I woke up early Sunday morning to take a walk around the hotel. Sorry mom! I wanted to see where I was and what was around me.
Later that morning we all headed over to the Cathedral in downtown El Progreso. Talk about breathtaking! That morning Father Paul celebrated mass with Priest Padre Jack at the Cathedral. The service was wall to wall packed with eager hearts to worship Jesus. The mass was celebrated in Spanish the language of Honduras but I still loved it. The communion and "peace be with you" part of the mass was a little different than I am used to so it made me laugh. The "peace be with you" portion of mass consisted of shaking each others hands. All of the children would run up to the alter and shake Fathers hand. I bet everyone walked around the whole church to friends and family, showing so much love. The Communion in the mass is where I first realized that there is no such thing as personal space in this country. You walk down the aisle and you literally turn back around in the same aisle to get back to your seat. Squeezing and kindly pushing your way through people to get up to the alter was a must. I just wanted to shout that there is an easier way to do things, but hey, this is their traditional way. I loved the new experience!
Immediately after mass Rudy and Katrina stopped and caught up with this man who has been called "the greeter" of the Cathedral. He came down to us during mass for the "peace be with you" then pointed at my camera ready for a photograph after mass. After mass we all took a photo with him. He was so happy as you can tell below.
We headed to Copprome to spend the rest of the day with the kids. Man oh man! I don't think I have ever sweat this much in my whole entire life! Haha!
Now y'all, does Samantha not have the most beautiful smile you have ever seen? Oh my gosh.
The photograph below is adorable Marvin. He has the most addictive smile and the best personality. He put a smile on my face every day I saw him. I couldn't stop posting videos of him on my Facebook and Instagram to show you all his smile!
I brought out my Polaroid camera. Haha! They were so amazed. This whole group wanted a polaroid of only themselves. They all had different kinds of fun poses for me. It was a good laugh. These kids at orphanage are so smart. Their first language is Spanish but I can tell as these kids get older their English gets better and better. I do not speak Spanish at all but I can feel their love through a simple smile.
This is the day I learned that these kids can entertain themselves with anything. They never get bored!
The children played soccer nonstop and they are like mini professional and they played so rough. I definitely didn't want to get into the mix for fear of embarrassment! Earlier this morning we stopped to buy a volleyball. That is my sport! I showed them how to do a mean volleyball spike!
Later in the day we had mass in the orphanage. This is what happens when you go on a mission trip with a Priest. We ended up having mass six times throughout the week! I never thought I'd see the day I'd go to mass that much in one week. I am sure it was much needed for me.
Oh sorry I forgot to mention they were still playing soccer right before we headed in the make shift mass.
DIGAS QUESO - Say Cheese! Yup, that's about all the Spanish I know so far!
I can't wait to share my day three with you all tomorrow. It's filled with all kinds of different emotions!!!!
-have a beautiful Sunday!!