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Saturday, August 17, 2013
This past Sunday, Lipscomb FCA sent a small group down to Zamarano, Honduras to serve for a week at Jovenes en Camino. Jovenes is a refuge for orphaned and at risk boys that not only provides a means to support and education, but also serves as a platform to share the gospel. There are a total of 60 boys currently living at Jovenes, and three sets of house parents. The team making the trip consists of Ryan Terry and Dustin Wilder from the Bison golf team, Aaron Spragg from the Bison baseball team, and Katie Collier from the Lady Bison track and field team. This group is also joined by the Nashville regional FCA director Shaun Dean
The LORD, it seems, is breaking up our trip nicely, as these last three days have been very similar in scheduling and activities. Each of the last three days, we have done our best to enter the lives of these young men. We woke up as a team between 5 and 6 a.m., met the Jovenes boys for their community breakfast, and went to work with them. The poverty in Honduras keeps them from buying and using the same tools as we deem common in the USA. For instance, when Katie, Dustin and I were working in the "Carpenteria," or Carpentry Shop, we didn't have electric sanders to smooth the rough edges of night stands and book shelves...we did them all by hand. Señor Alex taught us the ropes,and the boys checked our work and encouraged us along. It was hard work, but good working with our hands for a change. Ryan and Aaron went to "La Nueva," which is their nickname for the worksite where they keep the animals and grow crops for food. They teamed up with a group of about 20 older boys and cut back weeds with handheld machetes. We worked hard from 7-10:30 a.m., then we break for lunch. And it's worth noting that I haven't heard a single complaint yet from these young men. They take pride in their work, mixing in smiles, laughter and music. They do what they need to in school like most teenagers. And they play hard with good sportsmanship in the afternoons. They are teaching me a thing or two about how to truly enjoy life.