On this day, in 3 weeks, I will attending a church service in Honduras. I will be listening to worship music in Spanish. I will be praying with a new group of people. I will get to play with some beautiful children.
Then, that night, I will lay my head down and attempt to sleep. The next day, Monday, August 12th, at about 10:00 a.m, I will meet Celeste for the first time.
I've run through various situations of what meeting her will be like. Will she come running to me with open arms and give me a big hug? Will she hide behind her grandmother out of shyness? Will she have a lot of things to say? Will she be quiet and reflective? Will I be able to break the ice?
I've been praying and attempting to prepare myself what what I'm going to experience in Honduras. This will be my first time to a 3rd world country. I don't have any prior mission trip experience. I know that I'm going to see things that shock me. I know that my heart is going to be broken. I also know that I will see some beautiful things and I will have moments where I'm happy beyond measure.
It's going to be quite an adventure.
Last week, I received this in the mail:
Compassion sent a whole book of things we need to know. A packing list, a short history on Honduras, Compassion's history in Honduras, things to watch out for, suggestions of how to dress, and our daily schedule. It's a great resource!
Plus, how cool are those luggage tags?!
Other than that, I have been packing and packing and packing. So far, this is what my suitcase looks like:
As you can see, there are no clothes in this suitcase yet.
What I have packed is many, many, many gifts. The right side of the suitcase is gifts for Celeste and her siblings.
The left side of the suitcase is gifts that I'm taking for other sponsors. I will drop these gifts off with the Compassion staff and they will deliver them to the various projects.
As of now, I have everything I need for kids bought and packed. I still need to buy a few things for myself: shorts, capris, bug spray, and sunscreen.
Other than that, I'm completely ready for this trip!