"We went to serve, encourage, and support, but ended up being
out-served and out-loved by a community of humble, selfless people."
Inca Link Honduras. A new frontier.
Daniel Ascencio. A man of God, and great friend, who answered God's call to head up the new frontier. Although teams weren't being scheduled this year, we offered to go down to help get the new project off the ground. At the beginning it looked as though Incalink Honduras would be teaming with an orphanage. We thought we would be painting, building, organizing etc. However (God loves however!) the project changed, and we ended up in the mountains supporting a church through community outreaches--aka "Senor Ken magic shows."
Honduras. It's difficult to find the words to describe a week that touched my heart deeply.
Cruz Alta, Honduras. A rural community high in the mountains. Beautiful. But also, a land where some people are hopeless and struggle with alcoholism and suicide. A land with a Christian community that doesn't have much materially, but who gives selflessly and joyfully. A Christian community dedicated to share the hope of Jesus with their whole community. Cruz Alta is like stepping back in time—women cook over wood burning stoves, neighbors give up one of their live chickens so company can have chicken for their soup, the majority of daily food comes from crops grown on their own land, the bed of a pick-up truck can still carry people—lots of them! Children delight in sharing the little they have with others; multi-generations gather together to watch a movie over popcorn and tang; tortillas are made daily starting with fresh picked corn; men stop by to help the construction crew work on the new church building; and then those same men go work in their fields; people stop to drink coffee with sugar each afternoon; the church pastor walks to houses to check on, encourage, and to pray for families.
We went to serve, encourage, and support, but ended up being out-served and out-loved by a community of humble, selfless people. The Holy Spirit was present and moving. I feel like we witnessed the beginning of a great work of God.