Praise God! We received word from Lena that the team has landed safely in Honduras and has made it through customs and immigration. In Lena’s words, “All our gear is accounted for, and nothing is damaged.”
Looks like all team members are accounted for as well!
For the next 23 days, Team Honduras will be working in partnership with Youth For Christ Honduras (Juventud Para Cristo Honduras) and appearing in concert in various locations throughout the country. We will share updates from the team as we receive them, so stay tuned!
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Hey all! Team Honduras has arrived at the Minneapolis airport, checked in, and cleared security. They’ll be taking off for Honduras very soon! Please continue to pray with us for safe travels, and stay tuned for updates on the team’s arrival in San Pedro Sula.
Those words are heavy for Summer Team Members as they have played their final concert stateside before their month long tour in their respective countries. It’s an incredibly exciting time but also slightly bittersweet. They set-up, played and spoke intentionally on Saturday evening and now on Monday morning, they pack in the same manner. As some have said in the past, TODAY, is like a CTI Holiday. “Flight Packing Day!” Everyone knows that it’s a packed day of pallet wrap, colorful itineraries, packing to that 50lb limit and commissioning team members off into the work that God has called them to.
Here are a few highlights from Send Off Concert (which was AWESOME!). This would be the final time they would be touching their instruments and playing together before they step foot on Honduran/Colombia soil. That sunk in pretty quickly for team members. You could tell that they wanted to make the most of every note, every word and every jump off the ground.
If you have ever been a part of CTI, you know that everything is meticulously scribed, accounted for, wrapped and made safe. All of these insane and somewhat strenuous efforts make Departure Day work just about as smooth as butter. As we continue to prepare to send these teams off, please pray alongside of us for things like check-in, travels, peace and continued unity amongst team members, smooth arrival to YFC partners and trust for the work that God is going to do through these teams!
As we send teams all over the world, we try and prepare them for as many scenarios as we possibly can. This means all kinds of audiences, all kinds of venues and all kinds of weather. There are other lessons to be learned in the midst of these concerts as well. It’s so valuable as a ministry that places a high value on stewardship of not only influence but resources, we learn how to protect gear and how to play with smaller set ups and it emphasizes the important role that EVERYONE plays on the team. It’s all so important!
Week One is all about Understanding Our Need for the Gospel and learning ALL the music. That’s rounded off with the Practice Concert and music memorized. As Week Two proceeds it’s all about taking the things that we have learned and implementing them into the CULTURE. As many alumni know there are Culture Simulations we send our teams through, though sometimes they are frustrating, they are SO valuable
We won’t fly into a culture with a full understanding of everything and everyone we will encounter but we do go equipped, knowing that we will have everything we need to know when we need to know it.
Teams learn how to trust their overseas partners, their overseas team leaders as they guide us and ultimately, the Lord as He creates opportunities for them to be faithful in their sharing.
Friday, we sat down with Lena and Jose, the leaders of CTI Honduras, and had an informal interview with them. We asked them about their experiences with their team in these first few days of training, and got some insights on where the team is at at this point.
The summer teams have focused on humility as part of their devotionals this week. They’ve really begun to dig into the definition of humility. It’s not about thinking less of themselves, but rather thinking of themselves less. One story that Lena and Jose told us was about one of the vocalists, Jeremy. Unbeknownst to the rest of the team, and even the staff, Thursday was Jeremy’s birthday. Like I said, we completely missed it! Towards the end of that day, he confessed to Jose and the rest of that team that he didn’t bring it up because he felt it would have defeated the purpose of their humility devotional, saying, “It’s not about me.” This really struck a chord with Jose and Lena.
They’ve also spent time focusing on courage, specifically in regards to sharing their faith, but also in a more general sense. The team’s bassist, Riley, started off training week pretty reserved, Jose said, but over time, he’s really stepped up and shown leadership in several ways. He’s even been helping some of the other instrumentalists as he’s gotten more familiar with his musical role.
Musically, the team has really clicked into a solid groove, working well together to capture a cohesive, desirable sound. When asked, the leaders weren’t sure which song was the team’s favorite, as they have so many that they enjoy. One of the key things that helps their overall sound is the joy that they all find in playing music. They always seem to have fun in their rehearsals, which is really important.
At the end of our interview, we asked the leaders if they had any prayer requests. They responded by asking us to pray that the members of CTI Honduras would continue to grow, and deepen their understanding of the Gospel and grow in being able to share that gospel. They want to see their passion for sharing their personal experiences with the Gospel grow. Lena and Jose have also experienced, along with excitement, some nervousness about leading their team overseas. They feel a bit overwhelmed with how much they need to learn in such a short time, expressing that they would love continued prayer for ease of mind.
CTI Honduras continues to work extremely hard in preparation for overseas ministry and training is far from over. The leaders are excited to guide them through these next few weeks as they head to Honduras! Keep praying with us for the team!