Our Care4Communities 2020 mission team tackled a number of exciting projects during our trip to Roatan in March. Most of our focus centered on upgrading the soccer court by providing expanded viewing for spectators. The roof was raised to the height of the school roof, thus providing clear visual access from the second level of the property. The bodega (court shed) was demolished and replaced by a larger building with shelving and bins to organize all the sports equipment.
The third level also got an upgrade with the addition of four picnic tables, a homebuilt barbecue and both a spray-painted four-square court and hopscotch game. Our vision has been to make this third level family-friendly and provide an area for people to fellowship and play games. We are still eagerly awaiting the McDonald’s playground equipment to be installed in August.
Our opportunity for service in the La Colonia community increased in early spring as COVID-19 severely impacted Roatan. Since the island relies on tourism for its income, the economy was devastated by the cancellation of all flights and cruise ships for the foreseeable future. Care4Communities started a fund to provide our families from the sports court, the school, and local church with the basic necessities of rice, beans, flour and oil. Our on-site leadership has been busy with food distribution for many weeks. This humanitarian effort has opened many doors for us to show and share the love of Christ with our community throughout this pandemic. We are grateful to the many people who have supported this effort to feed and love this sector of Roatan.