First Day In La Ceiba Honduras

5:39am
We woke up at 3:00am.  The first surprise of the day occurred when we heard our friend Cam Clausing at the gate at 3:30am.  He came by just to say “bye”.  What a nice guy.  Our friend Matt McClain picked us up at 4:00am to drive us to the airport.  We checked our 18 bags with no problem.  In fact, we should have been charged $1500 for our extra bags and the lady cut the price down to $800…right on.  She did remind us that we would likely not be receiving all our bags today.  We are sitting in the airport in San Jose, Costa Rica waiting for our boarding call.  Our first flight today takes of for El Salvador at 6:33am

7:55am
First flight was fine.  Into El Salvador on time.  Should start boarding our second flight in about 20 minutes.  We next fly into San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  Erin had some pretty good sinus pain while descending.  Likely leftover problems from her three month battle with allergies.  She will try some sinus medicine to clear it up.  San Salvador is the TACA hub.  We have been in this airport a dozen times.  Our next two flights are short and our next layover is quick.

 
3:30pm
We are here. Our flight to San Pedro Sula took off late.  Then our flight to La Ceiba took off late.  We sat on the runway in San Pedro Sula in the crazy heat with to air for about 30 minutes.  When we got to La Ceiba we learned that 17 of our 18 bags did NOT make it.  But, good news, the guitar made it. We will check at the airport this evening and tomorrow for our lost bags.  We rented a vehicle and checked into our boarding house.  A very nice lady owns it. But, we do NOT have internet.  So, until we rent our own house and get internet blog entries will be intermitent.  We have to go to internet cafes to post. We are now going out to look for cell phones and register for a P.O. Box.  Tomorrow we start the house search. We are well and happy to be here.  Thank you for all your prayers.  That´s it for today.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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