Posted by: Honduras Mission Team | January 25, 2013

Day 4 – Tuesday

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Today began with the elderly.  We played games, painted fingernails, danced, painted pictures and just socialized.  Having activity around the elderly, when they participate or just watch is good for them.  We also had the girls that work in the elderly home, jovenes, join in the fun.  They work by taking care of the elderly, cleaning each sleeping room, hallway, dining area, etc.  They are permitted to live at the elderly home and go to school at night in exchange for their work during the day.

At this point, we broke into smaller work groups.  Some people went to the orphanage for hard physical work, creating an addition to the vegetable garden.  Mike, Gail, Dana and a group of the girls painstakingly chipped away approximately 48 square feet of tile and cement.  They carted the debris down a narrow path one wheelbarrow load at a time. As the rain poured steadily, they rhythmically swung pick axes to loosen the compacted clay-like soil.  They dug down five inches and removed the clay to make room for rich, fertile top soil to be brought in. This new plot of garden will be used to grow tomatoes, asparagus and other vegetables.  This harvest will be used in meals for the orphans and nuns.  Although the work was exhausting, the blisters were many and the muscles were sore, these trials are only temporary. It is in properly preparing the soil and carefully tending to that which is planted that we truly grow and develop.

Just as in the words of the bible,  (Mark 4: 2-31):  “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away.  Lord, we ask your help to plant seeds in the lives of others that will grow deep roots in rich soil.

Dani, Sherry, Lauren and Amber went shopping!  They got groceries to make dinner for all the girls and nuns tonight as well as miscellaneous items, such as Pedia-lite for little Isabelita.  They also shopped for party snacks to serve the graduated girls.  We had a reception for them after dinner.  Lastly they got needed items for the quinceañera.  It was quite an experience learning about different food prices, brands, and quantities.

Karla, Magda, Jodie and Jill continued to socialize with the elderly and work on blog posts.  They also sorted supplies for activities and donations.  CFCA came by to help hand out the gifts that we brought down from sponsors in Kansas.

Later in the day the team divided again.  This time some were able to meet the current Bishop.  Sor Teresa set up a visit for us.  It was a special treat!  Mike made it more interesting by showing his bubbly personality to the Bishop!  Then this group made  dinner, which had been started by others earlier.  They also did the valentine craft.

Another group took the five girls that are celebrating quinceañera’s shopping.  It has become a tradition that St. Michael’s gives each girl a gift of $50 to spend.  They all picked fancy shoes for their special day.  They had enough money left over to buy some personal items, like jeans, shirts, school shoes, etc.  Personal shopping trips are not a part of these girls lives.  They rely mostly on hand me down’s and donations, so it is quite a special experience.  The girls celebrating this year are: Digna, Maria Irene, Sandra, Ludin, and Dania.

Preparation for dinner was hard work, but well worth it!  Our American dinner was a success!  The girls loved the spaghetti and meatballs, vegetable “salad”, bread and dessert.

After last night, we were all very concerned about Isabelita, the 3 1/2 year old new girl who is sick.     We spent a lot of time with her and she was doing much better!   One little girl,Kendy,  gave Isabelita her new CFCA toys to play with in bed.  She was sitting up, smiling, laughing and we got her to eat and drink!  We all feel so good that she is getting better.  Please continue to pray for her continued recovery!

We had another full day, filled with God’s guidance. We continue to pray for grace and vision when helping our friends here in Honduras.

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