We have just come back into the school building from our nightly junta. Although the missioners are mentioning lots of positive things, it is also evident that the poverty we are witnessing is having a powerful affect on everyone. We all experience the appreciation of the Hondurans, but now we are noticing other things. I will explain.
First of all, the student missioners rose a bit slower from bed this morning. Thus, we’ve scheduled a 5:45 wake-up call for Saturday morning. We have made great progress; we have also agreed to take on more projects. I have a hard time saying no under these circumstances.
Bruce always has the job of splitting everyone into their work crews. Janet took a group made up of boys, pretty much, to do the singing in the classrooms today. Tonight those boys admitted that they were a little upset to have to sing in the classrooms, but after doing it a few times, they truly enjoyed it. I believe I even heard one of them singing the little ditties as we left junta tonight.
Another crew worked hard on the bunk beds with Dave. They have finished all the rest of the frames. Tomorrow they plan to make the posts and assemble them. That will make 20 bunk beds! I am enjoying my bunk bed! I know the families who receive them will be grateful for them.
Pat’s crew has three outside walls up and a partial inside wall. Cindy mentioned that she became a little stressed because of all the breaks taken so the students could play with the little Honduran children. Our missioners enjoy playing and working with the children here. However, the adults just watch to make sure there is a happy medium – play time but also work time.
Tom’s crew has finished one whole wall and two partials on the outside. Due to changes requested by the lady who is receiving the house, they were unable to get any walls done on the inside.
Bruce’s crew has three walls finished outside. Studs are completed on the inside and it’s ready for sheeting. Bruce said there should be two houses ready for painting and getting roof tin on them.
I had an opportunity to speak with Prof. Jessica this afternoon. She has requested two more jobs of the team. We will be repairing a ramp on some playground equipment and building a fence around a garden area. We’ll also get some good soil for them to use, since it’s all rock around here. Prof. Jessica requested that our farmer missioners help them by figuring out which vegetables they should plant and how they should be planted.
Prof. Jessica was extremely complimentary of our student missioners. She stated that we always treat her students with respect, which makes them feel better about themselves. She said so many of them feel like lower class people because they have nothing, and they feel we are rich and better than they are. She wanted all of us to know how grateful she is, and to thank us for showing her students the wonderful work ethic we have.
Tonight at the junta many students mentioned the fun they are having while playing with the children here. Many of them, though, are also talking about how it is breaking their hearts to see these children with little to nothing, sleeping outside or on dirt floors, not having any food to eat, wearing clothes that are torn and ragged, shoes that don’t fit properly or don’t have shoe strings and are practically falling apart. It is terribly hard to witness these things and not be touched. Isn’t that why we call it Gehlen Mission Honduras – Changing Lives. Lives are being changed!
|Hauling wood to the home sites|
|3 of the 4 children who will be living in one of the homes|
|a girl washing up for school|
|Progress being made on Bruce's house, as well as the other two|
|children preparing for school|
|washing from a barrel of water that was carried from a water source, no soap used|