5 Weeks in Los Laureles with the kids

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Marta is the first person that we always meet at los Laureles. We go to her house right when we get there to rest a little bit after a hot ride or walk out there. Sitting on a chair under a tree we start asking her about her day, and she also asks us questions. She has 8 kids. Her kids are always jumping on us and playing with us they: love being with us, and we love being with them too.

Martha’s kids

Marta’s kids always like to jump on the backs of Nick and John when we go out to the comunity dump. One day John gave a paper to the little “Mateito” to write his name, but he couldn’t but John held his hand and helped him to write his name. And when John did help him to write his name he was soo happy! He started to laugh, you should have see his face he was so happy that John helped him to write his name he loved it.


We see Checho every day; he is with Matt a lot and he loves being with us too.  Walking one day from the mountains with Checho I got the chance to ask him about his life, like what would you like to do in the coming  years. He says to me that he will start working more. He said he likes doing what I am doing but he said that he doesn’t have money to do missions at this point. Then I said to him that when I started to apply for YES  I did not have enough money, but I just started praying to God and saying to him “God if you need me to go on this mission please help me.” And look here I am. I hopefully gave him some hope and it was a nice conversation .

Poni and Dino

These young  boys are so funny. They love playing with us and making fun with us I love them so much. On day John, Nick, and I played soccer at Matt’s house at the comunity. Americans and one European against Dino and Pani and his brother Cesar: and we won. I don’t know what else to say for them but I can say that they always like to play with us and they seem to always be in a good mood.

Helping the youth group

Thursdays there is a youth group from the Mennonite Church that comes to Los Laureles to tell storys to the kids and sing.  They love worshiping  Jesus and they sing so nice. After songs they draw and they like to paint and they paint very good. Doing that every Thursday has been helpful for us to speak more Spanish and to build a relationship with the kids there.


Duk is a good soccer player and when I play soccer I try to be with him because I know that he plays good and that we will win if we are together. I love playing soccer in Honduras because the kids are so good at playing  soccer, and they play soccer every afternoon. Duk is always there playing soccer with his friends.

At the University

We went at 8:00 in the morning to Los Laureles to get the kids to take them to the University where there was a party for them. It was fun to go house to house to tell them to come with us to the University because there is a party. We got 17 kids to go, so we went to the University, played soccer, sang songs,  drank soda, ate sandwiches and candies, and we had cake in the end. It was a nice time and the kids really liked being there, and they gave a big thanks to the College students.

By: Jetmir


What have the first 5 weeks looked like?

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To check out a video we recently made of some of the sights and experiences of the first 5 weeks in La Ceiba, Honduras and surrounding areas, check out this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkIvgUFJ0iY&feature=g-hist


Anyone who’s ever written a blog at some point or another probably knows that choosing a topic that is both interesting and relevant can be a bit of a challenge, but for me today that’s not a problem.  I’m going to write today about traffic laws in Honduras.

















Hmm, I’ve still got some time so maybe I can write about something else.  I suppose I could tell the story about the worst Ferris Wheel experience ever (apparently Ferris Wheels in Honduras are supposed to be the ultimate “thrill” experience, but they’re nothing short of terrifying in several ways.  I suppose it’s a story for another time).  I could talk about some of our recent excursions to the rivers, beaches, and mountains of the area, or about how hot it is here.

Ok, I suppose I need to vent just a little since I mentioned heat.  The last couple weeks have been nothing short of sweltering.  It’s pretty much sweat from the time we step outside in the morning, or earlier, till sometime in the middle of the night.  For some reason, the builders of our apartment neglected to think about any type of ventilation, so even when there are beautiful cool breezes off the ocean in the evenings, our apartment stays a stuffy 90+ degrees till way after 11.  Nick and I have been tempted many a time to knock a hole, even if it’s just a small one, in our north wall.  I can just imagine the breeze now….

Anyway, in all seriousness, I wanted to spend a bit of time reflecting on our time spent so far with the kids in the Los Laureles community and our time with various other people we have met during our time here.  As most of you reading this are probably aware, the first month that we have been here was mainly focused on cultural adaptation, language learning, and relationships.  We “graduated” from the language school where we have been occupied in the mornings last Friday, which marks the beginning of a new chapter for us as we will now devote all day to the Laureles community and related work.

So, what have we been doing here.  The days seem to have developed a bit of a pattern for us.  We walk up from the language school, and by the time we’re close start spotting some of the kids we’ve gotten to know.  We have a little chat, then ask where Mateo (Matt) is.  We’ve learned that answering based on facts really isn’t important to many people in Honduras, its more important to answer, so we usually get different answers from every kid.  Then we arrive at Martha’s house.  Martha seems to be one of the Matriarchs of the community, and there’s always a good deal of people and kids hanging around her house.  We pull up chairs, stumps, or rocks and enjoy a relaxing bit of time with her and the people there before connecting with Mateo.

From there, we do any number of things.  Depending on the day, we might load up a pickup with barrels, head to El Centro, and haul water back for cleaning, bathing, etc.  It’s not an easy task, and as Nick and I have discovered, it can be dangerous when not done correctly.  We also help out with various activities with the young kids, whether it be playing games, helping with Bible story lessons, or just engaging in spontaneous things.  Then there’s more in-depth Bible studies that we’ve sat in on, as well as a lot of visiting and relationship building.

In the next two months, we will continue these things, but will also begin doing some things on our own.  There seems to be a group of guys we have really been connecting well with, and hope to deepen these relationships and help mentor/ be an example for them.  There’s work projects to do, soil sampling, and other things that will come down the pipe.

We’ve also been blessed to have been able to get to know a bunch of the people from the Spanish school we were at.  We have sensed that part of our mission while here has to do with these people, and were thrilled when God gave us an opportunity to hang out and share Christ’s love with them this past weekend.  The Holy Spirit was definitely at work, and we’re excited to follow up and see where those relationships might go.  That, along with our Laureles work, is certainly something to keep in your prayers.

When things are rough or when things are going well, God is still at work within and through each of us.  This was certainly a truth learned by me this past week.  Thanks for all of your prayers and support!


Dariana, always a drama queen

One of the many photos from our photo shoot…

Soccer? In Honduras?

A proud Mateo, after “writing” his name

Don’t be shy, Jennifer

Poni and Dino, not sure what to make of that combination

Soccer, Soccer, Soccer

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It’s a sport that is known worldwide. It’s a sport that sends nations into an uproar. It’s a sport that “glues” millions to their TV’s and radios. Simply put, that sport is soccer (or as it’s better said here, futbol). In Honduras, a person is never too far from a field to play on. There are plenty to choose from: big or small, they got them all. At a field close to our apartment, there seems to be a game going every day. And if a person wants to go to a more professional match, the stadium isn’t too far for people to root for La Ceiba’s own, Vida.

For the people of Los Laureles, soccer is an everyday subject. Here, a person is either a Real Madrid fan or Barcelona fan (better catch up on your soccer knowledge here if you need to). Dare I say, these two Spanish teams catch the hearts of everyone there? With us being in Los Laureles just about every day, we quickly had to choose which of the two teams we were rooting for (and just so you’re not left wondering, Jetmir and John chose Barcelona while I’m alone with Real Madrid). In fact, these teams have been great conversation starters with many of the kids. Asking the kids if they saw the game the other day is a great way for us to connect right away. The kids never tire of talking about soccer, and it’s also perfect for being able to practice our Spanish.

I think it’s safe to say that when it comes to kids, playing “speaks” louder than some conversation. The best thing to play here is, you guessed it, soccer! All three of us on the team are getting into pretty good shape with all the running we’ve been doing lately. And I have to say that I love being able to watch and play with the kids. Being older, I thought I would have to take it easy playing with the kids, but I thinking was completely out of line there. I need to give it all I have to even be able to keep up with them. It’s easy to tell that these kids grew up on soccer. The kids of Los Laureles also have a team that plays every Saturday around noon. So we usually end up traveling along with them to watch them play.

Being in Honduras, I’ve come to the conclusion that soccer is very much part of the culture. I’ve also come to the conclusion that this is one of the more fun parts of the culture. Playing and talking about sports is right up my alley. Soccer is a sport that has given us an opportunity to build relationships.

Soccer at its finest….in 90 degree sunshine.

John having a sweaty fun time in/on the old water tank.

Nick always draws a crowd.

Nature’s water park. From left too right: massage chair, diving board (various heights), water slide, and in the far right (not shown), cliff jumping

Just another day traversing La Ceiba.

Jetmir’s a father?!

Simply a happy boy!

Kids will be kids.

Not a bad view from our apartment.

Neither is this.