Friday, December 31, 2010

December 31, 2010 New Year's Eve At A Small Church In El Hato

This group has written over 110 precious worship and praise songs.

The church was not full, but there were several people and we had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year.  
I went with several people from my Bible Study.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

December 25, 2010 Christmas Dinner In The Tropics

I shared Christmas dinner with my adopted Grandpa "Armando" and many other friends.
 One of the things which I made during Christmas was a pig leg, with pineapple, cloves and garlic.
 The table was full of great food...
 We helped ourselves; buffet style...
And believe it or not, most of the guests ate in the back yard...on December 25th...  Oh how I love the tropics! 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

December 22, 2010 Peggy's Birthday

It was my idea, I must admit...
Peggy Perdomo was kinda asking for it....
She needed a good joke played against her...

So a bunch of us from church went to Denny's and told the waiter that it was Peggy's Birthday...
A lie, I know... but it didn't cost Denny's anything but a SONG!
The waiters sang...

And we all enjoyed her surprise, her denial and her red face...
Happy Birthday Peggy, whenever it really is!!!

December 22, 2010 Joshua Misael Alvarado Is Almost Happy About His New Wheels!

No words necessary, the face tells it all.

Thanks to Free Wheelchair Mission for making this possible!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

December 16, 2010 David and Scarlett Jones Wedding and the Wedding Cake Saga

My friends Leonard and Marie Jones' son David was married today.  For almost two weeks I have been working on the flowers for the cake.  They are made from gumpaste.  David and Scarlett make a beautiful couple.  They have started a small ministry close to my farm in Valle de Angeles.

This cake was the hardest cake I ever made.  The cake wasn't hard, the decorations were not hard, but the fondant was a disaster.  The first batch of fondant which had about 10 pounds of powdered sugar in it, just would not work.  I tried and tried but to no avail.  Finally about 10 o'clock, the morning of the wedding I called in a friend to help.  She seemed to think it was a humidity problem and a too cold of weather problem.  

When she arrived about 12:30 PM I was panicked.  I had to drive the cake up the mountain to El Hatillo to La Cumbre and I had heard that the road was out and that there was a long detour.  That mixed with the fact that the wedding was at 5 o'clock and my neck was a tight as a fiddle string.

With the help of my friend we made another batch of fondant using the same recipe and it worked just fine.  But to put fondant on so three layers takes a while.

We threw the cake into the car and took off with flowers in hand, leaving the house at 4:45 PM for a 5:00 PM wedding... we drove up the mountain and then found that the detour was a horrible bumpy, potholed road...  I prayed that the cake wouldn't fall...  

The fondant did fall a little, but thank God I had made extra flowers, just in case.... So I covered the sags in the fondant with a few extra flowers.  I arrived at the wedding at 5:15 but the wedding had not yet started...  The groom was as cool as a cucumber, saying, "You are not late, the bride is not here yet and the wedding doesn't start until she gets here."  In Honduras the bride arrives when she gets darn good and ready...  Good for me on this particular occasion... she arrived as I was leaving one hour later after the cake was set up!

Then they had the cake table next to the lit fireplace.  I am working on the cake, getting the flowers on it and it is squatting.... Then I had to move the cake, the table and all, praying all the time that it would not collapse... Well it didn't collapse...  It did look pretty, except for the few extra flowers where the fondant split on the rocky road.  Everyone said that it tasted great.  I used over 100 eggs in the cake... It should have tasted great!!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

December 9, 2010 Wheelchair Giveaways

Today we were able to give away 2 wheelchairs.  
Both of these young ladies desperately needed them.

Jose always enjoys giving away wheelchairs which are donated to us by Free Wheelchair Mission.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

December 8, 2010 Wheelchair Giveaway

Today I had the blessing of being able to give away two wheelchairs to two young ladies.

Jose Benavides was a huge help today as he always is.
Loading, unloading, lifting the people into the wheelchairs and traveling with me to all ends of Honduras.

December 8, 2010 Food Giveaway At Casa De Oracion Tegucigalpa

Thanks to Dale and Gloria Leininger, Ernie and Robyn Breaux, Allen Canning and Jack DeLoss Taylor Trust, children at this church received canned goods to help their families.  All of the above helped and did their part to make this project happen.  Thank you!  This is an example how all of us working together can help many.

This church is located in a very poor area of Tegucigalpa and has been built as the result of years of sacrifice. Many of the homes in this neighborhood are wooden shacks.  Most of the children are malnourished.  Thankfully this feeding program gives them a daily meal.

In charge of a children's feeding program is a young man named Denis Alberto Gomez. (shown above) I had read about his work and contacted him to see if he needed some canned food.  I was not sure how he would use it, but I was sure that he could use it.

The cans of food were bagged for easy carrying from the church to the children's homes.

Then he lined the children in the program up from shortest to the taller children and gave away cans of food to each.  
This giveaway represented many families.