This trip went by so fast for me. It didn't seem like we had been there a week, and it was time to give out the food bags. Starting last year, Carlos changed the way that food bags were distributed. The members of the congregation gave out tickets to families. The families with tickets came to the church building on Wednesday. When we arrived at the church building that morning, there was already a line of people at the gate waiting to get in the church yard. We learned that a bus carrying a large group had broken down, so we waited for them to arrive. They arrived on foot. I never heard how far they had to walk, but I would not be surprised at the distance.
Carlos delivered a message, and then the bags were distributed. These bags should include enough to feed a family for a week. So many times you hear if it had not been for the food bag their family would not have eaten that day. I truly believe that God puts us in places at certain times.
After distributing the food bags, our work in Honduras was basically done for this trip. We were left with a little time on our last afternoon there to do a little sightseeing. We traveled back to the city and made the drive to the top of the city to the public park that features a statue of Jesus. It seemed a fitting ending to our trip.
From this vantage point of the city, you are isolated from the traffic, the constant horns, the crime. It looks so peaceful.
You may think of how vast the need is and how few lives you have touched . Some may ask why we go. What good can we really do when there are so many in need? What you have to remind yourself is that you have made a difference in the lives of those people you did reach. It may have been medical treatment, a home, food supplies, or maybe just a meal, a blanket or a t-shirt. It may not seem like a lot in the grand scheme of things, but it showed your love. It showed that there are those who care. It was done in the name of our Lord.
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." (Matthre 25:35-36)