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Honduras Day 7

by Tony Perkins

July 14, 2010

Evidence of the political tension in Honduras extends beyond the graffiti that remains from last years political demonstrations. Yesterday we were awakened by local news reports that the airport in Tegucigalpa was being closed for five days because of rioting in the capitol city. Originally we planned to depart Tela this morning for Tegucigalpa; however, our plans quickly changed, and we left Tela yesterday morning to try and obtain a flight out of San Pedro Sula. Upon arrival, we received conflicting reports about what was going on. After contacting the Embassy, we were informed that there was no rioting. The city had experienced torrential rains over the weekend which resulted in flooding and some deaths. The runway at the airport had apparently been damaged, and the airport was closed temporarily for runway repairs. So we spent the night in San Pedro Sula and left at 2:30 a.m. for the trip to Tegucigalpa.

The shipping container remains in customs. With the help of Sen. David Vitters (R-La.) office, we were able to determine that the hold up is over the yet-to-be-assembled bunk beds not being reported as lumber. So the federal agency in charge of wood will have to determine what permit and fee is required. The Honduran infrastructure may be lagging behind us, but its ability to find creative ways to tax is sure on par with our government.

We were able to provide another days worth of medical treatment for the children in the village of Tornabe on Monday. One little girl, who is nine-years-old, came to see the doctors and join us for a church service. She was born with what our doctors said was a correctable birth defeat that caused her feet to turn under. She can only take a few steps by walking on the top of her feet; most of the time her mother carries her. Honduras has public health care, but it is very rudimentary and surgeries like the one this girl would need to correct her feet are nearly nonexistent. My daughter Kendal and she quickly became friends. We are hopeful that we might be able to find an orthopedic surgeon who would treat her.

Once the final disposition of the shipping container is determined we will be sending a small team back to Honduras, hopefully in August, to assemble the beds and distribute the supplies to the children in Tornabe.

A week in Honduras, or most any foreign country for that matter, is a reminder of how blessed we are to live in the United Statesa country that has enjoyed the fruit of a nation with a Christian foundation upon which our ordered liberty was built. It is also a reminder of what America could become if we lose that liberty.

Honduras Day 5

by Tony Perkins

July 12, 2010

This has been such a busy trip that Ive not had time to share details of our outreach. Yesterday, we finished our fifth full day here in Honduras. On Saturday and Sunday our medical team saw children and adults in Tornabe and at our mission church here in Tela.

We joined the congregation at our mission church for a Saturday evening service followed by an authentic Honduran meal. The meal and the fellowship were outstanding. The church has just called a young new pastor, Pastor Gerson David, so we were able to hear him share his heart for reaching the people of Tela with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Last night our team cooked for the folks at Tornabe, and then we joined them for Sunday night service and listened to Pastor Marvin preach. He leads the small church that is host to the outreach to the nearly 100 orphans in Tornabe.

Our progress at the orphanage in Tornabe has been limited because the shipping container which is holding most of our supplies, including the beds for the children, remains tied up in Customs. We are praying that we receive the container before we leave so that we can at least assemble the beds and put them in the rooms that are going to serve as temporary dormitories for the boys and girls.

The lack of supplies has made for an interesting trip as weve had to hunt locally for food and supplies. Ive spent a good portion of each day trying to obtain needed construction items for the church/orphanage and food and supplies for the 30 people on our mission team. Trying to shop for groceries for 30 people here in Tela will give you a much greater appreciation for Wal-Mart and Sams Club!

I now know where every mom and pop grocery store and meat market is here in Tela. I use the term grocery store, but they are more like a 7-11s without air-conditioning and with intense security by men with shotguns. Fortunately, we have some great friends here, like Ester Maldonado, who, among other things, helps me overcome the Spanish labels at the grocery store.

Join us in praying that we get some good news on the container of supplies today!