Sweet Bread Ministries Orphanage in Honduras
In the early part of 2009 Bruce and Lori Van Natta sold a piece of land that was originally part of the parcel that their first house was on. They had subdivided the land and sold the house separately in 2003. This remaining piece of land was in escence the home equity that they had built up in that first house. After selling the land they began to pray about what they should do with the money. Logic said that they should use it to pay down their mortgage on their current home, or at the least reinvest it somehow. After a few months it became clear to them that the Lord was calling them to invest a large part of it into the Kingdom. This was a stretch for them as their new full-time ministry was still not able to fully support their family.
They first used some of the money to build a church and drill a well in India through Gospel For Asia,
—–but they knew there was something more.
James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
One night they went to see a traveling minister named Tom Stamman. They listened as he talked about the great need for food and orphanages in many third world countries. This man had started Impact Ministries International, a ministry that focused on feeding the poor and building and supporting orphanages in several countries. Over the following weeks they continued to pray and were led by the Lord to partner with I.M.I and fund the building of an 8 bedroom, 48 child orphanage in Comayagua Honduras. Within a few weeks of giving the money the project began.
Impact Ministries already owned a 70 acre piece of rural land that they were starting to develop. They had already cleared some of the land and built one building that could be used for staff housing and general use, if a large complex was built next to it.
In the first week of September 2009 Bruce Van Natta flew to Honduras to meet with the builders and the people who were running the Impact Ministries Orphanage already in place. All of these pictures are from that trip to Comayagua.
“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Galations 5:6b
This is the view of the south half of the land from the road that splits the land in half. This will be the main entrance. In the back you can see the building they have already built.
This is the road that leads through the land going towards the back lot line.
The back lot line ends at this river, which makes this a very valuable piece of land. Water is scarce and this river can be used for irrigating the crops that they want to grow on the land.
The initial orphanage is made up of 2 main buildings. A boys side and a girls side with 4 large rooms in each building that will house 6 children per room. Each room will have it’s own bathroom and closet area as well.
The buildings and site are designed so that future additions are already planned for.
This picture shows the outline of both buildings with the open area between them being where there will be a common courtyard / activity area.
These two pictures show both buildings almost completed:
The orphans have now moved into their new home and although the complex is not entirely completed, it is usable.
Orphans like these from the already operating IMI orphanage and from other orphanages that Sweet Bread Ministries currently partners with are at the mercy of others. People like you and me have the power to make an eternal difference in their lives. If you would like to make a donation towards orphan ministry please let us know as we sending out financial support to orphanages around the world on regular basis.
Jesus said this about it, (Matthew 25:34-40) “Then the king will say to those on His right, ‘Come you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?