Sunday

Our day started with a lovely breakfast provided by the Baxter Institute. The breakfast consisted of pancakes, mango's, pineapples, and papaya. The food here has been nothing short of delicious! And the ladies who make the food in the kitchen are very sweet. They don't speak English but they appreciate when we thank them for filling up our stomachs. Following breakfast we were able to worship at the Guanacasta Church of Christ. This is the church where Noe & his wife Gloria attend. We were greeted by many smiling faces and welcomed in the church. The church was expecting our arrival and intended to have English words to the songs we sang on the screen. However, periodically the power cuts off here in Honduras and this happened to be the day the power cut off. Because of this we had to worship without lights or fans. Although this happened it was encouraging to see that the church was accustomed to this kind of thing happening and they did not even blink an eye. The leaders continued the worship service like nothing had happened. Electricity or not; was not going to hinder us from worshipping God and singing His praises. The church size was approximately 60 to 80 members. Many of us were encouraged at how the church was singing out doing our worship time; including the little children who some, where singing louder than the adults. The preacher who is also a professor at Baxter was able to translate his lesson into English as we followed along.

Following our worship time we changed clothes at the church building and we went to a place called The Valley of the Angels. This was a sort of shopping center very similar to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge TN. We ate lunch together there and we all had Pupusas (a flour tortilla with either cheese and or chicken inside) which was very good! Then we shopped for some souvenirs. after worship perhaps the most impactful thing of the day happened at The Valley of the Angels. We often saw little children walking around trying to sell food or candy to make money. Noe and Gloria informed us that this is how many people make money and provide for their families. It was sad to see such little children having to work like this especially in the heat of the day to bring in income for their family. After we finished eating lunch we had a few leftover Pupusas and Gloria thought it would be a good idea if we gave those to a little child. Lisa wanted to inconspicuously give the food away not to draw any attention and was able to give the food to a little girl who could not have been more than six years old. She appeared to be working hard all day and was somewhat dirty, her hair was unkempt and Lisa gave her the Pupusas and she walked away looking back at us. I don't think she spoke any English but my mind wandered what she must have thought when Lisa gave her the food. Did she think we did this because we are Americans, or did she think it was because we're Christians? In any case I pray that God is glorified through a simple act of service. This made me mindful that any day and anywhere is an opportunity to serve.

Deonte' Watkins