We were a little anxious this morning with Hurricane Harvey bearing down on Texas, and our flight back home was through Houston, but before heading to the airport, we stopped at the Diaconia National office in Tegucigalpa to have a debriefing with some Diaconia National staff.  It was a very open and heartfelt discussion that we had as we shared the things and moments during this trip that impacted us.  We all were very happy and impressed with the planning...

This morning as we were eating breakfast at the hotel in Catacamas, we met another mission trip group who is from Texas.  We shared some stories and also found out that they were on the same flight back to the USA as us on Saturday August 26.  Both our group and theirs were concerned about hurricane Harvey and the impact it would have on our travel plans.

Today we would be travelling the long trip (5 hours) back to Tegucugalpa, but...

After breakfast we packed everything up and headed for Catacamas, which is about a 4 hour drive from Mangulile.  On the drive we once again got to see some of the beautiful landscapes of Honduras.

After dropping our stuff off at the hotel in Catacamas where we would be staying we went to the Diaconia National office in Catacamas, where Arturo works out of.  We then headed out to do some site seeing and we went to the Cave of the...

Today after breakfast we said our good byes to pastor Lupito and his family.  They were a blessing to us and our trip.  We are very grateful for their hospitality and Christ like love they showed to us while we were staying with them.

We loaded up all our stuff and headed to a nearby community of Guana Coste.  When we arrived there we were greeted by a group of children from the school.  They had a banner made up for...

We got to an early start this morning since we were heading back to San Antonio to help put cement floors in two separate houses.  We split into two groups and each group worked on one of the houses.  It was good physical labor that included mixing the sand and cement by shovel, then mixing in the water.  All the mixing was done on the ground, then we used 5 gallon buckets to carry the cement into the house where...

We woke up this morning to the sound of roosters and other livestock.  Not long after walking out of the house we were swarmed by children excited to see us.  They all wanted to race us and for us to swing them around.  It was nice to play with the kids and make a connection with them.

After breakfast Pastor Lupito took us on a tour of Cañada Galana and we got to see some of the projects that had...

Today we had the joy of going to church with Matt and Katie at Iglesia Cristiana Reformada La Paz in Tegucugalpa.  With the help of our interpreter (thanks Carlos) we were able to enjoy a great message about making and taking time for your family (especially your children).  At the end of the service Stan was able to give a blessing to the church as well.  The service was very uplifting for everyone.

After the service we said our good byes...

We have arrived in Honduras.  We started the day with an early flight from Minneapolis to Houston, and then on to Tegucigalpa.  We were greeted by Mateo (and his family) and Rolando at the airport.  We are all thankful for the safe travel (the plane landing into Tegucigalpa is pretty exciting), as well for those praying for our safe travel.

We had a very informative orientation session where we recieved presentations from Diaconia Nacional and World Renew.  We are all looking...

As the summer months draw near to their close, so too our time here in West Africa is winding down. It’s crazy to think that we will leave soon – our time here has gone by so quickly! 

The past few weeks have been a bit of a slower pace for us than normal. After completing the big projects we discussed in our last blog post, we have been working on several smaller tasks – some...

These past few weeks have been weeks of finishing up projects! A lot of our time here has been spent working on and revising the women’s/girls’ health curriculum from Senegal, adding to it and adapting it to fit our cultural and religious context. We spent hours pouring over this curriculum, one 5-hour meeting at a time, and have just finished putting all the lessons together into one big, 250-page manual for our program’s trainers (and this is just an addition...

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