One of the more difficult parts of our trip is heading home. Parting with the children stinks. You just want to take all of them home with you. They are such an incredible group of young people. Orsy, Banessa, and the staff at Greenfield Children’s Home do an awesome job raising these kids. On our last day, everyone on the team looks for every kid and gives them a hug. The kids do the same to the team. It’s kind of a wonderful, happy, sad, little time of chaos. We closed our visit with a prayer led by Mister Orsy, where he thanked us and blessed us for our service. The feeling is mutual from the team to Orsy, Banessa and the staff at the home.
Romans 12:1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
Last year, I posted in one of the final blogs a list of our “tasks” down in Roatan. Dave summed it up nicely this morning when he simply said, “We served”. None-the-less, I’m publishing the list so our followers can see how we served and how their donations went into this trip. So on behalf of the team, we thank all those who helped us through prayers and donations; we thank spouses who held down their households while their other half was gone for a week; we thank grandparents who watched kids; we thank Orsy, Banessa, Blanca and the rest of the Greenfield Children’s home staff for all their hard work – every day; and most of all, we thank God for allowing us to do this work. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
Tasks accomplished on 2016 Shepherd of the Valley Trip to Roatan
Built and installed 8 bunk beds with and for the people of Oak Ridge
Delivered groceries, school supplies, clothing, and bibles to 28 families in the communities of Oak Ridge and Mangrove Bight
Prayed with and shared God’s love with these families
Fed over 300 people at community day in Oak Ridge
Held a flea market to provide affordable clothing, shoes, school supplies, and hygiene supplies with the proceeds going to the church in Oak Ridge
Performed a skit for the people of Oak Ridge themed around the power of prayer and belief in combatting sin
Held prayer sessions for wanting/ needing people in Oak Ridge
Provided some Christ-based crafts and games for about 200 children.
Established, renewed, and strengthened relationships in the communities of Oak Ridge and Mangrove Bight
Provided fluoride treatments to over 100 children in the community
Visited a local hospital and provided “baby stuff” to some of the new mothers.
At the children’s home, we …
Established, renewed, and strengthened relationships with the children
Had a fun-filled afternoon of decorating bulletin board frames, playing football, and water balloon fights
Provided several computers for the school and performed some minor computer repairs.
With the kids, performed multiple skits on their favorite bible stories
Cleaned the kids teeth and gave fluoride treatments
Fixed two showers (now they all work!)
Built an office desk
Built a folding table for the donation room
Fixed a couple window screens
Build and installed several window safety grids
Built bulletin board frames and mounted the cork boards in the frames
Sheet rocked a section of ceiling
Attempted a roof repair
Replaced the well pump
Repaired / replaced several stair boards
Repaired gate to apartment.
Fixed several screen doors.