Denelle Esmay is a senior at Grand Canyon University, earning her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education (Dual Major). She and a team of GCU students traveled to Honduras on a global outreach trip in May 2014 to help spread hope to people of Honduras. Check out the first part of her mission—and keep reading throughout the summer to get more of her firsthand experiences on this GCU global outreach trip!
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Our journey to Honduras began early in the morning with a panicked wake up. The representative who was asked to shuttle our team to the airport arrived an hour and half earlier than our expected leaving time. After calling the airlines and getting things straightened out, our team took our time getting ready and ate breakfast, then piled into the shuttle to fly to Houston.
After dinner, we discovered the spiritual gifts everyone had been given and we recognized where in the mission to Honduras each one could potentially be used. Then, we reflected on how each of us ended up as part of the team. It was shocking to hear that no one was originally supposed to go to Honduras, as many team members signed up for other trips or did not apply at all. Surely God would work in glorious ways through each one of us.
Friday, May 9, 2014
We started the day off very early in the morning to catch our flight to Tegulcigalpa, Honduras. After arriving, we drove for over three hours on a road that had more twists and turns than life itself, before arriving in the little town of La Esperanza. Honduras is a beautifully lush and green forest full of exuberant life. However, it is one of the poorest nations in Latin America and as we arrived at our home for the week, a children’s home by the name of La Casa Hogar de Immanuel, we experienced true poverty firsthand.
At our impromptu orientation during dinner, we discovered that water only works from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.–anything more than that requires the use of a bucket of water. If we wished for a warm shower, we had to boil our water and we were only allowed to take five-minute showers. Laundry had to be washed by hand on a stone tablet, meals were made on stoves of cement and lunch and dinner generally consisted of rice, beans and corn tortillas.
Saturday/Sunday, May 10-11, 2014
The day started early again as our team woke up, gobbled up some breakfast and headed to the markets to buy food for the week’s meals. We learned quickly that with our large backpacks, tall height, mostly pasty skin and cameraman, we were targeted by some covetous men. However, thanks to the concern of some of the beautiful women selling us food, we were able to get to safety and determine what we would truly need when out and about.
After lunch with some of the local pastors back at the children’s home, we went on a hike up a little mountain to view the entire city of La Esperanza. It was absolutely breathtaking! Our Creator is such an artist!
Sunday was our last free day to explore and enjoy the amazing masterpiece of Honduras before working in the schools, in the prison and in the villages. We went to a tourist park called Pulhapanzak which consisted of a clear river and waterfalls. We had the unique opportunity to go ziplining in a 10-layer course all throughout the park and over the waterfalls. It was nice to get a new perspective on the land as being over it was even more breathtaking than being on it!
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