Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Day 4 - Tuesday 8

Today was not the usual. Today required no building what-so-ever. Today was all about visiting those in need of visitation. Building or no, 6:45 was still breakfast time...and the rooster didn’t let up either.

Our first visit was to a free hospital downtown. Although admission and basic treatment is free, more complicated surgeries and extended stays are still rather pricey. Just like the majority of people we deal with in Honduras, this hospital is for the poor and desperate. A lot of the people we talked to traveled hours to get to this free hospital; it was their only hope.

We split into five different groups; each group having its own translator. Our group went to floor two. First stop - the brain injury ward. Having seen just about everything this week, or so I thought, I thought I was ready for this. I thought I could walk in and not be stunned. Our first room was not too bad - we met children ages six to eight that had been admitted with head injuries. One child had been attacked by a dog while he was riding a bike. When he bumped his head, he created a tumor. He has now gone through multiple surgeries with no success. He was up for another surgery today. They were all thrilled to see us and loved the small gifts that we brought. The children’s faces were great - equally as great were the faces of the mothers. Some of the mothers spend all their time with their children, probably getting no visitors and slowly feeling more and more alone. They loved that someone cared enough to come and talk to their sick child.

The next room was where things started to hit hard - the infant portion of the head injury ward. Each child was suffering from some life threatening head injury or abnormality. Most kids were struggling with fluid in the brain. The look of these kids was startling. Their heads were swollen, and the mothers were left helpless. What could a starving, poor mother do for a child with a serious health defect? She was left with no other option than to sit in the free hospital and wait. Each story was full of pain but our message resounded with hope. Each prayer we offered dealt with God’s grace and his healing power. We prayed for miracles. We prayed for healing.

After visiting a couple more rooms, we headed out to the special needs home. This home is for kids who cannot be cared for in shelters or orphanages. They were handicapped in some way, most mentally handicapped. My first thought was how beautiful the facility was. It was a large building with clean and polished architecture. It had plenty of space and many luxuries. After seeing the outside, I, once again, thought I knew what to expect. Upon entering, I was wrong again.

Seeing handicap kids anywhere is heartbreaking. Seeing them struggle with the most basic of functions is horrible. It is hard to watch. But, but, we weren’t there to watch them. We were there interact with them, and show them people still cared for them through their differences. We were there to show love - nothing more. The sadness was short lived because every child forced a smile when some of the toys began to surface. Every child found something they could do. They have joy where others don’t. They find happiness in the simplest of things - that is something I admire in them. Thank God for bringing me to this place and pushing me through my fears. Thank God for me showing me the goodness inside of everyone.

The third stop was definitely the most shocking. The third stop is what everyone talks about when they talk about seeing it all in Honduras. The third stop was feeding at the city dump. Nothing can prepare you for what you see there. I’ve been told many times what happens there, but my jaw hit the bus floor when I saw it. Acre after acre of trash. Miles of people refuse thrown away only to become someone else’s home. People’s leftovers. People’s garbage. Things people can’t stand to keep in their house because of stench and uncleanliness. I watched hundreds of people dig and sit, stand and eat, lay and sleep. I watched hundreds of people run for the bus because they knew we there to feed them. The pushed and shoved to get closer. They formed their own lines (knowing the protocol by now) to get their piece of the meal.

When we left the bus, the smell was overwhelming. Many times I felt myself losing my breath because of the power of the smell. We began to walk around but found ourselves overwhelmed - where do you start? Who do you talk to? What do you say? These people have been living in the city dump - what hope can they have left? I’ve never felt so uncomfortable in a situation in my life. These people have nothing. All they have is what they find in the mounds of trash. Talk about eye-opening.

We watched child fight a buzzard for his meal. We watched handfulls of people leave the line for free food, free and fresh food, to run to a dump-truck emptying it’s load. They have been conditioned to grab opportunity - a dump-truck brings new trash which means new food/clothes/etc. They left the line for pizza to run to a new pile of trash! Poverty has never seen lower depths. Do they need loved? Yes. It is awesome to know that someone is doing it for these people here is Honduras. The state is even building showers for the people of the dump.

The fourth stop of the day was my favorite. Not because of comfort or cleanliness - because I met an angel of a girl who loved to be around us. Her name was Brenda, and she was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. She was a natural wonder, I tell ‘ya. She lived in a state funded orphanage created to get kids out of unhealthy situations. She was a non-stop smile machine, and she made my day. Thank you, God, for sending us Brenda today. Be with her. Keep her safe.

The end of our day was full of packing food bags. That is something that needs to be experienced to be believed. We over two hundred bags full of rice, beans, spaghetti, lard, sugar, salt, sauce, bullion cubes, flour, and coffee. Our two hundred, plus two hundred from last night, will feed over four hundred families for two weeks. We also packed a Spanish Bible in each bag. These people will be sustained by the love of Christ. They will see first hand what love and forgiveness is like - they can actually taste it!

God, you are amazing. Your grace is unbelievable. Your power is unfathomable. Thank you for giving us chance after chance. Thank you for rescuing us from hopeless situations. Although our problems are different than the ones here in Honduras, they are still there. Although we struggle, you receive us back happily. Thank you for never leaving us alone. God, never leave me.

We pray a special prayer for the kids we met today. Seeing grown-ups struggle is hard - seeing children suffer is sometimes unbearable. God, heal them. Take away their afflictions. If it is possible for them to be made well, we pray that is done. God, provide comfort for all the families faced with dire situations. Grant them patience and understanding to deal with what life throws at them. Help them to see they are never alone. Help them to see that someone is always around who loves them. Someone can redeem them. Someone can give them salvation from a life that sometimes seems to much to take. God, be evident in Honduras.


Andrew Moore

17 comments:

Chuck said...

Each of you are inspiration to all of us. We should all be inspired by your willingness to follow where God leads you.We are praying for all you! Special Hi to Lindsey Hampton-love ya-Dad.

Tater_Pez said...

Much of the whole world lives like this....thank you for reminding us. Godspeed.

Tate

Anonymous said...

I've on all occasions liked things like sand clocks, lava lamps, and the like to type of rightful dissipate time staring at it as a configuration of catharsis. In a course, it helps me with meditation, to mitigate stress and strain and decent think about nothing. That's why since I was a kid, instead of dolls and cars I've always at ease more of such pieces like sand clocks, lava lamps, harmonious boxes etc. So I was most enchanted when I base the[url=http://www.dealtoworld.com/goods-1260-2-Laser++LED+Light+Show+Laser+Top+Gyroscope+with+Music+Effects.html] 2-Laser + LED Shine Manifest Laser Outstrip Gyroscope with Music Effects[/url] from DealtoWorld.com under the Toys section. It's like a musical belt, a spinning top, and a moonlight verify all rolled into one. Which is prodigious amusement! The gyroscope will spin for round a minute. The laser slight display with accompanying music makes this gyroscope a very unique fiddle with that my friends be subjected to also been most amused with.

My dogs are also nice-looking intrusive prevalent the laser gyroscope I got from DealtoWorld.com. They evermore follow the gyroscope as it spins, although at first place they kept barking at the laser slight show, and also because it produces music. But after they got tempered to it, they've stopped barking but virtuous save up following the gyroscope whenever I start spinning it. Kids are also bonny amused alongside it. Off it's meet to have diverting toys on all sides the house so that you can pull out the toy on while the kids are being amused or playing with it while you open to prepare foodstuffs or fall heir to changed. The gyroscope is a particular such toy with this purpose.

The gyroscope I bought from DealtoWorld.com has a dragon as a map on it, and produces a gegenschein show with red, dispirited, and unskilled colours. Take a look at the pictures I've uploaded of the gyroscope with laser light show. The music produced from the gyroscope is not that expert but good adequacy to entertain any supplementary visitor to the house. The gyroscope is red and jet-black, making it look extraordinarily cold, and to some virile with that dragon imprint.

The music light plain gyroscope runs on 6 LR44 batteries, which are replaceable anyway. I've also used this gyroscope to surprise my girlfriend during our anniversary celebration. I did the cheesy thing of decorating the hotel latitude with roses and when I led her in, I started up the gyroscope as well so that the laser light clarify produces a ideal effect. I also had some battery operated candles so all the light effects created a sort of dreamt-up atmosphere. She loved it, past the custom, to my relief. I also bought the candles from DealtoWorld.com. These days it seems to be my default shopping put suitable all gifts and ideas for emotional occasions.

Since Christmas is coming, this laser radiance playing gyroscope can perhaps be a talented Christmas contribution for the toddler or even the favoured! Alternatively, the gyroscope can really be a gracious reckoning to the traditional Christmas decorations. I can presume placing it just about the Christmas tree and perchance spinning it when guests succeed in the house. Looks like [url=http://www.dealtoworld.com]DealtoWorld.com[/url] is getting my function still again!

Anonymous said...

[b][url=http://www.uggsunitedkingdom.co.uk/]www.uggsunitedkingdom.co.uk[/url][/b] Louis Vuitton purses and handbags certainly really are a technique motivation of every person. Lots of individuals shall be completely ready spend money to purchase a basic bit of this supplier. Hold the guidelines presented planned in addition to acquire kinds part and so you don't get bogus purses and purses.

[b][url=http://www.uggsunitedkingdom.co.uk/]ugg boots uk[/url][/b] The name fanny pack was customarily worn facing the rear previously mentioned the buttocks; fanny is actually a jargon phrase in North the united states. Even with the title, a great deal of will not slip on fanny packs on their rear since they are easier to decide on pocket and more durable to realize access to. Cash belts are employed by vacationers and had been well-known from the early and furthermore mid nineties.

[b][url=http://www.seekingbestbags.co.uk/]louis vuitton handbags[/url][/b] Backup all the evidence information at function and stash them someplace while in the business office. Within the ceiling or in duct work is a good spot. Essentially, any place no one ever seems. The beautiful style and remarkable traits of Tag Watches have created them amid the ideal acknowledged and most popular watches on present-day industry. Folks are proud to acquire and use Tag Watches understanding that Tag Watches are amid one of the most cherished watches from the era. Tag Watches are wonderful and trendy and so are identified for his or her precision and accuracy..

[b][url=http://www.uggsunitedkingdom.co.uk/]ugg boots uk[/url][/b] Julia Ptasznik is definitely an honors graduate (BFA) as well as a school member from the Advertising/Graphic Design and style department from the Ny, USA-based Trend Institute of Expertise. She has developed and presently teaches a program on Specialist Procedures to upper-class layout college students. Additionally to getting the editor of Visual Arts Tendencies, Julia is a freelance consultant specializing in internet marketing technique advancement, copywriting and graphic structure.

[b][url=http://www.louisvuittonpursesale.com/]www.louisvuittonpursesale.com[/url][/b] Deliver inbound links to other complementary but non-competitive regional companies. As an example prospects generally request me to suggest regional groomers, pet dog trainers, and veterinarians. This thirty day period I'll be adding a summary of these area organizations on my website in order that shoppers have effortless entry to them and possess a rationale to come again to visit my site following time they are trying to find a pet assistance supplier.

Anonymous said...

0yEpi ghd hair
yHfc cheap michael kors bags
vRpd ghd
7rLjt ugg uk
5tHgl ghd sale

Anonymous said...

sEoq coach factory
sQxl ugg sale
lXbh michael kors bags
1yXpx ugg sale
8xIqx chi flat iron
3rMua michael kors outlet
4uPvl cheap nfl jerseys
2tFeu coach outlet
7sLkh north face jackets
2jGlx ugg españa
2bThs ghd midnight collection
1sXhf michael kors purses
8aGha nfl shop canada
6qJlb ghd planchas
1vRwb ugg boots usa

Anonymous said...

Hello. Facebook takes a [url=http://www.freecasinogames.gd]craps[/url] move on on 888 casino traffic: Facebook is expanding its efforts to institute real-money gaming to millions of British users after announcing a stance with the online gambling proprietorship 888 Holdings.And Bye.

Anonymous said...

[url=http://longchampsacsa.eklablog.com/]sac longchamps[/url] These arm guards are made with a high quality vinyl shell surrounding five layers of protective foam. They are cut horizontally (from elbow to wrist) in sections to mold to the curve of the arm. Hook and eye ties on the inside of the protectors as well as the outside promise Noble and Fashion Mulberry Bayswater Natural Leather Briefcase Light Coffee for Men,Quality Guarantee Mulberry Handbags UK! a better and more secure fit..
[url=http://longchamppaschers.bravesites.com/]sac longchamps[/url] The Bottom LineWho woulda thunk that a zombie book would still be this good, this far along? Especially after that loooooong, slow period around Mulberry Outlet online offer you high level quality, Highly Appreciated Mulberry Women's East West Bayswater Leather Shoulder Brown Bag, at a low price. Fast Delivered! the time they were in the prison. But hey, here we are at issue 65 and I still diggin it. As a matter of fact, this was one of the best issues in a long time and we finally got a nice hell yeah! moment from Rick.
[url=http://longchamppliagea.webnode.nl/]sacs longchamps[/url] Usually, most women would tell you that shopping is one of their favorite hobbies. In the event you keep your eyes open, you can land some terrific deals in discounted handbags. Try looking at a few stock clearance sales or shops which have a surplus stock. Modern technologies allow production of purses, wallets, and handbags of all colors from the leather of exotic animals, and these are not only natural colors as they originally were. Now, you can pick Vogue Mulberry Women's Smaller Bayswater Leather Shoulder Black Bag sale well, Shop Our New Autumn/Winter Styles to get the latest look a model and style, which you need exactly. It will be combined with a handbag so that it could reflect your style and social status... Coach watches are an integral part of the company's merchandise. Coach is a leading provider of fine quality leather products, including purses and handbags, umbrellas, belts, luggage, briefcases and much more. The company's watch line is one that upholds the finest standards and provides consumers with a product they are highly anticipating...

Anonymous said...

Your style is so unique compared to other folks I have read stuff from.
I appreciate you for posting when you have the
opportunity, Guess I'll just bookmark this page.

My homepage クロエ 長財布

Anonymous said...

Hello! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering
which blog platform are you using for this site? I'm getting sick and tired of Wordpress because I've
had issues with hackers and I'm looking at alternatives for another platform. I would be fantastic if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

Also visit my page air max pas cher

Anonymous said...

Hi, after reading this awesome paragraph i am too glad to share my experience here with friends.



Feel free to visit my homepage :: http://www.toryburchoutletstore2013.com

Anonymous said...

Excellent article. I'm going through some of these issues as well..

My homepage コーチ

Anonymous said...

As the admin of this web page is working, no uncertainty very soon it will be renowned, due to its quality contents.



Here is my webpage - クロエ

Anonymous said...

hello!,I really like your writing so so much! percentage we communicate more
approximately your article on AOL? I require an expert in this space to solve my problem.
Maybe that's you! Taking a look ahead to peer you.

Here is my weblog cheap christian louboutin

Anonymous said...

Hi there every one, here every person is sharing these kinds of know-how, so it's nice to read this webpage, and I used to pay a visit this blog everyday.

Here is my blog :: クリスチャンルブタン

Anonymous said...

Saved as a favorite, I really like your site!

my weblog chloe バッグ

Anonymous said...

I'm really enjoying the design and layout of your blog. It's a very easy on the eyes which
makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often.
Did you hire out a designer to create your theme?
Fantastic work!

my web site :: Cheap Nike Air Max