Love in Spanish
This last summer I spent nine days in Siguatepeque, Honduras with TerraMica and Kids Around the World. Going into this service trip, I did not know what to expect because it was the first time ever working with TerraMica. I was hopeful that the Lord would move in and through our team in incredible ways. And that is exactly what He did. This trip was one of the most unreal, life-changing trips I have ever experienced!
While our team was in Honduras, we built a playground, installed two soccer goals, and planted a vegetable garden for a local elementary school in Puran. We also build six pilas (water reservoirs) for coffee farming families in the mountains. As the only bilingual volunteer team member, I was able to utilize the gift God has given me to translate for our team, and was able to form special bonds with the kids we met. One of the ways God moved in me most was through this ability to speak Spanish, this ability to connect and grow close with the people in Honduras. While we were at the school, I met three young girls, who each quickly opened up to me and shared their stories. It was through these girls that I felt the Lord stirring in my heart. Each of them has endured heartbreaking, tragic life events that I could not even imagine going through; nevertheless, they spoke to me with the sweetest, softest smiles and radiated the love and joy of Jesus. Their stories moved me to tears because not only was I touched to get to know them on such a deep, intimate level, I was also able to get a glimpse of their vulnerability and transparency, strength, perseverance, and joy. God has been so evident and faithful in their lives that I could not help but feel beyond blessed to be serving Him. He utilized my ability to speak Spanish to encourage these girls, but also to encourage me by hearing their stories.
There was also a boy, Oscar, who could not resist turning every moment into an opportunity for laughter and fun. Oscar was born with Down Syndrome and has endured a lot of hardship because of this, but he was one of the most loving and energetic people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. It was through my ability to speak Spanish that God allowed me to connect with Oscar in a very special way. Towards the end of our trip, another one of our team members pulled me aside with a Bible in his hand and Oscar by his side. He asked me to read John 3:16 to him and to explain the verse and what it meant to be loved God. I was quickly overcome with nerves because I didn’t feel qualified to translate something so important and powerful. However, it was in that moment that I felt the Lord speak to me. He told me that this moment was not about me or my speaking abilities; it was about God and how he would use me to impact Oscar’s life forever. So I nervously accepted the challenge and did the best I could to relay God’s message of love and sacrifice; and the Lord was right in using this moment for His glory because after that, I led Oscar into prayer, where he accepted Jesus into his heart.
It is moments like these that fill me with an indescribable joy. It is moments like these that I will always cherish. It is moments like these that I will remember forever. God was so evident throughout this time in Honduras. He used each and every one of us on the team in different ways to love and to be loved. We set our hearts on sharing the love of Jesus to the people in Honduras, but in reality, it was these people that shared God’s love with us. I cannot be more thankful for the experiences that I had, and I am eager to continue to participate in more trips like these because they are truly life changing.
by Delaney Perez