Honduras Hope Missions 2014
Email Newsletter #06 - FAQ's #2
We are now four short days away from hopping on a plane to learn, grow, and be God's ambassadors to a people desperately in need. In this time I encourage you to devote more time to prayer, study, and fasting as you are getting your physical, emotional, and spiritual bags packed. Here are a few more questions answered. Please send any more questions you may have.
1) What will our sleeping accommodations be like?
For most of the trip we will sleep in a mission house that has been built specifically with us in mind. Each room will have about 6 bunk beds, a sink, a toilet, and a shower. This newly built structure very nice compared to where we have stayed in the past. We will have bed sheets, a blanket, and a pillow provided. Our stay provides some Hondurans very good income as they clean our facilities and cook for us each day. Our facility will be locked at night and is very safe located in Ojojona, Honduras.
For one night those who choose to rough it a little will be staying in church facilities (that we built in the past) in the remote area of Guajire. We will be close to running water, but no electricity. We will bring our mattresses and bed linens with us while we sleep in bunk beds there. Those who choose to stay behind in the mission house of Ojojona may do so with a senior trip leader.
2) Will we be able to charge our electronic devices?
Yes, their electricity is the same as ours and our devices can easily be plugged in for charging in our rooms.
3) How long will our hospital stay / school of the blind visit be?
When we visit the hospital and school for the blind we usually stay no more than a couple hours at each due to the busy nature of our trip. Yet those hours are very well spent!
4) What are appropriate toys to give?
I choose to take balloon to make animals, flowers, swords, etc. They pack down really small and I can carry hundreds. Others have taken bubbles, colorful pipe cleaners, coloring books, etc. Some also bring candy to give to the kids.
You are welcome to bring your camera, but I don't recommend everyone bring their fanciest one. I am bringing my Nikon D3000 and trying to take good photos of everyone. Last year we tried to compile everyone's photos, which was a HUGE undertaking. They are still on a hard drive that decided to go dead before I got it backed up. So yes, you may bring a camera to record your memories. If you don't have one, trust me, there will be plenty of good pictures to go around. I also leave my camera open for anyone to use on the job site, so let your budding photography skills grow!
6) Travel Tshirts?
I've ordered some very nice travel tshirts for our trip. They are bright orange and blue and will help us identify each other in the airports for safer, more organized travel. I'll give them to you guys when we meet up.
7) Pack a change of clothes!
Remember, in your carry-on backpack to pack a change of clothes, in the rare event of lost luggage!
Be sure to send your questions. Remember to tell you family and friends to bookmark www.topherwiles.com for regular trip updates. We're excited!