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Friday, March 31

pack wisely

Can you believe that April is here already? Unbelievable (I use that word a lot). April 1st marks the start of my 7th year here at Central Church of Christ, in beautiful Sarasota, Florida. Yeah, some of you got it right off the bat. April 1st. April fool’s day. Yep, that was my first say of work down here. Funny, huh? But that is my anniversary none the less. Its almost fitting to be honest. 6 full years working in Sarasota, my 14th year in Florida (5 in Miami and 3 in Orlando). This year also marks my 25th year of working with teenagers. Teaching, coaching, and working in youth ministry adds up to 25 years of service. OK, that was my pat on the back, now I think I will go drink some Boost or something. I am officially declaring myself old. Physically that is (especially the knees), but trust me, mentally, still as young as ever. I don’t plan on every growing up completely! I love what I do and can’t think of anything else I would want to do. Except mission work, which is what this blog is all about.

The summer trips are right around the corner!!! Its time to panic, time to find that stupid “easy button” you see on TV!!! Run around in circles and scream if you have to, its time! ITS TIME!!! OK, might have been a bit dramatic, but it is time to get in gear and get going. Especially if you are going on the May trip. The May trip, as of today (Friday, March 31st), is 45 days away from departure. That, my friends, might as well be tomorrow for those of us planning these things. 45 days is the “point of no return” you hear about. You know, the sign above the river that goes over Niagara Falls, the one that says if you go beyond this point in the river you have no choice to go back, you are going over? We are at the point of no return on the May trip. Tickets are set in stone, names are on them, and it will cost a lot of money to change anything now.

SO, IF YOU ARE ON THE MAY TRIP, HERE IS INFORMATION ESPECIALLY FOR YOU (July teams take note, most, if not all, applies to you and your trip as well):
* Make sure you have your passport. Is it current? A photocopy of your passport needs to sent to me ASAP for your file.
* Make sure you have checked your insurance to make sure it is current and you have done whatever is required for traveling outside the United States. Make sure you have an insurance card to carry with you. Everyone going on the trip receives SUPPLIMENTAL accidental insurance on the trip.
* YOUR FINAL PAYMENT FOR THE TRIP IS DUE APRIL 29TH. THE TOTAL AMOUNT FOR THE MAY TRIP IS $1,150 PER PERSON. SPENDING MONEY IS EXTRA.
* Shots are not required for the trip but make sure your tetanus shot is current. All shots (hepatitis, malaria, and cholera) are optional.
* You are allowed 2 (two) suitcases) for checked-in baggage. EACH BAG CANNOT WEIGH MORE THAN 50 POUNDS!!! There is a fine (mucho dinero) for going over, so don’t! Pack wisely.
* Remember that the Mission House has laundry service available for $4 a load (wash, dry, and fold). Pack wisely.
* You need to bring a backpack; use it as your carry on bag. In your carry -on bag, include 1 set of clean clothes (you never know 100% if your bags will make it down with you on the flight…. wish I was joking). Also, your money, passport, and any other items of real importance, should be in your backpack. ALSO remember no knives, hammers, nails, etc. in your backpack! You can say hasta la vista if you forget. Hammers, knives, tools, etc., go in your check-in luggage. Pack wisely.
* Girls, you can also bring a purse on the plane if you want. Guys, well, you are on your own, I am not going there…..
* Remember, there is a dress code on this trip. Modesty is of utmost importance. Shorts are knee length, shirts have sleeves and are not tight fitting. CLOSED TOED SHOES ARE A MUST, sandals and flip-flops are used in the dorm areas only (Honduran dirt is packed with bacteria on steroids). Girls, this includes Sunday church attire. No tank tops or equivalent. Pack wisely.
* Work gloves and eye protection are required. Sunglasses work fine. But you have to have them if you are working at a construction site.
* Canteen or water bottle required. Several are better. Staying hydrated is muy importante, si!
* A light jacket is also needed, especially one that is water resistant. Also a hat, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Bull Frog sunscreen is the brand of choice, along with Cactus Juice bug repellent.
* I recommend that you bring your own hammer for the trip. Go and pick out one that works well with you (weight, feel, etc.). We do have tools, but having your own is best. Guys typically like to swing a 20 ounce hammer or bigger while girls tend to use lighter hammers.
* We will be on a media fast during the trip. Please leave your I-pods, Walkmans, CD players, etc. at home. We want you focused on the trip and getting to know your teammates, not jammin’ out in your own space.
* We will be going to a grocery store when we first get to Honduras. You will be able to buy a lot of your snack foods and lunch items there. However, it will be cheaper to buy stuff here in the states.
* The rules sheet, WHICH MUST BE NOTARIZED, is being sent out this weekend. This document must be signed, notarized, and sent back to be no later than April 29th. Everyone going on this trip must do this.

THIS IS THE RECOMMENDED PACKING LIST OF SUPPLIES YOU ARE TO TAKE ON THE TRIP:
Bible
Toilet paper (comfort is everything)
Pepto Bismal (the pink miracle)
Tooth brush/paste
Soap/shampoo
Hand wipes (bring a lot!)
Hand sanitizer (very important)
Imodium (life savers)
Shaving cream/razor
Towel/wash cloth
Deodorant
Q-tips
Insect repellent (Cactus Juice)
Multi-vitamins
Passport
Camera/film
Deck of cards
Watch (waterproof)
Work clothes (disposable)
Work shoes (closed toed)
Work gloves
Peanut butter/jelly
Laundry bag
Zip-lock bags (sandwich size)
Zip-lock bags (gallon size)
Flash light
Alarm clock
Spending money ($50 - $90+)
Hat/visor
Water bottle (s)
Sunscreen (psf 20 +)
Paper/pen/pencil
Backpack
Spanish/English dictionary
Snack food
Pocket knife
Sunglasses
Sharpie marker
Band-aides
Personal medicines

FLIGHT INFORMATION FOR THE NASHVILLE GROUP IS AS FOLLOWS:
Depart Monday, May 15th, from Nashville International Airport on American Airlines flight # 1879 @ 6:56 AM arriving Miami @ 9:59 AM. Connect on American Airlines flight #953 @ 11:47 AM arriving Tegucigalpa @ 12:08 PM.
Return on Wednesday, May 24th on American Airlines flight #954 @ 1:20 PM arriving Miami @ 5:39 PM. Connect on American Airlines flight #1422 @ 8:27 PM arriving Nashville @ 9:46 PM.
FLIGHT INFORMATION FOR THE MIAMI GROUP IS AS FOLLOWS:
Depart on Monday, May 15th from Miami International Airport on American Airlines flight #953 @ 11:47 AM arriving Tegucigalpa @ 12:08 PM.
Return on Wednesday, May 24th on American Airlines flight #954 @ 1:20 PM arriving Miami @ 5:39 PM.
* YOU MUST BE AT THE CHECK-IN COUNTER AT LEAST 2 ½ HOURS BEFORE THE FLIGHT! LOOK AT YOUR FLIGHT SCHEDULE AGAIN… YES, ITS THAT EARLY….

TENTATIVE WORK SCHEDULE:
* Santa Ana (Tegucigalpa area): clean-up / paint / work on road
* Build 2 or 3 houses (Valle de Angeles and San Miguel)
* Comayagua church project (leveling road and digging drainage ditch); hospital visitation; orphanage visitation; possible medical work
* Work on Baxter’s retaining wall (Tegucigalpa)
* Valle de Angeles children’s home projects
* Stucco and paint inside of San Miguel’s church building (Tegucigalpa)
* San Miguel’s feeding program and food distribution (Tegucigalpa)
* Visitation at Hospital Esquela and Hospital San Philippe (Tegucigalpa)
* Visit orphanages and children’s homes (Tegucigalpa)
* VBS at Valle de Angeles (3 days)
* Devo at Jesus statue and @ Santa Lucia; dinner @ the Kluge’s
* Retreat at Hotel Copantyl

Faulkner men’s team soccer matches:
* Baxter University
* Los Pinaras Academy
* Honduras Air Force team
* University of Comayagua
* University of Honduras/ Tegucigalpa
* Cobras Elite Task Force team

Lodging in Tegucigalpa: Casa Gracia (Mission House)
Lodging in Comayagua: Hotel Moralas (2 days, 2 nights)
Retreat in Tegucigalpa: Hotel Copantyl

Our team will meet in Miami and will fly down together. Torch T-shirts and journals will be passed out at the Miami airport.

So, there ya go, more information than you thought could be possibly given out before a trip. As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I hope everyone is getting excited about the trips, I know I am! And, for those going in July, specific information about your trip is coming soon. Pray for success for the trips, may God always be glorified by what we say and do. God’s speed to all of you.

TR

16 comments:

JMA said...

You forgot a couple things on the supply list:
Heath candy bars for Jennifer (CHOCOLATE).
Snickers Marathon bars for Katie (she's healthy, ya know?).
Arby's food for Katrina (don't let it get cold).
A swimming pool for Alora (good luck with that one).
Strawberry Special K cereal for Randy (have you noticed the food theme?).
Peace and quiet for Melissa (can you get that at Wal-Mart?).

But, seriously, check my blog (www.jmarnold.blogspot.com) for a list of things needed for the feeding center at San Miguel. We would appreciate donations in good condition.

The Kluge's said...

Terry,
I'm sure you just assumed everyone will bring their Bible, but after working with kids for 25 years you know what happens when you assume anything.

Melissa

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I needed this and I am going shopping!

Anonymous said...

I have no idea what Cactus Juice is, maybe that is a Florida thing. Any suggestions on a specific type of bug spray? Are tennis shoes OK for closed toed shoes?

Terry Reeves said...

Cactus Juice is a bug repellant we buy down here, I am not sure if it is sold everywhere. If you can't find Cactus Juice, try to find a repellant that has Deet. Yes, tennis shoes are OK, so are work boots and hiking boots. Just want to protect your feet and toes, infections down there is not a pretty sight!

Terry

Anonymous said...

Just read your packing list, thanks! I also have a question, can I bring my 35mm camera or do you recommend a disposable? Can we buy more film down there if we run out?

Terry Reeves said...

Digital cameras, 35mm cameras, etc., are OK to bring, just know that you have to keep up with them. Anything of value is at risk of being stolen at work sites. A throw away camera is cheap, takes good photos, and if taken, is not a huge loss. Film can be bought down there but it is really expensive, nearly twice what it is here in the states. Bring plenty and sell it to your teammates to help fund your trip when they run out! (just joking....)

Terry

Anonymous said...

As a veteran Torcher I suggest that you pack your clothes (socks, t-shirts, etc.) in gallon sized zip lock bags before putting them in your suitcase. When you get to Honduras it will keep your clothes clean and organized while in your room and will also keep ants, bugs, etc., out of your clean clothes! Besides, the zip lock bags can be used for other stuff after you are done with them!

-Lane said...

Man oh man. TORCH memories. Terry, I promise i'll go with you again one day. Miss you brother. Go Yanks!

Anonymous said...

I have a couple of questions, if you don't mind. When we get to Nashville to check in, are we suppose to have tickets? Who will have them and give them out? Do we check our bags all the way to Honduras (Tegucigalpa?) or do we have to re-check our bags in Miami? Sorry for the questions, this is my first trip out of the country! Thanks for the other comments, they answered some of my other questions!!!

Terry Reeves said...

All May trip tickets are e-mail tickets this year so you don't have to worry about getting a ticket given to you ahead of time. You will just need your passport to check in. YOu will receive boarding passes AND LUGGAGE CLAIM TICKETS. It is VERY importnat that you do not loose those, you will need them to claim luggage in Tegucigalpa. this is VERY important!!! You will check your luggage all the way to Tegucigalpa, Honduras when you check in. Your bags will be tranferred from your plane for you. There will be people there in your group that have been before (Nathan Reeves, Sarah Bennie, etc.) that will help everyone get checked in. Thanks for the questions. See you soon!

Terry

Terry Reeves said...

I have received e-mails about how we will communicate back to the states during our trip. Brandy Barnett, my summer intern from F-HU, is going to be the communication coordinator this year and will be sending updates about our trip on this blogspot. Tell your family and friends to check this site to find out what we are doing on a daily basis. Also, we will have a computer set up for you to e-mail home (on a very limited basis) and everyone will have a chance to call from time to time. We will have an e-mail address for people to send you messages. Brandy will print those off and give them to you throughout the day when they come in. More about this later as the trip gets a little bit closer.
Also, everyone will get emergency phone numbers before you leave (not posted on the blog for security reasons). The trip is getting close, let me know if there are other questions that can be answered. Dios te bendega!

TR

JMA said...

It's official--I've been replaced! There is a certain amount of sadness that goes with reading "communication coordinator" without my name. However, there is FREEDOM! I loved the job, but I am happy to let it go. I love you, Brandy--have fun with it!

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