A team of six volunteers traveled to Gracias in Honduras, with the Franciscan Common Venture (FCV) Program from November 19-27, 2016. The team helped the local faith community construct a much needed parish center.
Team members were Dan Shea, Marion, North Carolina; Brandon Walls, Dyersville, Iowa; Dan Allman, Peosta, Iowa; Cindy Kobusch, Peosta, Iowa; Joe Schoeckmoehl, Cascade, Iowa; and Kathleen Allman, Peosta, Iowa.
“My eyes have been opened to the realization of the hardships that the Honduran people have to go through each and every day. I strongly believe that I got more out of this trip than I gave,” said volunteer Brandon Walls of the experience. “I have a new perspective on my life in the United States. I believe that this trip gave me a whole new meaning to my life, because I have never been more motivated to use my skills and knowledge to help the less fortunate.”
Sister Brenda Whetstone, who ministers in Honduras, said the group did incredible work during the trip. “Father Loncho is very happy with all they have accomplished,” she said. “Our days began early and ended late in the evening. The team was tired but have enjoyed themselves. It was rainy and a little cold–lots of mud, but no dampened spirits with this group! They jelled well and it was a privilege to work with them.
To read more about FCV, visit www.osfdbq.org/commonventure.