Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 3, 2014
Mission members report on trip to Honduras
Jackie Pelletier with a young boy in Honduras in April, 2104. Pelletier was part of a 12-person group from Sunshine Advent Christian Church, from Sunshine Maine, that traveled to Honduras for a mission trip earlier this year.
by Jessica Brophy
Honduras is a country poor in material wealth but rich spiritually, according to several members of the Sunshine Advent Christian Church who traveled to Honduras in April on a mission trip.
On Sunday, June 15, several of those travelers spoke during a service about their experiences in Honduras. Cristo Salva, a nonprofit organization, facilitated the trip.
“Worship is a huge part of the trip to Honduras,” said Vicki Davis. Davis said she learned on this trip that the churches in Honduras often have services five nights a week.
“In Honduras, people deal with a lot, and they have nothing,” said Davis. “We might think ‘if we can have that SUV, or a cottage, or that person’s wardrobe.’ But the people in Honduras, their faith is so real.”
During the trip, members of the church performed various services, including working in the medical clinic, assisting a dentist, counting and sorting medications, working at an orphanage and more.
Seven of those who attended the trip were teenagers. The money to finance the trip was raised through donations and events.
Jackie Pelletier, who is an EMT, said she worked her own patient room at the clinic, which she hadn’t expected.
“I’m so proud of our young people and what they did,” said Pelletier. “Julia [Bentley] weighed and measured people, Liam [Adams] was our pharmacist, Noah [Davis] helped the dentist and more. It was quite amazing.”
Pelletier said she prescribed a lot of parasite medications, pain medication, medication for prostate and urinary problems, and prenatal vitamins. One patient, especially, she found touching.
“A little girl came in after having an asthma attack,” Pelletier explained. She showed the girl’s parents how to use a nebulizer treatment to help the girl breathe better and sent the family home with a nebulizer machine to assist in future attacks. “That is what Cristo Salvo does. I felt so blessed and fortunate,” said Pelletier.
Kristyn Davis shared her experience of helping a former prostitute who had been hurt in a domestic incident. “I’m really glad I got to go,” she said of the trip.
Heather Cormier also shared her experiences. “Whatever is demanded of you, you do,” she said of the distraction-free environment of Honduras. She gave an account of how the group had raised funds to check bags full of medicine, supplies, toys and candy to bring with them and how they were not charged at the airport. “God had a plan for that money,” she said. In the end, the funds were used to purchase land to guarantee access to some streams for a town.
“For a few hundred dollars, you bought water for a whole town on a mountain in Honduras,” said Cormier.
Noah Davis said it was hard to help the dentist at first, having to hold people’s heads still to assist in tooth extractions. “But it was helping people,” he said. Being in a country with few electronic devices and other distractions was an important experience too, he said.
“You sit down with no distractions and wait to hear what God wanted you to hear,” he said.
Liam Adams, who helped sort and hand out medications, said he learned that medication “that we use in the U.S. goes a lot further in Honduras.”
Vicki Davis closed the recounting of the trip by thanking the congregation for their support of the trip. “Whether you go down the well or hold the rope, we’re thankful,” she said.