Kenya’s Kids. Our team was comprised of nine men from various churches in the Potomac District. Two of these were 18-year old Royal Rangers that had the highest level known as the Gold Medal of Achievement.

Summary of Work

Our work assignment was to assist the local craftsmen in plastering walls, using grinders to cut the basic steel components used to weld the door and window frames, various painting tasks, carpentry and corrugated metal roofing work. Our work was hard and our bodies took a beating; but it was part of building the infrastructure of the Kingdom of God.

Royal Rangers, the Royal Bridging Centre and Kenya’s Kids

In Kenya young people do not have the opportunities to participate in activities that ours do. So, Royal Rangers is a big deal. The building we worked will be used for An example is a story that Missionary Andy told. A 12-year old boy ran into a burning building to rescue his baby brother while adults stood around not knowing what to do because of the intense flames. The boy quickly found a blanket, soaked it in water, wrapped himself in it and ran in to accomplish the rescue. He was asked how he knew what to do. His answer was that he had learned it in Royal Rangers. Missionary Andy heard of it four years later and took steps to award him the Royal Ranger Medal of Valor.

The Royal Bridging Center reaches out to boys who, at about 13 years of age, are expected to transition from being boys to manhood – the rite of passage to manhood. If left to tribal customs, the boys will be ingrained in pagan rituals and consequently fall away from any Christian upbringing they may have had. Those who had not church experience prior to this event will find it almost impossible to accept the Gospel. The KAG men’s director, Patrick Kawe, who also serves as the head of Royal Rangers, had an idea seven years ago to formulate a plan to offer a Christian version of transitioning to manhood. This is known as the Royal Bridging Center.

Patrick’s analogy goes like this: Bringing up the boys in the Church is like leading them to the river that needs to be crossed to become a man. The we abandon them by telling them go ride a crocodile across the river (the pagan rite of passage). Of course the crocodile will either eat them or severely maim them. This is what the pagan rite does. Patrick started the Christian version seven years ago and so far 92 boys have gone through it. Another church in a district with more boys followed this example, starting a Royal Bridging Center. So far they have brought about 220 boys through the program.

John Kimiri heads up the Kenya’s Kids Centre. About 50 kids receive care. One milk cow provides a small cup of milk daily for each child. Four years ago we worked on a Kenya’s Kids home in northern Kenya. The children have separate dorms for boys and girls. They are assigned chores to help out.

Devotions and Church Services

We started each each work day with a devotion led by one of the men. My turn was on Tuesday June 23. I spoke on the story of the lost (or prodigal) son as seen in Luke 15. Emphasizing Repentance, Grace, and Celebration. When the younger son had sunk to the bottom, he repented and hoped his father would extend enough grace to him to be a servant. What he hadn’t counted on was his father’s heart. Although his father had brought him up in the “right way” he didn’t force him to stay but let him go. Yet the father’s heart did not let him go but kept yearning for his return. The abundant grace extended to his son was a full status of a son. And there was a great celebration. A lesson from the older brother’s attitude was that we should never begrudge God’s great grace to the “vilest” of sinners that repents. Jesus point was that the angels in heaven celebrate over one sinner that repents.

Another note on God’s incredible grace is from Charles Spurgeon speaking of the Throne of Grace,who states that grace conquers justice. The one sitting on this throne requires justice but His grace met every requirement of that justice through Jesus Christ.

Two of our number are pastors, Bobby Basham and Todd Marple. Each preached at a church. I went with Bobby to Immanuel Church. This church was started four years ago with four families, now they have 100 adults and 80 children in the church. Their meeting place is not adequate to hold all the activities, such as Sunday School classes, so they meet out doors, weather permitting.

Bobby preached a great sermon on the danger of losing our first love, using the Ephesian church as an example.

On a Personal Note

I had taken 20 Gideon Personal Workers Testaments (PWTs) along for giving out as the opportunities were afforded. The PWTs consist of the New Testament along with Psalms and Proverbs. The also include help sections and a listing of the basic Scriptures leading to salvation. All were given out. Some en-route and most of them in Kenya. Most people received them with gratitude.

As I type the draft of this report I am sitting in the Zurich airport where we had a near-six hour layover. Each journey, going and coming home, took two days.

On behalf of the team and, for the King and His Kingdom, I subimt this report.

Henry Weigel
Missions Coordinator, Centerpointe Church at Fair Oaks


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Cutting Panels for Door

Welding Panel in Door

Hand-made Double Door

Kenya’s Kids Centre

Kenya’s Kids (KKs)

KKs Girls’ Bunk Beds

Kenya’s Wildlife

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Lonely Tree

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Posted by on July 17, 2015 in Uncategorized


Thailand 2014

Construction Missions Trip to Thailand
Missionary: Dan and Gail Klepel; June 20—29, 2014

Building a Church Addition near Phuket, Thailand

Building a Church Addition near Phuket, Thailand


The team was organized by Bobby Basham, Men’s Director of the Assemblies of God Potomac District. We will be working in the Southern Region, in an area called Phang Nga. There is a church that was born from the 2004 tsunami where there was no Assembly of God church anywhere in the area. This church has just recently been completed but is in great need of an educational area for Sunday school, an area for children’s activities a place to cook meals, and which is very important culturally and would greatly help this church to reach the many lost in Thailand. Thailand is .54% Christian (less than 1%) this is a vital mission field. Our mission was to complete the concrete floor and the block walls of this free standing structure while we were there for a total cost of $10,000. We accomplished this and the local craftsmen will do the finish work. Each team member paid another $2,800 for the cost of the flights, food and accommodations. John Spata and I, Henry Weigel, went from Centerpointe Church. Our journey took two days each way. We overnighted in a hotel in Doha, Qatar. We disembarked in Phuket and drove to to Phang Nga which is 11 hours ahead of Eastern daylight time. We were hosted by Missionaries Dan and Gail Klepel.

The first work day, Monday, June 23 we mixed concrete in big vats with hand tools. This was poured our to form the floor. The next day we could start laying block for the walls. The blocks were of a special lightweight material but the challenge was to lay them into a straight wall. The blocks were 8” high, 20” long, but only 3” wide. Monday evening we enjoyed a musical presentation by the children of the church. The we had opportunity to share our faith. On Tuesday we had opportunity to minister at a market by handing out tracts. We learned to say ,”Good News” in Thai and the word FREE, which all understood in English. It was very interesting to do one-on-one witnessing without knowing the language. The tracts were full sized-pages with stories of people having accepted Christ. On Wednesday we visited house churches to support the pastors and especially to encourage more men to participate in the church there.

Before each workday, we held team devotions by the seaside, various team members taking turns. It was a privilege to share with the team and the local church people. Some members of the team went to a public school for illustrated Bible-story time. The two lady pastors of the church went along as did Missionary Dan, who interpreted when needed.

By Friday early afternoon we had completed the building. Not all was work, however. In addition to the ministry opportunities we had fun times: riding on elephants , boating to “James Bond” island, and snorkeling.

On a personal note, I noticed a number of people in “service” positions spoke English. I was able to give out 20 Gideon New Testaments (in modern English, with Psalms and Proverbs). Most were gratefully accepted. One was offered to an avowed atheist who at first declined with respect; then I asked him to give the Bible another try. He accepted. Now we pray Isaiah 55:11 that the Word will accomplish that which the Lord pleases and achieve the purpose for which He sent it.

The parting words from Missionary Dan were that they plan to build a church avery two years. This means the land costs about $30,000 and the building an additional $30,000. On Saturday June 28 we embarked on the two-day journey home. We trust there will be much fruit from our work and witness.

On behalf of the team and, for the King and His Kingdom, I submit this report.

Henry Weigel, Missions Coordinator
Centerpointe Church at Fair Oaks

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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in Uncategorized


Ecuador 2014

Construction Missions Trip to Ecuador

Missionary: Jerry & Janice Smith; January 11—19, 2014


The CenterpointeTeam

On January 11-19, 2014, Centerpointe Church sponsored a team of 12 to go to Guayaquil, Ecuador to do construction work on a school facility, the athletic building. It will house offices, locker rooms, shower facilities, etc. Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador of about 3.5 million people. There are about 500,000 children that do not attend school. The mentioned facility is a part of the education and church ministries headed by Missionaries Jerry and Janice Smith. The team included three from out of town.

Team Activities

Our first full day was a Sunday where we joined the congregation in their third service from 12:00 noon until 1:45 PM. I brought a word of greeting from Pastor Keith and the Centerpointe Church Family and gave a brief personal testimony. After the service we had lunch with Pastor Jerry and Janice. They mentioned, as had another missionary several years ago, that in our coming they felt that they were not forgotten. The afternoon was spent shopping and sight seeing.

The work consisted of completing the foundation which meant moving large amounts of dirt, tamping the dirt, putting large stones in place, putting forms in place, mixing and pouring concrete. Also, preparation of rebars was a big task. This involved bending rebars into desired shapes and wiring rebar sets together. Finally, we laid blocks for one wall. This was hard work in light of the high humidity and temperatures. Some of the team assisted with Sunday School handwork preparation for approximately 1,500 children attending during the three Sunday services. Much effort is invested by several staff members, and volunteers. The quality of their work and their love and passion for the children is impressive.

Our communication with the local Ecuadorian workers was aided by team members who spoke spanish. We had a 13-year boy on the team (along with his parents). He was a good representative of our youth group, working hard with a fine attitude!

At the end of the week Pastor Jerry guided us through a tour of the educational facilities. His son Kirk took us to the Isla de la Plata, an Island off the coast of Ecuador, Puerto Lopez, about an hour by boat. We hiked the rugged island and observed its wild life. Some folks also gave snorkeling a try.

The Guayaquil Ministry

The work of our team needs to be put in the context of the work of the missionaries. Their ministry started about 25 years ago with a congregation of 50 people. Following the leading of the Lord and the vision given to Pastor Jerry, they established a thriving church and education facilities to reach the adults, the youth, and young children, even newborns. Their approach included prayer, preaching, teaching, establishment of cell groups, and athletics. At first, the use of athletics as a ministry may seem out of place. But Pastor Jerry gave examples of testimonies of people won to the Lord by means of athletics.

The education provided ranges from kindergarden to 12th grade. They have 4350 students on two campuses. Over the years over 7000 have graduated from High School. The schooling relies on the Assemblies of God Latin American Child Care (LACC) to provide scholarships through child sponsorship. About 1000 students receive scholarships from LACC. We were shown a class of young students that needed sponsorship. Several of the team members stepped up and signed up for the sponsorship program.

The director of the school is a man of integrity and principle. Many of the students have parents that are not married. He communicated to them that their lifestyle contradicts the moral values they teach at the school. As a result they have had several mass weddings. The parents are responding by changing their lifestyles to be consistent with the teaching the children receive. He noted that in recent years approximately 125 couples have responded annually to this ministry.

Janice Smith has a heart for children’s ministry. She has about 500 volunteers ministering to 1500 children each Sunday ages 0-12. Pastor Smith says that during the year 3500-5000 people respond for salvation following the Sunday services, 25% to 30% are baptized. Baptizing over 1000 each year, having baptized over 12,000 so far. They also make use of cell groups. They have about 1000 cell groups on discipleship and evangelism.

Their present large projects are the youth – children retreat area at the beach, Bible School facilities, and to double children´s ministries area.

Submitted on behalf of the Team and for the Glory of our Lord,

Henry Weigel

Missions Coordinator, Centerpointe Church at Fair Oaks

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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Uncategorized


Honduras 2013

Construction Missions Trip to Honduras

April 20—27, 2013
Missionary: Brad Foltz

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The Team and Travel Schedule

I had the privilege to arrange for a team of 18 to go on this construction missions trip to Honduras.  We flew into San Pedro Sula, Honduras and travelled by bus/van to Las Minas, Quimistan Province.  The hotel where we stayed is La Estancia Don Miguel. Missionary Brad Foltz was there with a bus and driver to pick us up. The driver was Vicente, a brother in the Lord with whom some of us were acquainted  having met him and worked with him on a similar trip a few years earlier.  This year’s trip was motivated in part by previously having been involved with the Assemblies of God (AG) project known as Honduras 100. The goal was to build 100 churches in Honduras.

The team consisted of 10 people from two AG churches from West Virginia: Falls AG Church, pastored by Vivan Watts, and Mountain View AG Church, pastored by Bill Fout. Eight people went from Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, Virginia. All three churches contributed to the construction funds required to purchase the necessary equipment and supplies.  Additionally, the team members paid their own way or benefited from sponsors.  The team was comprised of the following members:  Nathan Bruno, David Foote, John Olsen, Cathy Pilkinton, John Reynolds, John Spata,  Elizabeth Ward, and me, Henry Weigel. Falls AG Church sent Pastor Vivan Watts with two of his sons, Kent and  Lee, also, David Reel, George Ford and his son Clayton, and Scott Feaster. Mountain View Church sent Pastor Bill Fout, Jay Turner, and Mack Watts.

Pastor Keith Edwards sent the Centerpointe team off with a congregational prayer the Sunday before we left.  We departed from Dulles International Airport (IAD) on Saturday April 20, 2013, and transferred in Houston to a flight to San Pedro Sula, Honduras arriving late that evening.

The Local Pastor, the People, and Their Need

When new congregations are formed in Honduras, they often have services outside under trees, many times without protection from bad weather, or inside small dwellings with insufficient space. We had been told by the missionary, Brad Foltz, that the pastor was on fire for God. It turns out his congregation had been praying for a church building. One lady said she had been praying for 13 years.

Project Honduras100 is designed to change these circumstances by providing a simple, relatively inexpensive, easily built structural steel frame with concrete block walls that would allow a congregation to have a building to call their own.

Our Work Routine and Expected Accomplishment

We ate our breakfast and evening meals at the San Miguel Hotel. We travelled by bus to our work site, a trip of close to an hour over mostly bumpy roads. There the first order of business was to erect the steel structure on the foundation the local folks had laid using the construction funds our churches had sent in prior to our arrival. This structure is known as a tabernacle. It is of a standardized modular design.

Our Task

A tabernacle is 36′ wide and 48′ long.  Sections of the structural steel frame come with a 26 gauge galvanized sheet metal roof.  The team assembles and erects the steel structure, connecting the four truss sections with purlins and then affix the corrugated sheet metal roof. Concrete blocks are laid by the team to form the walls, allowing for door and window openings. The cost of the building materials paid for by the Team. The local church is then responsible for putting on the finishing touches and additional features that they can add as their financial circumstances allow.


Our Team was assigned the task of building church # 77 of the Honduras 100 church building project. Under the skillful direction of Missionary Brad Foltz we finished the our church building # 77 in three days. Because the next team scheduled to come had a significantly smaller team, Brad had us start setting up the steel structure for the church they would build to give them a head start. On our fourth day we put up three of the four trusses for the next team, also about three fifth of the corrugated sheet metal roof.

Dedication of the New Church Building

In the evening we had a dedication service of the church our team built – what a blessed and joyous event that was. After the dedication service our team members distributed the candy. Additionally, one of our church people not on the team had undertaken to sew dresses and dolls. These were graciously received and given to the pastor’s wife to distribute to the girls in the church.

Interview by a News Team

When we got back to the hotel, a news team was waiting to interview us. They wanted to publicize the church building project in Honduras because a church can keep people out of crime. What a testimony the AG churches of Honduras have established!

Some Fun Shopping

We took some time to visit a small waterfall. It cascaded into a pool of water that afforded a refreshing dip for us. We also took a trip to go visit some old ruins of early mayan Indians. Shopping opportunities were available.

A Personal Saga

While in Honduras I had a gall bladder attack the second day there. I did not know that that is what it was. I thought it was an over-acid condition in my stomach, a problem that I had experienced before. I was very weak the rest of the time there and could do no significant work. In fact my team made me rest and found a hammock for that purpose. Everyone was very solicitous of my welfare and helped me around whenever they thought I needed help – which was often. As I said, everyone was very concerned for me, but I must mention two people in particular. My roommate, David, was most helpful, especially the first night when my pain was most intense. I appreciate his care and prayers. Team member Lizzy took it upon herself to be my personal caregiver. At the work sites she would check up on me in the hammock, bring me water and gator aid, and she brought me things to eat – such as my system could tolerate. I must admit that it was humbling for me not to be able to work. But I had an understanding team.

 On returning home my physician sent me straight to the Emergency Room where they determined (what my doctor suspected) that I had an inflamed gall bladder. The attending surgeon said it had to be removed the next day. Major surgery was required because the condition was so advanced.

We all are so thankful to our Lord that he kept me weak so that I could not work thus possibly causing the gall bladder to rupture in Honduras. Various physicians have said that in their opinion I would not have survived such a situation.

Three weeks after the surgery I was recovering nicely but then contracted pneumonia in my left lung. Yes, I had my pneumonia shot. After all this my physician  ruled out travel for International work trips for six months – including the Cuba Construction Missions Trip for which I was scheduled to participate in June 28—July 6.

I am delighted to report that I am scheduled to take a team to Ecuador in January 2014 to work on a school for underprivileged children.

I am very thankful for the many Saints of God who upheld me before the Throne of Grace, and who also kept my wife in their prayers. Especially, I am thankful to my daughter Chris who kept the Church Family apprised of my situation. In closing, on behalf of the team I would like to say that we are thankful for our God’s protection. We are thankful that another church building was constructed and is being put to good use.

For our King and His Kingdom and for the Honor and Glory of our God,

Respectfully submitted,

Henry Weigel, Missions Coordinator

Centerpointe Church at Fair Oaks

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