We spent the day in the beautiful Honduran mountains. After an hour and 20 minute ride up the mountain, we arrived at the village of Teo. There were about 100 children from the village waiting in a circle just outside their classrooms to greet us. After the teachers welcomed us, a student greeted us on behalf of all the children. Then numerous children came up to give each of us several colored picture drawings that they had done for us. The pictures were superb! Several of them were pictures of Jesus – we will cherish them forever.
Then we began the hygiene clinic with de-worming, hand-washing, teeth brushing, and fluoride rinse. The children were very cooperative and everything went well.
It was then on to VBS – the Bible story of Jesus calming the storm (in Spanish), and then a craft project to build tiny sailboats from materials we brought. They also played a game in the school yard that simulated rough seas.
The dentists then did quick dental exams to determine which children will come to Quimistan tomorrow for dental treatment.
The adults and teachers from Teo fixed a wonderful lunch for us, with fried chicken, vegetable soup (with Honduran vegetables), and rice. It was super!
After lunch, it was then on to Arena Blanca, another small mountain village. In this village we completed a similar hygiene clinic, VBS, and dental exams.
While in Arena Blanca, we distributed clothing and flip-flops to all the children in the school. Then each girl received a special gift – a home-made dress made by wonderful ladies in Aiken. The dresses were beautiful and the girls loved them!
At the end of the afternoon, we came back down the mountain – a very rough, dusty dirt road – very tired, but thankful for the great times we had.
Just before dinner, we had a special treat – we visited Tranqulidad where we saw the beautiful babies who are getting great care there. Sam also gave us a tour of the overall place. We loved it.
We are now a tired mission team, but after a good night sleep, we will we ready to welcome another beautiful day in Honduras, most of which will be spent in the dental clinic in Quimistan.
Today was the first full dental clinic day. The dentists and hygienist were able to treat numerous children.
In the morning, 11 children (with their teacher and a few moms) were brought down the mountain from the small mountain village of Los Panales. The children that came were the ones assessed to have the most severe dental problems. These wonderful children are shown below with our team.
In addition to the Los Panales children, the dentists also treated several Agape Promise students. Many of these students also had their teeth cleaned by the hygienist.
A special treat today was having a local Quimistan dentist, Dr. Gema, come to the clinic to help our mission team dentists with the dental treatments.
While the children were waiting to see the dentists, Ben & Anna entertained them with a soccer kick-around, blowing bubbles, coloring, and similar fun activities.
When the Los Panales children and adults were ready to go back up the mountain, they expressed their sincere thanks to us for everything. We thanked them for coming and gave their teacher a soccer ball for their small school. Below is a picture of them leaving (all 17 or so of them) in a small Toyota truck.
After finishing the dental work, the team went to help feed the children of the Tejeras roadside community. HAF now sponsors 5 meals a week for these families. When they were finished eating, the team distributed clothing and flip-flops to the children.
What a wonderful day in Honduras! After devotions & breakfast, the team, joined by Gloria’s daughter Bessie, headed up the mountain to Los Panales where about 50 beautiful school children and several additional younger siblings met us. We began with a hygiene clinic, which went well, even though several of the children really would have liked the de-worming pill to taste a little bit better. (I probably would not have enjoyed that part either.)
Dr Patty & Dr Randy then did a quick dental exam on the older children to determine which most needed dental treatment. The 11 selected will come to Quimistan tomorrow for the dental treatment.
The team, led by Anna, then held a Vacation Bible School for the children – Jesus calms the storm. Patty & Anna told the story, then the children divided into two groups. Each group made beautiful sailing ships made of corks, a paper sail, and a toothpick for the mast. The children decorated the sail with various types of stickers. They looked so great! The group that was not shipbuilding was kept busy playing with a small parachute and beach balls. The goal was to keep the beach balls on the parachute while the children were shaking the parachute to resemble a stormy sea (like the sea before Jesus calmed the waters.)
Before leaving Los Panales, we distributed dozens of handmade donated dresses to the young girls, who were thrilled!
After lunch, we unpacked the dental supplies and set up the dental clinic at the Gracias a Dios hospital. The dentists then took some time to treat the first few children.
In all, it was a super day in Honduras! GOD IS GREAT!
We recently received some pictures of Gloria’s home. Thanks to everyone that helped with this project. This project included adding a bedroom and porch. Expanding the kitchen and adding floor tile throughout the home.
We have a mission team going down to Honduras on Sunday, October 18. The team will visit most of the villages that we work with and evaluate potential projects for 2016. The team will also conduct some VBS and hygiene clinics. The team returns on Sunday, October 25.
Michael, Tom, Leslie, Erin (Aiken, SC)
Jill (Atlanta, GA)
Richard, Melanie (Starkville, MS)
Please pray that the team has a fruitful and safe trip.