GOOD MORNING CHURCH FAMILY!
Today is day 8 of our trip, and it doesn't fall short for excitement today.
We started the day off with a lovely Honduras breakfast(baleadas) - a traditional Honduran food that is made from flour tortilla and folded in half like a taco with a variety of fillings inside (Oh, so yummy). 😋
After our mouth watering breakfast, we made our way outside to the back deck for some morning devos, where there were, in fact, some more tears shared this morning which we came prepared for this time. 🤭
As we were on our way to the home, Otto almost hit a dog, and I quote, he said, "I almost killed my first dog!" As he swerved to avoid hitting it, we all laughed.
As we arrived at the home, we were bombarded with hugs as soon as we set our feet on the ground at Casa Hogar.
We were able to do devos with the kids this morning, which was REALLY nice since we never usually arrive early enough to do devos with them. So that was really exciting to experience. Even "Queen Pat" might of had a little too much fun, considering one of the kids has made a joke that "Queen Pat" is now their "boyfriend." ;)
Jokingly of course. Haha
We all got a good laugh out of that one. (Sorry Pat, I couldn't help but add it. Nothing gets by me. Hehe)
After devos was when some of the team members were dragged into getting their nails painted and the bracelet-making began.
For lunch we had Chinese rice and pineapple tea, which was just as deliciously mouth-watering as breakfast! After lunch we headed out to play some games at Gabby's church and as much as the kids looked excited to play them, some of them were just as sad to not be able to make more bracelets.
As we were leaving, we all tried to pile ourselves into the back of Otto's van, kids on some of our laps, people on the floor, or squashed up front, but to no avail. Some of us ended up going in the back of Ena's truck or in Melo's car.
On our way to Gabby's church, a massive bull walked right out in front of us without a care in the world. That makes 2 possible accidents involving animals today (never a dull moment around here, that's for sure).
We made it! Finally we made it to Gabby's church without any more delays. Once everyone started rushing out of the van, we discovered that we still had some time to spare, so we made or way down to a park near by which the kids LOVED.
After a while we made our way back to the church, and the kids instantly became engrossed in the games being prepared. Soon it was time to leave, and we piled right back up into the van, practically playing tetris with the kids trying to get most of us in again (quite the challenge). 😂
On our way back to drop the kids off, we stopped to get Pinols (a corn drink) at a cute little restaurant. The drink literally tasted like Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It was utterly divine! I would definitely recommend if you ever pop by Honduras sometime.
Dropping the kids off was emotional for some of us. Some even shed tears as we packed back into the van and headed back to Cerro De Luz for dinner.
Once dinner time comes around, the real bonding begins. We feel like a real family. All crowded around the table, talking about anything and everything (most of the time it's just completely random stuff), but we all smile and laugh together, never the less. At the end of the day, this is what I look forward to. It's really a treasure to have everyone on the trip here together. God really did have a plan placing everyone here. At this time. Together.
Tonight we had salad, chicken, some kind of fancy rice, and tortilla wraps. And let me tell you, the chicken. Is. MOUTH WATERING. Literally, MOUTH WATERING. 🤤
NIGHT TIME DEVOS!
We always have wonderful devos, but there's something about the evening devos that just makes it so captivatingly inspiring.
Tonight we shared some of our testimonies, and, of course, there were tears shed,
but beautiful, beautiful tears they were.
I just want to thank you all for continuing to pray for us and the children as we share the love of God to these beautiful, loving kids! ❤