For those of you who don't know me, I am Adam Peterson, a student at Bishop Luers High School and a parishioner of St. Therese Catholic Church. I was blessed to be one of 10 people to travel to Honduras in July.
The main focus of our trip was to provide for the needy and poor children of Honduras. We brought to them from St. Therese supplies for their school.
Our travel was usually a long and bumpy ride in a trusty bus to each place. I can still picture Nancy Jenkins closing her eyes and shaking her head as we climbed non-paved mountainsides to get to the schools. When we finally arrived, we unloaded and gave children suitcases full of pencils, markers, paper, crayons, pens, glue, and notebooks. I never thought that I would see so many faces light up because they received basic school supplies!
Even though the conditions of the schools were worse than we all thought, the spirits of the children and their teachers were far better than we could have ever imagined. At that first school visit, it was apparent that we received what we had all come for—-fulfillment, happiness, and humility. It occurred to me that I was going to take home more than I brought. Their school was made of 2 wooden shacks put together and divided into many small rooms that served 70 or more children every day.
We also had the privilege of seeing the new church that was built at Saint Maximilian Kolbe. I was told that three years ago it had been just rocks and a construction site. It is beautiful now, and I am honored to know that St. Therese had a hand in building it.
Aside from the stomachaches and Spanish words a few of us picked up, we more importantly brought back appreciation for some things we here in Waynedale take for granted. I have to say that my bathroom and tap water was a sight for sore eyes. But don't get me wrong I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
You know, I didn't finish the trip with the mindset I thought I would. I thought that I would be thinking, "Wow! They were so poor... I wish I could have taken more of America with me to show them." Instead, I finished thinking, "Wow! They were so rich in spirit and gratitude. I wish I could take more of Honduras back with me!"
I know it is hard to give money for a cause most of us will never see, but I just want you to know how proud I am of St. Therese parish, because I have seen what we have helped give and build.
St. Therese has changed the lives of people more than you will ever know. I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, for giving us the money and supplies to make this trip possible. It has been proven to me we really can make a difference.