Effortless

Well the second day in Honduras is done, and looking back on the day I can't believe how quickly God has already begun to work.  Arriving in La Ceiba, Honduras a week ago, I wondered if things would change when the rest of the group arrived, and I must admit I had some fear that things may be uncomfortable since many of the group coming had never met the boys or been to Honduras before.  After today, I know I could not have been more wrong.  When the vans arrived at Niños de la Luz, everyone piled out to greet the boys.  Introductions were sealed with hugs not hand shakes, and everyone began to interact easily.  We had a Sunday church service together with the boys, and together we shared our hearts.  It wasn't formal or forced, but rather a time for us to talk about what God is doing in our lives in a real way.  After, we went and watched the USA vs. Japan women's world cup while eating countless pieces of pizza.  I came into the room after everyone else and found that instead of having the "Gringos" on one side of the room and the Hondurans on the other, people had integrated themselves willingly and effortlessly. Not only had they sat themselves next to people they were unfamiliar with, but I saw many making conversation and getting to know the boys more personally.  When the game was over, we decided a soccer game was next on the list, and soon a game was in progress.  Anyone and everyone was playing, and I loved seeing how quickly the people who had never been to Honduras before jumped into the game full force.  There was joking, teasing, and laughter between everyone, and I can honestly say that this is the first time I have seen a group come and be at ease this quickly.  It was amazing to see how God took an experience that for many would have been uneasy and difficult to handle and make it so effortless.  He orchestrated today perfectly and began to form relationships that I know will last far beyond this week. I am so excited to see what more is to come! 

-Bethany Cook