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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Then Feed Just One Food Makes a Difference

It is with a heavy heart that I write tonight’s blog. Unfortunately, Bruce and Alex must return home early so they can be with their dad/grandpa, who is really missing them. We all agree that they should return, but we’ll really miss them.

Pancakes for breakfast this morning and watermelon. As soon as we finished eating, we put everyone to work. Even though we were heading to Talanga at 8:30, we definitely didn’t want any of us sitting around too much. A few missioners treated the wood that is going to be used to build three picnic tables, and the remainder of the missioners carried sand down the mountainside in gunny sacks. Actually, they formed a line and passed the sacks down until they reached the Hondurans who carried it the rest of the way.

As stated earlier, we headed for Talanga – a two-hour trip – to visit the Feeding Center. While we were touring the facility, we discovered boxes of Then Feed Just One food. Excited, we examined the labels on the boxes. THEIR FOOD WAS FROM GEHLEN, SPALDING, AND EMMETSBURG!!! The children who were in the feeding program were possibly eating the food we packed last May. That was truly eye-opening for all of the missioners. Many of us commented on that at junta tonight. Many people mentioned that now that they’ve seen the food actually being eaten by children who were probably getting their only meal of the day, they know the importance of our packing event.

Lunch was peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, chips, and granola bars enroute to Nueva Capital from Talanga. Traveling today gave everyone the chance to experience Honduran driving at its best. No one has figured out the horn honking language of the Honduran drivers. I think you have to be a native Honduran to understand it. Sofia, Marta’s oldest daughter, ate her very first peanut butter & jelly sandwich while with us today and said it actually wasn’t that bad.

As soon as we returned to the compound, we all went to work moving sand and gravel down the mountainside. The people here are building a grand chicken coop toward the back of the compound. They were slowly moving a bit of sand and gravel each day, so we told them we’d make sure the pile was moved for them. They were extremely grateful.

After a supper of pupusas (corn tortillas surrounding melted cheese and a pinch of pork paste, I think, and grilled; then you put shredded cabbage like slaw on top of it), Janet got out her guitar and we had a singalong. Tonight’s junta was thought-provoking. There were plenty of emotions after our experiences at the feeding center.

Actually, I think everyone is starting to get a little emotional because we all know our mission experience is drawing to a close. I’m also sure that some of the missioners are realizing they miss their families, though they might not admit it. I predict a bus full of tears when we leave this place.

Missioners’ blogs:

Emily Pratt- Hey mom and dad, everything is going great down here today. Going to the feeding center was quite an experience. The children there were really excited for us to be there today. I miss you guys. Shopping on Sunday was actually fun for me. I got you some great stuff. Tell Sally I miss her very much. Catherine, I hope all is going well at college, and I got a few things for you too. Tell Katie and Billy hi for me. To all of my friends, I hope you are having lots of fun at school and in the cold weather. It is very nice down here. See you all soon.

Megan Livermore: Hey family and other people! J All is well in Honduras, and I love hearing from all of you guys back home, makes part of my day! Honestly, not too excited about the weather everyone is talking about back home, but I cannot wait to see you guys! Kelsey, I miss hearing you make fun of me everyday too, but no worries because almost everyone down here is, so it’s like I never left! David, sorry to hear that posting on the blog is difficult for you, but I am beyond glad to know you are following our journey down here. It means a lot to know that all of you guys are following us, keeping up to date on our journey, and most of all praying for our group. Mom, Dad, the sibs and Kinnick: I miss you guys soooo very much and no worries, we will have plenty of stories and answers to share with you guys when we get back! This trip has been amazing so far! #omaha #yahoo

Jim and Michelle Klein: Hola to Mom/Mary, Matt, Nathan, and Emily. It was great to hear from you. We are glad Emily did great at volleyball. We are doing very well. It was fun playing with the kids at the feeding center in Talanga today. They asked us to play pato, pato, gansaje (duck, duck, goose), but they didn’t play by the same rules. We enjoyed the view as we traveled, but the driving was interesting. Emily, Dad is worried about getting his spot back. You’d better enjoy it while you can. We love and miss you and will see you soon.

Patrick (not Megan) Livermore:  Howdy.  This is my first blog so here I go.   Mother, Father, I am having a swell time down south of the border.  This might surprise you, but it is hot down here.  I miss all my family, including the runt.  Hope you guys are having fun back in God’s Country. Next topic.  Hello, Cecilia and such. I forgot you guys were still there.  I am curious if you guys accomplish anything in class. Time to go.  This has been PatRick on MH’s blog. Yahoo.  I’m out.

Adam Sitzmann: Hello to everybody that’s reading this, especially my family. It’s been a blast down here so far. I’m really missing everybody, and I am looking forward to sharing my experience when I get back. I’m missing everybody. I, for sure, haven’t been hungry so far. I also finally buckled down and ate some peanut butter, not the worst stuff ever. I also did read all of my English book down here during our siestas. See you all soon!

P.S. To Abby: Please clean off my golf clubs for when I get back on Saturday. I, for sure, am going golfing.

Carolyn Bickford: Tell Mya that I'll be over on Saturday to watch Frozen with her, and I'll give both Mya & Cayden a hug. Paige & Marshall, I'll Facetime with you on Saturday. Looking forward to talking & seeing all of you. I hope Pakka & Angel are okay. No one has given me any information on them, so I assume everything is going fine. I'll text Lyndsi in Atlanta, tell her that please.





20 comments:

  1. To all of you there who are helping to do God's work- May you be blessed. We are so proud of everyone of you! Our love and prayers, Marilyn and Vince Klein

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  2. Jim and Michelle, We miss you and are so thankful that things have been going well there for you. We have really been enjoying seeing the pictures that you have been posting and reading the blog. MIchelle, did you teach the kids how to play duck duck goose? Karen has your graduation announcements ready for you to look at, so hopefully we can get those ordered this weekend. Jim, it is a good thing you are missing March Madness because your bracket is not looking so hot. We were jumping all around the house when Iowa State won. Can't wait to see you guys on Friday! Love you!

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  3. Caroline ~ We keep praying for the work of the team and for the friends you are helping. I was also wondering after reading about some of the food you are eating and knowing how much you love to cook, are you getting any good recipes? It would be great if you could make a meal for us when you get home with Honduran style. We love you and we're looking forward to seeing you Friday.

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  4. So proud of all of you. The days are flying by and look at all that you've accomplished. It's all really very amazing. So many lives are changing. Patrick and Megan - we can't wait to see you Friday and hear about your trip. We love you and miss you~M D B S R & K

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  5. Adam, it is great hearing from you again!!! We were laughing reading the blog about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches...and you having to eat them, and then you posted about it!!! LOL!!! You are definitely missed here, but I have not cried a single tear since you have been gone because I know how much fun you are having.

    Mrs. Vondrak is going to be thrilled that you read your English book. We were just talking about you today at school.

    We are so proud of you and the whole mission team.

    This is Abby now. Adam, I'm not sure I like this being an only child and everything because I am having to do EVERYTHING around the house, and I have NO one to blame for all the glasses sitting around ;) I am glad you are having fun down there, and I will see you on Friday...but your clubs won't be cleaned.

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  6. Hey Emily- I'm glad to hear that you are having a wonderful time. I am so glad that you got the opportunity to get to Honduras and make a difference in their lives, I wish that I could have gotten to experience what you are experiencing. I can't wait to see what you got me and hear all of your stories, we are going to have to do a Face Time Date of Saturday. Did the children remind you of Wyatt? College is going great for me, but the countdown is on till May 8 for some students. Tomorrow it is suppose to be in the 60s here! I can't wait and the flip flops are coming out of the closet. Hope that it is not too hot for you. If it is, please send the nice warm weather here cause I am ready for summer! Katie says not to kiss any frogs as they might be poisonous and Billy says umm... umm... (he might be going crazy or is too sleep deprived). Get plenty of sleep, and enjoy your last few days! Love You!
    Catherine

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  7. Good morning from your friends at Community Bank.....We are reading your daily blogs and are thankful for each one you as you are the hands and feet of Jesus. Linda R. how are you? Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as you serve Him.

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  8. Mariah, Hi! It sounds like you have accomplished much these past few days. Did it go faster than you thought it would? I imagine God is smiling down on all of you missioners. God bless you all. We continue to pray for you every day. We miss you and are anxious to see you again and hear all about your mission trip.
    Love,
    Grandma & Grandpa Irwin

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  9. Hi, Brady! Your mom is having a hard time signing in so she wanted me to let you know everyone is missing you like crazy and can't wait to see you and hear about all your experiences. Lauren has a countdown created - I'm sure you can imagine what that looks like! We are thinking of you and praying for you and your entire group. The blog and pictures have been so interesting to read through. Praying for safe travels home!

    Much love,
    Aunt Cristi

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  10. We are glad the everything is still going well and everyone is enjoying their time there. We are sure it was a very eye opening experience to see the Then Feed Just One Packets from our schools! It really shows that every ones hard work is paying off.
    We hope you all enjoy your last days on the mission and wish you all safe travels home!
    Alex and Heather Sitzmann

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  11. Hey Ken! Can't wait to hear about your trip. You look like you are having a blast and I hope you are seeing the simple life as an amazing way to live ;) Hope you did not break the bank shopping haha See you in 43 days!!!!!!

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  12. Hello everyone, we have been reading your blogs and comments each day in class. It sounds like things are going well and you are having an amazing experience. We pray each day for all of you and the people you are serving. We prayed today for safe travel for Bruce and Alex and will do so for all of you on Friday. We are all anxious to hear about your experience, you have been missed! God Bless, Mrs. Kellen

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  13. Hola amigos! Coco estas? This is Christian Living again! Love the pictures! RickPat, it's nice to see some emotion on your face! Kyle, are you down there with Bob Dole? We haven't read any blogs from you! We have finished three chapters since you've been gone, so you have LOTS to make up when you return! ;) WHAT!? I (Henrich) will miss you on Monday as I have to go to a meeting with Big Sharon! Blake's hair says hi to everybody! Love you and miss you! We are praying for you and your safe return! PS- Do you guys like chocolate chip cookies? Can't wait to hear all your stories! NO TALKING ABOUT THEM UNTIL TUESDAY!

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  14. Carolyn, the picnic table components picture reminds me of last year. Where are Miss Lois, Miss Kelly and Home Depot when you need them? ;)

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  15. Caroline: Stefan tiene "ojo rosado" y llevo sus gafas a escuela hoy. Todos se rein porque Nick "karate chopped" sus gafas en el tercer nivel. Te extranamos!

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  16. Congratulations to all missioners for showing all your followers these past few months . The way to grow a kind, caring, and giving spirit. We pray that spirit will follow all of us the rest of our lives, What teamendous example you have been for yourselves and all. Finish your tasks strong and safe travels home. With much love and gratitude. The Pratt Family.

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  17. Hard to believe only 2 days until the mission complete. What a rewarding experience for all of you. Praying for all of you to have safe travels at adoration tonight. Bless you all! Miss you miss Kennedy!!

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  18. One more full day on your mission and it will be complete. What a great service and awesome memories. Miranda we are excited to have you back home. Praying that all goes well leaving on Friday. Take care and love you tons!

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  19. Patrick and Megan, I finally got in. I have really enjoyed following your mission trip. You are doing great work. Enjoy the rest of your time there and travel safe! Love you guys!

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  20. Love what you are all doing!!! I did the Medical mission in January and wish I could be there helping you all. I hope you all take back as much happiness and passion from Honduras as I did. Much love from Sioux City!!! Stacie

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