Day 5 - HONDURAS 2016
Greetings from Tegucigalpa Honduras.
The mission team visited Iglesia Roca de los Siglos Asambleas de Dios, translated is Rock of Ages Church, Assembly of God.
The mission team awoke to light misty rain this morning. Other than being a slight inconvenience, it was not an issue to slow us down. The light rain was not accompanied by any real wind to speak of and the clouds were traveling through and the sky was not overcast.
The team quickly got the church together and we had an opening with the Church Pastor and the Church members. Traditionally, there are words spoken by the missionary team, a welcome by the pastor, and then a prayer by the Pastor. The entire group sings a few songs and then the launch into the day is a shouting of English and Spanish "Let's go to work", or in Spanish "Vamos a Trabajar".
The Church was in a busy neighborhood just a block away from a school. The street in front had lots of traffic almost continuously. The weather, due to the rain was rather cool, a rather nice change over the hot conditions with sun we had over the last several days. Heat is nice, but cram many people into the upstairs of a church with no AC, and it gets very hot very fast.
This brigade saw two members of the Honduras National Police stationed at the church. This is done routinely by WGO for security patrol. I am not sure how they request that support but it is very common for the two officers to take time coming into the brigade and getting either glasses, sunglasses, or in this case, they got dental work done. One man had seven cavities in his 4 front teeth, that the dentist took care of at no charge. Kind of one hand washing the other. I took a picture of the officer in the dental cot. He didn't get up and draw his weapon, so everything was good.
I worked to put in a concrete floor for a single parent woman that lived about 3 blocks from the church. Concrete floor is needed to keep diseases from taking up residency in the floor, and causing lingering disease to the family. The materials had already been delivered and were in the alley just outside the home. The furniture had been moved out and floor had already been graded to receive the concrete. After meeting with the homeowner, and taking pictures (one included) we got started. Concrete is traditionally mixed by hand on the floor it is to be spread out on. We use 5 gallon buckets to measure and carry materials. We make a pile of alternating buckets of sand and gravel, 5 of sand and 4.5 of rocks/gravel. In the middle of the mix a half bag of 80 lb of Portland Cement is added. The mix is pulled into a ring or affectionately referred to as a volcano. We add 1.5 buckets of water and mix well. Then we move material to the forms made and smooth out. Great physical exercise, but a cement truck would be appreciated. Several pictures are attached.
By the time we finished half of the project, it was time to go, we went back to the mission site and spoke to the locals through a translator or we could find one that knew English. I included a picture of one of the beautiful little girls with her father.
Rain started falling again when we started for home. It was actually raining. In the nine years I have been coming, I have never seen more than a misty rain. The temperature has dropped more and the winds have picked up. Not sure what tomorrow will bring, but we will take it just the same. We can do the Lords work no matter what the weather is.
Tomorrow I get to sit in Evangelism station again, but I get to sit with Courtney Kugath for part of the day, and she has not had the opportunity to work at this station. It will be a great day no matter what. We do it for the Kingdom.
The missionaries have been commenting on the great job that Tom Hendryx did putting together the personal devotion booklet for the missionaries. Thanks so much to Tom.