Hello family, friends, and readers!
Before moving to Honduras, I had many great plans—among them was updating our blog every other day. Needless to say, that plan is not working out so well and either are a few others. We are learning to lean on God alone each and every day!
2 weeks — it has been a little over 2 weeks since we landed in Honduras. In some ways it feels like we’ve only been here 2 days and in other ways it feels like 2 years. I am not even sure where to begin. These two weeks have taught us so much and I can tell that God is working each day!
The first week in Honduras, we stayed in a local hotel/lodge because our house was having some minor revamps done. Our days were filled with trips to the hardware store (too many to count), numerous conversations where we knew about 15% of what was being said, hanging out with all of our girls and the EFP girls at Allison’s house, a few trips into the big city of San Pedro, and lots of Ruca’s (AKA Ruthy) yummy food. Honestly, it didn’t really set in that we had moved until this past week when we moved into our house.
During one of our trips to San Pedro, we stopped by the INFHA (Children’s Services) office to meet with the girls’ social worker. It just so happened that our girls’ birthmom was there as well. We were in the same room for about 10 minutes and I truly didn’t know it was possible to have so many thoughts and emotions in such a short amount of time. Their mom is a precious woman. I am not just saying it! She was very meek and mild and you could see her kind spirit. My heart broke. As awful as it sounds, it was easier to think of a birthmom as an irresponsible, young girl who just couldn’t get it together. That is definitely not the case with their mom and our heart has been broken for this sweet lady. Will you join us in praying for wisdom on how we can help her?
Meanwhile, a very kind team from the States, that had some ties with EFP was in the area working with another ministry. They graciously offered up a few of their team members and time to help us get the school building painted, desks made and installed, and they even helped me in getting our house set up. They were a tremendous blessing! It felt quite strange not leaving with the team when their trip was over, an emotion I am sure we will eventually grow accustomed to.
Last week we made it into our house and have been slowly unpacking boxes and organizing our things. As we settle in here, we are reminded of our family and friends back in the States. We have days of loneliness, longings to hear familiar voices and see familiar faces. Other days we are rejuvenated and ready for the tasks that God puts before us. Currently, our 3 new girls are still living with Allison. The social worker needs to feel comfortable with us and the house before she approves the move. We didn’t really anticipate the wait, but we understand and are thankful that they check on these things for the girls’ benefit.
I believe that should catch us all up to speed! We are definitely leaning on God with each decision and circumstance that arrises. We have to! He is our survival and honestly, always should have been. We covet your prayers and appreciate all of the emails, facebook messages, etc.
Brittany (and family)