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By Axel Gumbel

Blog: Day 1

My wife, Jennifer, and I on the plane to Honduras My wife, Jennifer, and I on the plane to Honduras
We're about to land in Honduras We're about to land in Honduras
The main airport terminal The main airport terminal
Pastor Dago greets us on his bus Pastor Dago greets us on his bus
Main entrance to the Children's Home Main entrance to the Children's Home
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We arrived safely here at the Children's home in Azacualpa last night. The trip was a bit of an endurance challenge. Everything went smoothly until we arrived in Miami. Bad weather forced our plane to wait on the tarmac for 2.5 hours before we were cleared for take-off. You can imagine our relief when we finally landed in San Pedro Sula.

The majority of our group, including myself, had never been in Honduras, so we all were very eager to soak in first impressions. As for me... what immediately made me realize we're in a 3rd world country was the "raggedy" runway when we landed. It definitely wasn't as smooth as what we've come to expect in the U.S. The airport terminal looked more like a weathered, gray and simple cement structure than the often architectural gems we see at home. After we gathered our 20+ suitcases we were greeted by Pastor Dago, who founded the Children's Home with his wife. We loaded his brand new Toyota minibus and hit the road to Azacualpa, which is about a 2 hour drive. That trip gave us a nice overview of Honduran life. Here are some of those impressions:

~ Speed limits are relative here. People drive rather fast, no matter how bad the traffic or narrow the lane. Of course drivers also develop amazing skills.

~ Having a car means you're very well off in Honduras.

~ Tail gaiting = Public Transportation

~ Nissan and Toyota pick-ups are dominant.

~ Having a souped up car means you have a lot of extra (neon) lights on your car and around the license plate.

~ Trash is a common sight everywhere, but strangely, it didn't bother me.

~ Also saw many skinny dogs running around.

~ The more rural it became, the more people/families were sitting outside their homes, enjoying the warm evening.

As we pulled into the more rural area, where the Children's Home is located, Dago told us the town had no power right now. This is not uncommon, as it also happened the night before. So it was pitch dark when we arrived at the Children's Home. Many of the about 17 kids, who live there right now came to greet and hug us, and you immediately felt the pure love that surrounds this place. Definitely an experience I will never forget. Dago's wife Delia had prepared spaghetti for us, which tasted delicious. By the way, Jeff said a quick prayer before dinner and asked for the power to come back on. And guess what came on about 5 minutes later…

Ok, I'm going to have to cut this short. There are some other people who want to use the computer. So that's it for now. We are safe and happy to be here. I will plan on posting some photos this afternoon, so check back then.

Blessings,
Axel

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