Each morning one of the men or guys leads a devo. This morning it was Caleb Beggs. We have already been noticing him because we know his mom Becky. First of all, he is about 6 '+ tall, has beautiful blue eyes and a wonderful attitude. I believe he has quickly become one of everyone's favorites here. He jumps right in and does whatever he needs to do. He does it with a smile on his face and no questions. His devo was about what he has learned on this trip. I took notes and could tell you word for word and you would enjoy it, but I don't have my notes with me.
This is Reid. She is only 6 and this is her third mission trip here. Her little brother, Carter, came for the first time this year. Her parents, Brett and Judy, have been coming about 15 years or more!!!
One of the main points that I remember is that Caleb said that Honduras will teach you where you are in your life. He said that previously he had been "walking" in his Christian life. 1Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. When we are in Honduras, we see the need to run in our Christian walk. There is much work to be done. We don't want to walk into heaven!!!
Thursday was our last official work day and these were our work choices.
1. The last house build. (This was a Western Hills church of Christ house.) Jo Dawn and her daughter went on this one. They love building.
2. Paint the newly built classrooms (If you remember, this community has gotten chairs, school desks and other furniture that had been donated and shipped from the US.)
3. Medical clinic
5. Ladies' Bible class
6. Daughters of the King (We pamper the young girls and ladies by washing their hair, painting their nails and washing their feet. We do this because women and young girls seem to be looked down on in this culture, at least in the poor communities. We especially like our young men to take part in this, so they can set an example.)
(These are the sights on the way to the lady's cool pulperia. Look at the pictures closely!!)
I chose to help Diane with her ladies' Bible class. Michelle Castillo was our interpreter. She is the daughter of the family that runs Didasko. Also, Catie Sellers, from PA was going to do part of the lesson. She has been working on speaking in Lads to Leaders. I guess I was there for crowd control.
We had our class in one of the newly built classrooms. Right away, I could see that the babies might be noisy. I started sharing some cookies that I had, but as more ladies came in, I could see I didn't have enough. I decided to take a hike down to the nearest "pulperia" (a small store many of the locals have in their house). When I got back Diane was finishing up and starting the final part of her lesson.
As last year, she had purchased nice Spanish Bibles. She had ladies in her church write a prayer inside. She took a picture of that lady and taped it inside the Bible. The Honduran ladies were asked to write a prayer for that lady on a card, then Diane took their picture with an Instamatic camera and put it in the card to take back to the ladies in the US. Everything went pretty well, but when the word got around that we were handing out Bibles, ladies came out of the woodwork. In total, we gave over 35 Bibles away.
(see the cookie)
We finished as well as the paint crew and 5:30 came and went. The busdriver started getting restless and said we need to go. This little rural community didn't have electricity and he said it was best to not stay any later. Exactly why, I'm not sure, but these guys know Honduras and they watch out for us. I guess the clinic was on their last 5 patients (Many of these people had waited all day.) So, they finished up and we pulled out around 5:50. That is very late for us. I think it is safer if we get back to the Mission House by 4 or 5.