Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Washing feet like Jesus

We spent another long hot sweaty day at Agua Aria.  Our mission was to finish some of the jobs we started yesterday.

1.        Finish building the playground (I was so busy working that I really didn’t get to see it, but it was supposed to have been awesome.  I’m hoping I can get pictures off of FB later, but I think it resembled a tree house.

2.       Finish the medical clinic (Our nurse, Sarah, ran it since Dr. Jorge had to go back to Teguc.

3.       Finish the clothing distribution

4.       Diane also had another ladies’ Bible class

5.       Hold the last night of our gospel meeting
The noise from the torrential downpour competed with the sermon.

I worked handing out clothing again.  Note for next year:  Honduran ladies like skirts and dresses.  They do not wear XL, 2XL, 3X.  Their feet (bot h men and women) are small.  The men really like shirts with collars and usually wear small or large. 
clothing distribution

We didn’t have enough men’s’ pants or shoes.  Next year, I think I will not only clean out my sons’ closets, but I think I will go to Goodwill on the 50% off day and buy some of those things.

Brett and Judy are a young couple who were originally from Canada and one or both of them have been on every Torch trip I have been on, and they have gone on many before that. 

Reed, our youngest Torch member

 Year before last they brought their one-year old daughter on a Torch trip.  They have decided that they want their daughter’s earliest memories to be about mission trips.  They have her here this year and she is now three. 

Reed picking out toys to give some of the children.  I'm sorry it's so dark, they don't have electricity only natural light.

 She was working where we were handing out clothes.  We have been giving the children small toys as they came in.  It was an amazing sightseeing her handing out toys in this hot airless building.  She has a sweet disposition and I haven’t seen her get cranky or upset once.

Look closely, do you see something hidden in the mud.

 Today, I stopped around 3 to go and help Diane with her Ladies’ Bible class.  She spoke to them about serving others and talked about how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. 

We would take about five ladies at a time, wash their feet, use a sugar scrub, try them and give them a pair of flip-flops or sandals.  The women loved it, and were very appreciative.  I have to say that may have been my most enjoyable experience on this mission trip.

The gospel meeting got a late start because we waited on those who were building the playground.  Right as we were starting a huge storm brewed up.  You have never heard noise until you have heard a heavy downpour on a tin roof. 

Luckily, our speaker and translator were loud of enough for us to hear them!!!  We finished the service and one of the town leaders spoke to us and thanked us many times. 

Timoteo came back to our evening devo to thank us once again and to tell us good-bye.  He told us there was a lady who came in from another village and had left at 2 am to come to our medical clinic at 5 am.  We knows these people have a hard life, but it takes hearing stories like that to put it into perspective!! It was such an honor to serve these people.  They were so kind and gracious!!!

Tomorrow we will be traveling back to Teguc and we probably won’t get on the road till around 9:30 am.  It is around a 4 hour drive, so it will be a chance to rest and catch up on our sleep.  We have been working hard every day, and we are tired!!!!



  1. Another good day! Remember wen we had pigs?Love Mom

  2. I loved reading about Brett, Judy and their three year old daughter. What a great lesson she is learning as she grows up going on mission trips every year. Thanks for sharing another great blog with excellent pictures. Take care and God Bless.

  3. Patty, I am glad you mentioned your blog on FB so I would go hunting for it. I'll have to go back and catch up. I am so impressed by what you are doing, such a blessing for the people you are helping - and for yourself and opening your own heart. I have been trying (ha!) to be more circumspect about buying jewelry lately, but obviously I need to consider "helping" you: PERFECT EXCUSE you have given me to remind me it's to support your mission work!
    Holding you and your work in the Light, Peggy

  4. Thank you Peggy! Most of all of appreciate your encouragement. I'm just glad that I am able to come every year! It is a highlight of my life and a blessing to me!!!