Lipscomb associate director of athletics for spiritual formation Brent High checks in with an update from day five of the trip to Mission Lazarus in Honduras
Day five just ended with a powerful time of sharing and prayer by a roaring fire at Mission Lazarus. It was the perfect ending to a fantastic day.
We made concrete all day long in the hot sun. The recipe is three wheelbarrow loads of sand, two wheelbarrow loads of concrete, two bags of concrete mix and about 20 gallons of water. There’s a lot of shoveling, turning it over again and again and again. There is no power mixer in Nuevos Colorados. Everything is done by hand.
We finished our rebar building for the week. Kaela Pennington was the foreman over rebar and did an amazing job.
We filled in two long trenches in the foundation footprint. We hope to finish up filling the trenches tomorrow and maybe start working on the posts. Next week if you were to come to the site you might not even know we had been there. All of our work will likely be for the foundation that will be below ground. All of the hole digging, boulder moving and concrete work will be out of sight. It brings a whole new meaning to the scripture that instructs you to “let your giving be in secret.”
Towards the end of our work today I noticed something in the foundation footprint. With absolutely no planning or forethought on our part, an interesting symbol was staring us in the face in the middle of the grid. I got a ladder and climbed up on the washing shed to get a better view. This photograph is a favorite of everyone on the team today.
The first two days on the site we played soccer with the kids after lunch. Today we played baseball with them. I brought three tennis balls with me. I found two sturdy sticks at Mission Lazarus and made a couple of bats. We used the empty concrete mix bags for bases.
To my surprise those kids, mostly 8-10 year olds, could hit! They had pretty good form and knew the rules of the game. They even knew when to steal bases on the pitcher.
Nehemias, the little boy with the club foot, had wanted to badly to play in the soccer games the first two days but just wasn’t able to keep up with the other boys. Today he stepped to the plate and hit a sharp grounder to the outfield. He made his way around the bases with a huge smile on his face.
A small group delivered food to another 20 families this afternoon. They continue to come back with story after story of how gracious and hospitable these people are when they deliver the food. Most of them offer to cook food for our students when they come even though they have so little.
We drove back to Mission Lazarus just before sunset. We drove down to the stream where Tyler Burstrom and Kyle Erickson were baptized a year ago. Later tonight we presented them both with leather-bound Bibles with messages from all of us who came on the first trip to Honduras last year.
We had another scrumptious meal at Mission Lazarus consisting of baked chicken, vegetables and macaroni salad. After dinner our newly formed jug band, Clock and Wildfire, entertained the crowd. Blanton Farmer, Blake Fonfara and I found out that we are all pyromaniacs and built undoubtedly the biggest fire in the history of the Mission Lazarus fireplace. Let’s just say it would have been a good night to share the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
T.J. McCloud got our sharing time started by asking the question, “Why wouldn’t it have been better to just send $40,000 to a good cause in Honduras instead of having all of us come down here for a week?”
The responses were many and varied but all pointed to a similar thread. The ripple effects from trips like these go far beyond the week and the location of the trip. Individuals are changed. Families are changed. Businesses are changed. Teams are changed. Communities are changed. All for the better.
We took time to circle around Kyle and Tyler and pray over them. That was a powerful experience. Tears were shed and words of encouragement rained down on them from multiple team members.
Samuel Montoya killed a scorpion that was headed for me before the prayer. That was the closest we got to anything dangerous today. The Lord blessed us with another safe day.
Thank you for your continued prayers. Consider how you might get involved with missions in this new year.