Honduras Trip 2012

It was an amazing trip once again to Honduras. God lined up the perfect group of people to come together and work to bless the people of Honduras. We built houses for the needy, fed the hungry, worked and fed in the dump, did two medical clinics where about 500 people were seen by doctors and received meds, and did many other things as well. Here are a few pictures from out trip with the stories behind the pictures. Make sure you “click” on the pictures and blow them up to a better viewing size.

There were many houses built during the week. Most of them had 3 small bedrooms with bunk beds. One big one that was done at the end of the week had 5 small bedrooms with bunks, for a family of 10. That one at the end of the week was SO needed and was by far the worst living conditions I’d seen.

These two little boys were excited about having their own beds. They never had their own bed, but always had to share with family members.

Little Carlos a sweet little 2 year old boy with a big grin. We loved getting to know Carlos at Hospital Escuela. Carlos is struggling in his battle with cancer. We gave him a Beanie Baby, stickers and a bracelet. He liked them all, but his favorite was the cookie we gave him. It was like an Oreo and he dug all the icing out and was eating it. We prayed for Carlos before we left, if you get a chance say a prayer for him too.

Bracelets and Beanie Babies … 2 of children’s favorite things. So many people made bracelets and donated beanie babies for us to give away. Thanks for sharing so we could pass them on to the little ones in Honduras.

We had two full days of medical clinics. We were blessed to take three doctors and two RN students with us. They worked SO hard to see that people’s physical needs were met. LOTS of medications and prescriptions were given out to people who could not afford any.

This little 99 year old woman was the highlight of our first clinic. She was one of the last to show up and her chief complaint was, “I just don’t have the energy I did back when I was 85.”  We laughed and laughed about that.

One of my favorite things was that after a family saw the doctor, they would be prayed for and receive a new bible.

We spent Wednesday feeding at the dump. LOTS of hungry people were fed that day thanks to all those who gave on Dump Day.

Our last full day in Honduras we took 150 kids to AQUA-SPLASH water park. It was VERY cold, but an awesome day. The 150 that went to the water park were some very poor dump kids. You could hear them cheering as their bus pulled into the parking lot. It was like a day in heaven to them. They were very excited to get to do something they’d never done and might never get to do again. They played and got to be kids, and for the first time in who knows how long …  they got to eat ALL they wanted. I have a million pictures to share but these are a few of my favorites. My friend Marc Tindall reminded me that sadly many of these kids will return to the dump before the day was out to work … looking for things they can salvage or recycle for money to feed their families. I’m glad they got a little time away from the “real” world. I’m just very thankful they got to be kids for a day. Thanks to all those who donated swimming suits.

A little boy I watched play and at the end of the day, he put back on his dirty, filthy, stinky dump clothes that included pants and shoes that were 2 sizes too big for him.

These kids got their first swimming suits … ever.

This little 4 year old ate every drop of her LARGE burger and fries. She was so sweet.

If you have a Facebook page you can see all my pictures there by clicking here….    Again, thanks to everyone who gives to the Honduras work. Thanks for blessing these beautiful people.

One Of The BIGGEST Mistakes Couples Make In Their Marriage

By far, one of the easiest ways for couples to kill their marriage is when they stop pursuing one another.

Your goal everyday should be to work just as hard to keep your spouse as you did to win him/her in the first place. Let me explain.

Before marriage you put a LOT of effort into trying to win your future husband’s/wife’s love and trust.  You spent hours communicating. You sent cards, gifts and flowers regularly. You pursued your future spouse and made it your goal to win them to be yours.

Sadly, as I’ve seen too many times, a few months (or sometimes years) after the marriage, you quit pursuing one another as you once did. For some reason couples quit dating one another, pursuing one another and putting the other first. Maybe it’s because you get lazy. Maybe it’s because deep down you think, “I’ve won him. He’s mine, so why must I continue to do all those things and work as hard as I did?” Personally, I think it’s because couples just get “comfortable” in their marriage … and that’s not good.

When you stop working to bless your spouse … problems begin to arise, cracks begin to form and the marriage relationship begins to break down. Due to frustrations you begin to close up and close one another off. You go from being soul-mates where intimacy was felt, to being simply roommates who just live together. When all this happens, needs quit being met and a couple is left wondering … “what happened to our marriage,” and “where did the person go that I married?” 

LISTEN … it is by far one of the most damaging things you can do in your marriage … not pursuing your spouse as hard to keep them as you did to win them!

Want to bless your marriage? Every morning when you wake up, ask yourself, “What can I do today to bless my spouse?”  THEN DO IT! Don’t get complacent in your marriage.

Husbands and wives … pursue your spouse … today!

“A man’s greatest treasure is his wife, she is a gift from the Lord.” Proverbs 18:22

Thanks For Your Help

Just want to say a BIG thank you to all those who sent boxes of supplies for our trip to Honduras. We were overwhelmed with boxes and will have so many things to share with the poor in Honduras.

You have blessed out trip. Again, thank you SO much.

~Trey

It Take More Than Sperm To Be A Dad

Want to know who holds the record for fathering the most children by one wife? It’s a Russian father who has 69 children. Unbelievable? Nope, it’s true. This Russian father has 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets. Humble yourselves dads – you’re not as prolific as you thought you were!

I also read where NFL running back Travis Henry has 9 children by 9 different women. I’m not sure that’s anything to be real proud of. And just incase Mr. Henry ever runs across this post I’d like to say … Dear Mr. Henry, a real man doesn’t love a million different women, a real man loves one woman a million different ways. Sincerely, Me :)

Father’s Day is this Sunday and it got me thinking about what makes a real dad … and it’s not just sperm. It takes more than sperm to be a “real” dad … it takes time. Your manhood should never be measured by the amount of children you have, but what kind of father you are. It takes a man to be a real dad (Ephesians 6:4). Here are a few things “real” dads do:

  • Be there for your kids.
  • Read to your children.
  • Be a good role model.
  • Spend time one-on-one with each child.
  • Treat the mother of your children with respect.
  • Pray together.
  • Play together.
  • Help with your children’s home work.
  • Set clear, consistent limits.
  • Listen to your children.
  • Know your children’s friends.
  • Go with your children to church.
  • Take your children to work with you.
  • Be affectionate.
  • Read the Bible together.

A real dad simply doesn’t produce children, but a real dad is committed to his children. Because there can be no “real” fathering with out commitment.

Don’t just produce kids, be a dad.

103 Very Special Beanie Babies

I got a box in the mail this week that had exactly 103 beanie babies in it. It was a special box of beanie babies. They were the stuffed animals of a sweet 16 year old girl named Jackie. It was Jackie’s mom, Tammy who sent them to me. 13 years ago Tammy experienced the one nightmare that no parent ever wants to experience, her 16 year old daughter Jackie was killed in an auto accident. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain, the questions and the suffering that Tammy must have experienced.

It’s now been 13 years since Jackie’s death and for the past 13 years, Tammy hasn’t quite known what to do with her daughter’s collection of beanie babies.  Tammy said, “I didn’t want to just give them to Goodwill or put them in a yard sale.  I wanted them to go to a good cause. When I saw your post about needing beanie babies for children in Honduras, I knew this was where they needed to go.”  

This week when I got the box of 103 beanie babies, Tammy also included a note that said, “I have prayed that these beanie babies find new homes and little ones to love them. May each child that touches one of these beanies be blessed and feel the love of God.”

I will be honored to hand the beanie babies to Honduran children later this month when I’m in Honduras. “Jackie was a great kid,” Tammy said, “I’m sure Jackie will be smiling when she looks down and sees the smiles on those little faces.”   I agreed.

Thank you Tammy :)

 

7 Things I Need For Honduras … Can You Help?

A group of 50 of us are heading to Honduras in a little over a month.  We’ll be feeding the hungry, building homes, doing medical clinics, visiting the sick, etc.  I just thought I’d ask this morning …. would you, your church, your work, social club, etc, be willing to help gather things up for […]

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Can Facebook Cause Marriage Problems?

Yesterday I looked through some of the referrals on my blog. Those are the little stats that tell me what people were looking for in Google that brought them to my blog.  Here were a few I saw within seconds… “How to tell my wife she spends too much time on Facebook” “Husband is hiding […]

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Soulmate or Roommate?

I’m starting a class this Sunday called “Soulmate or Roommate?.” Marriage was never intended to turn in to simply cohabitation with someone of the opposite sex, yet often it does.  Sometimes we become roommates with our soul mates because of laziness and selfishness that creep into our marriages without us doing something about them. So […]

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My Friend Darrell

I was 12 and Darrell was 10. We grew up 2 houses apart and were the best of friends. Our summers were spent outside playing make-believe games, dreaming of girls and just doing boy stuff. Every childhood memory I have includes Darrell, but no memory is more vivid than the summer that everyone carried a […]

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Be Your Spouse’s Biggest Fan

I’m a fan of several things. I’m a fan of the Texas Rangers, I’m a fan of running, and I’m even a fan of bacon. Everyone is a fan of something. You may be a NASCAR fan, a college football fan or a fan of golf. Maybe you’re a book fan and love to read, […]

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Sometimes Nice Guys Finish First

I was just trying to book a hotel room, and the cost was a bit more than I was expecting. So I asked the nice lady … ME:  “Is that your best rate?”  HER: “Sorry, it really is … unless you qualify for a discount.” ME: “Really … how do I qualify for a discount?”  […]

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Dump Day 2012 Update and Totals

Many have asked about totals for Dump Day. It’s become increasingly hard every year to get an exact total until about a month or so has passed and everything has come in. We try hard to keep up with it on this blog, but not everybody posts what they gave, which is fine. Here’s what […]

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8 Things I Learned from Cancer

Today I celebrate life as a father and a husband. It was 9 years ago today I was told I had cancer .  Recovering from two surgeries made the summer of 2003 an extremely tough summer I’ll never forget. I’m not looking for sympathy today or even high-fives, but I am simply reminding myself of […]

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DUMP DAY 2012

BREAKING NEWS: The awesome people at Bread For a Hungry World have just announced that for every $6.50 donated on their site (link is below), they will add an additional $50 to your $6.50 donation. That will make your $6.50 donation to the Dump Fund actually a $56.50 donation. Awesome. Surely everyone can give $6.50. Bread for […]

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Answers to Your Questions on Dump Day Eve

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR DUMP DAY 2012, PLEASE CLICK HERE! I’ve been getting lots of Dump Day questions, and I’m going to try and answer some … QUESTION: What can I do to REALLY make a BIG difference on Dump Day tomorrow? (3 Things…) Pray and ask God to bless our day. Make a donation. […]

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How To Give On Dump Day and Dump Day Give-Aways

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR DUMP DAY 2012, PLEASE CLICK HERE! Our 4th annual Dump Day and 30-Hour-Fast is one week away. Many have started giving early, and that is totally okay. If you do give early, please make sure you stop back by this blog next Wednesday and let us know what you gave so […]

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A Very Cool Story From The Dump

The following is a post from my friend Marc Tindall who works in Honduras and does ministry in the dump. This is little Marco, he is now almost 2 years old.  We took him to the doctor today because his mom, my friend Johana, has tried for about a month to get him feeling better and […]

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10 Reasons to Give on Dump Day 2012

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR DUMP DAY 2012, PLEASE CLICK HERE! Every year on the first Wednesday in May, we meet here on this blog to raise money to bless the ministry that takes place at the Tegucigalpa dump in Honduras. That money provides for things like food, milk for newborns, medical emergencies, and on and […]

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My Day Working At The Tegucigalpa Dump

Yesterday Marc Tindall, myself and a few others went to the Tegucigalpa dump to spend part of the day working in the dump. We were hoping to get a small glimpse of what the life of the dump person would be like. We spent our part of the day helping a young 22-year-old single mom […]

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I’m Going To Go To Work in a Dump …

Next week I’m starting a new job. Okay, so it’s only for 1 day, but it is a new job. My friend Marc Tindall has invited me to Honduras  next week to spend a full day working in the Tegucigalpa dump. Oh I’ve worked handing out food there many times, but this is going to […]

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Let Me Introduce You To “Disciple Trips” … Short Term Missions for Young People

(This blog generates a lot of traffic for those interested in short-term missions in Honduras and I want to share with you today a new ministry called Disciple Trips. If you are a teenager, or know a teenager interested in a mission trip, I suggest you point them towards Disciple Trips. I’ve asked my friend, […]

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Ministry Advice From An “Old” Minister

I had a reality check this week when a “young” minister called me wanting some ministry advise from an “older minister.” What exactly did he mean by “older preacher?”  Come to think of it, maybe he was wanting Patrick Mead’s number … he’s much older and much wiser than I am. Funny thing was, I’m […]

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I Dare You To Do The 30 Hour Fast With Me.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR DUMP DAY 2012, PLEASE CLICK HERE! Are you up for a 30 hour fast? How long could you go without food? Could you last 30 hours without food? There are some of us who can’t go a few hours without hollering, “I’m hungry.” As most of you know, on May 2nd, […]

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Beat Up, Ran Over & Left For Dead (A Story from the Dump)

If you were to visit the Tegucigalpa dump in Honduras, one of the first people you might see is Fanni.  She was one of the first people that Marc & Terri Tindall met in the dump. Fanni is now 18 and has a little boy named Marcos. Fanni lives in a very dangerous neighborhood and […]

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We Gave Away A House Yesterday. Before and After Pictures.

The Augment group and the community of Childress gave away another house yesterday. It’s our second house. We’ll be starting on our third project this week. Here are a few before/after pictures and of the yesterday’s open house.    

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College Kids Spending Spring Break … Working in a Dump

My son Parker is in Honduras this week for Spring Break. His group went with Marc Tindall to the dump yesterday to feed the people there. He told me last night that he met a man named Juan at the dump who was carrying a big bag of plastic bottles that he’d been gathering all […]

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10 Signs You’re Not Reading Your Bible Enough

You really can’t remember if it was Moses or Noah that took the animals on the ark. You fall for the old preacher’s joke, “Turn in your bibles to the book of Hezekiah,” when there really is no book of Hezekiah. You think the old saying “cleanliness is next to godliness” is actually a verse […]

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Augment House #2 Open House

Everyone is invited to our Open House for our Augment Project #2. Here’s the news brief that was in the paper…  

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Army Graduation and Video

The Morgan family loaded up this past week and drove to Columbus, Georgia for Taylor’s graduation. It was a great week. We got to see some amazing sights and spend a little time with Taylor. Taylor got a weekend pass so we stayed until Sunday afternoon before heading back to Childress. Taylor started Airborne school […]

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Perspective

The following conversation took place at lunch today between Taylor, our son who is in the Army, and his mother … who is very girly. I found a lot of humor in it. MOM: Are you still sleeping on the top of your covers at night so you don’t have to re-make your bed in […]

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LOOK OUT!

There’s a new driver in the Morgan family. Connor passed his driving test yesterday and is itching to go somewhere … anywhere … without a parent in the car with him. Connor has taken over driving the old Firebird. Even though it’s on its second motor, it still cleans up nice and gets 30 mpg […]

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Meet Brenda … She’s 14 and Had a Baby Last Year

Brenda is a regular at the dump in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Life is not easy for 14 year old girls that spend time in the dump. Just last year Brenda had a baby. She has no parents, lives with other family but nobody closer than an aunt. Thankfully last year the dump fund, money that was […]

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17 Signs Your Church Might Be Dying

You may have already read these, but according to Barna, 3500-4000 churches close their doors every year… AND recently the Christian Chronicle just published a report saying that in the past nine years that church attendance has dropped by more than 100,000. Just a few days ago I visited with a man that was very concerned […]

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4 Things I Learned This Week…

“Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding…”~Proverbs 3:13 Life is about learning. Learning from mistakes, victories and others makes me a wiser and stronger person.  I’m always trying to learn things from everyday events. Little lessons hidden among daily events and activities. Some of the things I learn are beneficial […]

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“I Just Want My Dad Back”

Yesterday morning after our church services a boy came up to me and said, “Can I talk to you for a second?” I told him to give me just a second and I’d be more than happy to talk. He was about the same size as my 10 year old and I wasn’t sure I […]

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Trey Morgan Here are my thoughts about marriage, family, raising children, humor, faith and the life God intended for us all. 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.

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