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The Missionary Heart

The Missionary Heart

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 “The missionary heart: Care more than some think is wise. Risk more than some think is safe. Dream more than some think is practical. Expect more than some think is possible. I was called not to comfort or success but to obedience….There is no joy outside of knowing Jesus and serving him.”

 

—Karen Watson, martyr, March 15, 2004

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In Honduras, the Garifuna are an “invisible” people

In Honduras, the Garifuna are an “invisible” people

Shared from an Article titled; Alternatives to detention leave some Honduran immigrants in "Shackles" - Latin America News Dispatch - LatinDispatch.com

When Eva left San Pedro Sula with her children this summer, she did not know what the journey would entail. A worker at a factory manufacturing shirts for Nike and Hanes, Eva had never traveled outside of Honduras. Some of her friends and family had moved to New York, but she rarely spoke to them.

Eva, Gabriel and Daria traveled to Guatemala by bus, where they stopped at a train station in the capital to beg for money. They then took a second bus to Mexico, before crossing the border into the U.S. by foot.

“I don’t like to talk about the experience,” Eva said. She was hesitant to share details about their migration, which culminated in a one-week detention at a facility in Texas before they were released and took a third bus to New York.

Pablo Blanco, a 38-year-old Garifuna who directs Elite Caribe International, a group that promotes Garifuna culture in the diaspora, said that many Garifuna women have been reluctant to open up about how and why they came to the U.S.

“A culture of fear has been instilled in these women, and now they don’t want to talk,” said Blanco, who has been attending the weekly meetings at Bronx Spanish Evangelical Church.

Garifuna from Honduras have been immigrating to the U.S. for decades. Around 1,000 women and children were part of the 88,491 Honduran migrants apprehended at the U.S. border between October 2013 and August 2014, according to Customs and Border Protection.

While Eva declined to discuss the reasons behind leaving, broad patterns affecting the Garifuna are clear. The Garifuna are not only fleeing violence in a country with the highest per capita homicide rate in the world, but also a government that has long marginalized their Afro-indigenous community.

Human traffickers known as “coyotes” facilitate the Garifuna migration, Garcia said, telling the women that if they travel to the U.S. with their children they will be allowed to stay in the country and work.

Carla Garcia addresses Garifuna during a community meeting at the Bronx Spanish Evangelical Church.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez acknowledged the problem of coyotes in a July press release, and U.S. authorities have tried to counter the use of human traffickers through a Danger Awareness Campaign that includes billboards and radio announcements throughout Central America that explain that new arrivals will not be exempt from deportation.

Blanco said, however, that the Honduran government also helps perpetuate the problems that push the Garifuna to leave their homes. In Honduras, he said, the Garifuna occupy an “invisible” status, and the government routinely displaces members of the community who live on pristine coastal lands ideal for tourism projects. In one recent example, 400 Garifuna from the Barra Vieja community were evicted by members of Honduras National Police in September in order to clear territory for an Indura Beach and Resort development.

“In Honduras it’s like we’re discriminated twice,” Blanco said. “We’re black and indigenous.”

“The Garifuna came here because they thought it would be different and that they would be safe,” Garcia, the activist, said. “And instead they are treated like criminals.”

This is is an excerpt from an article published by the Latin America News Dispatch To read full article please Click Here 

Church Service in Cusuna Honduras

Church Service in Cusuna Honduras

Church in Cusuna

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Connect Global Team In Honduras

Connect Global Team In Honduras

Trip Update

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for and keeping up with our travels. We were just in Honduras and had a great time. Our travel involved assembling a team made up of Four from North Carolina, One from Texas, and Travis Moffitt + MYSELF from Florida. 

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We started our trip by meeting up in Atlanta and grabbing our flight to Honduras. It was pretty evident right away that we had a very solid team and that everyone made me very excited to be on the trip. This was the first time any of us had met each other in person all except for Travis who had met each of us separately. 

Our flight and process through immigration was pretty smooth except for the loss of one Team bag (which was reclaimed at the end of the week.)

This team was great in so many ways, it is incredible still to think about it. Not only were we introducing them to a brand new experience in an uncomfortable environment but there were also some unplanned pit stops, and through it all everyone had such amazing attitudes. Even through a lot of tire trouble! 

Aquaponics update

Team Member Shekina shows Javier and Jorge how to Hack their way through the aluminum on these IBC tanks

Team Member Shekina shows Javier and Jorge how to Hack their way through the aluminum on these IBC tanks

One of the major things on our to do list for this trip was to upgrade the already existing system at our friend Jorge's house. We brought with us a timer and other electric supplies to add solar power over to the system. This will allow for faster and more consistent movement of the water, and in turn will create bigger fish and veggies, faster. Over all we accomplished some big updates for this and for future systems. It was great to be able to work along side Jorge and hear his passion for creating and maintaining these sustainable systems. 

Aquaponic Carrots sprouting

Aquaponic Carrots sprouting

Medical Update

Several Hundred pounds of Medications and Vitamins were hand delivered by the Connect Global team to the Clinic in Cusuna Honduras

Several Hundred pounds of Medications and Vitamins were hand delivered by the Connect Global team to the Clinic in Cusuna Honduras

Another component of the trip was facilitating the delivery of several hundred pounds of Children's and Prenatal vitamins as well as several dozen Medicines and ointments. These were a huge blessing to the very ill funded clinic in Cusuna Honduras. Dr Enrique is a very humble and hardworking man who, as the only full time doctor, has his work cut out for him. He is very grateful for any and all support he receives and was more than excited to have one of our team members who is also a doctor in NC assist him with his patients. 

Church Update

The Church in Cusuna, is a marvelous light in the dark. Newly into it's second pastor and after 14 years of existence it continues to be a place where good drives out bad. Many new faces were in attendance for our last minute service Tuesday, and during regular service times there are no open seats. Pastor Adonis has inherited a great congregation, and I expect him to continue the growth of the members. 

Jorge Amador

Jorge Amador and His 1 year old Daughter Allison

Jorge Amador and His 1 year old Daughter Allison

Our friend Jorge and His Wife Janeth just celebrated their daughters 1st birthday. We all were very happy to see and meet her. Our week was decidedly better for having them all there. Please keep them in your prayers. They have a hard job and are still adjusting to living with out consistent electricity, and are in need of reliable transportation. 

Pastor Nahun Flores

Pastor Nahun and Edenia Flores near their home in Trujillo Honduras

Pastor Nahun and Edenia Flores near their home in Trujillo Honduras

We also had the pleasure of traveling with Pastor Nahun, Edenia, Abigail, Danny, and David Flores. One of my personal favorite families of all time. They have worked tirelessly in Cusuna for over 14 years, and we have literally watched the kids grow up. This family is very special to everyone who has met them. They work hard and do it all with smiles on their faces. I know that none of my trips to Cusuna over the past ten years would have been nearly as enjoyable if they were not there. 

Thank You

Thank You to all who have kept us and this community in your prayers. It truly means a lot that we have so many people both Cusuna Alumni and otherwise that care so deeply for the work that we do in Cusuna. We are very excited about what the future holds. Lets continue to partner together in order to positively create sustainable solutions for some of the problems that exist in Cusuna.

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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

ThrowBack Thursday

Circa 2005-2006 

Our second or third trip to Cusuna Honduras, with Morningstar church. This is where I fell in love with helping others ( I used to be pretty selfish). I am grateful for the opportunities that now exist in my life because of those early trips. 

All of the people who gave sacrificially to make sure I had a plane ticket and a backpack (which i still have and travel with today!) are still in my heart all these years later.

It is because of these trips that I decided to build my life around doing for others and which ignited the vision for Connect Global almost 10 years later.

Thank you to all who have supported me, my family, and the teams we’ve been a part of. 

Javier Mendoza

Enjoy the Journey

Enjoy the Journey

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 Connect Global Team Members enjoying an “Unscheduled Stop” along our route for the day!

Always keep an open mind and realize that sometimes the stops along the way are more important than the destination.  

 

Connect Global Mission Trips

Medical Clinic in Cusuna Honduras

Medical Clinic in Cusuna Honduras

Spending time in the clinic in  Cusuna , hearing the heartbreaking stories of malnourished children. 
 This is us leaving the clinic with a joy and hope in what God can do for the children with just a little bit of strategy and resourcefulness. We talked about tangible ways that the doctor is educating new mothers on how to best nourish their children by compensating for the lack of a healthy diet for the mom. As a joint effort, the  Cusuna Coalition , pitched in by delivering several “doses” of Formula that will jumpstart the infants health.  
 Please  email us  if you would like to help in any way. 

Spending time in the clinic in Cusuna, hearing the heartbreaking stories of malnourished children.

This is us leaving the clinic with a joy and hope in what God can do for the children with just a little bit of strategy and resourcefulness. We talked about tangible ways that the doctor is educating new mothers on how to best nourish their children by compensating for the lack of a healthy diet for the mom. As a joint effort, the Cusuna Coalition, pitched in by delivering several “doses” of Formula that will jumpstart the infants health. 

Please email us if you would like to help in any way.