As a professional wrestler, I have traveled all over the world and have been to so many countries. As I write this message, I have just returned from a weekend in Honduras, the poorest country in Central America. It was the first time I had ever been there, but I can assure you, it won’t be the last. I was invited by my son, Ted Jr., to join his church for a weekend there, during their week long mission trip to Pena Blanca, a town that is approximately a two hour drive from San Pedro Sula. The invitation came as a result of finding out that WWE wrestling is very popular in Honduras, and that many people would turn out based on that popularity, and the celebrity of my character, “The Million Dollar Man”.
And, quite by accident, my visit came on the heels of one of the greatest revivals to ever hit Honduras. The weekend just prior to my arrival, 2,000 American missionaries visited every capital in Honduras to preach the Gospel and to proclaim the emergence of a new nation. According to organizers, about half a million people participated in events held across the country to hear the message of hope amid their poverty-stricken and crime-ridden nation and called out for a transformation.
To say that I arrived at a time when people were ripe to hear the Gospel, is an understatement! I believe that nothing happens by accident or coincidence with God, and my being in Honduras at that time was His perfect timing. I spoke on two consecutive nights, Friday and Saturday. The first night was primarily for young people and the second night was open to anyone who wanted to come. On both nights we had a full house, with the second night being standing room only. Both nights opened with tremendous praise and worship music by the praise band from my son’s church, Bellwether Church from Jackson, MS.
Scripture says that God inhabits the praises of His people, and the praise and worship definitely brought us into God’s presence. On both nights I shared the Gospel message wrapped around the personal testimony of what God has done in my life. Then, well, then God did what only He can do. He touched one life after another as people flooded the altar. I remember one young man in particular, absolutely broken and weeping at the altar, being comforted by a friend. Yes, God touched and transformed many lives on my two nights in Honduras, and I consider it a privilege to be an instrument of His work.
God touched another heart last weekend, mine. As I looked around this poverty stricken country, I was reminded of how fortunate I am to come from a country that has so much. I am by no means a rich man, but compared to most of the people in this country, I would be considered rich! To see Christian Hondurans, who have far less than me, willing to give so much of what they do have, to others, was both inspiring and convicting.
We live in a country that has been so blessed, a country of unbelievable technology, and an abundance of just about everything! Are we spoiled, as a nation? YES! Even as believers and followers of Jesus, we get distracted by worldly things. I’d say, we all have our own “idols”, to some degree. Each and everyday, we have to get up and be determined to fight the flesh! Jesus said that if we would first seek the Kingdom of God and it’s righteousness, then we’d be given everything else we need, emphasis on NEED! There’s a big difference between what we want and what we need.
As I flew out of Honduras, this was my prayer, “Lord, the next time I want to upgrade my iPhone just because I’m eligible for one, remind me of the people in Honduras who just want clean drinking water. Remind me of those who simply want a roof over their head, and food in their belly. Remind me of those kids who just want the love and affirmation of their mother and father. And when you remind me Lord, open a door of opportunity for me to go back to Honduras and give to them out of the abundance you have given me.”