A “Happy Sabrina” in the Poporia.
Our next stop was the Christian clinic where Abby (the Morey’s third daughter) often volunteers her time. It was really neat to see how a clinic runs in Teguc. This may be T.M.I. for some…but the most common things they see people for are diarrhea due to dehydration, vaginal infections, and common colds. However, they are set up to see people for nearly anything. They even have an opthamologist (eye doctor)!
After the clinic we went to see our new friend, Laurie’s, ministry. She has nicknamed it, “Beans & Bibles.” Basically, it’s a place the local children (sometimes even those living on the street) can come and receive loving friendship, a meal, a Bible story, help with homework, access to a number of reading materials, games, and puzzles; this is a real luxury for most children in Honduras. Laurie and her volunteer staff are a true inspiration! They are so generous, thoughtful, and well-organized.
Laurie’s friends lining up LONG before lunchtime. These kiddos were so excited, polite, and grateful. Honestly, I was impressed by their behavior.
We were able to meet the kiddos, help wash hands, and serve the meal for the day. It was an unexpected, but neat opportunity to learn, and serve!
This is the kitchen where the meals are prepared. The meal on the day we visited was a Honduran version of “Hamburger Helper” (with rice instead or noodles). Most of these kids really lack protein, and nutrients in their diet. It’s a rare thing for many of them to dine on meat.
Laurie also gave us a tour of the neighborhood she ministers in. She has a real heart for the poor, and it happens to be one of the more impoverished communities in Teguc.
Laurie shared with us that when she first began serving in this community most of the homes were similar to this one, and were primarily made of wood…
However, the community has since then received somewhat of a “facelift.” Much of the neighborhood is now building structures, and homes like this one, made of brick and concrete; and look at that healthy cow! She is greatly encouraged to see this, but believes that God may be moving her on to a poorer community soon.
We returned home for a late lunch, and a nap. After our nap, we were blessed with the opportunity to “get away” with Christine, and Laurie for a “girls night” in Valley of the Angels. Both of these women rarely get a break, and it was a beautiful opportunity to be able to bless them in this way. Through friendships with women like these two, I am coming to realize just how important “missionary care” is. I love listening, talking with, and encouraging missionaries. Perhaps one day Mr. E and I will be able to do this together!
We stayed at one of the nicest Hotels in Valley of the Angels.
I love these ladies, and “girl time!”
Fresh watermelon juice…
and papusas for supper! Mmm, mmm, yummy! : )
A pupusa is a traditional Salvadoran dish made of a thick, handmade corn tortilla that is usually filled with a blend of the following: cheese (queso) (usually a soft cheese called Quesillo found in all Central America) <– THIS ONE IS MY FAV, cooked pork, or refried beans.
The next day I spent the morning listening to music, reading my Bible, journaling, and praying in a hammock underneath this lemon tree; look at the size of those lemons!
Laurie, Christine, Me, Terri, and Ellen.
After a breakfast in a cute little Honduran cafe, we took some time to explore the local artisans, and shops in the Valley.
Before taking Terri and Ellen to the airport, we stopped by the house of Eduardo to visit his wife, Leita, who had just returned from surgery. This woman’s amazing! Look at her…she’s lovely as ever, and all smiles : )!
At the end of the day I spent time with the Morey family. I enjoyed catching up with the girls, and visiting into the late night hour with Christine. This family means a lot to me. I plan to keep them in my prayers often!
Even though I love the people, and ministry in Honduras, and will miss them dearly…at the end of the day, I was ready to return home to my husband. My day of travel was delayed, LONG, and tiresome…but the Lord faithfully returned me home safe, and sound. Praise God for this, and SO much more! It was a true gift from God to return to Honduras…but that’s a “wrap!” ; )
Dios Te Bendiga y Te Quiero Mucho,