Saturday, November 27, 2010

November 27, 2010 Giving Away Wheelchairs To People Who Came From El Paraiso

I received a telephone call this morning telling me...  "There are people looking for your place...  They have come all the way from Danli for wheelchairs"...  I thought to myself, "Might have been nice if they had called me before coming all that way."

So I quickly called a friend and asked if he could put together 4 wheelchairs... He agreed and I met them at his place to give away 
the wheelchairs.

The two men road in the back of the ambulance on hard metal seats sideways, with no air for 2 1/2 hours... Crammed in between the gurney and the seat.  

She and her mom rode in the front of the ambulance.

Here is the ambulance....  I still have no idea how they heard about me or the wheelchairs.  But they all pitched in and came together.  An advance warning telephone call would have been nice.  But then today might not have been exciting if I hadn't been required 
to change all my plans... 
Thank you Free Wheelchair Mission and Jack DeLoss Taylor Trust!  These people are now mobile thanks to you.  

Thursday, November 25, 2010

November 25, 2010 Thanksgiving Lunch With Friends

Pumpkin Pie

Apple Pie

Pecan Pie

Vilo Martiez enjoying some coffee...

Genny Lainez

Pedro Barquero, Jamileth Villeda, Peggy Perdomo and 
Josh Renovado with his back to the camera.

Josh Renovado and Sonia Lovo

Renan Inestroza and Vilo Martinez

We all ate until we were stuffed, like a Thanksgiving Turkey!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

November 21, 2010 Today's Blog Is About A January Food Giveaway

Dale and Gloria Leininger of Halo of Hope Ministries sent us a container of tens of thousands of pounds of canned veggies from the USA.  Our ministry friends Robyn and Ernie Breaux paid for the shipment and with it we were able to bless other ministries as well as individual people in need.   

 I had heard about a young lady by the name of Amber Foster here in Tegucigalpa who has a ministry to the alcoholics and glue sniffers and other street people.  Although I could not do what she does, I do have a heart for her ministry and she is evidently very effective.

 It is important to note that I had never met Amber, she was a Facebook friend with a friend in common.  With her Facebook email, I offered her some veggies.  She sent her right hand Darwin and we filled up her BIG SUV several times and the only thing I asked was for photos of the giveaway.

Amber made photos of the veggie soup she made to take to her homeless people.

Here are some of the people she ministers to...

He seems to be enjoying his soup... He doesn't even set it down for the photo.

Look at this precious little girl...

Looks like Amber had a few volunteers helping her.

She still had more veggies to make more soup for later delivery...

I know you are asking, "Why did I wait so long to publish this?"  It just seems like I have to do the work or do the blogs and sometimes there is just not time to do both...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

November 18, 2010 My Poodle Esther Is In Cromos Magazine

Today started out like any other day... Errands to run.. things to do... and the take Esther, my Honduran Champion Standard French Poodle to a photo shoot for Cromos magazine...

Knowing that there are always kinks in the traffic, I left planning to arrive 15 minutes early to White Mountain where the photo shoot was to take place...

But it was not to happen... at least the part about us arriving 15 minutes early was not to happen...  A semi tractor decided to totally block the entire road not allowing anyone to pass by for 45 minutes...

I patiently waited for my 15 minutes I had allowed extra time but as the minutes ticked by I started to get concerned... So I sent a security guard, from across the street with a message to move the truck where I could get by and the other 25 cars waiting behind me could get by.

The answer, someone was waiting for someone for permission to move the truck...  So I sent the security guard back with another message... The "Commissionado de Transito's" wife is calling her husband to make you move"...  (That was a way to bully the driver into moving, but it didn't work either) Translated that means that the top dog at the police department's wife is in the line of cars waiting and if you don't move immediately you will wish you had...

The response, "someone blocked the truck driver in and he couldn't quite make the turn to get out"...  By now I am 30 minutes late, I have been waiting for 45 minutes and still no movement from the truck or the driver... So I send the same security guard back again and I tell him, "Hay una mujer gringa atras de la fila quien dice en caso el chauffer no es capiz, ella si puedo mover el rastra."  For those of you who can understand Spanglish, I said, "There is a woman gringa in the line who says she can move the truck if you aren't capable."  Immediately the truck engine fired up and the truck was moved.  Moral of the story, Honduran men truck drivers are more afraid of a woman moving their truck and ruining their pride than they are of the police...  

Another Honduran lesson in culture learned...

Below is the photo of Esther in the magazine... and to top it all off, the model nor the photographers were not the least bit concerned that we were 45 minutes late.

Friday, November 12, 2010

What A Month!!!!

 The last few weeks have been very busy.  Sometimes I felt really burdened down with all the things which I needed to get done.  But all things are possible through Christ who strengthens me.

There were times when I fell into bed at night so tired, I didn't even remember to eat dinner. But man shall not live by bread alone but by every word which proceeds out of the mouth of God.

There were times when I felt like the harder I worked on my "To Do" list the more things were piled on top of me to do.  In other words my "To Do" list multiplied.  But I rejoiced in the Lord.

There were days when I wondered to myself, "Why did I leave the USA and move to another nation with another language, with other customs?"  And then I remembered that I am a stranger here on earth and my real home is in heaven.  I also remembered that every Christian is called to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  We are all called to help others.  The Bible says, "When we give a cup of water, we are lending to God."

I didn't have time to even stop and smell the roses, but I decided that I would bathe myself in perfume, I even sprayed my sheets with perfume one evening because I just wanted to smell roses.  
Joy perfume to the rescue!

I awoke every morning early and studied my way through part of 1 Kings and part of 2 Samuel.  I am not sure why I ended up in those books this week, it just happened.  I really liked to read about Hannah praising the Lord.

On the days when I was most tired, I thought about all the people who were tired and had no hope.  I have hope.  I have Jesus in my life.  I am blessed to be able to help people.
I hope to get caught up on 2 months of BLOGGING which I am really late getting out.  My computer died and had to go to the computer hospital.  Before it finally died, it was on a downhill slide for 2 months.  I couldn't upload photos and thus I couldn't write and publish my BLOG.  The computer was resurrected and thus I am writing this BLOG to give some insight into my last few weeks and months.  

There were car problems, still no residency, water problems, two friends fighting cancer, some of my checking accounts were closed when my bank where I have been for 20 years sold out some of their branches (try to fix that from 1,000 miles away) which made for more problems which snowballed, none of the problems were my fault, but I had to mess with them and thank God for a mom and dad which were there to help me.  Thank God that He will never leave me or forsake me and He is always by my side.  Thank God for family.  I feel like I am God's favorite.  Is that possible?

There were some highlights in the middle of all the busy-ness.  I received word that the book which I have written will be published by January 1st.  That is GREAT NEWS!
A water well was dug in Triumfo, Choluteca and it will help many people.  Many wheelchairs were given away.  Photos will follow but with the earlier dated BLOGS, since I can now upload photos to the already drafted BLOGS.  

When I look at the above photos, I am so thankful for all my blessings. I am glad I don't have to move around like this.  I am blessed, I am blessed, I am blessed.

I think ALL of the above pictures were taken by a French photographer, Alain Delorme in Shanghai,China throughout 2009 & 2010. He called the series, Totems.