We started today like all days with breakfast at 7:30. We enjoyed a delicious meal of omelets, beans, papayas, and homemade bread. We then packed the car, triple checking our supplies (yesterday we left a few things behind), and headed out.
Personally, the bus rides are always a highlight of my day. The bumpy gravel path, the pot holes, various cows and dogs, and the rise and fall of the mountains create an experience not unlike that of a roller coaster. After a 20-minute bus ride, we arrived to see faces of smiling children in the village of Dieziocho Mira FloresLearn more
This morning, the youth group arrived in the small village of El Palmar where we were welcomed by a happy group of kids, singing their welcoming greeting to us. After the song concluded, we ventured into the school yard where we split up into three groups: arts and crafts, workshop, and games. The focus of all of our activities were choices and promises.Learn more
We started our day with another amazing meal prepared by Albeta and Virginia. No doubt they altered their usual desayuno (breakfast) style to meet the liking of our American tongues -- pancakes, scrambled eggs, and Honey Bunches of Oats cereal. After breakfast, we took a short trip through town to the Casa de Angeles to visit Sister Maria and the children that she feeds five days a week. We were greeted by curious souls that exclaimed "Gringos!" and pouting perros (dogs) that roamed around in search of food. They sang "Bienvenidos" for us as our feet stepped through the facility gates.Learn more
Today was the first day in Honduras!
We started out by meeting at the church at 1:00 AM to be introduced to the staff and leaders. After saying our goodbyes to our family and friends, we headed out to Little Rock Airport. It hadn't hit us quite yet that we were actually leaving the country, but we went with it anyways.Learn more
By: Rev'd Renee Dillard
For many reasons, and perhaps for too long, I have been at a loss for words. It's difficult, perhaps impossible, to make sense of violent and sudden death. Life is not supposed to end that way. Yet stories and images of violent and sudden death have been rolling in on us with alarming and growing frequency. The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile - black men shot by white police officers - and the deaths of five white police officers in Dallas sparked an escalation of protests and demonstrations across our country. If you look only to the reactionary fallout on social media, it seems that our racial divisions are deepening. If you look only to the media, you may see some good reporting and you may see reporting that tries to sensationalize what is already a tense time in our city and in our nation.
If you draw close to your friends and family, even your church community, you are probably just reinforcing each other's long-standing beliefs about race and racism - whether you are firmly supportive of Black Lives Matter or whether you are one to quickly counter with All Lives Matter.
But this is an opportunity for all of us, an opportunity to listen more and talk less, an opportunity to move through our reactionary responses (perhaps good and necessary) and toward a faithful and sustained response.Learn more