Archive for May, 2008

Day 1: Arrived in San Pedro Sula, Honduras
May 31, 2008

Hello all!


We finally arrived in San Pedro Sula, Honduras at 8:30 pm Honduran time;  Thankfully, all of the presbytery crates arrived and were whisked through customs with not even an interested glance, despite our antics  wrangling mounds of precariously perched black crates! 

Tim Wheeler, our Heifer contact in Tegucigalpa called on our behalf and arranged for a van to pick us up and made reservations for us at a hotel downtown. He will be coming from Tegucigalpa (about 3-4 hours away) to pick us up tomorrow and we will then go to La Esperanza.  We are all ok, just very very tired from such a long trip. but tomorrow is another day, and we will be excited by the adventure! We remembered y’all in prayer this evening and ask that you do the same for us.


I’m writing this from the hotel where we have the luxury of internet; I doubt that I’ll be able to email again till we’re back in the states.


grace and peace,



Tegucigalpa Airport Closed… New Travel Arrangements
May 30, 2008

Hey Keith!
Well, they've closed the airport in  American Airlines is Tegucigalpa
flying us to .--the other option was to wait in MiamiSan Pedro Sula
for two days until they could get us to . It looks like Tegucigalpa
we'll be leaving tonight and arriving in  this evening(there's a two hour time difference).San Pedro Sula
It seems likely that we will be staying in a hotel in SPS for at  
least tonight, but I'm waiting to hear from Tim Wheeler, our contact  
in Honduras


Continue to Pray
May 30, 2008

I received a phone call from Fred Powell while I was at lunch with a travel update. The group is currently waiting in the Miami airport and their flight has been delayed. Apparently there has been a plane crash at the airport in Tegucigalpa and the airport has been closed. They received this news right before their flight was to take off and they were asked to leave the plane and return back inside to wait.

–Keith Karriker


Please continue to pray for this mission team, as I know it can be a more than a bit disconcerting to travel after such news. I have attempted to find information about the earlier flight, but so far have been unable to do so, but please remember those folks and their families as well. I will follow up with additional information as soon as I know more.

Day 1 — Travelling to Honduras
May 30, 2008

Dear folks,

Just a note to report what’s happening, since we haven’t met together since Presbytery meeting! We’ve gotten everything packed in the Presbytery crates: dental medicines, general meds, glasses, toys, etc. We ended up having to take one extra crate for dental equipment for a total of 9. so we had to pay an extra fee, but luckily, American is not restricting baggage on International flights (yet!).


We gathered at 4:30am at the Charlotte Airport and whisked right through check in and even security in 15 minutes!! A record in my book! The only mishap being that one of the ladies who was bringing her daughter to the airport side-swiped a deer outside Sharon, breaking a headlight and stoving in the driver’s side of her car. No one (except the deer) was injured, but they were a bit shaken, especially at such an early hour on unfamiliar roads.


We’re now in Miami awaiting our American Airlines flight 953 to Tegucigalpa. There is a tropical storm in Central America, but so far (10 am) there are no delays and we are just waiting for the next leg of the trip. We are scheduled to arrive at 12:35 pm and be picked up by Tim Wheeler with Heifer International. We will be going to La Esperanza in the Western part of Honduras and will be working in three different villages before beginning our return trip on June 7. 

Because the flights to Charlotte on Saturday were booked solid, we will have a layover in Miami on the way back, getting back in on Sunday, May 8. at 12:55 in the afternoon.


Tim has planned for us to stay  in a hotel in La Esperanza, and commute to the clincs each day. I don’t know which one yet, but hopefully will know that later today.


I have a GSM mobile phone with us. Theoretically, I should be able to make and receive calls in Honduras.  Our plan is to be in daily contact through an email chain that will be sent out by Keith Karriker stateside. I’ll make sure that Mark and Dot get copies of the daily updates. We will be recording raw video clips to be used for day by day  podcasts on the presbyery website when we return The format for the podcast will be: establishing shots from that particular day, a short interview with one of the people we serve that day, a shout out from a different team member each day and a power point copy of our devotional that day…if we can record some music to use we’ll do that too!.


We are a little concerned by tropical storm Alma which is passing over Central America at this moment, but at this time (10am) the flight appears to be on time!


grace and peace to you all,

Fred Powell


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May 10, 2008

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