Day 1 | El Progreso, Honduras

This trip was the best experience of my life. Before I begin, I would like to introduce you to everyone in our group. Katrina and Rudy have been making the journey to Honduras for thirteen years. The two of them are the beautiful people who allowed me to go on this mission trip with Friends of Los Ninos.  Also on the trip was Father Paul Hudson. We were blessed to have our Priest from St. Mary's Church of the Assumption in West, TX,  join us on this trip. I had plenty of embarrassing photographs I could of put in place of the one I chose but I decided to be nice! haha. Chelsea and Kelsey were also in my group from West.  God Bless these sweet, sweet girls that had to deal with me being bossy all week long... Chelsea and Kelsey were amazing the whole trip.  And finally there was Maggie.  A crazy girl from New Jersey who came to Honduras by herself.  Talk about some courage! I applaud her. She is a fun girl and I am happy I had the opportunity to meet her.

Below is a picture of (Top Left) Katrina, Rudy and Julissa. Katrina and Rudy sponsor Julissa.  If you ever become interested in sponsoring any of these amazing children I'll be introducing you to, please go to http://www.friendsoflosninos.org/get-involved/sponsor-a-child/. (Top Right)The people of Copprome and the Villages we visited were filled with joy that we had Father with us. (Bottom Left) Chelsea and Kelsey have a love for all of the children that is indescribable.  They are photographed with a adorable man who Katrina and Rudy have taken a photograph with for the past thirteen years after church in downtown El Progreso. (Bottom Right) Maggie at Tela beach, Plantation Shores.

Here we go! 

We arrived at the airport around 8 am.  We were on our way to depart to Honduras. I was nervous and beyond anxious about what I got myself into. It was my first time going out of the country without my family.  I figured I was allowed to be a little nervous. I never really asked any questions about the trip or what we would be doing, I just knew that God put it in my heart and He was calling me to go, and that seemed like a good enough explanation. 

Once we landed we were picked up by Katrina and two girls from Copprome, the orphanage where we'd spend a lot of time through this week. We headed to the hotel, Hotel Casa Blanca.  I was very impressed by this cute little hotel. Like I said before we had two girls from the Copprome orphanage with us, one named Graciela who is pictured below. I snapped this while we were waiting for everyone to get situated in their rooms. She speaks very good English and has the most beautiful smile.  Later, I found out in the van, the girl can sing! 

Graciela, Hotel Casa Blanca 

Graciela, Hotel Casa Blanca 

We were off to Copprome. I was skeptical about the children not caring about our presence and being annoyed with my camera in their faces. haha! Let me tell you... I could not have been more wrong! We get out of the van at Copprome and right away we are greeted by Allan. Allan is the most loving and best "hug giving boy" of Copprome. He saw my huge camera around my neck and his eyes showed so much excitement. Allan loves taking photographs as much as I do. 

Allan, Copprome

Allan, Copprome

We got the grand tour and were brought into the kitchen to have dinner. I was looking forward to trying the coffee in Honduras and yes it is to die for. 

Finally to the best part... The kiddos! Their unwavering love washed over me and it was an incredible feeling. And wow!! Was I SO wrong about the camera thing, they loved it! I captured some photographs of some of the young boys chowing down on some coconuts. They would climb up the trees to get them down and it sure did taste delicious. 

Brayan, Copprome

Brayan, Copprome

Alex, Erick, and Brayan, Copprome

Alex, Erick, and Brayan, Copprome

Here is Sister Sor Teresita that evening. She rocked! Her joy and presence reminded me so much of my grandmother who recently passed. Sister is a beautifully inspiring woman; with one look you can feel her passion and warm energy resonating in your heart. The children adore her and so do I . 

Sister Sor Teresita, Copprome 

Sister Sor Teresita, Copprome 

 

I will be posting my seven days in Honduras each day this coming week. I hope I am able to show you all the beauty of the places I went to in Honduras and the people I met. I am so excited to finally share!!!