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Sunday, June 25

Coffee, trails, and fun

Good morning to you all!!  I hope everyone who reads this is having a beautiful and wonderful day.  I will be cover the past two days and the plans for today in this entry.

June 23, 2017
Friday the group went out into the Sarchi community to work with firemen, police men and environmental Government officials.  Our group splint into 2 teams.  One team went to a coffee plantation to help with cleanup, while the other team went to a community park to clean and paint the playground. 

Group one arrived at the plantation around 8:30am.  We unloaded the bus and met the Bomberos (firemen) and our leader (Carla) to receive our instructions.  From there we split into two teams one team went one way the other went the opposite way.  We spent the day cleaning and joking with each other and our new friends from the police and fire departments.  They showed us different fruits and explained when the coffee beans were ready to be picked.  We even had an opportunity to be part of  Costa Rican news interview.  Basically we were the background, but hey we were on TV.  After we were finished we met up with the other group and had lunch at the coffee plantation.

Group two dropped group one off and headed to the park to begin work there.  They spent the day clearing vines of a fence and painting the equipment.  The group reports they had a great time enjoying each others company and working to help the people in Honduras.  When they were finished they met up with the group at the coffee plantation for lunch.

When we finished eating and cleaned up, the Bomberos (firemen) showed us their equipment and showed how to use the hose.  Many of the team members were able to operate hose with the assistance of one of the firemen.  Everyone enjoyed watching and participating in the activity.  After the fun we were given a tour of the coffee plantation and the process the beans go through before they are sold and shipped all over the world.  When the tour was over we loaded the bus and headed back to camp. 

At camp we all cleaned up, played soccer, or just relaxed until dinner.  For dinner we had tostados, which were amazing!!!!  After dinner we had a camp fire devo.  Cary Hadley provided us with our lesson.  After the lesson we roasted marshmallows, that were the size of your face, and mini sausages.  We also received instruction on what we would need to do for the following day. We were all in bed as close to 10pm as possible.

June 24
Yesterday was a travel/fun day for the group.  We loaded the bus at 4:30 am and made our way to the Pacific Coast.  Our group member did a number of adventures from zip lining, rafting, kayaking, horse rides, and trail walks.  We spent the day enjoying God's beautiful work in Costa Rica.  We saw monkeys and sloths and many birds, and lizards.  We all had a blast and enjoyed our time with one another.  We arrived back at camp around 10pm. We all went straight to bed.

Today the plan is worship with the local congregation in Sarchi have lunch with our brothers and sisters.   Afterward, we will come back and have VBS prep and prepare for the seminar, lady's class, etc. 

Monday we will start the seminar, VBS, Lady's class etc.

Thank you all for your prayers!!  Please continue to send prayers for safe travels for those traveling today to the camp.

Love you guys
Brandy Barnett

Thursday, June 22

Poop and stuff

Good day to you all!  Our group has had an awesome day today.  If you are reading this then you are probably thinking "Poop and Stuff, What??"  Well you only thought you were going to get a gross story, but really you are going to read about serving the people in Sarchi, Costa Rica in the name of Jesus. 

So, a little introduction.  My name is Brandy Barnett and for the next 20ish days, I will be sharing about the work that will be done in Costa Rica and Honduras all to the Glory of our Father!  Our group leader is the one and only Terry Reeves and we have 32 people currently on the ground in Sarchi, Costa Rica.  Over the next week the group will be involved in a number of ministries that will assist in spreading the Good News of Jesus.

Today  was our first work day in Sarchi.  We woke and had breakfast at around 7 this morning.  We had eggs, toast, fruit and cereal.  After breakfast, we had a devotional lead by Terry Reeves.  Our theme this year is GO! from Mark 15:15.  As Christians we are commanded to go into ALL the world to share Jesus with every person.  God gives us opportunities daily to share his Word whether it be with your neighbor or with people in a foreign country.  Our group has been given a beautiful opportunity to share Jesus. 

There are many,  many ways to share the Word. Some may not seem "fun", but if you have a good attitude then it can be fun.  Today our group was given the opportunity to help the town of Sarchi with some much needed cleaning.  It may have not been glamorous, but it needed to be done.  The group worked really hard and we go to see and work in God's beauty.  The view was something that cannot be described by words and pictures will not do it justice.  Everyone worked hard and was very positive.  Like I said, it wasn't glamorous, but the attitudes of everyone was so encouraging.  Everyone worked hard and did what the was asked of them. 

As of now, the group is cleaning up and getting ready for dinner.  Being at the camp this year is awesome!!  There is a place to play soccer, or basketball and several trails to walk on the campus.  Its probably the most beautiful place to be.  I do not believe I will be able to post pictures, however, I will be posting some to facebook and I will send some to be put on the Torch insta gram.  I will do my best to post every night, but sometimes internet is sketchy especially in Honduras but Costa Rica there should be no problems. 

Please send prayers for the work over the next week for the group and for those that we will be working with.  If you have any questions please feel free to email me at brandyb06@gmail.com.

Love you guys
Brandy

Tuesday, May 30

It's getting closer!!!!

Good day to all of you!!  The first trip is just around the corner and there are still a number of things that have to be done.  Costa Rica team heads out in 21 days, yes 21!!!!!!  If you do not have your paperwork (Spanish Consent forms, rule sheets, application, passport copies) in to me, I need those like five weeks ago!!!  If I do not have these by next week, bring them with you with 3 holes punched in already.  I hope to have emergency contact numbers soon to email out to you all along with information on where we are staying.  Please email me with any questions you might have concerning the trip at brandyb06@gmail.com.  Thank you guys!!

Brandy B.

Wednesday, November 23

GO!

As 2016 is rapidly coming to an end so is the beginning of 2017 and this summer's mission trips to Central America. It is not too early to start making your plans and marking your calendars for the trip to Honduras and to Costa Rica.  Paperwork, dates, and projected costs are ready and we are looking forward to another great year of work in "home away from home." Whether this is your first trip or 15th, this year's trips will be challenging, rewarding, and inspiring!  Here is a sneak peak of this year's trips:

Costa Rica:
Dates: Thursday, June 22 - Saturday, July 1
Place: Sarchi (San Jose), and surrounding area
Housing: Camp Jenny Sue, a Bible camp located just outside of San Jose
Cost: $825.00 plus airline ticket
Trip details: This trip has a lot of different things to offer those going on this trip.  Teens will love the bible camp format that we will be running every morning and evening including Bible classes, sports, bonfires, and more.  In the afternoons the teens will be going out into local communities doing service projects, working with local congregations, and schools.  For the adults, mornings will center around classes designed for both the locals and the Americans.  Afternoons will give the adults an opportunity to work with local congregations going door knocking and more.  Evenings will feature campfire devotionals with a keynote speaker.  The trip ends with a day of sightseeing opportunities that only Costa Rica can offer.  Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.

Honduras:
Dates: Saturday, July 1 - Tuesday, July 12
Place: Tegucigalpa and surrounding area
Housing: Villa Gracia (Mission House)
Cost: $885.00 per person plus airline ticket
Trip details: This trip is a real "hands on" type of trip.  Things that this trip will focus on is evangelism, construction, medical, visitation, and service projects.  Each year we build between 12-20 houses for families in extreme need.  We visit hospitals, schools, children's homes and orphanages.  We conduct 3-5 days of free medical clinics in remote areas where medical facilities do not exist.  We conduct worship services for local congregations, have a VBS team, and teach Bible classes.  We do a lot of different projects while we are in Honduras and most days we have 3 or more to chose from.  We work in established areas and communities that we have been before and have excellent relations with and we have our own transportation.  Work projects are well supervised by team members with years of experience and we have a top notch team of translators.

We look forward to hearing from you and if you need any additional information feel free to ask, we will be glad to answer your questions or help any way that we can.  Out theme this year is GO! Mark 16:15 says to go and preach the gospel to all creation... and that is exactly what we are doing!  Why not join us and GO with us? 

Terry Reeves

Friday, July 15

Until next time...

Good day to all of you!!  Yesterday was very busy with travel so I was unable to post about our final work day.  No worries though, because I am happy to update you now.  Am I rested, not fully, but I am getting there!!

July 13, 2016
Wednesday  was a fantastic last day of work.  We began with breakfast from 7-8.  During this time we also said our goodbyes to the Bell Shoals/Foundation Christian crew.  They headed home on Wednesday leave about 70ish remaining.  My number could be way off, but it's a guess.  Anyway, after breakfast we met for our last morning devo from Donald Ballard.  This year we have been very blessed to have Donald and Carlos leading us in challenging thoughts during the morning and evening devos.  Thank you guys for your hard work in putting together very powerful lessons that challenged and encouraged us all.

When devo was over the ones leaving quickly loaded the bus to make their way to the airport.  When they left, the remaining members gathered what was needed for the day and quickly loaded as well.  We had 4 teams that we sent out.  The first team out the gate was the construction and concrete team.  We loaded the tool needed along with the popcorn and cotton candy machine and headed to the Indian Reservation.  Once we arrived we split into two separate teams a concrete team and construction crew.  A paint team of about 5 stayed on the bus and headed out to Santa Ana to paint a garage for Gaye Davidson as well.  It was a hard working day for our crews.  The concrete crew worked until about 1:30 when a hand full of the team began the popcorn and cotton candy.  While they were playing with the children, the rest of the crew continued with the concrete.  There was a team laying the concrete for the porch and another building up the wall for a classroom.  It was hard work, but well worth the exhaustion.  The construction crew were busy at the same time building the final house Diane Adams raised funds for.  The teams worked until about 4 then cleaned up and got ready to load the bus, but not before many of the members gave their shoes to local people.

Another crew left shortly after headed to Didasko.  There, they did repairs to the playground and completed the painting.  About 20 went to the hospital to visit with the sick for about an hour before headed up to do a medical clinic for the workers at Villa Gracia.  While a team was at the hospital some remained at the mission house to complete sorting and organizing of donated items to be given away by other groups.  When the team returned to the mission house, they conducted a short medical clinic for the workers of Villa Gracia.  They saw about 45 patients. 

We all met back at the mission house for our final dinner around 6pm.  At 7:30, we met in the chapel for our last devo of the trip.  The time we were in Honduras went by so quickly.  I hate this part of the trip because we are leaving family.  I know we will see each other again either in Honduras or in Heaven but it still hurts a little.  We spent the remainder of the night preparing for our departures in the morning.

Thank you all for your prayers, they were felt and helped so much.  God is good and until next year, Mas amor por favor!! (More Love Please).

Brandy B
I am going to attempt to post photos from my phone.  I am not too sure how or if it will work, but I will try.

https://www.facebook.com/tim.hines.355/videos/10157364339835495/  I'm not sure if this will work, but please check this out.  Tim Hines posted it and it has our team working with concrete and the popcorn and cotton candy for the kids.

Wednesday, July 13

Let's do this....

July 11, 2016
What a wonderful day to serve our Lord!!!  Yesterday was wonderful.  We had breakfast from 7-8, pancakes and fruit!! After breakfast we met in the chapel for morning devo and to receive our assignments.  We had 2 construction teams, a concrete team and a team that went to Mi Esperanza.

All the teams minus the Mi Esperanza team went to the Indian reservation to work.  The house builds were a fairfield house and a Patty house.  Like I mentioned before, money is raised by these individuals and Churches so we can help needy families with a home in Honduras.  The teams said the house builds went great.

The other team at the reservation, worked with concrete to continue the work on the buildings and sidewalk/porch for the residents on the reservation.  Concrete work is probably the most difficult thing we do here.  It's a lot of work and there are many sore muscles, but there is just something about working for Jesus that makes the soreness worth it.  I promise I am not crazy when I say that!!

The last team went to Mi Esperanza to give the ladies some experience for the classes they are taking at the beauty school.  The ladies that are in school there have to have so many hours of practice before they can graduate and we were happy to help them.  We also learned more about Mi Esperanza.  This is such a great ministry for women.  So many great things are happening there.  Check them out!!  www.thewomenofmyhope.org

We all met back at the mission house by 6 for dinner.  Before devo Kelvin, from Fairfield Church of Christ was baptized!!  I hope you all will pray and rejoice with our new brother.  We then went to devo at the chapel.  Carlos, from New Jersey, has been doing a fabulous job (as well as Donald Ballard) challenging all of us to strive to be better Christians.  I am really not sure what I will miss the most in Honduras when we leave, but devas are on that list.  After devo Terry Reeves made some announcements and then Brian made the remainder regarding tomorrows happenings.  July 13, we say goodbye to the Bell Shoals/Foundation Christian team members.  For the rest of us we have one full day to work left.  Time has flown by here.  I cannot believe we are on our last leg and that about 20ish are going home on the 13th.  Please pray for those traveling tomorrow as well as the final work day.

Thank you for your prayers and please keep them coming.  We love you all and will see you soon.

Brandy Barnett


Monday, July 11

Just another day serving!!

I am so sorry for my absence in posting.  I have not been able to access the internet for some reason, but I think we have it figured out now.  I will covering July 8 - July 11.  I am sorry that I will not be going into a great deal of detail, but I will do what I can.

July 8, 2016
It was just like every day, we got up and had breakfast from 7-8 and then devo.  Friday we had two construction teams, a visitation team to the hospital and blind school, and a team that planned for a carnival for Didasko and visitation to the special needs orphanage less than a mile from where we are staying.

The visitation teams spent the day sharing the love of Jesus with the sick at the Hospital and the orphans in the orphanages.  It was a great day spending time with the Honduran people that many people neglect.  I love visiting the orphanages because it is just an experience that is life changing.  God is so good and many times you can see such strong faith of those that are in the homes.  Many times we think we are here blessing those that live here, but in actuality they are teaching us something about faith that we often fail at.

When the teams were finished we met at the mission house for dinner.  Then we had devo around 7:30.  After devo, we received instruction for the following day.

July 9, 2016
Like the other days, we had breakfast from 7-8 then devo.  After devo we loaded the buses.  We had one team that loaded a bus and headed to the store to buy food to feed those in the dump.  The remaining team members loaded the buses with chili and hot dogs for the Didasko kids along with other food that will last them several weeks.

At Didasko, we unloaded the bus and started preparing the food for the kids.  After they ate, they were able to enjoy playing games and watching skits from some of the members.  The kids also enjoyed popcorn and cotton candy as a snack.  We spent several hours with the kids at Didasko before saying our final good byes.  This will be the last day we visit Didasko this year.  It is always sad leaving because many of the kids have been there for several years and have developed relationships with TORCH members.  So with tears in our eyes we said our "See you Laters" because either way, we will see them again whether it be next year or in Heaven!

We met up with the crew that fed those working in the dump at the mission house for supper.  After supper we met for devo

July 10, 2016
I am going to keep this part very brief.  Sunday was a day of Worship with our brothers and sisters in Diamante.  We had two baptisms one from our group Gavin, and one local member.  After worship we went to the Valley of Angels for shopping and lunch.  After shopping with loaded the buses to come into town for dinner then back up to the mission house for devo.

July 11, 2016
Today started like all other days.  We said our good byes to the Barbers who headed back to the States today and had breakfast.  We met in the chapel around 8 for devo.  After devo we received our instructions.  We had two construction teams that built houses with funds raised by Dave Marble and Jenny Lovell.  The rest of the crew went to an Indian Reservation to do some concrete work.

We loaded the buses and headed out as close to 9:15 as possible.  The construction team headed to Mololoa for their builds.  According to both teams, the builds were great.  Everyone worked hard to complete the homes for two families in the community.

The concrete crew hit the ground running.  We received instruction from Tim Hines and started work.  Some were sifting sand, some were leveling the ground for a sidewalk, some were moving blocks, some were moving rocks and others were mixing concrete.  Each us rotated out of jobs multiple times to get a feel for each job.  Let me back up and just say a little something about mixing the concrete.  We did not have a mixer, we were the mixers.  Now that is an experience.  The work we are doing was funded by the special offering received at Sonquest this year.  If you are a part of Sonquest, thank you for you donations!!  As hard as the work was, we were happy to help those that live on the reservation.  At this time, it is my understanding we will be out there for the remainder of the trip.

At about 4 we loaded the buses and headed by to the mission house to clean up, eat and load the bus again to head out to Santa Lucia.  It has been about 5ish years since we have been able to go to Santa Lucia for devo and singing.  We go to the oldest standing Cathedral in the Western Hemisphere and have worship.  Singing is indescribable.  I mean you literally have to experience it because here are ZERO words.  We worshiped for about an hour then headed back to the mission house for bed.

Our time here is coming to an end very quickly!  Tomorrow we say good bye to 3 members then Wednesday about 20ish leave. I Cannot believe how quickly time has gone by.  Please pray for the continued work as well as those traveling.  We do miss you all very much!!  If internet keeps working for me I will post again tomorrow night.  Good night to you all!!

In Him
Brandy B