We are excited to report to you that we are back in Honduras: in the heat, the dirt, and the need.
Due to an accident on the runway in Puerto Lempira (an airplane landed on two people on a motorcycle), the runway was closed for an extended period, making the remote east of Honduras even more challenging to reach. The only way for us to travel was a 2-hour flight in a Cessna to the rainforest in Ahuas, followed by an 8-hour boat ride to Puerto Lempira. The first hour was beautiful, the last 7 were strenuous. Keeping children and a baby calm, hiding under plastic tarps from whipping waves, searching for canal entrances with flashlights, arriving in darkness. It was a unique adventure, but hopefully a one-time experience.
After dealing with repairs and settling back into our home (a Honduran family lived in our house for 8 weeks!), the first project started just a few days later: a local church was getting a floor. We are delighted with the church members that they can now celebrate a service without worrying about the uneven clay floor causing their benches to collapse.
Through our collaboration with Clinica Esperanza (a hospital in Honduras founded by an American woman), we were able to send several crates of medication to the small bush hospital in Ahuas. Often, remote clinics lack basic medications like fever reducers, antibiotics, and IV solutions.
Furthermore, we were able to respond to a distress call from Mavita (a neighboring village of Rus Rus) through these medications. Around 15 children were suffering from high fever and diarrhea, but there was only a limited supply of medicine. We were able to send them an emergency package with fever reducers and rehydration solutions.
We were particularly pleased to witness the baptism of 9 young people. They recognised that they are sinners, accepted Jesus as their Saviour and Lord, and wanted to begin a new life with Him – how beautiful!
During a meeting with local pastors, we discussed the current situation in our area and the possibilities for alleviating the need. Pastors are most familiar with the circumstances and families, so we want to work together with them to identify the children and families who need our help the most.
Visit to Cocota Village:
The people in La Mosquitia have never been educated about the necessity and significance of dental hygiene. Teeth are rarely brushed here, and when damaged, they are often pulled out instead of being repaired. It’s not the dentist who decides what should be done where, but the patient says, “This tooth needs to be pulled.” We are hoping to raising awareness about the importance of dental hygiene, thereby preventing long-term damage and effecting change. In the village of Cocota, we conducted our first dental hygiene training, providing information in both Spanish and Miskito, crafting tooth boxes from matchboxes, and supplying toothbrushes and toothpaste to the children. During this process, we also shared the gospel.
We also care deeply about the street children in the port city. Either they no longer have relatives, or they have no one who wants or can care for them, leaving them to fend for themselves on the streets from a young age. We try to build relationships and raise awareness that education could change their future. If someone understands this, shows initiative, and strives to improve, we are willing to help provide the education they missed out on, offering them alternative prospects instead of a life of poverty, dependency, and exploitation.
In the remote villages of La Mosquitia, basic education is often only offered up to the 6th grade. When children reach 12 or 13 years old, boys are put to work in fields and construction, while girls often become pregnant at an early age. This frequently leads to changing partners and having multiple babies, resulting in several single mothers with a bunch of children crammed into a small wooden hut, struggling to get by. To counteract this cycle, we would like to offer some girls from remote villages the opportunity to live with us, continuing their education in the port city (we live directly opposite a missionary college). This way, they can provide for their families in the future and avoid a life of poverty, dependence, and exploitation. The initial meetings, interviews, and preparations with the girls and families are already in progress.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to you all:
For your patience – the past year has been a dry spell in terms of newsletters due to our own struggles, and the uncertainty left us unsure about what to inform you, please forgive us!
For your financial support – our work here wouldn’t be possible without you! Thank you!
For your prayers – the most important of all!
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Hochenburgers in Honduras
Thank you, and may God bless you,
Your Hochenburger Family