June 26, 2018 | Final Day in Tegucigalpa
We had so much fun on our final full day in Honduras. We started the day with an hour of quiet time with the Lord and then coffee and an amazing breakfast where we shared stories about our adventures in the city from this past week. There were lots of laughs and lots of cries, even from team members who don’t cry very often. This week was extremely impactful in many different ways. The bottom line is, though, that God showed up in so many situations. The Holy Spirit was active here long before we arrived, and the Spirit’s work of transformation will continue long after we’re gone. But, while we were here in country partnering with indigenous leaders to participate in God’s redemptive mission, we got a first hand view of God at work in hard places. We experienced things that broke our hearts, and we saw many signs of hope where God was on the move in people’s lives. This afternoon we went to a city overlook where there is an amazing view of the entire metropolitan area of Tegucigalpa. We took some photos with our team, and we prayed over the city. This evening we reunited with our host families and interpreters for an incredible evening of food, fun, and sharing of memories from this week. This is honestly one of the most unified groups that I’ve ever been a part of. We ended our evening with a powerful time of worship in Spanish and English, and now everyone is just sitting together telling stories of the highlights of the trip. I praise God for what our North American team has learned from our Central American friends this week about faith, love, and life. And I’m thankful for all that our group contributed as well. Our team is preparing to leave in the morning, and we are sad to go but our hearts are full. Until next time, Honduras!
June 25, 2018 | Day of Rest
Today was a day of rest and relaxation for our team. Yesterday we wrapped up the camping experience with the AFE children, I preached at the local church where many of the AFE families are members, we had a celebration luncheon where we watched a slideshow of the camping experience with everyone, and then we headed to Valle de Angeles to rest and do some shopping and exploring. The area has some cool artisan shops and restaurants. I was thrilled to find some artwork that I’ll be bringing home to Pittsburgh, and just about everyone on our team found some unique gifts to take home with us for friends and family. We all had fun playing cards together and sharing stories of our adventures from this past week. And we got to sleep in a little while. This evening we all converged in Lisa’s home for an evening of enjoying her property. Since she works for Christian Camping International, she has managed to turn her property here in Honduras into a mini camp of sorts. It’s really a beautiful and peaceful piece of property and we’re enjoying the time together. We’ve been praying for the young people at AFE that we’ve had the opportunity to get to know this week as well as praying for the local leaders that are doing such a great job here in Tegucigalpa. Our team was able to see the impact of Lisa’s ministry first hand. She’s really doing transformational work in the area of local leadership development here in Honduras and throughout Latin America. We’re going to have some reflection time tonight before bed, and then tomorrow we have another full day in store with learning more about urban shalom, getting to know more about Honduran culture, and preparing for reentry into the United States. Please continue to pray for the health of our team and for safe travels back home. Thanks for praying!