Terri Tindall is doing a wonderful job with her children at the house of hope. That's what our blog title means by the way. While our women were treated to mani pedi's at the Mi Esperanza salon our guys and Janae painted the main building at the children's home. The oil based paint's aroma enveloped us all and seeped into our pores while Skillet, the Tindall's dog, fought diligently to stick his face into the paint buckets.
While our team painted and played with the Casa children, Matt Warren and I were asked by Julio, the owner of our residence, to visit a mountain community in the sky. Our tires slipped across gravel. We were thrown left and right as we hit ruts in the road and climbed higher and higher. When we finally stopped we were perched on the edge of the world. Julio told us that on a clear day, we would be able to see the tops of volcanoes and all the way to the ocean. I wish he wouldn't have told us because i was completely satisfied with the view I had. Strange how we are satisfied until we find out there is a possibility of more.
Matt and I stopped at a house where a man was building a super efficient brick stove that would hold heat from corn husks for an entire day. The man has a vision of providing communities with these stoves if they will pay for the bricks. His view is that the Hondurans should always contribute something instead of just taking handouts so that they maintain their self respect. He spoke with enthusiasm about teaching community members how to grow coffee, apricots, and other high profit crops. We both left encouraged by his passion and pretty happy about the bags of home grown coffee he put in our hands.
After changing a flat tire. we returned to Casa and spent the rest of the day with the kids. Morgan spent hours playing soccer with a girl on their court. She ran circles around him laughing and scoring at will. Others jumped on a trampoline or tossed frisbee. Coroline Lee sat a table painting tattoos on the children. They went through all the stencils fretting over which animal or symbol would be best. I chose the heart.
We spent our devo time with the Tindall's at a small church in a community called ojo ona. The singing was nothing less than angelic. Marc shared stories of girls from the dump and then many others added their experiences. God is big and he is faithful