The Hayes Zoo

Our Purpose

- to know God and use our entire lives in service to Him.

- to stand in the gap through prayer, giving and service to viable ministries in Latin America.

- to be transparent helpers of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, using our resources and skills that through the Holy Spirit, we might encourage and equip those who have less.

- to share a living perspective from Latin America to our churches, friends and family in the states and beyond.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

boxes and more boxes

Things are settling down a bit here, and at the same time, ramping up. As we get settled in and getting our feet under us again, we are getting more involved in the ministry goings-on.

We now have about 300 boxes of food in our covered driveway, these are donations from Kids Against Hunger in the US and are destined for people in the area who need them; they are stored at our house in the interim.

A week ago Allen Sowers and I traveled out into the mountains and took a look at a bridge. There are quite a lot of cable suspension-bridges in the area that people use to cross the rivers, and he has been involved in the past in re-design and reconstruction of a couple of them. This is one we are considering taking on; he already has the cable, and it would be mainly a matter of designing the new bridge, finding the local financial assistance and then managing the construction. The existing bridge was designed for foot traffic; the new one would support vehicles.

Last friday we made a trip to Puerto Cortes, on the coast of Honduras, to load up a container of donated items. We left Gracias at 7 am, and arrived in Puerto Cortes at about 12. We finally got the contents of the container cleared through customs at about 5, managed to get the container loaded on a truck by about 9, and finished unloading everything and loading it all into our trucks and trailers at about 1:30 am. We made it back to Gracias at about 6. It was a long day. All this, after about 2 weeks of prep work and one trip there earlier just to try and get the customs work taken care of ahead of time. The job now for probably the next couple weeks will be going through the donations and getting them sorted and delivered to the people who need them.

We are still without internet at our house, which means we are quite out of touch and slow in responding to e-mails and skype. Hopefully we will get the internet hooked up this week.

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