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Special Edition: Honduras

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The past two years I have been afforded with a wonderful opportunity to be a part of the Honduras Medical Mission through Holy Family Parish. This year I have been offered the same opportunity to attend, and with Father Bline's blessing will be traveling to, and working in, Honduras January 13-20.

Over 70 people will travel from Holy Family Parish to be a part of this mission. We are hosted by an Orphanage, Nuevo Paraíso, that sits in a small town about an hour away from Tegucigalpa (the capital city). After the medical brigades each day we spend time with the orphaned children playing fútbol (soccer), dancing, and going to Mass.

Each year we take enough vitamins, medicines, and treatments to help over 3000 people.

I have been struggling for some time now to put into words what Honduras means to me, and the peace I feel in my heart each year when I return. The people of Honduras are so in need of, and so thankful for, the help that we bring when we come. These people are a true testament of Faith and believe wholeheartedly that God will bring them through any difficult situation they may face.

I ask for your prayers and support not only for the people that we serve but also all of the doctors, translators, and volunteers that will attend.

I don't know that I can ever fully encompass all that takes place during this mission in one newsletter, but please see a short narrative below of what takes place. This is only a small tidbit of information, but I would be happy to discuss with you any of your questions about the mission.

So much of what we are called to do as servant leaders in encompassed in this trip. I can't wait to share my next experience with all of you when I return!

St. Francis gets involved!

Many people have asked what they can do to help and my answer is always to pray! The people of Honduras and the Americans who travel to help them form such a special bond in Christ and always benefit from prayers. However, there is another, more tangible option. Each year we take a number of sunglasses, but it never seems to quite be enough! We generally run out after the first day. The sun is so bright and their eyes get so dry and red and end up developing a number of eye issues, including cataracts at a very young age. If you have any old sunglasses laying around the house, or will be making a trip to the dollar store over the next week, I would be happy to take any donation of sunglasses with me!

While I'm away..

I appreciate your understanding in my spiritual need to be a part of this mission. Rest assured, the school will be well taken care of under the supervision of Julie Goshe, Coordinator of Educational Growth and Development, while I am away. I will have everything in order before I leave, however, she will be your point of contact, in building, for any of your questions, comments, or concerns. She will check my email daily as well as her own, and can be reached at mrsgoshe@stfparishschool.org, or by calling the school at 330-644-0638.