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Honduras Trip 2018 Summary

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
- LaCuesta - opening greeting from Pam, translated by Charlie:  

Greetings and blessings from Lakeshore Fellowship Church and from those of us with you here today.  We thank God for bringing us safely back to LaCuesta.  We are very happy to be in LaCuesta today spending time renewing our relationship with you.

While we are here, we would like to visit with you to hear about the water project and how it has changed the way you work in your homes.  We want to know what parts of your life the water has made better.  And we want to know what challenges you still face in your daily lives.  

Tomorrow after lunch we are planning a lesson for the children and their families.  We will have games and songs, and a project that we can do together.   

Thank you for so warmly welcoming us into your community.  It makes my heart happy to be here with you again.  

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

Eleven of us left Grand Rapids for LaUnion.  Our trip this year included Pam/Doug Heins, Bill/Kathy Boyd, Karin and Audrey Abbott,  Tom Spelman,  Randy Deater, Tracy and Lauren Boehnke and Aldea Coffee employee Brittany Goode.   Aldea Development employee, Heather, met us at the airport in San Pedro Sula and we were on our way.  It was an uneventful trip up the mountain, even though we had to stop a couple times along the way to pour water into the radiator of the bus.   

Wednesday, June 20th was our first day in LaCuesta and it was nice to see our dear friends. After my greeting (above) Francisca gave the opening prayer.  Carlos Lopez and Juanita then shook hands with each and every one of us.  We met the new teacher, Minor Juarez.  The older kids did a skit and dance for us and the younger kids pulled almost all of us off our chairs to dance and laugh with them.  This is actually meaningful because it was not too long ago that they were too shy to interact with us.   

Santos Lopez, head of the water project welcomed us by saying the village of LaCuesta is happy and blessed by the water project.  Thank you from the community, and he thanked God and us for the pilas.  He hopes we can continue our relationship with the community.  We then took a walking tour of the pilas, all 15 are done and it was nice to see how they had made them part of their lives.  After lunch of baleadas (made by Alicia)  we walked up the road to where Martir was soldering posts for our project.  On the way back we spoke to Maria, who did not get water to her house because her husband did not participate in the water project.  I am praying for Maria, she has a hard life.  After that we drove up to the water source, talked about the project, and “most” of us walked the length of it back down. The walk was awesome, it was informative, the mountain views were beautiful and we all learned from it.   It was a long day, my Fitbit registered 5 miles!    

Thursday, June 21

This day we went up the water source and helped to unload large fence  posts for the ‘protect the source’ project and 100 lb bags of cement.  Many hands make light work. The ladies came down to interview Delores and Francisca about how the water project has influenced their lives.  

We had lunch and then had our VBS activity at the school.  Our theme was This Little Light of Mine and we had crafts and activities to go along.  Karin did balloons with many helpers 

Friday, June 22 

We went back to LaCuesta on Friday to make ticucos (little corn bread roll ups) at Juanita’s and pan (bread) at Delores’s. While at Juanita’s, she served us her delicious clove coffee and fresh bananas.  We had a lovely lunch prepared by Alicia on Delores’s patio.  We came back to town for a Benificio tour led by Charlie, we toured the bi-lingual school (Mr. Perdomo gave us a tour of the computer and new science lab) and we visited the orphans at Casa Hogar.  

Saturday, June 23 

Our last day in LaCuesta, on the way up, we stopped at a typical sugar cane maker’s house, complete with oxen to grind down the cane.  

When we arrived at LaCuesta,  Francesca gave their departing words.  She told us that they had felt forgotten as a community and through us, they now feel the arms of God around them.  She thanked us for the time spent in their homes, and the care and fellowship we showed them.  Juanita said she was thankful for the community and the time spent at her home.  She thanked God for us and our work, we are their brothers and sisters in Christ.  She thanked us also for the time spent on the project and for the connection that keeps LFC ad LaCuesta together.  She went on to thank Charlie for being present in their lives and all the rides he gives them to and from LaUnion.  She prays that God watches over us and our community and that He brings us back.   

Randy spoke and said thanks for bringing our 2 communities together.  He looks forward to seeing how God will work to bring us together again, to His glory.  Kathy thanked God for bringing us together and to Aldea Development for making our partnership possible.  Kathy passed out towels and the LFC picture cards to the group as our farewell gift.  Karin did balloons again for the kids and then we went to Delores’s house for delicious pan and coffee. We had lunch at the school and then did a prayer walk up the mountain behind Juanita’s house.  Someone thought this was a good idea!   We actually had a good many of the townspeople walk up with us and it was a beautiful place for prayer.  We stopped on our way down for more clove coffee at Juanita’s and said our goodbyes.  

(An interesting note: on the way up and down we walked over the little creek with rocks and boulders where Delores did her laundry prior to getting her pila.)  

Sunday, June 24 

Sunday morning we went to church and in the afternoon did a prayer walk in LaUnion.  We met in the park and Heather’s girls youth group came with us.  From the park we walked up the hill to the Catholic Church tower and we passed out stickers to the children along the way.  By the time we got to the tower, we had MANY children with us.  Karin did balloons again and Heather, Mike and Henry led the children in an impromptu bible lesson.  It was a pretty amazing afternoon.  

We then went to Aviva for an afternoon social, complete with a violin recital.  Dinner at Alicia’s and packing that night.

Monday, June 25

Depart LaUnion day.  Final breakfast and goodbyes at Alicia’s.  We loaded the bus and Charlie and Yovany (driver)  took us back down the mountain.  Thanks to Bill, we had one more event in San Pedro Sula.  We all got back in the bus for dinner and picked up Gloria, a former bilingual school student and took her to dinner with us.  Gloria is now an air traffic controller at SAP.  Interesting to reflect on how the Lord has blessed LaUnion with the Vida Abundante bilingual school, giving the children of LaUnion and the surrounding aldeas opportunities they would not have otherwise had.  

Then 8 years ago, Aldea Development comes into town, and brings these bright young people into our group as translators.  What happens next… relationships are formed that bless us as much as these young people are blessed.

Tuesday, June 26

Depart our hotel for the SAP airport and our flight home.  Once again a trip where God blessed us every step of the way.

These are the prayer requests that I recorded in my journal throughout the week:

 Francisca’s aunt has a broken wrist and is in a great deal of pain.  (We have since sent a small amount of money over and she has gone to the doctor.)

  1. Juanita, our gracious hostess on 2 occasions, has no electricity.
  2. The school in LaCuesta has no electricity.
  3. Maria, no water, husband could not help with the project, which is a requirement to get water.  
  4. Another (name was not provided) person who lives in LaCuesta but also has no water.  He was unable to work on the project.  
  5. Doná Tomasa and her husband, he just had hernia surgery.
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