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Troy pastor heads to Honduras despite illscomment (0)

August 6, 2009

By Emily Flack

If the Lord says, “go,” then you better go. This is the life statement of Bo Weed, pastor of Southside Baptist Church, Troy, in Salem-Troy Baptist Association.

“I believe that when God calls you, no matter what Satan tries to do, that God will provide a way,” he said. Weed saw Him do just that as he prepared to go to Honduras to lead a monthlong missions trip despite having a shattered kneecap.

While helping build a house to raise money for the trip, he was knocked off a wall and to the ground by unsteady trusses. The fall also gave him a busted chin, a lacerated lip and two cracked ribs.

“I knew that God was still going to let me go to Honduras,” Weed said.

He and his daughter Tabitha arrived in the country July 1 and partnered with contacts he has been working with since his trips there began in 2000. Weed’s preaching focused on evangelism and bringing the lost into the Church. He also taught pastors and lay leaders how to disciple new believers.

“I want to leave them with spiritual tools to help them in the future,” Weed said.

Volunteers representing up to six Alabama Baptist churches joined him and his daughter July 9 for a portion of the month. They focused on building rooms to create space for Sunday School at local churches and operating a medical clinic.

With access to public schools, they created a Vacation Bible School day camp setting with storytelling, said Laura Beeler, a volunteer from Good Hope Baptist Church, Troy, in Salem-Troy Association.

As Weed was determined to fulfill what God called him to even though he was limited physically and walking with a cane, Beeler said her fellow volunteers did whatever they were needed to do, too.

Weed was motivated by his love for the Honduran people and the seeds planted on his previous visits. This time, he was praying for a great harvest, he said, noting that the opportunity for blessings was available not only to the people of Honduras but also those from Alabama as they learned about ministry.

“You can’t out-give God. You may think you’re going on a trip to be a blessing to others but, in turn, you come home blessed,” he said.

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