Monday, May 18, 2009

Missions Monday - Honduras Part 1

So my Mission's Monday is a little late. I have not been feeling well today at all. Not sure what is going on. Maybe I'm just tired or getting a cold or something, so I have been so lazy. I even took a 3 hour nap with Ella when I need to be cleaning my disgusting house which is driving me crazy!

But none of that happened and I'm determined to stick to my blogging commitment.

I'm so excited to share all this with y'all.

Honduras - Day 1

If you go on First Irving's Honduras trip, make sure that you are prepared to be at the airport at 3:30 AM!!! 3:30 AM!! 3:30 AM!!! What I've done the past 2 years is taken Tylenol PM at like 7:00 so it will kick in by 8:00 and I can get a few hours of sleep. Most people would probably just stay up all night and sleep on the plane, but my body does not work like that and by 8:00 AM I would have resembled something that could be described in Revelation. I'm one that needs my sleep.

On the plane on the way. Michelle is the lady sitting to my left and she has been a friend/mentor to me for the last few years. You probably saw her in lots of my pictures last year.

Every year, we always take time to visit this Jesus statue that sits high on one of the mountains and looks over Tegucigalpa, Honduras. It's always a really neat time. This year we got to do it first thing upon arrival. It was the perfect way to start the trip and try to soak in what we have been called to do for the next several days.

These are 3 of my favorite people, Michelle, Lauren & Beverly. Beverly is the older lady in the back. I call her Mrs. Honduras because this was her 7th year to go on this trip. She is such a rock star and her love for the people of Honduras just oozes out of her and inspires all of us every year.

The city! I'm guilty of not taking very many pictures this year, which is so unlike me. But I probably have 50 pictures of this exact scene from years past, but it's still breathtaking. So these are my 2 pictures I took this year. If you would like to see more you can go here to see my post last year.

That was pretty much it for Day 1. We went back to the house we stay at that is AWESOME and got ready for Sunday. We all met together as a group and had some prayer time for the week.

Honduras - Day 2

The next day, Sunday, we always attend Communion Baptist Church. This is the church that First Irving partners with when we go. This church is amazing. It was a tiny church that started several years ago and since then has grown and started many other churches and missions in villages all over Tegucigalpa. The work that the Lord has done through this little church is mind blowing. It really is an honor to get to help them and serve with them. This is always a highlight of the week.

After church, they so kindly made us a yummy lunch!

After lunch, we headed to Cataluna village where we will be all day Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. The picture that is my Mission's Monday is of Cataluna that I took last year. I can not tell you the joy I felt & the others that were on the trip last year felt as we pulled up to this village Sunday afternoon. Immediately we saw things that had changed. Communion Baptist had already rebuilt several homes! So instead of wood crates for walls and a blue tarp for a roof, they had cement walls and a real roof.

We spent a few hours that evening at Cataluna praying, playing with the kids and then Pastor Pena had an evening service for the adults.

The entire time we were there, I was trying to find all of my babies from last year. I knew they wouldn't look the same, so I printed pictures of all of them so I could have the help of the adults or older children in finding them. More to come of that...

That was the first two days. Next week I will post how Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday went. It's exciting!!

And I can't wait to share pictures and stories from our weekend in Houston! It was so fun. To get a sneak preview you can go here and read Amanda's post.

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Mandi said...

It's so neat that you go each year! You must be encouraged to see the progress that's been made since your last visit. I cannot even imagine the emotions you felt when you met up with "your babies" again!

Amanda said...

Hey girl! I have come down with stuffy and runny nose and Curtis and I both feel unusually tired and weird. We all must be getting a cold or something. I hope you feel better today!

Mindy said...

Great pictures!
I was wondering if you had the "baby" bug....=)

Kelli said...

I love that you printed pictures of the bebes from the year before! I can't wait to hear about that. What a JOY they must have felt to see that you still had their pictures.

AND somehow I find it hard to believe that you could ever resemble something out of Revelations!

Lindsee said...

Love the re-caps, of course! And sister, 3:30 AM is a little early for this homegirl as well. However, I'd be that girl that stays up all night, but then would regret it later!

Also, how weird that today I have had a stuffy nose and am very tired. My throat has been dry, too! Weird! Hope you get to feeling better soon!

Mindy said...

I've got an award for you over at my place.