I enjoyed the week in Honduras so much! Our in-country leader was awesome. He taught me so much and I also really appreciate how patient he was with our whole team. You can tell by the way he lives his life and interacts with people that he is very connected to God and His will in his own life.
The mission trip to Honduras had a significant impact on my life; I did not realize how significant it was until I got back to the US. While I was in Honduras, I felt like my contributions made very little difference. I only helped a little bit with drilling the well and spent the rest of my time with the children either teaching lessons or playing games with them. I was frustrated because of the language barrier and at times, I didn’t even want to try to communicate because I knew that the children couldn’t understand me.
Today I celebrated Easter in Chapel Hill with several of the people I went to Guatemala with. The church was so full that they had to start seating people outside. The hymns were full of trumpets and undeniable joy, and the weather outside was sunny and warm – a perfect spring day in North Carolina.
On this trip, I finally got the answer to a question I have been asking for a long time: "Wouldn't it be better to just give Living Water the money it would cost for my mission trip? Then they could hire some young bucks, who can certainly do more work than an old ‘abuelo’ like me." The Lord finally answered my question. It is good for us old folks to go - to encourage the Living Water staff and to serve.
My time in El Salvador was the trip of a lifetime for my wife and me. I cannot get over how amazing the people from the village were. I was so humbled by their joy and kindness and the way they live such simple and devoted lives. Playing soccer with the kids in the village is definitely something I will never forget. The families there are so hospitable and the kids are so well behaved and sweet! Even with my limited Spanish we were still able to communicate pretty well.