Once again we split into several groups after breakfast. One group of missioners taught the rosary to the 4th graders, while a second group taught the 5th graders. Another group of missioners traveled to the homes, where they finished the painting and worked on wiring the last home. Two different groups made up of 3-4 missioners delivered gift bags, which brings our total of gift bag deliveries to 33. And finally, any missioner not doing one of the previously stated jobs was working on building bunk beds.
At 11:30 we all converged on Paola’s house for a group photo. That is the home we built two years ago. Dilcia, her mother, kept asking us to do a group photo in front of her home. We finally got it done at noon.
In case you were wondering, the push-up challenge was met. My favorite was the day they did the last set on roofing day. The two men on top of the roof did theirs on the roof. Now we need the missioners to decide how they’d like to spend the money. There are many worthwhile projects, and I’m curious to see what they will choose.
Ten bunk beds were completed today, which was our quota. We have two picnic tables to complete yet. We’ll tackle those at some point tomorrow or Thursday.
At junta this evening we announce to the student missioners that we have put them into three different groups – one per house. They will be given ONLY tomorrow morning to decorate their house in any way they’d like. The adult missioners may guide the students if asked, but they may not do the work for them. They may use paint or left-over wood or any other items they’d like to make. We’ll see who can be the most creative.
In the afternoon we are hoping that the Then Feed Just One container arrives for us to see at Cerro de Plata Foundation. Some Gehlen/Spalding food is supposed to be on this container. If the opportunity arrives, we will each ceremoniously carry one box of food off the truck. We’ll then allow the Honduran men to earn their money by unloading the rest of it. It will be very gratifying to see the food that has been packed back in the U.S. arrive here.
As you know, our time here is drawing to a close. There will be some tough farewells for most of us because we have made close relationships with many of the people here. I’ve heard several people say that they miss their families but will be sad to leave. That is a good sign that their mission trip has truly been a life-changing trip for them.
Hey everybody! If Eli sees this, I can’t wait to kick your butt in chess when I get back, and if Anna sees this I can’t wait to kick your butt in pool. I can’t wait to get back home and see everybody. PS: Mom and Dad, it’d be pretty cool if you brought a pizza (preferably cheese, also a large because Brooke wants some too) in the airport on Friday;) –Lucas McCarty
Hey family and friends, I apologize for not writing yet. Mom, you were correct, I’ve been an emotional wreck this entire trip, nonstop tears. I’ve been doing just fine, and I am loving every single second of this. By the way, if you leave Cali outside for the entire night ever again, I swear that I will come home and kick you out of the house instead. P.S. You might want to bring some nail polish remover when you come to pick me up. – Sincerely, Yachmil, Ranger Rick, AA, Atze
Hey guys! So the trip has flown by. Sad to see it come to an end, but I miss you guys. Today, I found out that some girls have a crush on me (sorry Carli). I also had my nails painted a very MANLY orange color by some of my friends. Well, I’m getting rushed because I “type slow” so I’d better go. Sorry for the short message. Thanks for the bracket update. I have so many stories when I get home. OH. PICK ME UP JIMMY JOHNS WHEN I ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT PLEASE. A BILLY CLUB SANDWICH. THANKS. MUCH LOVE. BYE. –Colin
Hi family! I am having a great time and doing awesome. I am not ready to leave, but I guess I can come home if Lauren misses me that much. We will have to stop at a McDonalds on the way home because I am having withdrawals. Love and miss you. P.S. Alec I’m sure you are doing great at the track meets and don’t worry, you will hear my loud voice in no time;). –Brooke
Mom, I want a track t-shirt (XL). And I also want BBQ ribs when I get back. Thanks! Love and miss you so much! –Ralphie
Hey BF&S employees, we are enjoying our time here in Honduras. We are hoping that the company is still running well without us there. John, hope you remembered to change the salt filters on Saturday. Don’t miss us too much. We’ll be back soon. P.S. The kids love the hats. -The Dynamic Duo (Thomas & Dustin)\
Hey classmates, hope you aren’t missing me too much lol. Weber, you didn’t answer my question about you causing any trouble without me. I would like to be a part of it if you do do anything. Jason Konz, hopefully my streaks aren’t keeping you awake throughout the night. Hasta Lavista, Brian Sauer
Hi Stephanie, it’s Mom. Things here are going just great! I think the girls are having a nice time too. They are constantly playing with the kids when they are not working on a project. I think they are even getting used to taking 90 seconds very cold showers. Amanda is not starving, by the way. Thanks for the update on My “C,” so glad that has worked out. See you Saturday.
Hi family, I’m having the greatest experience here, and I absolutely love it. I am really missing you guys, but I am not ready to leave. I love hearing from you guys. It makes me feel close to home. Can’t wait to see you all on Friday at the airport, but mostly excited for American food. Love you mom and dad, excited to see you.
P.S. Please tell C&K to come along J -Hannah