Friday, July 31, 2009
The other day we were invited to be guests at a party that was to be Saturday night. They weren't sure where yet, but would let us know. The party was to be a combined baby shower/retirement party for 2 of the school's staff members.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Erick came back to school today for the first time. Candido (his Daddy) showed me his ankle. Although there is still some swelling and an open wound it looks much better! They apparently decided it wasn't broken. Still by our North American standards it looks 'icky' but pain tolerance is so different here. Erick was grinning from ear to ear today with his familiar mischievous grin! I was thrilled & thankful to see it!
Monday, July 27, 2009
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
We enjoyed a fabulous (oh my goodness....insanely fabulous) lunch at a friend's house. On the menu:
Monday, July 20, 2009
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Tuesday, July 7, 2009
We spoke with the Washington group just a little while ago. They are safely in the US. They flew into JFK in New York and are heading West in two groups, since they couldn’t get on the same flight. I’m sure their families will be very happy to see them.
Their local news has continued to cover the story. Here is the latest link. Richland youths expected home today after fleeing Honduras
Trujillo continues to be home sweet home for us. After the excitement of getting the group out of here, we’ve settled into daily life. I’m back to doing work (paid work, not missionary work), and we’re just taking things a day at a time.
Monday, July 6, 2009
they have flights arranged!! Their itinerary is exhausting just reading it it starts tonight and it gets them home later tomorrow.
I'm sure they will be very ready for a shower and clean clothes since they had to leave their belongings in Honduras!!
Please pray that their flights go on schedule and that if possible at one of their layovers that ALL of them make it on the same plane. Because right now they are on two different planes hours apart to get home...and I know they are ALL ready to be reunited with their loved ones!!!
I can't wait for you to hear all of their stories of their adventure. We've been very selective of what we post both for their security's sake and for the confidence of those who have been protecting them. One thing we can say is we have always felt like they were safe, they've had well trained escorts who's #1 priority is to get them on the plane safely to the US!!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009
We just got back from worshipping with the church in Limonal. Jared, Cade, and Mark all led songs and did a great job. We learned that the whole congregation is taking a bus to Santa Fe this coming Sunday for worship. Santa Fe is a Garifuna village where one of the Limonal members wants to start a new church, and this is part of that effort. We are thinking about going along with them, if there is room on the bus.
The group has been working really hard this week, and the heat really gets to you after a few days. This afternoon, all of the teens took a much-deserved break. I walked down to the hotel from our apartment expecting to see them playing in the pool. Instead, every one of them was sprawled out on lounge chairs and hammocks. I think most of them were asleep. Leslie said a few of them got in the pool at first, but as soon as they cooled off they got right out and lay down. Sometimes the temptation here is to be on the move all day, every day. I’m glad they took a little time off in the middle of the week, so they can finish strong.
Tomorrow morning, the entire group will go to the school to teach Bible classes, and in the afternoon, they will go out to do some more work at Little Hands, Big Hearts. They have moved alot dirt and dug alot of holes. A few of the men are working a ceiling for one of the buildings at Little Hands, and that is coming along well. Tomorrow, I am having wood delivered to the school to put a ceiling in the 6th – 9th grade classrooms. We may do some of that labor on Friday, but most of it will wait until the next group.
Brian, Jared, Alfonso, and I went this morning to Tocoa to buy food. We bought enough rice, beans, potatoes, carrots, flour, and corn meal to feed the group for several days, should that become necessary, although I feel fairly confident it won’t be needed. We talked to the travel insurance company today, and they are making arrangements to get the group from here to San Pedro, if the roads are closed. My guess is that won’t be needed, but it’s nice to know someone is working on it. The group still plans to take a chartered bus on Monday to San Pedro, stay the night, and fly out on Tuesday morning. We made reservations for that night at a hotel that is only 2.5 miles from the airport. God willing, the group will be able to get to the airport and fly out without ever going into downtown San Pedro.
Thank you all for your prayers. We appreciate you following along with us and especially the comments on the blog. We read them all and share many of them with the group. It makes us all feel really good to know that you here with us in spirit.