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Marcy's Journal

12/30/14

Cultural Adjustment World Race

Vision Mapping Consultation

A Couple of Accidents

Prison Dinner

Cultural Adjustment World Race (pictures)

At the last Honduran Fellowship retreat, March 2014, there were two representatives from World Race (Adventure in Missons) offices in the United States.  Although I personally had worked with World Race in the past (vision seminar and discipleship as well as cultural adjustment), they were looking to make connections with missionaries throughout the country to be hosts for future teams.  We had talked about an orientation when Racers entered Honduras, but until this month, nothing had worked out.    

     Local missionaries (20 minutes away in Valle de Angeles) of Tree of Life International and representatives for Adventures in Missions, were able to host the whole group (39+ Racers) for a night before they head out to their month long assignment (missionary host).  I was able to conduct the Cultural Adjustment Talk with part of the team (some had to leave early to start traveling to their destinations).  After the activities we had some great discussion and application processing time.  They were eager to share notes with the part of their team who missed the talk so that they could adjust to Honduran culture and have the skills to adapt to the future countries on their trip.  Some had already experienced culture shock and so now they have the skills to help them adjust. 

Vision Mapping Consultation (pictures)

I did a vision consultation with a missionary who is leaving Honduras, Rachel.  She grew up in and will be returning to NH for a time.  It’s great to see God’s character of peacemaking, encouragement, and generosity through someone.  I look forward to hearing what God has planned for her next.   

A Couple of Accidents

Recently, we watched God be our advocate through our landlady.  We live on a fairly busy street.  We have to watch each time we back out of our drive way.  Today, in a routine switching of the cars, Kjell went to drive into the drive way.  He saw a moto taxi (small put put) coming up the road, but had plenty of time to pull in.  What he did not expect is that the moto taxi would attempt to pass him on his left (in a no pass zone) as he was turning left into the driveway.  Both the truck and the moto taxi proceeded to enter our driveway.  No one was hurt. 
     Not our fault, but we know how things work here.  First, the law is ‘guilty until proven innocent.’  In fact, you can be thrown into jail until things are sorted out (even for an accident).  Second, we know that it is completely legal and recommended to settle (pay money) before things go to the police in a report or to the court.  With a corrupt system, even a no-fault situation ends up costing thousands of dollars because the gringo (white person) has money and everyone along the way (police, judge, person who hit you) wants their cut.  Our landlady did all the negotiating and handling of money.  She even had papers signed declaring that they could not return and ask for more money later.

     The second accident did not involve us.  A missionary’s dad was visiting to do some short term work when their Durango rolled back over him while they were opening a gate.  Since the missionaries lived further away from the hospital than I do, I decided to stop by and bring some fruit and snacks.  That day, the dad was in surgery for his hip, leg, and ankle (three surgeons at once).  Then there was a problem with the level of pain after surgery, so we printed out a chart of level of pain by pictures of faces.  I wrote the Spanish words under each.  The funniest was, “I may not be crying, but it hurts a lot.”  However, by the time we visited after church, the medication was worked out.  With some difficulty, the parents returned to the States and the father is now receiving the physical therapy he needs.  We visited the missionaries in Ojojona over the Christmas break.

    The third accident was a missionary family of 6 that flipped their car on the way to a conference they were hosting for women.  Far away from home, they had to stay in a hospital having surgeries and awaiting healing for a head injury, hearing in one ear, broken teeth, shoulder blade, and a broken toe among the kids.   Pray for a complete healing and restoration.   

Prison Dinner (pictures)    

120 pounds of potatoes, 50 pounds of carrots, 50 pounds of onions, and so on.  We arrived at a missionary friend’s house on day two of peeling and prepping food for a Christmas Dinner for a gang in the prison.  The girls helped too:  washing, peeling, chopping, decorating, etc.  There were three bins of potato salad, three bins of cole slaw, three bins of macaroni salad, and trays of cupcakes. 

     The next day was an adventure. We went to our missionary friend's house to finish the green beans and load up the truck. We arrived at the prison and 20 minutes to 12pm and they shut the doors and said they'd be back open at 1pm (lunch)! So, after lugging all the food in the line, we waited - hearing the testimony of a man who was saved and delivered from drugs and alcohol a year ago and chatting with people in line.  When the door opened back up, we started bringing all the food through. We almost all made it through until the police woman took a look at Bekah (so young). She got the permission paper and our names were not on it (because we decided to go with our friend just the day before). So our tags were taken back and we were asked to leave (not so nicely). Our missionary friend had us go back to the front gate to ask a military Colonel to let us through. But he said the girls were minors and we still could not go in. I said two years ago we could, but he said not now. So, since we had our vehicle, we decided to leave. But we did not have the paper that allowed us to come in at the gate, so we got through the first one and then the police at the second gate would not let us leave! He did explain some dirt road (but we were not crazy about driving on a dirt road we were not familiar with). So, we drove back to the first gate near the prison and explained we were not let out and he gave us the same directions up a dirt road behind us. So, off we went - the long way around the prison - back out to the main road. BUT... my pocketbook was at Teresa's because you can't take anything into the prison (just bring your ID). So, we had to stop there and then finally we were on our way home. 

Cultural Adjustment World Race  

World Race squad at Tree of Life International

Cultural values and shock

Vision Consultation  

Mapping out who God has called her to be and what God has called her to do.

 

Prison Dinner  

Kat washes potatoes

Mik cuts cabbage

Bek preps the cabbage

Folding the potato salad

Cutting potatoes

Decorating cupcakes is a three girl job!

Getting the buckets ready for macaroni salad

Transfering to buckets is not so easy

Showing up at the National Penitentiary

Stamped for entry and then not allowed in

 

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