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Trip of a Lifetime

I recently traveled to Honduras on a Mission Trip working with The Lamb Institute.  I was a little nervous because I did not know any of the people with whom I would be traveling.  They turned out to be some of the most amazing people I have ever met.  Each morning we drove 30 minutes to the orphanage.  Our jobs would be in construction, teaching English, making crafts, sorting clothes and playing with children.  Each and every child had their own story.  Some had parents, some did not.  Some were removed from their homes because of abuse.  These children were amazing.  They were always smiling and hugging us.  It's amazing to watch how they look after each other. I was the translator for the group.  It was an incredible position to be in.  I was able to help the volunteers in my group communicate with the children and vice versa.  The children needed us just as much as we needed them.  I loved teaching them English.  I learned that many of them know how to speak basic English they just needed to be comfortable enough to speak it.  It goes the same for Spanish speakers who are learning. Over the week I was able to travel and experience so much.  I think my favorite was the dinner for single mothers.  The ages ranged from 22 to 92.  The theme was Christmas.  All the ladies received a gift and a stocking.  What I did not expect was seeing them save their food for their family members.  One woman brought a plastic bag for her leftovers in her purse.  Ice cream was the dessert and it was also saved.  It's not often that they get dairy products.  The women were so caring and so resourceful.  Things we thought of as trash could be used in some way.  It really made you think! The week was brought to an end with a wedding of one of the girls who was brought up in the home.  Our group helped set up.  Alice made bouquets.  Helen made the arrangements for the chairs on the aisles.  I continued to get frustrated when the wind would blow the table cloths onto the ground!  All the children received hair cuts.  They even had bridesmaids.  So simple yet so beautiful.  All of the children and the employees of the orphanage were invited.  After dinner was served the bride started collecting all of the used plastic.  I was so confused thinking she was cleaning up.  She was collecting the items for her home.  Carla lived in a one room wooden box.  We all donated money to the couple to help pay for their rent.  I was blown away when I learned rent was $12.50 a month! If you ever have the chance to go on a Mission Trip, GO!  It will change your life.

Maria Mercedes

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Comments on this post (2)

  • Aug 14, 2014

    Thanks Frank! It was a life changing experience.

    — Caroline

  • Aug 14, 2014

    Wow! Eye opening adventures in C.A.! Thanks for the words. These life stories really make you step back and be thankful for what you have and positive about helping others. Thanks

    — Frank Nelson

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