Honduras Day 1

Erik Cooper —  June 13, 2010 — 2 Comments

Our first ever missions team from City Community Church started their trip with a bang.  Or perhaps more of a splatter.

After 24 hours in four different airports, a very close call catching a flight out of Miami, and 8 lost bags (which are still lost by the way), the CityCom “crew of 22” spent their first day in La Ceiba plastering cinder block walls.  Or, well, sort of.

Note to humanity:  learning to spread concrete plaster is an art form that cannot be learned in a few short hours.  I’m “constructionally challenged” to begin with, and this project did nothing to boost my self esteem.

For many, this was a first hands-on taste of abject poverty.  And even with time let me tell you, this is no acquired taste.

In this environment absent of anything resembling our American way of life, this team longs to bring hope. But standing in the middle of a Honduran slum, something that seems so unnecessary, so fixable, you get this uncanny sense that God is near. That His presence is tangible, even in what we would consider incredible discomfort.

And maybe even more so.

So after being here just a few short hours, I wonder what’s more likely this week in La Ceiba.  Will we bring hope into the midst of their poverty, or perhaps find some hope for our own self-sufficiency?

Maybe a little of both?  Time will tell.

2 responses to Honduras Day 1

  1. Melanye Wrighton June 13, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I pray both. I pass on to you (and the team) a prayer this caused me to remember and I pray it now for each one of you in Honduras:

    “May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships,
    so that you may live deep within your heart.
    May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
    so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
    May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war,
    so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.
    And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world,
    so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.”

    May His great love enfold you as you walk this journey in His life-giving presence, exhibiting His glory for all to experience.

  2. Janet Gregory June 14, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Sorry about the luggage. Hope all else is going well. Am praying for all of you. Tell Mandy that all those little ones are in my prayers.

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