Dear family and friends,
My life in Honduras has been pretty well so far. i have discovered that the life style here is “hurry up and wait”. What I mean by this is that you may have something planned at a certain time but something may happen to prevent that. For instance, it could be raining so hard and loud that you can’t read a book to the children during library time. Plans change and it’s okay. I have learned to be okay with that There are some other things that I have learned to do so far:
*Ignore the ants (they’re everywhere) unless they are in the food of course.
*Check your bed for scorpions before sleeping in it. Also, check shoes for scorpions before putting them on.
*Make sure there is not a frog in the house before closing the door.
*How to burn garbage
*Tolerate roaches and spiders (still working on this one).
*Remember how to make coffee in a regular coffee maker not a Keung.
*Hang clothes on the line in the morning, not afternoon because it normally rains than.
*Ignore the occasional turkey.
*Keep the dogs out of the library.
*Tolerate cold showers.
*How to walk properly without falling.
*Know it’s okay to fall, because it will happen especially to clumsy people.
*Making tortillas by using a plate (Im not very good the real way yet)
*Carry an unbrella wherever you go (especially during the afternoon time).
*How to peel green bananas ( if you peel them like a regular banana your hands will be very sappy).
*How to cook different kinds of foods.
* How to experiment with food. (homemade pizza) 🙂
*Take time out of every day and read/study my bible.
*Know that it’s okay to try to practice my spanish on people.
***Wear sunscreen at all times!
Some days I wonder what have I done? Am I really here? Is this really where God wants me? Than something pretty amazing happens.
A little boy at school will ask if we are having library today? I tell him yes and he says he will be there and runs away smiling. Or, I’ll observe the children during library and notice they are really reading and enjoying the activities. One day one of the house parents little girl kept telling me good bye. She kept on telling me good bye even as I was walking down the driveway. This was a huge step because I have been here for over a month and she had never spoken to me before. She actually said audiose Leah. 🙂 I was very touched by those two words from a three year old.
There are also moments where I wish I had a frozen pizza, where all you have to do is pop it into the oven, instead of making everything. Than I am reminded about the amazing conversations we have while cooking. Or how Kaitlen (another volunteer) and I teach Doris (Honduran worker) some English while she teaches us some Spanish.
It’s times like these that I love and look forward to each and every day. I love and miss my family but I know this is where God wants me right now.
I have also witnessed some other amazing things so far. We were fortunate enough to have some pretty awesome groups volunteer in June. They helped with so many important projects, the library being one of them. While one of the groups was here one of the little girls needed to have her tonsils removed. One of the sweet ladies from the group spoke up and said she and her husband can pay for it. That was such a great moment to witness! One of the other ladies still stays in touch with kids by sending them letters. One of the teenage girls even made her an envelope and sent a letter to her and her family These moments I feel honored to be here and be a part of. It is also incredible to see on Friday nights at church some of the teenagers and the adults from the surrounding communities worship and listen during service. Also, to see some of the young Honduran workers lead worship or speak during church. You can tell they have been giving that specific gift. I am honored to know them and be their friend.
My duties right now are managing the library, working with the pre school age, and helping track the development and behavior of the children at Give Hope 2 Kids. I enjoy the work I’m doing each day and love seeing the kids making progress.
The food here is amazing. Everything is made from scratch. We get our vegetables from the veggie truck every Saturday. We also have a lot of fresh fruit like bananas, pineapple, grape fruit, oranges, avocado, passion fruit, mangos, and star fruit. I think it is very neat to crave a banana and be able to go to the banana house and get one. I love it!
I have of course enjoyed my time with the kids. My friendships with them have grown deeper. I enjoy every minute with them. The house parents are some of the most loving and wise people I know. You can tell they love each child as if they were their own.
All of the volunteer staff and paid staff are fantastic! I have made long lasting friendships. I enjoy playing with all of the volunteers kids too, especially the almost eleven month old. We also get together and watch movies (Pride and Prejudice), tv shows (Dowton Abbey), and drink smoothies. On Sunday mornings all the volunteers watch a church service online and worship together. This has been really enjoyable.
There are still times that I really wish that I were at home with my family, but than something great as stated above will happen. God will than remind me that he does have a plan for me. Jeremiah 29: 11-13.
Some things are still the same as they are back home in Alabama. I still get woken up by birds, different sounding birds but still birds. I still travel on a dirt road, a little more bumy though. Lastly, I still have a family. All of these things I am extremely blessed to have.
Until next time!