Posted by: Honduras Mission Team | January 26, 2014

Day 1 – Saturday

Hola amigos! Day 1 of our mission trip is complete, and we have much to be thankful for. For starters, our travel arrangements went off without a hitch. Everyone arrived on time at SMA for departure (4 am – yikes!); both our flight from Kansas City to Houston, and from Houston to San Pedro de Sula, actually arrived early at each destination; and the van ride from the San Pedro de Sula to Santa Rosa de Copan, while bumpy, curvy and long (about 3 1/2 hours), was, well, it’s over … let’s just say that!

Our escorts on the van ride – Joe Self and Dom Christian – were excellent and got us to the elderly home a little before 5 pm (by the way — Santa Rosa time is the same as KC time).  While everyone else on our team is a veteran, this is my first trip to this special place.  I can hardly describe the beauty and joy of seeing old friendships renewed for our trip veterans as we arrived at the elderly home. Sor Teresa, Sor Marta, Sor Miriam and others were there to greet us with their warm smiles, generous hospitality and hugs.  After some social time with the sisters and a quick unpacking of the van, we made our way across the street to the orphanage.

What a reception! As we made our way into the home we could hear a few hushed voices behind the doors leading to the main hallway, and once the doors were pushed open — look out! – we were all engulfed by huge smiles, laughter, singing and, of course, hugs. After what was too short a time for both us and the girls, Sor Dinora politely led the team to the dining room (without the girls – although we could hear them through the doors, still singing and laughing) for a wonderful dinner of traditional Honduran baleadas (homemade tortillas). Delicioso!

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After dinner, tired but inspired, we returned to the elderly home, hearts lifted by the day’s events, and spent some time as a team in reflection.  The Church today celebrated the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (perhaps the greatest missionary of the Church), and as a team we reflected on how we each are called to conversion in our daily lives, and on this special trip in particular. While conversion can often involve a significant one-time event (like St. Paul’s) – that moment when we are convinced of the truth of the Gospel – after that we are still continually called, each day, to conversion, to be more and more transformed by the Gospel. While missionaries spread the Gospel they are also (hopefully) converted themselves through their missionary experience. We each asked for the Holy Spirit to open us to be transformed through the experience and events of this week.

Adios! And stayed tuned!

Dcn. John (on behalf of Jane, Jodie, Magda, Mike, Karla and Barbara).

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Responses

  1. It sounds like you got a warm and loving reception! Enjoy the week, I know it will pass quickly for you. Much love to those beautiful girls!

  2. Beautifully said! I can imagine your experience. All my love to the nuns, elderly, girls and you all as you grow together and learn from each other.

  3. So glad you all made it safely. We are praying for you and the people you are serving in Honduras daily.

  4. Beautiful!!! You paint such a wonderful picture, I feel like I’m right there with you. (And I share your sentiments about the van ride!) 😉
    May the Lord keep you safe in the palm of His hand as you further His work. Hugs to all the girls, nuns and elderly!

  5. Beautiful! You paint such a wonderful picture, I feel like I’m right there with you. (And I share your sentiments about the van ride!) 😉
    May God keep you safe in the palm of His hand as you further His word. Hugs to all the girls, nuns and elderly! (And Joe. Can’t forget Joe!) 😉

  6. I feel like I’m there with all of you and with the girls and sisters, seeing their smiling faces, hearing their joyful laughter, and feeling their warm hugs. Thank you Deacon John for capturing these beautiful moments in your post!

    May God continue to bless you on this trip as he calls you all to draw closer to him each day.

  7. Anne is sharing your blog with me. My prayers are with you! Kay Lynn


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