Posted by: Honduras Mission Team | January 14, 2011

Day 5, The Descent

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and couragous.
Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged,
for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

Ricardo, the CFCA driver, decided to take a different route to get home. We traverse through a winding, rutted path that is even worse than the one we took up. At one point, we are asked to get out of the truck and walk while Ricardo drives slowly over a narrow bridge. When we get to the other side we realize why; the entire left side was being held up by a makeshift support made of old lumber.

Many people come out of their homes to great us; young and old alike. “Adios,” they say . It’s customary here to bid goodbye in passing, not hello.

There are no power lines to disrupt the view. Most houses have latrines outside, but no one has running running water. The smoke from the wood burning cooking stoves pours out of the windows that we pass. Coffee grows here and we see the red and green beans on the plants as we pass, awaiting the third and final cut of the season.

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At some point we get behind a pickup truck heading down, just like us. We follow them for awhile until we see an obstruction up ahead. A huge tree has fallen across the road and there is no way to go around it. I can’t see any way to turn around on the road we are on because it is so narrow. The idea of traveling an hour back up this road, then two more hours down from there, is daunting.

Suddenly the three men in the truck in front of us jump out. All three are carrying machetes.

There was a tense moment in our group until Dani said calmly, “They’ll use their machetes to cut up the tree.We’re really lucky they were in front of us.”

Sure enough, the three set out in the near darkness, hacking away at the tree. It was an amazingly short time before they had carved out a space big enough for us to drive through. Sort of a cave through the fallen tree. I’ve never seen anything like it. Members in our group help to pull away the branches, but none of us are carrying a machete. (Mike Pollock says he has one at home; he uses it to trim the bushes)

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Responses

  1. Could you bring one back for me – I’m sure it would be great to use for chopping ice and snow:) jmr

  2. Too bad Mike didn’t have his machete with him! Theresa, you are doing a wonderful job in bringing Honduras to all of us, thank you!! Enjoy your last evening, I know it will be sad to say goodbye. Give everyone hugs and kisses for me!!


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