(Thanks for putting up with my ramblings about my trip to Honduras.)
I love givers and when we give of ourselves. We are SO like Jesus when we give ourselves away. I honestly believe giving is fun. Last week I had a blast giving to people less fortunate than myself. Here are a few more things we did in Honduras…
The feeding center in a little village outside of Tegucigalpa that feeds hungry kids once a day, was closed all week last week. So on Friday we went to McDonald’s and bought 250 hamburgers and chicken nuggets and fed the hungry kids.
It wasn’t long until kids came from every direction.
It didn’t take long for this little boy to down his hamburger.
Waiting in line.
After all the food was gone, we got out one of the new soccer balls we’d brought. We packed 5 new soccer balls. We left two at the dump, one here and 2 for the Casa kids.
It did not take long for us to pick teams and start a game of soccer. They LOVE soccer.
The little village was up on the mountain side, so we’d often kick it off the hill and have to go find it. Somehow Randy Allen and I wound up as goalkeepers on opposite teams. After giving up three quick goals, a little boy officially took over my job and I was demoted to just a player. I couldn’t explain to them that I didn’t know how to play soccer. Randy, however, did an amazing job playing goalie and never lost his job. He was known as the great Grande Gringo.
On Thursday we built a house for a single mother who had three kids and took care of extra kids. They’d all been living in a smaller house with more family than the 16X16 foot house we were going to build. The cost to build a house is $1350. We purchased this house with money donated to the “Honduras Fund.” Hopefully there will be LOTS more houses to come.
The tools used to build a house are hammers, post-hole diggers, tape measures, levels and chainsaws. Since there’s no electricity on building sites, all the wood is cut with a chainsaw. VERY manly
Even I can drive a nail.
Using the chainsaw to cut the window and door for the house. They’ve built over 300 of these little houses for families, and I’m amazed just how square, tight and solid they are.
Quite possibly the coolest thing was when one of the little boys took his mom by the hand and led her into the house for the first time. He was beaming and smiling from ear to ear, and then he looked at him mom and said, “Magnifico.”
The building crew and the new family all together for a picture. It was an all day job but worth it.
Waving good-bye to the momma and kids.
You may never get to go to Honduras or another 3rd world country and give yourself away, but I’m reminded of what Mother Teresa once said, “Not everyone can serve the poorest of the world in Calcutta with me, but God does call everyone to a Calcutta … you just have to find yours.” If you’ll look, your Honduras will be out there today. Your Calcutta or Honduras may be the lady at work who needs a shoulder to cry on today. It may be the family across the street struggling to make ends meet or the hungry man holding the “will work for food” sign. Your Honduras is out there today … you just have to find it. Give yourself away today!