Thursday, July 16, 2009
In the Midst of Chaos, Life Goes On - Part 2
Today, tension is high as rumors (some more substantiated than others) swirl around Honduras that ousted president Mel Zelaya will be returning to the country today, or in the next few days, possibly using military force, and that he is calling for his supporters to rise up in "insurrection" against the current government. Specifically, attacks against airports and the blocking of major roads in and out of cities have been mentioned as targets of these activities. The expats who reside in Honduras have been living on the edge for weeks now, and the strain is definitely starting to show as we face the possible outbreak of violence. Please pray with us, that peace will prevail, that lives will not be lost, and that God will have his hand on the whole situation.
Here in Gracias Lempira, things remain quiet, and our work continues. We are hampered somewhat by the political situation - for instance, Allen was planning a trip to the city of San Pedro Sula today through tomorrow, to handle business related to the purchase of the next batch of motorcycles for pastors, but he is now delaying that trip due to the likelihood of protests closing the roads into the cities over the next few days. As we travel from Gracias into the more remote areas, however, everything appears normal.
One aspect of the ministry which continues to progress during this unsettled time is the construction of bridges. Of course, I have pictures. The photo at the top of this post is the bridge at Monte de la Virgin, recently added to the list of bridges to be replaced in the very near future. Below is the same bridge, seen from the side.
Not too long ago, a dedication ceremony was held, to celebrate the opening of one of the newly completed bridges. This bridge, in Santa Rosita (about 1.5 hours drive from Gracias) was a larger project, as it was constructed to accommodate vehicle traffic, in addition to pedestrians. Here are some pictures from the ceremony:
Our thanks to those who help us acquire donations of cable in the US, and for everyone whose financial contributions help us carry out projects such as these.
And please, continue to pray with us for the peaceful resolution of the political situation in Honduras.