This year, NLCF is taking 10 students do Danli, Honduras over spring break. The team will leave Blacksburg on March 7th and spend the night in Washington DC before flying to Honduras. While in Danli, the team will reconnect with two NLCF alumni who are now missionaries (Jamey & Lesley Smith) as well as our first ever intern to Honduras, Caroline Stephenson. We are excited to see them and bring some much needed supplies.
Throughout the week we will partner with our sister church in Danli by ministering to the community in a variety of ways. We will be spreading the Gospel to homes across the community, bringing good news while meeting some practical needs through food, clothing, toys, and hygiene items. The team will also get the chance to see the latest project being done by Total Water (www.totalwater.org), a ministry designed to provide safe water and sanitation in Honduras.
In order to go on this trip, each team member is responsible for raising approximately $1600 to cover food, plane tickets, housing, etc. To help with that, the team decided to host a pancake dinner to facilitate teamwork, build community awareness, and raise funds for the trip.
After several weeks of advertising and build-up, the night finally came. The team arrived at 130 Jackson early to set-up and begin preparing for the night ahead. At 6 PM, there was already a line of people waiting for pancakes, sausage, and bacon. The team worked together to crank out pancakes non-stop to feed hungry guests throughout the night.
Chelsea Corkins, a dinner guest, said, “Having been a part of international service work previously, I was thrilled to attend a fundraiser for a similar trip. Every bit of funds raised help and can unbelievably affect the Honduras community.”
The dinner was originally scheduled to end at 7:30 PM, but was extended to 8:00 PM due to the fantastic turn-out. Team member Amanda said this about the evening: “I was a bit nervous before the pancake dinner because I didn’t know how many people would show up or if we would have enough supplies, but as soon as the team prayed together I knew God would answer all our prayers and give us what we need. And He did. The turn-out was amazing, and the experience definitely strengthened my relationships with the team members.”
We were both excited, surprised, and a little overwhelmed with the turn-out last Friday. The team would like to extend the sincerest thanks to all those who came out and supported the trip. At the end of the night, over $560 was raised to help the team members still needing funds to go on the trip.