2018 Team

2018 Team
2018 Team in the original church built for Suyapa

Friday, March 31, 2017

Work Day #2

Friday, March 31, 2017 Noon

After Mass and a nice supper of tostadas (with hamburger/vegetable mix topping) we all enjoyed a couple of hours of down time. All took advantage of some time to sit around and visit, get to know some of the Hondurans, or even get a short nap. We ended the day as always with our nightly “Junta”. There was a lot of good sharing about our first full day in Honduras. All were feeling good about getting the projects going. It was great to see the whole team working together. After a lot of work where progress was not so evident, all of a sudden it was time to lift up all the stud walls that had been built. Wow, it looks like a house coming into existence. Someone noted that they were looking at the women who will live in them and their faces broke out in a big smile.

After Junta it did not take long for most to head for bed. Full days on our mission mean tired bodies and minds. A good night’s rest led to missioners eager to get back to work. Most of the crew headed out to the houses and a few stayed back to keep sorting all the donations that will be given out to families. It was right to work as all grabbed hammers and walls appeared quickly.  I think most everyone had a chance to work on developing their hammering skills. A lot got accomplished as the houses began to take on a solid shape. By lunch time we were ready for a break and a good lunch of tuna casserole.

The crew will get back to work after a lunch break. Tonight we will eat early so we can join Padre (Fr.) Patricio who will have mass with some of the students (in Spanish). (Blog post by Fr. Doug) [More pictures will be posted tonight.]

 Mac…..Hey KHS fans, family, and friends,
Your support and prayers are so welcome!  We had a great day yesterday as you could see…just wait for today’s pictures.   The school here is being given 3,000 dollars for scholarships!  Thanks for YOUR donations.  We are also committing to funding a garden long term.  Water here on the mountain costs the locals a lot of money., and the garden needs someone to tend it, so thanks to all of the donations we can provide funding to make this garden one that will benefit the people here in Nueva Capital.  Marta, our contact here in Honduras is heading up this garden project.  There is much more, but this took me 10 minutes to type and the kids are waiting in line.  Love to Babe, Nic, Jon, Pat, and Matt.  Mac

Kate Tom….Hey Kuemper and family,

I wanted to express to you how incredible all of you are. The amount of donated items to the Honduran people was incredible. Over the past two days, I have spent my time sorting all of the items donated and while I was doing that, my heart warmed. It made me smile to know that we will be making so many families happy with your generosity.
Fay, mommy misses your hugs so much. Corey, I miss hearing your big laugh. Have fun with your grandparents! (Mom, please tell them my message.)

Megan Pudenz…..Hey fam,
How’s the cold weather? Lol I’m sure you’re pretty jealous;) I can tell you right now it’s a lot different waking up in Honduras than it is waking up in my nice quiet bed. The people here are great! I can’t count how many hugs I’ve gotten today. Love you all, miss you lots<3 p="">

Katelyn Schulte

Hello all classmates, friends, and family! Our trip has been really fun so far. Dearest Gracie, thank you for being so nice and writing down my homework and of course, praying.  It is really hot down here, and the people are absolutely amazing! Thank-you for the continued support and prayers!

Paige Tiefenthaler

Hello everyone! The trip has been awesome so far. I’ve had a lot of fun getting to know my fellow students, the adults, and the native people. Everyone is very kind and very helpful whenever we are working on projects. Thank you for all the prayers! We appreciate them!

Lauren Promes
Hola Madre y Padre, how is life back in the good ole CC! Here in Honduras is absolutely amazing! Apparently I’m pretty good at siding with a hammer and nails… though you will never see me do it again. I miss you guys so much and can’t wait to see everyone again. Give Kreighton, Brecken, Tegan, and Hayes a kiss for me!
P.S. tell Taylor if she loses my streaks I wont be happy!
MiKayla Blum
Hello family! Our trip has been wonderful so far. I learned some new construction skills today, which was really fun. I miss you all so very much! Also tell Maci (my dabbing friend) I miss her so much and will be back soon to dab with her. Thank you for all the prayers!

Kate Dickman
Hi mother, I miss you!  I thought I should write on this so you wouldn’t be sad that I was the only one not to write haha.  They have tons of fruit here so you don’t have to get me some for when I get home.  I’ll make sure to get you your souvenir no worries.  Enjoy your trip and don’t miss me too much, love you J

Brandi Eischeid
Hola everybody,
            Our mission trip has been incredible so far. We have gotten to see and do so much. The kids here are all adorable, they are so friendly and they give so many hugs. It is a really great feeling to know that we have such a huge impact on the Hondurans. Thank you for all the support through our whole trip. Hasta luego!

Fr. Doug
They let me have a hammer today and I hit the right nails. I’m so impressed with all our missioners especially our students. Everyone is so eager and willing to pitch in and get things done as well as enter into the experience.


  1. Honey I am so proud of what you're doing to help others. I know you miss your babies and I have them Sun. They will know how much you love and miss them.

  2. Miss you too baby girl! Construction is looking good. Everyone keep up the good work!

  3. Kate, Dad says stay away from hammers and hammer away at what your doing now. Lol

  4. You made so much progress today! I am sharing your pictures with the middle schoolers, hopefully inspiring them to walk in your shoes one day. We are praying for you before every class. Be safe!
    Stipe 1.0

  5. Lauren, keeping up with them no worries!! I'm using your parking spot btw:) Love you and can't wait til you come home so I have someone to drive nuts again!!:)

    Marge, dude passing periods are lonely w/o having someone to talk to by lockers! Saw some awesome pictures of you on here!! Keep doing what you're doing in Honduras so you can come back soon!!:)

  6. Hey Lauren! I miss you too, at first I thought you were dodging the camera, wasn't seeing you in any pictures until now! I'm watching Brecken and Hayes in the morning, so will do!! Looks looks like you guys are making great progress, keep it up! Love you and miss you more!!

  7. MiKayla- We all miss you putz! We all looked at the pictures and it looks like you are working hard. Michael expects your help when they redo their bathroom! :) We will keep praying for all of you!! Can't wait to see you on Friday. I hope you aren't too hangry (from Kelsey). Love and miss you!!

    From Mom, Kelsey, Jacob, Ashley, Michael, and your dabbing friend :)

    P.S- Mom misses you the most- I bet you couldn't have guessed that one!

  8. Wow! Great Job team Kuemper! I feel like a blog groupie - I swear I check the blog 10 x a day in case there are updates! Thank you for the many pictures - love to be on the trip with you through photos! Love and prayers to all! Janet - keep those McCarty boys in line!

  9. Great job everyone!!!!!! Lauren, it looks like you won't have any excuses that you can't help remodel when you get home. So how many times did you hit your fingers with the hammer? Your doing awesome work, I'm so proud of you. Love you and can't wait to see more pictures.
    Love, Dad

  10. Happy Saturday!! You guys are doing amazing work!! It is so much fun to see the daily progress and your smiles!! Glad you guys are able to see the sun! God bless!

  11. I have been thinking of you all and came crossed a reading today that I wanted to share with you. It is entitled "The dignity to Give and Receive" by Henri Nouwen
    "Nobody is so poor that he or she has nothing to give, and nobody is so rich that he or she has nothing to receive." These words by Pope John Paul II offer a powerful direction for all who want to work for peace. No peace is thinkable long as the world remains divided into two groups: those who give and those who receive. Real human dignity is found in giving as well as receiving... A true vision of peace sees a continuous mutuality between giving and receiving. Let's never give anything without asking ourselves what we are receiving from those to whom we give, and let's never receive anything without asking what we have to give to those from whom we receive.
    Anyway, I thought of all of you and all of us. God bless you all, especially my "Little brothers!" Love, Becky