In just two short weeks we will be sitting at a special Send-Off prayer service. If you have never attended one of them, you are really missing a special event. I encourage you to join us in the Ron Fox Memorial Gym, Gehlen Catholic School, at 1:30 p.m.
As soon as the mission team walks out of the gym, we will board the bus for Omaha. We'll get settled into our rooms and eat a meal together - our first one as a team. Once we are back at the hotel, we will go over the details for the flight into Honduras and what to expect for our first day in a third world country.
Many of the missioners are filled with anxious anticipation, wondering what the mission trip will be like for them. For those of us who have been in Honduras many times, we are looking forward to greeting our Honduran friends and seeing how the homes we built last year are faring.
In Honduras the land has been leveled and the concrete poured for the bases of our three homes. Marta and Frank are going over some of the details that must be covered before the teams arrival. They've purchases mattresses, pillows, and blankets. We have a new stove that will go into place in the kitchen and a new bathroom that will double the facilities from last year. I'm sure the students at Santa Teresa are aware that we will soon be arriving to teach some English lessons. They'll be meeting new American friends!
The school principal has made a schedule for our English teaching lessons. She has also chosen the 30 families who will be receiving the gift bags, as well as the 13 families who will be receiving our bunk beds.
During these last two weeks before our mission trip, we are still collecting items for the gift bags. This week's focus is new (or gently used) clothing, cloth diapers, diaper covers, and diaper pins. These items may be placed in the "houses" at Gehlen or in the boxes that the CLT students have placed in all of the churches. Our hope is that we will be able to fill 72 black duffle bags with 50 lbs. of donated items that we can carry into Honduras.
If you have not yet done so, please become a follower so you can send us comments while we are on our mission trip. Most importantly, continue to pray for our mission team as we prepare and travel to Nueva Capital, Honduras.