Honduras | Parte 1: Ursulo

Turn up the speakers…there’s sound! Might need a moment to load too… The slideshow is just a small version of the process of building his home and a home for the pastor’s family that will be completed on another trip in January. It hardly captures the full extent of the entire experience; the sweat and tears, the love and compassion, and the life lessons learned from a sweet humble man who just wants a safe home for his family to grow.

Ursulo

Ursulo Catocho Lopez, age 67, prayed for 38 years for a new home for his family.  38  YEARS!!! Through his involvement with the church in the village of Monterrey, Honduras, he and his family were highlighted as the most in need in a community where ALL are in need. Now after decades of hoping and wishing for better, his prayers are answered.

Like soo many in Honduras, Ursulo is without the means and access to better their unfortunate situation.  The home he and his family live in is essentially a 1 BR mud hut, palm leaf roof, capacity for 4 with chickens on the floor, clay stove and none of amenities we are soo accustomed to. Not only is their daily living what we would call “camping”, they are also forced to evacuate to the mountains every time the rains come bringing in two feet of water on their dirt floor.

Ursulo standing at the back of the church. He works as the janitor and attends worship regularly. His hope is to have a home where he can host bible studies for the community.

It was like Extreme Home Makeover – Central America…but a little different. Ursulo saw it as an answered prayer. He described us as angels, a bus full of miracle workers from Norte Americano with tools in hand and ready to work…and work hard.

His hands and ours, bricks and mortar, we built together.

The slideshow is just a small version of the process of building his home and a home for the pastor’s family that will be completed on another trip in January. It hardly captures the full extent of the entire experience; the sweat and tears, the love and compassion, and the life lessons learned from a sweet humble man who just wants a safe home for his family to grow.

Thanks to Ursulo and all the love from Honduras. And thank you to all the participants that allowed me to photograph. Many many stories to come. To learn more, check out the Wisconsin United Church of Christ.

Ursulo, upset, describes how his borrowed tools were stolen the night before. He feels responsible for the theft but fears that the police would kill the culprits if he turned them in.

Maria Dias, Ursulo's wife prepares tea in their kitchen. Soon, she will have running water and a more sophisticated stove. However, still primitive in comparison to US living.

Ursulo and UCC participant, Hannah Wait, carry cement together using one of the tactics Ursulo introduced to lighten the load. Ursulo worked hand in hand with North Americans. Eventhough there was a language barrier, they were able to communicate in order to build a house.

Ursulo and Maria during the final day at the site. The UCC group gifted them with watches and bags full of clothing, school supplies and toys for their children including a brand new soccer ball and jersey for their adopted son Mario.

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3 comments

Elizabeth Scott - September 3, 2010 - 2:46 pm

Stunning and touching…as usual!

DEBORAH HUBER - September 2, 2010 - 8:01 am

I love the one of Ursulo by himself! The slide show looks great as well!

Looks like it was a good trip/experience .

johnny - August 31, 2010 - 6:49 pm

well done, sarah!

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