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6/28/2007-Tyler

East Texans Prepare For Habitat Trip To Honduras

They've provided a new start for countless East Texans, but this year, they're doing something different. For the first time ever the Smith County chapter of Habitat For Humanity will send a team abroad.

Honduras, here they come. A team of 16 Texans with tools in hand.

"We get experience the joy of giving but also experience the culture from the inside of a family. We will be with ordinary people we won't be in a resort," said Kirk Goodman, the Latin America Liaison and Habitat Team Member.

"We are doing the same thing that we do here in Smith County just in Le Ceiba Honduras," said team leader Hannah Walker, "Mortar and brick..We're going to be slapping mud."

Habitat operates in 800 countries. Their mission: To end poverty housing. The team will work alongside a Habitat affiliate, building two different homes with the families that will live in them.

"There is nothing like helping other people," said Kirk.

"Giving back to these people who don't really know some of the luxuries that we have," said David Socia, Habitat Team Member.

"I want to help give back and help these people have a house," said Taylor Neill, Habitat Team Member, "That is what the Lord calls us to do is to give back and help people."

"I am so excited that I get to go and be apart of this place and do so some eternal things," said Kirk.

Team Member Melisa Harris said, "This trip is a Christian based trip, but a trip where we are going out and actually doing work. We are not using words but using our actions to show the Honduran people our heart."

The team wants to use their actions to leave behind much more than just new homes.

"Creating community not just only in Smith County but with the world," said Hannah.

The team leaves on Saturday morning and will be gone for 2 weeks. When they return, they've agreed to share their experiences right here on KLTV 7.

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

 

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