(Hello to everyone from Honduras!)
The flight here was uneventful - which is good considering that Toncontin Airport is famous for having one of the shortest runways and perhaps the most dangerous final approach of any commercial airport in the world! Check out this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_z5HtME9n8
The children all live in this dormitory and also take their meals there, although the food is cooked in la cocina, a separate cooking facility, and then carried to the dorm by the children.
We visited the Episcopal cathedral near El Hogar for church this morning. The bishop presided over a Morning Prayer service; it would ordinarily have been a service of Holy Communion but it had been decided to switch due to concerns about sharing a common cup while swine flu is still spreading.I especially enjoyed meeting Moises (Moses), one of the older boys from El Hogar who provided the guitar accompaniment for the service, and comparing notes on our favorite Spanish praise music!
Children here are even more excited about McDonald´s than children back home, so we treated a few of the El Hogar students to the rare treat of lunch there after church, as a reward for those who have been especially well-behaved and diligent in their schoolwork during the past week.
We discovered during a very hot and sweaty impromptu game of kickball that the boys here can be fiercely competitive!
Now we are all ready to get underway with construction work tomorrow. Originally we had planned to perform some demolition work on one of the old dormitories; later we heard that last week´s team finished that work and we might be constructing a basketball court instead. Now the latest word is that we´ll be digging ditches and pouring concrete for a drainage system behind the new dormitory. However we wind up contributing, we are just honored and happy to be a part of helping the children here. And we are especially grateful to all of you who are contributing financially and in prayer to our mission.
Signing off for now,
Mark (aka Marcos)