As I prepare for my time in Honduras, I find myself getting easily lost in the “grand-scheme of things” way of thinking. Thoughts like, “I have so much to do to get ready”, “How much of a difference will I actually make?”, and “My goodness, two years is a very long time” tend to pop up in my mind often. However, I have been learning to take things one at a time, to look at the small details rather than the big picture. I recently learned more about what I will be doing during my time there, and that has helped me focus on the specifics rather than the daunting idea of starting something completely new.
Allow me to bring you in to what I have been learning.
First, though I already knew this, the partner organization I will be working with is called Diaconía Nacional, which is part of the Christian Reformed Church of Honduras. They implement many community development programs throughout Honduras. If you would like to know more about them and their work, find the link to their website at the bottom of this post.
Second, I will be assisting mainly with their children’s nutrition program, and at times with their sustainable agriculture program. I will be the assistant to a nurse who trains mothers in various communities about topics such as breastfeeding, nutrition, hygiene, skin diseases, and family vegetable gardens, to name a few.
Finally, I have learned that I will spend my first month in Santa Lucia (where I lived for my semester through Calvin) taking Spanish classes, my second month doing agricultural training, and then moving to Choluteca in southern Honduras to start working with the program. I will be living with the same nurse that I will be working with.
When I slow down and think about the little things, the individual people with whom I will be living and working, the communities in which I will be serving, I am able to feel the eagerness and joy of being God’s hands and feet in southern Honduras. Whenever I feel small and unable to do it all, my mind goes back to a section of a prayer written by Bishop Ken Untener which says:
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and to the rest.