So I don’t have internet very much, and honestly I just don’t have a lot of time to sit down and write a blog everyday. But I do want to keep all of you informed on how things are going here. So my plan is right now to post on here at least once a week. This might not happen every week, but hopefully it will.
After our plane arrived on Sunday, we went to eat and then headed to Casa de Esperanza-the children’s home- to play with the children for the rest of the afternoon. I just love those kids. They are so precious. No matter how exhausted we were, it was impossible to tell them no to play one more game of soccer or to pull them around on rollerblades. One thing that I am looking forward to most this summer is really getting to know the kids at Casa. Some of them come from such hard lives; I just can’t imagine. Marc and Terri are doing such a great job of giving these kids hope.
Monday we went to the Tegucigalpa Dump to feed the many people that are living and working there. Going there is always hard because no one should have to live like that. It’s even harder when there are kids there because growing up in that environment is just terrible. However, to see the smiles on their faces as they receive a bag of water or a bowl of food simply lights up a place in your heart that is not often touched. Our hearts lit up again when we handed out food and ice cream to the kids in a small village below the Dump. Their gratitude is something we could all learn from.
Tuesday we went to the new farming project that Honduras Hope recently got involved in. This is also something that I am really looking forward to working with a lot this summer. I really think this will be a good ministry and will really help the people of Honduras. Honestly, handing people food once or twice a week is not going to help them out of the condition they are in. However, allowing them to work the land themselves to provide food for their families instead of fighting off birds and digging through the trash will. Do not get me wrong, if we have food, then we NEED to give it to them! That’s at least one good meal they can eat. But the farm should provide a better lifestyle for them altogether. While at the farm on Tuesday, a group was able to add at least one more row for crops, if not two. Garrett and Michael went around with machetes and cut the grass and reeds and these thorny things. Two girls from Murfreesboro and I went behind them and raked up what cut down, just to clear the land for more farming.
Wednesday was just one big day full of stories that I am not going to go into right, but if you want to hear them, just ask, and I’ll be more than happy to share. :) But for now I just want to talk about what I learned from my experiences on Wednesday. On Tuesday night Marc talked about Peter walking on the water, and I really think Wednesday mirrored that story for me. I feel like so many times we tell God that we are giving our lives over to Him and we will follow wherever He leads. We step out of the boat and go towards Him, but then we look around. We see the storm and the waves crashing, and we freak. We realize that we are walking down a super sketchy alley on our way to some stranger’s house in the middle of the Teguce ghetto, and we think, “What are we doing here? This is crazy! God would never lead us here! This is dangerous!” and so on. And God reaches out his hand and gently says, “Why do you have such little faith in me? I have always been here for you and I always will. I’m not going anywhere. Don’t you know that yet?”
Thursday we traveled all day to the coast to have a little intern retreat for the weekend. The place we are staying at is incredible. Friday we spent pretty much all day at the beach just soaking in God’s glorious creation. And today we went white water rafting which was so awesome. We hiked and swam up river, and it was just very adventurous. The scenery around here is just so amazing. Having the mountains on one side and the beach on the other is just so beautiful.
Well that’s all for this week. Thanks for checking on me :) Love y’ all!