Do you know the clean feeling you have when you get out of the shower? In Honduras it lasts until you open the shower curtain-there is a constant wetness about you all day, every day. (I think we are starting to get used to it!) How about the feeling of being a part of an encouraging community? I have found that in my team. The feeling of holding the world in your hands as you watch a baby sleep? Experienced that one here too! How about the feeling you experience when you know that you are exactly where God has called you to be using the gifts He has blessed you with? I’ve definitely had that feeling over the past week! We spend our days teaching and interacting with children- in Spanish! It is hard to believe that this time last week we were just beginning to get settled in. The week has definitely been filled with opportunities to share Christ’s love. It has been a terrific week-with many awesome feelings and I’m looking forward to 5 more weeks here!
As a team we are working well together. We are trying to figure out everyone’s strengths and how we can best glorify Christ together while we are here. I’m having many opportunities to use my Spanish, which is really exciting! The housekeeper where we are staying is my new friend. Her name is Juana. I enjoy talking with her each morning. I am going to start tutoring the lady who cooks for us in math this week. She is planning to study to become a nurse and the missionaries who have been helping her are in the US for the summer. Her name is Paula. Hopefully I can remember how to do everything she needs help with!
We are getting into a normal routine of things-every Monday, Wednesday, Friday we are teaching English classes. It has been great so far! We started last Monday with 19 kids and on Friday we had 30. They said we cannot accept anymore, but I told them I didn’t think I could turn any away so someone else would have to do that! Hopefully we can make space if more show up (20 was supposed to be the cutoff)…Tuesday and Thursday we are helping out at a bilingual school and spending the afternoon at the children’s center. Each Friday we are holding some type of community event-like a movie or game night! We had a great turnout last week! On Saturday we went to the dump in Ceiba. This is where the city trash is taken, and on the road into the actual landfill there are shacks where people are living. They scavenge for things in the trash and this is how they make a living. We had a day of Bible school with the kids. It was a bit crazy but lots of fun. We made butterflies with the kids and Elizabeth Pirkle snapped this picture of me while I was helping a little girl. She’s a talented photographer!
No super different foods to report! We have been doing a lot of our own cooking and eating lots of rice and beans. My stomach has not been happy for a few days. Dr. Pirkle gave me some medicine so I’m hopeful that will help! Please continue to pray for good health for the entire team as we are here. And for a praise-no more tarantulas! On Saturday after the dump, we came back and walked up the hill (mountain) behind our house. We climbed a water tower at the top and this was our view. We spent time there praising God for this beautiful land.