2017 Team

2017 Team
Team with Dilcia's Family

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Full Work Day

The missioners were allowed to sleep in this morning, since they’d had a long day yesterday. Even so, that 6:30 wake-up call seemed very early to all. We ate a breakfast of French toast and fruit before heading to see last year’s homes. That gave the missioners a chance to see what their finished product would look like.

Actually, the missioners loaded wood into the back of the military transport truck in preparation of the work day. They loaded only the wood needed for the house frames. They also loaded all the tools necessary for the day.

Everyone next headed to the home sites for the Kuemper homes. Mike wanted everyone to meet the Honduran families with whom they’d be working. Dave gave a little background information about the families, since he and Janet had met them in January. The ladies do run a tortilla business to help support their families.

The framing wood was unloaded on the concrete pads so the team could go to work. The majority of the team returned to the compound to empty and sort the black duffle bags of all the collected goods. That took place in the library so all the materials could be spread around the room in preparation of creating large trash bag “gift bags” for the families that the principal assigns the team. It was amazing to see the generosity of the Kuemper families as I looked around the library. More than 30 families will benefit from your gifts. Believe me, it will be like Christmas for the families who will receive these bags next week.

The team came together for a lunch of chicken and rice, tortillas, and fruit. After a little break from the sun, it was back to work for all. The McCarty brothers, Dan and Mike, worked on a separate project left-over from the Gehlen team. They worked to disassemble the bunk beds that had been left behind for 6 families so those families could carry the pieces of the beds and reassemble them in their own homes. I noticed that they had a good time together. I’m glad Gehlen (their alma mater) left that opportunity for them. It is much appreciated.

The missioners got to enjoy their first cold showers after working in the day’s heat. The comments I heard were that it really wasn’t as bad as Mr. McCarty had said it would be. It probably felt good after the heat of today. We then celebrated an outdoor mass with Fr. Doug.

We recently supped on a missioner favorite – Honduran enchiladas (a flat hard shell, crumbled hamburger with chopped potatoes and carrots, shredded cabbage, tomato sauce, shredded cheese, and a tomato slice) and cantaloupe or banana.

The missioners had a little time this evening and throughout the day to play with the local children. Since more than 2,000 children from kindergarten through 9th grade attend this school, there is no shortage of little children to hug, swing around, and play with. From 6:30 a.m. through 8:30 p.m. you can find children inside the school grounds. One session runs from 7 a.m. – noon, the next from noon – 5 p.m., and then there is a special session from 5 – 8 p.m. The final session is for older students and adults who never had the opportunity to attend elementary school because their parents couldn’t afford it or they had to work to help support their families. This is one busy place!


In a little over 30 minutes we’ll have our junta for the night and call it a day. It was a great first day in Honduras. Tomorrow the missioners will start nailing on the outside siding while a few remain at the compound to continue sorting gift bag items. I will be leaving Honduras after being here March 2 – 8 and again from March 15 – present. I’ll expect Mike to keep you informed – and entertained – with all the days’ events throughout the remainder of the trip. I’ll be following from home! Although I’m sad to be leaving my Honduran friends, I am very much looking forward to seeing my family and friends back home. Adios, mis amigos!





















11 comments:

  1. Hi Kuemper team! I love seeing the pictures and hearing about your day! The picture of Nate carrying wood and wood in the background was really cool. As you look at the picture, you see a cross with the two sets of wood - a sign that God is with you on this trip! Also loved seeing Mike and Dan enjoying some precious time together - had to go all the way to Honduras to have some much needed brotherly bonding! Love to all!

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  2. Good to see the team putting those geometry concepts use - parallel and perpendicular along with some triangles for bracing - admit it - some of those terms popped into your heads while nailing :) Have a great day!

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  4. We are following each day in class! Awesome job! So proud of each of you for the sacrifice and hard work! Can't wait to see the homes progress and hear all about it when you return! God Bless!

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  5. Hi everyone! It's great to see all of the hard work that you have already done on your trip. I am glad the showers weren't as bad as you guys thought! I can't wait to follow your adventures through the next week.

    MiKayla- We all miss you! Jacob might even miss you the most. You know he would never admit that though! I hope you are having an awesome trip. Don't worry--I went to moms and ate some food and made a mess so it is like you never left ;)

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  6. Hi!! Nice to see your pics on here!! Looks like fun with hard work! Mike & Katelyn we all miss you much.. Amy and friends are taking over the basement tonight!!!!!!! :) You will be happy you are in Honduras! Give each other a hug for us- we are praying for you!
    Joanie/ Mom

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  7. Love the Blog and pictures.. Keep them coming..
    God's Blessings to all!!
    Diane Badding

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  8. Thought I'd share the big news from Kuemper today: Coach Isgrig was named the new Athletic Director!

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  9. Hello everyone from rainy Iowa! Happy April Fools Day! Megan, I got your Dad and Brett again with the cattle being out. It is awesome to see and read about your progress everyday. Thank all of you for the work you are doing. Megan, be prepared to get some crap about the way you hold a hammer...lol. Love you lots and miss you!

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  10. I admire all of you who are helping to build houses and pack gift bags for the people there. Thanks for all the comments and pictures so that I can follow along. Hi to Doug and Dave and Janet. Love and prayers Mom Klein.

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  11. What an amazing job you are all doing! Everyone back home is very proud of the work you are doing! You are all an inspiration!!
    Kiersten, I miss and love you more and more everyday!! Aunt Lisa says, You are amazing!!!

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