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

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Feliz Dia del Padre

Happy Father's Day from Honduras!

Monday, March 19th was Father's Day here in Honduras. We celebrated in style! As a sidenote: I heard yesterday that here in Honduras they have "days" for many things: mothers, fathers, children, women, and even Lempira (their currency). The Fuerzas Armadas School had a special program planned. Dads, Grandfathers, Uncles and even brothers were the guests of honor.

Joe  being honored as a father.

We began the program by singing the national anthem.

The attentive audience

Children representing the different professions

This was after the spanish version of Phillips, Craig and Dean's song for fathers: "Quiero Ser Como Tu."

"Busco a Ti" song done by the first graders

The school has four blind children who can read and write in braille and are somehow mainstreamed here in the classroom. Other children are very attentive to these four and help them get to and from school and watch out for them while they are in class.
The boy on the left closed out the program with a special song and was accompanied by his friend and companion on the right for support.

Don Alejandro was one of the founders of this school 24 years ago and is Doña Rosa's brother.

Now to review a little and to catch you up on pictures. After attending Impacto Church on Sunday we went to the village of Valle de Angeles to do some tourist shopping. Instead of showing you how much we bought and give away some of the gifts that some of you family members of Team 15 are looking forward to, I'll stick to the safe stuff and show you the food. Food is something we are not lacking here since Mike and Glenda are such good cooks. When we go to Valle we get to taste some typical Honduran food.

Cow corn as Mike calls it. When it is creamed and made into corncakes it tastes great.

Back to work. The past couple of days have been spent finishing up the sheetrock on the kitchen ceiling and doing touch up painting along with the big project of building the bridge.

 Each morning before beginning the work day we pray as a group with the team and workers. This particular morning showed the fun we have. Granted,  it was one of those "you had to be there" moments, but as someone took off their hat to pray it was tossed into the center of the circle and then others started tossing their things and quite a little pile was created including (but not limited to) money, camera, shoes, measuring tapes, etc... It was a light hearted moment followed by a neat time of prayer.
Dad's favorite job - okay, maybe not.

Joe putting on the final coat of compound.

The bridge forms being constructed

Forming up the steps. About 6 yards of concrete were hand mixed and poured in one long afternoon.

Joanne Miller taught a sewing class to the ladies at the Venezuela School.  Sixteen ladies participated in sewing an apron.

The ladies blessed us with cake and soda at the end of our time together!

Beautiful ladies modeling beautiful aprons

 One humbling thing about these ladies is their appreciation for Border Buddies and all the projects that the different teams have taught. They wanted to be sure and express their gratitude and remembrance of everyone who has given sacrificially to help them better their own lives. Doña Margarita taught me today a project that she learned last year from a previous team. She was a patient teacher of how to turn old t-shirts into crocheted rugs. These ladies have not only made rugs, but also cushions, seat covers, purses, hot pads and even a hammock!

Rachelle playing with the girls that came during the sewing class.

"Mike worked us to death." - Harold Lefever

Here's a verse to think on:
"I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him." John 13: 16


  1. T-shirt rugs.... how interesting. Does that mean you will teach a class when you get back? Sign me up!

    1. Well, I don't think I've earned my teacher's badge in that department, but I would be glad to show you what I've learned. I'm going to continue practicing if I can come up with a crochet needle.