43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”Would you be willing to give all you had? I know I'd struggle with that, and I'm sure most people would, too. Perhaps that's the key, though. Why have I not heard laughter more pure than up on that mountain. What they lack in possessions, they are overflowing with eternal richness. Think about how you're living then think about how they're living. Do you feel any guilt? Don't feel guilty for having money because you have been blessed..but have you been using that money for the wrong purpose? How much is used for God or serving others compared to serving your material desires? How much money do you use in place of giving others your time, attention, love, or laughter? If I had it my way, I'd have everyone visit Paradise.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Day 28-Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
We got up today and met Delmi and her uncle at the gate at 8 am. Eduardo (Ed-weird-o) wanted to take us swimming at Rio Coco and Bambu! We missed Delmi’s 22nd birthday on Thursday, so we brought her down a cake haha. We then rode in the back of the truck to Bambu, first. It was beautiful! I didn’t take pictures, but hopefully I can snag some off of someone. It was a waterfall and then a cenote type area (like in Mexico)..like a big circular oasis type thing with jungle surrounding it. Then there was a small cliff to jump from and a vine from a tree. SO FUN!
We then walked to the beach. We played volleyball and some soccer there. Delmi got stung by a jellyfish or something weird, so we peaced it outta the water! We then walked along the beach shore up until there was no beach and it was just ocean and rock. We then walked to Rio Coco. It was SAWEET. You have to swim up the river to get to the waterfall. Swim/walk, I guess. It was rocky, so you could walk on some of them, but at one point, you just have to swim. The jungle is surrounding you. If you swim on your back and just look up into the blue sky with the beautiful trees around you, it almost feels like it’s a taste of heaven. You cant hear anything because the water’s in your ears, and you’re just floating peacefully down the river. Finally, after doing some climbing up some bigger, slippy boulders, we made it. It was even more beautiful than Bambu. There was a huge boulder you could jump off of one once side if you climbed up. Then, there was a nice cliff on the other side. And, of course, a sweet waterfall! Eduardo showed me a way to climb up to the cliff. He said he doesn’t like to jump, but the water was deep. People jump off of there all of the time, supposedly, but Mrs. Rumbaugh warned us that ppl have come back with slit open feet and broken ankles, so it was a bit of a risk to take. Anyways, I’m all about an adrenaline rush and having some fun, so I went for it. It was fun, but once was enough. All in all, it was a lot of fun and beautiful!
Anywho, we swam back and Bictelia was THERE! She made us a feast. Delicious beef/steak---so good. Tortillas. Beans. Hard boiled eggs. Cole Slaw. A LITERAL FEAST. How kind is a person that not only makes you a feast for the heck of it, but then stands there with a plate and swats the flies away from your food the whole while you are eating? So kind and so loving. We then ate, chilled out, and just talked, spent time together. I gave bekah a hard time about stealing my topo again, so bictelia naturally showered me with topos. Then, I felt terrible. Haha But I wasn’t gonna deny them…haha We then went back home. Will and Bekah found a coconut. I went to eat some of it but found POOP on my finger. I washed it off and came out and bekah went, “you have something on your forehead. Is it chocolate or poop?” welp, we don’t have chocolate here, so…yes, yes..it was POOP. “A true friend wipes poop off of your forehead” hahahaha. We then ate dinner, chilled, and called it a night!
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Day 19-Sunday, July 3, 2011
Today was Sunday school day! We read some more “purpose driven life” then we went to worship. We worshipped and watched a sermon by francis chan. It was about realizing how SOVEREIGN and how HUGE God is and about pondering on that fact seriously.
Here are some notes from a sermon from Francis Chan's series of his book: Crazy Love:
-Having a high God is the solution to most of your problems
-When you have a big view on God, crazy things will happen. When you have a small view on God, you become ungrateful. You think He was created for you, and then you'll start judging God.
Read: Ezekiel 21:26--what God is like and what He does to ppl who see him
-One day, Francis Chan's church had 2 ppl in a service and he said, "I hope youd idnt come for a crowd because you are in the presence of a Holy God. We better give it all we got."
-Would you be the one talking with Jesus like the Pharisee, not that surprised to be face to face with him, or would you not care what people were thinking and wish his feet with tears and your hair and perfume. Could you be that "fool" for Jesus or are you "just that cool?"
We then took an hour+ to reflect on our time here, etc.
Getting ready for dinner, doing some other things, etc.
Day 18-Saturday, July 2, 2011
Welp, today was my birfday…and I don’t like a big fuss about it, but they tried to catch me with breakfast in bed. I was stealthy enough to wake up and get out of bed and drink my smoothie at the table instead. BUT the smoothies were good and reminded me of home (rooney-the bomb diggity). Then, they made banana and choco-choco chip pancakes! So delish.
We then went to Will’s soccer game. We rode with the team 2 hours to the fields. Delmi came because Bekah, Chris, and I were coming. We had a great time spending time with her and practicing our Spanish with her and helping her practice her English. Words learned: amanecer=sunrise, atardecer=sunset, esta amaneciendo=the sun is rising, esta atardeciendo=the sun is setting. Present progressive=more common than present tense. (opposite of book Spanish). ALSO: Possessive adjectives with body parts (mi pierna…not la pierna…..different than book Spanish). Im mostly writing this so I can remember…but if youre interested, then enjoy!
The bus came 2 hours late to get us and then when we got to the field, the game didn’t start for another hour. SO…it was a longer day than expected. Finally, the game started. Will played great! the coach and all of the players loved him. Little feisty Briana had come with her parents, so she stuck with us for a lot of the day.
After the first game, we all went in Delmi’s aunts truck bed through the town of Jacoa and to her house. She had a very nice house and a nice pulperia (little store) attached, too. Her one daughter lives in the US and will be attending 5th grade there in the fall, but she was back for the summer. We played a little with the kids. The other daughter fell off of a pole and hit her head hard and when she was crying, I noticed she had something in her hair…so I lovingly was trying to get it out. I mean ,it took like 15 seconds of diligent pulling to get it out. Once I got it out, I realized what it was: a booger. So much for trying to help. Hahaha Anywho, Delmi’s aunt had a lovely lunch for us: tortillas, eggs, ham, cheese, and what not that you put in tortillas. She also gave us some Honduran milk candy which tasted like yummy cow tales! And she gave me an extra for my bday bc she knew I liked it a lot! How sweet! Also, for 3 liters of coke: $1.75. good deal or WHAT?
Delmi’s aunt then drove us back to the bus. She had to drive off the road at one point and went over BOULDERS. Bekah flew up and bounced in the truck bed multiple times. I’ve never laughed at someone so hard in my life. Delmi started opening up and joking with us. When we saw graffiti of “gringos asesinos” she goes “THEY ARE HERE. THE GRINGOS!”…obviously she knew we weren’t in danger or she wouldn’t have done it, so it cracked us all up. We then got back on the bus and took the long, sweaty trek home.
On our way back, I was staring outside. I had been saying to Delmi all day about how beautiful Honduras is and kept pointing out the beauty of the sky or mountains, etc. When we were heading back, she tapped me on the shoulder and said, in broken English, “Cara. God given you the perfect day.” And that he did. We got back around 7:30, but the guard at the gate was a talkative one, so he talked to us for a good 15-20 minutes about everything in the book. His name was Ines. He was very precious!
We then made it back up and the Rumbaughs had set up the picnic table outside for dinner. They waited for us to eat! How nice! They had a pink table cover (for my favorite color) and pink Barbie plates and the table covered with little decorations. We ate and then Dr. Don said “nobody can get seconds until we play a game.” He had heard that at our soccer camp last year we never had time to work out, so he devised a workout related scavenger hunt for us all to follow. It was so fun and so precious! We ran, did some kickboxing, played Knockout in basketball, bekah and will did our handstands for us, and we crab walked to complete the race. It all led to a gift on the front porch of a house. It was a piece of bamboo with flowers in it. Dr. Don said that bamboo is one of the strongest things in the world and its strength actually comes from its flexibility. It was a cool representation of how we should be-our strength should come from our flexibility. They also gave me a nice card, a shirt for the cornerstone foundation (it was red-great color choice!), amy made a bottle that had Honduras arted (well, I don’t remember the name of the art…shame on me…but its paper and glue..only really fancy and cool…so my way of describing it is “arted”) on it, and Bekah and Will gave me some of their candy and gum they had stored up. Even though being with my real family would’ve been the ideal birthday, they made it a fun and special one, and I appreciated everything they did and the beautiful day God gave very, very much.
In the back of the truck
Bekah with Briana
Briana being a character, per usual
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Day 16-Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Day 15-Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Day 14-Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Day 13-Monday, June 27, 2011
Day 11-Saturday, June 25, 2011
Today was a fun day! We got up and had the “ice cream truck” aka the van packed up with all of the goodies that the kids and teachers would be winning as prizes in the Olympics. With a few minor difficulties (like not having the keys to a certain room, etc.) we made it there still being calm (because Amanda said ‘this just adds to the adventure’). I like her outlook. Instead of seeing these problems as stressful, why don’t we see them as the next part of our adventure...an obstacle that we need to overcome, but it wont be life or death if we don’t fix it ASAP.
We got there expecting about 60 some kids..lies. there were over 100 people there! They represented different schools from 7 or 8 different communities including Balfate, Paraiso, LisLis, Las Flores, and many more that I cant think of off the top of my head. We set up and then we were split up with the groups to be “judges” for Las Olimpiadas, the Olympics (Educational Olympics, that is). I chose to be the judge of Paraiso. Remember Paradise I talked about? That terribly difficult hike up the mountains? WELP, they woke up in the early morning to walk down to Balfate just to participate! They had nearly everyone from their community there. How impressive! Their group included some young kids, even! I was amazed. Not only were they there, but they were excited and ready to participate. I saw Linda and Gleni again and some of the other kids. I also met Humberto, an excited boy about 10 years old. During all of the songs, Humberto kept looking over and smiling at me. He was so proud to have known all of the songs that he just couldn’t hold his excitement in any longer! Also, Linda kept looking over and smiling, just happy to be there. It really “melted my heart” a little bit to see them there and so happy. They even remembered my name. Now I see why knowing someone’s name is so important here and why building relationships is so important. It really makes you feel special.
While watching them, I began thinking about whether I really would’ve had the dedication to walk down the mountain 2-2.5 hours just to attend this event and then plan on walking back up in the mid-day amidst all of the heat. Then I thought, “Well, even if I had decided to attend, would I have been so happy or excited, or would I have been cranky and tired and wanting people to know that I had to walk far to get there? They’re such committed, tough, and dedicated people. They really impressed me and left an impact on me. Do things without complaining and do them for the glory of God. They came down here with their “swag” and showed us how to praise God through their hard work and knowledge. Imagine if we all had dedication like that..just imagine. What would the world even be like? Would we have a need for missions, or would every area of the world be enlightened by the Gospel?
After all of the individuals competed for the “bronze” prizes (which included soccer balls and bags we made up that included school supplies and some other things like donated “tech vests” and polo shirts), each community competed as a group for “silver” prizes. Some communities made skits to the bible storying cloth. Others made up songs and dances. Others just showed their knowledge of the songs again. (Videos will be attached if able). It was cool to see the work they did and their passion, especially in Rio Esteban where they made different dances to songs. Different silver prizes included ones for the community including solar panels, a basketball hoop, portable DVD player, and soccer uniforms.
Finally, the judges chose the top people in each group who seemed like they knew the songs the best. They all went up and competed for “gold” prizes which included guitars, bilingual or picture bibles, and other cool prizes.
When it was all over, we packed up and headed out. Dr. Don drove the people from Paraiso to the bottom of the mountain so they didn’t have to walk the long distance on the main road, too. I rode on the top of the vehicle next to Humberto and Gleni. We got to talk in Spanish and they were telling me what the different fruit trees were when we passed them. They were really cute and just loved to share and talk. I enjoyed talking to them a lot. I also helped Humberto learn a few words in English, and he was really eager to learn them. Humberto, another guy, and their teacher, Ever, are planning on coming to our house (walking from Paraiso) on Tuesday before their “H&M”—(Honduras misioneros, I believe..or something of that manner) meeting to practice speaking with us. They’re going to practice Spanish with us while we help them with English. Ever said he’d help us make tortillas, too. They’re just so loving and kind and nice and eager to learn. I love their vigor and spirit.
We then left them and spent the rest of the day doing our chores, packing up backpacks with school supplies to give out sometime, and playing a little bit of basketball. We then enjoyed our dinner and watched “Hogan’s Heroes”..I, of course, fell asleep bc I seem to never be able to stay awake during any movie (wonder who I got that from *cough* MOM *cough*).
Overall, it was a good day. I learned a lot. I learned more about God’s love and the passion some people have for him here. I learned about dedication and willingness to do things without complaining. I also got to have great fellowship with great people. Praise the Lord for everything.
Humberto, from Paraiso, with his premios
Participants from the school Rio Esteban performing a little routine they concocted