Reports from our Team in Honduras
Nearly every day, the team sends out communication from one of the team members as well as several photos. Here are some of their writings:
Today we took a tour of the homesites under construction as well as of the homes these families currently live in. The new homes will significantly improve the health of these families. We saw the block machine that we donated and learned that 2/3s of the blocks needed for ten homes have already been made. This is a very motivated and hard working community. Your financial donations helped to make this possible. We also thank all of you who contributed supplies from our wish list. We will have our first medical clinic tomorrow and will put things to very good use. We keep you in our hearts here in Honduras and always.
Dental education was one of the many influential activities today. All the children were given a toothbrush, and one of the older students, with excellent reading skills, was given the role of teaching the entire classroom how to brush their teeth. She read from the Spanish version of the book “where there is no doctor,” while I coached her where to read and what to emphasize. I was able to help her by using the English version of the book since I do not speak Spanish fluently. This young girl was empowered by this role as a Maestra, and was beaming! She was a natural with a strong voice and used visual prompts appropriately. After the lesson… we told them it was time for a test! They were all lined up with their toothbrushes in the play area. We gave them some toothpaste and asked them to begin practicing the brushing skills. It was so much fun seeing them excited to brush their teeth! Shirley, our number one youth leader, gave stickers to each of the children for their success.
God Bless, Kelly Ramella
Today was the third workday of the week. My group laid a ton of brick and built up the walls to 4-5 levels tall. Another group (Spencer and Bryce’s) had to completely dig out part of their house’s foundation because of how bad it was. The people here have been amazing so far and we have been making a lot of difference. Everyone is so friendly here. They actually wave back when you wave at them. The food has been so delicious, mostly beans and tortillas. Thank you for everything you did to allow me to be here!
Addi Case :)
Ordinary Time in the Christian Year
The word ‘ordinary’ in Ordinary Time refers to ordinal or counted time (Brisbane Catholic Education [BCE], (n.d.). Ordinary Time occurs in two sections; however, it still constitutes one season within the liturgical year (BCE, n.d.). The first section of Ordinary Time begins on the Monday following the Christmas season, which ends with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (Bennett, 2013). This section lasts through to the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of the Lenten season. Ordinary Time then resumes again after the Easter season on the Monday after Pentecost and continues until evening prayer on the Saturday before the First Sunday of Advent.
In comparison to Christmas and Easter time, which highlight the central mysteries of the Paschal Mystery, Ordinary Time has its foundations in the public ministry of Jesus (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops [USCCB], 2014). Ordinary Time celebrates the life of Christ and is the time for conversion where the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are caught up in Christ (USCCB, 2014). Ordinary Time is a time to listen to and reflect on the scriptures and what they teach about being people of God, to celebrate the Paschal Mystery as the core of Christian faith, and to give thanks for the many blessings given by God. During this season, the readings focus on Jesus’ early ministry of teaching and healing, and the gathering of disciples (Bratcher, 2013). Ordinary Time is the period in which God reveals to us the face of Christ through the eyes of Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Verna, 2006). In this way, it is though the evangelists are our guides, as they lead us deeper into the mystery of the mission of Christ in the world (Verna, 2006).
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Volunteer Opportunity - Sponsored by Arizona Faith Network
Join the interfaith community to pack heat relief bags for community members and cooling centers. OPC's water funds are helping finance the contents of the bags. Sunday, June 25 at 4 pm., Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave.
Please keep our mission team in your prayers as they undertake their trip to Honduras July 7 - 16. If you would like to donate to this trip and did not get the email there are directions on the table in the back of the church.
Finally the Orangewood Manse has been sold. It has been purchased by a family who intend to refurbish the interior by themselves. The net proceeds to Orangewood will be $535,000. This money will be deposited into the Orangewood Endowment account and other secure investments. Thanks to the Session Sale Team who have worked hard to make this happen.