Honduras 2013, Shanita's Account

Monday, July 15, 2013

Good Morning Friends! I thank you for praying for us while we served in Honduras. It’s so hard to put into words the entire experience, so I thought I’d let you into my mind a little and share with you a few of my journal entries. This will give you an idea of where I mentally started on the journey and where my thought process was as the mission trip began to come to a close! In a nutshell, as a team of 70+ people, we were able to build 6 houses, have 3 medical and dental clinics, 3 days of VBS, a children’s carnival, and several days where we fed the community and interacted with children and their families. None of this was possible without hands and feet serving as Christ and not individuals!

July 1, 2013 (Journal Entry)

We flew into the capital Tegucigalpa. We stood in a very long line for customs. This was my first time ever going through customs. I was able to observe the culture as I waited. No matter if you lived in Honduras and was returning home, you had to follow the same rules of entering through the gate. At first I was amazed, but then I thought about our God and how He is the same. There is but one way to Him, Jesus, and everyone must follow the same rules.

Marc (lives and serves in Honduras as a missionary with his family), picked us up, drove what I’d say was 95 mph through traffic, and pulled up to a place of familiarity. Our first stop on the journey was Popeye’s chicken! We mingled with our new friends Kinsey and Jocelyn who we met in Atlanta on connecting flights. Why was I so shocked to see a Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, and Popeye’s in Honduras? Perhaps there are times when I (we) Americans think we are the only ones living so “good.”

We left the restaurant, quickly updated our family and friends that we were okay, and our next stop was a compassion village. Children were everywhere, and so were their smiles, but not many adults. No supervision? Just when we were about to get out of the car, a torrential down pour of rain came, but the children did not run inside. They waited for us to get out of our vehicles and they stood, smiled, and said “Hola” over 10 times. What a greeting! “Como se llamas”, I’d reply. Several of the girls wanted to play patty-cake, so we did. Several wanted to play freeze tag, so we did. We were on their turf, playing in the rain, singing, and repeatedly saying “hola.”

I must say, serving feels good. Not just because of what I give, but because of what I opened my heart to receive. We stayed at the village for hours, but what seemed like minutes to the little children. I met sweet Caitlyn & Carmen who wanted to touch my hair and face. They said to me, “muy bonita.” Now I’m not fluent in Spanish, but I do know that means I’m beautiful. They repeated it several times and gave me hugs. What I experienced in that moment was no matter where you are, you can find beauty. I found beauty in their smiles, songs, and heart. I found beauty in joining cultures, experiencing their life if but for a moment. I found beauty in the kids playing in the rain and making mud pies like how I did as a kid. I found beauty in love shown and received.

My new friend Jason said, where is my candy, my shoes, I have holes in my shoes. I didn’t have shoes to fit Jason, but moments later, I saw him running and playing anyway. I found beauty in childhood.

We left the village and headed to the mission house where we’d be living for the next seven days. I had just a little taste of Honduran living, a bunk bed, in a block room, where toilet tissue couldn’t be flushed. Who am I to complain? So I didn’t! Finished the night off with Honduran spaghetti, and singing and praying as a group. The devotional leader asked us each to think of a word that reflected how we felt; my word was experience. I experienced God outside of my comfort zone! I saw Him in all the earth. I saw how great and wondrous is His name!

Looking forward to what this week holds. All in all, we need Jesus as far as the east is from the west!
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I’m looking forward to sharing more with you on Friday because the Holy Spirit really showed me much throughout that entire week!

Blessings,

Shanita






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7 comments

  1. Shanita you're such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your experience, it has truly touched my heart...

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    1. Thanks for reading Debra! More to come on Friday!

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  2. Thanks for sharing! What a blessing!

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    1. Thank you for reading DeAnna! More to come! :)

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  3. God is good! Thank you for sharing.

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  4. I can imagine the joy you must have felt... So great.

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