Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Honduras: Rule #1, Don't lose your passport!!!

Monday, June 25, 2012    (The internet is soooooo slow, so I won't be able to upload any pictures tonight.  It should be better when we get to Catacamas tomorrow, so look for a post with pics tomorrow!!)

(Please forgive all of the typos and grammatical errors, because of tiredness and poor internet; I won’t be able to edit this closely!)

I spent yesterday and the better part of today packing our stuff for Honduras.  It didn’t help that Taylor had a semester’s worth of clothes that had to be washed today before we could back. I also had to make my sixth trip (it seemed like) to Wal-Mart to get a couple last minute things I was missing.

My alarm is set for 2:45 am and I think I have everything about ready.  I’ll be taking our 3 suitcases, 2 backpacks and my travel “purse” out to the car tonight….Cross your fingers.  I’ll try to post something tomorrow night after we get there.  They are an hour behind us and we are supposed to touch down in the early afternoon.

Tuesday, Welcome to Honduras

I went to bed early, but woke up wide awake at 1:00, I tried to go back to sleep for about 20 minutes until I decided that wasn’t working.  I watched some TV and I started getting sleepy, but decided then it was too late to go back to sleep. So I gave up and got up around 2:30.  Taylor and I made it to the airport around 4:20, and there was already a huge line.  It seemed that there were probably about 60 people going on different mission trips.  We stood in line, but it wasn’t too bad.  Our flight to Miami was uneventful.  We landed and got off the plane and that was when the fun began………………………….

There is a saying we use down here.  It’s “Welcome to Honduras”.  That means prepare for things to not go as planned.  We couldn’t blame this incident on Honduras, because we hadn’t left Miami yet.  We were sitting waiting to board our plane when our leader, Terry, started looking for his passport.  He looked everywhere and couldn’t find it.  He went up to the gate, but they told him he couldn’t board without his passport.  By that time, we had to leave him as he was still trying to work something out.  He gave my friend, Diane, (She is the senior person here, who has been here the most.) some last minute instructions.

When landed in Honduras, some of our group called him, and he is using his connections to get a new passport made and he is supposed to be here tomorrow by noon!!!! I was very proud of our group, we managed to get through customs, take up all 16 of the advance teams passports, (Passports are so valuable here, and we don’t carry them!!) get our suitcases on the school bus, and go to lunch.  Even though most of us were running on 4 hours of sleep or less, we went to the bodega to sort and organize boxes.

Tonight, we go to the Mission House around 7:30 had a late dinner and a short devotional.  Everyone is BEAT and ready for bed.  Tomorrow, we will be working on the bodega again, and some of the interns will be working on their skits for VBS.  I’m tired, so it’s time to sign off.  Right now we don’t have internet, so I’m hoping to be able to post this sometime tomorrow!!!

Good-night!!!!  Thank you for all of your prayers for our safety!!

Tuesday:  Clothes, clothes, clothes, clothes & more clothes

Today we had the daunting task of sorting clothes that had been donated from the states.  We started around 10 am, had a break for lunch and then worked till 6:30 pm.  We might have finished, but we didn’t  have any boxes left to put the sorted clothes in. We were 99.1% finished, but we had to stop because of the time.

Terry, our fearless leader did make it back!  He was able to get a new passport in record time in Miami!!!  The group will be coming in around noon tomorrow, and we will be leaving for Catacamas.  We went there year before last.  It is a smaller town and we will be working with a local congregation there.  I will let you go for now because I’m sure it will take forever for me to upload the few pictures that I have!

Until next time!!  xoxoPJ


  1. Good to hear from you! xoxo Mom

  2. Well, that was a very eventful start to the Mission trip! Glad Terry was able to get his passport so quickly. Looking forward to reading every entry in your blog while you are there in Honduras. :~)