This week we had a blast with the short term mission team from Roopeville, Georgia. Having met them last summer, we picked up right where we left off and never missed a beat. Anna and the youth pastor, Chris Altman, were up to their old pranks and rest of the team made it feel like we were back home with southern friends again. Just hearing their accents when they speak was refreshing to us!
The team let our youth group pair up with them while they delivered rice and beans and prayed for the families as we distributed care packages to the youth in the homes. The packages were filled with shampoo, toothbrushes/toothpaste, deoderant, feminine products, etc., all items donated by rChurch members and the church matched the donations too. Uphill, in the heat, through tiny foot paths into small shacks called homes is where we spent the better part of a day, our youth will reap the rewards of a changed heart for a very long time.
My mom and her husband came to visit and got to see firsthand the ministries that we are a part of here in Roatan, Honduras. It was so great to see them in the trenches and to hear their response to the life we have chosen to live through the grace of God. We spent some time at the beach and pool of course and the kids got some much needed grandma and grandpa time. While we were sad to see them go, we had a wonderful visit!
When we dropped off my mom and Gary, we prepared to pick up our friends, Craig Vance and his 16-year-old daugher Taylor, visiting from our neck of the woods. So great to see them! Craig will be here for the next week and then he and Anna will return to Texas while Taylor stays for another couple of weeks to do service work here in Roatan. So thankful to Ray Koehne for donating his Continental miles and the ticket to give Anna a visit to the states for a couple of weeks. She is so excited and has planned to spend a few nights with several different friends and family while there.