Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Me Equivoqué, Joni!

"pitito" wearing wills hat. que precioso

riding the bike with daneli like all hondurans person on the seat and the other(s) hanging off a part of the bike in some way or another

Day 15-Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Today, we got up early again to go to the Rio Esteban School. I was listening to my ipod to go to bed, and I may or may not have woken up with it on my back and i thought it was a gecko or a scorpion that was crawling on me, and i had a fit. I may have fought with my ipod in the middle of the night.

Marta (the child with swag) finally started dancing to "yeah turn my swag on" with a sideways hat. such a thug. crystal was reading the kids a story in English. As she read, i felt eyes on me..i look up and Marta is bobbing her head to "turn my swag on" hahaha (picture and possible video included)

ANYWHO, we were all a lot more tired today than the other it was a little more challenging today than the other days. We rode the bus to the school, per usual. Chrystal then wrote a writing exam for Fernando and Estaysy. We helped them complete that. Then Joni and Daneli did the normal writing exam and I helped them write theirs. They were so cute...they had to write a letter to a friend, and they wrote letters like this: Hello ____, I have one father and one mother. I have a beautiful family. I like to eat pizza. I have a bicycle. I have 5 uncles. Yours truly, _____". In hers, Daneli said, "me gusta ir a Tela" (I like to go to Tela)...i asked what Tela was and she said "es un pais" (it's a country), but she meant to say "ciudad" (city). Joni started laughing at her, and she snapped into her fiery, sassy mode (she flips into it so fast...for such a sweet little girl, it's hilarious). She looked at him and said, sternly, "Me equivoqué, Joni. Todo el mundo tiene errores!" (I made a mistake, Joni. Everyone in the world has errors (makes mistakes)). I took a video of her and her friend Doris re-enacting her sassiness...not quite as good as the original, but it works enough to make you smile haha
We then went over the storying cloth and flash cards with them. They had poor attention spans which was difficult for me and Crystal because we were both exhausted. Estaysy wasn't even trying because she has the mindset that she doesn't have to try. I can't remember if i posted this on yesterdays update or not, so i'll repeat it. Her mother lives in New York and her father lives here. Bictelia said (or at least this is what I think she said) that this is the first year that they've had a home in Honduras. Her mother is able to make enough to send money back, but that gives Estaysy the impression that she's rich. She then takes the mindset that she doesn't need to learn because that's not what rich people do. She would rather not participate or learn because in her mind, "She doesn't have to" because she's going to be rich in the US someday. THEREFORE, she was extremely stubborn today and kept walking off to do her own thing or wouldnt say the english flash cards.
I know that she knows english (or at least some), but she wont use it because she doesnt want to...although, she was cracking me up because she knew the word "gift" was pronounced the way it is, but she wanted to be goofy, so she kept saying "gifyteh"...then at random parts of the day, she'd say "gifyteh" just for the heck of it. it cracked me up, haha We then somehow survived the day (by the grace of God) and took the bus back home. Some of the kids wanted us to sit with them, so I sat in a seat with 3 other girls (ps the bus is weird here...there are 2 sides separated by an aisle (like a typical bus), but one side fits 3 people and the other fits 1 person (technically..although, it is typically more). I met Adriana and some other kids. We did some fun hand/singing games, including "el ritmo de los pies" (rhythm of feet...and it goes to other parts of the body). It was a fun time, and the kids are just so fun to laugh with and hug!
When we finally got back, Will, Bekah, and Crystal went to the beach, while the lazy people (me and Chris) stayed back and did some work. We then had some visitors (other interns) up to the house for dinner. We had a good time together and good fellowship and, of course, good food!

I'm going to attach some pictures/videos of kids from different parts of the day.


kids on the bus

on the bus with briana: asian posing

more asian tourist posing

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Yeah, Turn My Swag On

Feisty little Brianna

Brianna loves to be flipped. is another child hanging off of her while I'm trying to flip her. safe.

FEISTY briana

Day 14-Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Today, we got up and got ready to go to Rio Esteban. Will stayed back today to work on projects while the rest of us went to the school. Mine and Chrystal's kids were taking an exam in the morning, so we sat in the kindergarten room and practiced english colors and numbers. The kids were so cute. One of the boys' hair was kind of long but really soft and looked so precious when he moved his whole head bc the large mass of hair would move, too haha. The kids were impressive, though. They knew numbers, the alphabet, and colors in English. They could also understand the teacher when she spoke some English, too.
Then, we went and found our kids after spending an hour in kindergarden. We got to play with the kids for a while. I taught Marta (5th grader. major swag. she knows english SO well and knows all of the Bible songs. She's got SWAG), Doris (the girl who was in my group in the Olympics practice), and Daneli "Concentration 54" and we played (photos attached). Christian then wanted me to play soccer with them, so i played for a little-hence the reason that i was sweatier than usual in some of the pics...although, im in a constant sweat while here haha. Marta told me that i could play soccer in the Olympics, so i like her a lot now hahaha. SWAG.
Then, Chrystal went somewhere, so i was left with the 4 kids by myself. HOW SCARY! BUT Bictelia came over and helped me start and we did the Bible Storying Cloth in English and in Spanish. Then she worked on some math with Estaysy while Fernando did some quehaceres (chores) and Joni and Daneli read me a bunch of Bible stories in English. I'm trying to break their habit of saying "tree" instead of "three" everytime they said "tree" i would say "ARBOL?" (tree in spanish), until they said three. it makes sense why they cant say "th" well because they dont have those sounds together in spanish...BUT theyre gonna have to learn some way or another. They did a great job reading, and i was glad to see how eager they were to read.
Then, I had some balls that they were able to earn "si se comportan bien y participan" (if they behave well and participate). To win their pelotita (little ball), I had them do math: multiplication and addition. Then we played "head it. catch it"...a popular game we coached at soccer camp. If you say "head it" you have to catch it and vice versa. WELL, not only did it get them up and moving, they enjoyed it a lot...AND if they messed up (headed it instead of caught it, etc.) they had to do a math problem. I then had them do the Bible storying cloths again (Daneli was so eager that she did it both in Spanish and English) to earn their pelotitas.
I learned some new phrases today: 1. anotar un gol=to score a goal, 2. estar empatados=to be tied (as in not losing or winning), 3. tirador=slingshot .
We then went over english flash cards. They were having a hard time pronouncing "moo," "moon," and "balloon" correctly, so i made a phrase up for them to remind them that those 3 words all sound similar: la vaca debajo de la luna con un globo. (the cow (MOO) under the moon with a balloon). They also kept saying "equal" instead of "equals" (ex. 4 plus 2 equal 6)..most likely bc in spanish it is "es igual" and it isnt plural...BUT i made them keep repeating it correctly until they did it on their own. I'm a pusher. haha (mean girls reference anyone?). I also learned that they say, for example, "6 mas 3 es igual a 9" instead of "6 y 3 es igual a 9". I'm just trying to pick up on real life spanish, ya know! Also, i said "que pasa calabaza" (whats up pumpkin?) to someone to joke and then i found out that theres MORE to the phrase "cada quien para su casa"..say that 10 times fast: que pasa calabaza. cada quien para su casa.
ANYWHO, i had them go over colors in english and made a game to see who had the most flashcards in the end. it ended up being a tie when recreo (recess) #2 came along. btw, there are 2 at like 9 something and one at 11ish. they eat during the 9 o'clock one because they dont eat breakfast in the morning when they wake thats like their breakfast. they snack at the 11ish break, too. ANYWHO #2, they were really excited to compete, and they all did well! We then played some tag, some more hand games, and some more soccer.
Before we left, a fiesty little girl named briana (picture included and videos, too---shes the girl who raps haha) was performing for the camera. she sang and when she sang the months of the year in english, she said "jan...etc.....december..these are the MOTHERS of the year." listen for it in the video.
It was then time to salir (leave). We took the bus back and Anthony (the bilingual small 8 year old) entertained us the whole way. We then came back and got ready to make flour tortillas with delmi (bictelias 21 yr old daughter) and Dezlin (teacher who is 19)...they both looked at least in their late 20s to me....threw me off. although i dont look very young myself haha. I was HORRIBLE at making tortillas. absolutely horrible. they laughed at me. i dropped the tortillas. delmi even gave me one of hers to make bigger. it somehow got SMALLER as i was making it. how? how is that possible? haha.
We then participated in H-M (honduras al mundo---to train them to do missions). We wrote and shared testimonies. Ever and Fredi came from Paraiso, Lindi came, Delmi, Dezlin, Cynthia (the VBS coordinator), Bictelia, and some Hondurans that we've never met. We then ate tortillas and beans, etc. afterwards.My fake tooth may or may not have shaken in my mouth when i tried to bite the tortilla. i bet it was one of the ones i made haha. we then got to talk to Ever and Fredi more. Ever nicknamed me Lady Gaga and nicknamed Bekah Britney Spears and nicknamed Chris Mr. Bean (bc he hates beans haha) and nicknamed Will as James Bond. He was funny; he cracked us all up! haha
THEN, we came back and are getting ready for another busy, but fulfilling, day tomorrow by serving God.

links to videos:

Chrystal teaching

teaching marta (the girl who was major SWAG) "concentration 54"

kindergarten boys

kindergarten classroom

Monday, June 27, 2011

A Causa de los Examenes

Daneli and Joni reading Bible story books to me in English

Day 13-Monday, June 27, 2011

Today was our first day going to the Rio Esteban school from open until close. We went down to the bus stop at around 6:20 and caught the bus a little bit later...afterall, it's Latin America. I'm fine with that, though, since i'm usually late to things.
We rode the bus about 30 minutes to the school (maybe a little longer bc we passed the school and picked kids up and then went back). Chrystal and I got to talk to Joseph, a teacher at Rio Esteban. He's extremely good at English, so we talked in English with him.
When we got to the school, we got assigned our jobs for the rest of the summer. I was placed with 4 kids along with Chrystal since Chrystal teaches special ed back home and since I can speak enough Spanish to translate when necessary. We got 4 of the "remedial" kids...the ones who are just a little behind in certain subjects. The kids were Joni (who played the guitar for me), Estaysy, Fernando, and Reina Daneli (neither of those is her last name, haha). Working with them turned out to be a lot of fun, but it was also EXTREMELY challenging. This is "exam week" for all of the grades, so we had to administer an exam to these 4 kids. It was basic translation of Spanish to English or knowing English phrases, etc. Joni and Reina did pretty well, finishing much earlier than Fernando and Estaysy. We ended up having to spend the entire day working on the 4 page test with Fernando and Estaysy. Fernando gets very frustrated and doesn't want to work. Bictelia told me that he has a poor home situation, so I figured that we have to give him a lot of discipline but also a lot of lovin' while we're here. Estaysy came to the school only 3 months ago. She doesnt know much English, so I had to translate most of her test for her..she was having a rough time. She won't pay attention if she's not understanding. A lot of people misinterpret it as being persistent and not willing to learn, but i really just think that she doesnt understand. I took her into the "cool room" aka the only room with AC (the only room with AC that i've encountered since home haha) and worked on times tables. She was so excited when she got them right. She doesnt know them very well, but i can tell that she wants to know. She doesnt not want to learn, but she just needs a lot of 1 on 1 attention.
We played some games to practice math, and then the day ended an hour earlier than usual a causa de los examenes (bc of the exams). We rode the bus back, played some bball, got to work out, and we ate dinner. We finished off the night with watching a cool youtube video about faith and then an account of a Muslim woman who asked God for the truth, and she received a vision of Jesus, ultimately turning into a Christian at that moment. It was a neat story!

Some of the kids being silly

2 of my 4 students-Joni and Reina Daneli--love them

yoni and another student

Chrystal and Reina Daneli

Love is spelled "T-I-M-E"

Day 12-Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday evening, the neighbors, Penny and John, came over to talk about their testimonies, and I forgot to write in yesterday's account about my favorite things John said. 1. Love should be spelled in one way: "T-I-M-E". 2. God doesn't care about our abilities as much as our availabilities. Also, a mneumonic device to remember what "40 days of purpose" says about what we should do if we follow Christ. ACIME: Adoration, Community, Imitation (of Christ), and Evangelism.
ANYWHO...BACK TO DOMINGO: Today, we got up and went to the high school Sunday school class in the Rumbaugh's main casa. It was a good time of discussing the Bible and what we've personally learned this week. We then watched a sermon called "Lukewarm and Loving It" by Francis Chan. Here are some of the things I wrote from that morning, some of which are direct quotes while others are my thoughts.

He discusses how a large fraction of the world only lives off of 2 dollars a day. He then throws out 2-1 dollar bills and says "see. nobodys jumping for that...they think "whats the big deal?" but someone who makes that in a day would DIVE for it.

-We say "the way they live is so strange" but they say that the way WE live is so strange.
-"We are so weird. We're so filthy rich, yet most of you think you're not."
-You are so rich, and some of you would call yourselves broke."--This puts you at a serious disadvantage spiritually.
-"On this planet, the toughest people to reach are in this room" (referring to the people he was preaching to aka "the rich"

Read Luke 18:20-22

-"What is impossible with men is possible with God"
-(referring to America)-This is one of the hardest places on Earth to share God, for them to get it.

Read Revelation 13:16
"B/c you are lukewarm-neither cold nor hot-I'm going to spit you out of my mouth."

-Some people don't want to be on fire. They want a little bit of God, but they have enough God in their lives right now. They're content with not being on fire for God

-We compare God to the world, clinging onto material possessions. God says "Gah...are you really comparing the Maker of the world to an itty bitty earthly possession?"

We then went down to worship, but it was ovaaa (no, not the scientific term for egg, but "over") instead we joined in with an adult Sunday School class/Bible study. We read in Exodus 32: The Golden Caf.

Read Exodus 32:9-12
I was confused at this verse, but Mrs. Rumbaugh, with all of her wisdom!, cleared it up. She said something along these lines:
"It's ridiculous to think that God would've gone back on his promise but was convinced not to by human reason. This is a hyperbole just to show us HOW BAD this was in God's eyes. He wouldn't actually go back on His promise, only being save from doing so by "human reason".

On a different topic, Brad (the guy who helped us slaughter chickens) said: "We were never meant to consume the apple of knowledge of Good and Evil. We were never meant to have to deal with it. We weren't created for that function, to decipher between Good and Evil and see them both and have a battle between right and wrong. We were not created to do that, but since Adam and Eve did consume from that tree, we are forced to deal with the consequences.

After all of this, we came back, ate, did some chores, played basketball, and ate dinner. 'Twas a nice and relaxing dia.


Summer Olympics are this year??

Skit representing the history of the Bible in the Bible storying cloth

Paraiso showing us their skit to the Bible storying cloth

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 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

Friday, June 24, 2011

Bye-a Bye-a Gallina

Day 10, June 23, 2011
Today was an eventful day! We got up and went down near the children's center to check out the agricultural part of the property. Since the Hospital Loma de Luz is nearly bankrupt, they need to make some cha ching in order to support itself and the people they have to care for (ended with a preposition..dang it! haha). SO (started with a conjunction...dang it!) they are growing all types of plants and have animals, too, to make profit. Brad is in charge of this, and he showed us all of the things there. It was cool to see his passion for agriculture and farming and everything. He showed us what a banana tree really looks like (its not like a palm tree with bananas...thats what i thought it was like! haha its more like a bunch of layers circling around like a plant all in its trunk. Then we got to learn about palm seed oil and how it is the best oil there is. Unfortunately, the plant only grows in tropical climates (originally in West Africa) BUT it sure does help them on the farm. Brad was also showing us his techniques for farming and making his own fertilizer, etc. He gave one of many examples of how he can increase the number of Hondurans he can employ. He said that if he stops buying fertilizer from big companies and hires 2 men to make fertilizer there, it is not only more effective fertilizer, but he's taking that money and instead of giving it to a big company (which isnt bad in itself, but what im going to say next is BETTER for Honduran economy), he's going to employ 2 men who can now provide for their families. SO even if it costs the same, it is helping more people survive, which is cool.
He then showed us the new chicks he got (so adorable) and then the different coops (sp?) they have for the different ages of chickens. The chickens bred for eating are bred already in a way that at 9 weeks of life, they are too big for their legs to support them and their lungs and organs can barely support them. SO at 6 weeks, it is more humane to slaughter them, then, rather then waiting til they get bigger at 9 weeks where they're suffering more. I know this sounds gross or inhumane, but it is a part of life and its a necessary means. Therefore, they had chickens that they had to "euthanize" (to put it lightly). That meant that we had the opportunity to do it. I wont go into the details as some people are queezier than others, but if you want to know, you can ask me personally. Anyways, i sucked it up and cut one of its heads off and plucked it, just to experience what its like for some of these workers to do this all of the time. Don't worry, we didnt just kill them to kill them. That's inhumane. They had to be slaughtered in order to feed people: some for the children in the children's center and then others are sold to people. Therefore, people can be fed at a low rate but the hospital is also making money so that it can stay open and ultimately save people's lives and help people more. Thus, it's just a cycle of life. It's gruesome, but "sea lo que sea" (it is what it is). I told myself that i wouldnt hold myself back from experience here, so i wasn't going to not try this daunting task at least once. Now i can say that i've prepared dinner from scratch.
Then, we went to the Rio Esteban school. I got to see Usher and Johnny and other kids, again. Johnny played his guitar for me..He was shy, but I got a video. I'll try to post it, but im having trouble posting videos. I'll at least have a picture. One of the feisty little girls also put on sunglasses and literally started rapping..hilarious. I'll try to attach a video there, too. If not, i'll at least include the photo. We got to play soccer with the kids and go over the songs to prepare for the Knowledge Olimpiadas (Olympics) tomorrow. We got to get oriented with the kids, as that is where we're going to spend the remainder of our trip. We were thirsty, so i bought some "topos" which they made at the school. Topos are just bags of flavored ice and you bite open a side and eat from there. 1 lempira for 1 topo...aka 4 cents per topo (barato, eh?).
We then left and were heading home with the group from Ohio, but the director of the school, Bictelia, and her daughter who helps with the school, Delmi, and another teacher said that before we went home we'd "have to see the beach." We thought she just wanted us to see the ocean, so we just said "okay" and seemed kind of confused. Then, she had us go up on this little beach house/cabin and there were plates all set up. She had planned and prepared a big lunch for us! It was really a "goodbye and thank you for helping us" lunch for the Ohio group, but we got to reap the benefits of their farewell, too haha. It was a FEAST. We ate chicken (which was rough to do initially...but it was deliciously prepared, so I couldnt resist). I even got to try "ensalada de caracol" no, i didnt just write my first name and half of my second name...caracol means "SNAIL" in spanish. SNAIL SALAD. and guess what? it was GOOD. haha The snail really didnt taste like anything. Then Bictelia gave us all REALLY NICE bracelets that a guy in town made. She gave one to everyone. She is literally the sweetest woman i think i've ever met. This was all just for helping in her school!
I then discovered that when people in Honduras smile for a pic, they dont say "cheese" bc thats not a word, so they say "whiskey" which opens their mouth up like cheese does for us in english. it was really funny. Bictelia explained that all to me! haha
We then came back and started packing up all of the prizes the kids would win in the Olympics tomorrow. We packed it all in the car then we ate dinner and winded down by watching "chariots of fire"...and thats all!
It's cool to see the different aspects of life and how God works in all of them. No matter if it is to sacrifice the life of a chicken to ultimately benefit his children or sacrificing your possessions in order to give people you love a nice lunch. God is good all the time

PS We found a huge, smushed toad on the road in the that's what one of the photos is.


Day 9-June 23, 2011
Today, we went to a school nearby. Dr. Don initially only wanted to "maestritos" (little teachers---the kids who practice the songs extra so that they can lead the class) to practice with us since the rest of the school was at recess when we came. BUT since we look so strange bc of our white skin, all of the kids flocked into the room to hear the songs. Because this school isnt as developed as others, most of the kids didnt know the songs and it was full of non-attentive kids...but the room was still full with a ton of kids. Slowly, the kids drifted out until there were only the kids who truly wanted to be there. After all of the stress of this school, we were getting ready to leave but we had to wait a couple of minutes. SO some of us started singing some of the songs and all of a sudden we had a crowd of kids come up and sing them with us, too! there were so many kids that i was getting pushed off of the sidewalk/ledge. It was cool that they were at least participating, then! We then had to leave and went back home.
The rest of the day was dedicated to projects. Chris worked on translating powerpoints from english to spanish, bekah and will were downloading files, and i started to record 1 john and james in spanish and english to make a cd with it. Later, we went to thursday night fellowship with all of the missionary families and we had a potluck dinner. Dr. Dons daughter, Amanda, may or may not have started the line after there was a whole line of people that wasnt Chris and I followed lead and we went from potentially being near the end of the line to the literal front. WIN. hahaha
The pastor then spoke on thankfulness and how we need to be thankful for EVERYTHING that God gives to us. He ended with this story, which I thought was cool:
During a war in a concentration camp lived a man and a woman (cant remember their names) and they were Christians. They managed to sneak a bible in and were able to teach the bible and to read it to others while they were there. Somehow, the concentration camp officers never confiscated it nor found out. Anways, while they were there, the man said “lets give thanks for these barracks we’re in” and the woman goes “why? theyre extremely small, theyre full of people and theyre smelly.” But they decided to thank God. Then he said “lets thank God for something else (cant remember)” and she didn’t want to but then she decided to. Finally he goes “lets thank God for the fleas that are all in the barracks” and the woman goes “absolutely not. Theyre all over. theyre gross. Theyre always biting me. I wont thank God for them” but the guy still thanked God. Then when the war was over and they were being released, the woman asked a guard “why didn’t you ever search our barracks and look for things?” (thinking about the forbidden Bible) and he said “we wouldn’t dare touch the barracks. Theyre polluted with fleas and nobody would want to go nearby.” AND-----point of the story was to be thankful for everything in your life…good or bad because God will reward you for it. Don’t you just love God and how powerful and awesome He is?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Mysterious Rash

Day 8-June 22, 2011
Today we got up and left around 7:50. Chris, Bekah, Will, Marvin (the guy who drove the bus a week ago), Dr. Don, and I all went up another mountain (not to Paraiso again--PTL (Praise the Lord)) to visit a few schools. The mountain wasn't bad--about 15 minutes of uphill then the rest was flat--it was a long walk, but not exhausting! On our hike, we got to see a fossil of a dinosaur that got stuck in a rock! I LOVE DINOSAURS!
We went to the first school before climbing up the mountain and went over the bible storying cloth and other songs, where us interns tried our very hardest to learn the words/moves to the many songs. We then started climbing the mountain. It was beautiful up there! We visited some of Dr. Don's friends up there. Dr. Don refers to one house as "the garden of eden" because they grow everything in the book haha (bananas, papayas, corn, etc., etc.). They so generously gave us what we think was grape flavored water (it tasted like purple gatorade) and little guineos ( tiny...about has long as my index finger...ok, i get index finger is long, but pretend like we're talking about someone's normal sized index finger). It was a very sweet and tasty guineo. We then left and went to a school. We had to cross a river to get was low, though, because it's not the rainy season. It was enough to get little rocks/sand on my blisters and make them even MORE fun to deal with! (actually no big deal...i have duct tape on them theyre indestructable). On our way back from that school, one of the students in the school's mom gave us glasses of water with chunks of pineapple in it. SO GOOD. dr. don then told her that we'd be the "jueces" (judges) in the Knowledge Olympics on Saturday, and she gave us all a pineapple to take with us. We pretend its for that reason that she did that, but we all know it was just because she was extremely generous. I find it neat that at dinner Chris shared that he noticed that these people who we see to have nothing still have the heart to share things with us and be so hospitable. He said that not only do they share, but they share with people that have a lot of things. How generous and loving is that?
We then went to a "pulperia" while Dr. Don ran up to another school. A pulperia is a little store inside someones house. You can buy pop or water or little snacks there. Marvin bought us coke and some galletas (cookies). We then went to a waterfall region and waited for Dr. Don there. Then some cows may or may not have went and peed/pooped in the waterfall region, which was great because some people had swam in it. GREAT. haha. Also, Dr. Don may or may not have laid completely under the one little waterfall (pic included).
While we were waiting, I reapplied sunscreen (be proud of me, mom haha), and a fly/bug wouldn't leave me alone. Marvin told me that a thousand more flies would probably come out soon after and attack me. I believed him because I don't think I'm quite ready to joke around in Spanish jajajaja
Dr. Don then returned and we went to the last school and sang songs there. We then made our way back, hiking down....I got to practice more Spanish with Chris. Then Bekah, Will, and I compared rashes that all looked mysteriously similar. FROM SOME MYSTERIOUS PLANT IN THE JUNGLE OR SEA?! We'll get down to the bottom of this itchy matter.
ANYWHO, we returned, chilled out, and talked about "If I Perish" by Brother Andrew at dinner. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the passage: "Zeal for the glory and name of Jesus should also be our motivation. For how many of us is this true? Do we pray for the glory of God's name, or do we pray only for ourselves?" AND "We should pursue what is worthy, whatever the cost."
Then, we had some extra time, so we all played catch phrase and apples to apples to close out the evening. YA?

A.I.M. Aranas?!

Day 7-June 21, 2011
Today was a stay in day! was a nice contrast from hiking up to Paraiso (Paradise). While Chrystal took her daily trip to the school in Rio Esteban and Chris went to a couple schools with Dr. Don, Bekah, Will, and I stayed home with Amanda, Amy, and Mrs. Rumbaugh. While we were home, we worked on projects for the VBS we're doing on July 23. I made the "Hoja de Inscripciones" (aka registration sheets) while Bekah made the "Certificado de Exito" (the Certificate of Success) for each of the kids enabling them to all go out and be missionaries. Will worked on the "pasaportes" (passports) that each kid would have and would get stamped for each country they visit during the day (kinda like Epcot, eh?). Then, Bekah and I made signs for each of the teams there are going to be. Each team has the name of a different mission organization with an animal name (you know, to make it fun..what kid DOESNT want to be on team elephant? haha). ANYWHO, the team names we chose (with some very nice help from creative Amy) are: Operacion Mobilizacion Monos (Operation Mobilization Monkeys), Fronteras Elefantes (Frontiers Elephants), COMIBAM Caiman (COMIBAM Alligator--i may or may not have ran out of space to put "caimanes" for "alligators" so...theyre all just 1 alligator), and A.I.M. Aranas (A.I.M. Spiders). (pictures attached). Then we did some kickboxing outside while the guys played basketball and Chris showed us some crazy plyometrics. Nothing like hard buns and thighs! We then ate and chilled and talked about God's word and about prayer. We read the article "Rebelling Against the Status Quo" by David Wells. Here are 2 good passages from the article: "To pray is to declare that God and this world are at cross-purposes. To "sleep" or "faint" or "lose heart" is to act as if they were not. Why, then, do we pray so little for our local church?" AND "Do you really think He would fail to bring about justice for His chosen ones who cry to him night and day. Will he keep putting them off? "I tell you," our Lord declares, "He will see that they get justice, and quickly" (Luke 18:7-8)."

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Is This Poverty?

Day 6-June 20, 2011

Today was the day of the big hike up to Paraiso (Paradise). As Dr. Don said, you have to go through hell to get to paradise. I greatly underestimated how out of shape I was. There were 6 of us who went up: me, will, bekah, dr. don, gabe (son of a dr in the hospital), and his friend nestor. It took about 2.5 hours to climb up to Paraiso. 75% of it was straight uphill. The first part was long, steep hills. The middle part was more of a flat, smaller path. The last part is known as the "serpent" and is the most "hellish" part. It was steep and side winding. It was absolutely the hardest hike ive ever done--even beats the one in africa (although that one was more life threatening, climbing down ropes and ladders on the edge of a cliff haha).
When we got up there, we went to a small house where they had mountain water bubbling through a spicket. We got some of that water because we were out. I literally was drenched as if i had jumped into a pool. From head to toe. You could see it on everyones shorts--all of the drench marks almost covering their shorts hahaha. Well, at least im overcoming my dislike of being really sweaty and stinky.
After we drank the water, we went over some of the songs with the kids there. The people who live up here are incredibly in shape and tough. One woman took off and went up more of the mountain to get other kids to join us--they were back so fast! We practiced songs and the bible storying cloth to earn an "energy pill" aka a glucose tablet.
After, we got to help make corn tortillas! You grind up corn and mix it with water then make it into a tortilla shape and then put it on the "oven" which is hot stone. It was difficult to grind up the corn---they said they do it 3 times per day!
We then realized that we had been helping make part of our meal! They so graciously made us all tortillas and rice to eat and "agua y limon" aka lime water to drink. It was very good, and they were so gracious and excited to share with us! The mother of the house was Marta and her daughter was Linda who had an infant named Chelsea. Marta had a lot of other kids, including a cute girl named Ingrid (picture attached). Chelsea had a baby doll (munequita) whose name was was dressed in pink, but she wanted it to be a boy haha Ingrid had a stuffed animal duck named "patito" (little duck).
We then went through a story with songs named "Pilgrim's Progress" led by one of the girls and headed down the mountain.
Going down the mountain was a different kind of hard. It was easier to run bc it was hard on the joints. Although, it was rough in most places with "valleys" of land there and big rocks all over that we had to run and hop around. It was for sure good ankle stability exercises! haha
On our way down, Dr. Don posed the question "What we just saw-was that poverty?". Studies show that the North American definition of poverty is "lack of food, shelter, clothing, etc." aka lack of material possessions. South American definition of poverty is the presence of things: the presence of hopelessness, the presence of despair, etc. In the end, we agreed that they were not in poverty because even though their house was extremely small and they didnt own much, they were full of joy. They graciously fed us and were so happy we came up to see them. They shared their love for the Lord with us, and they cared for us without regards to not having much material possession and they were full of happiness and joy. That is not poverty-that is living in God's love and mercy.
We then started planning a one day VBS with Cynthia, a Honduran who lived in the US for 10 years, so she's very much bilingual. Our goal is to make something portable so we can run it in the US if we wanted to and also get kids here excited about missions and spreading the gospel.
We then returned, ate dinner, watched a video that included many good sermons from powerful preachers. I may or may not have fallen asleep and everybody knew haha.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunday School. Sand Dollar. Playa.

Day 5--June 19, 2011
Today we participated in the high school sunday school in the rumbaugh's casa. weekly tradition is to eat belgium waffles there...yum! then, i was assigned "intern 1" for the week, so i went with Dr. Don to Balfate to some churches. We rode on his motorcycle carrying 3 guitars with us haha. We went to a sunday school for children behind a church. We sang 30 of the songs, most of which the kids had to teach me the words and moves...i just kind of pretended to mouth them...we're learning all of them slowly but surely! Then, waiting for dr. don, i talked to the kids. One girl knew a little bit of english, so she spoke it a little. its so funny how these people arent used to seeing white people at all--its kind of hard to comprehend, coming from the US where we're familiar with most races. The kids will just stare you and watch you bc you're so foreign to them haha Then i talked to the kids--its a lot harder to talk to kids than adults because they laugh at you more and they speak you have a harder time listening and speaking haha but its practice. we then left (i had talked to long and we missed the 2nd sunday school...oops) and went to the pavilion we went to for the olympics rehearsal. there, dr. don gave me my first guitar lesson--he says he teaches guitar so that people can teach once i learn, perhaps i will spread my knowledge! Lindi came over with her keyboard and dr. don practiced singing worship songs with her in spanish and english...she doesnt like to speak english, but she does well! dr don, lindi's friend, Eduardo, and i played the guitar while she played the keyboard and sang. we then left and went back home. since sunday is a day of rest, bekah, will, chrystal, and i went to the beach. we went to the "canadian beach" which is basically a nice, private beach on a canadian resort where canadians retire. the group from youngstown was there. we all picked up the sand dollars from the ocean floor--sea life disgusts me....i had to suck it up to pick it up. a little boy benton showed us that if you split open a sand dollar, there is a STAR inside of it. it is CRAZY. he claims its the heart, but i dont think the sand dollar heart is that "stellar"...but really. we then walked back and ran up the STEEP STEEP hill in the hospital property. difficult but nice when we were done. we ate dinner and watched the food, inc. movie..nast haha and chilling.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

We're Gringos

Day 4-June 18, 2011
Today we had the dress rehearsal for the "Bilingual Olympics" which was in one of the areas. It was under a little pavilion type thing. Only some of the kids could come--a fraction of those who will be at the Olympics were there today. The Olympics are basically a way for the kids to show off the songs they learned in Spanish and English and if they've learned an instrument, too. They sing the "English as a Biblical Language" songs which are about different Bible verses including fruits of the spirit, 10 commandments, and other known Bible verses. Then, Dr. Don had prizes the kids could EARN, not be given. He emphasizes that nothing be given away so that they don't act dependent on "gringos". SO...he had them recite different verses or do math to get the prizes which included bibles in spanish, english, frisbees, and soccer balls. Even us big kids earned soccer balls by doing math in spanish! haha. Some of the teachers earned prizes for all of the hard work they did-a man got a guitar to teach his son it, Delmi (in charge of 5th & 6th grade) got a big backpack, and Lindi, another teacher, got Spanish and English Bibles. Lindi is going to Africa to spread the Gospel; she stuck out to me because she was so sweet and was always, always smiling.
We split into teams. Mine was Lindi, Marta, Doris, Manuel, "Usher," and another boy whose name i forget (shame on me). Dr. Don always asks us: "what is the most important word in spanish?" Someone guessed Jesus haha (which is always the right answer!) but its actually someone's name...he emphasizes that building relationships is more important than getting a bunch of stuff done because relationships and trust can allow the spread of the Word to happen more readily. ANYWAYS, we had a good time there. We kicked soccer for a little while with them, and then we came back...did our chores, chilled out, then went down the road to play soccer with some Hondurans. They play on a dirt and rocky field in their barefeet...their feet are just so toughened from the ground its crazy. We came back and ate dinner and talked about Apostolic Passion & talked about spreading the gospel and doing it cross-culturally vs. doing it on your home turf and what we thought of it. interesting stuff.

...and that's about it.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Termites Can Fly?!

Day 1-Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Our flight from Ft. Lauderdale was a bit delayed. We left the country around 1 am (don't really know). Honduras is 2 hrs behind, so we got in around the same time as we left haha. We were told to look for a 6'4" Honduran man named Marvin (hard to miss). We found him & he took us to our vehicle, which we expected to be a car or, no. it was a entire school bus! There were 5 of us haha. Marvin took us to a hotel & we all stayed there for the evening, enjoying our last bit of air conditioning for the next 6 weeks.
Day 2-Thursday, June 16, 2011
The next day (Thursday), Marvin took us to the market/mall to exchange money. It was a nice mall! We got to talk a little bit more to Marvin, who knew very little English--so we got to practice our Spanish out a little bit! He's a very nice man and was so kind to drive 3+ hours to come get us. We may or may not have gotten major sass from a worker at a smoothie store in the mall because we tried to pay with dollars instead of the Honduran currency, lempira (18-20ish lempira to a dollar, btw). After exchanging our dollars for lempira, we went back to the airport to pick up another group...and THAT is why we had the bus haha. We picked up about 15 people from Youngstown Ohio...with all of the luggage and us, it was a decently comfortable squeeze! Marvin then drove us from San Pedro to the Loma de Luz hospital property, which took about 3ish hours. The last stretch of the drive was an all dirt road, which got a tad bit bumpy, but it was all part of the experience, eh? We then made it to our casita, connected to the Rumbaugh's casa, after a long sweaty day. We ate a great home cooked dinner by Mrs. Rumbaugh-learning the rule that if you don't pray in Spanish, you have to do the dishes-needless to say, we all prayed in the end, we'll all do the dishes, but the concept works well to make us pray in Spanish!
Day 3-Friday, June 17, 2011
We got oriented with the house and the property and then went out to the schools. To get down to the rest of the group, the 5 interns (me, Bekah, Will, Chris, and Chrystal) rode the car down. Bekah and I held onto the side and stood on the outside of the car. Fun! (sorry mom and dad) gets better though...we got to ride on top of a land rover to the first 2 schools...literally, on the roof. There were bars to keep us in, so it wasn't too bad--it was a nice breeze and a b-e-a-utiful view!
The first school we went to was a new school and still developing. The school itself was probably the size of a small pavilion and had some tiny benches. We went over the bible story cloth (cloth that has pictures of different moments in the Bible-Dr. Don made English and Spanish songs to them). We also sang some other songs (one of which says "wash your hands before you eat, and after you poo-poo unless you want to die and see Jesus very soon"). We then headed over to the Rio Esteban school, which is the most developed school Dr. Don works with. We sang songs with them, led by some of the 9 year old students who were very good! I met a boy named Johnny (I believe) who is a 13 year old Honduran who goes to the school and plays the guitar. He helped me speak Spanish, and we kicked a rock around together. The 4th graders made volcanoes and were eager to put that baking soda and vinegar in them to watch them explode. To see them, we had to climb up a wall--little Johnny wanted to help me up so he grabbed my hand and pulled, even though he was too small to really help--he was so cute, though. We then played with the kids at recess. They loved to run from one spot to another as a GAME. haha We then sang and danced a little bit (to Danza Kuduro!) and enjoyed our time together.
THEN, Dr. Don wanted his 5 interns to walk up into the mountain to las Niegras, where a school is. We walked for a while and walked through rivers...just straight up plodded through them. Then it started to thunderstorm. SO...what does Dr. Don want to do? Oh, just run through the jungle and take a dip in one of the rivers. And that was what we did...we sprinted in the mud and rocks and everything and we all made it there safely (thanks to God) and we chilled inside of the river for about an hour (in our normal clothes and shoes) and just talked. It was really cool! We missed our bus, so we took our time walking back. Will, who was barefoot, may or may not of slammed into a stump with his foot. When we asked if he was okay, out of pride, he looked back and said "you should as the stump if its okay." We knew it hurt though. hahaha We then went back to the school (when all the kids had left) and read a chapter in The Purpose Driven Life in Spanish with a man named Eduardo (Dr. Don likes to call him Ed-Weirdo) and his brothers. Eduardo was telling us about how he went to Italy and felt God's presence there and how miraculous his life is with God. Hereally showed a passion for the Lord. Mid talking, a person Dr. Don knows was driving through the village with a pick up 4 of us ran into it and rode in the bed back to the hospital property while Bekah and Dr. Don rode on his motorcycle. We came back and learned more about Dr. Don's ministry here. He said his plan is to not just come in and let the Americans give things away or do things for the Hondurans and leave. That ultimately causes destruction-dependence of Hondurans on Americans, the feeling that they can't do anything to fix their situation, destruction of self-confidence-so our purpose is to come in and have them earn things--we'll help them, but they should do the work, too. We give them the tools to do things for themselves or to go out in the world and do it. (Similar to the give a man a fish vs. teaching a man to fish story). Dr. Don's motto is to change this place from a mission field into a mission force-to tailor these hispanic and black people to go out and spread the gospel in other countries full of Muslims, etc.--he says that they are the missions of the future because a black Honduran can go to parts of Africa and share the news and still not stick out like a sore thumb like white people do--the same goes with "brown" Hondurans, who can go to places like the Middle East and stick out less than us (bc we're targets). SO...thats a bit of what we're doing. We then climbed up to the water tower & did a devotion overlooking the jungle and the Carribean. When we came back, we saw a ton of "moths" (haha at least thats what Bekah and I though--n00bs). They were TERMITES. termites can FLY?! We never knew that. We then ate dinner and watched The Blind Side (as watching a movie on a Friday night is a tradition for the Rumbaughs). Long post---long day, though! Buenas Noches.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

1 day til takeoff

-Goals for today:
1. Eat hamburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, fries, pizza, pop (or "soda"), and other American delicacies.
2. Live the dream.
3. Buy a lottery ticket...make paper.

-Coach Curr (Cara)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Bekah's on!

I figured it out, Coach Cur! GREAT idea to do a blog.

A day and a half left!!!!!! :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

3 days 'til departure

Sunday, June 12....we leave in t-minus 3 days. not much to say....but just trying to learn how to blog.
LOL (lots of love haha),
Coach Curr