Road Rules Day 2

Today on Road Rules, we went to a day camp for disabled adults. It was called the Charles Lea Center and it was great. At first we split up into some groups and we all did some different things like helping some of them with crafts or helping them set up for their theme of the week, camping. After we did that we got a tour of the center. It was in great shape and had new computers and everything. The staff there treated all the adults nicely and it was great how happy just the environment was. After we got the tour we went to the gym in the facility and played like basketball and hula hoops. Then some of the people started coming in and playing with us. Some of them were mentally handicapped or in wheelchairs so they couldn’t do much but they were still having fun. I remember one man named Rickey that we played basketball with. It took him a lot of tries and he finally asked if I could help him and he made the shot. The excitement on his face was awesome. This was what Red Team did but the other teams went to a senior home and hung out with them. After we served we went on the road again and we went to Sliding Rock National Park and went down the rock. The water was freezing cold but it was great. 

-James M.

Road Rules Day 1

Hi my name is Savannah and Eliza, and we are apart of the Green Team for the Road Rules Mission Trip. At the end of the day, we had a session for each of the groups to come up and wrap up everything that we had done throughout the day. First, we decided to go through the physical work and the emotional part of the day. We arrived in Clinton, South Carolina and went to a orphanage named Thornwell. This is an orphanage for children that have had to been removed from their parents custody or some other situation. We arrived and immediately went to work. Our group, the Green Team, and the Blue Team went to a cottage and did landscaping. We had to rake out leaves, clip bushes, and laid out mulch all around the cottage. After a long day of work, we went into a common type room to play with the kids. Most kids that were there we in the elementary meeting space. We listened to some great speakers who told us about their journeys through Thornwell. They showed us life lessons about how to not judge someone on how we look because their might be something else going on at home. Things may include your parents getting divorced, someone in the family dying, etc. One of the questions we were asked was what we would like to change in the world. We decided that we would like everyone to be able to accept each other with all their differences. When you think about it deeper, most conflicts around the world have to do with one group not accepting another. This can include things like religion, race, etc. Overall, it was a great day and we accomplished a lot. We are looking forward for what God has in store for us.

Chicago Day 1

We went to church. The church was large and the architecture was fabulous. Then we talked to a guy named Van and we did activities involving sticky notes. After that, we proceeded to explore the wonderful city of Chicago Illinois. After a couple of hours we returned to the church and then went to serve and talk to the homeless men. And to conclude our night, we all joined together to express our love for Jesus via song. 

-Jordan

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Honduras 4.7.16

Honduras Day 7

 

Buenas noches de Honduras!

 

After our usual pulperia visits consisting ofmuchos Chokies, Lays Stacks, and Gatorade, we had the opportunity to visit a local missionary named Kaitlyn who moved to El Porvenir 6 years ago.. She was very insightful and gave words of wisdom about what it is like to be a young American missionary in Central America. Currently she is in the process of building a trade school, feeding center, and women’s shelter with her organization, Finding Hope. To teach the women of El Porvenir how to be independent and self-reliant, Kaitlyn has helped them begin earning their own funds by making bracelets made of recycled paper. The money goes back to fund Finding Hope and the construction of the building, and we will be selling them when we get back to America.

 

This morning we woke up to the smell of a delicious Honduran breakfast made by Amalia. It was a great way to start off our last full day in El Porvenir. At the Kinder we had a busy day playing, singing, and learning about animals. We made masks of leons, monos, perros, y elephantes and ran around the playground (which STILL reaks of the red paint). After a delicious snack of cornflakes con leche we passed out the brand new toothbrushes to the kids that replaced the old worn ones. They were so happy to have something new of their own. It was hard to say goodbye to them at the end of the day, knowing we don’t have much time left with them. We can only imagine what it will be like tomorrow.

 

After a hearty lunch of a Honduran version of an American favorite- fried chicken- we got ready to take beans, rice, and toothbrushes out to residents of El Porvenir and La Ceiba. Our first stop on the journey took us to the houses of a couple of Kinder kids (Dorian and Rosalba).  It was crazy to see how different the kids acted, dressed, and generally lived in comparison to how they were in the school. It really put into perspective how lucky we are to have so much in America, when these kids are living in small houses made of concrete with no electricity. It was easy to see how the Lord has truly blessed us even with the small things.

 

Our next stop took us to a community of people living in temporary homes made of scrap metal, driftwood, barbed wire, and dirt along a river bank. Recently the area had been over run by flooding that could have potentially wiped out the community.  Upon walking in we were immediately greeted by multiple curious families. We got a personal tour from our new friend Wilson, not the Wilson you’re probably thinking of, and saw living situations that we could only imagine being in.  Kids were covered in dirt, and some not even clothed. Malnourished people, horses, dogs, and pigs were a common sight. Everyone and everything seemed uncared for and shattered. We headed back to the van with a few children following behind us so they could get a new toothbrush, rice, and beans. After handing out just a single toothbrush to a little boy, our van was swarmed with people begging for supplies. A group of 5 instantly turned to a group of 50.  While it was definitely an overwhelming experience, it was uplifting to see the excitement in the eyes of the kids when they got their own toothbrush. The impact we made on the community not only affected the residents but also affected us. It empowered us to do good and serve communities to glorify the Lord.

 

After leaving we headed over to a gift shop before a delicious dinner at a steak house with Charlie and Amalia. We stopped by el supermercado on our way back to El Porvenir where we stockpiled coffee that we will be selling to support Honduras Children when we get back to the United States.


We love and miss you guys and can’t wait to see you in 2 days, though none of us are ready to leave Honduras. Adios!

 

Mary Emily and Olivi

Romania Day 5

Buna from Beclean!

Today we embarked on our voyage to the foster home in Beclean, Romania. The car ride was about 3 hours and a long three hours at that. Caroline and I were nearly sick halfway through the drive and Caroline but after moving to the front and some anti motion sickness pills we were right as rain. Once we arrived in Beclean, we immediately grabbed our soccer balls, footballs, and arts and crafts that we bought at Walmart a few weeks ago and went out to where the orphans play and hang out. This area consisted of a pavement soccer field with rusty, netless goals, half a playground, picnic tables under an old pavilion, and a construction site next door with a hole in the fence. We played soccer and football and Libby and Caroline taught kids how to make bracelets. The language barrier was daunting at first but after a little while we talked to the kids we still had a lot of fun. At 4:15 the orphans went inside to work on homework and we had about an hour break until English class and arts and crafts time. Scott, Lexi, Jayne, Andrew, and I worked on the arts and crafts with the younger kids while the others taught English to the older kids. At 6:30 we left and left to go eat at Liqueda, a local restaurant. It was a two course meal consisting of a cheesy broth with chicken and then mici and fries. Mici was like a fatty ground sausage and it was the food of the day in Beclean. There we met Aaron, a translator that works in a church in Beclean. He will be with us for the next few days helping in the orphanages. He has helped with past teams and visits both orphanages often. Once we got back to the orphanage the team worshipped together and got ready for the next day in Ilisua. It was all in all a good day and a gift from God to see the joy in others from our mission. Keep our team and Beclean in your prayers.

Cole Forgerson

Romania Day 4

Buna from Sighisoara!

Time has flown these past days but our memories are strong  and will last for years. God gave us such a great opportunity to show his love in Romania but specifically this morning we showed his love in a small and crowded village. David and Tim picked us up again and he told us that he would have had us work more on the houses from yesterday but felt called for us to pick up trash and pray with families in another village. As we rolled up into the village we saw a beautiful and newly built playground. David told us that an eight year old girl came to help pick up trash like us in the village and was surprised to see that the kids did not have a playground so she went home and had a fundraiser for the playground. An eight year old saw a need in God's people and did something so wonderful! It is amazing to see God's work in everyone young and old. As we got out of the vans, kids (baby goats) greeted us along with a puppy who would not stop posing for the camera. The puppy's name was Rex and Libby wanted to take him home. We picked up trash and put together a fire to burn the old cloth and paper products. We focused on the river sides and river. Quickly we had help from the little boys and men of the village. And we worked together that after about two and a half hours we stopped with having filled up twenty five trash bags of trash and could have done more but  this van and tim's car could not hold more. I do not think I have ever picked up so as many bottles in my life as I did today. During our adventure of picking up trash, a sweet and grateful woman gave us some carbonated water for us to refresh (it was clean!). We then further showed God's amazing Grace by getting drinks and programs to give to the villagers. We prayed for some people with David translating for us. Same, Dean, and Andrew rapped a song for the kids and we taught them how to Dab and Whip. Then we went home for lunch and to prepare ourselves for the foster kids. At three in the afternoon, we went to the church to meet up with the foster families and were given twenty Lues for blessing random people. There were three groups with two foster kids in each group. Caroline and Cole used their money on chocolate and flowers. Scott and Dean used the money on Pepsi. Pepsi! Nobody understands why they would get Pepsi! Luckily Sam, Libby, and I used our money on flowers but were upset because of the price that did not make sense. We tried to tell Andrea and Alexandra the problem but they did not understand. We let it go and gave the flowers to people and prayed for them with Andrea translating for us. After giving out our things we went to their home and hung out. Alexandra played the piano for us, Alex played the guitar, and Andrea played her new clarinet again. Stephan would have played but he has a concert on Saturday and didn't want to ruin his fingers. Sam also played Don't Stop Believing and we rocked out singing at the top of our lungs. The Romanians thought we were weird but who cares? We had fun. We then said goodbye. We then went to dinner and Andrew and Jayne got to see their translator from the olden days. Dinner was really amazing-especially the pork. Then went back to the hotel. When we got to the hotel, Hodasa and Karina came over to bring Andrew his phone... Yes he lost it again and owes everyone five dollars. We also found out that Hodasa will not be coming with us to the orphanages due to a doctor's appointment so please pray for her. Hope everyone else is well and that the spring break is relaxing!

Ciao!

Lexi

Honduras 4.6.16

The Red Scare Parte Dos

            Last night as we finished bible study, at 12:15, we were all preparing for bed. As I went to my room to brush my teeth I hear a scream indicating panic from the girl’s room. This is when I figured out that there was a serious problem. A scorpion, the size of my palm, is alive and walking in between the beds of the multiple screaming girls who were running and yelling for Wilson to kill it. In the craziness of it all, Mer Dunk did the mental measurement of how big this scorpion actually was. As you can see below, it’s big.  After Haley quickly snaps that picture from on top of her bed, in comes Wilson with his size 10 Chaco at the ready. The death of this scorpion was a sigh of relief for all of the girls, until Wilson said these four words, “They come in twos.” And immediately we were back to square one.

 

Hola Marietta, I’m currently sitting at the dinner table, and watching Dutch Blitz as we finish another great day of serving in Honduras.  The morning started with yet another amazing breakfast, which consisted of scrambled eggs, which were delicious, and also my favorite, buttered toast, exotic, I know. We set off to the kinder for our third day of school and it was great. The kids learned about sports, in English, and it went very very well. It was really fun seeing how much the kids appreciated and liked the new paint color on the playground. All the kid’s eyes lit up when they saw the blue, green, and red (which still smells).  After the kinder we came back home and after a delicious lunch we began prepping for tomorrows lesson plan and we also began packing for today’s bean and rice delivery.  In each bag we included a bible verse in Spanish so each family can be nourished spiritually and physically.  The best part of delivering the beans and rice, was when we visited El Porvenir’s own private school. The kid’s were so excited to se us as we stood at the gate peering into the school ground.  When we finally were let in it was eye opening how much the kids appreciated our company for such a short amount of time.  We visited all of the different classrooms in the school, and met lots of energetic kids. We were able to maintain casual conversation in Spanish as we asked about their favorite colors, their names, and how old they were. While the girls were talking to a large group of kids, I had an idea.  What if I silently and secretively sprinted as fast I could to the playground with no one noticing.  There were already at least fifty kids surrounding me so I didn’t know how well this was going to go over. I whispered, “Chicos y Chicas, Silencio.” And I took off. What happened as a result was the opposite of silencio. It was hectic to say the least. All fifty plus began yelling and screaming corre, which memans run in Spanish, and I knew this didn’t go well. As I arrived at the playground, i turned around to see the rest of the team outside looking at me and I knew I had messed up. Overall it was a great day and I know as a team we made a big difference in lots if kids lives today. And we will continue to do that for the rest of the week.

 

As we were delivering the beans, rice, and toothbrushes we hear Charlie from inside the van yell “The running of the bulls!” As the group turns around all we see is a street cover from side to side with calf/cows/bulls. To say we panicked is an understatement.  The street was narrow and there was no escape for at least twenty feet so we keep going forward until we finally find a place to get off the road.  Once the calf/cows/bulls caught up to us it seemed as if they were following us. Every which way we went to avoid them, they would all follow as if we were their dinner.  As we scrambled out of their path, we came to the realization that Haley was wearing their favorite color, red.  So as a team our first instinct was to hide Haley from the ferocious calf/cows/bulls. We created a human shield as she squatted down to avoid being seen by the bovines. As the calf/cows/bulls passed by us, we had survived the fierce attack, and our second red scare.

From Honduras, with Love,

Nick        

Honduras 4.5.16

HOLA DESDE HONDO!!!! The past 3 days of Honduras have been absolutely amazing. Full of service, laughs, and mucha mucha comida. Our day started with a wake-up call from Charlie around 7:15 and an amazing Honduran breakfast. We went to the Kinder again today and seeing the faces of the kids as soon as we walked in was unforgettable. They are all so lively (LOL the power just went out) and full of happiness but love stealing each other’s pelotas. Today we taught the kids about the weather and the story when Jesus calms the storm. Wilson played Jesus in the little play we put on with Grace Mutimer, Mary Emily, Caroline Poston, and I as Jesus’s disciples. The kids are beginning to come out of their shells and relationships are building!

After leaving the Kinder, we began two very intense games of Dutch Blitz. I lost every single round with Mer beating everyone by at least 50 points every time. For lunch we ate cheeseburgers, corn on the cobb, potato salad, and sweet tea. We can tell Amalia is making sure we feel at home J Honestly, it might just be better than the South’s. Then we discussed the “hypotential situation” of singing at church and what that would look like. In the midst of planning a set list, a “hypotential situation” of “if you do it, I’ll do it” occurred. Amalia ate an entire jalepeno yesterday as if it was nothing, so Haley said she could take a big bite but wouldn’t do it. Wilson from across the table said “if you do it, I’ll do it”. After a few words of encouragement, Haley took a bite, just the tip, and immediately regretted her decision. We made her take another bite and her face immediately turned red and tears started streaming down her face. In true to words fashion, Wilson grabbed the remaining pepper and took a bite. His reaction was nothing short of anti-climactic. Haley suffered for the next 30 minutes, all the while finishing planning out the rest of the day.

The next adventure of the day started back at the Kinder. If we haven’t mentioned before, there is a well-used, paint faded playground located at the Kinder that was in need of a face lift. We spent the next couple of hours painting it with all new colors. Unfortunately, the foulthy, rancid, heinous, dank, unholy stench we thought to be the river behind the kinder was actually the gallon bucket of red paint. This ladies and gentlemen was the red scare. If you could imagine the smell of old moldy gym shoes surrounded by a cloud of spoiled milk sitting for 3 months in the hot Honduras sun, you are only beginning to scratch the surface of the putrid aroma we engulfed for the next 3 hours. Even a gentle breeze could not waft the stench from the air. Mary Emily was a trooper and was the designated red painter. That ladies and gentlemen is the true red-scare.  

In all seriousness, EHW.

I cannot wait to see all the smiles on the kid’s faces when they find out their playground has been restored. The stench has faded away by now and they can fully enjoy every minute of the blue, green, and red masterpiece. We attended a church service at La Iglesia del Buen Pastor and sang two English worship songs to them before we heard the message. It was all in Spanish but we had Amalia there to translate most of it to us. The message was centered around Romans 8:35-39 saying that we are more than conquerors with Jesus Christ and nothing can separate us from Him. Nothing can separate the children in Honduras from the love of God and our team definitely needed to hear this message as we hit the half-way point of our journey together. Some of the stories of the children we work with are hard to hear but it definitely brings us comfort knowing that God is with them always, through good and bad times. God is working in all of us this week as we continue to pour into the all the people we encounter and I am excited to see what else God has in store for us!!

Here’s a recording of the service from tonight:

 

 

 

P.S.- If you are wondering why “take me out to the ball game” is playing, we just thought it might be nice to give you a glimpse at what the church piano sounded like.

 

ADIOS Y TE QUIEREMOS!!!!

(Bye and we love you!!!!)

P.P.S.- The power is still out.

 

 

 

 

 

Romania Day 3

Buna!

I hope you all are enjoying your spring break, because we certainly are! Although we did not get to watch the new Star Wars, we are having an amazing time in Sighisoara. This morning we all woke up at the bright and early time of 7:30. Good thing the coffee here is so good because otherwise, it would not have been so easy to get out of bed. Today we got the pleasure of meeting a new friend, David, who builds houses in very poor gypsy villages. He took us to one specific village that was especially poverty stricken. Throughout the morning we mixed concrete and transported it up the mountain to the village, where we filled holes to lay the foundation for a new home. Although I had an idea of what I we were about to walk into, nothing can prepare you for that kind of situation. Most of the homes in the village were one room houses made of clay mud and sticks, that housed anywhere from 5-7 people, mostly children. It was truly an experience that I will never forget. Once we had finished filling the holes for the foundation, we headed back to make some very tasty sandwiches for lunch. We were blessed with an hour and a half, to shower and nap after lunch, which is quite rare to get that kind of down time. We then got ready to go play with the foster kids in the beautiful 75 degree weather. We met at a soccer field the top of this mountain, and played a pick up soccer game. In case anyone was wondering I was the top scorer with a hat trick, followed by Scott who scored twice, and Cole and Sam who had one each and Caroline who was on the losing team couldn't get past my team's defense ;). We also attempted to teach the Romanian kids how to play American football, but that was not as successful as hoped. After playing endless amounts of games, we headed back to the church for a wonderful chicken, baked potato and green bean dinner, with of course the very delicious Romanian bread, that Caroline decided she would take a few slices of home with her, in her backpack. We finally ended the day with some group time, and reflected on the day. I am so incredibly excited to be apart of this team, and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for us the rest of the week.

Libby Poland