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Elections in Honduras (pictures)
I don’t know what you have been hearing on the news, but the elections in Honduras have been fairly peaceful. It is quite an ordeal to vote. Is it fair? Well… First, a Honduran has to go back to where they were born in order to vote (this could be very expensive). They can have their voting location transferred, but that is an even harder process. Second, depending on who your ‘town’ is voting for, there could be death threats if you do not vote for the person they want. Third, you can go to mark down who you want to vote to and the person in charge there may say you can not do that, vote for that person, and then you ‘lose’ your vote because you don’t know how to counter what the person is saying (and the culture is very indirect and won’t want to oppose someone). Fourth, there is really no way to check that everyone who voted only voted once or that those in charge are counting accurately. They do use their ID card, but there is no grand system to go through and verify. Article from the National Lawyers Guild (click here).
I watched some of the elections on TV and you could see the person walk in and put their ballot in the party box! You would think, “How can someone control the vote or how would they even know who you are voting for?” but it is right there in the open – with no protection for you.
This year, the formerly ousted president’s (Mel Zelaya) wife was running in the Libre party. Both she and Orlando (Nacional party) declared themselves the winner and gave a speech before the night was out. After the votes continued to be tallied on Monday, still the Nacional party was miles ahead of everyone (100,000’s). Now, if you have seen things on the news, the Libre party has refused to concede declaring it an unfair election. Was it unfair? See above paragraph. Despite all the variables, Orlando (National) won. The Libre party has been protesting, wanting a recount, however regardless of what is being shown on TV, this is a very, very, very, small group.
You Tube Channel (pictures)
After many hours of videoing, deleting, revideoing, editing, writing captions, saving as completed video, uploading and creating information for my channel, my new You Tube Channel is up and running! I created playlists for different talks (‘Change/Transition’, ‘Cultural Adjustment’) as well as a ‘Favorites’ for videos I have watched that I think will help missionaries (click here for Answer the Call You Tube Channel).
Helping Ministries (pictures)
In addition to airport rides for missionaries going on furlough, I helped a missionary set up a facebook page before they returned to the States. I’m hoping this will keep her supporters more connected as well as bring in more prayer and financial support.
Katarina’s class (11th grade) had a bake sale a week before Thanksgiving, so that is when the baking began. I made mini pies for her to sell and mini pies for the girl’s Thanksgiving parties in their classes too (the following day). Then, we had the CCI (English speaking service) Thanksgiving potluck in which I made turkey sandwiches and pumpkin cookies. Then, I started baking mini pies again the day before Thanksgiving for our Thanksgiving with gringos (white people) on the actual day. What I forgot to do was bake banana bread for the teachers…so hopefully I can make up for it with their Christmas cookie package.
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