Friends of Barnabas

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It is time to start getting ready for our 2016 trip to Honduras.  Our first meeting will be Feb. 25 at 7 pm, at Bethany.  All who are interested please join us.  Questions?  Contact Team Leader Gary Lucas (234-0708,

THANKS to your GENEROSITY this  2015 Christmas, we will continue to change the lives of children in Honduras.  You’ve given $14,000+!!  Way to go Bethany!  This will allow us to bring medications and vitamins on our NEXT OCTOBER mission trip, and will also provide support for the Friends of Barnabas Community Health Development program, that improves health through empowerment and education.  By God’s grace and your generosity we are transforming the world!

FRIENDS OF BARNABAS team were on their mission trip to Honduras. Nov. 7-15, 2015. The team included from Bethany: Gary Lucas (team leader), Kim May, Mary Tyree, Pat Lynn, Faith Lucas, Amanda Hughes and Pastor Brad. Other team members include Jack Garber, Don Mundy, Karen Purcell, Stan Holland, Dr. Henry Herrmann, Paul Quillen, Bill Mohan, Kate Lough.

CLICK to see 11-10-2015 pictures:   (.pdf)    (.doc)


GaryL & BP


See answers to often asked questions below and, also, see the pictures and read the daily journals of their trip.

What does an FoB medical mission team do?

Deliver medical care to children and their families in the mountains of Honduras.

Where is Honduras?
In Latin America, bordered by Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Seven or eight hours away by plane.

What’s the weather like?
Hot mostly, and muggy. But in the mountains it can be quite pleasant, especially with an evening breeze.

Why should I go?
Lots of reasons… maybe God is calling you to have an adventure, to change the life of a child, to change your own life!

How much does it cost?
Each team member is asked to raise about $2000, which can be accomplished by asking friends and family for financial support. Pastor Brad raised funds for his trip literally by sending a couple dozen letters and emails.

What’s a typical day like?
Wake up early, eat a delicious breakfast, bus ride into the mountains. Set up clinics, see patients for 6-8 hours with a break for lunch. Bus ride back, showers, dinner, devotions, free time. Most of us go to bed early because we’re worn out! Sunday and Saturday are play days with trips to the waterfall, the beach, or other fun Honduras sites.

Do I need a medical degree?
No! Besides doctors, nurses, dentists, PAs, and eye care experts, we also need Spanish translators and nonmedical laypeople to make the trip successful.

Is it safe?
Mostly. Honduras is a violent place, so precautions are taken for the team’s safety. The mission trips are as safe as we can make them. But of course there are risks, just like Jesus said there would be if we follow him!

How’s the food?
Amazingly good. You’ll eat like a king (or queen) for the week, with delicious, authentic Honduran food at every meal: fried fish, chicken, beans and rice, fresh veggies, hand rolled tortillas, perfectly ripe fruit, and lots of good desserts like flan, rice pudding, and bananas foster.

What if I can’t go to Honduras?
You can still participate! We need people to pray, give, and go. Pray for the mountain medical teams, for the people we serve, for the FoB leadership, and for the presence of Christ to be revealed in Honduras. You can also support our work through financial giving. We will once again give our Christmas Eve offering to Friends of Barnabas, so plan now to make a generous gift!

How can I learn more?
Talk to Gary Lucas or visit


From the Friends of Barnabas website:

“Improving the lives of impoverished children in Honduras
by providing high quality sustainable medical care and enabling communities to become self sufficient through community health training and education.”


Past Experiences of the trip!

Journal #1 – May 3, 2014  (.doc) (.pdf) 

Journal #2 – May 4, 2014  (.doc)  (.pdf)

Journal #3 – May 5, 2014  (.doc)   (.pdf)

Journal #4 – May 6, 2014  (.doc)   (.pdf)

Journal #5 – May 7, 2014  (.doc)   (.pdf)

Journal #6 – May 8, 2014  (.doc)   (.pdf)

Journal #7 – May 9, 2014  (.doc  (.pdf)

Click for more pictures of the Harrisonburg Team:!photo-album/czbt 


Here at Bethany we sense God calling us to the mission field of Honduras, one of the two poorest countries in the western hemisphere.

It begins with an offering.  Every dollar you gave to offerings on Christmas Eve will go to support the work of Friends of Barnabas, a mission organization that sends 13 mission teams to Honduras every year to give free medical and dental care to sick and impoverished children.

Here is the result of Bethany’s generous giving:

We thank God that by your generosity we raised $14,970.22 through our Christmas Eve offering. One hundred percent of these funds will support the work of Friends of Barnabas, our new international mission partner, who sends mission teams from places like Harrisonburg to Honduras to give free medical care to children in need. Your gift will help save lives! Thank you! If you want to learn more, please visit the Friends of Barnabas website:”       

In the last 13 years, Friends of Barnabas has provided free medical care to over 210,000 children and adults in these rural mountain areas of Central America.

This Christmas we began a partnership with Friends of Barnabas, with the goal of eventually sending mission teams from Bethany to minister to the people of Honduras.

The latest news: 

Total giving for FOB: $14,970.22


Save the life of a child!

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