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