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Mission Trip to Ministries of New Life in Azacualpa, Honduras

When we arrived in San Pedro Sula, it immediately felt like coming home. This was my third trip to Ministries of New Life, and the sights, sounds and smells all felt familiar. Even better, there was Dilia, waiting to greet us! We boarded the bus and got comfortable for the ride to Azacualpa. 

Dilia Marleni Castro is a wonderful host. She provides plenty of opportunity to learn about the country and the people while we provide service and enjoy our time there. Every day has a good mix of work, rest and best of all, eating! All meals are provided and the food is delicious! We have time for prayer and reflection within our group and with the students. 

On this trip, we helped to paint a new all purpose room at the school. We also prepared and delivered food and cleaning supplies to some of the remote communities. We distributed clothing that we brought with us. One of my favorite moments was giving out the little dresses that we made by women at my church in Iowa. They were made with love, and received with love. It is such a special connection to see the joy in the eyes of the young girls. 

Everywhere we go, we meet beautiful people who welcome us and are so accepting and loving. Prayer services are filled with the Holy Spirit, pouring out of the open air churches into the mountains. 

I am forever grateful for the opportunity to experience the closeness of the mission team and the beautiful hearts and spirits of the Honduran people. Many thanks to Dilia, who makes all this possible.  

-Mary (Iowa)

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Rebeka’s story – Aug. 2011

Kym Cameron – June 2010

Callies Voigt – Feb. 2010

Eric Robeson – Feb. 2010

Jacob Hlas  – Feb. 2010

Jamie Hlas  – Feb. 2010

Susan Hlas  – Feb. 2010

Jenn Ehlman  – Feb. 2010

Karie Just  – Feb. 2010

Leslee Chambers  – Feb. 2010

Rachel Schei  – Feb. 2010