So here is abit of life at El Hogar for the team.
Believe it or not, this was one of our graces prior to our meal. Thanks be to God for all our blessings!
Oh, goodie, cake for breakfast this morning!
which the children made in their baking class the day before.
We do eat in the dining hall with the children but have our own space in a separate room.
The food was always good!
We can look out onto the dining area where the children are eating.
Life inside the guest house is a busy place where we 14 workers live in small spaces. But there is always a spot to have a little nap which is much needed at times in our busy days.
Alan and Chris always seem to be putting on the coffee pot.
The evening meditations were always a good way to end the day. We shared our experiences, stories, and planned the next day as best we could. We talked about how God works here. That what we do and say can have a ripple effect on these kids lives. Our evening ended with prayer that we may be the hands and the feet of God in this place.
For about three evenings there was a soccer game that went on after the children were in bed, between some of our crew and some of the Honduran teachers. It was good soccer to watch and while the Canadians were strong, the Hondurans know how to play soccer! They hesitated though when given the challenge of hockey next year!
One of the evenings, Erika fell and hit her head on the concrete. No real injury, but the next night, Chris and Darla made sure that she would be well protected in the next game.
Some are just darn cute contemplating life in this place.
Room 2 is having their last night traditional Fresca party. Lots of stories and laughter coming out of that room during the week!
Janice being bossy again and lining everyone up for another picture for the blog!
Some moments are touching and can never be replaced. This child feels loved and protected.
Everyone has errands to do, and we never hear complaints about any of it!
Out at the Technical school the boys work hard in their workshops (electrical, carpentry and welding) but they always have time for a picture.
At the Agricultural school, we find them in the classrooms, after spending the morning in the fields.
Over the years, many of our team members and others have sponsored a child. It is rewarding and significant to think that they can have a connection and know that someone, though far away, cares about them and their well-being. Here are a few of the connections.
Jorge is the first child that St Luke's sponsored in 2009 when our St Luke's teams started going to El Hogar. It was his first year and he was so young AND so adorable! He has done well in his academic work and finished the last two years in one. Now at 13, he is out at the Agricultural School and enjoying it. How he has grown from the first year we met him.
Thus endeth our 2014 service trip to El Hogar. We have all been blessed by being a part of this team. We have an incite into life that we just couldn't have imagined. The raw reality of the poverty of the people, the beauty of the country, the loving dedication of the teachers and directors of the four institutes and the miracles of these children who have not had any advantages in life and now have a hope for the future because of this place.