Honduras: Hope in the Midst of Suffering

Special visitors in English class.

By Sarah Hunnicutt

Sometimes the broken things can threaten to overwhelm me, to overwhelm us. Sometimes it’s easier to look away from the broken parts and hope for the best. Sometimes it’s a balance knowing when to go deeper and when to step back. Maybe it’s not a matter of choosing all light or all dark, all rainbows or all difficulties. Perhaps the best way to bring a little heaven to earth, and a little healing to this brokenness, is to keep our eyes up and our feet on the ground. Maybe this is what Jesus meant when he said to be in this world but not of it. When you know who and whose you are, you can join this world in its brokenness because you know each person has a story, and each broken bit of yourself is what makes it possible to pour out the healing grace and love that’s become a part of you. Maybe this is what it means to love God and love others. Eyes up. Heart up. Hands open. Feet grounded.

Mazy teaching island culture.

You may have seen in the news that Honduras is suffering right now. Poverty, gang violence, teen pregnancy, broken families, drug abuse, overcrowded schools, difficulty accessing healthcare, and so, so much more have been a part of this beautiful country’s story. And now, more riots, more protests, more hurt. As teachers and healthcare workers strike to protest what they feel are injustices, as the government tries to make sense of a country in a spiral of turmoil, and as families wonder how to stay safe and together, those who suffer the most are those who have no say—the children, the poor, those who were never given permission to share their voices and who may believe they have no voice at all.

These hard times remind me of how important it is to love and teach the children of Samuel Raymond Christian School. It’s easy for me to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks of teaching: How long until you remember what a noun is? Why on earth did you not do your homework? I hope they’re serving baleadas at lunch today. Will I ever stop sweating? When was the last time I showered?

Sarah loves children with the love of Jesus.

Most of the time I get caught in this cycle. It’s important to be aware of and take care of the normal-life things. But when I remember that this education is giving these kids a chance, that the school lessons and life lessons they’re learning are already affecting their families, that this school is God’s and he’s doing incredible things here—when I remember this, it gives me hope for the brokenness. It makes it easier to look at the hurt and to open my heart. I accept and celebrate the miracle of Christ’s love and healing in my life and extend his light to others. When I look at my students, I know they’re the next generation of healers. They are growing stronger and braver than they know. They will walk into the broken places and share God’s heart of love and healing for Honduras.

Love God. Love others. Eyes Up. Heart up. Hands open. Feet grounded.

Sarah Hunnicutt serves as missionary for Global Strategy to Honduras. Learn more, and discover opportunities for support, at www.chogglobal.org/team/shunnicutt/.

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