Here we are in tropical Aldea lo de Reina (the queen village), just 10 miles outside of the city of Comayaqua, Honduras during its so-called rainy season (April through October), where the average high temperature is 90 humid degrees. And, where June through November is the most likely time for hurricanes to occur. And, we’re just 23 regular people, 10 families, ages 14 to 71, 10 males, 13 females–all with our own stories and relationships with God–all being called to do God’s work here in Honduras this week for various reasons that only He knows.
We were allowed to sleep in following our long journey yesterday, so Sunday began officially at 7:30 a.m. with our first half-hour of daily morning devotionals. Devotionals included reading a verse from My Outmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers and the corresponding bible verses and discussions with our family members about them.
Prayer and breakfast were at 8 o’clock and included huevos, papas (eggs and potatoes), fresh tropical fruits and cantaloupe juice. Salsa on my huevos was the best!
Next, it was board our bus for a trip to Comayagua and church with locals at CCI (Christian Center International). It was here that we felt another of our many divine interventions from God. This week’s services were dedicated to the firefighters of Comayagua. The pastor praised them and told the story of one injured firefighter. He cast his message around rescuers or Rescate and the bible verses of John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
and Mark 10:45:
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Then the honored firefighter guests were presented a homemade plaque and “Rescuer” T-Shirts. Three on our team who have been or are still firefighters were especially touched by this service. My husband, Bob, having been a firefighter for 25 years felt that God intended him to be in Honduras and at this church to hear this message on the team’s very first full day of our team’s mission. So, at the close of services Bob went and gathered with the firefighters who then asked our team to detour back to their fire house so they could give Bob one of their firehouse T-Shirts.
And so we did, and the Howard’s and Mohegan’s children were then given ad hoc tours; they got to see the firemen in their firefighting gear, don a helmet, and hold the nozzle of a hose with slow streaming water being released. The kids loved it–what a great unplanned by man community activity!
By the time we returned to El Ayudante, it was 1 o’clock and time for lunch where we enjoyed rice and corn, refried beans, soft tortillas, pineapple and catalope and watermelon juice.
Between 3 and 7 o’clock, we gathered to learn about our activities for Monday; Jonathan, a staff leader and translator taught us how to install water filters; and, Mark Howard reviewed how we should share the story of the gospel as we would go throughout our day interacting with the Honduran people.
By 7 p.m., many of us were exhausted from the previous day’s long journey. Me, personally, was just waiting for 8:30 and an appropriate hour to retire. Lights were officially always out by 10. And for the remainder of the week, most of us would naturally awaken at 5:30 a.m. to get ready for our daily devotionals at 6:30 and breakfast at 7.
And, there’s nothing better than waking up to a cup of fresh Honduran coffee in the early mornings or relaxing with the team after dinner and evening meetings. Just ask Kelly Krick who was our team’s coffee connoisseur. I learned that Hondurans harvest their coffee every year between November and March; that there’s over 100,000 coffee producers here, with 9 out of 10 of them being considered small producers; an, that coffee growing and harvesting generates over one million jobs and for over 12.5% of the total population of its eight million people. Many complete families work during the coffee picking season, with young kids being an important part of the workforce, providing an additional income to their families. So the Honduran schooling system has vacations from the end of November to the first week in February.