Engage Honduras: First Team's First Day
Mar 2017 10:37 AM

Engage Honduras: First Team's First Day

Mar 2017 10:37 AM
Mar 2017 10:37 AM

Hola from Honduras!! Our first day is coming to a close and man, was it full and good. We got here around lunch time, ate lunch, settled in at our hotel and then went to Promise Home Orphanage for a tour. It was a joy to be at Promise Home and see God’s faithfulness to continue providing resources and bringing growth to this ministry. Check out these stories below to hear about today from a few different student’s perspectives–

 

When we landed in Honduras, we were driven to a local mall for lunch. After that, we made our way to our hotel, which is a bunch of individual rooms, for 2-4 people. Once everyone was settled in, we went to Promise Home, the organization The Heights partners with for a tour. We met all of the children and staff members at the orphanage, toured the tilapia farm, and saw the church. We learned how many of the children receive little to no affection from their families, and how much they desire that. The man explained how he spent one day counting every time a kid came up wanting a hug, and by the end of the day he had given 76 hugs. It really resonated with me that we don’t think about the way we treat people, whether that be positive or negative. If everyone took a little more time to think of how they are treating people, we could all have more of a positive affect on others. It was also eye opening to stand at the top of the mountain and be able to look out across the horizon to see the masterpiece Jesus has created. I am confident that Jesus will show himself in a unique way to everyone this week, and I am very excited to see how his work and his endless love will shine through me this week.” –Natalie Collyar, junior at Plano Senior High School

In Honduras, I realized two things. Those two things are that my expectations were wildly different from reality, and that not everyone in Honduras is impoverished. This second misconception came from my false expectations. Everything in Honduras works very differently from America. Not only is the language different, but the currency, city infrastructure, and social standard is very different. There are things out here that just aren’t very common in America. We’re about to start working in an orphanage, there’s a fish farm, and we’ve seen a lot of stray dogs roaming around. Needless to say, a lot of things are different. But most of all, the way my mind was working, and probably the mindset of others, was that we were going to a country where everyone is poor. While there is a lot of poverty, not everyone is the way we thought they were, homeless and helpless. There are people who have jobs and work very hard to support their families. In our training, we watched a series of videos called When Helping Hurts, and that along with seeing things here in Honduras, has helped me to realize that in order to restore spiritual richness, you need to see the people as valuable and equal in the eyes of God. That has been the biggest thing God has taught me today.” –Jansen Wonders, junior at Allen High School

Today was the first time for me to go to Promise Home Orphanage and meet kids in the village. We took a tour of the orphanage and the tilapia farm and then went to the church and some of the local girls did a performance for us. It was all very impactful, but the most impactful part of the day was interacting with the children and seeing how happy they are. I remember Mollie walking up the road and a small girl running up to her and embracing her. She was so overjoyed to see her again and see everyone, even those she didn’t know. I didn’t know this child and could barely even speak to her, but she still ran up to me and many other and gave us big hugs with a huge smile on her face. Seeing how happy the kids are to have someone come into their life and care about them for just a few days out of the year was something incredible to see. Spending a few minutes with them gave me such a perspective change of what people really long for in life. I was nervous about not being able to communicate with the kids and them not really being interested in me, but today I’ve seen that they don’t see the differences between us that I do. Instead, they see someone who wants to love them. I am very excited to share with them how much more Jesus loves them than I, or any other person, ever could.” –Matthew Britten, junior at Plano Senior High School

Alison Pickering & Kate Johnson holding children at Promise Home.
Claribel Figueroa holding a child at Promise Home.
Promise Home Orphanage
Fish Hatchery at Promise Home
Bill Hayden showing our team around Promise Home

It’s an incredible gift to be a part of what God is doing in Honduras and in our students. Tomorrow we will be helping build a trail for families to travel safely to and from Promise Home Church. We will also help cook food for and run the After School Program that is for children in the local village. Join us in praying for God to open our eyes to how He’s moving and help us walk with Him as we serve tomorrow. We’re asking Him to get done what He wants done, all for His glory!!

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