REFOCUSED

February 21, 2016

TODAY MARKS 1 MONTH FROM THE DATE WE BOARDED A PLANE AND STARTED OUR LIVES IN HONDURAS. TODAY IS THE DAY I REFOCUS ON THE FUTURE AS I REFLECT ON WHAT THIS PAST MONTH HAS HELD.

THE LAST BLOG WAS VERY PERSONAL AND INWARD FOCUSED. ALTHOUGH THE FRUSTRATIONS AND FEELINGS OF INSECURITY ARE STILL VERY REAL, I CAN NOT, NOR WILL I, ALLOW THEM TO BE MY FOCUS.

THIS MONTH HAS SEEN LAUGHTER, FRUSTRATION, TEARS, ANGER, ROAD BLOCKS, FEARS, SMALL TRIUMPHS, AND LOVE.

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FROM COMMUNITY SUPPORT OF THE ORPHANAGE THERE HAVE BEEN PARTIES, MEALS, AND THE GOSPEL. WE HAVE LIVED AND BREATHED EVERY ACTIVITY WITH THE BOYS (EXCEPT CHORES, BECAUSE THEY DON’T ALLOW US TO DO THEM). WE HAVE BEEN THERE EVERY MORNING TO SEE THEM OFF TO SCHOOL SINCE THE FIRST DAY. WE HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BANDAGE CUTS AND SCRAPES, THE MISFORTUNE OF BEING “THE BAD GUYS”, AND THE PRIVILEGE OF LOVING ON 40 BOYS.

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WE’VE BEEN HIT, SPIT ON, SCRATCHED, KICKED AND EVEN HAD SOME ATTEMPT TO BITE US, BUT, WE’VE ALSO HAD HUGS AND KISSES AND SOME “THANK YOU”S ALONG THE WAY.

 

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COOKING MEALS AND PROVIDING MOVIES AND PUZZLES SEEMS TO BE WHAT I’M MOST WANTED FOR WITH THE OCCASIONAL HUG AND KISS AND HOLDING A HAND THROWN IN. FROM THE YOUNGEST TO THE OLDEST, THEY ALL SEEM TO BE ACCEPTING OF US AS MUCH AS THEY ARE OF THE OTHER STAFF MEMBERS THEY SEE EVERYDAY.

FOR THOSE WONDERING, WE HAVE ALSO SECURED A RESIDENCE WITHIN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD (COLONY, AS THEY CALL IT) AS SENDEROS; LESS THAN A TWO-MINUTE BRISK WALK. WE HAVE PLENTY OF ROOM FOR ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO COME AND VISIT AND BRING A TEAM (HINT, HINT). OUR RATES WILL DEFINITELY BE BETTER THAN THE LOCAL HOSTELS. HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE IN WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

THE MONTH TO COME WE ARE FOCUSING FULLY ON PREPARATIONS FOR THE TEAM FROM JUDAH CHURCH, SOLUTIONS FOR WATER ISSUES, AND LAUNDRY BUILDING REPAIRS. IF YOU HAVE ANY INTEREST IN HELPING WITH ANY OF THESE PROJECTS, PLEASE CONTACT US AT handnheartconnections@gmail.com .

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