Dear Family and Friends,
After a devotional from Genesis led by Adam and a breakfast of eggs and tortillas, we departed TLC campus yesterday (Friday) around 9:30 a.m. Truth is that we started to say our goodbyes to the students about 8:30, but a lot of laughing, a bit of crying and a ton of pictures were taken. The 6 days had been such a blessing to us.
We were excited to have Yanetsi, Olga and Alex, the three senior business students, join us on our trip to Heart to Heart. I will not spend time on the details, but the 7 or so hour trip was long but enjoyable and no van incidents! We visited a market in Siguatepegue and had a nice lunch there. The roads are good/decent and the journey thru the mountains was quite spectacular. We hit San Pedro Sula at rush hour unfortunately and it slowed us down an hour or so. We arrived at Omoa last night about 7 p.m. and had dinner at the small hotel here where we are staying. We had to juggle beds a bit and the girls including Jessica are all together in one room with one extra queen mattress on the floor!
We were grateful for hot showers and air conditioning – it’s so much hotter on this side of Honduras.
We were up pretty early and Luis led us in a devotional about how God is here in this place but most importantly in our hearts. We talked about Nehemiah and his prayers to God for the great needs of Jerusalem; then we talked about how great the needs were at TLC and what we needed to do about it – prayer for sure and to witness with you, our friends and family. We sang Dios Esta Aqui together and even enjoyed a solo verse by Mike!
After breakfast we walked out on the fishing pier a bit and then headed to Tegucigalpita and the Heart to Heart Children’s Village. There is another team here from Washington State led by our good friends, the Stephens. We spent some time with them at the village.
The kids at were really glad to see us.
Heart to Heart is home to about 80 children, most from the streets or state orphanage, some from broken homes.
Most of the team headed back to the girls and toddlers house where we played with the little ones for about 2 hours. There are about 16 preschoolers and kinders now. Just sitting on the floor brings wonderful opportunities for love and affection. The kids are well loved by the house mommies but they don’t get as much one in one time or holding or carrying around as they want (or need?). They are such sweet kids and they just want to be with you. It’s heart warming to be sure, but it also is sad at the same time.
Meanwhile Mike and Adam were playing basketball and soccer with the boys in about 90 degree heat and very high humidity. (It’s almost exhausting to be outside now – so hot, especially coming from the mountain where TLC was located.)
Zulema the head house mother and cook at the boys house made us a special lunch of beef and vegetable soup with rice – very tasty.
After lunch we celebrated the kindergartners graduation and all the May and June birthdays! All the kids, mommies and volunteers gathered in a room and clapped and sang with the kids. Cake and soda pop was enjoyed by all!!
All the graduating kindergartners received a small soft pillow made by Trinity’s Crafts for a Cause team- the kids really liked them and clutched them tightly.
We unpacked our large Cabella and other bags of things for the H2H kids and were well thanked for Trinity’s generosity.
The H2H ministry has extended into the local community of Puerto Cortes as the Christian school now has about 140 kids in total including about 70 from the community. The ministry is running at about a $7,000 monthly deficit however. One of their largest costs other than food for the kids, is electricity which is very expensive in this area.
We just returned from Church about an hour ago. Oscar Serrano, the Honduran H2H Director and pastor (who preached at Trinity last September) asked Pastor Luis to preach tonight. And did he ever! The church was packed and after about an hour of praise songs and prayers, Luis and Jose took the microphones. Luis preached about change and how God is watching us in everything we do. Jose translated for the gringos and the two of them are quite a team.
Luis acknowledged Joseph Rahm and the students from TLC and told the congregation about the changes the TLC students were going to make in their communities and in Honduras. Luis told us that it does not matter how poor (or rich) we are, God can use any (and all) of us to effect change in ourselves and our world. Luis gave his personal testimony and the response was powerful. At the end of the service he invited anyone who wanted to change their lives and the situation of the families to come forward. Virtually the entire congregation crowded to the front of the church to receive God’s blessing thru Luis!
After church we talked a bit as it began to rain hard on the metal church roof. A number of the older Heart to Heart girls (and a few interested boys) gravitated to the TLC girls. There was good discussion and smiles and a couple of the H2H girls expressed serious interest in TLC.
After stoping for gas and snacks, we arrived back in Omoa about an hour or so ago.It is still pouring outside but maybe that will cool it down some. We will be back at church in the morning!
Please pray for the people of Honduras; the needs are great virtually everywhere in this poor country. Especially pray and consider acting upon the needs of the important ministries of TLC and H2H.
For the Mission Team,