On May 14, Steve Morris -- apostle, overseer and founder of Palabra Viviente, (which translates, Living Word Mission), went home to heaven. We deeply love Steve and honor him for his many years of devotion and service in his missionary work in Honduras, Central America. He has left a strong legacy in pioneering and establishing Christianity among the Garifuna and Hispanic people of Honduras, the training of pastors and leaders and the establishing of over thirty churches that are still growing and thriving today.
A Celebration of Life service was held in Steve’s honor at Gateway Church followed by a second service held in the village of Corozal, Honduras. At his request, Steve’s ashes where spread in the Caribbean Ocean off the coast of this Garifuna village.
Although we are saddened at our loss and know Steve’s contribution will be greatly missed, we go forward with the call. It is now time for the remainder of the team including the pastors and leaders in Honduras to continue to serve and execute the vision of growing leaders and planting churches. Pastor Barry will continue his role as Apostolic Overseer of the ministry. Matt and Lana Bender will lead a construction team in September to build a church in the village of Despertar in Colon. This will be the largest building project to date. Then, in February of 2018, Pastors Barry and Donna will lead a team to hold the annual Pastors and Leaders Conference. Matt & Lana Bender will serve as part of this team and Joel and Shirley Hackman will support our Gateway Church team as interpreters and instructors.
The inspiration and memory of Steve Morris and his life of service encourages and compels us to continue to do our part in building God’s kingdom in Honduras. We ask for your prayers for the upcoming trips and especially for the many pastors and people that have looked to Pastor Steve as their spiritual father, mentor and friend.
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Gateway Church is excited to be a part of what God is doing in Honduras, Central America.
In the 1980's, a long time friend and member of Gateway, Pastor Steve Morris, started in the village of Corozal with a Bible and guitar visiting house to house sharing the gospel. Before long a congregation was started that had a vision to share the gospel wth neighboring villages. Over the years that "planted seed" has grown to more than two dozen churches and the ministry of Misión Palabra Viviente (Living Word Mission) was formally established.
For many years, Gateway teams have traveled to this beautiful country and witnessed the goodness of God for the extraordinary citizens of Honduras. Through our network of churches, we are able to connect with and support the pastors and their people. In addition to work trips, we host an Annual Pastors' Conference for dozens of Honduran Church leaders.