Today was the last full day of our mission trip to Roatan, Honduras. We dedicated this day to delivering bunk beds and gifts to 14 needy homes. This is one of the most strenuous and fulfilling days of the trip. Our morning started out with devotionals and a quick breakfast. We then loaded the bunk beds onto a flatbed truck. Our team built these beds throughout the week. On the ride to Oak Ridge, be heard a loud BANG. One of the front tires of the flatbed had blown-out. Luckily, it was on the right side of the truck – which enabled us to change it away from the traffic. The team got together and helped the truck driver change the tire and we were off again in 20 minutes. Once at Oak Ridge, out team divided up into three groups to haul and install the beds in people’s homes. The recipients of the beds were chosen by the local pastor and are people in real need. Many of the families were the same ones we visited earlier in the week to deliver groceries. During the earlier visit, our team noted needs of these families – how many children, were they school age, what they needed for clothes and shoes …. The gifts that accompanied the beds were structured to meet these needs. We also brought sheet sets and blankets for each of the beds.
In one of the groups, the team needed to move a bookcase and some shelves. Upon moving the bookcase, John saw something moving and right where his hand had been was a large scorpion. After a little scrambling and a big adrenaline rush, we took a couple pictures and “removed the scorpion”. The rest of the bunk bed assembly was tenuous as we were on the lookout for more. The other teams shared touching stories of families sharing food, water and even one trying to give Ayla a chicken as a thank you. In one respect it seems funny or strange to be offered a chicken, but another perspective is that this was a family that had no money, but they were willing to give a big piece of what they had. It was true generosity.
Our next step is leaving Roatan. This is both exciting and sad. It’s exciting to be headed back to see our families. It will be sad to leave the people we’ve grown to love here in Roatan.
Many thanks to all of you that helped to support this mission trip. Without that support, we would not have been able accomplish what we did this year.