12.03.2017

In the Midst of Burning Tires and Gunfire

It has been a week since the Honduran Presidential Elections and the TSE has not announced a winner. I'm not going to go into detail but  you can Google Honduras Elections and get the gist of things. I'm experiencing things, after 10 years of living overseas, I have never experienced before. Three days into the chaos I wrote this.




"It's only been three days of chaos,fear, uncertainty and worry. We had an escape plan; but now, even if we wanted to leave, we couldn't because every bridge is blocked. I've never experienced that feeling before. A feeling of entrapment or in a way, a feeling of abandondment. You start to wonder about your own country, who, at the moment,  act like nothing is happening. Do they even care about the U.S. Citizens that are here? Why haven't they done anything? They could send us a message on STEP or at the very least a statement on their Facebook  page acknowleding the situation.

It is surreal hearing gun shots and smelliing the burning tires as I scroll through Facebook trying to find more infomation and seeing all the happy and normal posts from home. You look at the Christmas pictures everyone is posting and think, "Is this really happening?" It's only been three days that seem like an eternity. Three days and how your world can change.

I think that if it were just Ruben and me I wouldn't be as worried. But I do worry for my kids. I wonder if we'll be able to make it home for Christmas. It's truly a battle of the mind. Trying to keep scriptures in my head so the negative thoughts, doubts, and worries don't overtake me. My mom sent me Psalm 121 which has been my go to chapter. We literally can do nothing else but trust in God. But like Mrs. Martha Lesperance Garcia wrote to me, "Situations such as these are not fun, but usually are seeds for revival."  And another friend, Mrs. Nancy Winship wrote, "It occurs to me that Kristal and Ruben's call to prayer for their family's protection is representatve of the voices of MANY of God's people there who are crying out for justice. As we continue to pray for their safety, please pray for Godly leadership to be established and for peace in the nation where they are serving."

 If you don't know how to pray, let that be your guide.

Things have changed a little bit. We could get to the La Ceiba airport or the one on Roatan during daytime hours. The military are now at all bridges trying to allow regular traffic flow to go through. But people start randomly protesting by cutting down trees across the road so it would still be a risk.
Today, one week later, the rioting has stopped and last night there was a Cacerlozo( a traditional Latin American way to protest. You can look up Cacerolazo Honduras and see the entire nation protesting.) Today there are marches all over the country. As far as we have heard they have been peaceful. We will have school tomorrow but the schedule will be different because of the dusk to dawn curfew. So things are a little normal for the time being but there is still a lot of tension as we wait for the results. Yesterday, it seems the US Embassy sent a message for some recommendations for U.S. Citizens but it was nothing different than what we already know, stay away from protests and try to stay off the streets. Have plenty of food and water. You know normal survival stuff.

More than anything we want justice for the Honduran people. But we hope and pray it can be achieved peacefully.