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 potato; trainings on how to set up a community credit union, build irrigation systems, and make compost; and learning about soil conservation.
I only have a couple more weeks left before I head down to the south and I’m excited and a bit sad at the same time. I feel that I have more to learn here and I have enjoyed it so much. I love the community I’m in and the family that I live with. However, I’m also eager to go to the south and start the next phase of this opportunity, to meet new people and to learn about another one of Diaconía Nacional’s programs. In the meantime, I hope to live into the last two weeks that I have here in Olancho and to learn and interact as much as I can.
As always, I cannot express enough how grateful I am for all your prayers and emotional support. Knowing that I have an amazing network of family and friends back home is such a great motivator and comfort to me. I can’t wait to see what God has in my future and to share that future with you.