Who are you working with?
The Missioners of Christ. A lay organization based out of Virginia Beach.
How long will you be gone?
I have finished my five month discernment and officially committed to the entire two years. This means that I’ll be gone, tentatively, until August of 2015. I do come home for Christmas though!
Where are you?
Our mission house is in the city of Comayagua.
What do you eat?
Lots of beans, rice, tortillas, cornflakes w/powdered milk, eggs, peanut butter (OMG if you send some, I will love you foreverrrrrrr), water melons, pineapples, mangoes, avocados, spaghetti, chicken, soup, tostadas, puposas, baleadas, salads, cookies, and more. No worries on that front.
What’s an average day like?
The usual schedule is up at 5am. You get ready for the day and do personal prayer. Then everyone does morning prayer together and then Mass, breakfast, and morning ministries. The rosary is at noon and then lunch and afternoon ministries. Holy Hour is 5pm, then dinner and whatever else needs to be done.
Days vary throughout the week with Monday, cleaning; Sunday, rest, etc. Weeks can vary too. Some weeks are spent entirely in the mountains or things can fluctuate based upon retreats, visiting groups, weddings, etc.
How’s your Spanish?
Better than it was! Learning a language is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but it’s been really exciting to see improvements these past five months. That said, it’s still pretty terrible and I’m glad I’ve got a year and a half more to keep learning and practicing.
What are you most excited about?
FINALLY being able to talk, really converse, with all of my Honduran friends…and live with them… and hang out with them… and learn to be holier from them. ya know.
What are you most nervous about?
ummm…Community life is significantly harder than I expected. And it’s not like you can step out for a walk or a drive. Not safe. But no, I’m not worried about dying, or getting malaria, or falling off a mountain, or being robbed, or the plan crashing, or anything like that. Ha, sorry if that last bit was a little dramatic. Those are usually the concerns I get from parents whose children want to come.
Will you have electricity? A phone? The internet?
Yes, at the Missioner’s house we have plumbing, electricity, telephones, and the internet. But. My usage of the phone will be almost nonexistant (at least regarding calls back to the States) and I’ll only be on the internet… maybe once a week to blog. But probably more infrequently than that. Definitely no more binge watching Alias on Netflix.
What’s up with the blog title?
According to the story, Honduras got its name with the arrival of Christopher Columbus. Upon reaching the land he (supposedly) proclaimed, “Gracias a Dios que hemos dejado estas honduras.” Translation: “Thank God we have left these depths. ” So that’s floating around in mind as I’m trying to figure out a blog name. Meanwhile, I start googling famous Mother Teresa quotations. I read Come Be My Light during my summer in Honduras and it/she left a huge impression on me. One quotation that I found seemed particularly fitting: “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Change ocean to depths and BAM, you’ve got exactly how I feel about Honduras. In the grand scheme of things, these next two years and my presence in Honduras are really not much at all. I know I’m not changing the world, but it is one drop that I can add to Honduras’ depths.
What’s an aldea?
It’s another word for village.
I’m trying to think of other questions people have asked but I’m out. If you have any let me know! I’ll keep updating this page as more questions come in and I actually move to Honduras.