This morning began, as usual, at 6 a.m. We breakfasted on eggs, ham, beans, watermelon, juice, and coffee. Missioners were divided into three groups: teachers, house one, and house two. The teaching went well. Our students are really getting into the swing of being teachers. Crews at both house sites installed two doors, cut out windows, and painted either interior or exterior walls or both. The students are definitely learning all kinds of useful skills. I think they are becoming part Honduran, as I’ve seen some of them improvising materials as needed. One item today was a paint stir stick made from a piece of rebar and bent into a hook. Then it was turned by the drill. That was Bruce’s idea, but I’ve also seen the students doing things Honduran style.
Everyone seemed to be dragging a little today. I guess shopping takes more out of them than work does. After a lunch of grilled chicken, rice, and beans, I ordered a mandatory siesta for everyone. I also forbid any soccer games so their bodies could get rested. I think it worked because I’ve noticed a lot more energy tonight. Some are singing songs with the Honduran children. Some are doing their laundry by hand. All have had their cold shower. And I think there are a few card games going on.
It’s just about time for junta now. I will finish the rest of the blog afterwards.
We had lots of sharing at junta tonight, which is nice. The students are having a great experience. They are doing everything asked of them and more; they are true examples of what Pope Francis wants us to be. What wonderful examples of American students they are showing the Hondurans.
Missioners’ blogs follow:
Mariah McCarty: Hello again! I can’t put into words how amazing this whole experience is, but I can’t wait to share it the best I can with you when I get back. I’m not going to lie, going shopping for souvenirs for family and friends made me really miss everyone yesterday. I can’t wait to see all of you! :) Good news: The kids no longer laugh when I speak in Spanish. Improvement! Ps. Mom- have you heard anything about jobs? Megan- I miss our sister talks. Love you all!!
Miranda Bunkers: Hey family! I`m starting to miss you all. Never thought I`d say that. J But everything is going good here! Yesterday while shopping, there was a young boy that was selling grasshoppers made out of a palm leaf. He said that it was for him and his brother so they could eat because they are orphans. Come to find out that the money was being used for inappropriate reasons. I will explain later. Just thought I would share one of the many stories to come! Can’t wait to see you all on Friday!! Love you and see you soon!! <3 o:p="">3>
Rebecca Feller: Okay, Mother, haha you are so funny. Thanks for giving me an option about the trip, but where is it? I’ll let you know if I want to go when I get back from this trip.
Dan ‘OB’: Yes, I am still alive here in Honduras. Poor Richard, sorry about the possible nightmares after you saw the pictures of me painting, thickest paint I ever had to work with. Learning a lot, but it is quite difficult. Someone forgot to tell me that almost everybody doesn’t speak English. Going as far as I can with a smile and sharing a piece of (for all those concerned – sugar free) gum. The weather here is quite enjoyable, and I have been extra attentive with the sunscreen. Ming, hope you are doing ok and not going crazy or hungry because I have been gone so long. Looking forward to sharing a smile, hug and a piece of gum with you. Living arrangements are Spartan, but we have plenty of water (cold showers) and the food is better than expected. Elen, miss you, hoping Kyle is keeping you, Abby and Hurley entertained. Tell Mom that the candles are working. The crew is starting to open up and our evening meetings are getting more productive. My distance girls you are so lucky you didn’t come with me - every hill is a 14th. I believe I could have a successful XC team here, but everybody plays soccer. Wednesday I get to teach English, so you know the students will have funny lines to share with their folks when they get home. Also, got the times from the meet on the 18th, and ladies, there is work to do and I hope that you are working hard for Gina (She is coaching you, right?). Once again it is time for me to ‘mingle’ along with my thoughts of home, looking forward to seeing all my familiar faces again on the 28th.
Kennedy Rolfes: Hey, Mom and Dad! Bout time you blogged me…..I was waiting for you to! Trust me, I am pleasantly surprised myself that I am doing laundry, dishes, and other chores. However, that does not mean I will do them back home. ;) Yes, you are correct, I was one of the burnt ones haha. By the way, I did get asked if I could cut off a piece of my hair and give it to someone. They love red heads. ;) I am loving every moment of being here and am so thankful for you giving me the opportunity to come here. It is absolutely beautiful and the Honduran people are too. They are so friendly and loving. I especially love the children. My Spanish is coming along great too. I am surprised how well I can speak and interpret. I miss you both very much and can’t wait to see you soon. Tell Kylee I miss and love her. Love you both to the moon and back. Mariah, I’m sorry you had to do our duet alone, but on the bright side, I will be back this weekend! I miss you so so so so much along with our baby dancers. I hope they are behaving for you! Missing your laugh more than anything. I can’t wait to see you! Love you, Rae Rae.