There were a few concerned blog watchers who became worried as to our where-abouts. We were away for all of last week, with not much chance to be on-line.
The rest of the time with the Furrow Family Team went great. They got the walls almost up, which is a big accomplishment in the time they had here. We send our thanks to all who came and worked so hard!
After the team left, Jason, his father, and I went on a trip around Honduras. Our first stop was by Lake Yojoa. There we met with Chet Thomas, who has been working in Honduras for 35 years now. What an amazing man! I have no idea how he manages half the projects he does. A lot of his work involves agricultural projects and micro-loans all over southern and western Honduras, but it is as varied as running an orphanage, a butterfly museum, and a national park. We learned a lot of valuable things about working in the country. He also took us to the orphanage for a full tour. Anytime we can learn from someone with experience like this, we jump for the chance. There is no manual on how to start a children’s home here, so everything is left up to experience — basically what someone has learned the hard way, whether you or someone who’s been here longer than you.
Then we drove over to Copan Ruinas, home to fabulous Mayan ruins, a beautiful little town, and lots of coffee plantations. This is one of our favorite get-away spots. We hiked the ruins, relaxed a bit, and talked coffee with a grower there. We’ve started a project is to sell coffee as a fundraiser for Give Hope 2 Kids, as another way to work towards self-sustainability. It was really fun visiting a company there that showed us the process for coffee from off the plant to roasted and in your cup.
Then we drove north to Omoa for a day on the beach. That was nice.
For our weekend we dropped Jason’s Dad off at the airport in San Pedro Sula, drove our pick-up back to La Ceiba while the work truck had it’s oil changed, slept, rode the bus back to San Pedro, picked up the work truck, and drove home. That was 11 hours on the road between the two days (and you don’t drive for relaxation in Honduras). Anyways, we’re really excited to have our pick-up back home with its brand new engine.
Now we’re settling in for the work week. One goal Jason is working on this week is getting electricity to the property. I am the substitute English and Art teacher for two weeks at Instituto el Rey, so that is keeping me busy. Plus there are all the normal things to work on. We will be busy as always.