How Can We Best Help?

This month has been a busy one! Along with the programs (english classes & baseball) we’re involved in, we’ve been helping out Living Water 4 Roatan ( with their short term mission teams, which have been arriving here for one week stays. They come to do a variety of things: construction projects, water improvement, bible studies, Vacation Bible School, Sports Camps, food distribution, and more. Their weeks are jam-packed and it has been a blessing to be able to witness how this all works. Both, the smooth and the rougher moments, will be cherished as learning opportunities. For remember, we are all students, continually asking God to stretch and grow us. Ugh….
how it does hurt sometimes though!

When we think about a study the World Bank did in the 1990’s, interviewing more than 60,000 poor people from 60 low income countries, asking “What is poverty?”, the results continue to stop us in our tracks. While us North Americans tend to emphasize a lack of material things such as food, clean water, housing, medicine, money, etc., their responses tended to revolve more around psychological and social terms. The common responses included such words as shame, inferiority, powerlessness, fear, humiliation, hopelessness, and voicelessness, in addition to a lack of material things.

We are truly in the process of discernment these days…discerning how best can we- a family of 5- enhance the lives of the people here. The mismatch, between what “we” think they need and what they actually do need can actually do more harm than good, often with devastating consequences. We want to create independence, not dependence. Without even realizing it, the opportunity is always there to communicate that we are superior and they are inferior. We need to tread carefully. The programs begun thus far, we believe, are about creating relationships, getting to know one another …treading carefully. We are realizing daily though, how broken WE are. As with all human beings, not one of us is perfect. We have so much to learn from each other.

Working together to make positive changes, our baseball team was gung-ho on the idea to help repair the entranceway into the Colonia. While the immediate result was somewhat of a “bandaid”, this small act encouraged some of the adults in the Colonia to get involved, bringing in some dirt a few days later to really improve the entrance. Perhaps, we can begin to affirm people’s dignity & contribute to the process of overcoming poverty, by asking questions such as “ What do you like about your life?”

“What are your God-given gifts and talents?”, and “How can these be used to improve your situation or your neighbors?”

We’ll post again soon, as we have some exciting news coming up! Keep in touch. Thank you all so much for your continued thoughts, prayers, and donations. How do you like Levi’s 7th birthday present, sweet little Lo Lo?

9 replies
  1. Cuntz Family
    Cuntz Family says:

    I just found the video while I was showing Ana Levi’s birdie. Gonna watch it now! Love ya’ll, Jen

  2. Diana & Roman
    Diana & Roman says:

    Hi Tichi Family, your letter is well written and really expresses the difficulty of mission work. We are superior to no one and that is a huge life lesson. Thank you for sharing your gifts and struggles. Love you lots!

  3. Jenni Riberdy
    Jenni Riberdy says:

    Great video!! and great post… i “ditto” a lot of what has been said. “Helping” someone else is delicate territory. I thank you for that reminder and am sure that your pure heart and the grace of God will prevail and heal all wounds. I keep thinking of how i could provide such an incredible experience for my children… the gift of walking the walk and talking the talk. with any hope, the gift of appreciation and knowing what really matters and the gift of having connection with a different culture. Knowing in your core that although many things are different, the joys and pains of all people feel the same. what a gift you are living, what a gift you are giving your children, and what a gift you are continuously feeding to the rest of us. keep it coming… love, jenni

  4. Linda & Chuck Yoos
    Linda & Chuck Yoos says:

    Loved the video – everyone was enjoying the songs! Such a great way to teach English. And, thanks, for the observations about what the Hondurans think about definitions. We willl pray for discernment in all that you do. Your lessons in that area are lessons for anyone working with people they are trying to help.
    God bless you every one!
    Love Luke’s birthday gift – he looks pretty happy!
    Love, Chuck and Linda

  5. Sammy Johnston
    Sammy Johnston says:

    I think conscientious is the word for today!
    Wonderful post, very moving and inspirational. Love your video! I couldn’t agree more of how true and deeply concerning your words are. It seems there are many things to learn in life as a whole, and unfortunately sometimes they are after the fact. However we all have the ability to learn from our mistakes and he who learns from others mistakes is conscientious. Thank you for making us a little more conscientious. If we all were more conscientious, the world would have fewer problems. Keep up the good work, God bless and be safe.
    Love you guys,

    Conscientiousness – is the trait of being painstaking and careful, or the quality of acting according to the dictates of one’s conscience. It includes such elements as self-discipline, carefulness, thoroughness, organization, deliberation (the tendency to think carefully before acting), and need for achievement. It is an aspect of what has traditionally been called character. Conscientious individuals are generally hard working and reliable. When taken to an extreme, they may also be workaholics, perfectionists, and compulsive in their behavior. People who are low on conscientiousness are not necessarily lazy or immoral, but they tend to be more laid back, less goal oriented, and less driven by success. -Wikipedia

  6. Yvonna and Bob Graham
    Yvonna and Bob Graham says:

    Loved seeing the video. And the newsletter made so much sense. It’s all about building community. And you are really doing it. Love and prayers. Also Sam Cat says hi. Well, purrrrr, really.

  7. Cindy Atchison
    Cindy Atchison says:

    Your video warmed my heart, Kerry!
    I love reading your posts. Your lessons of “treading carefully” reminds me of how we should all listen to other a little more and judge each other a little less. Bless you and all the work that you are doing! You’re all an inspiration!
    Cindy, Scott, Sam and Chris

  8. theresa
    theresa says:

    Great post Kerry! And as always, great food for thought. How to come alongside these folks without looking at things through our “western eyes” that is a continual challenge. When you and Mike, the Z’s and Trey and Connie figure it out, please let the rest of us know the secret :). We all (Team Chets) so enjoyed spending time with all of you. What a great impact you are making there already! You are in our prayers 🙂 Love, Theresa

  9. Bethany McManus
    Bethany McManus says:

    I just watched the video of Kerry’s English class – and was struck by the fact that “you guys are really doing it!” You told us what you wanted to do – and there you are, doing it, living in Honduras, trying to make a difference in people’s lives, giving your children an experience that will carry them through life…

    Amazing! Keep sending video’s when you can! They are really beautiful to watch.

    God bless and keep you all safe…Bethany

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