Home Again!

Our devotion for the morning of our departure was Paul’s travel to Jerusalem at the end of his third missionary journey. It was very fitting, we read about Paul saying his goodbye and leaving dear friends behind. Many of the friends we had made throughout the week gathered at the front gate of the church to see us off. We hugged and said our goodbyes all while enjoying freezer pops that were passed out.

We loaded the trucks and head out from the church and began our 14-hour trek home. The day was long, but everything went exceptionally well and we all made it home to sleep in our beds early this morning.  I am sure we will never forget our mission to Roatan Honduras 2016. May the Lord bless you all for your prayers and support without which this trip would not have been possible.

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Dasha uses her freezer pop to cool her forehead while she eats it.

 

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Mission Journal: Day 12

Our Final Day!

After our normal morning routine, we set out to finish some project about the church.

The kitchen got put back together, much to Rosa’s delight. The stove overhaul got completed and is now in great working order. The shower got grouted. The truck got welded on some more to make it sturdy enough to leave, someone else will need to finish that project. Some more electrical got installed. Some painting got done. And all that before Noon.

After noon, we all boarded Dante’s boat and headed west, after only about a mile we docked and had lunch at a beach side restaurant. We then headed further west and docked in the town of West End for some souvenir shopping, while the kids played in the water. From there we took the boat to West Bay and finished tje outing with snorkeling and swimming.

When we returned to the SonRise we had a party for Clint and Charlotte’s birthday. It also served as a going away party and many of the people who helped out during the week were able to attend. The piñata was definitely the highlight of the evening for the kids. Piñata thrashing can sometimes be a dangerous event when children run in to get candy while a blindfolding person swings away, but everything went off without incident except the rather epic kitchen towel fight broke out between Joey and Clint. It is hard to determine the winner of a kitchen towel fight, but no matter what else you hear the fact remains that Clint walked away with far less welts.

It was an incredible last day and will be remembered for years to come. In our devotions we have been studying Pauls missionary journeys. Today we will finish and see Paul returning to Jerusalem saying goodbye to many along the way. So to will we make our way to the airport and head towards home, saying goodbye along the way.

Please pray for:
Our fellow believers here, may we never forget them, nor they us.
And our travel, that we would make all our connections and get back to Oshkosh safe and sound.

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Rosinda pleased to be back in the kitchen

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Joey, another interesting facial expresion.

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Charlotte teasing Leyde

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Tia, Sarah and Havalah enjoying being able to spend time together

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The guys digging into a delicious meal

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Beautiful Sherry, always willing to serve in any way

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Pete and Nate

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Zeph and Wanda are good buddies

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Tina

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Clint pleased with a job well done

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The trajic remains of the pinata

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Olibany working on the grout

Mission journal: Day 11

It was not until the evening, of this incredibly busy day, that anyone realized the camera had been neglected. We began the day like any other on this mission trip with breakfast and devotions. Shortly after devotion we all plowed right into what was our longest most productive day yet. with our departure looming, we were filled with urgency that motivated long into the night.

The Bathroom: The plumbing got done by Dante and some of the local guys. Redi finished the drywall and put a coat of mud on everything. Clint installed the shower floor and got the whole shower ready for grout.

The Electrical Service: Pete felt impressed upon by the Lord to build and install the electrical service post for Nelsons house in the Colonia. He, Jimmy, Wilfredo and Olibany, constructed the pole here then loaded it up and drove into the hills. They collected rock and sand and mixed concrete on the ground by hand to set the pole. Project Done!

The Kitchen: Wanda, Sherry, and Tina ran the floor sander on the newly installed floor. the edges proved to be the hardest part as no edge sander was available, but had to be done on hands and knees with palm sanders. They then varnished the floor and throughout the day applied subsequent coats, which look amazing. Clint worked on re-jetting the stove, trying to precisely fill and re-drill the orifices holes to ensure all the burners are operating at a uniform 21,000 BTUs.

The Truck: This project was added to our list late in the trip and is proving to be one of the most time consuming. We were asked to install seating in the bed of the truck, and a lumber rack overhead. Nate, Colton and Joey, have been working on it for a couple of days now.  At nine o’clock in the evening, the guys felt that if this project is going to get finished it needed more attention. They made a pot of coffee and worked into the morning hours until they ran out of welding rod at just after 1:00 AM.

The Play: Despite the very busy workload, we did still find some time for recreation. We walked down to the beach for a quick swim. Which proved to be not so quick when Clint and Nate got separated on the reef. Clint searched for Nate for some time before swimming into shore and initiating a search and rescue. Nate as safe as can be enjoyed his snorkel while the beach was in a panic, and was very relieved when after they found he was safe and sound. After dinner, we all mounted the truck and went to town for Ice cream.

Our trip is coming to a close, Friday is our last full day. We hope to finish many of the projects or leave them in a state that the local team here to finish easily. We also want to get some time in for shopping and swimming.  Tonight we have a party planned to celebrate Clint and Charlottes birthdays, and treat the whole team both local and foreign to a great meal.

Please pray for
God to protect us all
The hours to be full and productive.

 

DSC_4273 Zeph with his friend the lizard. The kids are having fun finding and catching Lizards, Geckos and crabs.

DSC_4276 Amy and Havalah. Smile for the Camera!! Cheese!! Queso!! nothing worked.

DSC_4285 Enriquito, Hacy, Amy, Cruz and Gracy. A family who has been committed to Calvary Chapel Roatan from early on.

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Mission Journal: Day 10

The day was productive, the ceiling in the hall was finished, a new exhaust fan in the kitchen was installed and is functioning which will help make the kitchen to be a little cooler working area. A new counter was built in the kitchen also.The big old 10 burner stove burners got a good cleaning, the welding projects are making good progress too. Only 2 days left and Lord willing we will be able to leave with all projects finished. Hats off to everyone! I must tell you these ladies and gents have been working long hour for 10 days but even with the bugs biting and intense heat spirits are good and no one complains. God is faithful. Midweek church service was a blessing, it was glorious to come before the Lord and to fellowship alongside these beautiful people here.

 

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IMG_0259 New counter in kitchen being built

IMG_0254 Pete and Zeph finding needed things at the store

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Mission Journal: Day 9

No power outages and no injuries Praise the Lord! We had a very productive day. The ceiling boards are varnished and ready to install today. The kitchen floor is done being installed. The shower got tiled, most of it anyway! the welding projects made some major headway. The kitchen stove parts got a thorough cleaning. It was a very productive day.

In our evening devotions, we talked about answered prayers. The Lord answered many of our prayers yesterday and it was amazing to see. Nate’s leg infection seems to be gone! Joey had a number of small prayers answered that show God is concerned with even the minute details. He needed a flashlight and the lord sent Colton with one almost immediately. He then needed a wire brush and the Lord sent Dante with one almost immediately.

Midway through our final week and we will try to finish all the projects we have started. Please pray we are able to get everything finished for the Glory of the Lord

 

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Colton

 

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Pete

 

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Jimmy, Silias and Pete on the new kitchen floor

 

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Joey continues on the welding projects

 

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The final screws went into the laundry room floor

 

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Clint was able to get back to the bathroom project

Mission Journal: Day 8

A new week! We started two new large projects, the kitchen floor and more of the hallway ceiling. These projects progressed well despite another power outage that lasted a few hours. During the power outage in a dark toolroom, Sherry tripped and fell. She injured her arm when she braced herself against the fall. She first went to the clinic across the street from us and they did not think it was broken but to be sure she then went to the public hospital in Coxin Hole to get an x-ray but once arriving there the x-ray machine was not available. She will try again today.

Clint left around noon on a wild goose chase trying to accomplish various tasks, but being here in Hondruas things tend to take doubly long and a lot of times one is unable to find what one is looking for. The one thing he accomplished after hours and hours of driving around the island trying to find this and that is he got stainless steel sheets ordered for the counter tops here in the kitchen. That should make the odious job of cooking and cleaning up after large groups a bit easier.

We were able to accomplish a lot while our “great leader” was gone.

Pray for healing of all injuries
Pray that the Lord be glorified through our actions

 

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Pete going against the cultural norm, by installing an electrical box.

 

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Joey had to make a few modification to the welding helmet

 

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Silias working on the kitchen floor

 

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Colton Laird

 

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Tina ready for evening devotion

 

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Joey says people would worry if we post picture of him smiling