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In the summer of 2007 I went on my first mission trip Quiscamote, Honduras with Lakeshore Lutheran Fellowship Church.  I decided to go because I am a Spanish major and I wanted to go to a Spanish speaking country.  It was not because I wanted God to work through me to help others.  I was not a follower of Christ and at times I did not even know if I believed in Him.  While I was on the trip what I believed in started to change.  While talking with friends one night, they helped me realize that if there is evil in the world, there has to be something good in life to counteract the bad, and that good is Jesus Christ.  I started to read the Bible and events in my life that I could not understand started to become clear.  I would be lying if I said that my life changed instantly.  I started to believe in Christ, but I still had many questions.  Over the year I learned more about Christ and the way he works in our lives, growing more and more in my faith.  During the summer of 2008 I went backpacking through Central America with a friend.  Towards the end of our stay in Honduras we lived at an orphanage in San Lorenzo, Honduras.  While I was there I taught English.  Our plan was to stay only for a week and continue our travels.   For the first time I heard God speaking to me and he told me that we needed to stay because our job was not done.  Then, I knew I was sent to the orphanage to make a difference.  Before going to the orphanage I did not have a direction for my life.  Because I listened to God, I came back to the United States and started the organization H.O.M.E. which stands for Honduras Orphanage Mission for Education, I now have a direction for my life. 

H.O.M.E.’s goal was initially to have every orphan’s education sponsored by individuals.  H.O.M.E. has been achieving this goal since it’s beginning in November 2008.  Now, the organization has expanded it’s goals to include building a library at the orphanage with books, computers, and internet.  The work that H.O.M.E. has done at the orphanage has attracted Lakeshore Lutheran Fellowship Church to go on mission trips to make improvements on the buildings.  We hope that this will inspire more churches to get involved with H.O.M.E.


I first learned about Honduras when my older sister went with the church.  I really wanted to go also but wasn’t old enough so I had to wait.  I was really excited when I finally was old enough to go, but also nervous.  I had taken two years of Spanish at my school, but was definitely far from being good at it so I didn’t really know what to expect when speaking to the Hondurans.  As soon as I got there I realized that the language difference didn’t really matter.  You could communicate just by smiling, playing, and just interacting with them. Throughout our time at the orphanage, I think our whole group did a lot of all those things, even while we were painting and tiling the pool; we all got to know each other.  I learned that happiness doesn’t have to come from having a lot of material things; it can come from having friends around you and seeing someone else with a smile on their face.  I feel so blessed to have had the experience of going to Honduras and getting to know all the boys at the orphanage.

I really enjoyed my time in Honduras. My family supports one of the boys, Darlin, so it was great to meet him. I played baseball with him, did some kite flying, and a lot of other things a father and son would do.  It was so neat to watch the high school students hang out with the boys at the orphanage. Those boys will never forget having so many girls visit them.

The first time I saw photos of the boys at the Orphanage, they meant nothing to me.  I remember thinking about how cute they were and how excited I was to meet them, but they were still little faces.  About a month later, after the trip, I saw things very differently. During our four days spent with the boys, I learned a lot about their culture and who they were.  By playing soccer, having water fights, talking on the playground, painting walls and simply laughing together, we formed friendships that no language barrier could prevent. Through my time at the orphanage, God showed me how beautiful self-less love could be, especially when it caused me to step out of my comfort zone in order to show it.  Before my trip to Honduras, I viewed the orphanage as a charity, another “good cause” that needed my help.  But now I realize that the boys blessed me with their kindness just as much (and perhaps more) than I could ever bless them. Now they are more than faces. They are friends.


If you have been on one of H.O.M.E.'s trips and would like to share your experience on our website or Facebook please submit your story to us either through Facebook or email us with your story.  We would love to hear from you!