Friday and Saturday from Honduras

Friday from Honduras

To all,

Hello from Honduras! Frank led us in our morning devotions and shared a wonderful message about how the impact we have as Christians is like a ripple effect when a stone is thrown into water. Even if we feel as small as a mustard seed, God is on our side and we are empowered by the Holy Spirit!

After devotions we had pancakes for breakfast across the street. As soon as breakfast was over, we drove to the children’s school for the last time (last day of school for them).

Each of us were able to sit in on classes and many of the kids were able to wear their pajamas to school for the last day! Many classes had celebrations and played games and ate desserts. When you get sugar in the little children, you can imagine the energy and chaos that followed!

One touching moment is how sad some children were on the last day. In America, our children are so excited when they get out and they know that they will see most of their friends next year. In Honduras, some children don’t know if they will ever see each other again. Their tears were of sadness and they were so genuine. This shows me how much love was shared and how deep the relationships were.

The school day ended with a celebration and a wonderful slide show of the whole school year. It was amazing that after everything was said and done as the children left, the school seemed so barren and empty. But we knew that each and every one of them was touched by the relationships built and more importantly touched by the love of our Lord Jesus Christ!

The Market Street team was able to tour the clinic next door to the school and afterward we headed back to the hotel to regroup.

Dan and Gary went off to the airport to pick up John Barnett (John is from Market Street and he was sick the day the team left). As they went to the airport, the rest of the group was able to go into town to check out local businesses, shop, and buy some groceries.

The day ended with worship and the two teams split. The Trinity team talked about coming off a mountain top experience. What can we do with our experiences as we come home. How can we use our experiences to share the love of Christ with others. The Market Street team debriefed on their day and John was able to join them to complete their team.

All is well with our souls and we pray for Trinity’s and Sharon’s safe trip home tomorrow.

Until next time, We hope you can share Gods love with someone today!

Love you all!

Eric

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Saturday from Honduras

Dear Family and Friends,

image-8We began our day at 6:30 on the porch of the Hotel Brisas, as has become our routine. We read Philippians chapter 2 and reflected on serving with humility and working God’s will in our everyday lives. The fellowships and discussions we have had on this mission trip have been wonderful.

We prayed together and spoke many of the children’s names that were on our hearts. You should seek us out and ask us about a couple of the kids we prayed for; so many – while safe at Heart to Heart – are in need of healing from their heartbreaking past.

We had breakfast across the street watching some kids dig for sand crabs on the beach. We traded fresh cheese, ham and scrambled eggs among ourselves until we all had about what we wanted.

After breakfast, we said some goodbyes as the Market Street 8 headed out to the Children’s Village for the day. We really enjoyed our time together and formed some great relationships that will carry us into the future.

We were a bit jealous as the Market Street team headed to spend a joyful day with the kids and maybe help on a project or two.

Last Saturday night an incident happened at the baby/girls house at the Village. An intruder crossed a barbed wire fence and came in an open window around 2 a.m. The man went into the babies room (which is air conditioned) and took some of the house mommies’ purses. One of the mommies awakened and screamed and he ran out. While not the first incident, this one was scary. Oscar Serrano asked us on Monday if we could help. So we used $500 of our team project fees to buy rebar and other supplies. The rebar has been welded into heavy screen/cages that we painted and they are to be installed this weekend with Market Street team assistance.

image-9The five of us packed up and talked for an hour or so. And then we all headed to the airport – about an hour and a half ride. We said goodbye to our dear friends Gary and Sylvia and are now awaiting our flight to Miami.

We had a brief but great 9 days here in Honduras, with Heart to Heart and in fellowship together.

We have much to share with you if you wish to hear more. While we have all enjoyed serving and reflecting God’s love here, the truth is we have all received so much more than we have given- such is the nature of mission service.

Thanks for your prayers and support for us and God’s people here in Honduras and everywhere!

Blessings from Honduras,
Dan for the Team

 

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Thursday from Honduras

Dear Friends and Family,

Today was a great day. The heat was on, but we pressed through with fellowship, tutoring, and a little sweat equity at the school.

Those of us from Trinity are just getting into the swing of things. The heat isn’t so bad, and we’re getting to know the kids’ names. Our friends from Market Street UMC are falling in line and will pick up where we leave off.

Thurs lastToday, with excellent tactical see-saw help from Scott, we finished the newest school playground object and the kids jumped right on.

Thurs 9I’m volunteering in the 5th-6th grade class and my students have a heavy dose of Spring Fever. Our teacher, Mercedes, gave them a break and right out to the new teeter-totter they went. We built it thinking it would be for kindergartners and here are 10-13 year olds.

Linda helped in the kitchen at the school today for lunch. She had to ask for tasks because the kitchen mothers are so used to and proud of their work. Getting help is tough for them, and yet they work so hard and so well at feeding so many kids. They know each child personally (70-80 of them), and know how much food each of their plates should have.

Thurs 8Tonight we took the teenage boys out to a heavy dinner of grilled meat to a restaurant in downtown Puerto Cortez. They ate up healthily and took plenty home. Before we left, the Market Street folks gave all the boys new pillows they brought with homemade, colorful Trinity pillow cases!

Thurs 5Tomorrow we’ll finish at school for their last day for Pajama Day and a celebration of the end of school. Market Street will take over our unfinished projects and spend more time at the village loving on the kids and some weekend projects with them.

I trust that Scott and Eric will get the see saw done.

Hasta luego!

Frank

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Wednesday from The Mission Field

Dear Friends and Family,

wed 2We were joined by our Market Street UMC friends last night! They arrived safely (but without John who took ill this week – still hoping he might join).

We had breakfast this morning across the street from the hotel at 6:30 and were excited to get to know each other.

We all plowed in the van and an extra car and headed to the School in Cortes.

There we started the day with a school wide devotional service in the church. Much praise singing (How Great is Our God and many more) as well as God Bless Honduras. Enthusiasm and clapping and flag waving! The message for the kids today from Amy Serrano was about feeding the “good wolf ” in all of us and not feeding the ” bad wolf” in all of us.

wed 3After church we played with the kids for a bit and then they all headed off to class to take their year end standardized testing (government required).

We jumped in the vehicles and headed out to the Children’s Village. There we pretty quickly got involved in a couple projects.

The guys worked on a teeter totter for the little kids. We had a lot of little helpers.

The women pretty much played with the littlest ones, reading, coloring and building blocks. The kids and house mommies are so pleased to have new faces and new friends. Despite being little and not speaking English, they pretty much can get any gringa or gringo to do what they want!

The house mommies made us a great lunch, chicken, pastalitos, rice and a boiled plantain. Quite a feast, although a few of us were hiding the boiled plantains under our napkins.

Some of the team helped do dishes and prepare food for tomorrow for the kids.

We unpacked all the wonderful gifts and items that the Market Street folks so generously brought.

It was very hot today. And we were focused on drinking water all day long.

We left the Village about 4 p.m. and went back to the hotel. There is a small pool there and about 5 of us waded in and cooled down. Very refreshing.

wed 1We debriefed before dinner sharing precious moments from our day together with each other. Then we walked down the street for dinner of pollo, rice and plantains.

Most are tired and asleep now. A long hot and wonderful day!!

Blessings from Honduras,

Dan for the team

Tuesday from Honduras

Hello all: this is my first report to you all and I thank Dan for the chance to give an update on our Tuesday in Puerto Cortes and serving in the Mary Frenter Bilingual School.

I first met Dan and Chris in 2010 in Guatemala. Chris and I became “mission friends” (if you don’t have one you sure need to make one!) and to my great joy I find myself on our 6th adventure together!

Please take a moment to enjoy the video. In it are 3 girls singing Jesus Loves Me. Two of them, Ester and Yohana, were brought to the children’s village last October. We saw their great sorrow at being abandoned by their mother and torn from their home, though the circumstances they were raised in consisted of desperate poverty and neglect. Today they are happy, healthy 5 and 9 year old girls who know that Jesus loves them.

Early this morning we started with a sweet devotional from Amy about Jesus love for the children His disciples would have sent away and His words to us as His followers that we cannot enter the Kingdom of God unless we become like a child. We talked about how to be child-like in our approach to God. We thought of the precious ones who shower us with such lavish, trusting love each day here in Honduras.

Next was a nice breakfast where we were joined by Amy and Oscar Serrano and Mary Frenter. They shared their dreams for the school and village and their longing for a hope and a future for each child.

Next, we arrived at school. Dan and Frank worked on the see-saw, while Amy, Chris and I played with, taught and loved on lots of kids. We shopped next door at the Super Barato for great junk food to take to the older boys’ home this evening. After lunch, we 3 amigos completed work started yesterday to organize the school library.

In a few moments we get on the school bus for a joyful, hot ride to our hotel, accompanied by 70 or so sweaty, loud, happy ninos.

Gary and Sylvia pick up Eric Song’s group at the airport this afternoon and we can’t wait to get acquainted.

Your prayers bless us beyond anything you can imagine. We are grateful for your support and love.

On behalf of the team,

Sharon

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Monday from Heart to Heart

A big hello to everyone back home! Today has been a fantastic day do far. We kicked off the morning with a wonderful devotion led by our very own Chris Moore and had a discussion about the key characteristics that define all of us who have come here to help those in need. Regardless of our theological and denominational backgrounds, we are all here to serve and to love as per the example given by Christ.

Dan's classroom

Dan’s classroom

After a delicious breakfast, we came to the school to help out. Most of us were in classrooms helping to teach. It is definitely different than our classrooms. Each child works independently and each has different skill levels for each subject. So it’s not your traditional method of teaching where everyone is learning the same subject at the same time. But that’s okay. And from what I hear, they are moving to that more traditional classroom model next year.

I was in the 7&8 grade classroom today. I was surprised that it is not like our 7&8 grades. Most of the kids are learning on about a 3&4 grade level. But I’m not complaining-it made it a heck of a lot easier to tutor them in math (not my best subject by far!)! I was having to relearn fractions and work through word problems.

The kids are amazing though, and all of us are enjoying the love and joy that they have shown us. We are about to head back to the hotel and then out to dinner. So much love to everyone back home! You’ll be hearing from us again soon!

Blessings,

Amy Crisp

Sharon at our hotel

Sharon at our hotel

Amy's classroom

Amy’s classroom