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By Axel Gumbel

Helping Honduras

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC-DT) -- KTTC Content Manager, Axel Gumbel, recently spent a week in Azacualpa, Honduras.

He was invited by Shy Ministries, based out of Clarks Grove, to accompany a group of occupational and speech therapists from all across Minnesota, who offered a weeklong day camp for kids with special needs.

The camp was held at a Children's Home, which currently houses 17 kids.

Many of them lost their parents when hurricane Mitch stalled over Honduras in 1998, killing thousands and wiping out much of the country's infrastructure.

Many say the hurricane wiped out 50 years of progress in Honduras.

After living in the U.S. for more than a decade, Honduras natives, Pastor Dagoberto Zelaya and his wife, Dilia, opened the Children's Home in 2002.

They take in orphaned or troubled children, and give them a home until they reach the age of 18.

The Zelaya's also use the Children's Home reach out into the community, such as parents, who have kids with special needs.

"It was a very humbling experience to say the least," says Gumbel (Axel?). "It really puts your life in the U.S. in perspective."

Click on the links below to read Axel's day-by-day account of the mission team's work at the Children's Home and check out the slide show.

If you would like to learn more about the Children's Home, click here.


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