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I graduated from Penn State and found work in SC at a Christian children's home where I met Denise Corriveau and we were married in June '78. I started seminary at Bob Jones University and we ended up with three sons and moving to south Texas to begin one year of intensive language study in preparation to live in Mexico and to start Baptist churches. We live in Sinaloa, along the Pacific coast about 70 miles north of Culiacan, the state capitol. We have been in Mexico for 19 years now and you can visit search for our web page via Google for more information: search for "Tap Hornor" and our page is at the top of the list.

Our three sons are married and in October 2015 we will have 10 grandchildren. Hope to hear from you! FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/tdhornor

 My Testimony: Early Years

I was born in Carlisle, PA on a farm in 1955, the youngest of three — an older brother and older sister. Baptized as a baby in the Episcopal Church, confirmed in the sixth grade, I was an acolyte during junior and senior high school. I practically had the high mass memorized after five years of regular duties.

Speechless and Uncertain

As a sixteen year old junior in high school all those in my English class were given the task to write our first official research paper with formal footnotes. I don’t know why but I chose the topic Religion vs. Science. Advised by a teacher to ask a pastor of a local Bible church, I knocked on the door of Faith Chapel, Independent Bible Church. After explaining the purpose of my visit, the pastor asked me a question that that I had never pondered: “Young man, if you would die tonight and then stand before God and if God would ask you: ‘Why should I let you into heaven?’ — What would be your answer?”

For about the first time in my life I was speechless — my mouth almost hit the floor due to my lack of confidence in supplying any good answer. The pastor went on to say that it was possible to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

When I got home, it bothered me that the pastor seemed to possess a confidence about God and heaven that I knew I lacked. In the course of events during my studies I read several Gospel tracts and learned about why I was so spiritually bankrupt and blind. I had to honestly admit that I was a sinner incapable of hiding this awful truth from God. I knew mentally that Jesus Christ was crucified and supposedly had risen from the dead. Up to this time I had used God’s name as a curse word more than the subject of my memorized occasional prayers. God, to me, was very vague — almost like my personal genie in a bottle that didn’t seem to make much difference in my world, helping me to get out of trouble, but all the while I was living like all the other kids my age, and anxious to graduate from high school and “experiment” the “good life”…FREEDOM!

It didn't take much for me to see that Jesus Christ had died not only for the pagans in Africa or the Buddhists and Hindus China and India, but also for an ordinary sixteen year old in south central Pennsylvania. I came to see myself as God saw me: a sin-stained sinner separated from a Heavenly Father who was offering me a full pardon and eternal life if I would just trust His Son Jesus Christ and receive Him as my personal Savior.

Born Again in a Moment!

One night near the end of January 1972, around my seventeenth birthday, around nine o’clock in the evening, all alone in my bedroom with tracts and a Bible open on the mattress, I kneeled down and began to talk to God about what I had been reading in His Word. I told the Lord that I didn’t understand everything but I didn’t think He would lie. I asked Him to show me the truth, to give me purpose in life, to forgive my sins, and to give me the “gift of eternal life”.

I accepted my guilt as a lonely sinner lost and realized I was on my way to hell. I finally understood that His son Jesus Christ died in my place for my own sin and I invited Jesus Christ into my heart as my Savior, trusting Him as my only hope and my assurance of heaven.

Just as God promises in His Word, I was saved in an instant and felt like a big burden had been taken off my shoulders.

New Direction and Calling

I left the Episcopal Church and started attending a Bible church close to our home. I was given an ultimatum by my parents that if I wanted to go to a Christian university I wouldn’t have to come home for Christmas. In order to not seen such a “rebel”, I promised them I would finish my degree at Penn State University and they agreed that after graduating I could do whatever I wanted.

The Lord used those years in a great way in my life and led me to work during my last year at Penn State at Miracle Hill Children's Home near Pickens, SC. After graduating, I was hired to stay on at the Home as supervisor of 18 teenage boys.

I met Denise at the Home. She was supervisor of the youngest boys, ages 1-7 years. I was there for total of 4 years from 1976-1979. We got married June 10, 1978.

In 1979 we moved to Greenville, SC to begin making arrangements to start grad school at Bob Jones University. I started the Master of Divinity program in 1981 and finished in 1987. We had three sons born to us during those years. I had previously surrendered to the Lord's call to full-time service and was inclined to go to Latin America as a missionary. While in Greenville we attended Trinity Bible Church in Greer, SC for ten years, pastored by Dr. Stewart Custer. This is our sending church.

In 1989 I met Bacilio Alfaro and he introduced us to Dr. Richard Mercado and Mission Gospel Ministries International (formerly Mexican Gospel Ministries). Upon being accepted as missionaries with MGMI in 1991 we moved to Salisbury, MD to take a position at a Christian Rescue Mission as night counselor/supervisor and later I was interim principal and English/History teacher for one year at Faith Baptist Christian School in Salisbury, MD. It was during this time that we visited churches to raise support to go to Sinaloa, Mexico as church planters.

We left MD in 1994 to attend language school in Edinburg, TX, seven miles north of the Mexican border from Reynosa, Mexico. While in language school we started a mission outreach in Reynosa.

We crossed the border in January of 1996 with our belongings and headed to Culiacan, Sinaloa in order to begin our first term as church planters. While in Culiacan we got involved in a new church plant in Alhuey, 1 1/2 hours to the north and in 1997 we moved there to become the pastor of Bethel Baptist Church.

In 1999 we began working in nearby Guasave, serving as pastor of Bethany Baptist Church. This church was turned over to another missionary in Sept 2006.

We are currently working with Radames Gil (raised in the home church in Alhuey and graduate of our mission’s Bible Seminary) and our son Brian and family in Jesus Saves Baptist church in Guamuchil. We have another mission in Tamazula II, Faith Baptist church. In April of 2015 we started our nineteenth year serving in Sinaloa, Mexico.

Brian’s wife, Diana, is from Alhuey and is also a graduate of “Instituto Practico Ebenezer and Seminario”. They have three children: Jesed age 7, Mariana age 5, and Brandon age 2.

Oldest son Tap, Katie and their five children (Karina age 10, Kirsi age 8, Tappan Charles age 7, Tully age 4 and Kylar age 1. They are serving in Campeche, Campeche, Mexico in a new mission church, Berean Bible Church while promoting the home school movement in Mexico with an their own bookstore, “Libreria Lemonhaas”, and publishing ministries.

Paul, Rebeca and their two boys, Paul and William, live in Barcelona, Spain. They are currently teaching English and serving in their local church while waiting for further developments concerning serving in a full-time ministry.

Web page / Página web:

English/Inglés:   www.tdhornor.com    

Español: www.tdhornor.com/spanish/

Videos-on-Vimeo  

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Videos-on-Vimeo/709969085748459

My YouTube Channel    

http://www.youtube.com/user/TapHornor

My Other Facebook Pages / Mis Otras Páginas De Facebook

Iglesia Bautista Betel en Alhuey  https://www.facebook.com/BetelAlhuey

Marriage & Home / Matrimonio & Hogar:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marriage-Home-Matrimonio-Hogar/1658066354415245

In English: Encouragement in Christ

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hearing-and-Believing-A-New-Beginning/561081783905820

En español: Retos sobre la fe en Cristo 

https://www.facebook.com/FePorLaPalabraDeDios

English / español: In defense of the faith / Apoyando la fe

https://www.facebook.com/BeginningsAndFoundationsComienzosYFundamentos

Misc. Topics of Interest / Temas de Interés

https://www.facebook.com/Misc-Topics-of-Interest-Temas-de-Interés-729359973843228

En español:

Iglesia Bautista Jesús Salva en Guamúchil, Sinaloa:

https://www.facebook.com/jesussalva.iglesiabautisa

English: https://www.facebook.com/JesusSavesGuamuchil

Iglesia Bautista La Fe en Tamazula II

 https://www.facebook.com/IglesiaBautistaLaFeDeTamazula

Iglesia Bautista Betania en Guasave (cerrada) 

https://www.facebook.com/IglesiaBautistaBetaniaGuasave

 Iglesias Bautistas Fundamentales de Sinaloa 

https://www.facebook.com/igl.bfs 

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