July 4, 2012 (posted July 5)
Day 7 of our 10-day mission trip
We are on Day 7 of our Honduras Missions trip. Three fourths of this trip is over and we are heading towards the end. The last week has been filled with amazing, heart warming, emotional, difficult, and rewarding experiences. One thing we have always said about this trip, is that it flies by so fast! And it certainly has. 3 days from now some of us will be on a plane back to the states! There is nothing quite like being in Honduras on the day our own country is celebrating its independence day! Some of the TORCH crew showed up to breakfast in red, white and blue and even some went the extra mile wearing USA clothing. During morning devo we were blessed with great music and a morning message. Before dismissal we even sang the national anthem. Though America was on our minds, we knew we still had more work to do in Honduras.
We separated into two groups; one group to the village of Mololola and another to Breaking Chains, a shelter started by a past TORCH missionary. The Mololola group separated into two groups of 16. The first half of us was the construction crew who built a wonderful house paid and dedicated by Patty Johnson at the top of Mololola. It was hard, but rewarding work. Randi Grossman and I especially enjoyed getting up on roof and building! Plus the view from the house could not be beat. Everyone was blown away by how dedicated the crew was and how fast the house was put up. 3 ½ hours was all it took. It was a record in TORCH house building history! The other 16 of us went to do VBS at the church, help and play with the little ones at the day care, and serve food at the feeding station. The VBS had 115 children attend where they had games, skits, and play time with the kids. They all had a blast! The feeding station fed over 100 children, with our team rotating in and out to help serve and feed. At the day care, we played with the kids and cleaned their play, kitchen, and lunch areas. The Mololola day was a success and many families went home with smiles on their faces, full bellies, and a roof over some heads.
The 2nd half of our group went on to do a large painting project at Breaking Chains. The 17 of them first dusted off the walls of the building to prep for paint. After prep they painted the hallways, the entryway, and other parts as well. They brought down old wood that was once their roof from the top of the building for the staff and families to use as fire wood for warmth and cooking. They played with many of the children that stay in the shelter and even got to make their dinner: Green beans and onions with pork rinds (fresh out of Frenchy’s onions here in Hondo…). Drake Fenlon especially enjoyed making the dinner and playing with the kids. It was a new place and experience for all.
We finished the day with a taco style meal and time of devotion and fellowship, and celebration of the fourth of July. With red, white, and blue drinks and cinnamon rolls, we all had a great night together.
Please continue to pray for our efforts and the people of Honduras. Mission Team #1 is almost done here!