SAN PEDRO SULA, HONDURAS
Since the first brigade to San Pedro Sula, Honduras in January 2010:
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San Pedro Sula Church of Christ
"People in Honduras, once they give you their heart, they give it to you forever."
Dulce Cruz, San Pedro Sula Church of Christ
Dulce Cruz, Women's Ministry Leader, San Pedro Sula Church of Christ
"The church loves you. I mean, people in Honduras, once they give you their heart, they give it to you forever. They are so generous. Even though they're poor, they give you everything they have. I think that's the thing, for me, I love most about my church. They are not thinking about tomorrow. They think, 'If I have it today, I will give it to you.' That's huge, because they have nothing. But whatever they have, they're willing to give it. If your brother comes to you and tells you they have nothing to eat, you feed them. Don’t tell them ‘Oh, I’ll pray for you.’ That’s a slap in the face to people. You go home and make them a sandwich, and if you don’t have food, you go buy some. And if you don’t have money, you go to your neighbor and borrow some food or borrow some money and go back to you brother and feed them. That’s what it means to be a Christian.”
Sebastian, age 3 (San Pedro Sula, Honduras)
While buying school supplies, members of the brigade encountered a 3-year old with a mouth of completely rotten teeth. At The HOPE worldwide Chamelecon Clinic, dentists were able to provide him free dental care, ultimately avoiding infection and adult tooth displacement.
"We went with Hector and Javier to the bookstore to get all of the textbooks for the Monte Verde school students for the year, and when we got there we shared with the guy who was there, he was the nicest guy, and there was a lady. They weren't related but they were working there and they were so excited about coming to church. Well, as we were standing there this little three-year old boy, Sebastian, comes over and when he smiled literarily all of his teeth were black, from the top to the bottom. So I said, 'Can you bring him over to our church right now? There's a dentist there who may be able to help.' And she said, 'Yes, in the afternoon.' So in the afternoon, Javier brought her up to the church and we took him in to see the dentist, and he looked at the little boy's teeth and was like, 'Holy cow, this is really, really bad. His entire mouth either has to be pulled or capped, and he's so young that if we pull out all his teeth, it could affect the placement of the teeth coming in.' But he added that if they left the teeth alone, it could lead to serious infections. The dentist started telling her how much it would cost and that she needed to take him to a pediatric dentist, and her face fell. My heart was breaking because she's a single mom, she probably makes hardly any money, and her options are nothing, really. He's going to get infections and lose all of his teeth and it's just this horrible situation. So I went and talked to Walter, and he told me to talk to Marlen and to get him up to Chemelacon to the dental clinic there. So we took the boy and the woman up to Chamelecon and the guy gave me hug, he would not let me go. At Chemelacon they came up with this whole entire plan to get everything fixed for this woman for free. All she has to do is get to the Chemelacon clinic, but she has a car, so it can work. I was so grateful, because as a mother, my heart was breaking for her, and the fact that they were able to do that for her for her was the most amazing thing, and was really beautiful."
As told by Tanya (Virginia)
"The brigades are great because people of all ages and all walks of life and all backgrounds come together to make the best team possible. Everybody adds something. The brigades have shown that everybody is important, there's an effort to make sure everybody knows that their role is not trivial, children are important because if they are happy and feel love, they will become better citizens, I think young people, if they capture a vision, they can achieve something great. Everybody works together here, trying to be the best they can be. Young people can dream great dreams and they older people can help them case their dreams and reach their potential." Milton, Massachusetts
"The Brigades have changed my idea about what poor really is. Rather than spending my money on aquiring things, I can use my money and talents to go and serve people. It is so much more than saying you are a 'Christian.' You are living being a Christian. And that's what I like." Barbara, Georgia
"I loved spending time with the kids at Monte Verde while doing the construction on the school. When we came back the next year, the kids remembered us and wanted to spend more time. It was great to see their hearts in wanting to be with us. This year was encouraging in seeing more and more brothers and sisters from the church in SPS out helping with the brigade days. I always feel like they are serving us more than we are able to serve while there, but it was especially encouraging to see how many of the are out serving the community with us." Don, Virginia
HOPE worldwide Honduras:
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San Pedro Sula,
Phone: (504) 550-5724
Fax: (504) 550-3197