It was immediately apparent to me after the first couple of hours at the Village that my experience was going to be incredible, eye opening, and difficult. After three weeks with all of the absolutely amazing people involved with World Wide Heart to Heart all of those things turned out to be true. I learned far more about myself as a person, my team, Honduras, missionary work, and humanity, than I ever thought I would. I really didn’t have a great idea of what to expect coming in, but the longer I lived there and immersed myself in the culture, the more I realized that it was all about making connections with people and really getting to know them. I was given the opportunity to connect with a lot of the kids at the Village, and I tried my best to make the most out of those opportunities.
While I was there I was in a rather odd situation, as I need to train for cross-country while living in Honduras because I made a commitment to my team back home. This meant that I had to get up earlier each day to run around the Village before breakfast, so all of the kids; especially the boys would cheer me on, on each lap. A couple of the boys even joined me for a couple of laps, which allowed us to bond more and get to know each other better, it helped us to feel more comfortable around each other.
Another thing that struck me consistently throughout the trip was the huge community that has formed around this organization. For example, on our way down to Honduras, a couple that had gone down to the Village before rescued us from an 18 layover in the Phoenix airport and picked us up and had us spend the night in their home. Another example was during our first visit into the Puerto Cortes, an older boy that had visited the Children’s Village several times saw us and recognized one of my team members and offered to make us bracelets and hammocks on the spot. These were not the only two examples on the trip, the list goes on, but it was something that was just incredible to me.
Overall, I am just so grateful for the trip and for everyone’s exceptional hospitality and kindness, it was truly overwhelming… in a very good way. I loved my journey, and I loved getting to know many of the children at the village, it was just a real-ly incredible experience.