This post is a follow-up to an earlier post you can read here: Honduras Mission Part 1
Or, here is a little background information about Open Door Ministries in Honduras: Open Door Ministries Booklet
Open Door Ministries offers a safe home for girls who have been victims of horrible circumstances. As part of the girls’ experience growing and learning at the home, they are blessed with a Quinceanera party fit for princesses. We were honored to be able to provide dresses for this special event!
The planning process for the Quinceanera was all coordinated by Lauren who is the missionary running Open Door Ministries in Honduras. Les and JoAnn, a couple from my church, communicated with Lauren about what she needed for the Quinceanera, and they collected and shipped all the needed items to Tocoa, Honduras.
Lauren’s mother, Penny Compton, is the founder of Open Door Ministries. She sums up the impact of the Quinceanera: “What a very special time in their lives. An important milestone in the road on their journey of healing and to a healthy self-esteem. A night they will never forget. Thank you to all who gave to make it a beautiful celebration of some dynamic young ladies.”
Why do we feel so blessed to help with this celebration? Consider the story of Les and JoAnn’s adopted Honduran daughter (name withheld for safety): This beautiful young lady didn’t know her mom or dad. Her grandmother raised her and sold for sex in exchange for some tortillas. She was just 12-years-old when she was thrown out of the house because she became pregnant.
Months later, Lauren picked up the 13-year-old mother and her infant daughter from a Honduran government agency and recognized she needed support to care for her child. The night Les and JoAnn arrived at the home on their first mission trip to Honduras, Lauren asked JoAnn to teach the young lady how to better care for her baby.
After JoAnn held the tiny girl at dinner that evening, she and Les felt the girl and her baby were part of their family and treated them as such. On their second trip, the young lady asked them to be her Papa and Mama. They view her as their adopted Honduran daughter and the baby as their adopted Honduran granddaughter.
Considering their love for the two girls, you can imagine their great disappointment when they were not able to be a part of their adopted daughter’s Quinceanera night. The night before their flight, Les experienced chest pains and had to have emergencing gall bladder surgery. “Les and I were devastated, heartbroken and disappointed that we could not be there for our adopted Honduran daughter. We cried for a long time and asked God why this had to happen now, especially since she has had so many disappointments in her life.”