Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Good Shepherd Home.

Day 5, Wednesday

Today was our last day of ministry; it began with a visit to a new work! The house where we had the service was small and still under construction. They had no power so we had to sing without music and for the puppet show we had Mrs. Marilyn and Marina read the script.

     The second stop of the day was perhaps our favorite of the whole trip; we were welcomed by the smiling faces of the children of The Good Shepherd Children’s Home. As soon as we got off the bus a little boy Christian took Ryan by the hand and disappeared; Will was asked to stop playing soccer after he intercepted a pass and litterally hand dribbled the ball to the goal. Mary’l, Destiny, and Jessica played kick ball, in a skirt...the game was Destiny's best game in her life! Mrs. Marilyn was showing the children her pictures on her phone and was asked by a little boy if she had any children of her own and when she said no he let her know that he was great at English and that he would be a good boy to have. At the end of our time there we did not want to go I think some of us cried, others passed out pictures; we now have left part of our heart at the children’s home.

     The last stop of the day was a new church I think all the kids from the village come out to receive a Christmas present we had enough for all to go home with a great big smile and a wonderful Christmas gift.

     Tomorrow we will go shopping, hopefully we will find some beautiful things to bring home to our families????

Word of the day: Buso/wet suit not to be confused with Bus/Bus

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Day 4

Day 4, Tuesday
     Today we got off to a slow start. The girls were dragging just a bit; we rode for a long time and then made it to the first stop of the day. At the first church we were received with such happiness we had one little girl that laughed and pointed at the puppets and when we would take a break between segments she would call them out.
     The second stop we had a great time we saw a little blond Honduran JJ pick her to be her buddy during one of the songs, at this show the wind was blowing so hard that Will, and Mrs. Marilyn had to hold the stage to keep it from blowing away, Don Caleb brought an object lesson that will keep the children thinking of what reminds us of God in our daily life.
     The last stop of the day was so much fun we meet Donnah was a sassy five year old, we introduce ourselves and she let us know if she thought our name was pretty or not, Destiny and Caleb, got a bonito from her; Marilyn got a feito(not to bad), Willito, Mary’l, and JJ got a feo. We had a great time. Things will be slowing down in the next two days, this time has been fun filled with new experiences! We can’t wait to be able to share pictures and great stories from our time here in Honduras.

Word of the day: Olla (Pot…I mean cooking pot)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Catching Up!

As the plane began the descent into Tegucigalpa, the smile and excitement was contagious among all team members. We made it through customs without any problem, and all luggages were accounted for, and the bus was outside ready to go. A small stop at Pizza Hut then we began the journey into the real Honduras. We left the big city and slowly began to see what the majority of Hondurans call home.  The cameras came out because who really lives in such little houses, What’s up with the mess of electrical wires on that pole, and do people really walk or ride those buses to get around? And did I mention we are passing on a blind curve (now about the driving we have the best driver)We made it safely to the most beautiful mission house, got our room assignment and like true world travelers took a survey trip of the small village where we will now spend the next week.

In our survey trip we found a store, bought our first “return the bottle” Coca Cola, then headed back for a long night of sorting toys.

With all of that it still has not hit us that we are no longer in the United States; we are a world apart. Maybe by tomorrow we will be able to wrap our head around the fact that we are in another country?

Word of the Day: Bienvenido/ Welcome

Day 1.

We wake up, some of us had not realized that our phones did not update so we set our alarm for an hour to early…oops!

Ok now the time thing is sorted out and it’s actually time to get up and go.

Stop one of the day is a small church in the village of Opimulca the Spanish two class is ready for our first program. Will, Ryan, and Caleb have the stage prepared; the speakers don’t work; Ok no problem we can still do this. We sing and at first the kids don’t know what to think of a way to happy Spanish teacher, three beautiful white girls a corky tall gringo and another gringo that looks like he can destroy us if we try to get to close! Ok so the songs are actually fun, now we are getting the hang of this. All right Caleb fixed the speakers, the girl get behind the puppet stage we can do this. Thank God it’s over now! Time for gifts.

Second stop, a Church in Morimulca. Huge crowd! Well we chicken out and instead of singing with the sound track we invite Kari Jobe to sing with us (ok the recording that is) Caleb has the opportunity to preach; then we pass out gifts and head out for what was a strong spiritual battle.

For our third stop, we arrived in a small community Paso Real, the idea is to pass out clothes, shoes, and toys. However before we do this we want to give the people the opportunity to hear about an even greater gift the gift of salvation. Pastor Keith, form Tennessee, brings the message; five minutes into the message and the crowd shifts completely to one side because the sun was unbearable. We find a shaded area and now we are set. All though the people are listening we can sense the coldness to the message, their eyes are on the preacher but their minds are somewhere else. The message is over an invitation is made Brother Antonio from the mission recaps the message for the crowd but no one is interested in what he has to say; so in order to appease us they send their kids to answer the call! Marina stands and says to them don’t send the kids to be saved you have missed the point; however she is not going to miss an opportunity to share the gospel with them on a more personal level. She gathers the kids and takes the time to explain salvation to them and two little girls make a profession of faith. We give out the clothes, shoes, and toys. And head back filled with excitement for what was accomplished today and also burden for the souls of the people of Paso Real.

Word of the Day: Ese(for our kids this is any word you want it to be)/That

Day 2 – Sunday

Today was a very exciting and accomplished day for everyone! We went to three villages and the hospital. To start off the day we took a long bumpy ride to a village in the middle of nowhere. There were many children in this village and they were such a blessing. While Will went with the evangelistic group he came across an amazing opportunity… Riding a donkey! Well his dream was thrown out the window when we announced we had to go to the next village. But to Wills advantage, there was a donkey in the second village! He got the amazing opportunity to ride it! *You must get him to tell you how he asked to ride it!* In the third village JJ and Will went with the evangelistic team again. Another dream of Will’s came true at that village! Another donkey was available to ride! Will and JJ both got to ride the donkey with pride!

While Will and JJ were on their adventures the team that worked with the kid got amazing blessing from them. It is amazing how just some songs and a puppet show can put smile on their beautiful faces!

At the night service we sang without Kari, we did a good job and now we are waiting for our next opportunity.

Word of the Day: Yo monte un burro (I rode a donkey)

Day 3, Monday.

     Today started very early, we had devotions at 5:45AM and were on the road by 6:30AM our trip would last three hours only one hour was on the paved road; the last two was up a steep dirt road. We made it safely to our destination a little soar but other than that well.

     We are getting the hang of this thing now, our puppet show was very good today, at the first village the kids were so excited about the puppets, they laughed and giggled and sang along with the songs; we had the best time. After our show we walked up to the small school Destiny, Mary’l, and Jessica (aka JJ) all had a little friend to hold their hand and take them around the town. An impromptu game of London Bridge Is Falling Down made for a great time. We also were delighted by JJ’s awesome shuffling skills.   

The second stop of the day was fun we had our show again, this time Ryan stayed back to be part of our show, he did a great job filling in for Destiny while she was out with the door to door team.

The last stop of the day was supper fun, at this stop Destiny was the only student left to help with the children’s program, Mrs. Marilyn made her give an impromptu interview I think she pass with flying colors, Way to Go Destiny.

Word of the Day: Chocala/ High five followed by fist bump.

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Journey Begins

We have made it to Atlanta... Wow what a ride!! Everyone slept except for Will and Caleb. JJ's and Ryan's bag were checked but they haven't had a strip search yet:) the crew is now eating at tgi Fridays "and it is Friday...that's weird!!" quote by Marilyn jones:)
More comin at ha soon!!!!
I love you mommy ( from jj)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Team

My name is Destiny Richards.
I have been saved for three years.
I am an active member of my youth group at Verbena Baptist Church.
I am seventeen and the third of my four siblings.
I am anxious to go and share Jesus to the lost!

I am Mary’l Smitherman.
I attend Calvary Baptist Church.
In preparation for this trip I have learned to play Revelation Song on the Guitar.

*Mary’l sabe mucho español. Mrs. Marilyn


My name is Jessica, everyone calls me JJ.
I am a member of Grace Fellowship Church, PCA.
I am super pumped about going to Honduras and being able to reach out and plant seeds in other peoples lives.
I have been preparing my heart for what God is going to do while I’m over there.
I would appreciate prayers for all the people I will be meeting and that I would have the ability to share the gospel.

My name is Ryan Powell, and I’m going to Honduras to help teach people about Christ.
In my free time, I like to hang with friends, listen to music, and just chill.

My name is Will Hamby, I attend Heritage Church of the Nazarene. This is my first year at CCA. On our trip to Honduras I’m excited to meet the locals and reach out to the children.

We are Caleb and Marilyn Jones.
For many years God has given us the privilege to work with the Students at CCA
I, Marilyn teach Spanish and Caleb helps coach many of the CCA sports teams.
Caleb is the Children’s minister at Clanton First Baptist Church, and together we have lead missions teams to Central and South America.
We are so excited to be part of this team; we know God has great things in store for us.

Prayer Request:
Traveling mercies

Spanish word of the day:
Estan Listos (are you ready)

Monday, November 28, 2011


So what kind of trip do you plan for cultural involvement if you are the Spanish teacher of a Christian School? Usually you load the van and take the kids out for a great lunch at the local Mexican restaurant, or you can after much prayer; and I mean much prayer. Have the bright idea to take your class on a mission trip to a developing nation whose language is Español.

A year ago we had the great opportunity to have Marina Calderon speak at one of our school Chapels. For many years our school has helped raise money for Marina’s Christmas projects. Marina raises funds to buy Christmas gifts for children in Honduras; for many of these children that will be the only present they receive at Christmas.

After many years of praying that God would give me the opportunity to take a group of my students back to the country where I served with my parents as a missionary, God opened the door and now we are at eleven days from leaving Alabama, heading to Honduras. To server alongside Marina Calderon!

We hope you will keep up with us through our blog; we will post pictures, prayer request, fun stories from the days of ministry, and maybe even our favorite Spanish word for the day.

As you seek God, lift us up in prayer.

Prayer Request:
Parents of the kids going
Health of the group members
Traveling mercies
That our hearts will be opened to the great opportunities God has for us.