THE JESUS BANQUET

It was an amazing, God filled week in Honduras. I’m going to spend the week sharing with you different things we did, but today I’ll kick it off with the “Jesus Banquet.” One of the main reasons we made this trip was to help serve the people who live at the Tegucigalpa dump. It was named the “Jesus Banquet”. The idea came from Jesus himself when he said, “When you give a banquet, don’t invite your friends, brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet invite the poor, the lame, the crippled and the blind, and you will be blessed.”
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The day started off early with us heading to the dump. Tables and chairs that were rented were supposed to be there for us to set up, but they weren’t. We spent the first hour playing soccer with some of the dump kids.
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After an hour or so we made our way into the dump in an area that was a little more clear of trash. Marc Tindall did an amazing job planning the whole event, but somehow nothing was going as planned. The tables and chairs hadn’t arrived, and when the food finally came, instead of it being cooked and ready to serve, it was uncooked. It was amazing that nothing went according to plan but it turned out just about perfect. It was supposed to be a 2-3 hour banquet, but it lasted the entire day. We were planning on feeding around 400 people, but God worked it out where 500 were fed. It was an amazing day, and God was glorified.
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Here are a few pictures of the day that the unthinkable took place … a banquet at a dump.

People knew we’d come to feed them and they quickly jumped on the backs of our vehicles to ride into the dump.

This little girl was SO sick. She was all by herself and was throwing up. I didn’t have anything to give her then but a smile and a handful of candy.

Not long after we started the banquet, the First Lady of Honduras showed up with the police and media. She thanked Marc for the event and encouraged the people NOT to raise their children in the dump.

One of the homes we saw coming into the dump.

A mountain of trash.

This was a little girl looking through the garbage for anything to eat or anything of value she could find.

After we arrived we pulled out some piƱatas and the children of the dump had a blast beating them for the candy.

Santa Claus (a.k.a. Rickey Husband) even made an appearance and handed out little backpacks to the children. The backpacks had little toys and things in them. The kids were SO excited. Santa Claus showing up at a dump to see some kids … it could only be a Jesus thing.

A backpack full of goodies from Santa.


The food being prepared. Waiting on the food made the banquet take all day. But no one complained.

Clean water at the dump is not something they get on a regular basis. Notice the light streaks in her hair, a sign of malnutrition.

I got to know the pretty girl in the middle. Her name is Stephanie and she’s 11 years old. She didn’t smile much, but when she did it was beautiful.

Patiently waiting for something to eat.


Finally, as some of the food was about ready we asked them to line up in two lines so we could seat them.

The sit down banquet included white table cloths.

Randy, my friend and a first-timer to Honduras worked hard serving plates. Although this was Randy’s first time to Honduras, he’s vowed that it won’t be his last.

A handful of dump kids and I sat on the stage and played ball. This little girl, Anita, was one of the cleaner kids I saw. Isn’t she beautiful?

Enjoying a plate of Carnitas. A huge plate of meat. You can’t have a Jesus banquet and not serve the best.

I thought it a little humorous, as we were trying to have a banquet, trash trucks kept driving through the place where we were eating.

I wonder when the last time it was that they had a plate of hot, fresh food?

Enjoying her meal.

As the day ended, empty plates were all over the ground. It was okay, since we were at a dump :)

They ate until all the food was gone. And as the sun began to set, the dump people headed back over the ridge to where their “homes” and the main trash is located. Although, we were all very tired, it was still sad to see them return to the only lives they know … that of dump people. Our prayer is that they saw Jesus’s love through us. We know that when we served them, we saw Jesus in them.

This is Marc Tindall … a giant in faith. He was the planner and dreamer of the event. He spoke to the people during the banquet about Jesus. I’ll tell you a little more about him later this week, but I want you to know I’m honored to be his friend, and I’m honored to do ministry by his side.

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Article by Trey Morgan

I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Brian says:

    awesome! thanks for the report, fotos, but especially for being there.

  2. LAW says:

    So glad you were able to be a part of this. I had a hard time reading thru it and looking at the pictures as my eyes kept fogging over. God bless you and Marc and Terri and everyone who had a part and God bless those who live there at the dump day in and day out. May God give us the wisdom to know how to help them to a better life and prepare them for the eternal Jesus Banquet.

  3. Marty Duane says:

    Those little children were adorable. So glad you could make their day! God bless.

  4. That Girl says:

    We are all the same people. It's good when we can share because I know they would do the same for us.

  5. T.A. Allen says:

    What a deal!! I can't express how excited I am to involved is this. I know One of your group that left his heart in Honduras with a young boy named Fernando. I too am brought to tears by the Good done during your trip. I don't know everyone that went so I'll speak to 3 I do know. May the God we love and serve pour his riches blessings on you and your future work. Thank you stiring up in me the need to help put more smiles on more little faces!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I love your blog Trey!! These pictures are awesome… I will hold that week in my heart forever and yes I agree with you about Marc Tindall's faith… Awesome man!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Above comment from Tami:)

  8. bondChristian says:

    I know these pictures leave out so much, but I appreciate you posting them here. I'm getting at least a small porthole into your life, and it's highly encouraging.

    -Marshall Jones Jr.

  9. Anonymous says:

    As I read your blog and viewed your pictures my heart said, "These are people who are truly doing God's work, and God is smiling down on them." Here's to all of you who take these "glamorous vacations"……to cook, to clean, to minister to God's "least of these"…you have my undying admiration. Jenny

  10. Anonymous says:

    I've read your blogs on Honduras and this one is particularly exciting. I'm making my first trip to Tegucigalpa this spring break with a group from Freed Hardeman. I think a trip to the dump is in our plans. Thanks for sharing!

  11. YAWEHCAREGIVER says:

    I was moved to tears.Thank you,Trey.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Trey– The pics captured both the faces AND the hearts! God was incredibly glorified on that day. Thanks for being a part of making Him famous!!!

    Sherry Hubright

  13. Carolyn Vela says:

    As I told you, I viewed your inspiring pictures..Wow! What you all did there was incredible. The people there are beautiful, and I know they will always remember that wonderful day. You all have given them hope..faith…to continue to be strong day after day! Thank you all for being so amazing! GOD BLESS…! :)

  14. Lori says:

    A GREAT work! Thank you for sharing the pictures and for taking the time to help the people there.

  15. Jenschke Family says:

    Trey,
    Today I told my students of your trip from last week. As we looked at the pictures of all those beautiful children I did not hear a sound come from the beautiful children in my classroom. When the clock turned to 3:00:01 not a one of them asked to leave. Not a one of them said "it's time to go." They were touched and saddened from the pictures of children their age.

    We all know it is by the grace of God we are not one of those sad, lonely dump children. Thank you for being so willing, so giving. You have helped bring a little "giving spirit" into children you have not even fed.

    I have been meaning to tell you of a child in my classroom. He is probably the poorest student I have ever taught. He comes from very humble parents that work for what they have and do not want their children taking "hand-outs" as a way of life. One day, he walks into the room with 4 quarters in his hand. He sheepishly walks up to me and says "I brought money." I look at him and ask "for what?" He says "for those kids." I immediately knew he was talking about the Honduras dump children. I told him to only put 1 quarter into our collection bag but he said he wanted to give all of them. Wow! What a lesson I learned that day from him. I do not know how he even had 4 quarters but he did and he chose to give because you have shown him how rich he truly is.

    Thanks again for your encouragement, your will and most of all your example.

  16. Stoogelover says:

    I have a huge lump in my throat and need to meet with a family in just a few minutes to plan a funeral. If I am as touched by pictures and words, I can only imagine what it was like for you and the others to have been there experiencing this wonderful God moment!

    When you write more, I'll wait to read it until after my morning appointments.

  17. Shelley says:

    I LOVE Honduras! It makes me laught that a two hour banquet lasted all day… We would say that is "Honduras Time!" There is not such thing as "Time", "watches", "clocks" when in Honduras. I love all your pictures. I would love to visit the dump sometime. We have been praying for all the Honduran people and their country as they are in a time of transition with their elections, etc. They are wonderful people! Thanks for sharing :)

  18. Carl Feril says:

    Glad you were there Trey. I am going to raise some money for your next trip. $20 bill auction for next @treymorgan Honduran Jesus Banquet. High bid gets the $20 bill. Next high bid pays & gets nothing. John Dobbs bid $10.00 to start so who will make sure he doesn't make a $10.00 profit?

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