We got off to a little earlier start this morning (5:45) so we could be on time to Mass in Santa Lucia. It was nice to watch Fr. Doug concelebrate with the Honduran priest. The priest’s homily actually focused on our mission group. He told his parishioners they needed to be like our mission group and help the poor. He said it wasn’t enough for them to give money; they needed to go out to places like Nueva Capital and work with the poor people of their country.
|Attending Mass at Santa Lucia, built in the 16th century|
After Mass we visited a beautiful oasis created by Marta’s brother. He has a large acreage with various plants, including trails on which to explore the area. He even provided us with a couple of his college students to take our missioners on a tour. Then we had a Honduran sandwich with food prepared by Marta. The sandwich had what she called stewed chicken, which tasted a little like barbecue to me. Then she had sliced tomatoes, shredded cabbage, and shredded beats you could put on the hoagie bun. We also ate banana chips, watermelon, pineapple, and mango – all fresh and delicious.
|Fr. Doug concelebrates|
Then it was off to Valle de Angeles for our tourist shopping day. The missioners were given almost two hours to find the perfect souvenirs for their families. We also got to eat ice cream! I believe most missioners took advantage of that chance.
|Starting to fill the first of 25 gift bags|
As soon as we arrived back at the compound, the group went to work building bunk beds. Bruce put everyone on a special job, and it looked like an assembly line. Though the crew was unable to finish them tonight, bunk bed work has been added to the work schedule over the next four days.
|Wood measuring and cutting crew|
Tomorrow’s goal is to get Paola’s house painted, wired, and roofed. Then, as soon as Pat’s crew gets the doors on, it will be completed. Hopefully, there will be a finished house photo on the blog tomorrow night.
Here are the latest missioner messages -
Hey family! I love it here! I am having a great time. It’s been hard work, but I am so excited to finish the houses and let the families move in. Today we went shopping, and I got a lot of cool souvenirs for you guys! See you in a few days. I love and miss you all.
It’s so amazing here. I’m having a great time here, even with the hard work. People became smart after watching me struggle with the first nail. In total I have now hammered five nails. Instead, I have been carrying boards and holding them in place. I am excited to start painting. This is such a fantastic experience. Thank you, Mom and Dad, for letting me go! Love you bunches!
Mary and Nathan Klein
Hi, Jim, Emily, Michelle, Matt, Becca, Marilyn, Vince, and friends! We are doing great here! We have one house almost done, and the other two have all the walls up. We are getting a lot better at using a hammer. J It’s been really fun to meet the moms and children who will be getting the new homes. One little boy (Javier) said his new house was so big! One of the bedrooms is bigger than his whole old house. The poverty is very hard to see, but the people are so beautiful. We hope you are all doing great, too! We definitely miss all of you and will be very anxious to see you when we get back. We love you!
Hey, Everyone! Everything is going great. I am having an amazing time down here. So glad you gave me the opportunity to come. All the Hondurans are so welcoming. Not to mention I’ve become a pro at hammering nails. Can’t wait to tell you guys all about it. Miss you all!
Thanks for the UNI updates! I heard Wichita St. won too, MVC baby!! I can’t wait to hear how they do in the upcoming rounds. Glad that the kids miss me along with Emerson. I miss you guys too. This trip is exceeding my expectations. I can’t wait to see you all and talk to you. Lastly, shout out to all the Iowa St. fans who said that ISU was better than UNI - haha!! Also Ryan Stoll haha Kansas lost to a team UNI beat. Love you guys and miss you all!!
David “Dizzy” “Sure-Foot” “Google” Puhl
Hi, Mom and Dad and the sibs! Thanks for the (unhappy) updates on the tournament. It’s been amazing to work on the houses and learn how to use power tools and hammer nails (even if some of the kids are a lot better than me). I’ve loved getting to know the kids and have fun with my fellow Missioners. Love you guys and miss you all!
Hello to everyone back home! I miss you all, but I am having a great time down here! I can’t wait to tell you all of my stories and hear about all of the things that I missed! I hope that Mom and Kaylee had fun in Chicago and that the boys survived at home alone. Also happy birthday to Cody on Tuesday! Special shout out to Mrs. Lehmann’s first grade class. - I miss you guys and can’t wait to get back into your classroom when I get back! Bye for now!
Keith and Michaela Bretey
Greetings from nearer the equator! We are happy to inform you all that the farmers’ tans have set in. They represent hard work and good times under the hot Honduran sun! But even more, they represent a labor of love for our Honduran brothers and sisters. We’ve made lots of friends here, and Keith’s Spanish vocabulary has expanded exponentially under my influence, as I attempt to serve as an interpreter for my work crew! I was sure glad when Kathya (Carlos’ daughter) came on Friday afternoon and spoke English well!! We’re having a great experience; all is well.
Jackson—loved your act of solidarity in sleeping on the floor like we are. Mom and Carlyn – we miss you tons! Love you lots. CBY
P.S. Bruce and J.D. have been assigning nick-names, and today I was dubbed “fork lift”… coulda been worse….
Hola familia!!!! Los extranos mucho, cada dia pienso en los dos. Me estoy divirtiendo mucho en Honduras. Estoy bien quemada, pero bien contenta. Hoy fuimos a misa y empeze a llorar por lo hermoso que estaba el servicio. El coro la mejor parte de la misa, porque cantaron canciones que conocia. Solo los queria decir que los amo y los extrano a ti y a papa.
|Slat installer crew|
|Frame finisher/mover crews|