Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! 🙂
It’s strange to be celebrating thanksgiving in a country where no one else is celebrating it – school goes on, work goes on… unlike my 20+ years experiencing it in the states and all the hype leading up to it.
If you want to buy a Turkey here to celebrate, don’t worry, you’ll only pay $100. Blueberry pie? Only $10 for the canned blueberries. It’s pretty funny how they mark it all up for the U.S. Americans 😉
But today I’m waking up thankful regardless. Thankful for the country I’m from and the country I’m currently in.
I am so excited to share with you today what our everyday life and experiences have been looking like while we are here in Honduras! We have been doing so much I can’t believe we have been here for a month already.
Every Sunday bright and early, Lukas, Wilder and I jump into these Land Cruisers with our missionary friends the Pattersons, and drive two hours up this little dirt road into the Honduran mountains.
Well, we did, until one of the Land Cruisers broke down, but you can read that adventure below… 😉
The roads might be difficult and bone jarring (think of the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland, multiplied by 3, and extended to an hour) but the views are SPECTACULAR.
We pass friendly people and always get a smile and a wave on the way up.
When we get to the little village of El Buen Pastor, we walk around and visit friends in their homes. This is one of my favorite parts because the people are so friendly. It’s so fun getting to know them.
Here’s the little church, El Cordero De Dios – The Lamb of God. Right now it’s a temporary wooden structure building, but we are hoping to help raise money for a building. I will be posting a video about that soon!
After we visit friends, I teach a teen girl’s Sunday School class. The girls are so much fun and I have really enjoyed getting to know them! It’s also challenging my Spanish speaking skills which is great. I have a translator but I do all my own worksheets in Spanish, and of course I want to be able to chat with the girls during class.
Everyone here LOVES Wilder and he is such a champ and loves giving high fives and smiles. He spreads so much joy.
One of our many adventures includes breaking down on the way home from church one night. As you can see the roads aren’t that good and so one of our cars broke! It was quite the adventure figuring out how to get to the next village, but eventually we did. And then of course, it started to rain 😉
A family in the next village offered us shelter from the rainstorm, and a place to wait while we could find transportation back home. Along with a roof over our heads we were treated to hot yummy sweet coffee and enjoyed the gorgeous sunset through the rainstorm.
I don’t think I will ever forget that night.
And then there is the beautiful campus we are staying at in Siguatepeque. The campus houses many things, including a seminary.
The morning view from our front porch …
Wilder LOVES the puppy and dogs here and they love him!
Wilder also enjoys playing with rocks and sticks and having room to crawl around.
Lukas has been volunteering his time to make alot of needed furniture around campus including desks, tables, and even rocking chairs! Our friend Elijah is a great help!
Before we stained them, they look even better now 🙂
Wilder helps by riding the motorcycles. Or so he wishes!
His favorite thing to really do is play with all his friends here, especially his best friend Iris.
Along with helping at the church every week, we are helping around campus, and taking family photos for the missionaries to use for prayer cards. We’re also leading youth small groups on Tuesday nights for another Bible Study.
Lukas and I walked into town the other day. It’s very interesting what they do and don’t have here. For a simple cheap lamp it was like $50, so Lukas decided to just make one himself. Most of the cars and clothes are all shipped from the states.
Another adventure we went on last week was hiking up to a beautiful waterfall.
The views overlooking the mountains were breathtaking.
Finally, here’s a panorama of where I love to take walks before sunset. 🙂
Stay tuned for more of our adventures…and thank you so much for your prayers and for keeping in touch with us!!