Saturday, June 30, 2012

Day 1 Thoughts

Her Thoughts -

We've finally made it to Honduras!  I was a bit anxious when we got to Miami since the rest of the group wasn't there yet.  I was hoping they would arrive first so we could easily spot a group of 30+ people!  But thankfully they finally arrived! I made Derek go ask a man I thought I recognized if he was part of the trip and thankfully he was otherwise I may have been a bit embarrased.  So far everyone seems very nice.  Our host family is very accomodating. Both Roger and Gisella speak English! We will get to meet their little one, Natalia, tomorrow morning. She is 4 years old.  I'm excited to head into the village tomorrow. I'm both excited and a bit anxious for Derek to see the mission side of me.  For years I prayed for am an who would have a missional heart and now I get to see if we share the same passion.  Mission trips have been a part of my life since I was 13.  Since I got my teaching job in New Orleans I haven't been on a mission trip so this is such a good feeling to be back in another country sharing God's love again!  Well I'm off to bed, we have an early start tomorrow!

His Thoughts- 

Today we left New Orleans for Miami.  Before we left New Orleans we watched the Marshalls take a man into custody.  The man didn't look suprised when it happened.  Guilty or not would be the question.  When arriving at our gate we had our id's checked by TSA while we were sitting down.  It really seemed like they a security threat or something today with extra security around the airport.  When we arrived in Miami we waited forever (just a figure of speech) for everyone else to arrive from another flight.  Amy made me go ask a man if he was with a mission trip to Honduras and thankfully he was.  After awhile everyone else started to arrive.  Our flight got delayed because the stewardess was sick.  With Miami behind us we arrived in Honduras.  Getting passed check point and customs wasn't very bad, just make sure your paperwork is done on the plane.  My wife Amy remembered a lot about filling the stuff out.  We got everything out to the buses and began loading the never ending black bags!!! It was REALLY hot out! We all loaded onto the next bus (first one was full from all the bags) and headed out of the airport.  By the way "no pictures at the airport!" While heading to the chicken place to eat we saw many broken down houses and even a man with an assult rifle in front of the gas station guarding it.  Having a sense of poverty growing up really does not compare to another country like this one.  Classic spanish food was next on the list.  It was very good.  We all talked and got assigned our host family's.  Our host family lives in a place protected by an armed guard.  Our host family is very nice.  They welcomed us into their home with open arms.  Now that we've finsihed sorting through our stuff it's time for bed.

Friday, June 29, 2012

That Moment

Since I started going on mission trips the summer of my 13th birthday there's one thing I've discovered upon returning. Shortly after returning from a mission trip there is always that one moment where you find yourself in tears. Sometimes it happens while making dinner, other times while you are telling people about your trip, and then there's the times when it comes for some random reason while you are in the middle of doing something. Well I had "that moment" today. But first the background to my moment.

While in Honduras we learned that one of the traditions is to leave your shoes in the village the last day of work. Derek and I decided we would go along with this tradition and as the last few minutes of the work day approached we went to change into our sandals that we left on the bus. I then had Derek hand my shoes to a young girl that was waiting outside our bus. Derek left his shoes for one of the village men who had helped with building the school. It was a great feeling to be able to bless someone with a pair of shoes knowing I could buy new ones at home but this little girl may not get another pair of shoes for quite awhile.

All was well with the shoe giving until this afternoon. I wouldn't say I'm a shoe buying freak but I do like shoes. I decided I would head to a few stores to see if I could find a pair of shoes to replace my shoes I gave away. As I walked down each aisle of different shoes I started to think of all the children in the village who had only one pair of shoes or no shoes at all. Suddenly there I was standing in the middle of the shoe store with tears running down my eyes. Thankfully no one was in the aisle with me or they may have thought I was nuts! I gathered myself back together and walked back to my car. How could I go buy new shoes knowing that I have 3 or 4  (or more) other pairs at home when there are children all over the world who don't have a pair of shoes to wear? Yes, I understand that here in the US we need shoes to get into places and I'm not telling everyone they need to never buy a pair of shoes again.

After a few hours of thought I've decided it's not about the fact that I can't buy new shoes it's the fact that I CAN buy new shoes that I need to be thankful for. I am forever thankful to God and my parents that I have never had to walk around without shoes like so many children of the world have to do.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Shortly after we married we decided we wanted to celebrate our anniversary in a non-traditional way.  I started to research some different mission trips and stumbled upon Hearts for Honduras mission trip.  Several years ago I had went on a mission trip with this group that had touched my life.  It just so happened that they were going on a mission trip just 8 days after our anniversary.  After some prayer we decided this was what God was calling us to do. The following posts are some of our thoughts while on the trip and those from the days after.  We are excited to share our mission trip journey with you as well as the journey of our life together!