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.

12 Pictures From Honduras You’ve Got To See

Here’s a little report on our Honduras trip. Sorry I’m a little slow sharing, but we got in at 2:00 Sunday morning, and I’ve been sick ever since. I was trying to think about what all I wanted to tell you, and finally decided that I’d just show you. We did medical clinics, clothing give-aways, feedings, built wooden houses and block houses, played with kids at the Hospital Escuela, and on and on. It’s tough coming up with just 12, but here’s 12 pictures and the stories behind them.

If you go to Honduras, you’ll see houses like this. Yes, people actually live there. Can you imagine trying to live in a house like this … or raising a family there?  The GOOD news is that this house was replaced with a new one for the person living there.

Here’s what a wooden house looks like. It takes about 4 hours to complete. This house was a bit tougher to build because it wasn’t on level ground. But due to a great work crew, we still had it knocked out in no time. This house went to a 51 year old twice-widowed lady who was living in a home that was falling down around her.

This little girl is named Stephanie. We took this picture in the little village where she lives.  I met her the first time I ever went to the dump (August 2009). I even wrote about her here. She’s the little girl whose picture is on the back of the “Dump Shirt” that Bread for a Hungry World sells. Sadly Stephanie still has to go to the dump to help support her family. Stephanie was at the dump  on Monday while we were feeding there.

When you go to Honduras you can always expect to make new friends. Cooper made lots of new friends. The shorter necklace that the little girl in the picture was wearing was Cooper’s. She asked him for it, and he didn’t hesitate to give it to her. I was proud of him.  If Cooper will let me, I’m going to share with you something he wrote in his journal. It was amazing seeing Honduras through the eyes of a 9 year old.

If you read my blog this time last year, you first read about Baby Jesus here (Saving Baby Jesus). He came through one of our medical clinics as a newborn. His mother was unable to make milk and the doctors said that little Jesus was only a few days from dying. Today he is a healthy little boy.

For those that sent bracelets … and there were 1000′s … here is where they went. The little children love them. I wanted to include this picture and what you can’t see is the “bracelet line” was a mile long with kids. Thank you for sending.

The girl in the middle is Sonia.  We met her at the dump. She was working there digging through the trash. She hit it off immediately with our Angelica (left) and Kristie (right). Our girls cleaned Sonia’s hands and then painted her fingernails for her. When finished she asked for the polish and with a big grin asked Marc Tindall and I if she could paint one of our fingernails. Of course we let her.

 If you go to Honduras with us, you’ll get to eat some really cool things. Here’s a plate of talapia I ate the first day.

 I’m proud of a lot of things that we do in Honduras, but I’m especially proud of our medical clinics. It’s the one thing that our group does that most other groups don’t. We do two days of medical clinics and provide medical attention for the poor which is an essential thing. Many of the people in this long line can’t even afford to fill a prescription, and we were able to simply give them the meds they needed. I sure appreciated our doctors and pharmacists that came and worked so hard.

I met and spent time with lots of kids. On Wednesday afternoon I met Emma (pink), Stephanie (next to Emma) and Daniella (with her little fists clinched). My MOST favorite was Daniella. We really hit it off. We played all that afternoon together. She would hold my hand, sit in my lap and she even took me to see her little house. I miss her.

Here we are playing a new game we made up called “Gato, Gato, Perro” (cat, cat, dog). It’s played exactly like “Duck, Duck, Goose,” but I didn’t know how to say “duck” or “goose” in Spanish. :)

“HANDS & FEET”

The theme this year for our trip was “Hands and Feet” of Jesus. That was our goal to be His hands and His feet. My friend Bianca took the following pictures on our trip and then made this picture to fit the theme. I love it!

Thanks for being interested in our trip…

Here’s why it was a great day today …

The kid below got to eat.

Spent some time at the dump today. The smell was bad, the people were dirty, but this little boy got to eat. We ran out of food about the time he walked up, but with enough scraping on the pans, we were able to come up with a bowl full of beans and rice for him.
I’m thankful to all those who gave on Dump Day and made feedings like this possible.

Heart Break

I hope this picture comes through … it’s of people who were heart-broken. These people waited all day in line to see one of our doctors … and time has ran out on them. They were turned away. There were just more people than we could see.

It hurt to look them in the eyes. I didn’t even want to make eye contact with them when they were told to go home without seeing the doctor. I could handle seeing them frustrated, but it broke my heart to see them sad. Many had babies and small children …

Who knows, many of them may have been praying for months that they, or their children, might see a doctor. Yet it didn’t happen.

They are people just like us … but people who don’t have the same access to doctors, meds, and hospitals as us.

Don’t get me wrong, it was still a great day because hundreds of people did get to see the doctor … but my mind are on the ones that didn’t.

Please say a prayer for them.

Building Houses

We’re building two types of houses this week … wood and block. Today we’ve spent the day mixing concrete for the block house we’re building. The one cinder-block house we’re building will take us a week to finish. We’re also building several wood houses, those only take a few hours each.

We worked all day, through two different rain storms, and finally got the foundation laid. It’s been a good day in Honduras.

(Picture of us mixing concrete)

Honduras – Day 1

Twenty-four hours after arriving Honduras everyone has officially made it. We had 2 that started a day late after travel problems, but as always, God worked it out fine. Today we worshiped with the church in Santa Ana. Although two-thirds of the service was in Spanish, we still enjoyed it greatly. After lunch we split […]

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Headed to Honduras

Today we leave for Dallas-Fort Worth. We’ll catch a Rangers game tonight and then leave bright and early in the morning for Honduras. We’ve got a group of 50 who are going to spend the week serving others. Our suitcases are packed FULL of items that you’ve sent for us to take.  Remember when I […]

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4 of the Most Important People in My Life

God has blessed me with 4 amazing boys. All so much alike, and yet, all so different from one another. I couldn’t have asked for better boys. This picture was taken in Red River, New Mexico, where we’ve been hiding out as a family the last 10 days. I’ve done my best to take full […]

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One Thing that Every Marriage Needs …

I had a young lady, who was a couple of months away from getting married, ask me, “What’s the one thing I can do that will really make a big difference in my upcoming marriage?” The answer for me was easy … “Give him LOTS of praise and admiration. You cannot heap it on too […]

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Bacon

It was only a matter of time before I posted something on bacon. If you know me, you know that I love bacon. Obviously I’m not the only bacon lover …

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11 Things I’m Looking Forward to This Next Week…

I’m getting a little time off at the end of this week and my family and I are heading to Red River, New Mexico.  We’ll be attending the Red River Family Encampment and then spend a little time vacationing before coming home. Here are a few things I’m looking forward to over the next ten […]

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Building Memorial Houses in Honduras

We’re planning on building LOTS of houses while in Honduras next month. It may be everyone’s favorite thing to do. There’s SO much reward in building a house, and at the end of the day praying with the family that is to receive it saying, “God bless you … this is yours.” Sometimes people pay […]

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My Favorite Father’s Day Video

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You Might Be a Hypocrite If…

I was asked recently what a hypocrite is. The dictionary describes a hypocrite as someone who “pretends to be more virtuous or religious  than he really is.” Or in simpler terms, a hypocrite is someone who says one thing and does the opposite. I’m far from being a perfect person, but I don’t ever want […]

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When it Comes to Marriage, Staying in Love is a Choice

CAUTION: I’m on my soapbox today. If you don’t want to hear me get preachy … click another link and move right on. I probably don’t need to blog when I’m frustrated. I heard it again the other day. The phrase I hear too often, and when I hear it, it makes me a little […]

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6 Things I Need for Honduras … Can You Help?

A group of 47 of us are heading to Honduras in a little over a month.  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 our trip to Honduras?  We need some help with some little things to take […]

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Reconnecting in My Marriage

Married couples, especially those with children at home, need to regularly reconnect by … Going on a date every week. Going on an overnight trip once every 3 months. Going on a long trip (more than one night) once a year. I’ve always preached this … but have struggled with following the third one. Lea […]

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A Little Time Off

I’m enjoying a little time off this week from blogging and Facebook. Be back in a few days. Have a blessed week.

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A $2.99 Hug

I love doing ministry. Just so you’ll understand, ministry isn’t writing a bulletin article or working on a PowerPoint for Sunday’s sermon. Ministry is being among people, loving people, serving people and building relationships with people. I am very blessed to get to minister to some of the poorest in Childress.  Like a young family […]

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Guilty of Being Too Gracious

When he asked me the question, I knew I’d heard that type of question before. It was one of those, “What if a person is doing…,” questions that ended with, “Will that person get to go to heaven or hell?” He was calling someone’s morality into question, and I could tell by how he asked, […]

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If The World Ends Today … Are You Ready?

Everyone’s been talking about it all week … it’s coming they say … the Day of Judgment or as some have called it, “The Rapture.” Some self-proclaimed “experts” say they have figured out when it’s going to take place and  it’s all supposed to happen today, May 21st. They say, the world as we know […]

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Sex is a Gift from God

I’ve been preaching on marriage this month (here are the sermons if you’d like to follow along).This past Sunday I talked about, “10 Ways to Bless Your Marriage,” and in there I talked a little about sex. Here are a few things I mentioned … “A wise wife puts her husband’s sexual needs at the […]

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Would you hug a person like this?

I love this picture … let me tell you why.  This is my friend, Marc Tindall, and he’s being Jesus.  Marc is loving on a person from the dump in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Despite this lady’s stench and despite her filth … he loves her anyway. He’s concerned with her physical, emotional and spiritual needs. He’s […]

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Are You Hiding Things From Your Spouse?

Keeping things or hiding things from your spouse is a sign of problems in a marriage. A healthy marriage is one that is built on total openness and honesty. When it comes to secrets in marriage, there should be none. Here’s a test with some tough questions: Do you hide purchases of things you bought […]

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Monday Morning Thoughts and Pictures…

I’ve got nothing profound for you today, (Ha, it’s not like I usually do anyway!) but here are a few things going on in my little world … I’ve told you before about my friend Willie (not his real name). We occasionally buy him groceries, help him with clothes and just try to be his […]

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7 Things I’ve Learned from Cancer

Eight years ago today, On May 6th, 2003, I sat in Dr. Pate’s office waiting for him to come in and tell me, “the little lump is nothing, go home and don’t worry about it.” I was SO sure that those were going to be his words, that I had told Lea to just drop […]

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Dump Day 2011 Follow Up

For those who’ve been checking for an update from Wednesday’s Dump Day, according to our best guesstimate, we cleared $35,000 Wednesday night. This is such a huge blessing. We SO wanted to continue the amazing Dump Ministry. Thanks to EVERYONE who gave, fasted and helped spread the word. To say that Dump Day 2011 was […]

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DUMP DAY 2011

(Update from Thursday, May 6th: According to our best guesstimate, we cleared $35,000 Wednesday night, so that the Dump Ministry can continue. Thanks to EVERYONE who gave, fasted and helped spread the word.) Welcome to DUMP DAY 2011 This is a day that we stop to consider how blessed we are materially. A day we […]

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Dump Day Eve – 2011 (Answers to Your Questions)

I’ve been getting lots of Dump Day questions, and I’m going to try and answer some … QUESTION: How do we give this year? There are several ways to give this year, but the two best are … You can send a check via snail mail to: Honduras Hope, PO BOX 9222, Columbus MS, 39705 […]

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2 Days Until Dump Day

It’s only two days away. I’m ready for the 30 Hour Fast. I’m ready for the pledges to start coming in. I’m ready to start giving away the prints of the little boy at the dump. I sat down this morning and watched this video as a reminder of how nasty, dark and desperate the […]

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9 Things Running has Taught Me

I’m a runner. I love pounding the road with friends while the rest of the world sleeps. It all started 16 years ago when my weight ballooned to 260 lbs and one of my greatest friends in this life, Robert Blevins, introduced me to running. Sixteen years later, I’m still running strong … and about […]

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It’s a Dump Day Give-Away

Dump Day is about a week away (May 4th).  Dump Day started two years ago when we learned about the people in the Tegucigalpa dump, who are SO poor that they dig through the trash to find food and things to sell. Since the start of Dump Day and because of your donations … A […]

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4 Ways You Can Make Dump Day a Success.

Make a Donation. By far the most important thing you can do is give. By making a donation, your funds go directly to help the people at the dump. The best time to give is on May 4th, Dump Day. I will have posted on this blog on Dump Day the details of “How you […]

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A Story of Grace from the Dump

  (My friend, Jeff Smith, who is the college minister at the Sunset church in Lubbock wrote the following story after his trip to Honduras. While there Jeff witnessed something take place at the dump that was worth sharing … and I’m glad he did.) Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right The old adage, “Two […]

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4 Things You’ve Got to See

Here are 4 things I’m glad I saw this weekend. You may want to check them out… Former minister, Dan Bouchelle writes a piece called “Why are there so many angry minister’s wives?” The post is excellent, the comments are just as good. He’s obviously touched on a “hot” topic. I’m not sure how Lea […]

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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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