Thank you so much for supporting our trip to Honduras.
It was a great week! We were looking forward to serving and experiencing a new culture. God, of course, had other lessons for us to learn!
1. This picture is of Mario and Keila. They are Honduran missionaries, who minister to the people in EL Naranjal, Hondurans. The Evangelical Christian church in Honduras is strong. However, Honduras is a very poor country. Even highly educated people in the capital cannot find work. In the more remote areas, there is no work because they are in a serious drought, and there really isn’t any industry besides a sugar cane factory, and an aloe vera farm. The people in El Naranjal are destitute. They will wait patiently for hours in the heat to get antibiotics, dewormed, and a few over-the-counter drugs. Many families are hungry. Truly, many didn’t even have a grain of rice in their home. Please pray for Mario and Keila. (https://www.facebook.com/CookieProjectHonduras) Below you will see a picture of the Health Matters team. Three of these women are there ministering and serving all year long.
2. It was great to experience how the common thread of serving Jesus tied our group together. I believe we had 9 different churches represented. Fast friendships were made with the people on your team.
3. Alex spent his day prayer walking and doing VBS. This took him WAY out of his comfort zone. That is a good thing! He, of course, fell in love with the kids he met. Many, quite literally, attached themselves to him!
4. I spent my days working in a pharmacy. On the first day I knew NOTHING! By the time day 5 rolled around, I was a slightly seasoned pharmacy tech! Patient, patient women trained me. Remember, the stickers we put on the meds were in Spanish – be impressed! Be impressed that my co-workers survived the week with me! Being honest: At the beginning of the week I would skip over the 'complicated' cards because I needed so much help! It became somewhat of a joke! By the end of the week, well...see the picture below! (This was a 'complicated' card!)It was difficult seeing so many people truly suffering, and knowing there was only so much we could do. Medical care there is antiquated, at best.
5. I don’t know what is next. El Naranjal needs…well…so much. Please pray for the church there.
6. Again, thank you for investing your prayers and your time in this trip!
Velva and Alex Brown