As my friend Marc Tindall loves to says, “Today was a great day in Honduras.” My group of 46 worked so hard today and were exhausted when they came in tonight. Yet, they didn’t come in talking about how hard it was, or how they’d got rained on, or how tired they were, instead they talked about those they blessed. I’ve found excitement in simply listening to their stories about things they’ve done in Jesus’ name today.
We had one group that went and started working on a cinderblock house. Another big group built 2 wood houses for families. I went with a big group to the dump today where we fed 200. Another group stayed in and spent the day counting, organizing, and labeling pills and meds for the medical clinic tomorrow.
The dump today was especially rough. It’s been raining so much lately and the rain has run through the rotted trash and pooled up in lots of areas. The smell is as bad as I’ve ever experienced. Nauseating. BUT … the good was that people were fed and tomorrow is going to be incredible at the dump. Tomorrow we’ll take three medical doctors and a dentist (all from Childress) and we’ll go do a medical clinic right across from the dump.
We’re tired tonight, but blessed. Thankfully they’re calling me for supper right now… so I’m going to go eat. We’re having my favorite … Carnita’s.
Thanks for taking time to read about our little excursion to Honduras, and most of all, thanks for the prayers.
PS – For by buddy, Richardo … I got to drive again today … incredible. Passed a semi on a blind curve. I’m honing my Hondruan driving skills.
This dirty and hungry work crew built two houses today.
I’m supposed to be in Honduras this morning, but instead I’m sitting in the San Salvador airport.
Our flight schedule for our trip was to be: Dallas-Fort Worth to El Salvador to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. All went well yesterday until we got El Salvador last night. When we went to board our last plane for a quick flight to Honduras, there were not enough seats. Somehow our airlines had overbooked the plane and we were told that three people were going to have to stay behind and catch the first flight in the morning.
Unfortunately my 8 year old son, Cooper was on the “stand by” list, along with one of my deacons and his wife, John & Amber.
Lea was a little panicked (okay, a lot panicked), but they allowed me to trade places with Cooper. That left the three of us, John, Amber and myself, to stay behind last night while the rest of the group went on to Honduras.
Our airline put us up in a nice hotel, plus fed us both supper and breakfast. We’re scheduled to fly out in about an hour.
Our group made it fine last night to Honduras. I’ve heard that they all slept well, will have church this morning and then go to work. One of our projects today is to tear down a little (18×18) run-down home where a family of four lives. Then we’ll be building a nice new one later this week.
Hopefully, John, Amber and myself will be catching up with the others by noon today. Although it was a little setback for us, God took care of us fine AND we got to see San Salvador, El Salvador.
(A little girl and her puppy, that I met at the dump last December.)
Our group of 46 from Childress leaves tomorrow for Honduras. We’ll spend 8 days building houses, feeding the hungry, working at the dump, doing VBS, doing medical & dental clinics, loving on kids and telling others about Jesus. I’m excited about the trip.
I plan on sending updates on our trip through twitter and facebook. I also plan on updating my blog with stories and pictures each evening. That’s the plan … but being in a third-world country, that may not happen.
Many of you have offered your prayers on this trip. We covet them.
Thanks for your friendship, ~ Trey
(Sweet little kids from the Casa de Esperanza children’s home.)
I told those going to Honduras with me, that I’d post this video today. I’m not trying to scare them, I just don’t want them to miss part of the excitement of the trip.
The runway our plane lands on in Tegucigalpa is the second shortest major airport runway in the world. Because the runway is surrounded by mountains and because it’s so short, the pilots have to have special training to land there.
Now, before you watch the video, let me say this to make you feel better … if landing a big jet airliner on this runway was risky or extremely dangerous, all the major airlines that fly into Honduras wouldn’t. And, even more importantly, you’ve got an amazing God that takes care of you … so trust Him.
Amie has the most amazing heart. Amie is one of our young people at church. She’s just graduated and will start college next month. More than once, Amie has called me asking for help. No, not ever for herself, but always for other people. Every time she sees someone in town that looks homeless, hungry or needing help, she calls and says, “Can you go check on this person for me?” I’ve always tried.
Once when she called about a homeless man she’d seen at the McDonald’s needing help, I jumped in my pickup and went to check on him. When I got there I said, “There you are, I’ve been looking for you.” He responded, “How’d you know I was here? Did an angel tell you?” I said, “Yes, a little blonde headed 18 year old one.”
I leave this Saturday for Honduras. As many of you know, I’ve been asking for beanie-baby stuffed animals to take with me. I have a a TON that we’ll pack up and take with us when we go. Those little stuffed animals will be given to a little boy or girl in the hospital there in Honduras. The hospital is not a good place to be for a child, especially in a third-world country. The last time we visited the hospital there, we saw lots of really sick kids whose eyes lit up by the gift of a simple stuffed animal.
This past Sunday, Amie told me she was wanting to donate her beanie-baby collection she’d been saving. Before bringing her stuffed animal collection to the house, she spent the afternoon putting a ribbon around each of their necks with a little hand written note that said, “Dios Te Ama”, which is “God Loves You.” With them she gave me this note:
“I know that there are tons of children at the hospital that are really sick, but I want to ask you to give mine to the ones that are doing really bad and need to know that God loves them. (I know that every child there needs to know that, but I feel that God is pushing me to do this for the really really sick ones). If you could please do this for me I would really appreciate it. Even though I can’t be there in person, I know I can still work through God, and can get my beanie babies to them with your help.”
I’d just like to say that I want a heart like Amie’s.
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