We wake up each morning around 6am, eat breakfast at 7am & yesterday there was a chapel service with The Baxter students. We recognized a couple of songs, & they asked us to sing a song for them in English.
The girls are having to find some things to do, but there are plenty of kids to play with: patients at the clinic, kids of Baxter students in the nursery, babies of mothers in the sewing class. Brady went with Randall, Nathan B., and his son Shane to a hardware store & got supplies for the Hope to Walk building. They said there were 10 times the number of helpful employees at the store that you would find at our local Home Depot. Partly to prevent theft, but they were all super friendly & helpful. They got back around lunch time so then all the boys got to work on the building after that.
To try to give you a picture of the Baxter campus ...
The classroom building is sorta the center of campus. The chapel is up on the fourth floor of that building, it's circular and has cool views. Next to the classroom building is the cafeteria. The kitchen serves on the hour at 7am, 12am, & 5pm. You don't want to come even 15 min late or they've probably put the food away already. There are a couple of girls' dorm rooms below the cafeteria, which is where I'm staying with the girls and two of the women from Lynchburg. Above the cafeteria is a common area with tables & chairs and a fusbol table & pingpong table. Outside this room there is an ampitheather, where we had a devo last night. There is a court where the kids have been playing soccer, they could also play basketball or volleyball but no one is. The boys' dorm is near the court. On the other side of the classroom building is the president's house, then an apartment building where Randall & Judy are staying. Up the way are the clinics. Right on Baxter's campus there is a dental clinic, a medical clinic & the Hope to Walk clinic. Next to the current Hope to Walk clinic there is a room of sewing machines and then a room for cosmetology. The mothers who participate in the nutrition program are offered sewing or beautician classes. This gives them the opportunity to learn a trade & help their family. If they have a child under 6 months, he or she goes to a nursery. If they are older than 6 months, the child stays with their mother. (Can you imagine trying to work with your toddler right there with you?!)
The building that Hope to Walk is moving into was just a shell. There were some guys putting the framing in for walls when we got here. Yesterday our guys took out a section of the wall for a doorway. They also took some shelves out which they're going to repurpose as work benches.
After lunch the girls had the opportunity to go around the corner to a local church. We met another mission group from Tennessee & that group was giving out bags of food to families in the community. Then the kids that participate in a nutrition program put on a little presentation for the Americans. There were some songs, prayers, and then they did a couple of Honduran dances. They also served us some refreshments. Very welcoming even though we weren't part of the original group.
The boys worked hard all afternoon with Nathan B & Randall. Tristian got a bad blister. We patched him up. After dinner we sang a lot of songs and debriefed. Then a group of Baxter students in a chorus sang us several songs. They sounded really good. I think I recognized all the songs they sang. We enjoyed visiting with the Baxter students & their families.
Curfew is at 10pm each night. I have a feeling we're going to bed earlier and earlier as the week progresses.