The last thing anyone wants on a drive to dinner with friends is a car accident. This is especially true when you’re in another country. But that’s exactly what happened to us here in Honduras. We had dropped off our luggage at the mission house and were on our way to dinner when … BAM! Another truck had smashed into our truck; our rented truck.
The young man driving the other truck quickly said he would call his mother. By the time she arrived we had determined that everyone on the team and in the other truck were fine, only the vehicles were damaged. We were also discussing how to complete the repairs. The mother immediately recommended taking the truck to the dealership in town for the repairs. Since it was late at night we decided to meet at the dealership the next day. Before we left the crash site the mother, Eva Menendez, said to me in English, "I am sorry for your trouble.”. I answered her, “Esta es un oportunidad para las cosas de Dios (This is an opportunity for the things of God).”Turns out that Eva had worked 20 years for the Dole fruit company as an agricultural engineer and has a heart to help orphaned children. We are planning a return trip to this city in June to work at Casa Cielo, a local orphanage lead by a fellow CFNI graduate. When I explained our plans and invited her to join us she immediately agreed. I believe her involvement in this project will prove to be a blessing to her and Casa Cielo.
You can imagine the questions and thoughts that run through your mind. "Is everyone ok? How are things like this handled in Honduras? How much will this cost? What do we do now?“
I don’t recommend recruiting team members by crashing into them but then again, whose to say what things can become things of God.