West Michigan: Newsmakers April 24, 2008




WaYfm ships thousands of supplies to Honduras Orphans

On Monday, April 28th at 5 p.m., a team of 30 WaYfm listeners/missions trip participants will be loading a 40 foot shipping container at First Baptist Church of Wayland, located at 3514 12th Street, in Wayland, MI. These goods will be shipped to Nueva Suyepa, Honduras, a slum of Tegucigalpa. Filth, no running water, tuberculosis, dengue fever, gangs, - these are a few of the words that describe Nueva Suyapa. Built on the city dump after Hurricane Fifi in 1974, it's one of the poorest areas in Honduras. A maze of steep, rutted dirt roads and small tin roofed shacks, the community is one in which more than 70% of the children live in poverty.

"This container will be jam-packed," says Kristin Anderson, one of the team leaders. "WaYfm listeners have donated blankets. Saranac Public Schools and First Baptist Church of Allegan have donated used playgrounds that have been made to look like new thanks to several area businesses. Saranac Public Schools also collected shoes by having a friendly competition between the Middle and High School. Another school has donated 240 used desks and chairs. The youth group at Living Hope Community Church packaged peanuts donated by Texas Roadhouse. We are taking with us food items, sports equipment, kitchen utensils, school and arts/crafts supplies, 1,400 Spanish Bibles, and over 2,000 hygiene kits. Additionally, medical supplies have been donated by Perrigo for use by our medical team, led by Dr. Scott Carlson. We have truly been overwhelmed and blessed by the outpouring of support throughout the community."

Working together with Honduras missionary Maureen Hodge (www.bigbrightidea.com) and Orphan Outreach (www.orphanoutreach.org), WaYfm's team will be serving over 1,300 children from June 15-26. 160 of these children LIVE on a landfill in makeshift homes. The WaYfm team will be using the items on the container to meet the physical and spiritual needs of these children. During the team's time in Honduras they will be building a playground, engaging kids with arts and crafts, holding sports clinics, puppet shows, singing, and hosting Bible-themed carnivals. And they have a skilled medical team going to treat as many of the children as possible.

Youth-oriented Top 40 Christian music radio station WaYfm has sponsored seven other summer short-term missions trips. For updates on the team (which represents 22 area churches) go to www.way.fm/connect/missions.







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