Happy winter to all of you! Don’t worry I’m not gonna brag that it is hot down here, because it really isn’t that hot. For my fam down here it is literally freezing, although I can’t say the same.
So let’s take a little stroll to the past. Not to far back, but it already feels like it’s been a while since I was in the mountain (La Montana de La Flor). In my last blog I mentioned that I was heading to the capital of HN (Honduras), Tegucigalpa. I have to say that each place in HN has its own feeling and no place is the same as the other. Tegucigalpa is huge and the houses are all really close to each other. When I got to Tegucigalpa at around one in the morning I was exhausted and loaded, I mean loaded with stuff. Ok let me list what I brought with me.
• first of all my clothes which was a lot because they said it would be cold
• A sewing machine
• Lots of fabrics
• Clothes for people in the mountain
Yeah😱 we were loaded. But it was a blessing to be able to bring all those things to bless people. I stayed a day in Tegucigalpa and traveled for four hours to get to a place called Matapalos. This is where the local missionaries that I mentioned before live. Both Orfa and Herminio. At the time Herminio wasn’t there since he was working in the US to bring in some money.
Being with Orfa was such a blessing. She made me feel at home and that probably has to do with the fact that her and my mom are best friends. I got to know my mom a little more through Orfa which was pretty cool.
She let me set up my sewing machine right away. I was ready to get working. I started taking some measurements of several people. Something to note is that at Orfa’s house is usually surrounded by kids. Probably has to do with the fact that she can make a pretty delicious cake. Well I took a measurement of a girl named Blanquita. Let me just tell you. She was a handful but real cute. She said she wanted me to make her a dress. I was like… I got this. I was like so I’ll make a shirt and a skirt and unite them, just like Iris showed me to do. Yeah I made a shirt and a skirt all right. But if you ask me if it was a pretty sight when she put it on, that would be a no. I literally couldn’t stop laughing at how bad it looked😂. I made the poor girl a skirt instead. As my dad says… you gotta embrace failure and he’s right because my we fail so many times and have to remember that it isn’t the end of the world. Haha.The dress that made me laugh
So that happened and well during all this I got to go more up into the mountain to where Orfa’s son and daughter and law live. They have a church up in La Ceiba, La Montana de La Flor. Mauricio and Nicole live there with three precious young ones. What these two do is amazing to me because I could see that they left their lives in Tegucigalpa to bring the gospel to people that need it. When I went there five years ago the Chief Chabello was married with three woman. But he is a Christian now, and has seen, through Mauricio’s preaching that having more than one wife is wrong. For them it’s normal. But he abandoned the tradition and now has one wife. Mauricio leading worship
I went up there the first day and Mauricio and Nicole were excited because they found people from the US that would help them financially and manually in building a church. Right now they either have the church services outside their house or at others peoples houses. They have been doing this for five years. I admire their commitment and there love for the people there. Plus they don’t have it easy with three little ones.
I was talking one day with Nicole and mentioned that I had brought a sewing machine and lots of fabrics and her response made it so worth it. She said that having a machine would be so useful there. Many women don’t have the kind of money to be buying clothes and that a machine would be very helpful. I was like… coming right up.
Me, Orfa, and Blanquita
The next time I returned up to La Ceiba a few days later I took a bag of fabrics and the sewing machine in my lap on a motorcycle. It wasn’t the most comfortable ride ever haha. A woman, Nina, was excited because I told her I would make her a skirt. I was all nervous that it wouldn’t fit her and all that when I was making it. I was just about to finish it and the needle broke! I was like “NO”! Of course, I didn’t have an extra needle… I had left it in Lempira. I had to finish it by hand, and what made it rewarding was when she tried it on and it fit her perfectly. Thankfully!Nina and her skirt
Something that should be known is that what was in almost in every conversation with another of Orfa’s sons, Daniel, was that I had to try a worm called Chiji. Everybody wanted me to try the famous worm.
I was like, I’m up for the challenge. Well when I was up in a place even farther than La Ceiba I tried it. Let’s just say it was interesting. For the Tolupan Indians it is normal to eat.
.Ernesto, Daniel, me and the horse 🙂
I went with Daniel and Ernesto on a horse to a place that is pretty far. I went on horse for some of the way, about an hour. When we got to a place called Monte Rey we left the horse there and continued on foot to Guaruma, about an hour from Monte Rey. Daniel and Ernesto travel every week to pastor this village that has about six houses total. We arrived to this small kitchen where there were few people. After some coffee and conversing Daniel stood up and started the service. It was a surprise but they don’t have a church building there either. I couldn’t help but have admiration for the love that these guys have for spreading the gospel. Yeah, a lot of us call ourselves Christians, but how many of us would be willing to do what they do? They are living the life that Jesus lived, not always being sure where they will lay their head, because they are willing to bring God’s word to the nations. Soon after I went to stay some more time with Orfa. She is also very active in Matapalos. She has church services every Tues, Thurs, Sat, and Sun, for kids. She desires to have more older people come but the kids are the ones that come. She gets excited when she sees kids that show that they love God. Several kids have gotten baptized there. The kids are blessed to have people that care for their salvation.
A Boy from Orfa’s church being baptized
My time a flew by when I was up there in the mountains. It was a blessing and knowing what this family goes through makes one want to help and be involved. That family is so mission focused its amazing! They are a great example of a Godly family.
I hope you enjoyed hearing about my experience in the mountains because I was certainly blessed there.
Merry Christmas everyone!