Greetings to you all!
I want to give you a brief update on my June activities. As you know, I was in the United States from May 20 until June 24. I will pick up the story where I left off—flying to North Dakota to visit my mother, my brother, and some friends.
I had a nice trip. I was able to visit my mother, have lunch with my brother, and spend some nice time with some longtime friends.
The only negative incident of the trip occurred when I turned in the rental car. There were two small dents on the roof of the car, for which they said I had to pay. I called my insurance company and they said they would take care of it. I provided the documents I had received from the car rental company and gave them a recorded statement. That was all. I haven’t heard anything more from them. So, although it was an annoyance for me, it turned out to be inconsequential, thanks to USAA.
From North Dakota, I flew to Orlando, FL. When we stopped in Denver, I received a $300 travel credit for volunteering to be “bumped” to a later flight. The voucher is good for a year and will be a big help on my next trip.
In Florida, I spent a few days with a couple I met in language school in Costa Rica. I enjoyed my time with them, just relaxing and taking photos of common objects and doing research for the new English curriculum. I accompanied my friends to Adventure Christian Church on Wednesday and Saturday evenings for Bible study and a worship service. I enjoyed both evenings. I even received a standing ovation each evening because that’s how they show honor to visiting missionaries. I enjoyed meeting some of the folks there and would certainly go back to ACC if I am in the area again.
I then spent a week at a resort near Disney World. I had received a great deal through Vacations for Veterans back in January, and I was very satisfied with the accommodations. The first couple of days, I mostly just relaxed and watched the “Christy” TV series DVDs I had brought with me. During the last few days, I spent quite a bit of time reviewing potential resources for my English classes and bilingual small group.
I spent my last two nights in Florida at the home of The Foundation’s missionary care couple. They were wonderful! They took me to The Foundation’s office, where I met the staff and participated in their Monday morning devotional and prayer time. I also had a few minutes to talk about my work in Honduras. Then, Norm and Connie took me to lunch, where I met their pastor and his wife. The food was good and so was the conversation!
The next day, I returned to San Antonio. I spent the last few days in Spring Branch, but still had visits to make in San Antonio. I also had a six-hour dental appointment. Having to get two crowns was certainly not in my plan for the trip. Fortunately, I had enough money in my savings accounts to pay the bill. I had good visits with more friends, sharing about my work in Honduras. I also gave a presentation to a small group from Westside Fellowship.
I spend a lot of time preparing before giving a presentation, but I so enjoy giving them. I do have to be careful, though, or I can easily go way over the time limit. Nobody seems to mind, but I do try to stick to the allotted time. Hopefully, they will then invite me back!
My return trip to Tegucigalpa was uneventful. I had no trouble with Immigration or Customs. One of the Customs guys looked in one of my bags that had several vitamin bottles. He went for the vitamins immediately, so I knew that’s what had attracted attention on the screening monitors. I told him they were “vitaminas” and he just closed up my bag and let me go.
The next day, June 25, the second team from the Harpeth Hills Church of Christ Youth Group in Brentwood, TN, arrived for a week of construction work here. I spent that day with them and joined them again on Sunday for the traditional soccer tournament and pizza party. I missed the youth rally time because I was at Pizza Hut, waiting for the 15 Big Foot pizzas to be cooked.
On Monday, July 1, the team returned to Nashville. I spent an hour or so at the airport, visiting with some of the team members and taking pictures. The first-timers I talked to were all glad they came and said they want to come again.
Please continue to pray for God’s guidance of the people leading and helping with One Nation One Day. The missionaries arrive July 14 and will be visiting the schools, conducting medical clinics, and distributing food and clothing during that week. The two training sessions for 30,000 Honduran pastors will occur on Friday, July 19. The nationwide campaign will conclude with a two-and-a-half hour worship service in each of the 18 department (state) capital cities. God saved the city of Nineveh in one day. We’re asking that He do the same for the entire nation of Honduras. There seems to be a new hope and excitement in the air as the day draws closer.
Thank you all for your support. Your prayers, donations, and words of encouragement are so needed and appreciated!
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With love from Honduras,
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The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. -Psalm 18:1