Greetings from Honduras to all our friends and family!
We've been having a full and exciting week here in San Maximiliano Kolbe Parish. This first week is focused on implementing the Water With Blessings ministry in St. Max. Kristen, Joy, Paulina and Dennis, from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, are the mission partners who are just beginning a relationship with this Honduran community. The rest of the team, Kathy, Jim, Mike, Caisey and Larraine, are here as support on behalf of Water With Blessings.
We got started last Friday, just a few hours after arriving, with orientation sessions for parish leadership and ministry coordinators. Our first of six formation sessions began on Sunday afternoon, to accommodate working mothers. Since then we have held one or two of the three hour sessions each day.
We begin each morning with prayer around the breakfast table, sharing our personal goals and intentions for the day. At the end of the day, we gather for shared reflection on our day. We are a very diverse group, but find ourselves connecting at a deep level--but with lots of laughter as well. Each person brings a unique personal gift that enriches our group--a beautiful collection of charisms.
Each mission team member quickly found his or her niche--organizing the sessions and keeping records, videography and photography, cuddling babies and entertaining the kids, cooking and doing laundry for the team, shopping--and washing 150 buckets caked with frosting! It's been especially nice to be doing the formation sessions here in the same building where we stay.