The Gospel To Santa Lucia

Missionaries Evan and Carmen Williams
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ABOUT US

We seek to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to Honduras.

Evan and Carmen Williams are veteran missionaries serving since 1981 and since that time they have labored for the Lord in church planting ministries in the countries of Ireland, UK, Spain, and latterly in Honduras, through BIMI. God has blessed their ministry with the establishment of a local church in the mountains above the capital city of Tegucigalpa in a town called Santa Lucia. He has also used that ministry to commence and serve five other Church Plants in other areas along with a Bible Institute to help train local believers to serve in the ministry that God would call them to in those areas.

During their third term of service to this field, Evan and Carmen are planning to take one-month furlough trips to the USA each year in order to report to their churches and to present an exciting new ministry in the form of an Evangelistic outreach to their community via the provision of a bi-lingual education for the children of families that attend their church to new churches. They propose to commence this new ministry in the fall of 2018 and will need more support and the help of missionary teachers from the USA who would be prepared to serve their Lord alongside them in this great work.

If your church would be interested in having them to your missions conference or to your Bible seminary, college or institute, they can be contacted via BIMI or directly via the contact page on this website. May God bless you as you consider their ministry for your support.

Walter Evan Williams

Born into a Protestant family in Northern Ireland, I confessed Christ as my Saviour by age nine. My growth in grace led me to dedicate my life for missions at the age of eighteen. When twenty-one,opportunity arose to serve the Lord as a missionary relief worker with an Anglican mission to Honduras.

Through personal Bible study, while in Honduras, I came to believe in Biblical principles known clearly to me today as Baptist convictions. During my ministry in Honduras, I met and fell in love with Carmen, which led to our marriage. Shortly thereafter, we returned to Ireland joining the Comber Baptist Church.

After four years of studies at the Irish Baptist Theological College, in Belfast, we were called by the Holy Spirit as church planters in the Canary Islands for 12 years, where God used us to re-establish a local church plant in Lanzarote that had fallen on hard times and to train a group of national brethren to form a strong leadership there. In December 1999 we were once more called of God back to Ireland, toattend our son's special educational needs, but before leaving I was able to present one of those men to the church as a candidate pastor. Shortly after we returned to Ireland he was called and took charge of that work.

When back in Ireland I was first called to pastor a Baptist church in Belfast for two and half years, during which time God gave me the privilege of serving Him, as an extension of that ministry over seas, in the mission fields of India, Costa Rica and Honduras as a conference speaker. After much prayer and consideration I knew that God had given us a heart for missions and God lead me from there into an itinerant preaching and teaching ministry in Baptist churches throughout Ireland, the UK and Honduras. It was while I was preaching in the latter, during the summer of June 2004, that both Carmen and I received a definite call of God to serve as church-planters amongst the people there. After much prayer we surrendered to that call.

Providentially working through our friend and sending pastor, Dr. Bob Zemeski, we were led of the Lord to BIMI, to aid us in our endeavours to reach that precious field of harvest. After two years of deputation in both Europe and the USA we arrived in Honduras on November 15 th , 2008. Under God’s guiding hand we were lead to commence a pioneer ministry in the town of Santa Lucia and since then God has opened many doors of opportunity for the Gospel and we rejoice at what He is doing in our midst to the salvation of precious souls. We do trust that as you pray God will put us upon your heart for consideration for your church's partnership in this ministry, through both your financial and prayerful support, in order that it may continue.

Maria Del Carmen Williams

I was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, into a traditional Roman Catholic working class family. By the time I was two, both of my parents were saved and had joined a Baptist church. At the age of sixteen, while attending a young people’s meeting, I realized my sinfulness and asked Jesus Christ to be my personal Saviour.

Things dramatically changed in my life: I was involved in evangelism and as a Sunday School teacher I went with our evangelistic team into the outlying towns and villages of my country to teach and hold Bible Clubs. At the age of eighteen I dedicated my life in service to my Lord.

I graduated from college in 1979 as a primary school teacher and by law was obligated to serve one year in the countryside. Assigned to El Sembrador, an evangelical boarding school for boys, I felt led of the Lord to stay two more years and it was during the final year that Evan came to work with us and even though I left to work in another part of my country, Evan kept in contact with me.

I had been praying that God would give me a husband who knew and loved Him, and who wanted to serve Him, yet I did not feel I was suited to the task of being the wife of a pastor or missionary. Before Evan left for Ireland in 1983, he felt that I was the woman that God had for him, so he asked me to marry him, sharing with me his desire to serve the Lord in full time ministry. I knew then this was God’s will for my life. Believing God was answering my prayer, I accepted.

Since then I have been serving the Lord at my husband’s side as we have sought to be faithful to His call upon our lives.

MINISTRY INFORMATION

Our goals, ministry video, and recent prayer letter help explain our vision for Honduras.

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Current Ministries Through The Local Church

  1. Door to door tract and newsletter distribution
  2. Personal visitation of contacts
  3. Home evangelistic Bible studies
  4. Baptism of converts
  5. Street evangelism
  6. Bible institute classes
  7. Training national workers
  8. Children's and youth ministries
  9. Discipleship class
  10. Evangelism team ministries: to provide evangelistic and pulpit support to both ours and other national Independent Baptist churches and missionaries

Ministry Goals

  1. Further develop our local pioneer church plant
  2. Nurture to maturity our five other church plants
  3. Further develop our youth ministry
  4. Finish our church building project
  5. Start other church plants in the mountains of Santa Lucia
  6. Secure license to commence our primary school ministry
  7. Seek full-time missionary teachers from the USA
  8. Start an evangelistic local church primary school ministry
Pastor Bob Zemeski

Dr. Bob Zemeski

Rivervalley Baptist Chruch (Ireland)

I am delighted as a friend and pastor to present to you, Evan and Carmen Williams, our missionary representatives. They are wonderful Christians and dedicated servants of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who have served as missionaries and in the pastorate for many years.

We personally have had a close relationship with them since 1999 and during which time we have had the opportunity to observe the grace of God in their lives and believe that God has called them to serve our Lord Jesus as church-planting missionaries in the country of Honduras. Therefore, they have my full support and are sent with the unanimous backing, privileges and authority of our church.

Yours for the Harvest.

Dr. Bob Zemeski
Rivervalley Baptist Church
Co. Kildare, Ireland

Pastor Joel Tillis

Pastor Joel Tillis

Sun Coast Baptist Church (Florida)

There is probably not a week that goes by that I do not receive a call from a missionary somewhere. The need for getting good men on the mission field is vital yet, who should we support is a decision that Pastors wrestle with daily.

Personally, our church has been in partnership with him for many years and we have seen God bless his ministry. It is with the highest regard and deepest honor that we recommend Bro Williams without reservation for your consideration of support and prayer.

Pastor Joel Tillis
Sun Coast Baptist Church
1601 22nd Ave. West
Palmetto, Fl 34221

Pastor Aaron Carpenter

Pastor Aaron Carpenter

Central Baptist Church (Alabama)

In the spirit of Luke 11:8, I've called him the "importunate missionary," but I think a better term might be "indefatigable." We have been so blessed to partner with Evan and Carmen Williams and share in their dogged determination to get to Honduras, humble willingness to follow the Holy Spirit's leading in whatever ministry he opens to them, and fierce commitment to bring glory to God in the spreading of the Gospel of Christ to any and all. It is a joy to know them, to serve with them, and to recommend them to you!

Pastor Aaron Carpenter
Central Baptist Church
3620 County Road 6
Dixons Mills, Alabama 36736

Pastor Louis Canaday

Pastor Louis Canaday

Calvary Baptist Church (Michigan)

It is a real privilege to recommend Evan & Carmen Williams. From the first time I met them, I could sense their heart for God and for the people of Honduras. They have displayed such a servant spirit that has carried over into their family and people they are reaching in Honduras. We have faithfully supported them and have enjoyed our partnership with them in evangelism and discipleship. You and your church family will be blessed by their testimonies and laboring alongside them as they labor in Honduras. It is a joy to recommend them to you for your consideration.

Pastor Louis Canaday
Calvary Baptist Church
Gaines, Michigan

CURRENT PROJECTS

An update on the construction of our new church and school...

We shared with you in our last update how that we were preparing ourselves for the most expensive part of this project and had already received donations for it. Well our own sending church very graciously sent us a further 1,000 Euros ($1,105) towards it, so now we just need to raise $6,895 by November. Pray for this goal so we may move forward on this great project.

Monday, July 4th , the local laborer will return to the site to make ready the remaining three footers for the foundation columns, which the civil engineer from Claim ministries is coming back from the States to set for us, along with other technical jobs that need to be done in preparation for the block layers we trust will be coming to us in September. We do praise the Lord for Claim and their willingness to help us in this project by sourcing some of the needed expertise for this project.

I remind you of the other trades men we will be needing and would ask you to make this request a definite point of prayer for us. We need more block layers, plasters, electricians, plumbers and dry wall guys, all before November when we have the promise of a team of tillers. These needed men can come in any order they can and not necessarily together, so if you have a man in your church you would be willing to sponsor to help us for one or two weeks please make contact. Remember too that we need an extra welder to complete the team that will also be coming in November.

FUTURE PROJECTS

New Evangelistic Church School Ministry

As from November 15, 2008, Evan and Carmen have been serving their Lord faithfully as representatives of their supporting churches and friends in Santa Lucia. During that time they have endeavoured to reach souls for Christ, many of which have come to know Him, while others have been restored, having strayed from their lord, discouraged by the false teachings so prevalent in the surrounding churches. Today Evan and Carmen are administering the Word of God to 125 people, in six different locations in and around Santa Lucia. Each Sunday they see 80 to 90 of these souls come out for Sunday school and morning worship, while the rest attend their other meetings.

Despite these blessings, Evan and Carmen’s desire to reach more souls continues to weigh heavily upon their hearts and they have been seeking the Lord’s direction on how this may be achieved more effectively. During that time the Lord has gradually impressed upon them the value of starting an affordable bi-lingual church school ministry, as a part of their evangelistic outreach to their community. The ministry of this school would not only provide a first class English-speaking education for grades Pre-Kinder through 7 th. , but would also provide a powerful incentive for parents to bring their children out to the Baptist church on a regular basis, where they will receive a true presentation of the Gospel of Christ.

The reason for this ministry

As Evan and Carmen surveyed Santa Lucia, they discovered that due to the staunch Roman Catholic tradition and the charismatic confusion caused, both in the Catholic church as well as in the many Pentecostal churches in the area, people are not as receptive to the Biblical teachings given by the Independent Baptist as they might be in other areas. Yet the Lord has brought before Evan and Carmen a need and desire that all the people have, regardless of they religious affiliation; that is a quality English education for their children.

Until now such an education has been restricted to the higher income families, especially if the teachers in the school are employed from the USA. This means that none of the working class families can ever aspire to have their children receive this opportunity, which in turn would help them escape the life of poverty imposed upon many by the minimum wage ethos so prevalent in the country. Even the higher income families struggle to meet the costs of this education on their own.

God has therefore laid on Evan and Carmen’s hearts a ministry which, while meeting this desire and need of the people, could be used of God to bring whole families under the sound preaching of His word, confiding that “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105) and “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).

How may this ministry be achieved

With the help of either short time or full-time missionary teachers from the USA, Evan and Carmen propose to begin this ministry for the children of families that attend their church on a regular basis (at least twice a week). In order to qualify, each family must have regularly attended church services for one year and on the basis of that, their children may register for classes during their second year of church attendance. The attendance of the family on a particular year will determine whether or not the child can be registered for the following year’s classes.

Each family will be required to pay a minimum enrollment fee, in accordance with their financial possibilities, which may be spread throughout each school year in monthly payments. These payments will help cover materials, uniforms, maintenance and security costs of the church school facilities, but the actual tuition of their child will be free. However, for those of extreme poverty, Evan and Carmen propose to commence a sponsorship program in which for just $50 per month churches from the USA and Europe may help these children realize their dream of having a good quality education. Their parents will be required to donate a few work hours to the school each month in order to engage them in their children’s education.

Needs of this Ministry

Beginning in 2019, this ministry will need a school administrator director and a Pre-Kinder teacher. Each year thereafter it will need the help of an additional missionary teacher in order to add another grade to the school. If you, or your church know of any qualified primary school teachers who may be thinking of using their skills in service to their Lord (either for short term or full-time missionary service) then please put them in contact with Evan and Carmen. Perhaps your church would even consider sponsoring a teacher from your congregation to come help for one year.

The ministry also needs churches that will see the benefit of this outreach and be prepared to sponsor a child at $50 per month, in order that scholarships may be offered. If your church would like to consider getting involved in this ministry, then please consider having Evan and Carmen come to your missions’ conference to present their vision and the need for this ministry.

It goes without saying; this outreach needs prayer—much prayer. This is a huge undertaking, one that Evan and Carmen do not enter into without first being convinced of the Lord’s guidance. Would you uphold this ministry in your prayers, asking God to flourish, provide for, and bless it to the salvation of precious souls?

Finally, may God bless you as you consider your participation to help this new endeavor for God’s glory.

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