Richland Youth Group Back in Tri-Cities After Trip to Honduras
RICHLAND, Wash.-- A local youth group is back in the Tri-Cities after a trip to Honduras. It was supposed to be a mission trip for teens at the Richland Church of Christ, but was cut short because of political unrest in the country.
Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was ousted and airports shut down. The group had to be escorted out of Honduras, then driven through back roads into El Salvador, where they could get a flight back to the states.
Dakota Turner was in the youth group and describes the trip as "exciting, crazy, life changing." Others described it the same way, and never once did anyone say they were scared.
Emily Hamilton, another teen who went on the trip, explains, "A lot of people assumed that we were going to be scared, but I was more bummed that our trip was cut short. So no, I was never really scared."
Instead of being scared, they used it all as a learning experience and wanted to focus on their mission, not the political turmoil they were caught in. One teen says, "I went going thinking we would be be changing the Hondurans, but in the end, they ended up changing us."
Turner says that he "got to see how different people live and how different they are, but how not different they are at the same time."
The youth group members all agreed that their faith helped them through the experience.