Greetings from Melissa and Bella in Honduras!

Our 9 year old daughter Bella in Central America
PIT: Delayed flights, waiting around, early mornings, long days, late nights, long bumpy & hot car rides, funny foods, more waiting around…a missionary life is far from glamorous. There is a reason certain countries are deemed 3rd world. They lack modern conveniences and luxuries. Welcome to Honduras…there’s no place we’d rather be.
God in the small places: First stop was a women’s bible study in the ‘hood’. Why would over 30 women cram into a very small room? They were hungry. Not physically. Not for food. But spirtually. For God. I was honored to share with them the possibilities of what God may do in their lives..if they allow God to interrupt their day, their schedule, and their life.
After, I was fascinated with how this bible study came about and inquired about it. I was touched to learn that it was because one woman, Tyanne, allowed God to interrupt her day each week to drive into this hood and take one woman as her spiritual daughter. Tyanne saw the potential in her. She saw her the way God saw her. She loved on her. She spent time with her. She shared her life with her. And she taught her about Jesus. Faithfully. For over 14 years.
Now, I get to see the fruit. Now this one woman is replicating what Tyanne did for her to the women in her community (the hood). When I finished speaking I did an alter call to give the women an opportunity to accept Jesus. It was a bust. Silence. No takers. No need. ALL of them were already saved! Because one woman allowed God to interrupt her day.
Are you making yourself available to God today? God has Big plans and He needs your help to accomplish them.
Love and Hugs,
Melissa and Bella
P.S. Bella got to play with the kids in the hood. All was well until a fist fight broke out between two young boys. Mission aborted. But, not failed. It left her time to wander through the skinny paths between the shanty-houses. She was able to peek into some of the ‘homes’. She now has a new appreciation for her house, bed, washing machine and toilet. Mission accomplished!

Motorcycle to Ministry

20 years ago the Lord called me to serve Him in the ministry. So in 1995 at age 31, I sold my motorcycle (Honda CBR600) to pay my tuition for Bible school.

It has been quite the life of faith, adventure, obedience, sacrifice and joy to serve the Lord as a missionary to the nations.

Brian Chu

How are Cupcakes Like the Parable of the Bags of Gold?

“Do not give all of your money to the poor.” I heard Brian say this to our daughters recently. They had just returned from selling Naomi’s leftover birthday cupcakes door-to-door to the neighbors. The girls squealed with delight. Brian was amazed and proud. Nine dollars was burning a hole in their pocket! Ideas on how to spend it were spinning out of control.

Naomi Chu
Naomi’s 9th birthday (December 2014)

“Let’s give it all to the poor,” one daughter suggested. Now I was amazed and proud.

“Do not give all of your money to the poor,” Brian said. The statement caught me off guard. My bubble was burst. He had my attention, and the girls’, too. What could possibly be cuter, more compassionate, more thoughtful, or more noble than little girls giving all of their hard-earned money to the poor? This I had to hear.

Brian went on to explain that Jesus said the poor you will always have with you. Then he suggested the girls split the $9 as follows… They could spend a portion, because they worked hard for it. Next, they could give a portion to the poor, because they need it. Lastly, they could take a portion and invest it. He told them they could buy some cookie dough, make cookies, and sell them to earn even more money. Thus they would have more money to spend, more money to give, and more money to invest again. The idea clicked immediately – for the girls, and for me.

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!.” (Matthew 25:21)

I love how simple cupcakes were used to explain Matthew’s The Parable of the Bags of Gold so eloquently, yet elementary.

Naomi Chu Bella Chu Sienna Chu
a lesson from cupcakes

Thank you for believing in the work our family is able to accomplish in developing nations through Now Hope. It is our privilege and responsibility to serve their leaders. It demands risk and accountability. They are worth it! The investment in a leader can not only change his/her individual life, but it also reaches their families, villages, cities, and nations. This touches the generations to come. This is time well spent. This is our passion. This is our life. We are honored to share it with you.

Our next trip is in April to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We have been visiting this place every year since 2002, working with 22 adopted children, evangelism, and prison outreach. We need to raise another $500 by April 1st. If you would like to give towards this trip, secure donations can be made here. Thank you for your support and prayers.