McCanns in Honduras

Let the nations be glad & sing for joy!

Feeding Five Thousand*

How do you feed over 200 people stretched out over 10 short-term teams and 3 months?  Well an all-day PriceSmart (Central America’s answer to Sams) run is a good start.

*Avg 20 people per meal x 3 meals per day x 90 days = over 5,000

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Yesterday, Josh, Jamie, Lindsey, Ellie, and Mike piled in the new van and headed to San Pedro Sula, about a 3 hour drive.  They had one goal in mind, load up with as much paper products, non-perishables, and freezable food as possible.

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Our plan for the summer teams is to have as much food prep as possible done before they get here.  This trip was a huge step in that direction, and should really free us up from making constant grocery runs this summer.  Picutred above is assorted breakfast options, snack, and lots of condements.

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We filled our stand-up freezer with meat, coldcuts, coffee, and lots of sandwhich bread.  Also on top are more condiments.  Lucy seems to be in awe of all the food.  She has already found the Fruit Loops, and though she understands that we are saving them for the summer, I think she thinks the summer is this afternoon, or at the latest, tomorrow.

Not Pictured: The loads of toilet paper, paper towels, and other non-edible products stored over at Mike’s.

The travelers did great, and apparently even Ellie handled the 6-hour round trip pretty well.  We’re also proud to say that the van performed well, and that we couldn’t have gotten nearly the same amount of food without it.

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April 24, 2009 Posted by | Our Blog | 1 Comment

Heat

Above: The dock at sunset.

We would be remiss to live in the Caribbean for too long and not talk about the heat. People often ask us about it, and the only answer we have is that it’s hot!

How hot? The actual temperature doesn’t vary too much from a hot southern day. 80-95 F with 75-95% humidity. Tolerable right? Well yes if your running from you air conditioned house to an air conditioned car to drive to your air conditioned office. Here A/C is a luxury that most people just cannot afford.

The key to not only living in this climate, but working it in all day, is to drink. We’ve just come to accept that we’ll probably sweat our way through every day and change our shirts (at least I do) once a day. We laugh with our nurse Erin because she constantly gets people at health clinics who complain about headaches and being tired, and it usually turns out that they don’t drink much water, just a couple glasses of Coke every day.

Although the heat is ever present and can sap your strength quickly, we really have learned to live with it. Like most things in live, it really isn’t the circumstances that affects ones happiness, but rather the attitude we have in regards to the circumstances we’re placed in.

That is not to say we just run around town at mid-afternoon every day either. We’ve learned how to stay cool in the back yard, to take multiple showers everyday, and when it’s just too hot, we head to the air conditioned mall or find a pool.

So if (when) you come down to visit, pack lots of extra shirts, a couple water bottles, and get ready to fall in love with a nice, cold shower!

April 22, 2009 Posted by | Our Blog | 2 Comments

Happy Birthday

To the most beautiful woman in the whole world.

Love,

Sean, Lu, and Ells

April 17, 2009 Posted by | Our Blog | 1 Comment

Recent Happenings

With all that’s been going on lately and all the traveling we’ve been doing, I just plain forget to post, much apologies.  So without going into too much detail, here’s a glimpse of some of what we’ve been up to lately.

Medical Clinic at the Landfill

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The landfill here in La Ceiba is basically a big hill right outside of town.  The trucks come here every day and drop off their trash, and then the bulldozers move it around.  Around the edges, some of the poorest inhabitants of La Ceiba have built themselves a fairly workable community.  Our team visited this community twice last month to offer day-long medical clinics.

A kind family opened up their home to us, with their cleared out living room serving as intake, and an emptied out bedroom doubling as an exam room and the pharmacy.  I tagged along one of the days to serve as the “pharmacist” (really a glorified pill counter).  Our nurse, Erin, saw lots of really sick patents, and I gave out tons of worm medications.  It was a long day, with lots of big families who all needed medicine, but a joy to serve.

Health Classes in Armenia Bonito

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Lindsey’s most recent health class featured a large-scale skit.  In the skit were two contrasting chef’s, cracking jokes and teaching good health habits and meal planning.  Lindsey has been putting lots of work into these classes, and for the first time was able to teach without Ellie.  Because of how the time worked out, I was able to stay home with both the girls so Lins could be freed up to focus on the class.

This has been such a great ministry for Lindsey to get involved in.  She can work on prepping for the classes at night, and it really taps into her degree.

April 14, 2009 Posted by | Our Blog | Leave a comment

Panama City Visa Trip

 

Above: The view from a boardwalk in the old city, looking towards the new city.

Well it’s official, we have now been in Honduras for 3 months. The time seems to have flown by, but count on the government to keep us mindful of our 90 day tourist visas. We are currently in Honduras using tourist visas. We receive these visas when we arrive, and they are good for 90 days. The good thing about this visa is that it not only works for Honduras, but also for Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. We can travel to any of these countries in our 90 days. The bad part is that to renew the visa, we must leave this block of 4 countries for a few days. If you’re a little rusty on your Central American geography, Honduras borders three countries, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.  So needless to say, we can’t simply hope the border for a few days.  The next closest countries to the north are Belize and Mexico, and to the south, Costa Rica and Panama.

We’d heard that Panama was a great place to visit, so we combined our mandatory exit with a family vacation. Turns out the Manhattan-looking skyline is a far cry from the “rural” La Ceiba, and world apart from our first Latino home, San Jose, Costa Rica.

For three days we took in all the tourist sights: the Panama Canal, the Old City (Spanish part of town), and the Old, Old City (ruins), and lots of museums, while also enjoying lots of A/C, McDonalds, and relaxing by the pool.

The girls took it in pretty well, with Lucy especially enjoying walking through some of the old Cathedrals and playing in the pool. As always with a family with young kids, we feel like we need a vacation just to get over our vacation! But good news, this week is Samana Santa (Holy Week), so now work in the city and lots of play.

April 8, 2009 Posted by | Our Blog | 2 Comments