We have had many mixed emotions since we landed; overwhelmed, excited, tired, sad, happy… pretty much almost any emotion you can think of we have had. While we were waiting in line to go through customs it hit us that this is our new home. That our lives would now consist of diligently learning Spanish, making connections with almost everyone we meet, and fully relying on God to meet our every need. It seemed overwhelming at first but as we have settled in and made new friends it is getting easier. Don't get me wrong it will still be really hard (we haven't even started language school yet... that starts tomorrow), but we are getting the hang of life in Honduras.
We are thankful for the prayers for safe travel. The flights were easy and smooth, all our luggage made it to Honduras, and Austin did great his first time driving in country. God is Good!
The drive to Copan was simple to navigate we just followed the road signs. The hardest thing about the drive was the pot holes. The sizes ranged from a basketball to the size of a large dog, and the depth was anywhere from 6 inches to 18 inches. Austin did great at maneuvering around them. The views as we were driving were breath taking. We saw mountain landscapes and lush fields full of crops. Honduras is a beautiful country. Another thing to get used to is the driving; its not like in the states here speed limits seem optional, most driving laws are not enforced (you can imagine the chaos), people pass whenever they want (most of the time on 2 lane roads while going around a sharp turn), and they like to use their horns a lot. While we were driving we went through 2 or 3 Honduran events on the side of the road. People were waving Honduran flags and at one of the stops we saw what looked like an award ceremony going on (all on the road side). As we drove through we noticed the car in front of us had their hazard lights on and the car behind us did the same, so not wanting to be the crazy Gringos we turned our hazards on as well. haha We still don't know what it was all about, but it gave us a good laugh.
Once in Copan we meet our host family and tried to get settled into what will be our home for the next 3 months. The room we are in has its own bathroom and kitchen area. There are 2 double size beds (yes we are sleeping separate, we like to stretch out and it is cooler). The shower has a Widow Maker (which heats up the water) but the cold water is refreshing. It will be a difficult 3 months with adjusting to different living conditions. With not being able to brush our teeth with the sink water, not being able to open our eyes in the shower, and adjusting to life with no AC. All this will get easier and it will become second nature as time goes on.
Carla, Taylor, Austin
Our host family is really nice. Carla is our host mom she is married and has 2 sons. Carla is also known for her excellent skills in the kitchen. She loves to cook and prepares food to sell in town. We have enjoyed every meal so far. She even made us pancakes on Saturday morning (a nice treat). Let’s just say we are blessed and will not go hungry. We also found out that there is a pizza place in town that is run by a man from Texas so we can have a taste of the states when we need it. There is also a cafe (Welches Cafe) about a block from us that has excellent coffee and sweets (I saw what looked like different cheesecakes) we plan on treating ourselves to some before the 3 months is over.
We also met up with Tim (Tio ((Uncle)) Tim), a local missionary here in Copan. He showed us around the town, gave us great info about the markets and good places to eat, and he also took us to a lookout point where we saw gorgeous views. It was helpful to be able to talk with him and to know that if we need anything he is there to help us out.
Taylor, Tio Tim, Austin
Saturday we went with Tio Tim to a festival for Dia del Nino (Day of the Child, it is a day were they celebrate the children). We enjoyed meeting many kids, watching the clowns entertain the children, eating, and watching the kids smash a pinata.
God has been so good to us this far. He is answering prayers and laying the foundation for his work. Thank you for your support through prayer, we greatly appreciate it. Please continue to pray for us as we will be starting school on Monday. Pray that our ears will understand and our months will speak fluent Spanish. Pray for our host family that we can be a light to them and that God will use us to bless them like they are blessing us. Also pray for Tio Tim as he is doing God’s work in Copan that God would continue to use him in many ways.
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****Meanwhile In the States****
Ben and Julie have ordered their plane tickets. Ben, Julie, Leighanne, and Hannah will fly out October 22th and start language school October 24th.
We are now officially and fully a 501(c)3 public charity. Meaning we are officially a Non Profit organization and the IRS has approved everything. Praise the Lord!