The meetings with the different businessmen and women went very well, and we were glad to know some of them would be at our first workshop that afternoon. We waited in the conference room the afternoon and watched them trickle in; some of them brought their young kids along, and quite a few seemed to know each other well. Our fearless translators joined up with each one of our three groups, accounting, marketing, and management. The tables had about 10 entrepreneurs around them at a time, and our translators, Jose, Libni, and Isaac helped us introduce ourselves to the group and have them do the same.
Jumping right into the workshops was somewhat of a struggle for some of the groups. This was expected, but, thanks to God, practice makes perfect. The entrepreneurs were at various levels with their specific businesses, some already standing for decades with an established name, while others might have only been around a year. This definitely made it difficult to encompass all of their businesses with what we had prepared. Trying to meet them where they stood individually proved frustrating with the language barrier present.
After going through our lesson models twice more, we began to realize areas that we could improve on and how we could smooth out all the rough pieces. The business men and women were very interactive the entire time, sharing ideas and asking questions across the table through the duration of our time together. It was especially encouraging to see the owners of the businesses we were able to visit earlier at the workshop, and some of us got the chance to talk to them in between sessions. One carpenter talked about past Taylor student workshops he had attended, and how he has been able to implement what he has learned to his workspace. Over the past two years he has been able to apply these lessons and see his company grow. He came back today because he knew that he always could learn something new.
The workshops here at Catacamas were beneficial to our team in more ways than we expected. We learned priceless information about local business of Honduras, what was most helpful for them during our time together, and what aspects of business they simply were not ready to dive into. All that we learned will definitely help us fine-tune our presentations when we head back to Tegucigalpa later this week. We were all incredibly grateful for this opportunity to share some of the knowledge we have gained through Taylor University, and be able to reflect Christ through the principles we emphasized.