Amusement parks should create an amusement ride called “Honduran Roads” so everyone would be able to experience the bumpy and curvy roads we have been experiencing! Our bodies get a total workout just traveling to our destinations.
This morning we lived the example of ‘hurry up and wait.’ All were up by 5:30 a.m. Hard to believe, huh parents? We ate French toast for breakfast with various fruit choices. Then we rushed to make the 7:30 procession, which actually didn’t start until some time after 8. Everyone met at the edge of town. Many of the town’s children were in costume. After Fr. Bonilla blessed all the palms we were holding, Jesus mounted the burro and we processed through town, shouting ‘Viva, Jesus’ and singing as we walked. After we arrived at the church, the Passion was read and Mass continued. When the sign of peace starts, our group is generally surprised as the Hondurans walk all over to hug each other with the sign of peace. All the little children go to Father behind the altar to give him hugs.
Immediately after Mass we climbed aboard the bus for our ‘amusement ride’ to Sulaco and our visit to the malnutrition center. I believe many hearts were touched by those cute little children. Each missioner had the chance to hold a little child. Some of them coaxed a little boy to kick the soccer ball back and forth with him. It was hard for both missioners and little children to say good-bye. Our next stop was at the sewing academia and wood carving school for a few handmade souvenirs. Our last stop in Sulaco was at our friend Dulce’s who provided us with her delicious sweet fried bread and ice cold sodas. What a treat!
On our return we stopped at the homes of two extremely poor women. Pastora, who is quite elderly, expressed her gratitude for the food we gave her. Our final stop was a return to the house of the ‘Stick Lady.’ Her photo appears on this page. As soon as Linda gave her the new outfit she’d brought, Virginia put the clothes on right over her ragged clothes. Linda gave her a bag of staples, soap, and shampoo and she thanked the group.
We arrived in Esquias at 6. The students were overjoyed to find that Frank had returned from Tegucigalpa with all the missing bags. Even though they were shaken, both emotionally and physically, everyone pitched right in to empty the bags. Enchiladas were served at 7. Our junta followed. As I finish the blog at 10, I can’t hear a sound. I think they’ve all gone to bed. Many of them have written to you –
Ashley Ellensohn – Love you Mom and Dad! Everything is wonderful. Mom, you would love these kids. Xoxo
Britt Jaminet – Who knew it could take 3 hours to travel 84 km? The rock roads and narrow roads combined with the steep mountains could make anyone sick. Love you Mom. Dad and I miss you!
Sana Naqvi – Miss you and love you Mom & Dad.
Becca Vonnahme – Hey Dad! How is Tegucigalpa? How are all the girls treatin’ ya? Everything is going great in Esquias. I’ve never been so sweaty and dirty in my life. Love you and can’t wait to see you Thursday!
Mike Jaminet – We got to experience forest fires firsthand. The smoke and damage is unreal.
Becca & Steve Swalve – Miss you and love you Mom, Nic, and Bob!
Zach Maxey – Hey everybody! It’s amazing here in Honduras! Everybody is so welcoming. Playing soccer w/the Hondurans is really fun and they are all really good. Miss you and love you Mom & Dad & the family!! Happy 18th Jack!! Love Zach
Fr. Cosgrove - We celebrated Palm/Passion Sunday with the parish. The procession came into town with palms from the trees and all went to the church high on the hill. The procession began at 8:00 a.m. and Mass ended at 10:30. The church was full so many of our students stood outside. The Holy Week celebration will be a highlight for everyone.