Honduras Mission Trip from the Eyes of My 9 year-old Son

This is Cooper (in the middle of picture). He is my 9 year old son who just spent an amazing week working in Honduras. He built houses, fed hungry people, made LOTS of new friends and even went to the dump with me. I think it is a HUGE blessing for my children to get to go to Honduras. I have no doubt Cooper was affected in a positive way by this trip.

One afternoon after spending an entire day playing with kids from one of the poor villages in Honduras, I noticed something was really bothering Cooper. I asked him if he was okay, and he couldn’t talk … he was choked up. I just held him tight. Later that night he wrote in his little journal he was keeping the following message.

“Today in Honduras I went to the medical clinic. I met a girl named Stephanie. I was very sad that I won’t get to see her for another year.  She had holes in the bottom of her shoes. I wish I could let her have mine. I cried for about 30 minutes because I won’t see her until next year.  I wish I could pack her in my suitcase and take her home.  I already miss her very much and that was my day.”

Of course Lea and I were touched by his words. Had his shoes not been twice the size of Stephanie’s, I’m sure he would have left them.

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Trey Morgan tagged this post with: , Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Barry Wiseman says:

    What a kid you’ve got there! Are you picking out his mission field yet?

  2. Glenna says:

    Cooper is my hero!

  3. Jo Baird says:

    He is the sweetest boy. I am happy that he can see at his young age how the world is in other places. I’m glad that he sees the need to share. I love Cooper. I love all those Morgan boys, they are special. Cooper’s Grandmama

  4. Dante says:

    From the mouth of babes, it really puts things into perspective.

    Thanks for the post!


  5. Sue T. says:

    Cooper, if only more people would have a tender heart like yours,
    How much better our World would be. You are my HERO, also. So are your parents for being the wonderful role models and for going and helping others to see Jesus’s Light in a dark world. You are AWESOME!

  6. Carolyn Vela says:

    Wow…an amazing 9-year-old who has the most amazing parents/family! I know you and Lea are so proud of Cooper! He makes me proud, too! Just goes to show you what wonderful morals ya’ll impact him with every day. He learns from you both because he knows that you all are God’s hands! Truly a blessing….

  7. lovemyhusband says:

    What a great story and great kid! What about taking shoes next year?

  8. Sarah S. says:

    A) Cooper is stinkin’ adorable in the pic even before I read about his adorable heart… B)Cooper ripped my heart to shreds. Bless his sweet soul.

  9. You’re raising him right.

  10. Jenny Close says:

    What a proud moment for the parents and what an amazing little boy. His heart is pure and holy.

  11. Greg England says:

    Cooper’s journal entry brought tears to my eyes. Trey, I know your heart is filled with joy for your children, and rightly so.

  12. Patrick says:

    @ Cooper: “Thank you for loving on Jesus!” You and Stephanie will be forever friends. You are an AWESOME young man.

  13. Angelica says:

    It was awesome to be a witness to Cooper’s heart! His comments about The Dump, the tears he shed at a medical clinic, and now reading his journal entry are all a testament to how pure and awesome he is! Truly a blessing.

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