After the service we loaded up into their 15 passenger van and took a tour of the city, and La Fe, where we will be working this week. We drove up to the coast and then back through town where we learned a lot about the local culture.
The culture of La Ceiba and La Fe consist of two main groups of people: descendants of the Mayans and the Garifuna. The Garifuna culture came from an uprising on a slave ship. The ship was shipwrecked on the Caribbean coast and La Ceiba was one of the main places where they took up residence. The two cultures do intermingle, but both have their own separate religions and traditions.
|Small glimpse into La Fe|
We also learned that the name of the town, La Ceiba, comes from a tree called la ceiba. This is a large softwood tree which was once used to make life vests.
|La Ceiba tree (sorry it wouldn't rotate the picture). White stuff is insecticide.|
Around 4pm we went to a local church called Iglesia Gran Comision (Church of the Great Commision) which met at a local school. The sermon was on lives that inspire. The passages used were Matthew 16:24-25, Galations 2:20, and 1 Peter 1:14-15. The main point was that Jesus should be our inspiration. We are consecrated to God, we have a clear vision of where we are going to go when we die, heaven is our home, and we respond by showing compassion to help others in need. We should live to be an inspiration to others that they may also follow Christ. We sang lots of upbeat songs that were led by a full praise band. The singers who led the music had very beautiful voices!
After church we came back, had supper, and were orienteered on what we will be doing tomorrow. Some of us will be helping with the local medical clinic and the rest will be constructing a sidewalk. In the afternoon some of us will go on home-visits to get to know the people of La Fe.
It was great to hear from y'all in the comments! Megan has had a great birthday, along with 2 others here. We are also very excited with having Marcia on our team and can't wait to work with her tomorrow!