The Honduras 2015 Group Covenant
We trust that in our heartfelt desires, the things that bring us joy, we get to glimpse something of what God desires for us and how we might bring life to the world. In terms of the trip to Honduras we desire to:
Getting Where We Want To Go
Traveling as a group to visit, learn, and serve can be a thrilling, sometimes life-changing experience. Experiencing new things, encountering new people and their stories, is so very worthwhile. But as with all worthwhile things there can be challenges. Balancing our own needs with the needs of the group can make things hard.
So this week the group traveling to Honduras met to draw up a covenant. Our hope is that this covenant will help us remember what we want and need both individually and as a group, and that it will help us to keep in mind the gifts we have received and the ways we can pass on these gifts to help the group gets where it wants to go.
By Mackenzie Allan
Hello St. Andrew’s Congregation!
My name is Mackenzie Allan and I am one of the twenty-three individuals journeying to Honduras this July. I just completed my first year of college at George Washington University in Washington, DC and am very grateful to be back home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. My family and I attend a Presbyterian church in Bellevue.
Why am I going to Honduras? I am very blessed to have a supportive network of people in my life that connected me with this mission trip. I am currently studying international relations and global public health at university, and the opportunity to have hands-on understanding of what I am being introduced to in the classroom is something that I feel very lucky to be able to do. Establishing relationships and working with people has always been a big passion and part of who I am and I am eagerly awaiting the chance to work alongside the staff and children at NPH, as well as my fellow travelers.
While I have to admit that I am a little anxious about traveling to a third-world country where I do not speak the native language, I am mostly feeling excitement for this opportunity. I am greatly looking forward to learning about Central American culture, developing new relationships, and being apart of a team serving God and the Honduran community.
By Lisa Phillips
This summer, July 9-16, I will go on a mission trip, visiting and working at a home for children who have no family to care for them. NPH, as it is known (Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos - Spanish for "Our Little Brothers and Sisters"), provides a home for over 550 children who have been orphaned, abandoned, abused, or shuffled from one family member to another. They come from alarming poverty in the most violent country in the world, to NPH Rancho Santa Fe, a place where they find love, security, and a place to call home.
NPH is unique in that it specifically seeks to keep siblings together and is not a typical “orphanage” because the program does not seek to place the children in adoptive homes. When children come to NPH, they are told they will never be asked to leave, and many stay to complete their college education, followed by a Year of Service at the ranch. NPH Honduras has a preschool/kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, training in technical skills, and medical facilities. They grow much of their own food.
Twenty-three people, mostly members of my church, are taking part: four middle school students, six high school students, five college students (including my daughter) and eight adults. While there, we will do chores on the ranch while the children are in school, then interact with the children through activities, meals, and homework. We’ll spend one evening with the NPH staff, volunteers, and Year of Service students, and will also visit the NPH home for severely disabled children.
Why am I going? I suppose you could say my reasons are entirely selfish. I think it will be a life-changing experience. In today’s world, riddled by hatred, violence, and terrorism, I hunger for a way to renew my faith in humanity. I am particularly eager to spend time with the youth in our team; I know they will be amazing. I am godmother to Yadira, a 9-year-old girl at the ranch; I’m looking forward to meeting her for the first time. And maybe…just maybe…I can do something to bring joy to others while I’m there. And come home with hope.
News and updates related to our July, 2015 trip to NPH Honduras. Most recent posts are at the top.