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

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A Birthday, A Salon, and A Visit

May 25, 2017

Good morning,

Today is Joseph Rahm’s birthday and the ladies sang a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday in English and Spanish this morning at devotionals. Joseph must be very careful today, one birthday tradition involves cracking an egg over the head of the person celebrating for good luck.

Community Service

Each quarter the student body of TLC performs a community service project either in one of the students home communities or locally. Past projects have included a water purification system, a recycling center and seminars on community organization.

This quarter the students decided to honor the women in the neighboring community of Los Valles with a day of pampering. The Salon (our largest room) was decorated and prepared with various stations for hair dressing, manicures, foot washing, pedicures and massages. Childcare was provided. Refreshments were served. About 50 women attended with about 60 children and the event was a great success.

Congratulations ladies of TLC for a job well done.

Heart to Heart Visit

Also, last Saturday, we had a visit from friends Oscar and Amy Serrano and Mary and Lyle Frenter of Heart to Heart Ministries. They came to visit Sarah who is now a first-year student at TLC. They are looking forward to the upcoming visit from a team of Trinity UMC to the Children’s Village in June.

 

Classes

Classes continue. We are in week 5 and the English students now have a basic vocabulary to draw from. They can tell you what they do for fun, what time it is and are writing a small story about their families. They are such a joy.

 

Thanks to all for your support of this ministry.

With love from TLC,

 

Chris Moore

Journey to Heart to Heart Children’s Village

Dear Family and Friends,

We had a wonderful trip to Heart to Heart Children’s Village last weekend. See photos in yesterday’s post.

Heart to Heart is home to over 100 children and youth, most from the streets or broken homes. The ministry includes a school, a medical clinic and a community church.

With the 5 senior business students, we left campus at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday in the TLC van. After much winding and climbing through the mountains and then traversing through the largest city of San Pedro Sula, we arrived in the small coastal village of Omoa. We stayed at a family owned small hotel, the Flamingos, pleasant, modest and friendly. The girls walked down to the beach immediately! They were quite excited. For a couple of them, it was there first time ever on the beach. We had a wonderful shrimp and chicken dinner at the hotel and retired early. The girls stayed up late though – watching TV, which is an albatross for them.

The next morning, we went to Heart to Heart’ s bilingual school. Each TLC student , as well as Chris and I, were assigned to a classroom as teacher assistants.

I was in a math classroom that was taught by a young Honduran. Oh boy, fractions were ok with the younger kids but polynomial equations with 11th graders was rough! We ate lunch at the school and had a terrific time interacting with the kids.

After a wonderful dinner of chicken and fish at the hotel, we drove back to Cortes for cafe and dessert with the Serranos, the directors of Heart to Heart. Their home is where all the teen girls live- about 15. It’s a very busy place. Our TLC students and the Heart to Heart girls had a great time together. It was very neat to see the expressions on the young H2H girls faces as our business students talked about their plans to start businesses after graduation.

We toured the San Fernando Fort in Omoa the next morning. It is 256 years old and represents one of five Spanish forts in the New World. Spanish used conscripted natives to build it over about 15 years. Its purpose was to protect their Caribbean coastal commerce area from pirates and the British who sought gold and other resources. The fort is a massive triangular bastion with original cannons. It is almost completely accessible and we toured it for an hour or so. It was interesting to hear the girls talk about history of the Spanish in Central America – not fondly, I assure you.

On the way out to the Children’s Village we stopped and picked up a dozen frozen chickens, bread, melons, limes and cookies! The kids always need more food. The house mommies do a great job preparing food but more of it is always welcome.

We spent Saturday at the Children’s Village and just enjoyed playing with the kids. Games of Uno, some soccer, swing sets and a lot of just talking. We ate lunch in the boys’ house – three small tacos and some juice! The kids really enjoyed the TLC young women and there were some hugs and tears as we left.

After a quick dinner we were back at church in Cortes. A delightful worship service of praise music and a very long sermon of bringing “first fruits” to God from Genesis 4.

Sunday morning we headed back to TLC. We stopped for bananas, fruits and many vegetables for campus. The van was loaded to the ceiling by the time we got back about 4 p.m.

It was great to get back to TLC and the students all welcomed us generously.

About 50% of the adult population here is un employed or under employed. Wages are very low. Average worker wages are 6-7000 Lempira a month- that’s $300 or so. (office, teachers or factory workers are more like 8-10,000 Lempira a month).

Chicken is about $1.10 a pound. Melons are $1.50-2 each. Bananas are $3-4 a complete stand (full set). Gasoline is about $2.25 a gallon. A burger fries and Coke at Wendy’s is $5-6.

It takes an incredible percentage of workers’ wages just to feed their families – frankly almost 100% for agricultural workers. Rice, beans and eggs are the main foods at most every meal.

That is a key reason why we are so focused on education for the young women at TLC. With more education comes more opportunity. More education will empower them to better themselves, their families and their communities.

The mission team led by Jose arrived late yesterday. We were all excited to welcome Jose, Sharon, Bill, Kathy, Peter, Pilar, Aaron and Caroline! They are fully in the swing of things here at TLC and loving it!

It’s cold though. Very unseasonably cold. But I bet it’s warmer than where many of you are now!

Thanks for your continuing prayers and support.

Blessings from Honduras,

Dan

 

A Visit to Heart to Heart

Dan, Chris and some of the students from The Leadership Center made the journey to visit our friends at Heart to Heart Children’s Village. They shared these photos.

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

 

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

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.

airplane rides

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.