Jesse Olinger- Ridgewood
Paige Walker- Clear Fork
Cody Pfeiffer – Federal Hocking
The last day in Choluteca started off with breakfast at Angie and Larry’s house. We were served hard boiled eggs, coffee cake (both with and without nuts), cereal, fresh fruit, and bananas. From there Carlos drove us to the main Catholic cathedral in Choluteca for mass at 9:00am.
As we entered the beautiful church we noticed it looked very similar to Catholic churches at home. There were statues along the walls and a beautiful pulpit in the front. We split in to two groups, one group went with Dr. Cano to sit in the front of the church and receive communion. The other group went with Tyler and the teachers to observe the mass. During the service we got the privilege to see two babies baptized and presented to God. Even though 17 of the 19 of us didn’t understand anything that was being said it was still a great experience to be involved in. We had the opportunity of a lifetime to go, and we all took advantage of it.
After the Catholic service Carlos picked us up and took us back to the hotel for a 45 minute break. After a rest or quick nap we headed to Larry and Angie’s house for lunch which is considered the main meal in Honduras. We enjoyed pork chops (everyone except Tyler, who doesn’t eat pork and had a chicken breast), baked potatoes, fresh fruit, and banana bread and cake. After lunch we helped to put the stage back at the Shalom church for Sunday services which wasn’t until 4:30pm in the evening. Once we got back to the hotel everybody caught up on some much needed sleep and caffeine.
Later on we returned to Larry and Angie’s for the Shalom church service. We then enjoyed our final meal in Choluteca that consisted of BBQ pulled chicken, chips n’ salsa, and fresh fruit. Angie gave us our passports and we departed for the hotel for the final time. After reaching the hotel we traveled to Wendy’s frosty’ and enjoyed having all the little children run up to us and hug everyone and see their smiling faces. This really showed us again how happy of a culture they live in even when even when they literally have nothing. This proves to us that we are so used to taking advantage of the little things in life, and we really need to appreciate what we have and what opportunities are readily available for all of us back home.