07 Feb A Note From Donna
As soon as we sent our last newsletter sharing that we would return to Honduras on February 5th, we got a fortunate call from one of our partners (Dean Sutphin with the Edward Via School of Osteopathic Medicine-VCOM) offering Phil and I the Covid vaccine. We had resolved that we would not have that opportunity until later in the year, so we would just return to Honduras without it. However, when then this door opened, and we gladly accepted. Since we were given the Moderna vaccine, it was necessary to wait 28 days for the second dose. Unless things change between the writing of this article and your receipt of it, our new departure date is February 18th. We are happy to be returning with some level of protection and are grateful to VCOM for their kind consideration.
In my personal devotional time today, I spent my focus on thanking God for giving me the opportunity to serve in His Kingdom on a daily basis through immediate and long-term assistance to those in need. Our team fights daily to move us toward a level of sustainability while giving opportunities for growth and livelihood to those who live in a country with so little hope. With this in mind, I would like to add a personal note to Phil’s article regarding immigration. I am personally frustrated at how illegal immigrants have been and continue to be exploited by both sides of the political spectrum in the U.S. While the solutions are complicated and would require tremendous investment and collaboration from all parties, there are solutions. But there are so many false narratives that are simply accepted because they are presented by the specific political party one follows. We are surely able, as Christians, to educate ourselves to the reality of the situation and stop participating in the exploitation of vulnerable people. I suspect illegal immigration will continue to be exploited for years to come, for at least as long as it serves political purposes. I would invite you to join us in doing our part in Honduras to create opportunities for employment while sharing the hope of the Good News of Jesus.