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La Esperanza, Copan, and AFE

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Well, I haven't been very good at updating this thing lately...sorry about that! I am currently in Tegucigalpa at the mission guesthouse again. We've been to La Esperanza and Copan since I last wrote. La Esperanza is a town high in the mountains and therefore has a lovely, cool climate. ("Que rica!") In La Esperanza we visited Bob and Kathy Owen who work with a rehab center for alcholics. They also work with a church called Mas Que Vencedores and with a bilingual school called Southwest school. They have started a scholarship program for children to attend this school whose parents cannot afford to send them to this school. In addition to this they help children in the school who started late and are behind on their English by offering them tutoring in English.

Bob and Kathy

Bob and Kathy

We got to La Esperanza Saturday night (from Tegucigalpa, which is a long drive), went to church and left directly for Copan, which is a longer drive. Why go to Copan? Well...Ancient ruins!!!! You have no idea how exciting this was for me! Getting to crawl all over ancient history. :-D We went to the main part of the ruins Monday morning and spent the afternoon shopping which was really cool cause Copan has some really neat shops (for gringos like me, haha) and some of the goods are actually Guatemalan (Guatemala is rediculously close to Copan). The next morning we went to another Mayan site called Las Sepulturas which wasn't supposed to be really that great according to what we had seen on a map at the main site, but actually turned out to be just as cool (if not cooler in a way) than the main site because there weren't a whole lot of people there and it wasn't as developed. It was actually more of the living area versus the main site which was more the temple and ball court and such. We drove the rest of the day and ended up at a hotel on a lake, which was really beautiful. I could look across the lake and see mountains and see them reflected in the lake...ahhh the beauty of God's creation! The next day we went to a huge waterfall and went on an amazing zipline over it! At the place where the zipline was there were actually more Mayan ruines that had not be excavated (the owner of the land had started but the government stopped him), which was really interesting because they were a ways from Copan which is supposed to be kind of as far south as the Mayans went...

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...But before it sounds like this whole week was a vacation....

While we were in La Esperanza we got the chance to help with the aformentioned tutoring which was really amazing. I helped a girl, Sumaria, and a boy, Daniel, with their English and it was one of the most rewarding/fun things i have done all trip it felt like. They were so eager to learn and so sweet! We also toured Southwest school and another bilingual school called La Oasis which is where another VIA, Tyler Frazier, has been helping. Unfortunately, I spent a couple days sick in bed (I am better now, FYI) and missed out on getting to help more with tutoring and seeing more of La Esperanza. While in La Esperanza we were able to go to a couple of church services a couple of youth services (one of which was watching Fireproof in Spanish with English subtitles), and went to a planning meet for discipleship.

Yesterday after church we Erica, Tyler, and I went on a bus to Teguc. We met up with a work team from Minnesota today (who is also staying at the guesthouse) to work at AFE, which is a ministry to the people who live/work at the dump. They have a school there for the children to provide them with an education and therefore a way out of the dump. The children are given breakfast, lunch and school all morning long. They are even setting up a scholarship program so that children who graduate can have a chance to go to university. In the morning we painted a room which will be a room for kindergarten. In the afternoon we took food up into the dump and passed it out along with bags of purified water (oh yeah, it's not uncommon for water to come in bags in Honduras). It didn't feel like I was doing all that much, but I am sure that getting a good warm meal and pure water was an encouragement for the people. One man stopped to talk to me after I handed him water and told him, "Dios le bendiga" (God bless you). He wanted to say thank you and that the work we were doing was very good. I don't think going there will be an experience I will ever forget...ever.

It's hard to see people in situations that I cannot begin to fathom. I have never known what it is be without a home, or truely hunger, or so many other things. I have also been blessed to have grown up in a Christian home and always have known that there was a God who loved me (It took me til I was 10 to accept that love, but I always knew it was there). As I was sitting here processing how I felt about what I've seen today I started listening to a song and the lyrics seemed to fit:

"Can You see
The honest questions in my heart this hour?
I'm opening like a flower to the rain
And do You know
The silent sorrows of a
Never ending journey through the pain

Do You see a brighter day for me?
Another day?
A day?
Do You wonder what's in store for me?
The cure for me?
The way?

Oh look down and see the tears I've cried
The lives I've lived
The deaths I've died
You died them too
And all for me
And You say:

'I will pour My water down
Upon a thirsty barren land
And streams will flow from the dust of
Your bruised and broken soul
You will grow like the grass
Upon the fertile plains of Asia
By the streams of living water
You will grow
You will grow.'"

Tomorrow: more AFE.

Posted by SarahMay86 18:59 Archived in Honduras Tagged volunteer Comments (0)

More fun at El Sembrador

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So, yesterday we (Erica, Alyssa, and I) got to go on the 9th grade feild trip! It was a lot of fun. We first went to a mountain on the outside of Catacamas (the town Escuela El Sembrador is outside of) where there are steps the whole way up. Oh man. Thanks to 3 summers at Heart O Hills my calves barely felt it. Unfortunately my asthmatic lungs are not terribly used to climbing mountains, especially not as fast as steps allow and I barely made it up there, but I did!!! Yay!

Then we drove out a ways to these really cool caves that were apparently the site of an ancient culture. Have you seen Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls? Well, these caves were a place where crystal skulls were found and used in worship. At least that is my understanding of things...I mean all the signs and the guided tour were in Spanish so that's just kind of what I gathered, it could be slightly wrong. At one were standing in a room called the Cathedral and the guide told us it was the site of the ancient rituals and that under the pavement we were standing on were pits filled with dismembered bodies (there was a pit for heads, one for arms, and so on) The anthropologist in me said "awesome!" the general person in my said "Arg! That is gross and disturbing!"

After the caves we ate some yummy Chinese food and went to go play in the river which was cold and felt wonderful at that point!

Then it was back home for a normal night, but it was an exceptionally good day. I didn't bring my camera because I didn't trust myself with it in a cave and all, but here are some photos that were taken that day:

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(Alyssa is the girl in the dark blue shirt and Erica in the light blue, the other gringo is Jeremy, a missionary here)

So, while I am here I am taking photos and editing them for the yearbook as well as doing a little design for the yearbook. I also teach art to the MKs and am making friends with some of the boys and have given art lessons to a couple of them, which has been great! They are eager to learn and it's a good way to make friends without my having to know too much Spanish.

Well, I need to go now, I need to go take photos before church!!!!

Posted by SarahMay86 15:40 Archived in Honduras Tagged volunteer Comments (0)

Still at El Sembrador...

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Ok, so I know I haven't really been writing on this thing much and it's because there hasn't been much to say. Oh, life here is interesting...but I just don't know what I'd write about.

I've been teaching two art classes everyday for the MK's and it's been a lot of fun for me and I think for them too.

Here are some photos:

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Posted by SarahMay86 21:10 Archived in Honduras Tagged volunteer Comments (0)

Estoy en El Sembrador!

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Yesterday we arrived at El Sembrador where we will be for over two weeks (we're pretty happy about it cause we like it here). The website for El Sembrador is:

http://www.escuelaelsembrador.org/

It's nice and peaceful out here...we can sit and listen to crickets and these very odd sounding frogs (they sound like video games!). The town of Catacamas is close by but the school is surrounded by quite a bit of land...oh and beautiful mountains.

Yesterday after we got here we ate with one of the missionary couples and then went into town to get some groceries (we are sharing an apartment with Alyssa, another VIA who is working at El Sembrador for her 3 months).
We also got to walk around Catacamas some and go in some little shops. After that we just went back, made supper and hung out with the boys til their curfew.

Today was church (which was different than normal because it was the Day of the Bible) followed by Chinese food in town with all of the missionaries. The food was ordered family style and GIANT plates of food were brought out for us to share...5 people ate off of one order of rice and one order of noodly-vegetable-meat stuff...and then 3 of us had some more for dinner....and there is still some left. It's pretty insane (and really good!). Then we spent the afternoon hang out with the boys playing countless games of Uno. After that was church. And then more hanging out with the boys, this time at the basketball court (which is where we hung out last night).

Earlier today I was thinking about how I wish this trip would help me to know if I should pursue missions in Central America. I was kiind of down because I thought maybe I should have that feeling already (even if it was a just sort of a short-lived excitement over being here). But I haven't been feeling anything either way really. I mean, I've enjoyed almost everything I've done. Everywhere I have been I have met wonderful people. All of the missionaries have been great. We haven't suffered at all. So I was starting to wonder if my lack of feeling on the the matter was a sign that I have no future in Latin America. God's calling has typically been pretty clear to me in matters like this. I've definitly felt called to go to Central America before, but I thought that maybe this trip was the extent of my calling. Tonight in church though I really started to feel like my time in Central America will not be done with this trip. I really want to come back...maybe to Honduras, maybe not....for a lenthy-er amount of time...few years at least.

I want to learn to speak Spanish. Fluently. I can kind of communicate, but not really. I can only imagine what it sounds like. I am sure that I am always using the wrong word, have horrible grammer, and that my accent is hilarious at best. But I want to change that.

I don't want these three months to be the end of things for me here. And I feel that I am called to come back. It will take more time-here and back in the US for me figure out what all of this means, but I think I have my answer. I hope I do. I like it here.

Posted by SarahMay86 20:02 Archived in Honduras Tagged volunteer Comments (0)

Quick update

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This will be quick. not becuase I don't have enough time, but just because I dont' have a lot to say, but I wanted to share with you a link to an article Erica wrote. The pictures are ones I took, though they are far from my favorites (it's hard to take good pictures when it's dark!)

http://www.hondurasfield.org/current/index.htm

Posted by SarahMay86 14:59 Archived in Honduras Tagged volunteer Comments (1)

Still in Tegucigalpa

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Just in case anyone had seen the news and was wondering, Erica and I are still in Tegucigalpa and we are safe and sound, just chilling out pretty much.

Posted by SarahMay86 17:52 Archived in Honduras Tagged volunteer Comments (0)

In Tegucigalpa Again

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We spent the week at Project Manuelito. It was really great to get to know the kids and hear some of their stories. I will post pictures soon. As for really sharing much on my blog about my experiences and especially my feelings that has been put on hold for a while, possibly indefinitly (by myself). I am not sure what I should say and what I shouldn't, at the moment I feel like it is too delicate of a balancing act, so it's probably best if I give a few facts (like where I've been) and show a few pictures and that's it. Sorry about this, I just don't want to mess things up.

I will say that I have reached the point where I miss my mom, my friends, my church, CCF, even classes. The things that made up my life, comforted me and brightened my day. But there are some wonderful people here and I am getting to experience many new things, many of them very cool. I wouldn't trade being here, but it hard at times to give up everything familiar.

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Posted by SarahMay86 12:07 Archived in Honduras Tagged volunteer Comments (0)

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