Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"Chance" Meeting

When we had to renew our visas last month, something happened that I wanted to share. We left Trujiillo a couple of days early for some much needed R&R in San Pedro Sula before out flight back to the US. The first hotel we stayed in is a special treat for the kids. They have the coolest pool with two water slides and other fun things for their entertainment. After a long six hour drive, we were all ready to get out of the car. As soon as we were settled in the room, we made a bee line for the pool. The kids had only been playing a few minutes, when a man with a thick Australian accent came up to Brian and asked very hopefully," Do you speak English?" He went on to tell Brian that he and the family had been on vacation in the states and had taken a side trip in the middle of their sightseeing to come to Honduras for a very special reason. You see, this family sponsors a little girl in a mountain village through a relief organization. In planning their vacation, they decided to spend some of that time coming here and visiting their sponsor child. How cool is that? Anyway, coming through customs and getting to the hotel had given them enough culture shock to make them want to rethink their travel plans. There are armed guards at the entrance to stores and restaurants, very few people speak English, and the heat in the big city is almost unbearable. On top of that, they felt like prisoners in the hotel which is somewhat out of the way and after all the sights of extreme poverty in a third world country, they weren't sure they felt safe enough to go anywhere. So running into us was a big relief to them! Having some experience under our belts, we were able to reassure them and give them a few ideas of how to get the most out of their stay in Honduras. We actually ended up spending quite a bit of time together, sharing meals and shopping at a huge market deep in the city. By the time we had to go our separate ways, we felt like we were saying good bye to dear friends. It was so neat how God brought us together at just right time to meet Tim, Laurel, Annabel, and Charlotte. After we left for the states, they went on to meet their sponsor child in a remote village. Now, they are back home in Australia, but we continue to keep in contact through e-mail and look forward to the day when we can meet again.
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Tim, Laurel, Annabel, and Charlotte with their sponser child.

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