Tuesday, September 22, 2009


We had a great trip to El Cerron. We loaded a bus Sunday morning and met Jarmon and Karina in San Pedro Sula. We went to buy supplies for the group and then headed to the airport to pick up the group. We were so excited to see everyone! Elias also loved seeing everyone! We drove to Siguatapegue, catching up with everyone on the way. Once we got there we also got to see Debbie and Gene. The next morning we left for El Cerron. It was also good to see Evis, Norma, and the boys. The Property looked great. Evis and the men have worked very hard. 
The men started working soon after we arrived. They worked very hard all week and got a lot of work done. Elias had so much fun running all around the Property with Grammy. His favorite spot was at the water hole throwing rocks! 
The week went by so fast. The group left (except for a few) and the next group arrived Monday morning. Again it was good to see everyone! This was a big group but everyone worked together and the men again got so much accomplished. 
God has provided International Mission Builders and our family with so much. We are blessed to have Jarmon, Karina and their family and Evis, Norma, and their boys also the workers-Ruben, William, and Theofalo. We were able to use our Spanish alot. We realize that we have more that we need to learn but I was able to talk alot with Norma and Karina and George talked alot with the Evis, Jarmon and the workers. 
We also want to say thank you to everyone who sent us goodies!! George's dad and mom, my mom and dad, Grandmama, Aunt Shelby & Uncle Mike, Paw Paw & Maw Maw, Ragan, Chris, and the boys, Uncle Jimi, Dale, Summer & the boys, Mary & Greg, Jerrod, Haley and the boys, Aunt Pat & Uncle Rusty, Unc and Caca, Louann & Randy Crews, Tammy & Tim Sweat. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! George, Elias and I were so excited when we opened everything. Yall have blessed us so much and everytime we open the cabinet or Elias plays with a new toy-we are so thankful! 
We had a great two weeks spending time with friends and family.  It flew by so quickly.  We were also excited and encouraged to be able to work with groups and do "ministry stuff".  This was the first time since we moved here that we spent time with our family.  Kara and I talked earlier this week about how it hit us that for the rest of our lives we will always be saying "bye" to our families.  We share this not to romanticize our calling, but to share some of our struggles.  God has given us both great families which we love very much.  It was hard to say goodbye Saturday, but we know God has called us to this ministry and He will provide the strength for us to continue to grow.  We appreciate your prayers and ask that you please continue to pray for the ministry and for the political situation here.  We love you all very much.

For His Glory,
George, Kara, and Elias

Please say a prayer

 George, Elias, and I had a great time with friends and family at the Property for the past two weeks. Tonight we are going to try to sit down and get our thoughts together and write a post. But right now we ask that you stop and say a prayer for Honduras. The President that was taken out of the country in June made a surprise entry into the country yesterday. He is in the capital city and many people have gathered there to protest for and against him. There is great chaos in the big cities. Please pray for the people of Honduras. Pray that things will be worked out peacefully and without violence. As always, God is in control. 

Saturday, September 5, 2009


Tonight we are having my teacher and her boyfriend over for dinner. We are looking forward to the time that we can spend together. Please pray for our conversation. Adonias' father is a pastor up in the mountains. I'm not sure if he is a Christian.  Please continue to pray for them and the upcoming birth of their baby. 
Tomorrow we are catching a bus to San Pedro. Jarmon will be there to pick us up and then we will meet the group at the airport! We are so excited to see daddy, mama, Dale, Chris, Greg and the rest of the group! We are also looking forward to seeing Gene and Debbie tomorrow! We are excited about the next two weeks. Please pray for the safety as the teams travel and for us as we travel. Also pray that the construction of our home will go well and that God will work out the plans. Pray also for the time that we will be able to share the Gospel with the people around the property. 
God is so good and continues to be faithful!

Friday, September 4, 2009

The Mountains

Yesterday we went on an excursion to the mountains. After lunch we loaded up into the back of a pickup-it was me, George, Elias, and two other students. The ride was very rough! There was never a point where the road was smooth. Elias did very good and enjoyed pointing out all the cows and horses along the way. We went high into the mountains and stopped at a house where we all piled out. This is where we were to make pottery out of clay. A young girl lived there (her mother had died about six months before). She was a very strong girl as she brought a big hunk of clay and started to knead out the rocks. She gave each of us a chance-she made it look a whole lot easier than it was. When the clay was ready we sat down on the porch in front of a bench. She placed the clay in front of us and we got to work. We laughed at each others pots or pitchers but in the end they all actually turned out pretty good. It was a lot of fun and George and I were reminded of the verse in Isaiah 64:8 "But now O Lord you are our Father; we are the clay, and You are our potter; we are all the work of Your hand." God is such a great God! 
When we left this house our guide took us to a house a little farther up the mountain. Here the men were making cane syrup. This was so cool to see. They had a machine set up with a long wood pole over it. They would hook up cows on the end of the poles and the cows would walk in a circle. The men would stick the cane poles in the machine and as the cows walked around the parts of the machine would turn and squeeze the juice out of the cane. Then the men would take the juice and put it in a great big black pot. This pot was huge and they would build a fire under it. They would boil the juice in this pot for five hours continually stirring it. When we got there it was almost finished and it was boiling-big bubbles would come to the surface and pop. One of the men would stick his hand in water and then test the boiling juices-which now had turned to "goo" I cant imagine the pain of that but he acted as though it wasn't a big deal. The men then took the huge pot off the fire. Then they would take the goo and put it in man made holes in a large piece of wood where it would harden into a big block of sugar cane. It was very cool to see but so much work. The men said that they had worked for two days cutting the cane and then completing this process. They said for all that work they could only get about L600 (which is about $30) for all of the sugar cane!  The woman that was there gave us some to try and it was amazing! We wanted to buy some but they don't sell it. They said it was for the people in the area-we guessed that they use it to trade for other things. 
It was great to be able to spend time with the people. They are very poor and live simple lives but are so friendly.  Its a whole different life up there on the mountain.