2017 Team

2017 Team
Team with Dilcia's Family

Saturday, March 18, 2017

One House Is in Living Color

The missioners crawled out of bed this morning and ate a breakfast of eggs and sausage (Honduran style), toast, and fruit. Then Bruce got everyone organized so that the tools and wood would be loaded as soon as possible. As soon as the military truck arrived, the missioners loaded it with wood, placed the supplies into the back of Frank’s truck, and were on their way to the homes.

Once at the home sites, we discovered the Luis, Maria, and their 4 children had spent the night in their home. There was no roof on it nor any beds, but they wanted to sleep in their new home as soon as possible.

Work quickly began and walls took shape inside each of the homes. Bruce then decided that the missioners could start painting as the tin was going in on top of them. All the brushes and rollers were put into action, both inside and out. By the end of the day, one home was totally painted, had windows and doors, and a roof. Luis, Maria, and family will have a better place to sleep tonight.

We did take a little break for a Coke in a bag. This is a Honduran treat, I’ve discovered. The Honduras purchase a large, cold bottle of Coca Cola, put it into a sandwich bag, stick a straw into it, then tied the top of the bag around the straw. Thus, it’s a Coca en la bolsa. It was a cool refreshment at the end of the work day.

The missioners ended their work day by cleaning brushes, rollers, and paint pans so they’re ready to be back into action on Monday. Tomorrow we will travel to the Basilica de Suyapa and hear a little history of the church. We’ll attend 9:30 mass at the new Basilica before climbing back on board the buses for Valle de Angeles and our tourist day. We’ll eat pizza in a local place. Right next door is an ice cream shop, which is safe for us to enjoy. The students will shop in groups with a couple chaperones. Most all souvenirs can be purchased in one or two shops, as they are fairly similar. Hopefully, everyone will be shopped out by 4 p.m. because that is when we’ll load up for our return trip to our home away from home.

Right now I can hear two different games being played on the concrete playground outside my window. One is a soccer game: USA vs Honduras. The other side of the playground looks like a smaller basketball game. I’m pretty sure that, in this case, the USA team stands very little chance of winning, but they’ll have fun trying.


We’ve been enjoying your comments at the end of junta. More of the missioners will be sending their comments to you later this evening. It’s hard to believe that we are almost to the halfway point of our mission trip. Keep the prayers coming for our continued progress.





























































Missioner blogs:

Mom and Sage, We are doing great. The weather has been perfect for working outside. Everything is flying by. We are going shopping tomorrow. Love you and miss you! PS I only dropped my toilet paper in the toilet once so far oh and my sunglasses once too.
Love Jade and Dan

Dear Mom, Ashley, Cody, and Anthony we are having a blast. We are loving the hugs from all the kids. We are having fun with building the houses. We are surviving the cold showers and the loud nights. Hello Westhoffs, sorry to hear the Cyclones are losing. Tell you all more when we get back.
Love Kaylee and Ken

Dad, Mom and the siblings, I am doing great! I am healthy and eating plenty of food so don’t worry, everything is fine. The time is flying by and I am having a blast. Love and miss you all!
Love Brooke

Dad, Mom, and Brittany, I am having an amazing time so far. I have enjoyed the food so far, and have even eaten some rice. Today I put tin on two of the three houses, and Juan, Brady, and I are going to start a roofing company. Time is going fast and I will see you soon.
Love Dustin

Hi mom and Valeria! I am having such a great time here in Honduras. It is not what I expected at all. FYI I am bringing all the kids home, so get plenty of rooms ready for them. I can’t wait to tell you guys all about my experience here. Love and miss you!
Love Cat and Dad

Hey fam bam! I knew I was going to have a great time here, but I didn’t know I wouldn’t want to leave! Thanks Robert for the Viking’s updates. I’m a little sad about CP, but oh well. Tell the little girls to quit wearing my clothes or else. I miss you all and hope all is well. If you can, please give me an update on Maggie and Noah. Tell Dad his chiropractic work could be used here because we are doing lots of heavy lifting. See you soon.
Love Catherine

Hola Nayibe.  Te quiero decir que en Honduras tambien te quiero mucho.  Te extrano mucho.  Dale a Valeria un abrazo bien grande de mi parte.
Te amo, Juan

Hello Mom, Dad, Lex and Taya, I am having a great time here! I can`t wait to tell you all about this amazing experience when I get back. Tell Taya we will play duck duck goose when we get home and also that I am doing pushups.  Love and miss you all!
Love Haley

Hello Mom and Dad, miss you both very much. I absolutely love it here, nothing that I had ever expected. Can’t believe I don’t want to leave. I am very excited to see Dominic Paul in 11 days. Dad, please don’t lose our snap streak. See you soon, btw sunscreen is a must here (learned that the hard way)
Love you all, Hannah


35 comments:

  1. Hi Everyone, I can see that everybody is working really hard to make their dreams come true. It is awesome! Hey Juan and Cat, Yita and Nona are very proud of you. They are able to see the progress through the blog as well. As you can believe Cat, I always cry when I see you carrying those little girls in your arms. I wish I could be there too! Juan, Valeria asked me if we can adopt one of those girls...! Uhmmm...!!! We love you very much and everyone is in our prayers! Besos y abrazos. Vale y Gigi

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  2. Evening greetings to you all! It looks like you all had another hard day of work! The houses look amazing! Reanna I seen a picture of you with the little kids! Aaaaw so sweet! Feel free to bring a liittle tot home with you!!! Oh and BIG NEWS!!! Boots had her kittens! 5! 3 orange,1 buttercream, and a little dark one! So you know how tough the name game can be so I was thinking maybe you could name them after some of the little Honduran kids you meet! Just a thought & remember theres another momma soon to have a litter! Love & miss you so...I cant wait to get a message from you!!! Have fun shopping tomorrow!

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  3. Hi Patrick...The houses are looking great! Sending continued prayers and hoping you all have a wonderful day tomorrow. I will be visiting Ruth tomorrow and then your mom and dad are coming over. When I talked to your mom she was going to show grandma and grandpa the blog and all the great pictures. I hope you and Bruce are staying out of trouble (partners in crime) :)
    Addi is still pouting...hmmm, I just don't know where she learned that from. We are missing you like crazy. Love Julie and Miss Addison Ray.

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  4. I really enjoy the pictures and the updates. The work that you have done is amazing. It looks like you have lots of little helpers, they are all so beautiful! Steph, I spent the morning with Graysen and Juna while Rachael did taxes at the library. Graysen misses you and your "friends" and wants to play video games and have a party when you get home. Emily sent pictures of Cora on her new slide,she looked so happy and cute. Miss you Steph! Enjoy you shopping day. Take care all of you and thank you for your great work!

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  5. Hi Thomas. This is Dad. Your bracket got broke today. Nova lost. The houses look great! Good work everyone. I could see USA losing in soccer but not basketball tell me it aint so. Miss you alot. Keep up the good work. ~Dad
    Hey Thomas. This is mom now. The work you all are doing is amazing! Look forward to the posts each day! Hope you have a fun day tomorrow. Love and miss you! ~Mom

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  6. Hi Haley! It looks like everyone is working hard and having fun! Taya is wondering if you are doing anyone's hair. She misses you braiding her hair. We went to that Dordt Defender Classic tonight. Paige, Colin and Jacob all played well! Jacob won the 3 point contest. He beat Jay Small in a shoot off. We also talked to Chad Hanson for a little while.

    We hope you enjoy the pizza and ice cream on Sunday. Enjoy the mass tomorrow. We continue to pray for all of you.

    Love you!

    Mom, Dad, Lexie and Taya

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  7. Hello everyone I love the pictures! It looks like you are getting to know the children! Awesome! I look forward to the pictures! Sundance kid, Raelynn and Blake Shelton say hello!!!!

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  8. Thank you for all the updates and pictures. I am amazed how much you have accomplished in such a short amount of time! Okay Colin, to answer your questions. The dog is fine and in fact slept on you bed last night. I think she misses you. Your bracket is doing well but you dad's is not. He picked Villanova to win it all and they lost today! Haha! So now its between you and me. Have a wonderful day tomorrow. Praying for all of you. God Bless

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  9. Looks like things are going great it is making us very anxious for our mission into Honduras. Keep up the good work. Enjoy your day off tomorrow and getting to see more of Honduras as you travel to the Valley of the Angels. Enjoy all those new friendships our prayers are with you.

    P.S. Dave wants a verified picture of Brian S. working hard - so far it looks like a vacation. :)

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  10. Hi everyone! What amazing work you have done so far! So proud of all of you, the impact you have on these ppp is amazing. Imagine what they show you. you will remember this forever. May god bless you all. It's sure quiet around here almost to much! I'm at work and sorry I'm late to respond! Love you Bree, Amanda and my mom! Mom MIB lost today but put a good fight on! Good night sleep well everyone!

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  11. Hi everyone, the houses are looking fantastic. What an awesome job you all are doing. Enjoy your day off tomorrow. We will continue to pray for all of you. Love the pictures. Love Mom and Dad

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  12. Hi everyone. U guys are.really making great progress. Hi madison. Looks like your having fun working so hard. Have fun tomorrow.was that u with a hammer.? Watch out everyone. Keep on working hard. Stay healthy down there. House is still pretty quiet. But im adjusting. Love u and miss u Madison.

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  13. Ree i loveeee the work you're doing. Keep it up girlllliee i still miss you

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  14. Hi everyone! It's great to see so many smiles! It's so good to hear that everyone is doing well! Jim, we miss you! Tomorrow it is supposed to be close to 70 degrees! I'm very happy I haven't had to get the snowblower out yet! I will continue to pray for all of you!

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  15. Does anyone else have troubles posting to this blog on their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd tries?

    Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday dear Ralphie. Happy birthday to you. HAppy 18th birthday!! Glad you get the day off for your birthday. Enjoy celebrating and sightseeing. Remember to not spend all your money!!

    Oh, and we heard today a new kid starts on Monday. A friend of Kuch. Really good at football. You might want to be a part of that team next year....want me to get you signed up for classes?

    Love, mom & dad, Cody, Jeremy, Brady

    PS - I waited up to message you, and dad has been snoring on the couch since 9:30!

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  16. Happy, Happy Birthday Michael, hope you have a fun day touring and shopping, bring me a present, ha, ha. We will eat a piece of birthday cake for you. Stay safe and God Bless. Your favorite great aunt loves you. Rose Ann

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  17. Happy Birthday Michael from Deven's family. What an exciting way to celebrate your 18th birthday. That will be a story you will tell for many years. Deven, we had supper last night with both your grandparents they are following the blog very closely too. They can not wait to hear all about it. Enjoy your day today as I am sure it will be amazing. Love, Mom, Dad and Drew

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  18. Happy birthday to one of my favorite nephews! Hope you have a lot of fun today and the rest of your trip! Love you long time!

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    1. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR MICHAEL...... HAVE A GREAT FUN BIRTHDAY WITH ALL YOUR NEW FRIENDS AND THOSE OH SO CUTE KIDS OVER THERE!! LOVE YA.....GRANDMA & GRANDPA.....CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YA & HEAR ALL ABOUT YOUR ADVENTURE !!!

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  19. Hello Hannah. So glad you are having fun. Enjoy and learn. We miss you also, very quiet this morning. Grandma S says hello and also Aunt Diane. Of course Dominic can't wait to see you either. We had a great St.Patrick's Day in KC.Mary, Jim and Dalton joined us. Happy Birthday to Ralph. Have a relaxing, marvelous time today. Sending hugs to you all. Love you, Mom and Dad.

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  20. Happy happy birthday Michael!Never would have thought you would be spending your 18th birthday in Honduras! Yea you!You always have been a good kid,with a big giving heart.Enjoy your day.Love you!Aunt Vicki

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  21. Hey Lucas and team! It has been so amazing watching your journey. You are all doing so many amazing things and making such a difference in so many lives. I can't wait to hear all about it Lukey! Miss and love you.
    <3 Mar

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  22. Happy birthday " RALPH " how do they celebrate birthday's there? I miss you Ralph so you can beat up Jeremy he is being a pain in the butt!! I have my first outside practice for Hawks for 2 hours then with the futures I can't handle it lol.<3 your best brother ever BRADY.

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  23. Happy Birthday Ralph. I miss you being home because we have a lot more leftovers that we have to eat. I also need someone but Brady to play PS3 with.

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    1. Yea the 2 boys are sick of leftovers sinc u aren't home to get rid of them faster ..... LOL !!

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  24. Happy Birthday Ralph!! I can't think of a more exciting place to celebrate your 18th birthday! What stories you will have to tell!! And Catherine, the girls are wearing a few things with my permission! And I have been cleaning your room, so if anyone should be crabby here, it isn't you! 😉
    Maggie is doing so good! She and Tim called a meeting of Noah's whole team. Dad and I listened in by conference call. The doctors praised them for being such wonderful advocates for Noah! We were so proud of the way they handled the whole meeting! They were rock stars!! Maggie will post a good Noah update here for you.
    I love you, dear one! I carry your heart with me! So proud of you!! I love seeing you with the little ones there! Mom

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  25. Happy Birthday Ralph!
    Love seeing all the pictures.. Its like 70 degrees here today. The gym is starting to look more and more like play time. Can't wait to hear your stories. God Bless you all.
    Kris Schiltz

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  26. Hi, Catherine!

    Tim, Noah, and I are so proud of you!! And of everyone there. I love the pictures! Enjoy yourself and the wonderful people you will meet down there. Going on the trip to Honduras is one of the things I wish I did! You are all doing so much good! ❤️

    The update on Noah you asked for: After a rough week and a half, we are on good day #3. We held a meeting with his team to ask them to do more about his painful swelling, to find out where we are with his heart, and to come up with a plan to help him with his breathing. This kid is teaching me how to be brave and be his advocate (even if it means sitting in a room with his doctors and nurses and telling them that I feel there is more they need to be doing for him)! I have grown a backbone. He isn't progressing with his breathing and in fact he has gone backwards. So we asked for a pulmonologist to come in and consult so we can hopefully figure out where to go from here to help him so we can prevent the swelling from coming back and hopefully make breathing a little easier for him. He is a fighter though. For a child who has known a lot of suffering in his short little life, he is a very smiley little baby. He had three days where we couldn't get him to open his eyes last week, but he seems to be back to himself. I swear he even giggled today! It was the cutest sound. The nurses call him a little flirt and the doctors joke that he makes his alarms go off just to get someone to come give him attention. But if we dare to change his diaper or take his temp, he is not afraid to let us know we are the biggest pain in the butt for disturbing him. He is feisty and trying to get better so he can come home. He is now 5 pounds 5.5 oz! I can't wait for you to meet him. My greatest hope for him is that he grows up to be kind, loving, and good...like you are. I hope someday he decides he would like to make such a big gesture as going somewhere like Honduras to show the world that people are so good. I hope he has a heart like yours. He is as lucky to have you for an aunt as I am to have you for a sister! We love you so much! Keep being you and show the world how much good you can do!❤️

    Maggie

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  27. Hello to all. We hope you enjoyed your day off. Ken and Kaylee, the Westhoff gang say hello and wish you well. We had a really nice weekend in eastern Iowa. The farmers day parade, show choir, and Mississippi River museum were some of the highlights. Hawkeyes just lost 92-94 in overtime. Counting done the days until we get to see you again and hear all of your stories. Love and prayers from Pam, Ashley, Cody, and Anthony.

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  28. hey col daddy this is Colby. Hope your having fun and taking in all the life experiences your trip has to offer! everything is good here mom just made steak and potatoes on the grill, i even let gabby have some of my steak pretty sure she's happy now. Lots of love i'll see you Friday at the airport

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  29. Hello to All,

    Hope you enjoyed your day of rest today. I really love all the pictures and the daily updates...thank you! It's neat to see the progress you make each day. You are all making such a difference in the lives of so many people. Thank you for sharing your time, talent and treasures with them.

    Dennis...I'm proud of you for helping improve the quality of life for the people of Honduras. Look forward to hearing about what you all have done and the friendships you've made along the way. Love and miss you...Deb

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  30. Hey Jade and Madi it's Haley, I miss you guys a lot and hope you're have lots of fun. I'm proud of both of you and hope you're having life changing expierences. Love you lots, Haley

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  31. hello Hannah, I hope you are enjoying every minute of your mission. I continue to pray for you. Lots of love, Grandma S.

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  32. Hi Lucas, this is Dad. We sure miss you here but are so proud of the great things you are doing. Looks like you can handle a hammer pretty well!! Hope you got to enjoy some pizza yesterday. Keep up the great work and enjoy the people of Hunduras and your travel companions. Great way to develop relationships and memories that will last a lifetime.

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