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2017 Habitat Honduras Team Update: Day 7

“Let us not become weary as in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
-Galatians 6:9
That’s a Wrap

As the team gathered this morning, you could feel the energy in the air as we prepared for our final build day. Arriving on site after another delicious breakfast at Casa Pizatti, the team spent the day bending rebar, building rebar cages and digging trenches.

Our morning also included a brief on-site visit with the National Director of Habitat Honduras and two board members.

For myself, and I believe many of my teammates, the highlight of the day was the closing celebration. The gathering included our team, the masons, a number of the 13 partner families and Habitat Honduras staff members.

“Her heartfelt words were a fresh reminder of the impact we can make in the lives of others if we’ll just take a moment to step outside ourselves and answer God’s call to serve one another in love.”

Pastor Eddie, whose church we attended Sunday evening, opened the celebration with a prayer. Though spoken in another language, the sincerity of the words were felt by each and every one of us.

Speaking on behalf of the 13 partner families was Julia. She graciously thanked the team, the masons and Habitat. Martha, a Habitat Honduras staff member, also spoke.

Next, partner families, masons and Habitat staff took turns presenting certificates to each of our participating team members. During her certificate presentation, future homeowner Claudia brought many of us to tears. She took the opportunity to thank first God and then Habitat and our team for our role in helping them realize their dream of homeownership.

Her heartfelt words were a fresh reminder of the impact we can make in the lives of others if we’ll just take a moment to step outside ourselves and answer God’s call to serve one another in love.

After Bruce spoke on behalf of our team, the ceremony concluded with a special Garifuna dance performance and a piñata for the children – young and old alike.

Soon the team faced the difficult task of saying goodbye to the masons and partner families we worked along side all this week. While we were together for only a short period of time, we are all part of one another’s story forever.

Next the team headed back to the hotel to clean up before our farewell “surf and turf” dinner. After dinner, Chip led us in a devotion focused on the physical, emotional and spiritual endurance needed for a mission trip. Team members discussed things that we’ve learned about ourselves during the week, including those things that we desire to work on when we get home.

The scripture readings served as a challenge for our team to continue to live lives of service whether in a third world country or at home in our daily lives.

As we prepare to pack our bags to head home, we would ask for your prayers for safe travels and for our transition back into our “every day” lives.

-Christine

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