Hi Reader Friends and New Subscribers! Enjoy this interview with Subscriber Tom T about the ministry he is involved with in Honduras!
SUBSCRIBER TOM T SHARES ABOUT HIS MINISTRY!
This is the first time that we’ve shared about a ministry of one of our subscribers. Why are we doing this? Because YOU are the “Special Forces Christians” that David Telbat writes about in his books and stories. You are living what he is writing! (Well true, maybe you don’t carry non-lethal weapons and do all the crazy things his characters do. 😉 ) But thank you for serving the Lord wherever you are!
Today we would like to introduce you to Tom Thomas and the ministry he is involved in.
Dee: Welcome Tom! Thank you for joining us today! Please tell our readers a little about yourself.
Tom: I am from Savannah Georgia. There is a Calvary Chapel there that I miss and love. I was born in Russia Siberia and my mother and father adopted me and brought me home to God when I was 5 years old. I lived a pretty sheltered life. But God has helped me with needs and His love. And my mother and father are here with me in ministry serving God. About two years ago I didn’t even know this place existed until CC friends told us about it. So God called us here. My family sold our house, car, everything. We sold everything without even knowing what it was like here. All we knew was that it was a third world country. So God called us to serve here.
Dee: Oh, Tom, what an amazing God story! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! What is the name of the ministry that you work with?
Tom: Son Rise Mission Inn, Roatan.
Dee: It sounds like a beautiful place! I see on their website at http://sonrisemissionhotelroatan.com/ that this Mission is on the beautiful Caribbean island of Roatan off the coast of Central America, surrounded by coral reef and crystal clear water. How long have you been working with this ministry?
Tom: It’s been a little over a year. Praise God.
Dee: I understand that you work with the Calvary Chapel at the Mission. What kinds of things do you do and what led you to work with this particular ministry?
Tom: Well, I have two ministries I work with. One is the sound ministry, which I do on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Tuesdays. It usually takes an hour to get sound and presentation ready before service on Sundays and Wednesday nights. And the other ministry I have is the worship ministry. I’m not the worship leader but I am on the team. Most of the time I play guitar, but sometimes I play the bass on Sunday mornings. On Sunday nights, we have a discipleship class for anyone who wants to come. During the worship time, it’s all acoustic. The worship leader and me play and sing songs in English and Spanish. It’s really cool how God brought that together. There are some other things I do to help out at the church too.
When I was back in the States at Calvary Chapel Savannah, a guy taught me how to run a soundboard. A really cool guy, Mark, brought me to the world of music and I started out with the bass. Then at a home group Bible study the guy that was playing guitar gave me his first starter guitar. There were four people who played the guitar extremely well said I had a talent for it and they all taught me different things so it was really cool how that worked out for me. So that’s how those two ministries begun. And when we came here, somehow God gave me that ministry. It was all God. He gets the glory for this not me.
Dee: How does Son Rise Mission Inn, Roatan, help the people there? What kinds of things does it do in the community?
Tom: Well our biggest thing is spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to people in the colonia. And we do get a lot of teams that come here to help. When the Atlanta team comes, they help build a house or two for one or two families in just one week, which is fast, and a big blessing for the families. Last year they built two houses.
Dee: It says on the Son Rise Mission website that the people living in the colonia across the street and up the hill from the Mission live in substandard homes that could easily slide down the hill during the rainy season. The site also says, “Many of the people in this colonia have come from one of the more violent regions of Honduras, seeking sanctuary on the island. Calvary Chapel Roatan’s first challenge was to improve their water and living conditions.
“Our mission is to accommodate and facilitate mission teams for the improvement of the spiritual and physical health of Honduras. The proceeds of the Son Rise Mission Inn help support the missionaries and ministries of Calvary Chapel Roatan, whose vision is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry by teaching the Word of God.” What a worthy ministry!
They say that vacationers come to enjoy the beaches, to snorkel, to zip line through the forest, and kick back in the sun.
But they have many opportunities to help the people as well, such as doing “a VBS or sports camp, build a house or lay a water line, work in a medical clinic or fix a young boy’s smile. Son Rise offers people from first world cultures a place to stay while you step through into the world of missions.” And I read there is a children’s home down the road, too.
Thank you so much, Tom, for taking the time to share your ministry at Son Rise Mission Inn, Roatan, and Calvary Chapel with our readers! And thank you for being a subscriber to our Telbat’s Tablet blog! (If anyone would like to write to Tom, I will happily forward the message on to him.)
Tom: Thank you for having me.
Reader friends, if you are looking for a short-term ministry, Son Rise Mission Inn, Roatan, has invited YOU to join them! Check out their website at http://sonrisemissionhotelroatan.com/.
May the Lord bless you richly this Thanksgiving. “Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Psalm 107:1
COMING UP: Next WEDNESDAY we have Part II of “Research in Reverse” when David shares some of what he learned in his research on Nigeria for COIL #4 novel, Dark Vessel.