Waypoints Defined

The meaningful points along life's way.

Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Psalm 119:35

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

All in a Day's Work

The Moore team is making lots of progress on the school construction project. It is neat to see the teamwork and great attitudes everyone has. The hard work is made lighter and the language barriers are not so monumental when there are smiles and hand motions and lots of love to go around.

The first completed section of the cap
Mixing cement

Filling buckets

Mixing more cement

Mixing even more cement
Two of our three Honduran helpers: Pastor Giron and Ramon
The cafeteria roof

The ceiling prepped for sheetrock

But THIS is the reason we are here:

 For the kids. To love and hug.

"Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life."

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6: 7 - 9

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Weekend Activities

The morning work crew poured cement, made rebar, and got the cafeteria ceiling prepped. In the afternoon we had a change in plans. The normal Saturday Kids Club was cancelled due to a meeting that involved the parents of the school children and occupied the buildings and classrooms, so we went to Picacho instead. They have a zoo we had never been to, so we explored something new.

It wasn't as bad as we thought it could be ( you never know in these developing nations). All the animals were well fed. There was quite a variety: tapirs, racoons, macaws, toucans, monkeys, snakes, deer, coyotes, parrots and more. Glenda had fun carrying on a conversation with one of the parrots. If you've never talked to a parrot... well, you should try it someday.

A panoramic view of the city from Picacho

Sunday morning we went to Pastor Giron's church and enjoyed the worship and  the Word. After lunch we headed out for Valle de Angeles to do some tourist stuff.

Like shopping and the Canopy tour. The canopy tour is a series of 12 ziplines on a mountaintop outside of Valle.

Stephanie was the daring one in our group. She did the "superman" and the "upside down". I refrain from posting pictures of these stunts since I have not obtained written  permission  from her and her lawyer and I do not want to be liable for any blackmail!

That was our weekend! Stay tuned for more about our work week.

For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted,  O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. Psalm 57:10 & 11

Friday, February 24, 2012

Work Day # One

Bright and early, the Moore team started the work at the Fuerzas Armadas school today, although for one team member it's sleeping in. Christina works on their family's dairy farm and her day starts at 4:30 a.m. I have to admit, I'm not jealous of the early hours, but I do admire her good hardworking attitude.

Here is what we have started on:

Capping the drainage/sewer ditch
that runs through the school property

Putting a roof on the cafeteria
Cleaning out the cafeteria of the
construction materials to continue with the project

Creating rebar for the concrete cap over the ditch
Steel lamina covering the ditch to support the concrete cap.
 Juan de Dios got the building ready for the roof to be installed on Monday. Pastor Jiron taught us to create the rebar. We supplied the community with some firewood for their cookstoves while we cleaned up old construction materials.

It was a beautiful Honduran day with lots of hard work followed by a great taco dinner and some needed showers. Now it's time for devotions, so I am going to close this out.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Team Arrival

The Moore Team has arrived!
Safely. With all their luggage. On time. Prayers Answered.

But first let me show you what the welcoming committee does while waiting for their arrival:

First they get their shoes shined.

Kings on their red thrones.

Then comes the Espresso Americano.

Some people watching.

And then welcoming the team!

Christina, Enrique, Levi, Kerri, Joanne, Mike, Justin and Stephanie
I would like to spotlight Levi Weaver who was friends with my Grandpa Lefever. I've added him to my hero list. This amazing guy is a farmer who is turning 81 this year. He has been to multiple countries, and now he is adding Honduras to the places he has been. Quote for the day that made Levi my hero, "We are here a short time. I am here to serve, not just be served."

When you think of us, please pray for health and safety. A few are fighting colds, but we're trusting the Lord to bring healing and for the Tegucigalpa sunshine to help aid in healing. Already there's lots of laughter, fellowship, stories and even some playstation soccer games in the unwinding from the flight.

We are looking forward to the next 10 days with this Border Buddies team!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Saturday Kids Club

Saturday Kids Club
  • Venezuela School at the top of Barrio El Rincon
  • A red pickup filled with supplies that seconds as a bus
  • Three faithful teachers
  • A soccer court rotating 3-4 teams
  • A kitchen filled with Mike's "Boys" cooking and selling to the community everything from donuts to pancakes (if you want to know what falls in between just ask)
  • About 100 kids
  • Lots of love
I am amazed at Michael and Glenda's stamina on these Saturdays. The routine is to head out at 1:00 p.m. picking up kids along the way. Once we arrive lots of supplies are unloaded and soccer begins until classes start at 2:00 p.m. The three teachers have anywhere from 20 to 30 kids in their class and teach a Bible lesson and do a craft. Mike's "boys" make a mirienda (snack) of pancakes for each child in their class. Classes end somewhere around 4:30 or 5:00. Some kids head home, but others hang around to play ball. Mike, himself, stays with the boys playing soccer and selling food until 11 or so at night.

Some of Mike's "boys" in the kitchen. The two new ones don't have their t-shirts yet.

David's team waiting for their turn to play again.

Who wouldn't want to be hugged by a hundred kids and play chinese checkers and jump rope and lean down to catch a secret whispered from a young one or bring home a craft project that was given with a smile?

Jesus said to them (his disciples), "Permit the children to come to me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Mark 10:14

Friday, February 17, 2012

Honduran Veterinary Experience

Post by Phillip:

  Today, bright and early, Dad drove mom and I to the veterinary clinic to observe Dr . Herra in his daily routines for the second time.    What I saw I must say was 'very interesting'. He runs his business on a shoe string budget, if he knows someone is to poor to pay he does the exam for free. In the states I work at a veterinary clinic that has an x-ray machine, multiple laptops (to type up patient reports and such), blood analysis machines, and a laser for surgeries. Now, here at the vet clinic he writes it all up by hand and stores them in rusty file cabinets. He uses a scissor for cutting away fur so that he can draw blood, because he has not one hair clipper. Yet he remains very content with it all. For surgeries, he uses no gloves, or masks, and has an ancient looking cauterizer that he uses to seal the wound. His cat room is made of cat crates stacked on top of eachother, his dog room consists of one individual crate.

Third world? Yes.

                                             The vet clinic. "La Mascota" means 'The Pet"
                                       Dog getting a vaccine, in his one appointment room
A dog getting his blood drawn.

                                            The secretary/ Dr. Herra./ Me/ Assistant (Martin)