Honduras Part Seven, Eight & Nine: Wrapping Up The Gift

Here I am singing the same old tune…I apologize for the delay in my posts…the last number of days have been busy! We held a Valentines Day Fundraiser Sunday evening in order to raise funds for students here at Adelphia who plan to go on a missions trip to either Japan, or Bithlo, FL in April. Then Monday was, well, a Monday…they’re always pretty LONG! Tuesday we lead chapel, and I had the opportunity to share about the Honduras trip with our students. That night we also took the whole Adelphia crew on a “group date” where we got Blizzards at DQ and went bowling. It was a good time!

The Adelphia Community and Friends!

The Adelphia Community and Friends!

Yesterday Mr. E and I celebrated our Valentines Day because we had the day off. Look forward to a post and pics of  our wonderful day soon! But today I want to wrap up the posts on the Honduras trip. Since we have a lot of ground to cover, I’m going to just post a bunch of pics to give you a glimpse of our final days in Honduras…

We started the day off right, with a visit to Karen's family's Poporia for sweet Empanadas and fresh Papaya smoothies! Have I mentioned anything about the amazing Honduran hospitality yet? ; )

We started the day off right, with a visit to Karen’s family’s Poporia for sweet Empanadas and fresh Papaya smoothies! Have I mentioned anything about the amazing Honduran hospitality yet? ; )

Definition of EMPANADA

: a turnover with a sweet or savory filling
A "Happy Sabrina" in the Poporia.

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)!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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 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...

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.

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 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.

We stayed at one of the nicest Hotels in Valley of the Angels.

I love these ladies, and  "girl time!"

I love these ladies, and “girl time!”

Fresh watermelon juice...

Fresh watermelon juice…

and papusas for supper! Mmm, mmm, yummy! : )

and papusas for supper! Mmm, mmm, yummy! : )

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!

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.

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.

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 : )!

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!

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,

Sra. E

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