When the container finally arrived we were elated. But by the time late afternoon arrived, I was ready for bed. I arrived home at 5:30 PM and went to bed.
As we opened the doors of the container toys began to fall out on top of us. Jimmy Hughes’ ministry Free The Oppressed sent several of their guys to help with the unloading. They also rented a truck and took several tons of food to an orphanage in Zambrano.
We unloaded directly from the Dole container to a truck and sent 8 pallets of canned goods directly to the orphanage in Zambrano.
The truck ramps didn't exactly match up, but with Honduran engineering it all worked out.
Then we started loading up food, walkers and crutches to go to Amor Viviente, a church in Danli which feeds 341 children every day.
The food was loaded can by can passing through several hands until it reached the truck. At times they had to stop to allow traffic to pass by.
Every one worked together and the job was accomplished.
The warehouse got more and more full... I have no idea how Halo of Hope got so much stuff on that container.
We filled up the pastor of Palabra Revelada’s truck with food to go to Choluteca to feed the poor.
We couldn;t stack it any higher, because the tires were squatting.
We also helped Darwin load Amber Foster’s truck with mixed veggies for her soup ministry, feeding street kids in Tegucigalpa.
And then we filled it again.
One can at a time was thrown and caught and loaded across the street.
Finally we arrived at the very last pallet.
The warehouse was full to the brim even after giving away so much directly out of the container as it arrived. In the midst of it all, we were able to trade some canned food for 2,000 pounds of corn meal and other canned food for packages of a rice and soybean mixture.
Bartering is common among missionaries in Honduras. I get a container of veggies, you get a container of corn meal, another gets a container of wheelchairs, another may receive a container of medicine and we trade out with each other. Denominations make no difference in Honduras trade outs. The Baptists work with Episcopalians, who work with Church of Christ, who work with Methodists, who work with non-denominational ministries. The point is that we all work together to meet the needs of the people.