Greetings once again from wet Honduras.
Friday July 23
Had our normal day of working on the road. We are making progress and see some improvement to the road.
Kyla & Jeremiah had KP this day and were a great help in the kitchen. The team is becoming close friends with the national students and are having great fun teaching each other both English and Spanish words. The base dog, Baloo, is a favorite of all the team, he goes to the worksite with the team each day and barks and runs the cows off the road if they come near. The highlight of the evening was an organized game of capture the flag–they had too much fun. After play time we had Bible study and our daily read of different people groups followed by prayer and bed.
Saturday July 24–Shopping day in San Pedro Sula–two hours away. The team was so excited when the bus pulled in at 8:30 AM and they loaded up for a day of buying souvenirs. That we have a team of 12 boys became evident as the machetes keep showing up on the bus and the girls were coming in the door with purses and jewelry—too funny. For lunch we went to a mall and they had their pick of food or had a sandwich with Mrs. Maher. They had so much fun and talked all the way home. Upon arrival we had to have a fashion show of soccer jerseys, purses, wooden items and a show of the machetes, after which, we collected them and put them in a safe place. Sorry parents, but 12 boys and 12 or more machetes sounded like trouble to us. The boys are too funny they visit the machete stash each day and say hello to their own. The BMW students had prepared a national meal for our supper and that was a blessing after a long day. We all loved the fried plantains, rice and beans and tortillas. What a day but so fun.
Sunday July 25 We visited another church in Santa Cruz for Sunday service and Mr. Maher preached. The team sang one song that they have learned in Spanish—King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Amanda & Tyler had KP. We had a game of Bible baseball to do verse review. We selected two teams—David’s Mighty Beachwarmers against the The Philistines. A single meant you were given the reference and first word of the verse, a double was the key word, triple beginning at the back of the verse and reading backwards. A misquote or wrong reference was an out. We had fun using their competitive natures and had a great verse review. David’s mighty beachwarmers won 4-3. After this we had mandatory clean your room time. The boy’s room looked like something had exploded. They did a great job cleaning and the girls were already much neater (after all only 6 of them) but they did some good cleaning as well. In the evening we had a sword drill and found that we have kids that are fast—Caleb, Chris, Luke and Will are very quick. Prayer and bed time followed.
Monday July 26 Another work day we had a bit of a rainy day. Christopher and Natalie had KP and were very entertaining. We had our usual free time and snack shop time. The BMW students here run a little store for the kids with coke, candy, gum and gatorade. We open is a few times a week and they love it. We had a great Bible study time, storytime with Mrs. Maher were we read about a different people group and a time of singing and worship.
Tuesday July 27 We worked a bit on the road but started a few other projects today. One crew was scrubbing the green moss off of a section of sidewalk (Mr. Maher appreciates this cause he fell down on that stuff—thank goodness he wasn’t hurt). Jared & Aminda had KP and Caleb and McKenna had devotions.
We have daily bug bite checks. Where we wash them with antibacterial soap, put on cream and load them up with antibiotic lotions. The bugs are so bad here we are making some of them wear long sleeves which they hate cause its hot. It does cut down on the bites a bit. We all have bites and you never see them coming. We try to keep everyone sprayed and inside in the night. We are becoming a family and enjoy each other so much. Many of the kids are making life-long friends. We have not had any serious problem with any of them and we do laugh so much. We praise the Lord for good health. We had a few colds, a few with a bit of diarrhea but so far so good. They eat so well—In fact everyone goes for seconds and many for thirds.
Thank you for your faithful prayers, you have great kids!!!!!!