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Marcy's Journal

October

10/1/2012

Trip to Roatan

Day of the Bible

10/25/2012

Catracha Fair

Project Honduras

UN Celebration

 

 

Catracha Fair (see pictures)

We had a long weekend around Columbus Day (a Friday and Monday off) and were looking for something to do.  I saw a post on Nashville School Valle (where Marcy substitute taught a year ago) about an upcoming Feria Catracha (Honduran Fair) at the school.  Each of the grammar school grades picked a department (like a State) in the country to represent in a booth.  This had to include the history, clothes, food, anything made there, etc.  So, we walked around from ‘department’ to ‘department’ learning about different parts of Honduran culture as well as tasting it (yum!). 

     The girls played a little bit of hopscotch, then jump rope, and even participated in one sac race, while Jeremiah had fun on the playground and tire swing.  Talked with the director, missionary Valerie, and got offered a job – again – at the school!  This time the job is 7, 8, and 9th Literature, Grammar, and Geography.  At least there was no Science, but I have chaperoning and another seminar coming up. 

Project Honduras (see pictures)

Last weekend I went to Copan for a Conference.  I was amazed at how many NGOs are in Honduras or come in and out of Honduras and in how many different areas they help:  community projects (such as wells, agriculture); medical (medical and dental teams as well as clinics in country); education (starting schools, sponsoring children to go to school, vocational training, teacher training center, libraries, etc.), and even solar energy!

     I gave a 15 minute presentation about the Honduran Fellowship of Missionaries and Ministries.  I explained the vision as well as our current and future partnership/relationships.  Many had questions about residency and starting NGOs.  I visited one ministry that is located in Copan, Paramedics for Children (http://www.paramedicsforchildren.com).  They have a small clinic and facilities to host teams.  Although the downtown of Copan is very touristy, on the outskirts of town live the indigenous of Honduras.  The indigenous are the groups they target to help with medical as well as planting a tree program. 

     We had a special meeting on security in Honduras and exchanged email addresses to share any procedures and policies people had written to exchange ideas and to be of help to those who had no such documents yet in place.  I was also able to upload documents to the Honduran Fellowship Group so that our members can access the information I received. 

     Highlights for me were:

  • Connecting missionaries that help Hondurans sell their products to a new business that will showcase Central America to the world (through online sales, sales in World Stores in Germany, and creating fundraisers for teams). 
  • Connecting schools that need professional development/teacher trainings to Kjell (so, he will be traveling to do some trainings in the future). 
  • Connecting a missionary to help in starting a special education school in Roatan. 
  • Made an inside connection at the Embassy that I was able to check on the security situation for the missionary friends of ours that had their car stolen. 

 

UN Celebration (see pictures)

After 3 years, I finally made it to a UN (United Nations) Celebration at Discovery School.  It started in the morning with an opening ceremony explaining the UN.  Then, there were performances by the school choir, a parade of typical dress from countries represented at Discovery school, and then special traditional dance and music performed by guest.

     After the performances in the morning, we went to Costa Rica first - so Kjell could pick up coffee and we could try the chocolate covered coffee beans; then Honduras for tacos and baleadas; then to Mexico for chorizo and potato on a nacho chip and some meat with mole sauce; then to the USA for chocolate chip cookies; then to Germany for sausage with mustard (grey poupon) and they were out of the pretzels; then to Ireland for salmon on buttered bread (surprised at salmon in Ireland); then to Spain for yummy tortilla (which was like quiche) and yummy dessert (need both those recipes); then forgot the country - but had a great cheese or bean in between a puffed up tortillas cut into a pizza slice; then to Taiwan for some noodles with cabbage, carrot, and beef; then to Africa for meat in some dough; then to Venezuela and tried something sweet; then to Peru for chicken pureed in a little pastry shell; then to roaming around with the kiddos with one full belly!  Made me want to travel. 

 

Trip to Roatan (see pictures)
I went to Roatan (island off the coast of Honduras) September 20-25th. The flight from Tegucigalpa to La Ceiba was only 30 minutes and the flight from La Ceiba to Roatan was only 10 minutes. They were little planes too!
Thursday I began to learn about the culture on the island. First of all, the island doesn’t even ‘feel’ like Honduras. There are three main cultures: islanders (white or black people who speak English and island, sometimes forced to learn Spanish in the schools); mainlanders (hispanic people who speak Spanish and sometimes English); and Garifuna (black people who speak a tribal language). There is a heavy dark spiritual presence and disconnect from the witchcraft and racism between these groups. Even though you can drive easily from town to town, but some of those people don’t even talk to each other.
      Thursday night I practiced some worship songs with Freddie (missionary from the mainland). When I was praying on Friday, I was led to pray for missionaries to not only hear about the seminar and come, but to stop by. So, Friday afternoon as we are setting up a missionary walks in to ask what time she needs to bring her islander friend that night. As we get to talking, she’s a missionary and when I told her about the seminar, and she came that night with her island friend and brought another missionary friend!
      Friday night and Saturday all day I taught the ‘Run the Race’ Seminar. There were 6 American missionaries, 1 Honduran missionary, and 6 members of the church (pastor’s wife, pastors, teachers, and business owners). Not starting on time and the food being late where wonderful reminders of how stretched my character has been from living in Honduras and we determined that flexibility should be a character trait.
      Here is what some thought was most beneficial from the seminar:

“My thoughts have to stop to hear what my mouth is saying.”
“I can change my mind to believe the truth of the word.”
“We can run the race with God on our side.”
“Who I am and what I need to do.”
“The dream, vision, mission charting was excellent!”
“I was encouraged to continue with revising and reevaluating our ministry vision statement.”

     Saturday we returned for a night of praise and worship, testimony, and prayer. And just in case we were not s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d enough already, we ran out of batteries and didn’t have anyone to run the Powerpoint with words to the songs. Freddie had to run out for batteries for the microphones and then realized his guitar battery was dead and he could not find that battery type, so he played bass. Regardless, it was a more intimate time and time of refreshing.
      Sunday I attended an island church with a missionary friend and then had an afternoon and evening appointment with different missionaries to conduct a survey/questionnaire. Since I went straight from church to the first one, I just had a snack, not lunch. However, the American neighbor brought over some island soup (soup: coconut milk, platano, yucca, and fish). It was so yummy and I felt like she was God’s hand of provision.
Monday morning, afternoon, and evening I had surveys to conduct. I walked on the beach early in the morning for one. I ate at a restaurant overlooking the ocean for the second (this missionary friend later took me to the ‘beach’ end of the island). While in the West End, we saw a former resident of the Rehabilitation Center I used to teach at in Zambrano. She had opened a restaurant and was doing great. And I was back at the bunkhouse location for the third. Everyone has their missionary ‘story.’ At times it’s amazing to hear how similar some are and then how different some are. Also, learning about who each missionary is and ‘seeing’ the mission field through their ‘eyes’ is challenging. My mind is always racing with ‘How can I help them with that?’ ‘Where can I get that information for them?’
      Tuesday morning before my flight home, I went into ‘work’ with missionary Deborah of Teaching in the Son who recently started an ACE school in a poor neighborhood. The children were so excited to see her and to be at school and learn. We began with staff prayer, then circle time with the kids (pledges to the Honduran flag, Christian flag, and bible, then songs and memorizing the verse for the week). From there, they get to work in their Paces (books). I helped enter some grades and inventory into the computer and then helped with some ABC’s Spanish, and Math.
      If you think missionary life on the island of Roatan is a ‘walk on the beach,’ here is just a little bit of what it is like to live there:
- You gain 5 pounds from water retention and feel bloated like when pregnant
- You don't do your hair and make-up because you are in a constant state of melting
- Women better stock up on 'monthly' products, especially when there is a storm because there will not be anything available on the island
- You can only buy USED undergarments (and you're just NOT going to do that!)
- The cost of living is more than the USA
- The electric is double due to it being run on diesel and having to get it shipped in
- It may take 2-3 taxis to get somewhere and they run about L250
- You need a dryer because clothes will not dry in the humidity (and they mold easy!)
- There is only one main road – that goes around the whole island. Sometimes you want to just jump on the highway or go for a drive and you can’t!
- You feel the spiritual warfare from witchcraft
- You feel the disconnect of the racism between three cultures
- You feel the disconnect between missionaries
- Other white people who are running away from facing life give white people a 'bad rap'
- The missionary turn-over rate is high
- Men thrive and women wilt/die (because men are able to constantly overcome and thrive off of survival whereas women get beat down by all the constant struggles just to live).


      Missionaries cannot just go to church to be built up, attend prayer, or start a bible study. I figure if I can build them up and encourage them, that they can return to their service equipped and refreshed. And the things I teach them, they can in turn impart into others (islanders or Hondurans). Then, we’ll all be answering the call - running the race set before us!

Day of the Bible (El Dia de la Biblia) (see pictures)
Honduras actually has a national ‘Day of the Bible’ holiday and parade. It is always the last Sunday in September. Imagine having a day just to celebrate the Bible? Awesome! I received a call two days before from a friend in Zambrano. This was her second phone call reminding me that we hadn’t visited in awhile. So, we thought Day of the Bible would be a good time to see her, everyone from Saturday classes, and other missionary friends.
We left the house at 7am to make it for the 8am parade. Almost all the churches in town were in the parade: either marching with flags and banners, some with floats, some with dancers. The pastors took time preaching (stopping for 10 minutes at 2-3 different stops and then at the town plaza/center. As we watched the parade, people we knew were jumping out of line to give us a hug and say ‘hi.’ Since it was short, we then walked up and joined the Sortos and New Generation Church (where we helped for 3 years).
      Then, as we got hot and
tired, we took a turn out of the parade, got some drinks, and waited in the plaza. Kjell was able to visit with a friend in town and then we had more time to talk with people as they entered the plaza and we watched the ‘events’ (such as worship, dances, solos, and preaching).
      As promised to the kiddos, we went out for Chinese food (yes, Chinese food cooked by Hondurans). Love the prices in Zambrano – we fed a family of 6 and had leftovers for L366 which is $19 (including tip!). From there we visited with missionary friends at their ministry and then off to another missionary friend’s house. We were going to try to make it to the English service at CCI in Teguc by 4pm, but we didn’t even leave Zambrano until 7pm!

Trip to Roatan

Rebekah puts together the materials into folders

Rebekah puts together the booklets

Adding the stapled booklets

That is a little plane!

Bunkhouse in Sandy Bay, Roatan

Just a walk to the beach

So beautiful and too dirty to swim in

Flower Bay Church, Flower Bay, Roatan

Registration Table

Answer the Call:  Motivational Gifts Activity

Answer the Call

Dream, Vision, Mission

Dream, Vision, Mission:  What would you do? Activity

Eliminating Dream Stoppers

Eliminating Dream Stoppers:  Nail it to the cross

Share a 'first' (first time on a mission trip, first time serving, salvation)

Share a 'first' (first time on a mission trip, first time serving, salvation)

Praise & Worship & Testimony & Prayer

Church on Sunday

Island Soup (Coconut)

Britteny's Island Gallery

Paintings

Paintings

Mulit-media art

Cindy's restaurant in West End, Roatan

West Bay Beach, Roatan

Ringing the bell for school

Teaching in the Son, ACE School

Morning circle time

Pledge to the Honduran Flag

Teaching the bible verse

Sharing some songs

Working on some Math

Helping students learn

Even a smaller plane on the way back

8 seats, 6 of those for passengers!

Day of the Bible

Pastors from most of the churches in town

Noah's ark

Complete with animals too!

All celebrating the Bible

Creation

New Generation Church

Creation

The church is the bride of Christ

Flags for the 12 tribes of Israel

The plaza

Dancers

Dancers

Dancers

Drama

Luis shares the word

Luis shares the word

Catracha Fair  

Sharing about the department of Atlantida

Department of Occidental

Who says a sac race is only for kids?!

Hopscotch (Bek, Mik, Jer)

Director Valerie gets the hang of jacks

Nice fall family photo

Project Honduras

Keynote speaker was from Santa Lucia!

Visit from the US Ambassador, Lisa Kubiske

Visit to Paramedics for Children

Clinic

Team housing for Paramedic for Children teams

Typical stove (uses a lot of wood, emits lots of smoke

Eco-stove (uses 2 small pieces of wood for 2 hours, no smoke)

UN Celebration

Typical dress from countries represented at Discovery

Discovery choir sings

Professional dancers of Honduran typical dances from different departments

Professional music group

Canada, USA, and Mexico

Costa Rica (home of Kjell's favorite coffee)

Traveling the world without leaving Honduras!

 

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