Posted by: Honduras Mission Team | January 8, 2012

Day 1

The preparation for our journey began with much help from many people. We organized all our donations and began with packing and creating gift bags for the girls, as shown below.

Our team met at Kansas City airport before 5am for our 6am flight to Houston and on to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. We didn’t quite start out as we had hoped, as we watched out the window as the Kansas City luggage cart pulled away from the loading area with 3 of our bags. We knew one of them contained toiletries many of us had decided to check rather than carry on. Our second problem occured when our 11:45 arrival to Honduras was interrupted by the runway being closed due to a plane with a flat tire stuck on the runway. Due to our fuel level being low we diverted to El Salvador, refueled and waited for the opening of the runway. We finally arrived three hours late.

We enjoyed a warm welcome from our friends from Joe Self and Sor Dinora who greeted us at the airport in San Pedro Sula, ate a quick meal at Wendy’s and headed to Santa Rosa de Copan to begin our journey. The ride was like three hours on a roller coaster in the dark through pot holes and curved roads. Our first stop when we arrived to Santa Rosa was at the orphanage, where we were met by some very excited and happy girls. There are six new girls in the orphanage, but all the others know the joy they receive from St. Michael’s and anxiously await our trips. Loads of hugs, kisses and bienvenidos.

The women in the group have the privilege of being the first guests to stay in the new house which has just recently been completed. The house contains a kitchen, dining area, living room and sleeping arrangements for 8 people. We ended the evening with a group prayer in the new house asking God to give us the wisdom to follow the path He has laid down for us on this very special journey.



  1. I am so happy for you all but sorry your journey began with difficulty. Give everyone hugs & kisses from me! Looking forward to the next post!

  2. Yea! I am so excited to see your first post! Sorry for all your trouble getting there. Hopefully you got your missing bags today! We look forward to hearing more and seeing more!
    Have a great trip! Tell all the girls and elderly I miss them all!

  3. Yeah! Ur smiles n love fill my heart n theirs! So happy to hear u all safe! Great day at Sma today: school mtg went greAt!!!!! Miss u big hugs!!!!

  4. 27 degrees this am but will be 50’s today; can’t believe its january…winter in KS…new week at school…a 4 day-er again…and then next week…but you’ll be home then…we had family dinner w/ the aunts uncles and grandparents and cousins and prayed for you all and everyone in Hondurus and Navia! big hugs to you all! laura kalmus and i say we want to go when kids are older lol!

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