05 Jul Day 7. . The last hoorah!
Getting up today…..knowing it was our final day here was so bitter sweet. Making sure everyone got souvenirs to bring home…but also continuing to do the work we were sent to do was tough. Most of the time our last day on our mission trips is spent going to the beach or some tourist attraction….but no…we did not do that….why? Well…the weather was unpredictable and we did not have permits for the buses to go that far……………. So….we decided to do food distribution to Mt Olivos and then take the Copprome kids to a clean river/creek to swim…We had the food distribution on our list of things to do…but ran out of time..but now was our chance…so we went downtown and bought beans and rice to give to all 32 families at Mt. Olivos…then Ty and Lisa decided they would like to buy some clothes for the children there…so they went and bought lots of underwear, shorts and shirts for all of the small children…We went to Mt Olivos and literally handed bags of clothing and food to all of the families there…it was crazy…but fulfilling…the people were so desperate to get to the truck to make sure their family received what they could! Lisa said she imagined it was similar to the way people flocked to see Jesus and just touch his garment… We then headed to Copprome for our final visit there…to cook hamburgers…give out the June birthday presents and watch some dances they had prepared for us! We were a little too late to go to the river…but just spending our last night with them was precious! The food was great…Keith had prepared an ice cream dessert instead of our normal Honduran cake (which is usually sooooo dry) and we celebrated their birthdays as they prepared for our going away celebration. The kids were so sweet and performed several dances for us! The final dance was a skit/dance much like you see on So You Think You Can Dance. It was amazing….it depicted the story of a young girl tempted by evil friends and deciding that pure and good was a much better choice in life. This is one of the things we studied with the older kids all week. It was really touching to see them “get it”! Leaving the orphanage is always so difficult and tonight was no different….there were tears shed from the kids…our team…our interpreters….and the adults who work at the orphanage..(the only dry eyes were Shelton’s because he is staying to prepare things for our next group)….yes there were lots of tender moments and lots of hearts softened this past week…we hope that we never forget the way we feel right now….and we continue serving wherever we are! May God continue to send workers for the harvest…Honduras needs many workers…we are blessed to bring 22 more here in 1 week.. . I can hardly wait to return!