Last Sunday I got to hear about the Micah Project, a ministry in Honduras, an area ravaged by poverty, crime and suicide.
Every week is a rough week in Honduras.
There’s a guy named Michael Miller who has basically devoted his life – since 1998 – to serving kids in Honduras and developing them into servant leaders, praying for them to experience God’s love to such an extent that they are motivated to “act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with their God,” a passage from Micah 6:8.
Miller reaches out to “street kids.” These kids sniff glue so they can be high all day long. That glue kills hunger and memory. These kids are, like, 12 years old. They don’t have any parents. The girls become prostitutes; the boys get shot.
And yet, Michael Miller keeps going back. He took a team of my friends from Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church with him earlier this year and will do so again in a few months. Miller operates a group home for at-risk youth that has classrooms, a vegetable garden, soccer fields and a basketball court. The kids know that Micah House is a place with a bed and a kitchen if they need to get off the streets. They know they will be shown love, a concept that is foreign to most of these kids. Some of them have great success stories and go on to graduate from high school and college and build youth soccer teams in struggling communities.
But a lot of them die on the streets.
“I’m not in charge of being loved back,” Miller said. “That’s just not how it works. God’s faithfulness to me through all this has taught me how to love with a broken heart.”
Amelia Batcha, Kit Mixon, Walker Harris, Trevor Harris and Jeff Peña spent their vacation time earlier this year to go to Honduras and work with the kids. They’ve seen firsthand how troubled these boys are and how much they need guidance, love and faith in something.
“When we think about God’s faithfulness, never once does God give up on us,” Miller said. “God uses us in our weakness. He says, ‘just you wait.’ It’s really easy for a missionary to come and do a talk about great success. God’s faithfulness doesn’t always end with happy stories and happy endings.”
But sometimes knowing that someone else cares goes a long way.
“God’s faithfulness sometimes comes as much in the sorrow and loss as it does in the good times,” Miller said. “I have learned more about God from my boys than they have learned from me.”
Miller recently noted that these boys didn’t choose to live on the streets but had to in order to survive. They found hope and dignity at Micah House.
One of the young men told Miller, “I never thought I would have my own pair of shoes; I spent my whole childhood barefoot.”
Mixon, one of the Houston residents who went on the mission trip in March, said that resonated with him.
“Something as simple as wanting your own shoes fails to even compare to anything I will ever want for the rest of my life,” he said.
For more information, visit micahprojecthonduras.org.
April Towery is the managing editor of The Sealy News. She can be reached at 979-885-3562 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.