We received this message from Maryjane Westra on Sunday,
1/22/17.She and her husband Don are our
Global Missions missionaries who are teaching at the CEVER vocational school in
Yoro.Maryjane joined our NY/HELP group
in the village of La Laguna for a while.She walked down the mountain from the village, and sent us this email:
We made it down the mountain in two hours,
walking neither fast nor slow. As you said, David, the last part, maybe
1/4, was the roughest with a lot of steep down hill slopes with no rocks
on which to brace your feet and no trees nearby on which to grab
hold. But there were switchbacks, a lot of them, and I used every
one. We dismissed our guide when we could see we were nearing La Habana
and he seemed grateful. We gave him a flashlight for his return
trip. I wonder if he used it.
I admit to some sore muscles but they are
soooo worth it. The walk was spectacular, breathtaking, inspiring.
I am so glad we did that hike. What a wonderful way to end our visit to
Honduras. If you get the opportunity and you are able bodied, and sure
footed, DO IT!! The shoes were a god-send.
It was so great to meet all of you in
person. I trust the rest of your visit is going well and you are feeling
good about your work and your relationships. It warms my heart that your
group goes to one place and stays put for a while. I'm glad to see that
you didn't always seemed rushed to get to the next project or work. Be
still and know your God. Sometimes God calls us to be still, listen, pay
attention, appreciate His/her glorious works. We North Americans are not
good at stillness. In my not-so-humble opinion, you can't build
relationships if you are constantly trying to accomplish something. This
international work is all about trust-building which can't be accomplished
without taking the time to build relationships. But, I'm not telling you
anything you don't instinctively know. I am, however, affirming what I
Blessings, see you in New York. I'll
keep in touch where we will be speaking.
[Maryjane and Don will be visiting churches in New York state
during June 2017.]
Our coordinator, Joel, prepared a detailed plan for the 11 days the group will be working in the mountains. The plan details are listed below.
PLAN FOR THE VISIT OF NY/HELP VOLUNTEERS TO THE TRIBE OF MATADEROS TUESDAY 17 JANUARY TO SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2017
1 TUESDAY 17-01-17 Airport to city of Yoro Group arrives at the airport; from
there buses to the city of Yoro to Hotel Marquéz, dinner, preparations
for the trip and rest. Volunteer group decides if they should leave
supply bags in La Habana, for better comfort in Yoro city and pick them
up on Wednesday 2 WEDNESDAY 18-01-17 Yoro, La Laguna Group makes
purchases and other formalities in the City of Yoro and prepares
luggage. 12:00 Noon, group is mobilized to La Laguna community lodging
and dinner at the clinic. Group mobilized in Osman Garmendia’s pickup
3 THURSDAY 19-01-17 La Laguna Preparation of equipment for beginning of sewing academy. Joel, David, Judy, Cony, Araceli.
Visit the families who were celebrated for your project; see the
progress See the highest priority needs for the continuity of the sewing
academy. 4 FRIDAY 20-01-17 La Laguna y la Fortuna
Beginning of Sewing classes, presentation of women who participate. And a
group of NY/Help volunteer, who will participate in the education of
the Women in the lower part of the tribe; La Misión, Mescales, Las
Brisas, El Charro, Agua Blanca, Coral de Piedras, Kiloma. Group is organized into 2 groups,
Group #1 will be assigned to the La Fortuna community to support
Kindergarten floor work. Departure to the community of La Fortuna Time
3:00 PM David, Joel. It will require 2 mules or burros for NY/Help
staff. Group #1 - Sleep at school in La Fortuna. The Community will give security to the group. Group #2 will support sewing classes. 5 SATURDAY 21-01-17 La Laguna and La Fortuna Group # 2 continues to support sewing classes Judy, Cony, Araceli.
Group # 1 supports work in La Fortuna Kindergarten, with parents from
the community. Group #1 mobilizes to La Fortuna from La Laguna with
support of the community. Time 4:00 PM 6 SUNDAY 22-01-17 La Laguna Perform “Quadrangular Soccer”, communities that participate: La Misión, Agua Blanca, La Laguna, El Paraíso.
Rest in the afternoon for the rest of the group and plan activities for
Monday 23-01-17. David will provide the prize for first place, second
and third place in the soccer match. Football coordinator is the president of the team of La Laguna. 7 MONDAY 23-01-17 La Laguna and El Calichal Group # 2 continues to support sewing classes. They can also support Mirtila in the care of patients if they wish.
Group # 1 travels to the community of El Calichal to support cook stove
construction for 2 families. Departure time: 7:00 AM after breakfast.
Lunch in the El Calichal Community. The group will decide whether to sleep in Calichal or return to La Laguna on the same day. The Community will support the security of the group and its mobilization. 8 TUESDAY 24-01-17 La Laguna Meeting with Tribal Council leaders of the Tribal Development Committee (CDT) Time 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Meeting with community leaders. Patronato, Water Board, PTA, and others. Time: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM.
Purchase of crafts for women Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM if you wish.
Continue with sewing lessons. Lunch 12:00 Noon with all the tribal
council and volunteers of NY/Help I proposed this meeting with
community leaders to request support for the clinic to develop emergency
activities for safety, teaching and the perimeter fence of the clinic 9 WEDNESDAY 25-02-17 La Laguna to La Habana to San Pedro Sula
New York HELP Volunteer Group, leaves La Laguna for La Habana. Group
takes bus from La Habana to San Pedro Sula and accommodation at Hotel
Maya Copán. The Group makes plans to go to the beaches of Omoa. 10 THURSDAY 26-01-17 Recreational Places.
Day of rest and fun. Go the the beach at Omoa, or visit museum and
other places. Visit safe places which are fun areas and return safely to
your home country, USA. 11 FRIDAY 27-01-17 Recreational Places NY/HELP Volunteer group takes a shower on the beaches of Omoa. Then readies luggage to leave the city of San Pedro Sula. Accommodation Hotel Maya Copán.
Meeting with Joel at Hotel Maya Copán . Time: After Dinner. Give some
suggestions about the visit to Honduras, on projects and meetings with
CDT and community. Give some recommendations, etc. 12. SAT. 28-01-17 S.P.S. Airport Group Moves to Airport in Taxi