Nestled deep in the mountains of the Olancho region of Honduras sits the small village of San Antonio de Capapan. 211 people call this rural, mountain village their home. By western standards life in San Antonio is tough. The homes range from simple shacks to more elaborate adobe structures. There is no runing water, limited electricity and few of the homes have a floor from something other than dirt. Life consists of subsistance living–people grow their own food and raise animals and other crops as a means to provide for their families. Here in the US, many would feel sorry for the people of San Antonio. I do not. My heart goes out to them since they do not have the resources for some basic necessities like clean water and sanitation, but simple living is the life they know. It’s part of their culture and is something to be celebrated.

My wife and I just returned from a life changing trip to the village of San Antonio. We joined The Potter’s School, a non-profit organization that offers supplimental classes for the home school community, on their annual service trip (my wife teaches for the school). Partnering with a Honduran-run medical organization, Predisan, the school adopted the village of San Antonio ministering to it’s people and helping them with basic physical needs and spiritual health.

Prior to my time in Honduras I had my own reservations about the trip. I had never been on any sort of service trip and certainly have never given so much of myself on so many levels. Although I consider myself a Christian and have accepted Christ as my personal savior, I was fearful of two things: changing Honduran culture with western ways and forcing Christian beliefs on the people of San Antonio. Anyone close to me knows I am not the type of person to beat someone over the head with a Bible. My own experiences with some Christians in the past led me to feel judged an forced into strict religious beliefs. As a Christian I want to share my faith and desire others to know Christ, but not in an oppressive way. I strive not to judge others, and I certainly hope by sharing more of myself in this post you won’t judge me. For me relationships are more important than what you believe. I don’t have ulterior motives–I want to get to know you. I want to be your friend.

This was most certainly my desire with the people of San Antonio. I went with the hope of building relationships with those that call San Antonio home, to lend a helping hand and give more of myself than I ever have before. In the end the trip far exceeded my expectations. Yes, we accomplished many physical tasks like the construction of numerous latrines and playing games with the village children. More importantly though, friendships were formed and relationships strengthened. The people of San Antonio welcomed us into their homes and lives while sharing their own stories, friendship and faith with us. They live with so little, yet gave so much of themselves.

In addition to spending time in San Antonio, my wife and I collectively worked on a pro-bono project for The Potter’s School to help raise awareness of the needs in San Antonio and the relationship the school has formed with the village. For those who don’t know my wife is an excellent photographer in her own right and teaches both photography and junior high English for The Potter’s School. This was our first time working on a photo-related project together, and in some ways the experince of collaborating with my wife was as amazing as working with the people of San Antonio. Over the next few weeks we’ll be finishing the photo project for The Potter’s School. Those images that I can, I will share here.

Finally, for those that are interested, you can read more about the work Presidan is doing in Honduras on their website. As someone who has personally witnessed the many lives they have impacted, I believe with all my heart they are worthy of supporting.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 Recent Shoots

8 Comments to Honduras

April 28, 2010

Love the photos as well as your words about your trip. What an amazing and blessed opportunity you and your wife were given. I imagine it will be with you both always. Looking forward to seeing more photos. Great work :)

Adam Barker
April 28, 2010

Great writeup Mike with some absolutely fantastic images. Raw and moving. Nicely done.

Jacquie West
April 28, 2010

Mike, thanks soo much for your photos and authenticity regarding your faith..you totally get it and that makes my heart happy & certainly glorifies God! So glad you got to experience simple joys in real lives and receive simple joy & freedom in your life!

April 29, 2010

Thank you for sharing your heart. I was moved.

Hannah Nett
May 4, 2010

Wow! I love your photos! every photo has such great emotion. you have inspired me greatly! thank you so much!

Hannah Nett
May 4, 2010

btw is there anymore pix that you have taken? I would LOVE to see more

Zac F
May 4, 2010

Great photos!!! And great writing! I really wish I could have gone on that trip but I just can’t seem to get enough funds for it when it roles around.

P.S. I took you wife photography class :)

April 22, 2011

Thats my grandpa in the first picture! thank you very much for going to honduras and we’re very thankfull

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