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!