Last week was another week full of mixed emotions, but it was incredible. The group that was here was awesome. To be honest, I was very skeptical because they were all high schoolers and their parents, but they were really cool. The group of guys were some of the hardest working boys I’ve met. They were always willing to help with whatever we asked. The entire group was so fun and full of energy. There was never a dull moment. And to see the tender hearts of the women break everywhere we went was something I really needed. Sometimes it can be easy to become apathetic when you see heartache everyday. Too easily it becomes just a part of life, and you begin to look over “the least of these.” I want to be just the opposite. I hope that each time I see a hungry person, it gets harder and harder to leave them. I want hurt more and more with each child I color with at the hospital. That may sound weird, but I truly believe that apathy is the devil’s strongest weapon. I don’t want to become apathetic. Ever. Last week really helped me with that. At one point I was so focused on getting the group somewhere on time, I didn’t even notice a need right in front of me. But thankfully, one of the moms noticed and brought my attention back to the things that matter.
Throughout the week, I was able to be apart of two house building teams, a Bible study at the dump, play with kids at Casa and the hospital, and buy food at the market to give away in Nueva Oriental. It was a really great week. A couple of the kids at the hospital from the previous week were still there, and they remembered me playing with them last week. I had two favorites from the week before: Michael and Jonathan. I couldn’t find Jonathan, so I’m hoping that’s a good sign and he is all better. Michael however was still there. His mom told us he had been there for 5 months already. He was hit by a car and part of his leg had to be amputated. He’s only 7, I think. His situation is so horrible, but yet he was one of the happiest kids to be around there. Just laughing and hitting a balloon around.
Dump day was really cool this time. We went an hour or so earlier than usual to be apart of the Bible study that is held there. We all just stood around and held hands and sang praises to God. It was incredible. After that, we had actually had time to visit with people before the food truck got there for their hot meal. That was really neat. Some of the guys from the East Tenn group had a dance off with the guys in the dump. It was awesome! I can’t remember another time when I saw so many people laughing amidst all that trash. Hopefully we made them forget where they were at least for a few minutes.
It was sad when the week came to a close. As soon as we get to know the group and get close to them, they have to pack up leave. The good thing is we always have something new to look forward to. This week we travelled to Santa Rosa de Copan to help Mission Upreach with a medical brigade. It’s been really cool, but I’ll save the details for my next post. :)
Thanks for all your prayers :) and if you could keep the little boy Michael from the hospital in your prayers that would be great. On top of the amputation and everything, his wound got infected, so he is definitely in need of prayer. Thanks :) Love y’all!