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.

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.

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