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May this email encourage and inform as we prepare to share more of the Lord's hope with Honduras in July of 2014.
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Honduras Hope Missions 2014

Email Newsletter #04 - Flight Packing List

We hope you're enjoying a wonderful summer!  Ours has been great as it has already seen us recently away from home more than three weeks due to Bible camp, vacation, and out-of-state weddings & funerals. Things are shaping up nicely for our trip as God is wrapping up some of His details.  It's wonderful how you can see things fall into place the closer we get to our leaving date.  We hope to get you feeling like things are falling into place with a sample itinerary and the following suggested packing list. 

For those of you in Indiana, here is a proposed itinerary for our July 7th departure.  Thanks Allen for supplying a van and trailer for us to ride together. For those not in Indiana, I'd like to help you develop a leaving plan as well.  Please give your suggestions and feedback.   

 

July 7th Itinerary for Indiana Group

2:45am - Load up at Washington Church of Christ (Topher, Jason, Jaden, Elmer, Emma, Luke)

3:00am - Leave Washington Church of Christ

3:55am - Meet with Dan Kerr, Erin Deckard, and Allen Burris at Kmart in Bedford, IN

4:00am - Leave Bedford, IN

5:10am - Arrive at airport, say goodbye to Allen

6:40am - Be at gate to begin boarding flight Delta 1575

7:10am - Fly out of Indy

8:49am - Land in Atlanta

9:20am - Meet up with Chad Marshall, Emma Woody, Sadie Essig, and Bryan Cox at gate for departure

9:45am - Be at gate to board flight for Tegucigalpa Delta 849

10:15am - Leave for Tegucigalpa

11:52am - Land in Teguc to meet up with group(5) from Levelland, TX and eat lunch.

Let me know what you think and make sure to check out the packing list below.  Expect an "FAQ" email later this week.  We're getting excited!
Sincerely, 
Christopher Wiles 

 

What to carry to the airport:
Passport
Suitcase - 50 lbs. or less
Carry-On Backpack (with change of clothes inside)
Bible (you may have a little reading time)

FOOD INFO
You will need to take care of 1 meal per day, usually lunch.  Breakfast and dinner will be provided.  You can prepack your lunches before the trip like I do, but we will also stop at a supermarket soon after we land to buy food.  Several people buy peanut butter, jelly, and bread in Honduras and make their lunch every morning.

I take snack foods, nuts, protein bars, jerky, fruit cups, peanut butter & jelly, and Gatorade mix.
Snacks and candy bars are available for purchase at the mission house for $1; purchasing helps support the children's home. 

WATER BOTTLES
I carry two empty quart gatorade / nalgeen bottles and fill one up with water and I mix gatorade in the other for each day while working.  You want to avoid drinking the local tap water. We have purified water supplied every morning and evening at the mission house for you to fill up.  Make sure they are empty of liquids if you put them in your carry-on bag like I do. 

WORK SUPPLIES
Hand sanitizer (little bottle)
work shoes (tennis shoes are fine no open toe shoes for working)
work gloves
hat/visor
bandana for sweat
sunscreen
bug spray
ear plugs (if you use the chainsaw)
sun glasses
poncho


CASH
A person can easily get by on $50 or less.  We usually stop at two fast food restaurants and take one trip to the mall to eat and shop for souvenirs on our trip.  I usually buy something made by local Hondurans for my family.
Things to pack
TOILETRIES
Washcloths
Towel
Toothrbrush
Toothpaste
Shampoo & Soap
Deodorant
Shower FlipFlops
Sunscreen

Medicine
Pepto Bismol
Imodium AD
Personal Meds
Your Vitamins
Cipro (antibiotic just in case, your family doctor will probably give you a prescription if you tell them about your mission trip)
There are pharmacies available in Tegucigalpa.
There is no need for extra shots as we are at a high elevation and not at risk for malaria.  Last year a few of our members got a  stomach bug for a couple days.


CLOTHING
 (Our daily average High is 83 and DALow is 65 degrees.)
Laundry Bag (locals can/will do your laundry, I give them $5 to do a bag of mine.)
Sweatshirt or jacket for evenings
Running shoes (some of us like to run in the mornings)
Comfortable hiking/working shoes
Shorts (not too short)
Shirts (not to revealing)
Sleepwear
Socks
Underwear

MISCELLANEOUS
I recommend earplugs for sleeping in case one of your bunk mates snores. 
Flashlight
Alarm Clock
Camera (cheap one or cell phone is fine)
Little give-away items like toys / candy is fine for kids.  I bring a pack of balloons and a couple pumps for balloon animals.
Writing implements
Note pad
Our team members, locations, age on the trip, email, and FB links are provided below.  God has blessed us with a great mix of youthful vigor and life lived experience on this trip.  Feel free to message each other to begin building relationships before we head out on the trip. Click underlined names to view FB profiles.

From Indiana

Erin Deckard (17)
deckarde@comcast.net
Elmer Graber (43)
elmer@graberpost.com

Emma Graber (18)
emmadawngraber14@
hotmail.com

Dan Kerr (54)
dankerr@att.net
Jaden Page (17)
j40skcc@aol.com

Jason Petty (36)
jason.petty@hotmail.com
Luke Sydow (17)
medium.paracord@
yahoo.com

Christopher Wiles (35)
christopher@
washingtoncoc.org

From Kentucky

Sadie Essig (19)
sadie.anne@live.com

Emma Woody (18)
emtkd6@aol.com

From Tennessee

Bryan Cox (31)
grimvillin@gmail.com

From Arkansas

Chad Marshall (24)
chadtmarshall@gmail.com

From Texas
Ryan Bean (33)
beannayr@hotmail.com

Dave Cleavinger (50)
dcleavinger@
southplainscollege.edu
George Hensley (61)
georgeclydhensley@
yahoo.com

Paige Porter (66)
porter6508@yahoo.com

Randy Porter (37)
porterable@gmail.com



COMMUNICATION INFORMATION
I will be bringing my laptop, purchasing an internet card, and purchasing minutes on a Honduran phone so that we can contact home.  I will attempt to update a blog at http://www.topherwiles.com at least every other day to let our families know what good things God has been up to.  Keep in mind these are limited minutes and data plans and we'll be busy, so don't plan on calling your great aunt Ruth every night or spending hours browsing Facebook. 
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