Last Day of Manual Labor

Today concluded our last day of really tough manual labor. Throughout the week Randall, Jeremy, Austin, and Deonté have gone to Anna Maria's house (a member of the church) to help build a retaining wall to prevent her house from falling down the mountain. Everyone could not participate in this service because of limited space at her house and on the mountain. The work consisted of carrying large heavy buckets of sand, gravel, and cement down stairs. Making and mixing concrete, shoveling, making brackets, and post made from rebar. With very limited space and tools; the Hondurans have quite the ingenuity. We were able to complete most of the hard work but were unable to finish the project as space & time was limited. It is pleasing to know that we were able to contribute a little to help this family out and improve their living situation.

During our time at Anna Maria's house, we were able to get to know her and her children. Wilmer (13), Odalis (15), Genesis (18). Anna Maria is a single mother. While there; we discovered that they needed shoes. We were able to buy them all a pair of shoes. While today was a tough work day it was also a rewarding day. We have been blessed to be a blessing and I thank God we were able to give what has been given to us. It brought us all great joy to see the elation on their faces to have new pairs of shoes. To God be the glory!

Deonté Watkins

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Wednesday- Mason Touching Up Paint

June 12th, 2019 Blog:

In the morning we painted the apartment buildings where the Baxter students live. The students came in and out of their apartments as the day went on. But none of them failed to thank us for painting their homes. A lady name Linette invited us over yesterday for coffee and cinnamon rolls. She welcomed us into her house that we had just painted and she told us my home is your home. Today we had a devo lead by Deonte and he talked about hospitality and read scripture about the good samaritan. Hospitality is something we have seen a lot here. I’ve learned that faith is a universal language. Most of us only know how to say a few words in spanish but we still manage to connect through our faith. Linette comes out everyday to offer us a couple minutes to rest in her house or make us some coffee. If we’re too busy painting, Linette just talks to us through the window of her apartment. Enrique is a Baxter student who lives in the apartments we are painting as well. He sings along to some of our music we listen to as we paint. When he’s walking around going back to his apartment we all yell ENRIQUE and he yells out all of our names back.

Chelsea Kaylor

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Monday

Today we got back to work after having the day off for worship and travel. We continued our work of painting the married couples apartments. The project is pretty large as we have to paint four four story buildings from top to bottom, but progress is being made and the work is coming along. Everyone has been working hard and doing a great job working together to complete the task at hand.

After working on a couple of projects  all day we ate dinner and were invited to the President's house for dessert. We were served delicious goodies such as cookies, brownies, cake, icecream, and cappuccino bars. Steve and Diane (President and his wife) showed us some videos of the work that is going on at Baxter. It was very encouraging to see all the great work they are doing for the Kingdom. We then spent a couple hours in fellowship and sharing stories and laughter.
Another meaningful part of the day was when couple of us went to chapel which the students at Baxter have everyday M-F at 930am. It was quite inspiring to hear them sing out in song. Sergio, a student from Venezuela gave the devotional talk and his lesson was on the rich young ruler who refused to give up his possessions to follow Jesus. He talked about how he and many other students have literally sold their possessions in order to be at Baxter. We heard of a Cuban student who sold his entire pig farm of 500 pigs to be at Baxter. Sergio sold his motorcycle to be at Baxter. It was very humbling to hear those stories and it really put things into perspective as to what are we selling/giving up to pursue Jesus? We can all learn a lesson from these committed men and women "who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first. Matthew 19:29-30

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Deonte' Watkins

Worship with the Church in Guanacaste


Today we worshipped with the Guanacaste church, where our kids split up after worship & went to children's Bible classes for different ages. They had a good time, even if they didn't know what was being said. After that we drove to Valle de Angeles (Valley of Angels) where we had pupusas for lunch & shopped for a little bit. We got back to Baxter about 30 min ago & now we're all just hanging out in our apartment. Most of the kids are playing Spoons. Others are talking or catching up with family online. It was a good day. :)

Check out this video-https://www.facebook.com/lisa.leichner/videos/10156454595102759/?t=1

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Sunday

Our day started with a lovely breakfast provided by the Baxter Institute. The breakfast consisted of pancakes, mango's, pineapples, and papaya. The food here has been nothing short of delicious! And the ladies who make the food in the kitchen are very sweet. They don't speak English but they appreciate when we thank them for filling up our stomachs. Following breakfast we were able to worship at the Guanacasta Church of Christ. This is the church where Noe & his wife Gloria attend. We were greeted by many smiling faces and welcomed in the church. The church was expecting our arrival and intended to have English words to the songs we sang on the screen. However, periodically the power cuts off here in Honduras and this happened to be the day the power cut off. Because of this we had to worship without lights or fans. Although this happened it was encouraging to see that the church was accustomed to this kind of thing happening and they did not even blink an eye. The leaders continued the worship service like nothing had happened. Electricity or not; was not going to hinder us from worshipping God and singing His praises. The church size was approximately 60 to 80 members. Many of us were encouraged at how the church was singing out doing our worship time; including the little children who some, where singing louder than the adults. The preacher who is also a professor at Baxter was able to translate his lesson into English as we followed along.

Following our worship time we changed clothes at the church building and we went to a place called The Valley of the Angels. This was a sort of shopping center very similar to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge TN. We ate lunch together there and we all had Pupusas (a flour tortilla with either cheese and or chicken inside) which was very good! Then we shopped for some souvenirs. after worship perhaps the most impactful thing of the day happened at The Valley of the Angels. We often saw little children walking around trying to sell food or candy to make money. Noe and Gloria informed us that this is how many people make money and provide for their families. It was sad to see such little children having to work like this especially in the heat of the day to bring in income for their family. After we finished eating lunch we had a few leftover Pupusas and Gloria thought it would be a good idea if we gave those to a little child. Lisa wanted to inconspicuously give the food away not to draw any attention and was able to give the food to a little girl who could not have been more than six years old. She appeared to be working hard all day and was somewhat dirty, her hair was unkempt and Lisa gave her the Pupusas and she walked away looking back at us. I don't think she spoke any English but my mind wandered what she must have thought when Lisa gave her the food. Did she think we did this because we are Americans, or did she think it was because we're Christians? In any case I pray that God is glorified through a simple act of service. This made me mindful that any day and anywhere is an opportunity to serve.

Deonte' Watkins

What we've done so far

This is what we've done so far today! The building in the first picture hasn't been painted yet, the next one has been painted over halfway up by our crew today. These are married student apartments on the Baxter Institute campus.

Lisa Leichner

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The girls have it made this year!

The girls have it made this year! Instead of a dorm room, we're in an apartment. All 5 of us plus Randall & Judy have 4 rooms, 2 private bathrooms and a kitchen area to share. I have my own room, which I'm not sure yet if I like or not (bedtime chats can lead to great bonding with the girls!). There is an empty bed in one of the girls' rooms if I change my mind. What luxury! (The guys have 2 rooms between them and are also set up pretty well.) The flights were great, I practiced my Spanish on one because I was between two non-English speaking Hondurans. We visited the Hope to Walk clinic after we got here because we're so proud, & then got caught in a downpour that wouldn't quit before dinner. Dinner was delicious fried chicken, cheesy mashed taters, salsa & homemade tortillas, yum. I love that the tortillas will be offered at every single meal. Already, all of us have made new friends among the Baxter students who want to practice their English on us & are letting us practice our Spanish on them. We've also seen several old friends who were here two years ago as first-years. Right now the kids are playing soccer & I'm relaxing before our devo. Great day so far, I'll try to do better with pictures tomorrow. :) Thanks for your prayers!

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