Pastors and church leaders who attending our pastors conference last year.

Pastors and church leaders who attending our pastors conference last year. We are planning on nearly doubling the number of participants this year.

Help us train pastors

After having to postpone our annual Honduras Pastors Conference last April, we are looking at rescheduling it for this November. We have a couple of people/churches that have already donated for this event, however, we need many more to join us for it to be successful.

Here’s what a donation to the Honduras Shepherd’s Conference 2015 will do:

  1. It will provide much needed training to some 70 pastors and church leaders. Topics to be taught include: Pastor Responsibilities (personal preparation, shepherding the flock, etc.); Preparing Sermons (three sessions including a lab where we will assist them in proper sermon preparation); Sermon Delivery; The Role of the Holy Spirit in Preaching and Invitations; God-Honoring Invitations and Counseling; Discipleship – New & Old Converts; Outreach; plus we will have a question and answer time. All graduates of the 2015 Shepherds Conference will receive a completion certificate.
  2. It will provide housing for pastors and church leaders to stay for the two-day conference. We have secured a hotel in Ojojona, Honduras where they will stay and it will also be the location of the conference. Many of these pastors and church leaders will travel hours to attend the conference.
  3. It will provide food for pastors and church leaders. Along with providing them with spiritual food, we will provide them with physical food during their stay.
  4. It will provide a monetary gift to pastors (pastors only) of about $50 each to help them with expenses on traveling to the conference and for taking off work to attend.
  5. If we have enough additional money, we will purchase study materials for the pastors to use in preparing sermons.

The 2015 Shepherd Conference presenters will include: Evangelist Craig Franklin, Bonita Road Baptist Church Pastor Casey Johnson, Searcy Baptist Church Pastor Reid Terry, and Bethel Baptist Church Pastor Charles Ellzey. All of these men have conducted pastors conferences in Honduras before and are very familiar with the needs of their fellow laborers in Central America.

In conjunction with the conference, we have scheduled an area-wide worship service for all churches in the area the Saturday night of the conference. Here, they will enjoy worship music lead by a local church and two messages – one to the church and one evangelist – as we promote local churches and encourage them and also share the life-changing message of the Gospel for those who have never heard it.

“None of the pastors we work with have ever had the opportunity to attend seminary or have any type of training in the study and preaching of God’s Word. In fact, many have very limited schooling at all. Our vision is to continue to provide them with this much needed training as they lead their flocks. This conference will allow them the opportunity to learn basic principles in sermon preparation along with so much more in this great calling of being a pastor.”

For more information, or to give to this very important mission work, please contact Craig Franklin, tcf1969@yahoo.com, or (318) 312-0097. The mailing address is P.O. Box 2161, Jena, LA, 71342.

Franklin Ministries has been working in Honduras since 2012. Along with training pastors, they host mission trips to conduct vacation Bible schools and oversee many projects meeting physical needs of churches and their members.

“Thank you for praying about this event and for helping us ‘make disciples of all the earth.’”

Baskin Baptist Church Mission Trip

Members of Baskin Baptist Church in Baskin, LA at the beginning of their week-long mission trip in Honduras June 6-13.

Members of Baskin Baptist Church in Baskin, LA at the beginning of their week-long mission trip in Honduras June 6-13.

Twenty members of Baskin Baptist Church (Baskin, LA) traveled to Honduras June 6-13 where they ministered in many ways to hundreds of children and many churches.

While this was Baskin’s first trip to Honduras, they are no strangers to the mission field. This church is very mission-minded and conduct two mission trips every summer. In fact, the week after they arrived home most of the same team members were in Utah ministering at an Indian reservation.

Franklin Ministries hosted the Honduras mission trip, the first for a single church. While we have had many come and participate in pastors conferences, this was the first group to come in under Franklin Ministries to work the mission field. We could not have asked for a better group for our first trip. All of the team members worked very hard and not one time did anyone complain. Their schedule was grueling, conducting two Vacation Bible Schools per day, most days eating sandwiches on the bus traveling to another VBS, and one day they traveled by bus some 10 hours to mountain churches. Oh yes, did I mention they had to hike several miles at one point?

Like I said, this was a great team and we hope this was the beginning of a long relationship between them and Honduras.

Conducting VBS at a public school...450 children in attendance.

Conducting VBS at a public school…450 children in attendance.

VBS at the school. After this group assembly, they went to every classroom ministering to children.

VBS at the school. After this group assembly, they went to every classroom ministering to children.

Their schedule had them conducting VBS’s at a public school in the area of a local church in the morning, then they would conduct a VBS at the local church to help promote the church, it’s pastor, and bring hope to the children while sharing Jesus.

The children loved the group’s skits, songs, and games, and especially loved the clowns. They helped the children make crafts, had face painting, and made balloon creations for them as well.

Leading in songs.

Leading in songs.

Leading in songs at a mountain church.

Leading in songs at a mountain church.

Passing out balloon swords at a local church.

Passing out balloon swords at a local church.

The skit, "David and Goliath," was a huge hit at every location.

The skit, “David and Goliath,” was a huge hit at every location.

The children, especially the girls, loved the face painting.

The children, especially the girls, loved the face painting.

Our American translator, Elizabeth Gurrero, was wonderful once again.

Our American translator, Elizabeth Gurrero, was wonderful once again.

The parachute was a great game tool.

The parachute was a great game tool.

Of course, everyone LOVED the clowns...and Baskin had some of the best!

Of course, everyone LOVED the clowns…and Baskin had some of the best!

All totaled, the Baskin team ministered to some 1,500 children during their week. Other team members had the opportunity to preach at several locations and each night we would get to participate in a local church service. Some of the churches even learned English worship songs so the team could feel at home.

Worshipping in song during a local church service.

Worshipping in song during a local church service.

Evangelist Craig Franklin preaching at a local church.

Evangelist Craig Franklin preaching at a local church.

But conducting VBS’s and attending worship services was not all the group did. While in Honduras, they spent two days ministering to a local girls’ orphanage. They brought the girls bedding and other supplies for their home as well as taking their photos and teaching them English songs. Baskin also bought all of the cookies the orphanage bakes to give out during their VBS’s. Most of these girls have horrific backgrounds, including physical abuse, and their stories are enough to make the toughest person cry. One girl was actually sold by her drug addict mother for less than one US dollar…later, by the grace of God, found her way to this Christian orphanage where she is now thriving.

Some of the girls with their photos.

Some of the girls with their photos.

Teaching English songs.

Teaching English songs.

All of the orphanage girls with the Baskin team.

All of the orphanage girls with the Baskin team.

The group also got to participate in some food distribution. The hike up the mountain to secluded homes was tough, but worth the effort as they got to meet some very poor families struggling to survive each day. The handed out rice and beans to the families and discovered other needs along the way.

At one home, they met a girl named Majorie. Majorie had just completed the 8th grade but could not afford tuition, books, and uniforms to attend high school. Moved by her story, the team donated money to this family to pay for Majorie’s first year of high school.

This is Majorie. She will now attend high school thanks to Baskin team members.

This is Majorie. She will now attend high school thanks to Baskin team members.

At another stop, the team was shocked to discover two small boys staying at home by themselves while their mother and older brother left home each day to work for food. The shack they were staying in had no bathroom, no running water, no way to hold water, no electricity, and you could actually see through the walls and roof of the home.

Moved with compassion, the Baskin team donated money to build a bathroom for the family, help with construction to fix their home, and left them food and water.

The team with the two boys left home alone all day while their mother and older brother works.

The team with the two boys left home alone all day while their mother and older brother works.

Evangelist Craig Franklin with the two boys. Notice the condition of their home in the background.

Evangelist Craig Franklin with the two boys. Notice the condition of their home in the background.

The team also donated money to a pastor for truck repairs and to our Honduras translator Jose for all their efforts and work making the trip possible.

Evangelist Craig Franklin with Jose after preaching a service.

Evangelist Craig Franklin with Jose after preaching a service.

While in Honduras, the team was also able to participate in a heart-moving event. Last October, Antioch Missions from Jonesville, LA, traveled to Honduras with Franklin Ministries to examine future construction possibilities. One of its key leaders, Aaron Jolly, was moved when he learned the story of Pastor Carlos who pastors a mountain church in Ojojona. Pastor Carlos started a church with just 6 members and begin working the area going door to door sharing the Gospel. Over a period of months, the church grew to over 60 members.

But the church did not have a building to meet in. So, the pastor, with a heart for his flock, decided  that he would not build a house for his own family until the church had a house first. Pastor Carlos is married and has four children, the youngest a 3 month old. When Aaron heard this story, he went back to the US with a mission: Raise money to build Pastor Carlos a home. And he did just that.

He, along with members of Utility Baptist Church and Antioch Missions, raised $5,000 for Pastor Carlos’ home. On the Baskin mission trip, the money was sent to be presented to Pastor Carlos which we did during a moving ceremony on the pastors’ homesite. We are hoping the home will be constructed within a few months and the family will have a place to live. Thank you Aaron Jolly for being sensitive to God’s leading and working tirelessly to raise this money for this very deserving pastor.

Pastor Carlos holds $5,000 presented to him on behalf of Aaron Jolly, Utility Baptist Church, and Antioch Missions to build his family a house.

Pastor Carlos holds $5,000 presented to him on behalf of Aaron Jolly, Utility Baptist Church, and Antioch Missions to build his family a house.

Also on this trip, the group was able to see first hand a property that is currently in the process of being donated to Franklin Ministries for the construction of a mission house. This has been a long-time vision of Craig and God has been faithful in providing this land for this mission house.

The property is beautiful and already cleared and ready for construction. We are waiting on legal work to finish up before we can actually take ownership and begin construction. Buddy Manning, Antioch Missions, and members of Utility Baptist Church will work on the mission house once the land is in our name…but we are still needing donations to help build it and furnish it. When it is completed, it will house our resident missionary and have rooms available to house USA groups coming in for mission trips.

This beautiful piece of land is being donated to Franklin Ministries for the construction of its mission house. We see the house located on top of this hill by the mango trees.

This beautiful piece of land is being donated to Franklin Ministries for the construction of its mission house. We see the house located on top of this hill by the mango trees.

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It was a great week and once again we want to thank Baskin Baptist Church for all their hard work and their generous giving during this mission trip.

We are currently taking reservations for mission trips during the summer of 2016 and throughout the year. We have many opportunities for other churches to participate, including many construction projects (including building of the mission house when we start that project), VBS’s, and pastors conferences.

The cost for doing a mission trip to Honduras is very affordable. For instance, the Baskin’s trip totaled around $1,000 per person. They stayed at a nice resort close to the churches and ate wonderful meals each day. For more information about your church or group coming to Honduras, contact Craig Franklin at (318) 312-0097. We will design a trip just for your ministry desires.

One of the best ways to keep track of our Honduras work is through Facebook. Like our page, Franklin Ministry, and you’ll be kept abreast of all our work.

Thanks again for all who have prayed for the Honduras Project and those who have given monetarily toward it. God began this and He will sustain it. To God be the glory!

A selfie with some Honduran children.

A selfie with some Honduran children.

Leaving the resort for the airport. What a great group  this Baskin team was!

Leaving the resort for the airport. What a great group this Baskin team was!

pastors conferenceIt is with a sad heart that I announce the Honduras Pastors Conference that was set for April has been postponed, due to lack of funds for the event. As stated earlier, it takes over $8,000 to conduct such a large conference and we simply do not have the money or support available to have the conference at this time.

Our schedule is currently full through May so it will be this summer before we can host fundraiser activities to raise money for the conference. We are praying the Lord will provide this money through the summer so we can have the conference in the fall of this year.

Evangelist Craig Franklin

 

Our annual Honduras Pastors Conference is set for April 18 & 19 – Please pray about supporting this mission endeavor

Franklin Ministries' Evangelist Craig Franklin preaching/teaching at pastors conference last October

Franklin Ministries’ Evangelist Craig Franklin preaching/teaching at a pastors conference in Honduras last October.

This April 18 & 19, 2015, Franklin Ministries will host a special Pastors Conference for 70 pastors and church leaders in the country of Honduras. For two days we’ll pour into them the Word of God on topics such as Pastor Responsibilities, Sermon Preparation & Delivery, Discipleship/Mentoring, and many more. The need is great to train and equip these men of God as they have no other avenues for instruction in the Word and leadership.

We will bring the pastors to a hotel, take care of all their physical needs including meals and housing, and conduct many training sessions over two days. We are also planning on providing them with Bibles/books to help them with their work and a monetary stipend to help cover their cost of taking off work to attend and travel to the conference. (Some will travel over 5 hours from secluded mountain locations to attend.)

Pastor of secluded mountain church in Honduras

Pastor Adalid of secluded mountain church in Honduras, located 5 hours from our conference site, who regularly attends our conferences. The only training he and others like him receive is from these conference we provide each year.

The total cost for putting on such a conference is over $8,000this does not include the airfare of the ministers traveling from America to conduct the conference. This cost is strictly for the conference.

We are making this need known to anyone who would like to partner with us for the cause of Christ.

You or your church can sponsor a pastor for $120. If we can get 70 people or churches to sponsor just one pastor, the cost of the conference will be covered. (If you or your church can sponsor more than one pastor…Glory to God!)

Please pray about joining us in this work. For nearly all of these pastors, the only training they ever receive is what we provide them at these pastors conferences. We try to have one big conference each year, which is this conference in April, and a smaller conference later in the year.

If you would like to donate, send a check to: Franklin Ministries, P.O. Box 2161, Jena, LA, 71342. Note on the check it is for the Pastors Conference. If you need more information, please contact Craig Franklin at (318) 312-0097.

Thank you and God bless!

Searcy BC Pastor Reid Terry presenting at conference last October

Searcy Baptist Church Pastor Reid Terry presenting at a pastors conference last October.

2014 – The Year of CHANGE!

Tanner, Reagan, Tyler, Tripp, Kim, Craig, & Trace

Tanner, Reagan, Tyler, Tripp, Kim, Craig, & Trace

It’s been an exciting year of ministry for Franklin Ministries, full of travels, major changes, and a whole lot of sharing the Gospel! We want to take this time to provide this ‘year in review’ for all our friends and supporters. We appreciate so much each of you who have provided financial assistance for the many projects that God has enabled us to be a part of and most of all, the countless prayers that have been lifted up on our behalf throughout 2014.

We praise God that the majority of our revivals, mission trips, and other evangelist events resulted in seeing God move upon His people and also for the many who come to know Christ. I’ve never been one to spout out numbers of how many people were saved (you probably noticed that on Facebook), because I think announcing numbers is for man’s applause…plus, we really don’t know if a person is saved or not, but we do thank God for the many who respond to the Gospel when it was presented; there have been many, again, to God be the glory!

During 2014 we have traveled preaching and singing in revival services all over Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Florida, and have traveled to Honduras twice ministering there. As International Chaplain for Hellfighters Christian Ministries, I’ve also had the opportunity to travel the nation equipping, encouraging, and ministering to members in this wonderful ministry as well as preaching and sharing the Gospel in many areas “outside” of typical, church areas, including the annual Sturgis, South Dakota motorcycle rally.

 

FAMILY NEWS:

Tripp Carter Franklin born June 2, 2014

Tripp Carter Franklin born June 2, 2014

 

On June 2, 2014, our family welcomed Tripp Carter, an unexpected but pleasant surprise…another baby boy. Having a newborn around the house has certainly been an adjustment and has altered our ministry slightly. We are currently booking revivals for ‘preaching only’ to give Kim a break as she takes care of Tripp. She tried doing revivals last fall but we quickly discovered taking care of a newborn is very difficult with Kim playing and singing. Reagan and Tyler are doing well in college and Tanner and Trace continue to do well in our homeschool program.

 

Our family also had another major change in 2014 as we moved from our hometown of Jena, LA to Laurel, MS in September. The move allows me to work more closely with the Hellfighters organization (it’s headquarters are located there). Since accepting the position of International Chaplain in 2012, I’ve had the opportunity to get more and more involved with this ever-growing ministry. They really are top-notch and it is a joy and privilege to be ministering with them.

 

HONDURAS MISSION NEWS:

Jack Colclasure, Craig Franklin, Aaron Jolly, Reid Terry, and Cory Bruce

Jack Colclasure, Craig Franklin, Aaron Jolly, Reid Terry, and Cory Bruce

We are growing closer and closer to seeing our mission house a reality. Thanks to several donations this past year, we currently have $5,000 saved and ready to use to purchase land in Honduras for our mission house. In March of 2014, I traveled to Honduras and looked at many pieces of property to purchase. Most of the properties were too expensive, so we kept looking and praying.

In October of 2014, I traveled back to Honduras and again looked at properties and upon returning got a lead on another piece of property that is within our budget. Hopefully, we’ll have land purchased and in our name in 2015. Having a mission house will benefit us greatly in our ministry there for a multitude of purposes (see The Honduras Project on our website for more information).

During the trip in October, we were blessed to have Jack Colclasure and Aaron Jolly of Antioch Missions (from Jonesville, LA) travel with Searcy BC Pastor Reid Terry, FBC Harrisonburg Pastor Cory Bruce, and myself. As most of you know, our mission focus is on training and equipping pastors and church leaders in Honduras. Antioch Missions is focused on construction projects, so it was great to be able to team up with them to allow them to meet the construction needs of our churches there while we minister to their spiritual needs.

Every time I travel to Honduras, I take time to preach at churches and during the October trip, we had the opportunity to preach several times along with conducting a one-day pastors conference.

Craig preaching at pastors conference with translator Jose.

Craig preaching at pastors conference with translator Jose.

We are currently on schedule to travel back to Honduras April 16-20, 2015, for a large pastors conference where we’ll bring in some 75 pastors and church leaders for two days of intense training. It costs around $10,000 to put on a conference of this size, so be in prayer for us as we work to raise the money for this God-ordained event.

Also in 2015, we have our first mission trip planned for a group of young adults from Baskin BC in Baskin, LA. They will travel down during the first week of June to perform VBS and other ministry events with the churches and an orphanage. Our vision from the very beginning was to be able to bring groups from America to Honduras for such mission trips (which is one of the many ways the mission house will be valuable). We are excited to be able to host our very first mission trip!

To God be the glory!

Craig

The Bible doctrine study book, B.U.S.H., on left, is currently being translated into Spanish for the Honduras Project as part of Evangelist Scotty McDowell's partnership with us.

The Bible doctrine study book, B.U.S.H., on left, is currently being translated into Spanish for the Honduras Project as part of Evangelist Scotty McDowell’s partnership with us.

Franklin Ministries is excited to announce yet another partnership in “making disciples” as part of our Honduras Project.

Last month, we joined with fellow evangelist and good friend Bro. Scotty McDowell, of International Edifying Christ Ministries, Inc., to begin the process of having his excellent Bible doctrine study book, B.U.S.H. (Bringing the Unreached Scriptural Help) translated into the Honduras native language of Spanish.

Although the book has been translated from English to several other languages in Africa and India as part of his ministry, this will be the first time it is translated into Spanish. (He will also have the translation available for other mission works in the states and abroad.) It will be an asset to Franklin Ministries as we conduct Pastors Conferences with this material and as we get it in the hands of pastors and other church leaders to grow in Bible doctrine.

The book was written by many different pastors that are highly respected and is organized so the reader can study one or many doctrines as the case is needed. It will be a tremendous tool for our Honduras leaders as they train their members on proper Bible interpretation, doctrine, and theology.

Our contacts in Honduras are performing the translation as you read this and we are hoping to have it ready to be distributed to pastors in Honduras by the Spring of 2015. The book will be published in Honduras saving costs.

Thank you Bro. Scotty for supporting this ministry by partnering with us in this endeavor.

For more information about Bro. Scotty McDowell or the ministry of International Edifying Christ Ministries, Inc., visit their website at: www.edifyingchrist.net

While there, you can also click on the link “BUSH” and learn more about this wonderful Bible doctrine study book.

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We are excited to announce a major fundraising campaign now underway to raise funds to purchase land to build our new mission house in Honduras which is named: The Honduras Outreach Center.

Please click on the image above or “The Honduras Project” under “Missions” to see more details. We are asking that everyone, individuals and churches alike, consider this mission endeavor as we work to raise $20,000 in the next few months.

To God be the glory, Craig

Honduras Outreach Missions

Our  mission- “To teach, to train, to equip the Honduran Church for the discipleship of believers and the spreading of the Gospel while meeting spiritual and physical needs.” Romans 10:15- “And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” God is performing a mighty work in the country of Honduras! Would you pray about joining Him in reaching the Honduran people with the Gospel and seeing the advancement of His Church there? THE VISION In 2010, God began preparing our hearts for a mission work in the country of Honduras, Central America, as part of our calling as evangelists in fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).  That vision includes the training of pastors and church leaders with Bible Conferences and Training Seminars, while working with churches in conducting crusades, revivals, Vacation Bible Schools, and also assisting with physical needs. THE GOALS 1. To work directly with the Honduran churches in fulfilling THE VISION, all designed to advance their education in the Word of God and the spiritual growth of the church. 2. To organize, plan, and lead mission trips from America to perform various works in Honduras, suitable for all ages and all aspects of missions. 3. To construct and maintain a mission house, The Honduras Outreach Center, for the location of the center of operations in Honduras providing a multitude of capacities, including the housing of mission teams on mission trips from America. 4.To support a full time missionary who will work with the Honduras churches and be a liaison for Franklin Ministries. HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT US *Prayer Support. All of God’s work must be bathed in prayer and this is never as important as in mission work.  Begin praying now.  Add The Honduran Project to your church’s prayer list, your individual prayer list, and pray every day that God would bless and He be glorified in this endeavor. *Financial Support. Become a monthly financial partner with Franklin Ministries for The Honduran Project.  Each monetary donation received specifically for The Honduran Project will go directly for the project…100 percent.  Churches are asked to prayerfully consider adding this mission work to their budgets for monthly support and individuals can do the same.  Franklin Ministries is a faith based ministry and trusts God to provide financial partners for His work started in Honduras. *Take a mission trip to Honduras. All types of mission trips are conducted, from Bible Conferences, revivals, to working with children, or on construction projects.  From children to the elderly, there is a mission trip that can be conducted from the comfortable to the extreme.  Whether you desire the comforts of a bed and the amenities of home or the harsh outdoor climates, we have contacts to suit any type of mission work.  Best of all, compared to most international mission trips, a Honduras trip is very cost effective.

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