Today is our fourth day back in the US. Though it is good to be “home,” I am already really missing Honduras and our many friends there. But, before we go on to our feelings on leaving Honduras and getting back to our American life here, we need to fill you in on our Honduras Happenings of the last couple weeks.
Much to our delight, excitement and complete shock, we received word that some of our dear friends would be joining us in Honduras for our last two weeks there. We quickly made plans for some mission projects we could accomplish together, and before we knew, it they were there.
Those two weeks flew by so fast, but we are left with many shared memories and bonding experiences made through working, witnessing and playing together. Here are some of the activities we were involved in and pictorial highlights from this time:
One of the huge highlights for all of us, was spending time at a local Adventist orphanage, where 70 kids live. Several days found us there entering into the children's lives; helping in the kitchen and garden, playing games, telling stories, picking lice from hair, and a not to be forgotten “futball” match: “Honduranians” vs. “Americanos.” Our hearts were quickly knit to these dear children, and it was hard to say good bye when the time came.
We repainted both the Adventist Restaurant in Santa Barbara and the Church in LaZona.
|Caleb and Honduran friend, Oscar|
Re-guttering Mission Outpost
Back of truck rides and shopping
We have ridden in the back of trucks everywhere we go here. The ride is so much more enjoyable, and the view more grand!
We worked both at the orphanage and a small poverty stricken village, bringing the love of Jesus through meeting their oral health needs and giving out oranges.
|A little boys smile after being given an orange|
Two of the dear friends that we’ve made are Teresa and Yessinia. Mom, Aunt Lori, Rebecca and I made the opportunity to go to Yessinia’s house and make Tamalles, the Honduran way, with she and Teresa.
|Teresa preparing the banana leaves|
|Tamalles cooking on the mud brick oven|
|Caleb playing marbles with Aby (Yessenia's daughter) |
and Elder (Teresa's son) as we cooked
We all had the blessed opportunity of ministering through music and messages. The Honduran people love music, and we feel that the music we brought to them, whether though choir or specials, was one of the greatest contributions we made.
|Our translator, Teresa|
Balleadas are Honduras’ famous food, and our last Sunday the women planned a “balleada fiesta.” They are crazy good at slapping out perfect tortillas with their hands. We tried to learn the art, but fell quite short. The end product was amazing!
As mentioned in earlier blogs, this is a highly visited spot by us. We enjoyed going up there many times - whether just our family or with the local kids and young people.
Our Last Sabbath
We wanted to make this day special, and decided to introduce the Church members to “potluck.” We were kind of discouraged to do this, as we were told when fellowship meals have been tried before, few people came and those that did, didn’t bring food. We went ahead with plans anyway, and were thrilled with the results. Many people came and brought food! We had a wonderful time of fellowship together.
|The food was amazing!|
|Denora and Rita, two girls I became close to|
|All the young people|
The night before we left, we went around to eight homes telling our dear friends goodbye. There were tears shed as we said good bye with no idea when we will see one another again. We challenged each other to be faithful; if we don’t meet on earth again, we plan to meet in heaven!
|Joshua and Fernando became close friends|
|Caleb with three little brothers that attached themselves to him|
|Our sweet "next door" neighbors|
|Edward and Jonathan become best buds|
This was the worst part of all… Getting to the airport necessitated riding in the back of a truck part way, bus part way, and in the back of a truck again. It was no little thing, especially with as much luggage as we had. Here are some photos of along the way.
|the bus station|
|In line to use the Bano - you had to pay 2 limpera just to use it,|
but 3 if you wanted toilet paper
|At the airport with Rene and Roger|