We Arrived in Honduras

June 28, 2017

Good evening Trinity family,

Our team ready to leave Trinity and go to the airport on Wednesday morning.

I think our team is constantly putting photos on Facebook. Unfortunately, my phone is not connecting to the local wifi … only my laptop.

I will keep you updated as events unfold.

Tomorrow, we’re going to Children’s Village. We will meet the children and be introduced to them.

We have a full day ahead and we need a lot of rest and grace.

Blessings!

Keith

We’re Going Back to Honduras! Summer 2017

Trinity UMC is planning a trip to the Heart To Heart Children’s Village next summer. Planned dates for our mission trip are June 30 to July 8, 2017. Heart to Heart is home to over 100 children and youth in Porte Cortez, Honduras. Most of these children have been orphaned or abandoned over the last 8 years. This ministry provides food, shelter and a Christian education to all these children and has been supported by Trinity through donations, prayers and mission trips since 2011. Our mission team will participate in a project as well as spending much time with the children and youth. Anyone interested in participating in this trip should contact Pastor Keith Lee or Chris and Dan Moore.

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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