August 30, 2009

a landing to remember...

our honduras adventure began with quite an entrance. we had heard stories of the bumpy landings that are common in the tegucigalpa airport. the runway is very short, making it a difficult place to land a plane. in fact, there is a limited number of pilots who are even certified to fly here. so needless to say, we were prepared for a less than smooth landing. as we bumped down on the runway, i thought “is that all? that was a lot of hype for nothing.” immediately following that thought the plane banked hard to the right, and lets just say if i hadn’t been wearing my seatbelt, this aisle seat passenger would have been plastered to the window. you know the landing was exciting when the pilot comes on the intercom during taxi and simply says “wow”.

saturday night we stayed in tegucigalpa, the capital city. after dinner jeremy (an american who lives here) took us out to the streets to hand out some food and see where the kids at project manuelito come from. there were less kids than usual, probably due to the recent political issues and government curfews. many of the ones we did see were high on glue and were pretty out of it. while it’s hard to see kids living in those conditions with no hope, it does make me excited for sunday afternoon when we’ll get to talanga (about an hour outside of the city) and get to meet the kids that have been blessed with a chance for a better life.

we had a personal police escort for our night on the street, so i’ll leave you with a picture of my new friends…

1 comment:

2GGR said...

Shelly, thank you for the updates from Honduras. My brother, Roger and my sister-in-law Cindy are there. We are praying for the whole group and ask that God take care of you while you take care of the children. Many blessings, Valerie Perkins