Hola! Como estas?
As many of you know we arrived in Copan yesterday. We were so happy to see Austin and Taylor’s faces. We also said, “hello” to baby Emma, and she eventually responded by moving around for us. What joy to feel little Emma moving around!
Our trip to Honduras was long but virtually uneventful. We did have one little incident on our second flight. I had dosed off, and was awoken by the flight attendant who said, “Madame your daughter is in the restroom with a nosebleed.” So after quickly waking up fully, I went to the restroom, and Leighanne’s nose was bleeding. We waited it out, and everything was a-ok. Minor stuff!
The trip from San Pedro Sula to Copan was typical of Honduran driving. Two lanes became 3 lanes, horns announced we were being passed, motorcycles zoomed in and out, cars passed in no passing zones, yet no one died or got hurt. So it was a good driving day! J
Austin brought us some fruit called lichis to eat. After you peel the outside off, you eat the inside minus the seed and it kind of tastes like a grape.
Last night we ate pizza at “Jim’s Pizza”. We enjoyed the fellowship with Tim who is another missionary in Copan.
Today, after a great night of much needed sleep, we took a walking tour of Copan. I now see why Austin has lost so much weight. The city of Copan has quite a few inclines to master. I figure we all might tone up and lose some pounds. Which will be great for Ben and myself.
We met our hosts, Tina and Jesus. They are precious people. Tina has been trying to teach us Spanish. This morning we had a funny discussion about what the girls wanted to be when they grew up. Leighanne explained that she wanted to be a doctor and Hannah said she wanted to be a hair stylist. Tina turned to Hannah and said, “You charge lots of money to your sister the doctor for haircuts.” We all had a good laugh.
Today for lunch Tina prepared us a traditional soup. It had beef, potatoes, yucca, two different kinds of squash, carrots, and green beans. It was very delicious.
This afternoon we are going to repack our suitcases and get ready for language school. Later we will go back to Café Welchez and use the wifi. So maybe tonight we can make a few calls, if it’s not too busy.
Tomorrow we begin our first major task to accomplish while here in Copan—learning the language. Please pray that our minds will absorb the words and meanings and that we will begin to be able to communicate. Already we know the great need to understand what is being said, and being able to reply. (Even though it was to our benefit yesterday to be able to say, “Un poco Español” and we were waved through a police check point.)
We can hardly believe we are here in Honduras. We were reflecting today how much God had to do to get us here so quickly—it was amazing to watch Him take care of every little detail.
Our room where we are staying is actually an apartment. We have 2 bedrooms and a living area. It has lots of windows and a balcony off the front. It is very spacious—we feel very blessed. We are about 2 and a half blocks from language school and about 1 and a half blocks from Austin and Taylor.
We are grateful for all of the prayers for us for safe travel. We are ready to be about the work the Lord will guide us to.