Sorry for the delay! We are all in Roatan enjoying one day off before returning home tomorrow. I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say that this trip has not only been life-altering for the people we have served here, but for each of us as well.
Here are a few of the things we were able to complete in the past several days:
I will try to add a bunch of pictures during one of our airport layovers tomorrow. Until then here is a pic that I feel encapsulates this past week:
This is Dean (left) with Daniel and his son. Daniel has worked as hard as anyone I’ve ever seen all week to help us do our jobs.
Today he thanked us for coming to his country to help his people.
His daughter was also sponsored to go to school by one of our team members.
Seeing joy and hope on the faces of people here is both life-giving and life-changing.
Day 4 – School Visits/Cont. Medical & Construction Projects
I just want to share one story.
While visiting some of the local schools today we were faced with more of what the children here have to deal with.
One student in the eleventh grade class we entered was asked to speak to us. She thanked everyone from the churches and the Rice Foundation for giving her the opportunity to study. It was only after leaving the class that we heard the full story behind this girl.
She had received a scholarship to attend school; about $600 per year. In the morning she wakes up between 3-4am to work with her family before attending school in the morning. When she returns home in the afternoon her mother usually requests that she works more for the family, making and selling tortillas.
Having seen how some of the people live here, this story broke my heart. The lack of a basic high school education is preventing so many children from being raised out of poverty.
Please pray for the young generation of Honduras that desperately needs to know that they are loved by God, and that they can do all things (including getting an education) through Christ who strengthens them.
Update: We were able to meet some of these students tonight (Day 5). Several kids were sponsored for another year of education by some of our team members!
Day 3 – Clinic/Construction Begin
Yet another eventful day in Copan.
We had four teams running today. Construction/clinical/dental/surgical.
Did you know that a couple hundred dollars worth of metal and some screws can change someone’s life for the next 20 years? Neither did we.
Our construction crew and some of the hardest working locals we have ever met replaced broken down roofs for two families. The new roofs will keep them dry in their homes for years and years.
The clinic was up and running completely for the first of three days. Our amazing team of medical professionals, and the rest of us :), were able to see 87 patients! Keldan even made balloon animals for some of the kids…they were all chickens.
Our dentists saw a ton more patients today as well completing more than 40 extractions and several fillings, even with some malfunctioning equipment. One of our youngest team members even got the chance to extract to extract a tooth for the first time!
The surgery center continued their roll from yesterday completing about 7 surgeries and a few more emergencies that you’d have to see to believe.
For example: In the hospital, GSW stands for gun shot wound. That is not something our team was expecting, let alone a 6 YEAR OLD GSW.
Yes that is the bullet our team pulled out of a patient.
We just closed out the night packing 100 meals for local families to hand out the next few days. Please pray that our work would not only help people physically but that they’d know that it is Jesus that brought us here.
Bonus story: Bud was speaking to one family through one of our incredible translators, named Oscar. There was concern over an area the children would play that was surrounded by charred wood containing long rusted nails.
Bud was trying to explain why he was hammering the nails flat when the grandmother said something. Oscar relayed the translation…“She said that she knows and would do it herself but she doesn’t have a hammer.”
Things that we take for granted can save lives here. Spending some time with the families today brought so much into perspective.
Day 2 – Village School/Surgery
Where to begin…
Today may have been one of the most eventful days in a lot of our lives. After eating breakfast as a team, we went to the medical clinic to prep for the triage/vision & dental/surgery/pharmacy patients the team will be seeing tomorrow. In the mid-morning most of us left the clinic to head to a remote mountain village.
Ricardo told us the drive would definitely take “more than one hour.” He was correct in his estimate. Four and half hours later, after what can only be explained as one of the most adventurous drives of all time, we arrived in the village that was, quite literally, on top of a mountain.
We got to help paint a new school for children who, when asked, all raised their hands to say they worked in the coffee fields to help support their families. The school will double as a church facility on the weekends and the children will get to learn about Jesus from their local pastor.
Several dental operations were completed a short walk from the school. Over 20 patients were seen (and twice that number of teeth were extracted) in only a few hours.
We had the honor to pray over the children and their mothers once both projects were complete. Then we made our way back to dinner just in time to catch the Eagles beat that other team. 😉
Meanwhile, the few people that remained in the clinic experienced some amazing things as well.
Before the school team had even left the clinic team began evaluations on over 50 people in need of surgery. Surgeries began in the early afternoon. 7 surgeries were scheduled and completed by a team of four of us plus a few much appreciated helpers.
What was supposed to be a shorter day in the surgery center, however, was altered by several emergency victims being rushed into the clinic operating room. You’ll have to ask that team about some of the details as they are too graphic to share here.
After helping with the unexpected emergency cases, the team headed back to the house and barely beat the village team home.
Please pray for strength and endurance for our team as we rest up for our first full day of clinic/construction tomorrow.
Day 1 – Travel
We are all here, safe at the mission house in Honduras! It’s funny that the book we are reading (Who You Are When No One’s Looking by Bill Hybels) teaches about endurance, because I know that after 27 hours straight of flights, layovers, and bus rides we all need it.
Here are some pics of how the day went:
After the travel…and Scott’s birthday massage…we had dinner as a team, where Ricardo from the Rice Foundation let us know we will be traveling into the “deep jungle” tomorrow. We will be doing some paint/renovation work on a school along with some dental work for the kids. The next day we will have the full medical clinic up and running and begin work on our construction projects.
Thanks for your continued prayers!
And just like that…we’re off! We will do our best to update this page daily with pictures and stories from our time in Honduras. Please check back regularly and keep us and the people we are serving in your prayers.