its been 10 days of goodbyes with the davis family and axel. first, with all of the missionary families here in the area. we got together and shared, worshipped, and prayed.
then the rhinos party. ugghh. it was a tough night, but a sweet thing to witness. one by one, the boys stood up and poured out their hearts to both the davis family as well as axel. i can't even attempt to delve into it and do it any justice. imagine 30 kids trying to say goodbye to people they love like their own family, who are moving to another country. people who have opened their home and their hearts in the most real and genuine way. all i can say is there was kleenex everywhere.
|boys saying goodbye to the davis family, the night before departure|
you never know what to expect when crossing borders. throw in the fact that this particular border divides two of the most dangerous and corrupt countries in the world, and you have to be prepared for anything.
|before loading up the davis belongings in buena vista|
|moving truck finally arrives|
the final goodbye...
there were teary goodbyes at breakfast in the hotel sunday morning. hugging those davis girls just about broke me. then watching josue cry his eyes out just about broke me again. final goodbyes with paul and jess were no easier. but the last thing i remember is from the night before, when we said goodbye to axel. he stayed the night at the house with the bus drivers, so they wouldn't have to pay for hotel rooms. it was somewhere after midnight, and he stood on the front porch of their home waving. with tears running down his face, he screamed "i love you guys" as we pulled away.
a family who has been immersed in buena vista, and in the ins and outs of the boys academy for the last 2 years, has taken that experience and headed out on a mission to reproduce it in a new country. a dangerous central american country full of gang violence and drug trafficking. they will minister specifically to a small people-group called the garifunas, who have been discriminated against and ostracized for generations. the davis' do this with their 4 precious (blonde) daughters, and with jessica's struggling health. sacrificial and beautiful. may He receive all the glory!
and a young man from the little village of buena vista who spent 4 years in the academy, is taking what he learned and moving away to start another one. no one leaves buena vista. much less by faith, with a gringo family, to go serve another community as a missionary! there is nothing more i can say to capture how amazing that is.
|axel and the davis fam on their new front porch|
one thing that is not a mystery, however, is that the rhinos of travesia, honduras, will learn about Jesus. they will be loved on and taught how to become godly men, husbands, and fathers.
one thing that is not uncertain... is that LOVE has arrived in travesia, honduras.