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A year ago today, I stepped off a plane and into Honduras. I had been here other times, but never by myself. My heart was racing and to be honest, I felt like crying because I was already feeling homesick and overwhelmed. I didn’t know exactly what my work would entail, how long I would be here, when I would see my family and friends again. I had been aware of these questions for almost the whole year of...

The last couple of months have been full of learning new things and meeting new people. I have traveled around to the various surrounding communities, about eight in total, both near and far, with Diaconía Nacional’s agricultural coordinator, Cesar. Together we have been working with the communities to expand their knowledge of sustainable, small-scale gardening practices. Among the projects we have worked on are transplanting green peppers, cilantro, tomatoes and onions; teaching different methods for planting yucca and sweet...

Hello all,

     I’m happy to let you know that I have finished my month of Spanish classes in Santa Lucía. A week ago on November 28th I moved to a small rural town called Guacoca. Guacoca is located in the department of Olancho, in the northeast area of Honduras. During my two months here, I will follow the agricultural coordinator for Diaconía Nacional around to the different communities in the area. I’ll learn by observing and helping out...

Dear friends and family,

   I want to share a short update with you on how my preparations are going. First, I have a departure date! I’m planning on leaving for Honduras on Saturday, October 22. This is only two weeks away! I’m starting to feel nervous but also quite excited. This past Sunday, my family and friends from Voyage Church gathered around me to pray over my trip, as seen in the picture. I’m so glad that I...

Family, friends,

The reason I am writing to you is to share part of what I like about being a volunteer. One aspect of this role is to be a bridge, to connect people like yourselves to the lives of people in a different culture. As you continue to support the ministry with which I will be working, I will continue to update you with what we are doing. It is my privilege to be able to connect my community of...

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...