This July, Tony and I had the privilege of going to Honduras with a group of high schooler’s from our church. Before we left, we were very appreciative of the warm support we received from the friends and family who rallied around us to help us raise the funds we needed to go. Some of you booked portrait sessions and helped us make this experience possible. We want to thank-you!
Honduras is a stunningly beautiful country that we were able to first observe on a three hour bus ride after arriving in San Pedro Airport. It was hot and we were tired but we took in the smells, the country side, the street vendors and the vastly different surroundings. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch ravaged most of the country which has left the infrastructure of most communities in a state of continual repair. Poverty is an everyday reality for the majority of Hondurans as they strive to make ends meet.
The focus of our trip was to work with an organization called All God’s Children Hogar de Ninos. The ‘hogar’ is comprised of 5 different campuses: the girls and young boys, the older boys, children with special needs, young mothers, and transitional housing for young adults. At the moment, some of the facilities they use are being shared to accommodate the needs they have. Its an amazing ministry thats focus is justice for the needy and vulnerable–that is, the poor, the abandoned children, the blind, the deaf, the mentally handicapped, and even more. We were blessed by the warmth of the people, the smiles on faces, and the accepting love they had for our group. We take great hope and joy in knowing that Jesus Christ loves these children.
Fun little side note: in all our visits to different facilities and homes, we didn’t see one laundry machine. Even homes that were being built for upper-middle class folks were equipped with…a washboard. Now I know I take way too much for granted living in the U.S., but imagine washing a whole children’s home worth of laundry on a washboards!
Below are some images from our time there. Vist All God’s Children to learn more about what they do