Thursday, February 17, 2011


It's been a while since I posted, so I thought I would say a few words. All is well in my site...and it's officially like 2 weeks before I'm home! I'm pretty excited. Also, I'm still enjoying my chocolates that I got from home for Valentine's Day and I did end up sharing them. It's crazy how I'm a much more thoughtful and sharing person having experienced Honduras.

Furthermore, I'm trying to get stricter about my diet (less fried foods, coffee, more water, etc.) and exercising. I just picked up a book about Piltes from the Peace Corps Office. So, we shall continue praying about that.

Also, I wanted to make a small note about an issue here in Honduras that is SO common and so prevalent pretty much everywhere you go and that is IMMIGRATION. It might NOT suprise you the number of times someone has asked me to help them to get to the states or if I can take them back with me as if they're some cargo that I can easily add to my luggage. Well, I nicely decline and tell them that the process is a bit more complicated and you need paperwork, etc. But, it's just amazing to me that so many people want to go to the states. And, also, it's amazing how many people here (mainly men) just came from the states...possibly were forced back. I personally have a couple of stories about immigration. My host mom during trainig told me that she decided one day that she was going to go to the states because they didn't have a house and times were really hard. She told me of her journey in buses through Mexico and then through the Arizona desert and then to her destination. She told me how it was a very difficult time through the desert for weeks and her feet were blistered and she found shad under trees to sleep. It sounded so sad, especially coming from someone that I wasn't just a story I had heard on the news or someone, it was from my host mom.

Also, I have a 9 year old girl in my host family's house who's parents are both in the states and have been for 5 years!! It's so sad watching her try to cling to her uncle as a daughter clings to her father...she even calls him father sometimes. But, the states was a more appealing option to her parents and so they left her alone with family members. But, her life is incomplete and every day I know she encounters moments where she misses her parents and realizes that she's a little alone.

With all of this pain that immigration causes, it makes me think that it's not worth it...BUT, how can it be stopped? Yes, you can enforce laws to stop the flow of human bodies into the states, but the underlying cause is necessity of jobs in these countries, resources, education, and hope. It's difficult. Sometimes, I believe that Honduras can be a better place if people would stay in the country and work for the good in the country instead of just leaving, bringing money back, and making there life better financially (but worsening family life). But, is there one solution? How long will it take to see improvement? Will it be lasting change?

It's a very complicated issue and I would like to know what you guys think...

Hope to hear from you soon!


  1. Hello daughter...I am glad to hear you shared your chocolates. I know they really enjoyed it and were grateful. The immigration issue is a big problem everywhere. I don't know the answer to those problems. I hate it that your sister there is alone and without her family. As parents we have to make choices to do those kind of things and sometimes they are not always the best decisions. If I can help her you know you can let me know. If there is something you know she is wanting, I can send it to her. Maybe while you are here at home you can get her something to take back to her. It may not replace her parents, but maybe something that will make her smile and feel better and not alone. I love you and I am counting down the days till you come home. We are having beautiful weather here now, it is suppose to be 75 degrees this weekend. I am only hoping it holds up til you get here. I love you, Mom

  2. Victoria! I haven't talked to you in forever! So about immigration...I feel the same way you do. It's a lose-lose situation. I agree there needs to be some kind of program that encourages people to stay in Honduras and better the country. Creating that program would create more jobs. I feel like a lot of countries are in need of these programs....maybe someone will implement them in the near future.

  3. Victoria
    Paul showed me your blog and I really enjoyed reading about you. Your mom is renting my garage apartment and she talks about you all the time. I am so looking forward to meeting you and am already proud of you with just the little I know about you. God bless you for doing so much good with you life.
    See you in March.

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  5. Hi Victoria - just pray that a real move of the Holy Spirit will come there (as well as all over the world) - He will help those who receive Him and put their trust in Him! See you soon! Love granny

  6. Thanks, guys for all the posts!
    Mom-we def. will get her some shoes that she's been wanting for years from the states.
    Shetoria!!!-GREAT to hear from you...the issue is def. complicated, but I do believe people are already working towards having programs like that and Hondurans are realizing that the states is difficult as well. Side not-miss all of our fun times together!
    Phillip-Good to hear from you...will be meeting you very soon. Thank you for your support!
    Granny-I def. do need to pray more for this country...see you soon!

    Victoria :)