Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Somewhere Between Mother Theresa and Jesus Freak
Stealing moments between the 2 books I'm reading, The Writings of Mother Theresa and Jesus Freak. As we walk this path, we learn daily that life and the needs of the project change and so we ebb and flow. The AMIGOS container is in Puerto Cortes, a good 3 1/2 hours from the village. Yesterday began day 1 of trying to get papers in order to have the container released. As errands were run to Chiquita, the Banco Ficohsa, etc., we headed back to the village late. The severe thunderstorms of the last several nights left a trail of uprooted trees and debris as well as several new river crossings. As we approached the last hour of travel, the lights on the car went out. After several attempts to determine what happened, Anthony resorted to using the hazard lights to move forward. Fortunately traffic was at a minimum. We made it to Trinidad, 35-40 minutes from Concepcion.The local gas station where we routinely fill up was open, but to no avail concerning the lights. Anthony hired a local tuk-tuk (taxi slash golf cart) to lead the way up the mountain. Shortly thereafter in crossing the flooded road, the tuk tuk got stuck in the river, requiring pushing out of the mud. The words "only in Honduras" rang through the air along with our incredulous laughter. The reality that Maria Elena's and Anthony's car is on its final leg has led us all to the awareness that there is NO program here without reliable transportation. Our return to the states will lead to an all out push with a fundraising challenge. I'll be looking for individuals to join me in this challenge to raise $1000 each in 60 days or less. More details to follow. Take a look at the hole in the road on the throughway to San Pedro Sula!And of course today....more rain and another trip to Puerto Cortes.