The First Baptist Church of Hamlet will hold a fish fry Tuesday in order to raise money for medical supplies it will need for a medical mission trip to Honduras in October.
The fish fry will take place at the church at 206 Charlotte St. in Hamlet, with lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. These plates of flounder at $7 each and all proceeds go towards the purchase of medical supplies to be taken to Honduras.
“This is the only fundraiser we do,” said Bill Dennis, who organizes publicity for the church. “They did one other fundraiser, last year, to build a house in Honduras and they had money left over.”
Dennis said he is unsure how much money the church was able to raise during their last fundraiser.
“I wish I could go, but I can’t go to a third world country with my health conditions,” said Dennis. “I have gone on other mission trips, to West Virginia and the Outer Banks.”
Team Leader Reggie Monroe said the team will head to Choluteca, Honduras, from Oct. 10-18. Two years ago, a team from the same church built a house for a Honduran family. This year, they aim to help Hondurans receive medical treatment they may otherwise not be able to afford.
“The people in Honduras are very needy and can’t afford medical costs,” said Monroe. “Plus, we will share the word of God while we’re there.”
Monroe has seven team members who have committed already, and hopes for a few more. He said arrangements for all Honduras mission trips is made through North Carolina Baptist Men, and two permanent missions workers who stay in Honduras year-round. This causes mission groups to meet people from other churches and states while they are in Honduras. Monroe said one time he met a team from Texas there.
“The Second Baptist Church of Hamlet will be there the week before us,” said Monroe. “They are going to build a house.”
Monroe said the team will show their compassion to people who they will have a hard time communicating with, and some who may not understand why the team is willing to help complete strangers in a different country.
“Our response to them is: this is God’s will for our lives right now,” said Monroe. “We are to go share his word of salvation with everyone in the world. The medical help is a way for us to serve while we’re there and show we have a genuine concern for the Hondurans.”
Monroe said he was impressed in the past by the Hondurans’ acceptance of the team and their willingness to be helped.
If you are interested in learning more about the mission trip, contact the church’s office at 910-582-1164.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.