Editor's Note: The following is an update regarding a group of missionaries from the First Christian Church who are currently on a trip in Honduras. Brazil Times' associate Carrie Somheil is traveling with the missionary group.
HONDURAS -- The group arrived safely and got settled with no problems.
Hosting a mission trip involves many small details before they arrive that groups when here often do not see.
Setting up the accounting procedures, making trips to the grocery store for a variety of supplies from arroz (rice) to zanahorias (carrots), coordinating a full trip itinerary with a variety of activities in different areas of the country, purchasing materials (in this case paint, thinner, sealants, brushes, extensions polls for treating a new building extension done at one of the churches the mission started two years ago; where we will be going tomorrow, staying overnight) as well as arranging for borrowed scaffolding, finding existing supplies such as rollers, etc., that we already had and the finally putting that all together.
It is not something that one person can do alone.
Oscar Mora, our fellow missionary partner (from Costa Rica, who came to help start and pastor a church here 17 years ago) helps coordinate all the activities we will be doing, including such things as late tonight visiting the mission house to fix an electrical problem.
My wife Valeria helps coordinate between myself and the cook/custodian we have at the mission house, Dora.
Dora cooking is a blessing to the group because they get to eat very well a variety of Honduran foods (such as chicken with rice tonight), and that in return is a blessing to her.
When we first met her several years ago, she was living under a bridge.
Now, God has blessed her with this position after a long road, which provides more stability and ability to provide her for eight children, which she raises alone.
It is good to have a group here again.
The last group left June 30, just as the political situation here was heating up.
The next group to come canceled due to not so much the political situation, but more what was being reported in the international media about it, which has been up until this point, not coinciding much with the reality of life here.
The group arriving today was very encouraging, as today I also received word that the next group to come that would have been here Aug. 1, also has canceled for the same reasons.
The impressions that people are being given in the U.S. about how dangerous it is here, when the reality has been far different.
Groups have brought so much to the Kingdom work, to the work of the mission here, that it hurts to see these groups have to cancel, although I of course understand the concerns given the information we have.
We are looking forward to, and praying for, a good week.
A busy week to be sure, but a good week.