Three years. I’ve been living in Honduras for three years. The plan was just one year. Somehow that turned into three years. People told me I was brave and courageous to move to Honduras. What I didn’t tell them was that I was terrified to leave my apartment. Everyday I walked to school trembling in fear and quoting Joshua 1:9 under my breath to strengthen me, yet I was ready to break into a run if a car or motorcycle dare stop near me. I tried to keep my cool, but I was sweating. I was sweating a lot… all the time to be exact. That’s probably why I never take selfies. No filter can hide the amount of sweat I produce in this country.Read More
Before leaving the house, I searched for my sweater. It’s a cooler morning and even though the sun was peaking through the clouds, I knew the moto ride to school would be cold. Then I put my rain jacket on because, once again, even though the sun is shining through, I’ve learned it's not a great predictor of whether it will rain or not.Read More
Tropical storm Earl had me on edge last night. I was just tossing and turning, making myself comfortable to fall back asleep. Suddenly I felt a sharp and searing pain in my foot. Instantly, I leaped as far as I could out of my bed (surprisingly I landed on my feet). As I felt the pain begin to burn, I'm frantically smacking the wall to find the light. I know that burning pain could mean one thing...Read More
Here’s the thing with grace, it’s hard. Like really hard. I actually didn’t think much about grace outside of the contexts of how God shows us grace until recently. One of my friends asked me if I thought she didn’t show grace well. I wanted to answer her honestly, but the problem was I didn’t know how due to my own struggles with showing grace. I referred her to someone else so I could start investigating grace in my own life.Read More
It is early April and things are back to normal. Normal (as we all know) is a difficult concept to define, because it is different for everyone. My normal is actually quite strange and hard for most to relate to (even for me). It is a new normal, this routine of mine.Read More
I arrived back in Honduras on January 2 after a 7-week furlough in the USA. Being back in a routine has felt refreshing as I had a very full and busy furlough. The first few weeks were extremely busy with my sister’s wedding, fundraising, and Thanksgiving. Once December arrived I was able to focus more on reaching my monthly support goal.Read More
While I have some extra time on my hands as I am raising support in the USA, I thought I might share some of my favorite memories from this year.
As a teacher’s aide at El Camino Bilingual School, I have worked in various areas of responsibility with one of most common as recess monitor. I love all of the classes (kindergarten through 3rd grade) at El Camino and they each have their own personalities. When it comes to recess time, my favorite grade to interact with is the 2nd grade. This class is mostly boys and they love to play a game of soccer.Read More
What I didn’t expect was how the mission field would prepare me for coming home. The last few months in Honduras has been hands down the busiest season in my life. I experienced what it was like to operate under stress for more than a day. I spent the busy season doing photography on a weekly basis to get in school photos, graduation photos, missionary photos, and children's center photos. Photography used to be more of an interest and hobby, and overtime in Honduras it has become one of my main jobs.
So how have these things (busyness & photography) prepared me for coming home?Read More
Some of the highlights from the last two months include:
- Independence Day- Our school participated in the local parade with all of the other schools. I was present to take photos and video of the event.
- Back to back teams! I had two teams from my church come to serve with The Cornerstone Foundation. I wrote more about this in my newsletter. It was a blessing to have my church family here for two weeks.
One year ago today I traveled via airplanes, ferry boat, and a bumpy van ride to Balfate, Honduras. I was part of a team from my church on a week-long mission trip. We went to serve in the various ministries of The Cornerstone Foundation.Read More
I ended 2014 and began 2015 in the USA. I had a great two-week trip visiting family and friends in Tennessee and Georgia. I was surprised by how easily I jumped back into the swing of things. Highlights included visiting with family, friends, and supporters, singing songs from “Frozen” with my niece, and eating everything I have been craving for the last 4 months.Read More
I put together a video to show my supporters what I have experienced and seen in my first four months in Honduras. Some of the clips you will see include the surrounding culture and communities, the children of El Camino Bilingual school and Sanctuary House Children's Center, and patients from Hospital Loma de Luz.Read More
It is hard to believe that I have been in the mission field for 3 months and I fly home for a visa trip (short trip to renew my visa) in less than 3 weeks. I am extremely blessed to be able to fly home to renew my visa and visit friends and family—not every missionary has this opportunity.Read More
Weather is unquestionably the most evident change I have to deal with. Yes, Tennessee carries the reputation of having miserably humid seasons of summer and fortunately, this has made the transition from Tennessee summer to Honduras quite manageable. However, now that it is fall in Tennessee and I see pictures of sweaters and chai tea lattes, you can say that the struggle is real.Read More
Five weeks have passed, and I am definitely adjusting well to my new life in Honduras. My days are a mixture of tutoring and helping as a teacher’s aide at the bilingual school four days a week, from 7 a.m. to noon. The remainder of my time is a blend of communicating the ministry’s vision via media and spending time with kids at the Children’s Center.Read More
I have finally arrived in Balfate, Honduras where I will be serving with the Cornerstone Foundation. My journey to Honduras went extremely smooth for all of the things I had to complete before leaving Tennessee and traveling to my new home.Read More