Sunday, November 27, 2016

Nearing the end of our time in Copán

These last few weeks have been chaotic weeks... productive weeks, but very very energy draining and crazy.

This last weekend we went to Gracias on Saturday 11/19 and did some work on the house, Sunday we window shopped in Gracias, just getting price ranges for items we would need for the house. Monday we drove to San Pedro and spent the whole day shopping for appliances, bathroom items, kitchen items... pretty much everything you need to start up a home we had to buy it. We were supposed to leave San Pedro Monday and drive back to Copán but by the time we were done shopping it was to late to try and drive the 4 hours back, so we stayed the night at a hotel. Tuesday morning did some more shopping and started the drive back. By the time we arrived in Copán all we wanted to do was fall into the bed and sleep for 10 hours. Sadly that was not possible because we had to catch up on homework and prepare for school the next day.

The week went by pretty fast between language school, Thanksgiving, and preparing to make another weekend trip to Gracias we were yet again busy.

We enjoyed the Thanksgiving meal that we had in Copán with friends. It was such a precious time that we were able to have before we move to Gracias. We were able to eat some traditional Thanksgiving food like ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, apple pie, and my favorite part.... southern sweet tea ( oh how I have missed some sweet tea).


Friday after school we set out yet again for Gracias. When we arrived Austin and I went to the doctor to have our normal check up and see how Emma is doing. All is well and good. Emma has dropped and is ready to arrive. Each time we go it seems that my due date keeps getting pushed up haha. the Doctor is now thinking that Emma will be born on December 24th. I'm not ready for her arrival yet... Don't get me wrong I can't wait to hold my little girl, but there are still many things I need to do before she is born.


Saturday we enjoyed yet another Thanksgiving meal this time with friends in Gracias (the Sowers Family). We had more food than we knew what to do with. It was a typical Gringo Thanksgiving with ham, chicken, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, rolls, dressing, gravy, apple pie, blueberry pie, pumpkin pie, and more. Lets just say we did not leave hungry.


This week will be our last week in Copán, it will also be a crazy one as we prepare to move, make time to spend with friends, wrap up language school, and buy the last few items needed for the house.

As our time in Copán draws to an end we are very thankful and grateful for the friends we have made here in Copán. God has really blessed us. We are all very excited about the move to Gracias, but at the same time sad to leave the friends that we have made. But we know that God has called us to do his work in Gracias.

In Him,

Taylor




Sunday, November 20, 2016

House Warming Party

Kitchen (no cabinets or appliances)

Street view (there is still cleanup to do)

We are in Gracias, Lempira this weekend checking on the status of the work on the rental house, doing some work on it ourselves, and doing some shopping. We are now just 2 weeks away from moving to Gracias and are looking forward to getting settled and getting started with ministry. The main things left to be done in the house is painting all of the interior walls, some plumbing repairs in the bathrooms, and some woodwork repairs to the frames of the doors. This weekend we are also shopping and pricing items required to set up house.

Before we left the U.S., we had several of our supporters to ask us to let them know if we have some specific needs. We are putting this out there to let people know that it will cost us about $8,000 to get the house set up and ready to live in. Rental houses in Honduras do not come with cabinets, clothes closets, refrigerators, stoves or anything else, so we are having to buy those things -- thankfully we are able to buy things that we will move into a home that we will eventually build. As you know, we sold everything that we owned in the U.S. and for much less than it takes to replace those same items here. Some of the items that we have to purchase:   6 twin beds, power generator (or we will lose everything in the freezer/refrigerator once or twice a month), table and chairs, refrigerator, gas stove, couches, washing machine, etc. 

 To help facilitate a special fundraiser for these items, we have set up a YouCaring fundraiser (similar to GoFundMe but lower costs) where people can give online and see the progress towards the $8,000 goal. If you would like to give through the normal channels (either our regular online website or by mailing a check), we will update the YouCaring fundraiser with the donations that are given through other means as we know about them. We are very grateful for all of our regular supporters and prayer partners as well as those that give for special projects! The link to the YouCaring fundraiser is as follows: 

https://www.youcaring.com/newbeginningsmissionsinc-696455 

Please share the link to our website and/or the link to the fundraiser with as many people as possible.

Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless each of you richly!

The Agee Family

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Exploring Creation and Culture

This past weekend we had one our our only free weekends before we move to Gracias.  We decided to take advantage of the free weekend and explore Copan and see some of God's beautiful creation and learn more about the culture and history of this part of Honduras..

On Saturday, we set out for an early adventure to tour the Mayan Ruins.  We met our guide, Frito at the entrance to the park and learned some history of the Mayan culture throughout Mexico down through Western Honduras.  It was very interesting to see how the ancient Mayans have shaped the culture in this part of Honduras today.  As we walked through the ancient city, we enjoyed the lush greenery that surrounded us and the gorgeous mountains that serve as the backdrop to Copan Ruinas.  Here are some of the pictures from our tour of the ruins....

Entering the Ruins


Skulls are common throughout the ancient city


Leighanne and Hannah in front of location where previous
kings were buried and new kings were inaugurated


Around the top of the arena -- believed to be the throne area of the king


Ball court


Taylor and Julie


Backdrop of the Ruins


Austin and Ben in front of the King's Temple

Inside the King's Temple


Inside the King's Temple


Inside the King's Temple


Inside the King's Temple





This tree is only about 100 years old -- it is a quick growing
tree that is common to Central America




The red coloring is still original after so many years


Largest hieroglyphic stairs known




On Sunday, we interacted with some amazing birds at Macaw Mountain.  Macaw Mountain is a local bird preservation/rehabilitation park.   The birds that live in the park have been rescued from mistreatment or from homes that can no longer care for these birds.  The ultimate goal of the facility is to fully rehabilitate the birds so that they can be released back into their natural habitat and function as if they had never been in captivity.  Although the birds were in cages, the environment was designed to be as similar to their natural habitat as possible, which included beautiful and lush, flora, fauna, flowing creek with small waterfalls.  Here are some of the pictures from the time we spent at Macaw Mountain.....











Macaw -- State Bird of Honduras




























Yesterday, Ben and Austin took a quick trip to Santa Rosa to get some work done on the Pathfinder.  The mechanic removed a leaking power steering hose and had a new one made and replaced it.  We had the brakes checked and put two new tires on the front to replace one that was balding and another that was on the verge of blowing and installed new wiper blades.  We also got a front-end alignment and the most amazing car detail we have ever seen (the normal vacuum and wash plus engine de-greaser/wash, wash and scrub the entire bottom side of the truck, and wash the entire car multiple times) -- it was the cleanest car for about 5 minutes until Ben hit a mud puddle passing a taxi (tuc-tuc) in town, which splashed mud all over the front and side of the truck.  Here are a few pictures of this process.....

Off with the old tires -- on with the new



Vacuuming inside

Front end alignment


De-greasing of engine

First Rinse

Wash
Tuc-Tuc (A typical Taxi in Honduras)

In Him,
The Agee Family