WE’ve made it! we’re here, we’re not dead, we haven’t been kidnapped, and thus far no machete wounds or scorpion stings, so all those prayers answered, Thanks!!
Well, what can I say? it’s DAMN hot! oops, i just swore. Can missionaries do that? I’m not quite sure. I don’t remember reading that in our contract. We did agree to no alcohol for the year–that’s when Heidi really realized that this wasn’t going to be a glorified vacation. (HeHee, that’s a joke–sort of) We were kinda hoping that once we agreed to be missionaries and let go of our American lives, that we would be instantly transformed into perfect and holy people. I guess God will have to settle for some imperfect servants to get his work done down here. I’m pretty sure we’ll be holier by the end of the trip though (again, joking. picture a smiley emoticon)
So, some nuts and bolts of our new home/what we’ve been doing:
First, God has really come through with our housing. It was a big prayer of Heidi’s–our new home. We didn’t really know what we were praying for, but once we got here and understood the lay of the land, we realized He had already gone before us. Por ejemplo (for example), Most of the missionaries who first arrive have to do their time in the dreaded ‘Guest Housing.’ Apparently they are small and have poor circulation, and only have one window. We are finding that ‘air circulation’ is good in the jungle. So, somehow they fast-tracked us past the apartments into the bottom floor of a house, the top floor of which has been occupied by the Field family, for several years. They have graciously agreed to let us invade their downstairs. Having them above us will offer a certain feeling of security for Heidi, when I am away at night at the hospital. This also was an unforeseen answer to prayer. Next, this location is a little higher on ‘the hill’ which is much more proximal to the families that live here, and so the kids will be in the thick of the kid chaos. Finally, we have more space than expected, and our floors are not made of dirt! We are very grateful.
One challenge we are facing are the bugs. Heidi and Juliet more than us boys, as they are ‘attracter and reactors.’ That means that bugs like to bite them, and they get worse skin reactions when they get bit. So that kinda sucks for them. See photo of Juliet. Sleeping at night has been rough for them, as the ‘no-see-ums’ sneak through the screen and get em’.
We have been very warmly welcomed by everyone we have met. Another answer to prayer. There are several families with kids all around us, and we feel that it will be a great community of friends and support. We have been especially grateful to Joe Cash who has schlepped us all around the area, showing us where everything is, giving us tours of the hospital, school, orphanage, and remote villages. Also, he keeps buying the kids chips and soda. So, yeah, we like him.
The kids are seriously loving it here. For one thing, I don’t think they have watched more than 30 minutes of screen time since we arrived. Moreover, they haven’t really wanted to. They have been busy capturing the amazing assortment of butterflies that are swarming the multicolored flowers growing right outside our door; Catching lizards off the walls last night, and chasing fireflies in the grass; Listening for Howler monkeys, throwing the baseball, coloring and drawing, playing cribbage and checkers, playing with the neighbor kids around the ‘compound.’ Oh yeah, it turns out that they are not in school just yet. November through January is basically like their Summer break. It’s actually the rainy season, and at times the rivers are so flooded and swollen that the villagers cannot cross them to be able to attend school. So this is the best time to have their long ‘break.’ So they will begin school in early February. In the meantime, they are having a ball. Today, we asked one of the groundskeepers of the area if he knew where to find Tarantulas. He showed us an area (100 yards from our home) where he has seen dozens. Unfortunately, didn’t find any today. But when we do, we will post them. In the States we had pet tortoises, here we intend to have pet Tarantulas.
Today, we ventured to the beach in a car they are loaning us, named ‘Freddy.’ Don’t get too excited about this beach i’m describing, I will post some pictures later. This is not the Caribbean Sea that you dream about. The rivers pouring into the sea dump lots of muddy water that makes the water brown. Also, there is garbage EVERYWHERE. I’m pretty sure the coast of Honduras is where every pair of flip flops you ever lost in your lifetime has eventually washed up.
Tommorrow, Joe is taking us back to the city of La Ceiba, which is the 3rd largest city in Honduras. Here we will stock up on groceries and some supplies that we will need for next several weeks. They actually have quite a few American amenities in this city, such as burger king and a Wal Mart as of 2 months ago–whooo Honduras, way to regress!
What do you mean, work? Oh, you mean what I came down here for? Yes, I start officially in 12 days. They want me to get acclimated, get our Home in order, and I will do some shadowing of the other docs, so I can learn and re-learn a bunch of things.
Just got back from the Cash home, where we had a wonderful home-cooked meal of Chile. Omar, a local Honduran who will marry Allysa, an American who works at the Hospital, was gracious enough to help us with our Spanish and share some ‘muy fuerte’-very strong Cawfee with us. He’s a coffee snob too, so I liked him immediately. In turn, my son Will taught him how to play 5 card draw. He also taught me how to say ‘Dude’ in Spanish. So I got that going for me, which is nice.
ok, enough for the day. Thanks, and Blessings to all of you who read this; Moultray out…
13 thoughts on “¡Bienvenidos a Honduras!”
Yay! So excited that you made it safely and have a great house to live in! It looks beautiful! So excited to follow you on this journey and hear how God is using the Moultrays! Praying for you friends!
Also- how do you say dude en español?! 🙂
Hi Friend! We had a lengthy discussion at dinner one night, with a local dude. He said that if you know the other guy well, you say Primo, if not se llama Chompo. How goes married life and teaching? Do you have WhatsApp on your phone? We can text and call with that app. Heidi
Sounds AMAZING! Courtney and I are following your journey!!! I am glad that your prayers have been answered in many ways, in such a short time!
I’d forgotten how funny you are!!! It was great to run into you when I did, I so wanted to see you before you left! Maybe you can start an Extreme Frisbee league! Lol. Please take care and know that the Moultrays’ are in my prayers!!!
Thanks a lot Rhea, it was great bumping into you last week. weird that i’m now in central america now, huh? I busted out the frisbee today and threw it around with 2 of the other docs– was fun. Thanks for your prayers, and I hope your family is doing well and thriving also. I’ll try to keep you laughing 😉
Love your blog!! Thanks for sharing. Reminds me of Guatemala and I can just picture you there in Honduras. We miss you lots at work and think of you many times a day as we help your patients. They miss you too!! God has and will bless you. We are praying for you all. Nancy
Nancy, thanks for your prayers and support, we have truly felt them and feel so blessed here. I haven’t started working yet, so i’m a little nervous for that, since i will be asked to do some challenging things. But I am ready to learn, and I know God can use our little offering. Please pass along our Hellos, and Love, to everyone at SFM. -Ryan
Glad you all are having a great adventure be safe God Bless
So excited to hear about your adventure! Will continue to keep you all in my prayers! We are missing you here!
Shereen, Thanks for the prayers and encouragements! I think you and Nancy need to come down and visit us for couple weeks, what an amazing place this is. Hope all is well back home, thanks for taking care of all my patients so well. Blessings, Ryan
I am so glad to hear you and your family are doing well. SFM isn’t the same with you gone but you are where you should be, doing what you should be doing at this time in your life. Walking Dead will be starting soon and hopefully you will be able to see it so we can discuss the outcome. Prayers for you and your family. Be safe.
Thanks Cathey. I miss you all as well. Yes, we are anxiously awaiting WD. we have a good internet connection here, so we will definitely have to compare notes on the show. Thanks for your encouragement!
“which is nice” love it! We are finally catching up with you guys on your mission. Love Will’s journal. We also loved reading together as a family your new “hunting” experiences. We are praying for you all and just so amazingly excited what God has in store for you all. Liam just said “we should move to Honduras” when I read the part about all the kids are doing. LOVE you guys lots and we are cheering you on as you serve God with all you’ve got. Big Hugs – love The Cavanaugh’s
Thanks guys, great connecting with friends at home. We’ve had some ups and downs, but overall it has been an amazing and eye opening experience. I haven’t officially started working yet, but the difference in approach of medicine down here is blowing my mind… The resources are incredibly limited. The kids are doing great, but haven’t started school yet. We have been most blessed by the fellowship of the other missionaries. They have been so supportive, and understanding of our culture shock.
We miss you guys, and would love to have you come visit, if that was ever feasible. Jason, your many talents would so useful. they have several cars that just stop running and they don’t have a mechanic on site. Would love to see you lead worship down here as well. Jessica, they have tremendous needs in the kids center and school. they are actually short a teacher for the year. just saying… 🙂
If you guys load the application ‘whatsapp’ to your phone and find heidi and I on it, we can make free phone calls.
Blessings friends, The Moultrays