Bringing a team to The Leadership Center is one of the greatest ways you can support the organization. It provides the following benefits:
-Access to individuals who may continue supporting the mission of the organization
-Help (Financial and Labor) on a specific construction or coffee farm project
-Members of the team get to have a cross-cultural experience and learn more about poverty
In the past few years, we have brought more than 20 teams to Honduras to support the mission of Leadership Mission International. Following are just a few photos that show the positive experience that teams have while serving with Leadership Mission International.
A team from Seattle, WA builds the foundation of the Multi-Purpose building on campus. This new building is used for graduation ceremonies, church services, exercise classes, a small “Mini Mart” managed by TLC business students, and more.
“Genesis UMC folks from Cary, NC have worked hard at home for the money to drill a well and to build coffee dryers, but those who spend time at The Leadership Center truly fall in love with the students and staff. They cherish the kitchen conversations, noisy games Uno, and long walks to scenic spots along the river because of the bonds created with new friends. Seeing God at work is no ordinary vacation.”
-Carol Frey (Team Leader from 2012-2015)
“You don’t see how much you have until you experience a place that has less. I’ve been told others aren’t as fortunate, and I’ve been told to remember those that don’t have as much. But now I realize I never really got it. Because those that may not live on Chick Fil A and Red Robin and drive everywhere aren’t less fortunate. And these Hondurans that live within their means and don’t have much of anything aren’t less fortunate either. Actually in a way they’re more fortunate. Because they appreciate everything…day by day and night by night.
We are so caught up in being American that we don’t stop and take a breath and we don’t look around. Hondurans listen to American pop music,wear American name brands, and believe we’re so great. But they taught me and probably most of the team more than we even taught them. The tables were turned.
They look up to us, but maybe it’s time we look up to them.”
-Skye Day (Team Member, August 2014)
Team members from Wesley UMC, located in Alexandria, VA sponsored the construction of a new water tank in our coffee farm. This tank will hold nutrient-rich water to use during the dry months so that our coffee farm is healthy. Without teams like this, we would be unable to continue working to a sustainable and healthy campus!
It’s not ALL work when teams come to The Leadership Center. Here, a team from Canyon Park Junior High, located in a suburb of Seattle, WA enjoys a fund day in the local community of Los Valles playing soccer with the local middle-school students.
Teams contribute to the mission of The Leadership Center in a variety of ways. Here, Pastor Dave Parker shares an encouraging word with our students, motivating them to pursue their dreams of changing their families, communities, and the entire country of Honduras. Our students greatly appreciate the effort and time that teams spend teaching, mentoring, and guiding them.