Blog by Josh Roth (class of 2012, U of D Jesuit), pictured working in the International Samaritan Nursery in Ocotillo, Honduras.

San Pedro Sula, Honduras is a city in the world where faith, family, and work are the three critical things that make up an average life. Coming to San Pedro Sula was a totally new experience for me, as well as for the rest of my classmates, and we were not sure what to expect of the experience to unfold for us. As a group, we were unsure of how the food would taste. We were wrong. Here at the retreat house in the suburbs of San Pedro we are treated with great care and are fed repetitive yet delicious food each and every day. The meat at every meal is spectacular and the fruit that we are given is fresh. Corn tortillas are served at every meal and are the most common side dish in Central America. As food goes, the meals are simple yet delicious.

The mission work that my classmates and I are doing is strenuous yet rewarding in every way. The mason that we work with, Don Wilfredo, is skilled in his profession and is thankful that we are working with him. We work from nine o’clock in the morning until four o’clock in the afternoon. The time that we are there we are in the process of making a seventh grade classroom. Each and every hour each of us works hard to finish the classroom. Although we will not finish the classroom, we know that the work that we have done will help the children of El Ocotillo.

Today I experienced the nursery of El Ocotillo and the children that are there. The moment that I walked in the children were more than excited to see us. Every moment that we were there each and every kid wanted to play with us in any way we could. The children were happy we were there and the smiles that were on their face were unforgettable.

Blog by Timothy Moore (class of 2012, U of D Jesuit), currently serving in the garbage dump community of Ocotillo, Honduras.

Today was our second full day of service in Honduras. Coming to Honduras, I was not sure what the security situation would be like or even how the locals would react to us. We have had security at our sides this whole time, and I feel like the locals love having us here.

Waking up this morning to the wonderful pancakes and sausage that the ladies at the retreat center had prepared for us was terrific. This morning, it was pretty difficult waking up because yesterday was such a long day, due to the tough first day work. This morning’s food was by far the best breakfast and lunch, even though the food overall has been good. We have had beans and tortillas for almost every meal, but the ladies here always have a good piece of meat for us, and one morning we had eggs.

Working at the school with all the little kids just brightens my day. The kids make me feel like I have known them for more than just these past few days. It’s incredible how much progress the whole group has made with the work. We have cut down a whole field of about two foot grass with machetes, and have made tremendous progress on two soon to be new classrooms.

I truly couldn’t pick a favorite moment of the day because everything was so wonderful. Working hard in the school grounds and being with all the kids and how they appreciate us is just such a sight to see. Being around people who have so little, but you would never know it from their personalities, is such an eye-opener and great experience.

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