3 things I learned in Honduras.
I spent this past week in Tegugulapa, Honduras serving an organization called Hope for Honduras. What a wonderful week it was! As I was there I learned a lot and thought I would share 3 things I took away after my week in Hondoras.
1) 24/7 faith
During one of our post worksite meetings, someone brought up about how close to God they felt while serving in Honduras. We began to decuss why that is. On a mission trip is one of few times where you truly engage your faith 24/7. Without the discrations of the work, drama, technology, busyness and countless other things that consume our lives, we get to truly walk in the Spirit. After this realization, some asked, is it possible then to live like this back in the states, with all the disctrations present? It is possible, but its rare and hard. On mission you don’t have to actively fight distraction, its already eliminated for you but back in the states you have to fight. To live a life on mission is to constantly fight distraction, and fight for the mission. It starts every moring, submitting yourself to The Lord, and asking him to fight this battle with you. As I left the country, I knew it would be a hard fight, but the fight is worth it.
Every morning we would start our day with staff devotion. I walked away after one of them with a more full understanding of how we are to function in our roles on a team. The example he used, paralled Paul when he talks about us all being different members on one body, some hands, some eyes, but one bosy. The example he uses what that of a bicicle. To make up a bike, you need the frame, brakes, wheels, handle bars, chain and other stuff. If one piece is missing the bike cannot be ridin. Then he drew the wheel and said what if each job we had is a spoke on the wheel? When everyone does their job the wheel is round and rides smoothly, but what happens is someone only does half their job? The wheel gets a flat tire and doesn’t ride smooth any more. Its hard to explain this example without the white board he used to draw everything, but you get the idea!
This was the greatest lesson I learned during my time in Honduras. I now have a more full undersantding of poverty. Honduras is one of the most impoverished countries in the world with an unemplyemnt rate of over 75%. Millions of people live on less than a dollar a day, and Hope for Honduras is there to help aid that. Hope offers a bible kinergarden, a biblingal school, and feeds in the streets in one of the colonias in northern teguigalpa. While they are working to change the generational poverity in the area by educating the children, they undersadn something that I did not. Poverty will always exist. It is woven into the fabric of humanity. There will always be rich and always be poor. But Materialist poverty isn’t what Hope for Honduras. Hope is doing all they can to fight spiritual poverity. Because while someone may be poor finaincially they can be rich in spirit. To change a culture you must change the peoples sprtual state of the culture. Hope for Honduras is doing that. It was a job and privilege to partner with such wonderful organization that truly is furthing the Kingdom of God.