Looking back on an amazing trip (part 1 of 3)

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We arrived back at Cho-Yeh on Saturday afternoon to a night of recollection and laundry! It seems surreal that just a moment ago, we were in Honduras. The entire trip was amazing and, honestly, too short for me, but there was definitely a large impact on both ourselves and the families we served.

Our mornings were spent with a large breakfast at the camp, a short, but deep, personal devo time and building one room 18×15 homes for families that had been chosen by the local church. We were well taken care of by the Heart to Honduras Staff. We had such a large number in our group that even by splitting into two teams we finished two homes way ahead of schedule, so we were able to paint one home and start construction on a third that had been funded by an American family, but did not have anyone to build it. Our first two homes were funded by the money that has been raised by Cho-Yeh and all of us on the trip.

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Our first build project is now the home of the Cardnales Family with 10 kids (photos above). Rueben (the dad) is a field worker and makes an average of $4 per day. It costs $1 to buy a coke! A majority of the kids also work in the fields to help support the family. We had an amazing time celebrating with the family, both at their home and at the local church service.

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Our second build project (photos above) was next to the church on a portion of the land that had been donated by themselves as a place for the church to be built. This is a family of 3 who have lived with their in-laws for 18 years, and who, when they first heard the news that the church had chosen them to recieve a house, were selfless in asking that someone else be chosen. However, the church agreed that this house was to be built for this family. It was a huge blessing to hear the family’s testimony at the church service and the dedication of their home

Stay tuned! More info to come…

Thank you for your contribution to making this trip a success! To date, I have raised $650 towards my $1,100 commitment, and overall, Cho-Yeh is $3,000 short of funds raised to meet the costs of this trip.

If you would like to help us meet the costs of this trip, go to: www.cho-yeh.org/donate
1. Create an account
2. Enter your debit/credit card information
3. Designate your One-Time-Donation as: “Other – Cory in Honduras”

Camp Cho-Yeh is a 501c3 Non-profit charity, and donations made to Cho-Yeh on my behalf are tax deductible. Donations above my $1,100 commitment will be applied toward the Honduras trip fund and will be used to meet the costs of our trip.

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Plans Change, Christ’s Love Remains

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LET ME PREPARE YOU for the day that stretches out before you. I know exactly what this day will contain, whereas you have only vague ideas about it. You would like to see a map, showing all the twists and turns of your journey. You’d feel more prepared if you could somehow visualize what is on the road ahead. However, there is a better way to be prepared for whatever you encounter today: Spend quality time with Me. I will not show you the road ahead, but I will thoroughly equip you for the journey. My living Presence is your Companion each step of the way. Stay in continual communication with Me, whispering My Name whenever you need to redirect your thoughts. Thus, you can walk through this day with your focus on Me. My abiding Presence is the best road map available. -Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young (Exodus 33:14; John 15:4-7)

By now, we have been in Honduras for 5 days, and things that we have planned have been moved around and changed, but our reliance on Christ’s presence through His Spirit has hopefully grown.

The plan so far is that we will have been building homes and loving on LOTS of kids by today.

Our plan is to be finishing our work on two homes and spending our last afternoon with the kids of the village singing silly songs, playing fun games and putting on some pretty MESSY skits.

Please PRAY that these kids and families would come to know the love of Christ our Savior.

Tomorrow will be a long travel day by bus to return to an area near the airport. We will stay at a bed and breakfast and go shopping in the markets friday afternoon.

We will return to Houston on Saturday afternoon. Stay tunes for lots of updates next week!

Remember, you can keep up with our daily updates on Camp Cho-Yeh’s Blog

Thank you for your continued prayers! I am excited to share stories and photos with you when we return.

A special thanks for Matt and the team from Heart to Honduras!

If you would like to help us meet the costs of this trip, go to: www.cho-yeh.org/donate
1. Create an account
2. Enter your debit/credit card information
3. Designate your One-Time-Donation as: “Other – Cory in Honduras”

Camp Cho-Yeh is a 501c3 Non-profit charity, and donations made to Cho-Yeh on my behalf are tax deductible. Donations above my $1,100 commitment will be applied toward the Honduras trip fund and will be used to meet the costs of our trip.

In the Midst…

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By now, we should be well in the midst of the work that God had prepared for us. Today and tomorrow we had planned to continue to work on building two different homes in the morning and spend our time in the afternoon teaching kids energizers and camp games. I am excited to see what the day actually brings!

Remember, you can keep up with our daily updates on Camp Cho-Yeh’s Blog.

Please pray that God would provide for the needs of the families and children that we encounter today and tomorrow, and that He would continue to pursue and soften their hearts.

“SOFTLY I ANNOUNCE MY PRESENCE. Shimmering hues of radiance tap gently at your consciousness, seeking entrance. Though I have all power in heaven and on earth, I am infinitely tender with you. Let your weakness be a door to My Presence. Whenever you feel inadequate, remember that I am your ever-present Help.
Hope in Me, and you will be protected from depression and self-pity. Hope is like a golden cord connecting you to heaven. The more you cling to this cord, the mo I bear the weight of your burdens; thus, you are lightened. Heaviness is not of My kingdom. Cling to hope, and My Rays of Light will reach you through the darkness.” –Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young (Psalm 46:1; Romans 12:12; Romans 15:13)

If you would like to support our team financially, go to: www.cho-yeh.org/donate
1. Create an account
2. Enter your debit/credit card information
3. Designate your One-Time-Donation as: “Other – Cory in Honduras”

Camp Cho-Yeh is a 501c3 Non-profit charity, and donations made to Cho-Yeh on my behalf are tax deductible. Donations above my $1,100 commitment will be applied toward the Honduras trip fund and will be used to meet the costs of our trip.

A Long Journey Ahead…

A long journey ahead… Actually, the plane ride will be the easiest part of our trip… It’s TSA, customs, a 2 hour bus ride into the mountains, and the “taxi” trip in the back of a truck that will be the hard part.

Fun fact: the TSA agent who helped us has a daughter that is a Cho-Yeh camper

Today is our travel day, and tomorrow, we will split into two teams and join the process of building two homes for homeless families. In the afternoon, we will join back up with our team an run a day camp for close to 300 kids! Thats a full camp in the summer at Cho-Yeh!

SO, you know what to PRAY for… Transportation that works, plans that pan out and God’s blessing and presence surrounding and leading our trip!

A few things to remember:

Keep up with our daily updates through Camp Cho-Yeh’s blog.

I will be posting photos and stories of what Christ accomplished through us in the following week, so stay tuned!

If you would like to support our team financially, go to: www.cho-yeh.org/donate
1. Create an account
2. Enter your debit/credit card information
3. Designate your One-Time-Donation as: “Other – Cory in Honduras”

Camp Cho-Yeh is a 501c3 Non-profit charity, and donations made to Cho-Yeh on my behalf are tax deductible. Donations above my $1,100 commitment will be applied toward the Honduras trip fund and will be used to meet the costs of our trip.

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Finding Meaning

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Until now, my thoughts in preparing for this trip to Honduras have been fun and lighthearted. But, last night, my mindset shifted when I realized that two families that do not have homes in one of the hardest places to live will now have a HOME. That is a BIG DEAL. And it’s because of something that I, and you, are a part of. WOW. And, not only that, but kids that don’t have parents or families will feel LOVED because we cared enough to haul our 15 bags of gear to come and play with them. I’M A LITTLE OVERWHELMED AT THE IMPACT THIS TRIP WILL HAVE AND WHAT A HUGE OPPORTUNITY IT IS!

Please PRAY that God will have a much larger impact on these kids, families and communities than we could have ever dreamed or imagined.

PRAY that every day would be FULL of Kingdom opportunities, and that we would be alert enough to recognize them and prepared enough to step into them.

Thank you so much for your generous support through money and prayers! YOU ARE A PART OF SOMETHING BIG!

I have raised $650 of my $1,100 commitment.
Camp Cho-Yeh is lacking $3,000 in overall support to meet the costs of this trip.

We are confident in the POWER and PROVISION of God, and you can still be a part of what He is planning to do through our staff:

If you would like to support our team financially, go to: www.cho-yeh.org/donate
1. Create an account (1 minute)
2. Enter your debit/credit card information (2 minutes, depending on where you put your glasses)
3. Designate your One-Time-Donation as: “Other – Cory in Honduras” (1 minute)

Cost = less than 5 minutes of your time and a few bucks. Kingdom Impact = priceless.

Camp Cho-Yeh is a 501c3 Non-profit charity, and donations made to Cho-Yeh on my behalf are tax deductible. Donations above my $1,100 commitment will be applied toward the Honduras trip fund and will be used to meet the costs of our trip.

Here is what you can expect over the next few weeks:

We are not planning to have internet access while we are in Honduras, but we will be calling in to the office at camp to keep everyone updated. You can see our daily updates on Camp Cho-Yeh’s Blog. Please stay tuned, or subscribe via email (right hand side of the page) to this blog to catch the after stories, because, in the week following our trip, I will be posting all the great photos and stories that we come back with.

We will depart from IAH on Sunday morning, Jan 8th, and return next Saturday, Jan 14th.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:9-13 NIV)

Busy, Busy, Plan & Pack

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This week has been full to say the least. We hit the ground running as soon as we returned from vacation. It is training week for our Event Staff at Cho-Yeh, while our summer camp team is catching up on the volumes of camp registrations that came in over the holidays. In the midst of all this, at least twice a day, we look up and say… “I can’t believe we are going to Honduras on Sunday!” The reality has not yet set in, which I am afraid means a sleepless Saturday night in anticipation (and probably some last minute packing.)

Our daily Honduras planning meetings have been the most interesting… and a little humorous. You should see our packing list: dodgeballs, slingshots, rocks, a sound system, door hinges… All the ingredients to bring our wild and wacky camp games to the orphanage in Honduras. We had to strike the spray paint. We didn’t think it would make it through security at the airport. Do you think TSA might need a letter in our baggage explaining some of this stuff?!

In the midst of all this busyness, the most important preparation has been to stop and have some quality time with God. He is definitely preparing my heart and mind for this trip. I would like to share an excerpt from my devotional this week:

“RELAX IN MY HEALING PRESENCE. As you spend time with Me, your thoughts tend to jump ahead to today’s plans and problems. Bring your mind back to me for refreshment and renewal. Let the Light of My Presence soak into you, as you focus your thoughts on Me. Thus I equip you to face whatever the day brings. This sacrifice of time pleases Me and strengthens you. Do not skimp on our time together. Resist the clamor of tasks waiting to be done. You have chosen what is better and it will not be taken from you.” – Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. (Psalms 105:4, Luke 10:39-42)

So, the preparations continue, and so does the day-to-day operations at Cho-Yeh. Please continue to pray for us as we prepare to leave:

That we will rely on God to provide, and not be overly anxious in preparing for this trip:

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:31-33 NLT)

Thank you all for partnering with me and our team as we go on this trip, and bring the impact of Cho-Yeh to kids and families in Honduras. The response has been great, but there is still more needed.

If you would like to support our team financially, go to: www.cho-yeh.org/donate
1. Create an account (1 minute)
2. Enter your debit/credit card information (2 minutes, depending on where you put your glasses)
3. Designate your One-Time-Donation as: “Other – Cory in Honduras” (1 minute)

Cost = less than 5 minutes of your time and a few bucks. Kingdom Impact = priceless.

Camp Cho-Yeh is a 501c3 Non-profit charity, and donations made to Cho-Yeh on my behalf are tax deductible. Donations above the $1,100 will be applied toward the Honduras trip fund and will be used to enhance the effectiveness of the trip.

Details about our trip can be found in my first post: “We are going where?!”

We are going where?!

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Every year it’s a tradition at Camp Cho-Yeh to take our summer counselors on a ski trip before school starts up again, but this year, we have decided to make this trip count for something more in the bigger scheme of things.

Cho-Yeh has partnered with Heart-to-Honduras in order to take 21 staff members to Santa Elena, Honduras to build two homes for homeless families and host a day camp for children in poverty within the area from January 8 – 14th.

Normally, I skip out on these trips because our retreat season would have already started up, so naturally,this year I did not think any different. However, at the last moment a spot happened to open up and coincidently, so did my schedule.

At first, I hesitated, thinking… “To go on this trip is more of a want than a need…,” and,”I can’t afford the $1,100 cost on my own.” But, The more I sought God, the more I was encouraged that, “God is working in me, giving me the desire and power to do what pleases Him.” Phil. 2:13. If this was true, then my next step was one of faith. I committed to the trip, not knowing where the money would come from. Who knows… Maybe it’s in your wallet!

Like many, it is difficult for me to ask for financial support, but the more I read, the more my pride is revealed. The Word tells us:

“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life. (1 Timothy 6:17-19 NLT)

Please prayerfully consider sponsoring me both financially and through a commitment to prayer as I join Cho-Yeh’s staff on our first international mission trip adventure.

You can donate online at: www.cho-yeh.org/donate

  1. Create an account (1 minute)
  2. Enter your debit/credit card information (2 minutes, depending on where you put your glasses)
  3. Designate your One-Time-Donation as: “Other – Cory in Honduras” (1 minute)

Cost = less than 5 minutes of your time and a few bucks. Kingdom Impact = priceless.

Camp Cho-Yeh is a 501c3 Non-profit charity, and donations made to Cho-Yeh on my behalf are tax deductible. Donations above the $1,100 will be applied toward the Honduras trip fund and will be used to enhance the effectiveness of the trip.

I will be the the photographer for our trip, and will keep my blog updated with all the best photos and stories. Internet access will most likely not be available, so I will post my journals the following week. Please stay tuned!

Thank you for your support!
– Cory

Please join me in prayer as we prepare and travel:

Pray that God’s Spirit would prepare and equip our team for the work in store for us.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)

“God uses [Scripture] to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:17 NLT)