THE HARRISONBURG FRIENDS OF BARNABAS TEAM had a successful and meaning trip to Oct. 14-21, 2017 working in Honduras. The team included Gary Lucas (team leader), Taylor and Maggie Rhodes. You may read about their experiences:
what does an FoB medical mission team do?
Deliver medical care to children and their families in the mountains of Honduras.
Where is Honduras?
In Latin America, bordered by Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Seven or eight hours away by plane.
What’s the weather like?
Hot mostly, and muggy. But in the mountains it can be quite pleasant, especially with an evening breeze.
Why should I go?
Lots of reasons… maybe God is calling you to have an adventure, to change the life of a child, to change your own life!
How much does it cost?
Each team member is asked to raise about $2000, which can be accomplished by asking friends and family for financial support. Pastor Brad raised funds for his trip literally by sending a couple dozen letters and emails.
What’s a typical day like?
Wake up early, eat a delicious breakfast, bus ride into the mountains. Set up clinics, see patients for 6-8 hours with a break for lunch. Bus ride back, showers, dinner, devotions, free time. Most of us go to bed early because we’re worn out! Sunday and Saturday are play days with trips to the waterfall, the beach, or other fun Honduras sites.
Do I need a medical degree?
No! Besides doctors, nurses, dentists, PAs, and eye care experts, we also need Spanish translators and nonmedical laypeople to make the trip successful.
Is it safe?
Mostly. Honduras is a violent place, so precautions are taken for the team’s safety. The mission trips are as safe as we can make them. But of course there are risks, just like Jesus said there would be if we follow him!
How’s the food?
Amazingly good. You’ll eat like a king (or queen) for the week, with delicious, authentic Honduran food at every meal: fried fish, chicken, beans and rice, fresh veggies, hand rolled tortillas, perfectly ripe fruit, and lots of good desserts like flan, rice pudding, and bananas foster.
What if I can’t go to Honduras?
You can still participate! We need people to pray, give, and go. Pray for the mountain medical teams, for the people we serve, for the FoB leadership, and for the presence of Christ to be revealed in Honduras. You can also support our work through financial giving. We will once again give our Christmas Eve offering to Friends of Barnabas, so plan now to make a generous gift!
How can I learn more?
Talk to Gary Lucas or visit fobf.org.
From the Friends of Barnabas website:
“Improving the lives of impoverished children in Honduras
by providing high quality sustainable medical care and
Save the life of a child!