Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Home from Honduras

Pierson and Maylin
Wow we had an awesome trip! It was amazing to get to go visit and help the orphanage that we actually sponsor. I was a bit nervous about taking my children. Not because I feared for their safety but because I didn't want them to be a distraction to our mission. 

I couldn't have had it more wrong.  In Mark chapter10 Jesus says "Let the children come to me, do not hinder them. For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these."  And in Isaiah it says "A little child shall lead them."
Pierson and Maylin did just that. They lead the way in breaking the ice in each new orphanage we went to. It didn't matter that they didn't speak Spanish. They immediately got right in there and played with the kids as if they were long lost friends.  
The poverty didn't phase them a bit. To my knowledge they had never seen poverty like this before. As best as I know they still haven't 'seen' poverty like I have seen poverty. 

I see poverty stricken orphanages and pity the children affected. They see these places and see "hide and seek" partners. Oh how I wish for eyes like a child. 

Flying to Puerto Lempira.   

  Coming in for a landing on the dirt runway! :)
Maylin quickly made friends with one of the missionary kids!
 They never even questioned drinking Kool-aide out of a plastic baggy.

 Playing Candy Land with their friends. Games were some of the Christmas presents we got for the kids at Mama Tara's orphanage.
 Calling for roosters.  Yeah she is as dirty as she looks! LOL
 Giving this little girl her own shoes. This little girl came up while we were distributing TOMS shoes to the kids who live at Mama Tara's. She seemed sad that she wasn't getting a pair.
Maylin gave her crocks away... Not only did she give them to her, without direction from me she took the girls tattered flip flops off and put her crocks on the girls feet... Yep my heart was filled with joy.

 Maylin showing what she painted.
Riding to another orphanage. 

 I just love these two pictures.
 I don't think I need to explain any more.
How HE loves us all.
Wouldn't the world would be a better place if we could love unconditionally like a child.


Grandma Shultz said...

Praise God for directing us to go to Honduras. Bless the children - ours and theirs.

Jordan Carl said...

Great post Traci. It is awesome to see how much your kids love to love other people. But of course, they only do what they see their parents doing! Love you guys. Hope you are doing well and getting adjusted to being back home.

Cassie said...

i serioulsly have tears in my eyes...what a beautiful reminder of the innocence and love of a child! thanks for sharing.

Kristi said...

Okay, I cried buckets when I saw those pictures of Maylin putting her shoes on that little girls' feet...

What if we all acted out of innocent generosity like her instead of following the path to more, more, more?

And Pierson's precious expression in those last photos. Yes, may we all behave more like children every day!

Grandma Shultz said...

Our group went to give a blessing and ended up being double blessed ourselves. Everyone wants to be hugged, wants to laugh, wants to play. Our whole group was amazing!
Maylin, Pierson and Payton broke the ice each time and then we all just started to interact - and work. When some of them stepped in and helped us, it was awesome. They were enabled by love and compassion.