A Day in the Life of a Missionary

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bless the Lord, O my soulI'll worship Your holy nameO my soulSing like never beforeWorship His holy nameO my soul

The sun comes up, it's a new day dawning. Let me be singing when the evening comes. Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before meIt's time to sing Your song again

(10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman)

Our Mission team rose well before the sun each day this week!  😊. Here's a snapshot of "a day" in the life of a St. Anthony of Padua Honduran Missionary:

5:00 a.m.  Wake up

5:30 a.m.  Morning Prayer at the Gazebo using iBreviary (Logistics team up the mountain to set up and check road conditions.)

6:00 a.m.  Breakfast / Prepare for the Day

7:00 a.m. Team departs for the mountain communities of La Colonia and Mirador and the local orphanage La Finca del Niño.

Our 50 ?! minute journey up crossed approximately 12 miles of road with an elevation of ??? feet.  At some points, our roads had a grade of  about 32 degrees.  We used four 4 wheel-drive trucks to transport a team of 56+ team (including local helpers).

8:00 a.m.  Work begins in our three medical clinics, two schools, and two chapels.  We continued non-stop until 3:00 p.m. 

3:00 p.m.  Mass at Mirador (La Iglesia Católica de Candelaria) and at La Colonia (La Iglesia Católica de Suyapa) for the local communities together with our team.

4:30 p.m.  Down the mountain before sunset! Each night, four team members remained on the mountain to sleep in the chapels.  The reason was multi-purpose:  set-up for the next day and an opportunity to get to know the locals.  This helped extend our mission time with patients for our medical team.  One evening, Father Luta and a group of locals prepared an evening meal of roast pig (yes, from beginning to end)!

5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Arrival at our base camps:  Campamento and Tranquility Bay.  Our hosts were lovely people!  We were able to enjoy cold drinks and fellowship along with delicious breakfasts and dinners.  Our accommodations were simple and clean.  Water was often (always for some) cold but wonderfully cleansing!  The opportunity to take a quick dip in the ocean was a great way to have a "first rinse" and to release our energy!

6:30 p.m.   Evening Prayer at the patio in Campamento.  We also had a chance to share some "glory stories" with each other!

7:30 p.m.  Dinner is served!

9:00 p.m.  Showers and Bed!