Travel for our February 2016 Youth team went really smooth. Mark and Zack got us to the airport on time, and check-in was quick. There was a long security line, but it moved fast, and we were at the gate within an hour of our arrival. The direct flight was delayed 1/2 hour, but we arrived within 10 minutes of our scheduled arrival time. Dinora, Gustavo, Aurora and Rosita were there to meet us and take us to the Villa Nuria for the week.
After unloading the van and pickup truck we had some fresh fruit, and then unpacked our personal bags and rested until about 6:00, when we went to the Central Mennonite Church in San Pedro Sula for a youth worship service, centered around the theme of love and friendship. Ada led the devotional part of the evening, and then they divided their youth and our DRE team into 4 mixed groups in which we all introduced ourselves - names, where we are from, what we do, and any other information about ourselves. We also looked at a picture together, and each of us talked about what we saw or an experience we had that this reminded them about. It was a good way for each of our
DRE team to get to know some of the Honduran students in the group. There were several Hondurans present that we knew before - either from previous trips or from when they visited us this past summer after the MWC. It was interesting to learn that many of the youth present were students in the local universities in SPS, and they are coming from all parts of Honduras to the Central Mennonite Church to join other youth in their worship service. It was also nice in that many of these students spoke English too, so there was not much of a language barrier. We ended up the evening with some snacks and more time to talk to others that were present. We got to meet some volunteers too - for MCC, Salt, Yamen, and one from a Brethren in Christ agency ( one from Kansas, Maryland, Indiana, and India! )
We all had a great evening, but were exhausted by the end of the night. We had a team meeting to prepare for Sunday. But I think most of us were in our rooms by 9:30.
Looking forward to a full Sunday, and Brent preaching! Thanks for your thoughts and prayers, and we'll try to keep you informed each evening from now on.
For the Youth team, Bob