After a full year of planning and prayer, the new MAG mission base in the remote jungle village of Rus Rus, Honduras is ready to house missionary staff and aircraft to begin the flow of “help and hope” to the Miskito people of the Rio Coco. There’s still a lot more to do, but a steady stream of volunteer work teams over the first six months of 2010 has yielded a beautiful new airplane hangar [photo 3], water and electrical systems, and an extensively renovated missionary house – all ready to begin serving the people of this isolated and neglected region.
It has been amazing to watch God miraculously bring together the people and resources needed to make this project a reality. In the span of only six months volunteers came from churches in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine. Tennessee, North Carolina, California, and even Honduras can be added to the list of places providing financial and other support. Major milestones came quickly as the hangar foundation was poured (by hand) in March, and the structure itself was erected [photos 1 and 2] and most of the utilities installed in April by the “Common Ground” team [photo 4]. We’re so grateful for everyone’s help and generosity, but the work is really only beginning. Rebuilding the hospital comes next!
Several critical components are needed and/or on the way. A new 8KW diesel generator and a satellite communication system are still critically needed. Despite this, Westley and Denise Wiles and their family are ready to move in – even without any furniture for the house – and begin serving the people in Rus Rus and the surrounding area.
MAG’s new airplane (provided through our partnership with Harvesters International Mission – see September 2009 MAG Field Report ) is now in Honduras and is already impacting lives. In fact, it made its first life saving emergency medical flight on only its first day in the country. A young boy, in critical condition from a gunshot wound needed to be evacuated to a hospital in the city, about two hours away by air. [photo 5] The only missionary airplane in the area that day, Westley responded to the call and the boy’s life was saved! While we rejoice over this life, we also face the sobering reality that our ability to deliver medical care will remain quite limited until more work is done on the hospital and a stream of medical personnel and supplies can be permanently established.
Even without yet being “fully operational” however, the mere presence of all this activity, construction, and especially the airplane with “Ambulancia” painted on the nose, has brought a new sense of hope to the people of Rus Rus. Having just returned, MAG President Sean Donnelly recalls: “Hope was evident on the people’s faces. I think this was because they could see and touch these tangible expressions of God’s love and care for them. They no longer felt abandoned. But the greatest encouragement came”, says Sean, “when I got to tell them that, just like the biblical concept of ‘firstfruits’, this was only the beginning. The best is yet to come!”
Please contact MAG if you, your church, or civic group would like to provide any of the critical items still needed to complete the Rus Rus facility. Check out the MAG website to learn more about Rus Rus and the Miskito people of eastern Honduras.