Posted by: Honduras Mission Team | June 10, 2014

Tuesday – Day 4

The team started the day with prayer, then fellowship over breakfast at the elderly home.
After breakfast, part of the group helped the elderly finish painting their wooden trinket boxes while Fr. Brian was given a tour of the home. At the tour’s conclusion, Fr. Brian, Jane and Magda met with Sor Marta to discuss current and future needs of the home. They also presented the six month donation for the home’s operations.

The team spent the rest of the morning conversing with the elderly and engaging them in games such as Jenga and toss the balloon. It was delightful to see the joy in their eyes and the laughter on their lips as they concentrated on keeping the tower of wooden blocks from toppling over.

We spent the afternoon and evening at the orphanage where the girls and nuns were busy preparing for the 10th anniversary celebration of St Michael’s dedicated and generous support.
Margarida wrapped up the pen pal project while Greg, Barb and Dana assembled 80 gift baskets to be given to the girls, jovenas and marias. Fr Brian also toured the orphanage, then prepared for Mass in the chapel.

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Fr. Brian concelebrated, with a local priest, a special Mass of Thanksgiving for the 10 year anniversary. This Mass was noted to be that days highlight for most of our group for various reasons.

The Gospel (Matthew 5:14-15) reads, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden, nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket…Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

During Mass, the gifts were offered:
Candles— for the light of the world,
the Bible — for the word of God,
and three persons: a girl from the orphanage, our own St. Michael teammate, Margarida, and a senior from the elderly home— each representing the gift of themselves as a child of God made to go forth and serve in His name.

After Mass, the nuns and girls from the orphanage presented our team with a plaque and special banner thanking us for our 10 years of service. They sang and performed traditional dance routines in our honor. The gratitude they have for us—ALL of us, here on the trip and those of you stateside— is overwhelming.
It’s important to understand the reciprocity of the gratefulness. Indeed, our Honduran brothers and sisters are blessed by the support St. Michaels has provided them. However, the example they provide for us in the way of service and faithfulness can best be summed up in the lighting of their lamp and setting it upon a lamp stand for the world to see.

We rounded out the evening with dancing in the courtyard and playing volleyball and basketball. Fr. Brian packed his game-playing competitiveness and challenged some of the girls to a game of BURRO (horse). He claims he “let them win.” I’ve always heard mercy starts at home. Perhaps for Fr. Brian, it starts in Honduras. I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to be the first one stateside to challenge his basketball skills to find out.

Exhausted from the full day of activities and emotions, we finished the evening with prayer and reflection.

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