"...His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion says my soul, therefore I will hope in Him."
This song always reminds me of Honduras, so it's always a great day when we sing it here. My very first year in Honduras, I went around singing this song all day with a few other girls. It was basically our theme song, and a great one at that. Isn't it reassuring to know that the Lord's love is steadfast? It never ceases! He is the rock our life is founded on, if we choose to let Him be. I can't think of a better foundation for your life. Speaking of foundations..."Jesus you're my firm foundation. I know I can stand secure." I have a lot of songs on my mind since our devo tonight was dedicated to singing.
It was another long day here in Choluteca, and a hot one at that. According to the weather channel it was only 95 degrees, but the humidity must have been 99% because it didn't rain a drop and I was dripping wet most of the day. Regardless of the conditions, we had a lot of work to do and we all worked very hard. First on the agenda when we arrived in Agua Agria was the dedication of the young preacher's house, who at the moment I fail to recall his name. This house was built with funds raised by a team member, Holly's family. She was happy to be able to work on this house the past few days and also be there to present it to this hard-working brother in Christ. After hiking back down the hill from the house, most of the group made their way back to the school to begin the clothing distribution. At the beginning, we had a room full of clothes, shoes, and toys. By the end, it was pretty empty. While I don't have a count for how many families we distributed to today, I know many Hondurans are grateful to be better clothed, especially those lucky enough to have new fitting shoes. There was still a lot to get done on Nahum's house today, so a sizable group worked there making finishing touches on the house, like windows and doors. And finally painting, which took a little longer than expected, but it was finished before we left for the day. We even added landscaping to this house so it's the nicest house I have ever seen built by TORCH. My parents will be proud to know I gathered rocks from a creek bed for a rock path way. This house and classroom was funded by the Bell Shoals church of Christ so we are thankful for their contribution and hope they are happy with the result.
The afternoon for a lot of our group was spent with the Daughters of the King. The word from Mrs. Sandi Haab is that they had about 50 girls. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Daughters of the King, this is where we bring the little girls in and basically treat them like princesses. We wash their hair and feet, and then fix their hair and paint their toenails. It is a great experience for everyone involved, and it is truly humbling to serve these young girls and show them what it's like to be a beautiful daughter of the Lord. The last "project" of the day was our soccer game. It was not as enjoyable as it could have been if the sun had not been beating down on us, but we were playing fútbol so of course we were all pumped about it! The final score I was told was 4-5, the Americans losing to the Hondurans. How reliable that score is I'm not sure since they dominated the first half, but I think they out numbered us at the time. Then the second half, we evened out the teams number-wise, but got their star player. Honestly, we weren't playing to keep score, we played to delve into a sport with locals who value this recreation. Fútbol here is not just a game, it's a way of life. You grow up learning to play as soon as you start walking (I saw this in action today with a little boy and I assume his father). Our day in the village was concluded with church service with our brothers and sisters at the congregation. Pictures will be up later of the houses, and the group photo we took.
Tomorrow's agenda consists of very little. The plan is to leave at 10 in the morning for Tegucigalpa. When we arrive we'll be sorting and packing food, having orientation to the mission house, eating supper and then devo (which will hopefully be entirely Ustream-ed since the internet is 10x reliable there). Everyone is pretty worn out from the past few days, so we hope to revamp with sleeping in tomorrow and getting some rest on a travel day. Continue the prayers for our group here and for all the other missionaries in the world who have dedicated their lives to bringing the word of God to those in need.
In Christ Alone,