McCanns in Honduras

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Honduran Snow Day

One of the most exciting times when you are kid is going to bed hoping it will snow while you’re sleeping and school will be canceled the next day.  The night is filled with anticipation, and the next day without school is always so much fun.

Lucy's last snow day.  We're in Charlotte, about to leave for Costa Rica.  February '07

Lucy's last snow day. We were in Charlotte, about to leave for Costa Rica. February '07

Well we don’t have snow here in Honduras, but we still have our version of snow days.  Let me explain.

This afternoon, our exiled, former President Zelaya popped up in the capital city.  Hiding in the Brazilian embassy, he has rallied supporters and wants to talk.  The new government has responded like they have all through this process, with curfews.  As a move to hopefully stop protests and curb violence, the government instituted a 4 pm curfew this afternoon to run through the night.  Pretty standard, weren’t planning on going anywhere at 3 am anyway.

Well here is where the snow day comes in.  We just found out that the curfew has been extended for the whole day tomorrow.  Honduran snow day.  No school.  No work.  No errands.  No morning family time.  No afternoon Kids Club in Armenia.  And to make it worse, no fresh snow to play in.

As it has been through this whole process, we are perfectly safe and will continue to abide by all curfews.

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September 21, 2009 Posted by | Our Blog | 1 Comment

Honduran Independence Day

Do all Hondurans celebrate their nation’s birth with home-made, BBQ chicken pizza on the grill?  Probably not.  But did that stop us from enjoying it on our day off?  Absolutely not.

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Happy Independence Day Honduras!

September 15, 2009 Posted by | Our Blog | 3 Comments

Summer Construction Projects

One of the ministries that we had the great opportunity to be a part of this summer was community construction projects.  All of our short-term teams wanted to be a part of this mercy ministry, so they raised money for construction supplies and came down full of energy and a servants heart.  It was great to see the love of God shared though these projects, among Honduran and American alike.  Here are the stories of our summer projects.

Alejandro’s New Home

Alejandro is a single man with no known family in the area.  For years has lived in a small, one-room wooden shack.  He was thrilled at the idea of a new, concrete house, and worked along side us every day.  Our first team of the summer was a small group from Arizona who started work on this house.  The first few days were filled with the back-breakinging job of digging a foundation in the rocky soil.  Our small team worked hard, and with the help of a constant crew of Honduran volunteers, they laid the foundation and build up all four walls in a short week.

The job of finishing the house fell on our second summer team, a large youth team from southern Georgia.  In just two days the poured the floors, put up the roof, and installed the windows and doors.  Three months later, Alejandro still greats us with a gratefull smile for the work these two teams did.

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Marcus and Jolie’s New Home

After finishing Alejandro’s house, our youth team started our biggest job of the summer, a two-bed room, one-bath house for a small family, complete with a porch and a septic tank.

Marcus and Jolie are a young family, about our age, and Margerie is their 6 year old daughter.  Marcus is a hard working day laborer, and Jolie helps her mom cook and sell pastelitos (pastries), pan de coco (coconut bread), and baleadas (Honduras’ version of a soft taco).  As long as we’ve know them, they’ve shared one bedroom in their parents house, a small home filled to the brim with over 10 family members.

Again, our team dug and laid the foundation, helped dig the septic tank, and laid enough blocks to get the wall up to about waist high.

After a few weeks break, our home church showed up and we picked up the house right were we left off.  A couple of the guys jumped in to lay bricks, and by the end of the week were working on their own with no supervision.  The rest of the crew mixed and ferried cement, carried bricks, and generally helped on-site.  Their week saw the walls go all the way up, but with still more work to go.

At the end of July, a group from Norther California came down for 10 days.  In their first days the laid the floor, put up the roof, and finished off the septic tank.  It was so great for us to see it all completed, we just wished everyone who put in time could have been there to see it.

Just the other day, I stopped by and watched some futbol with Marcus in his new living room.  Despite the plastic chairs and 10″ TV, he was thrilled to finally be in his new home.

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Ramon and Dunia’s New Bathroom

Our California team didn’t stop with Marcus and Jolie’s house, and had soon moved on to complete Ramon and Dunia’s bathroom.  Ramon is very involved in a local church and works as a tutor at a local Christian orphanage and school, where his 6 year son Issac attends.  Dunia is a stay at home mom, caring for their 7 month old, Naomi (who is often seen sighted in a Duke skirt around town, it pays to be born a few months after Ellie!).  Right now they are living in his brother’s house, waiting to move into their new home once it is finally finished.

In just two days our group, under Ramon’s watchful eye, finished off the bathroom walls and covered the septic tank.  It is just a matter of time now until the family moves into their new digs.

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Pastor Melvin’s New Roof

But once again, our California team wasn’t done there.  With the two days they had left, we headed over the Pastor Melvins house to fix his failing roof.  Melvin pastors one of the three churches in Armenia and he, along with his wife, son, and daughter, have been very welcoming and encouraging to our team.

Our foreman for the summer built the house over 15 years ago, and even though he did a great job, the roof was rusted and leaking, only held together in parts with some duck tape.  So in two days, we took down the old roof and put up the new, just in time for some serious rain storms.

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Pastor’s Iraeni’s New Kitchen

After our California team finally said good-bye, a team from Arizona showed up for the third week of August.  Their job for the week was a new kitchen for Pastor Iraeni, a replacement for his old kitchen that was ruined in a fire.

Though Iraeni works all day in a factory, his wife Brenda and their two daughters were always around to keep us company.  The team built a tricky wall up the side of a steep hill, put up a new roof, and started to fill in the floor.  When they left, there was just a day or two more until the kitchen was complete.

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A New Roof for Pastor Iraeni’s Church

Our last and biggest team of the summer brought down 18 workers all the way from New York City.  Their job was no small task: install a new roof on a local church in the middle of town.  For the first few days, the team helped with demo and paint, while a few works went over to finish Iraeni’s floor.  After a few days of ground work and brick laying, the roof finally started to take shape on Thursday.  Full days on Thursday and Friday saw the roof almost reach completion.

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It was quite a busy summer filled with sweat, hard work, and long days.  The projects went a long way in serving others and sharing the love of Christ with them.  We loved being a part of this ministry and seeing the love that was shared between the Americans who we just met and the Hondurans whom we have come to love.

September 7, 2009 Posted by | Our Blog | 1 Comment