I am deeply sorry to those who have been trying to keep up with my happenings through this blog...excuses are pretty much void at this point, so please accept my apologies for making you wait so long for an update. Just keep this apology in mind for any and all proceeding posts, as I will no longer be starting off my posts with apologies...so we'll make this the last one.
Since it's been so long, I will divide this post in two parts: the first will focus on what's been going on and the second will give some insight as to what's been going on personally. Thank you for your patience!
(not a personal photo)
So, as for what's been going on since the last time I posted...I went home for Christmas and hung out with family and friends for about 3 and a half weeks. Needless to say (although I haven't said much through this blog for the past year), it was great to see and be with family for Christmas and New Year's. It was a much needed break from the craziness of the mission, but by the end of my time home, I was ready to get back to action. I didn't have to wait long for that to happen. In March, we started the mission season with a few Spring Break teams who came down from Texas A&M, Old Dominion (my alma mater), and FOCUS ministries. During the first Spring Break mission, I celebrated 1 year in Honduras...pretty hard to believe how fast it's gone, considering I'm now approaching 20 months as I write this post. But to be honest, there are times when it feels like I've been here much longer, and others when I feel like I've just arrived. I think that's just the reality of the missionary life, never knowing what to expect...and/or trying to comprehend what just happened.
|Hangin' with the locals|
And there was certainly no shortage of inebriation...not on our part, of course ;) If anything, I was reminded of why I never was attracted to drinking at really any point in my life...so for that, thank you, Utila! But apart from the time we spent on the beach trying to reach out to whoever would give us the light of day, it was a beautiful and unique experience getting to know the locals from the Catholic Christian community. They were beautiful people with a beautiful culture. Despite the difficulty of the mission, I do wish to return someday...maybe with a little musical help from my brothers...doubt it, but you never know!
|Baton Rouge team|
Needless to say, we were very busy this summer. Thankfully, we had the help of 9 awesome summer-termers to help with the craziness of the summer. It did get a little crowded in our complex (about 25 people)...but as they say, the more the merrier! We were truly blessed to have them for a couple of months, as the help was very much needed.
Nowadays, the community is adjusting to new leadership, as our beloved Carol-who has been living in Honduras for over 13 years-has gone off to study in Rome. We are very blessed to welcome and have our new leaders, Bob and Diane step in and take over the reigns for the next 3 years. They're pretty quality people...they are from VA, so I think it goes without saying ;)
|Tio Osboo, myself, and Roger|
My uncle actually came down for Thanksgiving LAST year (first relative brave enough to come visit me), but neither of my parents had traveled to Central America before making the trek down to Hondo.
|Mis padres y yo day of their departure :(|
Apart from that, life has slowed down, but getting ready to pick back up with some retreats, missions, and the like...
Stay posted for another, more personal look into how things have been the past year!