Honduras Collection Trailer Update

The Trinity trailer will be loaded onto a sea crate bound for Honduras next on April 5. There is still time to donate gently used clothing, shoes and other household items that are much needed and very appreciated by poor people in Honduras.

Additionally we would like to designate a bin or two for The Leadership Center with the following items which we recently observed are needed: coffee mugs, kitchen dish towels, batteries (assorted sizes), 8 1/2 x 11 spiral notebooks, fabric remnants, new paint brushes, paint roller covers, extension cords (outdoor and indoor), hammers, pliers, a sawzall, and screwdrivers. If you are able to contribute any of these items, please leave them in the Honduras bin in the Fellowship Lobby or call Chris Moore 703-893-0054 to arrange a pick up. For more information, please contact Dan Moore.

Join Our Mission Team

Honduras Mission Trip:  May 30- June 7

IMG_0442Trinity UMC is returning to Honduras – this time to Heart to Heart Children’s Village. We hope to be taking a team of 7 for 9 days. So far 4 folks have committed to this adventure of faith in action. Are you ready to join up?

honduras-map-physicalHeart to Heart Children’s’ Village is home to about 90 children and youth – ages 2-20. The home is located in Tegucigalpita, a small community about 2 hours west of San Pedro Sula. The H2H ministry includes a bilingual school, church and medical clinic in the town of Puerto Cortes. The children are from the streets or broken homes. They are raised in a loving Christian family environment.

This mission trip to Honduras could really change your life. It will be a wonderful, rewarding experience that will seriously impact your faith journey. We will work with and teach children and youth. We will be in daily and continuous fellowship with the children, youth and the teachers. We will work on a light construction project at the Children’s Village. Most importantly we will show God’s love to those we seek to serve and in that process we will be blessed in return.

girls with dollsHonduras has some extreme challenges as a nation, including violence but most of that is in the major metropolitan areas. We have been to Honduras many times in the last several years. We have never had an incident and we feel safe. The planning and logistics in country are well organized.

We will stay in a small comfortable hotel which is modest but very safe. Our team will travel about 20 minutes each day to Cortes or to Tegucigalpita in a “mission van.” We will start each day with devotionals, eat typical Honduran foods and have many wonderful cross cultural experiences.

Our mission trip will begin on Friday morning, May 30, as we depart to San Pedro Sula via Miami We will be in Cortes by about 1 p.m. We will return late on Saturday, June 7.

Estimated costs for the Mission Trip are about $1100 plus airfare (about $500). This includes a donation to the Ministry for a team project or other ministry need. Some financial support from Trinity may be available. A deposit of $200 is necessary to reserve your participation – which is needed soon. We will book our airline tickets in early April.

There are some immunizations recommended which will need to be obtained by late April. No visas are needed but a valid passport with a 6 month post return expiration date is required.

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If you are interested in joining this mission team, please contact Dan Moore (703-980-5050) or Chris Moore (703-893-0054) as soon as possible.

The Leadership Center Honduras Mission – Saturday

phot 25Buenos Dias Friends and Family

Today is our return from 13 days at TLC. This opportunity to serve has been a tremendous uplifting experience. We thank all of you for your support.

First let me back up a bit to yesterday (since the internet was down again).

Jose worked very hard in the foundation for the tree fort for the local kids and it is done and looks great. The volcano approach to making concrete was used – the mix is 3 wheel barrows river sand, 1 wheel barrow gravel, and one wheel barrow of cement. We figured it took about 8 mixes over two days… a lot of concrete. Jose was the project boss and I helped between classes.

Chris took my junior’s business class today. (They meet in the Trinity classroom.) The girls explored fixed and variable costs as well as some initial work on their business plans. These three girls graduate in September and I hope we will be back for it.

I worked almost the entire day yesterday with the three seniors on their PowerPoint presentations of their business plans. 

Alex, Yanetzi and Olga will graduate from TLC in 3 weeks. They have been working on their plans for almost a year now, narrowing focus with market research in their villages or home towns, gathering competitive and cost information etc. My primary efforts this week were to get their plans from their notebooks and class exercises into a power point that they could each use to help secure capital to launch their businesses this fall. At the end of the day, each student presented their slide deck about their business to Jose, Chris and a few of the volunteers- a trial run! They were very good. We will work on them some more via internet over the next few weeks,

I am hopeful that some of you will want to invest or support these young women and their businesses. The plan is to try and bring these three graduated students to the US sometime in June for 6 weeks to serve a 2-3 week business internship and to present their business plans to interested investors (or donors to The Leadership Center who will then lend them the funds). To be honest, I can’t wait for you to meet these wonderful young women. They are each loving and kind and confident. Most of my business career has been about working with entrepreneurs (in the States) and I honestly feel each of these young women deserve a chance to launch their businesses.

So we will let you know how things progress- there is one huge hurdle to bringing these girls to the US – they need a visa. They have interviews with the US visa office in Tegucigalpa on March 27. They are very nervous. Last night they came to us and asked us to pray for them on that day especially. 

Dinner last night was pastalitos, like empanadas – stuffed with shredded chicken and fried. And after dinner we had a bon fire under a very bright and full moon. We talked and laughed a lot. It was quite cool last night here in the mountains and the fire was warming to us.

photo 24We rose a bit early today, with mixed emotions. Happy to be packing up to head home and sad to leave here. Breakfast was rice oatmeal and papaya chunks prepared by Betis, Myra and Yanetzi ( see picture).

While I was getting my breakfast plate from the kitchen, Andrea one of the new girls pulled me aside. She asked me about the story of the widow’s mite and what tithing meant. She was giving the devotional this morning and wanted to know more about how poor people give “enough” to God. We talked about giving not only of money but of your time, talents and treasures. And rich or poor does not matter. 

After breakfast the girls surrounded us – lots of hugging and some tears. They will especially miss Don Jose!

Joseph Rahm the director was heading out with us today – he has a week of doctorate study next week at Lancaster Bible College.

We climbed into a truck – Jose and Joseph in the truck bed with the bags – and we began our bumpy journey away from the mountain campus. It was a beautiful sunny morning for the journey.

On the way we must have picked up 8 locals trudging along the bumpy windy road (river bed) so Jose and Joseph got plenty of company on the back of the truck.

In Zambrano we were dropped off and Glen Evans picked us up and took us another hour or so to the airport! It was good to spend some time with Glen.

So we are soon airborne. We get back late tonight – tired in body but very refreshed in spirit!

Please don’t hesitate to ask us about our trip and TLC if you are interested. We have a lot of great stories to share.

Blessings from Honduras,

Dan

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Thursday – Racing to the Finish Line

photo 23We have only two days left to complete our tasks here. Others after us will pick up where we left off.

First order of business was injecting the pigs with a drug to treat a small fungal infection. They proved to be much stronger than they looked. With much difficulty, Dan and Jose cornered them and pushed the needle in. Very unhappy pigs were rewarded with a good breakfast.

Next Dan and Jose poured concrete for the tree fort base for the kids at TLC. Joseph has a son and daughter and Vanessa has two children also. It will be very sturdy when completed.

I filled in for Dan’s business class so he could help Jose. The juniors are trying to get good estimates of their start-up costs. Obtaining Funds for simple things like a sewing machine of their own or a washer and dryer to start a laundry service seem like insurmountable problems to them. I hope we will be able to help when the time is right.

On their own, the students have decided to make 12 hairs bows to give to the local community kindergarten girls. I am proud of their thoughtfulness. They are completing the project right now.

Lunch today included some fresh lettuce from the garden, which always makes the gringos happy.

This afternoon, after classes, the students presented their first academic fair. Each of the four groups discussed aspects of their curriculum for the past quarter. All presentations were excellent but the sophomores, who had health this quarter, surprised us the most. They passed a bowl of homemade chips around the room, very tasty, then proceeded to share the recipe. The chips contained boiled, very finely ground egg shells.

Must send this now, we are off to bible studies, Mark 6.

Love,

Chris

 

 

 

 

The Leadership Center Honduras Mission – Wednesday

photo 15Saludos desde TLC! Today has been the warmest and most humid day since we got here. However, we are not complaining. This weather has been good to help with the many ongoing projects. One of the projects involves the construction of a concrete water tank which will hold over 20,000 gallons of water. In the photo, with Micah Rahm posing, you can see the tank covered with plastic. This cover is necessary to trap the moisture which helps with the chemical reaction that bonds the concrete. To build the wall, the workers sling/slap two layers of concrete and the 2 layers to smooth the surface. Tomorrow, they will remove the plastic and the masonite that was holding the concrete from inside. Once the masonite is removed, the workers will make a mix with a higher concentration of concrete to smooth the inside surface and to fill any air pockets. After the workers are done with the wall, they will water it for 7 days while they build the top dome.

Once the tank is finished, the water supply for TLC will be improved exponentially. Water supply has been problematic. The water in TLC is collected from the river near campus. However the suction inlet is located approximately 3 miles away from campus. The reason behind this is that elevation of the river near TLC is below the elevation of the campus. Recently, more than 300 meters of line were stolen, and occasionally, one of the many junctions comes apart. Whenever the water stops running, the workers have to walk the water line to inspect it and fix the problem, so imagine inspecting three miles of water line by walking. Sometimes it takes a day or more to find and correct the problem and the current water reserve is a little over 2,500 gallons, and with students, staff, and volunteers, there is always more than 40 people on campus. Additionally, 12 new students are starting in April. Although, 3 students graduate, these new students will bring the total close to 50 people.

So, once this tank is operational, those problems will be a thing of the past. However, we are not quite where we need to be. This tank will be connected to a water pump that will collect water from a point in the river located approximately 400 meters from the tank. So, water will be pumped instead of delivered by just gravity. The cost of this is approximately $8,000. There is a donor willing to provide $4,000 of matching funds to pay for this project. Please keep this project in your prayers and consider donating to fund the project. We can guarantee that any funds donated to TLC are being put to great use for the work of the Kingdom.

I know this email is completely different than the past ones, but I believe, and I’m sure Dan and Chris would agree, that it is important to highlight other things of the many that are taking place here in TLC. Before I say goodbye, I want to ask for your prayers, support, and for people to join our team during future mission trips. Blessings.

Jose

Other photos from today:

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Tuesday from Honduras

photo 7Buenos Tardes Amigos,

We have been having internet issues again. As a result the email we tried to send last night was lost – maybe in the cloud? Satellite service provided internet here and it has been difficult.

Chris led devotional yesterday and Jose led this morning. All the girls gather around the kitchen after breakfast and scripture is read and a leader speaks to it. While optional, almost all students are there every day.

photo 11After the devotional, we headed back to the pig pen. I wrote about the pigs last night but I think you did not receive that. Pigs are new here and they are being fed any table scraps, along with the chickens. Three pigs now and about 60 chickens but another 100 chicks coming. They also are trying aquaponics (talapia) but they are still fingerlings. The ponds also grow algae/duckweed which spreads very quickly and it’s also fed to the chickens and pigs. Anyhow back to the pig pen where we helped wrestle the pigs into submission (not really) so the girls could hose them down. Pigs are most easily controlled with food and they love watermelon rinds.

photo 9Business classes today were great. More profit margin and break even analysis for the juniors. Business plan PowerPoint slide development for the seniors. I spent a lot of time with Yanetzi on her educational supplies business for her town .

Lunch today was a small piece of fried chicken, rice and cabbage. Chicken is a special meal.

photo 12Jose continued to make progress on the tree fort foundation- digging footer columns in almost rock. There are 4 kids here; the director Joseph and his wife have 2 little ones and Vanessa, a Honduran who is the new student dean, also has 2 little ones. So while the kids don’t have TV or game boys, they will have a tree fort. Probably better for them.

Chris helped in English classes today and did more crafts. The students are so excited to see Chris after classes and sew, make brackets or today hair bows were a big seller.

photo 14We are sitting on the front porch after showers now, talking to a few of the girls and waiting the dinner bell.

Not sure when you will get this but we are having a wonderful trip. These students are such a blessing to us.

For the team,

Dan

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