Posted by: Honduras Mission Team | June 15, 2010

Feast of St. Anthony of Padua–Arriba!! Day 2

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Sunday morning we awoke to the sounds of roosters crowing in the garden of the elderly home.  Jodie Seitzer lead the team in a morning reflection and challenged each of us to live out the message found in Micah 6:8, “to work for justice, show mercy and walk humbly”.  With this in mind, we began our day greeting the elderly and spending time with them. The home for the elderly is not much different than in the States where many of the residents have few visitors and quite simply crave basic human contact.  We then headed to begin the celebration for the feast of St. Anthony of  Padua (the patron saint of the orphanage).  St. Anthony is  the patron saint of lost items and of the poor. The celebration began with mass in a church decorated with flowers, balloons, greenery and garlands around statues of St. Anthony. Gifts were offered including a painting of St. Anthony, a white lilly, a fresh basket of bread, along with bread and wine for the Eucharist.  The girls made the bread the day before and at the end of the eucharistic celebration, the bread was distributed to all. This was followed by a meal of chop suey, yes, you read correctly chop suey.  Quite delicious! A local marimba band provided entertainment and all of us danced the afternoon away –Mike Pollock (known as Miguel in this southern part of the world) could make a run on “Dancing With The Stars”.  The quote of the day was “move your hips and not your feet.”  Our tired but content team headed back to the elderly home for a candlelight dinner. No one was quite sure what caused the blackout but by bedtime, the electricity was restored. This is not uncommon and frequently days are scheduled to turn off all electricity for the city to complete necessary repairs.  The words from Micah came to our minds all day…being without electricity focused our hearts on being humble, we continually were showered with genuine kindness and gracious hearts, and finally our team continues to pray for opportunities to work for justice for all here who are marginalized in our world.

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