Hola, everyone! Today was an exciting and impactful day here in Honduras. I am so thankful I get to sit here tonight outside in the beautiful Honduran rain and write to you about how God is moving this week. I personally have seen and heard so many stories just in the past 48 hours and I am excited to share some of them with you.
This morning we woke up to the sound of birds pecking on our windows. (We have learned this is one of their favorite 5am pastimes) after which we headed straight to the Guevarra’s home and began work on their new home with the assistance of a few EduCafe students, their neighbors, and Serve Hope team members. We worked from 9-4 in the Honduran heat on the house, but made great strides towards completing the project. During a break we concluded that so far over 2500 nails have been nailed (by hand) into the structure of the house. This just accentuates the fact that we are all thankful for many hands diligently working to complete this humble families’ new home.
The Guevarra family have really shown us what true thankfulness and gratitude consists of. When we first arrived to the construction site this morning, their youngest daughter, Lisa, greeted us by proudly showing the balloon she was given at the church yesterday, along with big hugs and a jubilant smilie. Throughout the long hot day she never failed to encourage us with her bright smile and joyful laugh. When I would run out of energy or feel like I had no strength left in my arms, taking a break and spending time with Lisa brought my perseverance and joy back.
Today the little things made the biggest impacts in my view of our work here as well as my view on our normal lives at home. As Cristian, one of the Serve Hope leaders, reminded us tonight, the Guaverra family had no hope of ever having enough money to have a home such as the one we are able to provide and construct in just a few days. However, tomorrow night they are going to be given a gift that will change their lives forever and give them new hope in their future. This brought back the realization of how blessed we are to live in the United States with a roof over our heads. My perspective and gratitude of the way I am blessed to live my life is forever changed.
To be completely honest with you, today was hard. We had a few setbacks along the way and at times the tasks at hand felt challenging or even impossible. I saw the Lord today through my teammates and the way they brought their individual and unique talents to each situation and used their personalities to relate and show love to everyone they came into contact with. A few team members dedicated their time today to serving the younger kids while we worked on their (future) home, others used their physical strength to labor tirelessly, and some pursued past the language barrier to show love through their social interactions with others. This team thrives in challenging times and one of the strengths I see in my teammates is encouragement. When I felt like I couldn’t hammer one more nail or felt like I wasn’t being helpful, they lifted me up and reminded me that we are all working for the same purpose and every little thing makes a difference.
Today specifically, I saw perseverance as well as kindness in situations that could have only been touched by the presence of the Lord. We were invited over to Christian’s house and we shared a very special homemade meal while we got the opportunity to encourage his family and his team. Later this evening we played a game of soccer with a few of the students from EduCafe and their friends which was incredibly special. Our day was long, tiring, and challenging, but I saw God in the details and through the people I was given the chance to interact with.
Continued prayers are appreciated for our team, the students we will interact with from EduCafe in the coming days, and the Serve Hope ministry. I am so thrilled to have this opportunity and we appreciate the prayers and support from our church family. God is using Honduras to change my life, the lives of my team members, and the lives of people we are blessing in his name.