As our trip winds to a close the Honduras team is looking forward to returming home, but more than that we are looking back amazed by all that we have accomplished and all that God has done. The wonderful thing is that we still have over a week left here! God can still do so much in and through us, and we pray that He will!
On Friday afternoon we walked to the village park for an Indian festival. The children had a costume contest, singing, dancing and food. We shared a song and a drama. Right before we were on, it started pouring rain, but luckily we are in Honduras, where the rain comes in short bursts, so we were still able to perform.
Saturday was a different kind of schedule than usual, but we all enjoyed the variety. We ate a quick breakfast, and then Donny, Gavin, Daniel, Matthew, Michael, Cody, Meredith, Grace, Simi, Emma, Karissa, and Jasmine went for an hour and a half hike through the countryside. One can’t help but praise God when looking up from the steep rocky path to see the beautiful green hills. God is truly an amazing artist! As we walked down the mountain dodging rocks, horse droppings, steep parts of dirt and a herd of cows, we didn’t know our destination, or even where the path was exactly, but God had a lovely treat in store for us. We stumbled upon a beautiful hidden waterfall and a little pool. Many of us went for a refreshing swim (boots and all) before the walk back. After two more hours of construction work the team went back into the village to pick up garbage at the park and share the gospel with anyone who wanted to talk. Then we had a few hours of hilarious team games.
On Sunday we enjoyed a lovely morning celebrating the children’s home with the children and Honduran donors. There was a puppet show, songs, and a message. We shared a song, testimony, and drama as well. After a delicious Honduran meal the children played with balloon animals, a piñata, as well as some organized games. Many of our team were right in there putting on silly hats, playing jump rope and tug-of-war. In the afternoon we practiced memory verses, and in the evening we walked to the local church. Even though we couldn’t understand the words, it was encouraging to see the congregation’s passion as they sang!
Now we are back to a normal schedule of 5:30 wake-ups, working and playing with the children, eating lots, growing together as a team, and falling sleepily into bed each night. God has given us so much to be thankful for, and we want to thank you, our families and friends back home for your love and prayers. We can’t wait to share all of our stories and pictures with you when we return!
“We’re over half way done with our trip. It has been amazing to see all the progress done around the children’s home. Over the past few weeks I’ve seen a pretty large amount of God’s work in the lives of my teammates as well. I’ve been able to witness teammates come to Christ and grow in Him.” -Sarah Payne
“Everything is great and amazing(mostly, kind of). There are ups and downs but God is slowly and surely working. Food is really good but only when people know how to cook (we have a rotation schedule). Yo family, I would like to submit a request for steak the night I return from my quest with Jesus. I don’t even care how terrible or sick it might make me. I will love you forever.” -Donny Hackett
“It has been fun to see our project be completed each day. I can’t wait to see how far we have come on the last day. The best times on the trip are when we are able to hang out with the kids here. Two weeks ago we were able to go to a pool with them. And another week they helped us with a presentation at a village we hiked to.” -Matthew Elliott
“Ever since I came to Teen Missions I have grown closer to the Lord. Being in a different country with the children is an experience I will never forget and I am so grateful to God. I can’t wait to see what else He has in store for me. ” -Jasmine Dark
“This team has ben such a learning experience. It’s difficult when a team doesn’t get along, but it has taught me so much not only about teamwork, but also about my walk wit the Lord. As Christians we need to encourage each other and build each other up. Ephesians 4:29 says, ‘do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others according to their needs that it may benefit those who listen.'” -Meredith McGowan
“Hello outside world! everything about this place on the mountainside is stunningly beautiful. The other day a group of us had the opportunity to go on a hike an just take in the beauty of Honduras and God’s creation. It is cool to finally see some of our projects being completed and thinking back to where we started. The Lord is slowly proving Himself faithful once again. He has been revealing to me that even though life is full of choices-the only important choice is to follow Him every day. Yo family! please make me ox tail soup when I come home!” -Karissa Wright
“We’ve been in Honduras for a few weeks and we’ve already gotten so many chances to evangelize to the people here. We were able to go on a 2.5 mile hike to a small mountain village where we gave a presentation. Afterwards, three people were saved! besides doing evangelism, we have been doing construction on the children’s home. It is amazing to see all of our work coming together! this missions trip as a whole has been a great experience so far, and it can only get better from here!”. -Lydia Calderon-Brandt