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Day six gives softball team chance to worship and relax

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Lipscomb Associate AD Brent High reports in from Honduras on day six of the Softball mission trip 

We are here safely in Tegucigalpa at the Clarion Hotel. Getting everyone here in one piece is in and of itself is a great blessing and an answer to specific prayers. The most dangerous part of this trip is the ride to and from Tegucigalpa. There is no way to describe the driving down here. You just have to experience it for yourself.

This morning we attended the Iglesia de Cristo in Limon, a short drive from the refuge. The neighborhood where the church meets is made up of a bunch of block houses that were built as temporary housing in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in 1996. It’s Honduras’ version of housing projects. It is by far the poorest area of the world I have ever seen. To say it’s a slum is an understatement. The poverty and despair just reeks at every turn.

With that as a backdrop, we entered the church building not knowing what to expect from the people there. What we experienced was other worldly. The singing was intense and heartfelt and real. The joyous songs included the hardest, most frequent clapping I have ever been a part of anywhere. We thought moving rocks and dirt was tough. I think all of us were sore after clapping that hard for that long. When they sang more reflective songs, they closed their eyes and reached for the heavens while they swayed. It goes without saying but we stood for every single song.

The message from the minister kept the crowd stirred up for almost an hour. We then took communion. They have the tradition of waiting until everyone is served before taking of the bread and juice.

Then one of the senior members called us up to the front of the congregation and prayed over us. He thanked us for serving Honduras and pointed out that we had not come as tourists but workers for the Kingdom. After the prayer many of the members of the congregation came out of their seats and greeted us with smiles, hugs and kisses. I think everyone will remember the kisses from an older blind lady forever.

For lunch we made our way to the beach on the Pacific Ocean where we enjoyed fish and shrimp. There was hardly anyone there and it made for a very relaxing meal. Then we made the four-hour trip to Tegucigalpa in four Nissan trucks. We just finished eating together at Chili’s. The girls are now hanging out at the hotel pool. We will start for home tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.

We can’t wait to share the video and photos from this trip. The internet here at the hotel is very slow so we won’t be able to load much until early next week.

Please continue to pray for us. This trip is a pioneering effort in many ways. So far it’s blown my expectations away in such a positive way. I have a feeling you will be hearing about future trips involving the softball team and many other Lipscomb teams very soon.

 

Blessings,

Brent