Posted by: Honduras Mission Team | June 9, 2015

Monday – Day 2

Our day began with a reflection from Micah 6:8  -“What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

After breakfast, our team was given the opportunity to practice mercy and compassion with our interactions with the elderly. Father Schmitz posed for pictures with each resident while the rest of us entertained the elderly with conversation and card games.  We discovered that while Rummy in the United States is very much the same as in Honduras, the rules vary depending upon who deals the hand. We still don’t understand who won or why but the laughter that erupted made everyone a winner.

Mass was celebrated in the newly renovated chapel. Appropriate for our mission, the Gospel reading was The Beattitudes (Matthew 5:1-12).
After Mass, Padre Francisco, with the assistance of Fr. Schmitz, blessed the new statues of the Virgin Mary and St. Francis. Sor Merian gave a brief history of the home and updates on the project before unveiling a wall plaque that dedicated their gratitude for our help in making it possible. Afterwards we celebrated with cake in the courtyard.

After lunch, the Sors gave a tour of some of the other much needed renovations that have been made to the elderly home.  We were able to spend some additional quality time with the elderly before heading to the Hogar de Ninas.

The afternoon was spent with the girls working on a career interest project.  Each girl, according to their age group, participated in a discovery process of what they would like to do when they grow up and what it would take to make it possible.  There were many impressive and well-thought out answers.  The information gathered during this project will help us prepare for career fairs on future trips.
It was noted how the nuns at the Hogar de Ninas display such patience in their service to the girls.  It is a fantastic example of serving God and others with great humility.  During dinner, each nun also shared their vocation story—further confirming this impression.

Our team finished the evening entertaining the graduates from the orphanage with snacks and conversation.  It was joyful to witness the growth each of these girls have made.

As we reflect again on our mission and the words of Micah 6:8, know that we have all been called to serve in some capacity.  Whether you pray, serve on the committee, travel to Honduras, or financially contribute, we serve together to act with mercy and compassion for others in need.

Dana

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  1. God Bless you all for all your work!


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