We are safely here in Balfate! We arrived Sunday evening after a long day of travelling. The climate is very tropical, but beautiful! It is definitely more muggy than South Carolina-if you can believe that!! We are very close to the ocean (and hopefully will get to walk down and step in it later this afternoon!). Eight members of our team are staying in staff housing dormitory rooms beside the hospital. It is very nice! I share a room with Lauren-who is going to be a sophomore at Furman next year! We have a kitchen, but do most of our cooking at our leaders “apartment”. Of course, there is no air conditioning-but where would the fun in that be!
No interesting or unusual food stories yet. We have been cooking our own meals and that definitely has its perks! 🙂 We started out English class yesterday for children near the hospital. We had 19 9-17 year old kids come to our first day of class! We began teaching the Bible story of creation, worked on the alphabet, played soccer and taught them the human knot game. It was a day of relationship building and I believe it was very successful. We will work with these same children 3 times each week (M,W,F) for 3 hours each day the entire time we are here! I look forward to the relationships we will be able to cultivate while we are here. Today we went to a church and had a morning of VBS. We taught the story of Noah to about 35, sang some songs, and played pato, pato, ganzo (any guesses what game that is??)! It was an awesome time with terrific children. After using my teacher voice to teach the song, I got to hold the only baby who came and of course she fell asleep in my lap. You can call me the baby whisperer! 🙂
On the drive to our town from the airport I decided that I needed to find out about the spider situation. Got to be brave, right?? So, they told me they have found tarantulas where we are staying…AAAAHHHHH!!!!! So of course, I am really just praying that I can make it through without witnessing one, just like in Peru! (I appreciate all your prayers on this too!!) So, last night we got back to our house after dark. I was the third person in and went back to close the screen door because the others were taking a long time. As I was walking away from the door and into the kitchen I hear, “OH MY GOODNESS! LOOK AT THAT TARANTULA!!! And then this happened:
Thankfully the tarantula was outside, and I was inside. God definitely was watching over me and let me walk in without seeing it and CLOSE THE DOOR THAT IT WAS 1 INCH BESIDE WITHOUT IT MOVING!!! Thankfully Lex killed it (after scaring it and letting it run INSIDE!)…but never fear-it made it nowhere near me in my chair! The missionaries say that they are not common in the house, so I’m hoping that’s the only one for the 6 weeks. PLEASE, LORD! Other than the near death experience with a tarantula, (I may be exaggerating a little!) I’m loving Honduras and looking forward to an awesome 6 weeks with tons of opportunities to share the love of Christ!
I’ll post again as soon as possible!
PS-Pato, pato, ganzo=duck, duck, goose 🙂