Hola from Honduras! Today was another day of tough work, but instead of hauling rock and sand today we dug ditches. We were in small groups, and everyone was either wielding a pick axe or a shovel. The ditches had to be 18 inches deep and about the width of a shovel… this was easier said than done. After several hours of work in the hot sun we had dug a couple hundred of yards of new ditch. It was great to see how much work we accomplished by working together with the Hondurans. Once we had completed our morning session of work we headed into the little village for mass. Wow. It was a unique and beautiful experience of the universal Catholic Church. The town does not have a priest, so they generally only get a priest to the town once or twice a year for mass. The people were so happy to share in this bilingual mass, and a young Honduran man led us in wonderful guitar playing and music. We were also joined by many of the school children who clapped to the songs and sat on many of our students laps. It was truly an experience of God.
Here are some notes from our students:
Ethan- Thank you dad for making me bring so much stuff I have used it all and so has everyone else. Love you mom!
Elizabeth- I like the hard work and talking to the kids with the little bit of Spanish that I know. I love you mother!
Andy- I love you mom and dad and everyone else who might happen to read this! I’m really surprised at how much Spanish I remember. I’m really tired so I won’t write anymore.
Johnny- Dear Mom, Dad, and Marianne – I love you very much and I’m having a better time than what the pictures show. Work is hard but refreshing. Yes, I am welcome, dad. I’m trying to speak the best I can, but I’m just asking how they are several times. I wish you could have experienced this, thanks for the prayers!
Lauran- Hey Feist family! Thank you so much for the prayers. The trip has been great, and I feel fine. I can’t wait to tell you all about the people I’ve met, and as I’m sure you want to know the food is great. I miss you and I love you, see you in the Eucharist.
Katy- Love you family! I’m showing dad up in the work department, he’s been making me compensate for missing track though. Love you! P.S.- PJ we haven’t gotten you a machete yet.
Tyler and Derek- We are Junta budding having a great time and learning Spanish. Livin’ the dream!
Lauryn- Hey family, love you tons! We are having the time of our lives and working hard. Meeting the locals and having mass with them was amazing. Love you all tons! Brooker Happy Birthday!
Michelle- The heat has not been as bad as I expected, but I really wish I knew more Spanish! It is a very humbling experience and I am amazed by the work ethic and generosity of the Hondurans. Love you all so much!
Liam- Love the family. Anything new in Rapid? Caitlin and Dad can tell you anything you want to know about the trip so far Miss you may the force be with you Declan. Oh and tell Brendan to check the blog.
Caitlin- This has been truly life changing so far. It is difficult to put into words. The people, the scenery, and the culture are so beautiful. You are all in our prayers- keep us in yours! P.S.- the food is delicious, but Mom I still miss your lattes and homemade pizza!
Sarah- Miss you all, but I’m having the time of my life. It’s been beautiful here, the towns and greenery are stunning, as well as the people. The food is great, and everything seems better when you work hard. Can’t wait to see you. Love you!
Connor- I am having a great time in Honduras. I am so glad I came. Profa will be happy to hear that I am using my Spanish. I’m doing great and I will see you guys when I get back.
Mary- Miss you all and message for Kevin: quit complaining about the cracked cook top, you should see what they have to cook on here.
KFal- Hello everyone! I miss you seventh graders, make sure you behave while I’m gone! Family- I love and miss you and can’t wait to see you soon. Second graders, Fr. Jim, and all of RCCSS- thanks for the love and prayers!
Thank you all so much for you continued support and prayers. Can't wait to fill you in on our adventures tomorrow!