This past week our family took a trip to Honduras. The Schreckhises were having their annual youth camp and invited my dad to preach it. We were over the moon, excited about this trip. Excited to visit a new country, see the work of God there, and meet the Schreckhise family!
We had to wake up at 2 am the morning we were flying out. It was exhausting! We did a lot of sleeping on the bus and in the airport...
|Boarding our non-stop flight to San Pedro Sula, Honduras|
|Like I said - we did a lot of sleeping!|
I had lots of stuff to listen to on the flight, which was only a couple hours long. It seemed like just a few minutes and before we knew it we were landing, meeting part of the Schreckhise family, and stepping outside to take our first breaths of the oh-so-muggy Honduran air.
|Nicole, me, Allana, and Austin|
|The van was air-conditioned - something we were grateful for many times throughout our trip - but these Hondurans are used to the heat. :D|
|A blurry picture, but these are fields of pineapple! So interesting!|
|Looking down from the upstairs of the Schreckhise home|
|Josiah and Austin hitting it off|
|Nicole playing Guess Who with Charity and Lydia|
|Shortly after arriving, we went into the dining room to visit. Charity grabbed her sticker book out of the bookshelf and showered Nicole and I with them. I considered it a very sweet welcoming gesture!|
|Me, my stickers, and Charity - aka Miss Eyelashes|
|"Lets do one with funny faces!"|
Charity, me, and Lydia
The sounds of the jungle...they are so interesting. The house is not air conditioned so the windows to the house are open 24/7. We fell asleep to the noise of trees rustling, tree branches breaking every now and then, lizards making their clicking noises (sounds like someone knocking on the window!) crickets chirping, birds screeching, and most importantly: the fan going!!! Thank God for fans and moving air!
[After getting home Thursday night, I laid down to go sleep in my bed. A couple minutes passed and something just felt "off". All of a sudden my ears started pounding and it was like the silence of my house assaulted me. I ended up searching "cabin noise" which sounds like a fan going. Every night since then, I haven't been able to fall asleep without it. Honduran nights sound so soothing.]
I woke up the next morning and looked out the window - I was pretty sure I saw some kind of fruit hanging from the tree outside.
Look a little closer...and sure enough! Mangoes!
|A coconut tree, also in the backyard|
After breakfast Charity took me outside to the stream behind the house. She said we were going fishing. Here she is holding her tackle box.
|Me, Charity, and Lydia|
These girls are adorable and sweet, sweet, sweet!
|Lydia and some mangoes that fell to the ground off their tree|
|Austin taming the jungle! :D|
Like I said, we were in Honduras mainly for the youth camp. We went to the campgrounds in the afternoon to drop our suitcases off and get our beds set up.
They have a beautiful campground - several dorm rooms for the guys and several for the girls, nice bathrooms, a sanctuary, a large grassy area surrounding the whole camp. It is perfect!!
|One of the girls dorms|
|The church bus from the Ceiba church|
They have these things in Honduras called Baleadas. A flour tortilla with beans, cheese, meat, egg, cream, or whatever you choose.
They are very good!
We stopped at a grocery store in the city. I'd seen bag milk before, but never bag chocolate milk! It make me chuckle.
|This bus is advertising alcohol, and the brand of it is "Salva Vida". "Life Saving" - what a shame!!|
|The sanctuary at the campground|
|Sheep walking around the camp|
|Feeding the sheep!|
|The ladies preparing dinner for the campers|
|Francis' very veryyyyy curly hair! It only reaches her shoulders normally, but when stretched all the way out it reaches the middle of her back! Woah.|
|The guys playing ball|
|Francis is the Schreckhise's adopted daughter. Her uncle is a shoe maker and she brought a bunch of them to sell at camp. Talk about a unique souvenir! Nicole bought a pair and they are so comfortable!|
|The ladies of the Olanchito church serving dinner|
|The start of the first service|
Bro. Schreckhise led, Allana played the piano, and Sarah sang. This family can SING. Their harmony is absolutely beautiful.
|The first service|
|The ten lepers|