Important note: I can’t take credit for my blog post title because my host came up with it. Shout out to you, Jon Beard.
I’ve been on a bus to Guatemala for the last 10 hours and counting. Because of this I’ve been reflecting on my time in Honduras 🙂
UPDATE: the bus ride took 17 hours haha.
My team partnered with Rancho Oasis for Youth (RO4Y) this month, which is a ministry that “joins with local youth and their families to teach them the proper care and use of animals, sustainable gardening techniques and other skills that will improve life, break the cycle of poverty and direct them to God, giving Him the glory. RO4Y also offers young people positive experiences in other various activities, such as arts & crafts, music and sports, all while sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and modeling Christ-like behavior.” I loved everything about this.
It was a rejuvenating month living in the mountains, waking up to the sunshine coming through my window, and breathing in the fresh air away from the busyness of life.
Once a week we walked 20 minutes down the mountain to the little town of Ojojona to get wifi at a little cafe and groceries at the local pulperia.
The best way I can describe a pulperia is a walk up window grocery store. You don’t go inside. You tell them what you need and they get it for you 🙂
It was nice and peaceful being isolated this month with our amazing host family and their 5 kids, a few staff members, and lots of farm animals.
My team got to help complete several projects and tasks along with playing with their children all month and taking care of the farm animals on the ranch for part of the time so the staff could have some time off for Semana Santa (I learned how to milk a goat!!).
Photo taken by the beautiful Katie Horst
Some of the other projects included filling in a ditch, spraying a horse pen, digging lots of holes for fence posts, putting in a fence, sealing their floor, and other various little tasks.
We also go to frequently use power tools 🙂
Photo by Katie Horst
On Tuesday’s the ranch runs a trade school to provide jobs for students who are no longer in school or between schooling and single moms needing a job closer to home (more on that tomorrow- stay tuned 🙂 ) and on Friday’s they run a VBS program in the morning and afternoon for the local kids in the community.
Photo by Katie Horst
It was a fun month serving wherever we were needed, but most of all serving Jesus through serving our hosts.
Jesus highlighted Matthew 25: 35-40 to me this month.
“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”
It was a huge encouragement when days would get long and I would find myself mentally or physically drained or wanting to be selfish with “my time.” He would constantly remind me that there is no such thing as “my time.” It’s all His time and it’s a privilege to be used no matter the time. Plus, how cool is it to be serving our Savior Jesus Christ through serving others?? That was motivation to my heart and soul this month.
I also wanted to share a video my teammate, Bethany made that gives you an even better glimpse into the month I experienced.
Thanks again for the constant prayers and encouragement. I know I say that a lot but I am forever thankful for all of you guys. 🙂