Filling in the Gaps 3 – Getting to know Trujillo

I kept a journal for the next piece of our journey. It’s a good thing, because events happened so fast and in such apparent confusion that there is no way I could reproduce it now! For those who don’t have time to read the long story, here is a nutshell – with pictures!

In the midst of a nightmare of paperwork to convert our missionary visa to a permanent visa (required by law for us at this time), we planned a trip to Trujillo, on the north coast of Honduras, where a missionary pastor from our church in San Pedro Sula serves. Pastor Daniel, the head pastor of the church, was taking us, so we had to go when he was able. The trip was almost cancelled due to issues with our passports and coinciding with Pastor Daniel’s schedule!

After visiting two pastoral families on the way, we arrived in Trujillo in time for the evening service. We then went to Juan Pablo’s house for dinner and to a hotel for the night.

 There’s usually power and running water at his home, but we had severe problems with both in our short visit!

There’s usually power and running water at his home, but we had severe problems with both in our short visit!

The goal was to have a quiet morning after a long day of travel. There was a beautiful hotel on the beach.

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The Christopher Columbus (Trujillo is where he first set foot on the mainland of the Americas!)

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But we stayed there … across the runway! 

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It was really a cute little place. It’s just funny to show the contrast!

We ate breakfast at the Christopher Columbus Beach Resort to “buy” a little time on their beach that first morning. We’d actually left home a few days before because of the work we needed to do at the immigration office, so we were worn out already! Cindy had an upper respiratory infection on top of that, so the beach time was helpful!

The goal of our trip was to meet Garifuna pastors leading Garifuna churches to find out what the needs of their people are. We enjoyed a visit with a pastoral couple in Santa Fe and a woman leading a church in Guadalupe, a few minutes’ drive from there. One thing became clear: The pastors feel isolated from each other and would love the opportunity to see and encourage each other more often! They loved the little time we had together!

Pastor Lazaro, Cindy, Hermana Antonia, Wes, Juan Pablo, Steven in Antonia's house.

Pastor Lazaro, Cindy, Hermana Antonia, Wes, Juan Pablo, Steven in Antonia’s house.

We rushed back to the city of Trujillo to an unexpected radio program! We had said we were not up for that right away, since we were just getting to know the Garifuna people, and they wanted us to preach on the radio. In the end, we thought we could answer questions – interview style – but the questions we were asked were, “Wes, what do you have to say to the people?” and “Cindy would like to add something.  What would you like to add, Cindy?”  I’m afraid we were less than impressive speakers, but we shared our hearts and a few scriptures!

Sharing on a local radio show Pastor Juan Pablo does several times a week.

Sharing on a local radio show Pastor Juan Pablo does several times a week.

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