Short Trip to Honduras

Danlí, Honduras - April 23-25, 2012

I arrived on time in Tegucigalpa a little before 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 23.  I was met by brother Nery Irías, the director of IBH.  Nery’s father and sister were both in Tegucigalpa with appointments to see the doctor, so he and I went to the clinic and waited with them.  During that time we were able to discuss some of the things I had wanted to cover in this trip.  All went well and I arrived at the hotel in Danlí between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.  Since I was up at 3:10 this morning, I spent the rest of the evening getting some rest.

On Tuesday morning, I met Nery in the hotel lobby at 9:30 and then we walked over the institute.  The students were in class with brother Cesar Tábora.  When they took their break, I was able to meet with both faculty members and the students to discuss some issues that had come to my attention in the previous weeks.  It was a very good meeting, even though some of the things we discussed concerned some disciplinary problems with some students who are no longer there.  I left feeling that things are in good shape at the institute and will go much better now that some changes have been made.  The students returned to class after their extended break and another of our teachers, Luis David Argeñal, who is also our treasurer, arrived and we were able to discuss the budget, which was also something I had wanted to accomplish on this trip.  While we have struggled to make our budget for almost a year now, we are currently in pretty good shape.  Nery and I had lunch together at the new Pizza Hut in Danlí (very good, I might add) and then I spent the afternoon preparing for Bible Class that evening, at which I had the blessing of preaching.

 On Wednesday morning, Nery picked me up at the hotel a little before 8:00 and we headed to Tegucigalpa to catch my flight home.  I arrived home safely around 9:30 that evening.  This was a very short trip, but I feel a great deal was accomplished.  Thank you all who were praying for me and who continue to pray for our work and the work of IBH.

God bless,
Donnie Bates

Posted on April 26, 2012 .