I haven’t blogged in a couple of weeks, because I have been in Honduras. I returned with a full schedule, but truth be known, I wasn’t sure what to write in order to give this life changing trip justice. It’s amazing what one week can do for the soul. After a lot of thought, I decided to simply post two journal entries I wrote halfway through my week and let the photos speak for themselves…

Quiet time in Honduras

11/13/2013:

It’s Wednesday in Honduras. I am sitting on a cement bench at the campsite by myself staring at your beauty. I am surrounded by mountains, bugs, crops, banana trees and wet leaves. I could sit in this moment all day and just be thankful. How can people be so happy with so little? I came to share my faith with the people of Honduras, but truly their faith was shared with me. If only I could have such faith. Please help me not to forget what I have seen and heard here. Let me be thankful for your many blessings. I truly have more than I could ever need. I am sorry I am not always grateful. Thank you for teaching me to be a servant.

 

11/14/2013:

We just returned from Pastor Jesse’s house, and I am so thankful for this experience. The most important thing I have learned this week…those who I thought had so much less than me may actually have more. Spirituality, Family Time, Thankfulness…..there is more here in Honduras than back home. Today I realized that you could care less what we have on this earth. Let me learn from the people of Honduras. A small piece of my heart will be left here. Thank you for teaching me that I am no better than anyone, and you care so much more about my heart than the things I gain on this earth. Please allow me the honor to come back.

 

Children of May 25 Village

These are the children who belong to May 25 Village. I was told it was built to be a market, but it did not work out and was left abandoned, so families without homes moved in on May 25.

Preparing Beans and Rice for Honduras

┬áDividing the rice and beans to deliver, I had no idea what a major impact rice and beans would have on my life…

Kids of Honduras

The kids were so kind and loving. The clothes they are wearing were donated by people like you.

Honduras Boys Playing Soccer

Great little soccer players, most playing without shoes.

Honduras Grandmother

This sweet lady is the grandmother of six children. When we visited her she invited us into her home and told us she had been waiting for us.

Honduras Child receives donation

This little girl is receiving a new dress and flip flops we brought with us. What you do not know about her is that she has parasites and has spent time at Pan-American Orphanage, not because her family doesn’t want her, but because they could not offered to take care of her nutritional needs…the beauty here, is that this little girl received a new house and is back with her family……she was one of the kids in the picture from my last post, and this was her home (below)…

Honduras Kids

This is the team I received the honor of spending the week with. Half of this team spent their week building this little girl a new home.

Honduras Team

…..and this is their new home!

New Home for Honduras Kids

LET ME NEVER FORGET HUNGRY CHILDREN, HOMEMADE STOVES, BATHROOMS MADE OF HOLES IN THE GROUND, DIRT FLOORS, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE I HAVE EVER MET INSIDE AND OUT. LET ME NEVER FORGET HONDURAS!

Healthy Please XOXO,

Jill


13 comments


  • Kathy Dearing November 24, 2013 at 21:05

    Jill,
    Wow…You see this on the TV’s hear about it in the news, but the pictures, really make me appreciate all we have in life! Thank you for sharing! God Bless!

    Kathy

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  • Julie November 24, 2013 at 22:11

    They say that those they give, also receive. Sounds like this was one of those moments. ­čÖé I cannot wait to hear more. Love you and all you do!

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    1. xoxojill November 25, 2013 at 15:29

      Thanks Jules. I definitely received. Not sure I deserved it, but it was an amazing experience. I can’t wait to see you Thursday!

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  • Nan Vuncannon November 24, 2013 at 22:27

    Beautiful & heartfelt xoxo

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    1. xoxojill November 25, 2013 at 15:29

      Thank you Nan! And I am so happy I took your class the Monday after I returned from Honduras! I needed that hour to focus.

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  • Sarah November 25, 2013 at 00:01

    I loved reading this! Thank you for sharing it! There is so much we can all learn from this. You are a special person…I feel blessed to know you! Xoxo

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    1. xoxojill November 25, 2013 at 15:28

      Thank you Sarah! It means a lot to me that you take time to read my posts. I hope you all are doing well!

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  • Jeff Gaura November 25, 2013 at 11:18

    Love the story telling of your blog. You connected….that was our prayer.

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    1. xoxojill November 25, 2013 at 15:27

      Thank you Jeff for your prayers and for your encouragement.

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  • Laura Creech November 26, 2013 at 15:04

    I was touched to read your journal entries about your trip and to look at the pictures. God was definitely working through you to help these people. It encourages me to do more for others that are less fortunate and to be thankful for the many blessings in my life.

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    1. xoxojill November 26, 2013 at 17:21

      Thanks so much Laura! This was life changing for me, and it really makes me want to do more.

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  • Bryant Welch November 26, 2013 at 15:12

    Jill,
    I know how you feel. I went on a 10 day trip to Rwanda with Z.O.E. Ministries this July/August. Even 4 months on, it is difficult to describe the experience and how palpable the presence of God was in the lives of these children. It was awe inspiring! I learned so much about God and myself on that trip! We are truly blessed, and to be able to our blessings to honor Him is what it is all about. It is really cool too to hear my older son brag on me. “This is my dad. He went to Rewanda to help orphans because he wanted to help God.” It shows I’m doing right by him.

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    1. xoxojill November 26, 2013 at 17:24

      Bryant, your comment gave me chills. It’s like I knew other people lived like that, but to see it first-hand was something I will never forget. I HOPE I never forget. God willing, I am going back next December. I surely left a piece of my heart there. I cannot eat without thinking of those hungry kids, I go to bed so thankful for a bed to sleep on, and when I whine about wanting hardwood floors I remember that I do not have a dirt floor.

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