A Weekly Journal Chronicling My Life
As It Intersects With The Garbage Dump Community Near La Ceiba, Honduras

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Things Not Normally Seen in My Januaries

I'm not gonna lie, Daddy misses his Hondie and as a result I've been loathe to come here too much and post. This is a blog about Honduras afterall. Girlfriend's been keeping me abreast of events as they transpire and been providing plenty of photos but there just hasn't been a whole lot to post here since Christmas.

So I as I began looking over the few photos that I do have, I was struck with all of these events and people that I would not be a part of were that I in Honduras as I normally am this time of year. That's not really wholly consolling, I would prefer to be South of the Border right now, nevertheless I've felt blessed by the following:

 my sister megan and my grandma.
ok, maybe not them exclusively, rather family more generally.
i've missed them.


kent (with kai) & jordan (with harrison)
turns out all of my friends have children...and wives too
we got together, those two families, along with the meckbach's and o'dwyer's this past sunday

little daniel meckbach (evelyn) with big daniel meckbach 

kent's wife joelyn with son kai 

 this is not terribly special
it could be found in honduras as well, i'm sure
i just liked it

 been doing some swim coaching

for the first time in years

not diving though 

 or guitar playing

 just swimming

wanda fox
my grandma's cousin
i love that old bird


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Kevin

Girlfriend wrote me this:

A sad end of the year in Los Laureles. Kevin, just 9 years old, was called home to Jesus to be in his arms. His passing this 31st of December left a great space in our hearts, we lost one of the most special children that we have come to know in this community. He suffered from hydrocephaly but during his short life he never presented a serious abnormality other than slight learning disabilaties. When he was 8 years old he had an accident at school and hit his head on pavement; this incident caused his family to stop ignoring his problem and the delicate state that he was in. Medical attention was sought and the doctors determined that he needed an operation as soon as possible. The family was too poor be able to afford the operation and hospital stay but with the help of the community, the Mennonite Church and various missionaries the money was raised and an operation for Kevin achieved. In the beginning he recovered well from the surgery but he had another fall, began losing his sight and his memory, and eventually needed 3 more operations. This past Thursday was his 4th and final surgery, from which he was only able to resist one day, passing then Saturday in the Morning. Kevin was known as a loving and sweet child and above all recognized for his love for Jesus. He was beloved by the community of Los Laureles and treated kindly by the other children there. After much suffering though he is finally resting in the presence of our Lord. We petition your prayers for strength for his family and especially for his mother who is taking this terribly.

Christmas Eve in Laureles

So, I know I've been a little lax around here as of late and it's not been for lack of stories or photos, Girlfriend has been emailing them to me by the gigabyte. The week from Christmas to New Year's though proved to be one filled with family, friends and cheer and so I decided to wait until activity around the Keiser house had died down. It's dead here now. The following then is how youth from the Mennonite Church and some families from Los Laureles spent Christmas Eve Day as recounted by Girlfriend:
This Christmas Eve, thanks to various donors, we were able to share food provisions with some of the families of the community of Los Laureles.

Amor Viviente Church (a church related to the Honduran Mennonite Church) donated Christmas dinners to us that included food and gifts for the children. Amor Viviente asked us to choose between 80-100 families of the poorest in the community to receive this gift, it was a job that gave us some mixed emotions. It took the youth from the Mennonite Church along with the pastor, one week to go from house to house, taking down information in order to determine which families truly needed this gift. Which left me with the questions: "Who are we to determine who has more need?" - "With right do I determine who is the poorest?", certainly not the exhaustion that resulted from the task neither did the time we put in give this right. I was just left with a feeling of sadness thaat we couldn't afford to help all the families in the community.

The census that the 2011 YES Team completed here in Los Laureles came up with 396 families and I was asked to choose 80 to be the beneficiaries. We began working by visiting the most humble dwellings and without realizing it I soon had 113 households on the list.

I talked with the Amor Viviente Church and after much discussion they agreed to donate 113 packets.

 The day we had to distribute the tickets to the families we selected.
With these tickets they were able to board a bus on the 24th that would take them to Amor Viviente to receive their packet.

 Only those on the list were able to receive tickets.


 While their motherss were wwaiting to hear their name called, the children entertained themselves.

 Content, those that received tickets.

 The 24th arrived, once again we checked our list and retrieved tickets from the people before they could board the bus.
We then headed to Amor Viviente to hand out the packets.

 Juan Carlos "Chino" asking the Pastor to take him along.

 Hopeful looks.

 Arriving at Amor Viviente Church.






The XY Radio Station from the City of La Ceiba, just like last year, supported us this Christmas by donating tamales for the children (tamal: is a typical honduran Christmas food that consists of a cornmeal mash with meat inside. They're delicious and eveeryone except Matt loves them). The radio asked its listeners to donate tamales to the station for redistribution to La Ceiba's neediest families. Thanks to the donors and to a friend who helped get the children of Los Laureles on their list we were also able to distribute tamales to some of the children there.