Cindy finds it hard to believe that it has been 25 years since her first mission trip to Honduras. She felt God pulling on her heartstrings when an 80 year old friend, who led her to the Lord and was a missionary in Honduras and Belize, wanted someone to go with her on a two-week medical mission. Cindy had been to Honduras once, to adopt her daughter, but had no desire to go back. But this time the pull was so strong that she had to be obedient. Cindy made the phone call but the mission group was full. Immediately after she hung up the phone, she heard God say, “but you are going next year!”
Cindy did go the next year and almost every year after, while Karl stayed home and cared for their 6 children. On her third mission trip, she met Dr. Jeff McKenney, a surgeon with a heart for the Honduran people who dreamed of building a hospital in the jungle. Over the years, she stayed in touch with him and as her heart grew stronger for missions, she had a deep desire to go to Dr. McKenney’s hospital in the jungle. Time passed and her 4 oldest boys got married and moved out. When her daughter was 12 years old, Cindy felt she should see her country of origin. Karl agreed, so they made plans to go for a month and serve at the hospital.
On the plane, Karl reminded Cindy that he was not allowed to fix X-ray machines unless they were made by the company that employs him. She assured him this jungle hospital had no X-ray machines. When they arrived in Honduras, they met Brad who excitedly greeted them with “We have an old X-ray machine someone donated and we would like you take a look at it.” When he saw the X-ray machine, it was made by his company! Hospital Loma de Luz had been praying for 3 years for someone to come look at the machine.
Every year since, Karl and Cindy have gone for one month to serve at the hospital. They are closer to their dream of spending 6 months a year in Honduras.
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