We started out the day by waking up at 5 am. The team decided to get up early to watch the sunrise! It was so beautiful to see the sun come up over the mountains. We were near the lake at El Sembrador so everything was reflecting off of the water. Then we had an amazing breakfast and set out to continue working on our projects. Some went to work on the sidewalk and some went to paint in one of the barns at the farm. We worked until lunch time and then it was time for an adventure. We had the opportunity to travel up the mountains. There are several caves up there and we were able to take a tour through one. It was such a great experience and just captivating. After getting back from the caves, we had some time to get all dressed up for dinner. We had dinner in town instead of here at the farm. We ate at a restaurant called Iguanas. The had a small outdoor zoo and we actually got a chance to play with the monkeys there. We had so much food and it just kept coming. We also had these great fruit drinks in big glass chalice. This was a perfect ending to a great day and week so far. When we got back, we had time to play soccer with the boys. They are so much fun to hang out with. Tomorrow is the busiest day of our week so we would appreciate your prayers. Thanks again for your support and we can´t wait to see how God will work through us again tomorrow.
We can´t believe that the week is already half way over! It´s going by so fast and we are having a great time. Today, we went back to the school we went to yesterday. We finished the trench project and were able to set the pipes so that they can bring fresh water into the school. Because we finished so early, we were able to pass out many gifts to the children there. Also while we worked, we were able to play with the kids. They loved the balloons and bubbles that we brought. A few soccer games broke out occasionally. After we got back and had lunch, it was time to work here at El Sembrador. We are in the process of putting in a new sidewalk for the students and staff because during the raining season in Honduras, it gets very muddy walking to classes. Today, we dug up the grass with pick axes and shovels. The dirt here is very hard and there are a lot of rocks. It was hard work and we got a lot of blisters, but it will be so worth it when it is finished. Hopefully we will finish the sidewalk by the end of the week. Tonight we went to our last church service and performed our dramas again. They went very well and the people in the church seemed to enjoy them. Our performance for each drama has improved from the beginning of the week, which will get us ready for Friday…our big performance. We will be performing for the students here at El Sembrador. after the service, we passed out more candy and toys to the children there. God has really had his hand in every moment of this trip and it has been a blessing. It´s been really exciting to see how he has worked through us and we can´t wait to see what tomorrow brings. Thanks so much for your prayers and continue to lift us and the Hondurans up as the week goes on!
Hey everybody! Thanks for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. Today was another eventful and incredible day! We were able to start our main construction project as well as perform for another local church tonight. Everything went really well and the crowd seemed to enjoy the dramas and testimonies! They say a picture says 1,000 words so we thought we would let these write the blog for us. Enjoy!
Sorry for the late entry, but we have had connection issues with the internet down here. We arrived safely in Tegucigalpa at around noon yesterday. We were greeted by one of our teammate’s parents, who are from Honduras. Leslie (our guide for the week) and three Taylor grads who are working in Tegucigalpa also met us at the airport for lunch. Then it was time for our four hour bus ride to El Sembrador in the town of Catacamas. We were amazed by the beauty of the surrounding land and small cities that we passed through. After we arrived at El Sembrador, we moved in and had a delicious home cooked meal. The food and facilities are both outstanding! After dinner, we were able to interact with the boys who live here and are students here. We played soccer with them and were able to engage in conversations despite our language barrier. Our language barrier can be a road block, but we know that God can and will work through that as we have seen evidence so far. Please continue to pray for our team and that we are able to be used however God wants us to this week.
Today, we got up early for breakfast and had a small team devotional before touring the school. We were able to visit several classrooms and introduce ourselves to the teachers and students. After the tour, we had a presentation on the cultural differences of the United States and Honduras. It will be good for us this week to be aware of these differences. This afternoon, we got the chance to tour the farm. We were amazed by the variety of scenery from mountains to corn, the scenery was very different than good ol’ Upland. There were all kinds of animals such as cattle, horses, water buffalo, pigs, and howling monkeys (yes, you read that right, we saw actual monkeys outside of a zoo!) We also got some time to help the boys at the school with their daily chores. They ranged from raking leaves to feeding cows. Tonight we visited a small village to perform our three dramas and share our testimonies for the people during a church service. Before the service, we were able to pass out candy and some toys to the many small children. We got back and had our devotional time and now have an opportunity to play sports with the boys.