The backpacks were distributed this weekend to our sponsored children in Camalote!! New pictures were taken, too. Once we receive and print them, we will distribute them to their sponsors asap. ... See MoreSee Less
This weekend, backpacks full of school supplies and gifts were delivered to the children of Camelote Campuca, at our sponsorship program there. People of Fredericktowne Baptist Church - see what you've done here!
We - and the people of Camelote Campuca - are so grateful for all the work you do, so that these children have the material things they need to attend school, and also so that they are fed regularly with highly nutritious food, and given the opportunity to hear the Gospel message and get tied-in with a local church! 😀
(Shoes will be delivered at a later date.)
UPDATE: Great News!! The container packed through FBC has arrived in Honduras and was transported to the Sowers' home today to begin the sorting & distribution process. Note that the boxes have color coding to help them sort thanks to Jim Cofer. Looking forward to seeing the pictures of the children receiving their backpacks and families receiving gift boxes in the upcoming weeks. LIKE the FBC for Honduras fb page to see updates/ pictures of the individual children in our sister church program AND to see the pictures of children that are currently in need of sponsorship for 2018. ... See MoreSee Less
When we receive a container shipment from the U.S., the big truck bringing the container to us from the port can't make it all the way up to our rural property. Because of this, we meet the truck when it arrives in the city of Gracias, unload everything out of the container on the side of the road, and use smaller trucks to make multiple trips up the mountain, ferrying all the donations.
We don't have enough small trucks to move everything at once, of course, so some of the donations are unloaded onto the ground, covered with tarps, and guarded by members of our work crew, as the trucks gradually get everything moved up to our property.
Once a truckload of donations arrives on our property, the unloading involves sorting all of the boxes into separate piles (according to the color code marked on the boxes in the U.S.).
Here's a shout-out to Jim Cofer, who created and instituted the color coding system, which has made our work MUCH easier on this end. Russell, specifically, thanks you for this, Jim!
This entire unloading process takes 5 - 6 hours to complete.
Several times, I've heard folks involved in this process in the U.S. declare, "And NOW it's done!"
However, for us, the unloading is just the start of the process! We will now work to distribute all of the backpacks to the children, the gifts to the pastors, and the miscellaneous donations to where they can be best used to bless the people of Honduras.
We're still happy to proclaim "The containers are both safely here and unloaded!" Praise God! 😀
Transferring the boxes of backpacks, shoes, Bibles and many blessings from the trailer to the cargo container for shipment to Honduras. HUGE THANK YOU to the many volunteers lending s “hand” today. ... See MoreSee Less